LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL
The Lancaster City Council met for its
Regular Meeting on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall. The
following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Stenquist.
Dean Phillips met with the council to discuss
zoning issues if he were to build a shop/house on the south side of
Russell Phillips property.
Also, Phillips requested the information on purchasing a city
lot as a second possibility.
Stenquist moved to approve the minutes of the
June 13, 2012 second by Olson and carried. A copy of the Minutes
will be posted at the Lancaster City Hall and U.S. Post Office and
available upon request to the clerk.
Mayor Rice reminded the council about the
Special Meeting/Hearing to consider a USDA loan for the purpose
of purchasing a fire
truck July 16,2012 at 7:00PM in the city hall.
Clerk reported that the council positions
that will be on the general election ballot will be Mayor, 2 year
term; and 2 council positions (Swenson and Olson), both of which are
4 year terms.
Clerk informed the council about a ballot
initiative for this fall that would require all voters to show a
valid photo ID to vote.
This would end mailed ballot voting that the city currently
uses. The city
increased costs for all elections would be significant.
The council reviewed and discussed the food
service bid for the community center kitchen and cleanup area which
includes all equipment and shelving. The low bid was Plexus
Company dba Culinex in the amount of $93,578.26. Olson moved to accept the
bid and allow the Mayor and clerk to execute all documents
pertaining to the contract, second by Stenquist and
Clerk reported that the Community Center fund
balance is $39,949.50 as of July 5, 2012.
Olson reported that the Fire Department has
excess equipment that could be sold on bids if the council so
wished. Mike Faken will
provide the list of equipment to the clerk for the councils
Council reviewed the June City and Liquor
Store financial information, Liquor Store Daily sales and gambling
Rice reported that the city’s new compost
site & access work will soon be complete. The old site will be
barricaded and a sign placed to direct residents to the new
Mayor suggested that the city should budget
each year for replacement of street signs for a number of years in
order to meet the new federal sign retroreflectivity
The Mayor obtained a quote from Knife River
for paving a 100 foot by 25 foot section of 1st street
between Kittson and Hawaii Avenue the amount is $15,450.00. Knife River will be in our
area July 30 to do other projects and that will save mobilization
costs and this area should be repaired as soon as possible as there
is only gravel filling the section at this time. Swenson moved to accept the
quote, second by Stenquist and carried.
Sebenaler reported that there have been some
issues with noise etc. at the campgrounds. All campers will be given a
notice reminding them of the campground rules.
Anderson Sanitation has requested that the
Liquor Store dumpster be repaired or upgraded as the current
dumpster has many issues making in very hard to dump and move. Rice will look into
alternatives and pricing.
Clerk reported that there have been some
complaints about properties with excess junk and long grass and
weeds. Mayor will
contact the persons involved and inform them of the nuisance
Council discussed the remodeling of the city
hall and building a clerk’s office. Rice and the clerk will work
on some proposals.
Council Adjourned as there was no further
Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer
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