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The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7:00 P.M.  The following persons were present: Mayor Mike Olson; Council members Faye Potrament, Kathy Bernstrom and John Stenquist.  Also, present Anna Jauhola, Kittson County Enterprise.

Bernstrom moved to approve the February 9, 2022 Meeting Minutes, second by Potrament 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.

The council reviewed the March 2022 bills presented and other bills that have been paid prior to this meeting to avoid late payments, receive discounts & meet payroll and all payroll expenses as approved in the 2022 Rates Fees & Appointments Schedule.  Stenquist moved to approve the bills, second by Potrament and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request.

Council discussed the purchase of a directional blade with folding wings tabled from the last meeting.  Olson reported that some additional fittings were needed to help with attachment to the Payloader.  Clerk reported on options on paying for the blade.   Bernstrom moved to purchase the blade and additional fittings needed from RDO Equipment at a cost not to exceed $28,500.00 and to use 50% of General funds, 25% Water fund and 25% Sewer fund to pay in full, second by Potrament and carried.

Potrament moved to accept the U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Award Terms & Conditions and the Assurance of Compliance with Civil Rights Requirements in Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to original application date of 6/21/2021 and allow Mayor and Clerk to execute, second by Stenquist and carried.

Potrament moved to accept Resolution 2022-02 to Elect the Standard Allowance Available Under the Revenue Loss Provision of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Established under the American Rescue Plan Act, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Bernstrom moved to accept the American Rescue Plan Budget with total income of $36,500.28 and total approved infrastructure expenditures of $42,495.00 with excess expenditures to be paid by Sewer Fund, second by Stenquist and carried.

Mayor Olson reports that Luke Nordin is willing to serve as a council person to fill the empty council position.  Stenquist moved to appoint Luke Nordin to fill the position until the next General Action and newly elected council person is sworn in- January 2023, second Bernstrom and carried.

Council reviewed the 2022 Township Fire Contracts as has been previously set by the council.

Potrament moved to transfer the 2022 Fire Fund allotment of $7,905.47 from the General Fund to the Fire Fund, second by Stenquist and carried.

Fire Department requests approval to purchase a rescue sled with flotation to be used in snow or water rescues.  Bernstrom moved to allow the purchase of a rescue sled with the cost not to exceed $3,000.00, second by Stenquist and carried.

Mayor set the Liquor Store Inventory for April 1, at 6:30AM.

Council reviewed the February 2022 City and Liquor Store financial information.

Stenquist reported that Donald Burton requests that the city allow him to close the 1st Street for 1 block in front of his residence.  Council discussed the issue and would like more information and will work on an Application/Hold Harmless Agreement.

Other Items discussed: 59 Park trails, new Christmas lights for 3rd Street, Podco LLC placing snow from parking lot in 59 Park.

Clerk reported that by law due to the 2020 Census and statewide redistricting the city must pass a resolution reestablishing precinct boundaries, (even though no changes to boundaries were made) and designating polling place for Lancaster residents.  Bernstrom moved to accept Resolution 2022-03 Reestablishing Precinct Boundaries Due to Legislative Redistricting and Designating Polling Place for City of Lancaster, second by Stenquist and carried.

Potrament move to make an annual appropriation to the Kittson County Ambulance Service of $500.00, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer                         Approved:  Mike Olson, Mayor

Approval Date:  April 13, 2022











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