The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall. The
following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Stenquest.
Nordin was absent.
Swenson moved to approve the minutes of the
October 13, 2010 Regular meeting, seconded 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.
The council reviewed the November 2010 Bills
to be paid. Olson moved to approve the bills for payment, second by
Stenquist and carried.
An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are
available upon request to the clerk.
At 7:15PM the mayor called the canvassing
board to order. Clerk
reported that Mayor Gary Rice and Council person John Stenquist have
council person, Mary Barron, who will replace Nordin. The council reviewed the
Swenson moved to accept the abstract as presented, second by
Olson and carried.
Council reviewed the proposal to increase the
clerkís hours to 30 per week and make the position benefitted. The proposal was
tabled until the next meeting.
Mayor Rice reviewed the garbage proposals for
2001, 2012 and 2013.
Brian Anderson, from Anderson Sanitation was present and the council discussed the garbage cart
issue. The council
wishes to be able to offer the cart if there are enough interested
persons, but still wants the bag system because that is the most
economical for the majority of the city residents. Olson moved to accept the
garbage removal proposal from Anderson Sanitation, second by Swenson
and carried. The
Anderson proposal allows for both cart and the bag system to be
used. The quarterly
resident fee, tax included would be $22.67/qtr for pickup plus the
cost of bags, which remain the same at $2.00 for large and $1.00 for
small. Dumpster rate is
$8.37/cubic yard, school compactor rate is $16.38/cubic yard. The cart rate is
$1.34/gallon with 32, 64 & 96 yard carts available.
Stenquist moved to designate the UV Bank Fire
Treasury Gold account, UV Bank CD#**436 and PS Bank CD #*****428 and
any future interest earnings on these account to the purchase of a
fire truck, second by Olson and carried.
Stenquist moved to designate the PS Bank
Community Center Savings Account #*****404, future donations and
interest earnings to be used for a Community Center Project, second
by Olson and carried.
The city must hold a public hearing regarding
the Liquor Store Operations since the Liquor Store has lost money 2
of the last 3 completed years per state statute. The Liquor did make a profit in
2009, but not in 2008 or 2007.
The clerk reports that the liquor store has a net profit of
approximately $23,000.00 to date for 2010. This hearing must be held
within the last 45 days of the year. Stenquist moved to hold the
hearing on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 7:05PM, second by Swenson
Clerk reported on a meeting she attended on
records retention and the Letís Do Green meeting at the Kennedy Go
The council reviewed the proposed 2011
General Levy and Budget.
Olson moved to set the final 2011 General levy at $62,000,
second by Stenquist and carried.
The council discussed the tabled request by
Tom Sebenaler to have his retired sick leave be paid as severance
upon his retirement in
January. Stenquist moved to allow Sebenalerís
request for severance
as per the Employee Handbook sick leave as severance schedule,
second by Olson and carried.
Rice reported that Wynne Consulting has
submitted a grant request for Community Center monies to the State
of Minnesota, and they have asked for more information to help in
considering the request.
Clerk reported that the Community Center fund has a balance
of $7,292.17 as of November 10, 2010.
The council discussed the need for additional
monies to complete the wiring project at the cemetery for memorial
day services. Swenson
moved to make a request of the American Legion Post #214 Gambling
Fund for the full amount of the Truedson Electric bill to complete
the wiring project, second by Olson and carried.
Council reviewed the October City and Liquor
Store financial information, Liquor Store Daily sales and Gambling
Council again discussed that the liquor store cost of goods
for resale is out of balance with sales. The clerk will discuss
various pricing alternatives with Jen Rice.
Clerk reported that all notices have been
posted and mailed to townships for the Fire Contract meeting on
December 1, 7:00 PM.
Council discussed the fact that the last
person offered the position of Public Works Director has also
moved to allow Rice to find the best candidate that he can for the
position and to offer the candidate $15.75/hour and also to include
the 3% raise for all employed on January 1, 2011, .25/hour increase
upon successful completion of the probationary period, .50/hour
raise upon receiving the wastewater and sewer licenses, (the
licensing must be completed within 18 months of employment), second
by Olson and carried.
Clerk reported that Hanson Manufacturing is 2
months in arrears on the revolving loan. The clerk has called and
sent correspondence and received no reply at this time. Council tabled this until
the next meeting.
Council Adjourned as there was no further
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