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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  The following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson, Stenquist and Barron.


Olson moved to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2011 regular meeting, second by Barron 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 2011 Bills to be paid. Swenson 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.


Clerk presented a snow removal notice letter for the council’s approval.  This letter will be sent or hand delivered to indivuals with items parked in the street that hinder snow removal by the city and county employees.  There is additional costs to the city if the county plow cannot complete its job in its first pass through town.  Stenquist move to approve the letter for use this year and in future years, second by Barron and carried.


Council discussed salaries for 2012 that were proposed in the budgeting process.  Olson moved to raise all salaries by 3% effective January 1, 2012, second by Stenquist and carried.


Council discussed campground open and close dates.  Olson will visit with campground attendant and report back to council with recommendations.


Council discussed financing options for the construction phase for the community center project.  The only real option is MN Rural Water’s public financing program. This loan would only be for the construction phase and then the USDA loan would be perfected and put in place. 


Olson has spoken to the shop teacher at the school about construction of a “Welcome to Lancaster” sign, he will get back to Olson. 


Council discussed the finalizing the proposed 2012 tax levy.  Olson moved to set as the final levy for 2012 at $68,000.00 second by Swenson and carried.


Rice reported that he has visited with the sewer and water works employees regarding the extremely high water and sewer usage at the 59 Industrial lift station.  Rice is waiting to visit with the sewage pump maintenance person and then will report to the council with options for the lift station.


Council discussed water, sewer and campground rates for 2012.  Council also discussed implementing a new sewer rate structure for the 59 industrial park. 


Clerk reported that the Community Center Savings account balance is $19,242.72 as October 31, 2011.  Stenquist reported that various fund raisers are being held at this time. Hartz foundation has asked for an update by May 31, 2012 on the progress of the project.


Council reviewed the October City and Liquor Store financial information, Liquor Store Daily sales and Gambling Monthly receipts.   


Clerk asked for volunteers to review all city and liquor store bank statements as part of the preparation for the annual audit.  Stenquist and Barron volunteered and will complete the project.


Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.




Carol Johnson









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