LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL
The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall Meeting Room.
Members present were Mayor, Michael Olson; council members
John Stenquist, Jim Hilman and Luke Nordin. Mary Barron was
Jim Fron, the new owner of the former Gladís
Store building, was present at the meeting to discuss his purchase
and to express interest in the possibility of purchasing the city
owned property at the intersection of Manitoba street and US Highway
59, council discussed
the possibility but tabled the matter at this time.
Nordin moved to approve the council minutes
of the October 9, 2013 regular meeting, seconded by Stenquist 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 2013 bills
to be paid. Stenquist
moved to approve the bills as presented for payment, second by
Hilman and carried. An
abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available
upon request to the clerk.
Stenquist moved to designate the $6,500.00
United Valley Bank Certificate of Deposit for Equipment use, second
by Hilman and carried.
The hearing for unpaid water/sewer bill
scheduled for this meeting is cancelled as the bill has been paid in
Nordin reported that the liquor store cooler
install has begun but there has been a delay as all the correct
parts have not arrived.
Council discussed the upcoming meeting with
the townships regarding the next 3 year fire contracts. The council discussed the
cost of a storage building.
Council reviewed various contract proposals and requested
that the clerk complete a schedule proposing a 5% cost increase for
each of the next 3 years.
Council reviewed the $273.00 cost of joining
the MN Assoc. of Small Cities, but felt that the League of MN Cities
does a good job advocating and training for small cities.
Kenny Hunter, Legion Post #214 commander, has
requested to be allowed to install a bulletin board in the city hall
Clerk has directed to work with Hunter and Nordin to
coordinate bulletin boards and items to be displayed.
Council reviewed the October 2013 City and
Liquor Store financial information. Liquor store average daily
sales have increased over the October 2012 sales by $180.00 per day
and the sales overall in 2013 have increased
Olson reported that he will be reviewing the
Highway 59 Park trails and have some trimming completed on the
Council discussed personal use of fire
department equipment and Olson said he would discuss the issue with
the fire chief. At this
time the fire department equipment that has not been stored in town
has not been brought in to the city limits. Olson will address the issue
later this month.
The clerk reported that the school has made
inquiries with the state regarding piping in natural gas to the city
as the school could save as much as $25,000.00 in heating
costs. George Hanson,
School Board member, reported that there are no programs available
at this time. The city
would have to finance the infrastructure with grant and loan and
that would be cost prohibitive.
Clerk discussed suggestions for community
center kitchen needs from Peggy Wilebski who worked with Sion Church
ladies serving a banquet from the community center kitchen. Nordin moved to allow up to
$1500.00 of kitchen equipment to be purchased from the community
center savings, second by Hilman and carried. Clerk will work with
groups that use the kitchen to develop a list of items needed and
Clerk requests that $10,000.00 be transferred
from the water fund to
the sewer fund to cover the sewer fund deficit. This deficit is due to the
large repair needs in 2013.
Hilman moved to
allow the transfer of $10,000.00 from the water fund to the sewer
fund, second by Stenquist and carried.
Clerk reported that Ryan Nelson, representing
the 2015 I-500 snowmobile race, has contacted the city to
e if there would be an area for refueling in
Lancaster. This event
will be held February 2015.
Olson and Hilman volunteered to work with Nelson to see if
his needs can be met.
Council discussed implementing a payroll step
system similar to Kittson County for the 2014 year. The clerk presented various
step system schedules.
The council tabled this until their December meeting.
Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer
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