LANCASTER CITY COUNCIL
The Lancaster City Council met for its
regular meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the
City Hall Meeting Room.
Members present were Mayor, Michael Olson; council members
John Stenquist, Jim Hilman, Luke Nordin and Mary Barron.
Barron to approve the council minutes of the
November 13, 2013 regular meeting and minutes of the November 13,
2013 Special Meeting, seconded by Hilman 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 December 2013 bills
to be paid. Hilman
moved to approve the bills and move $929.00 from the Community
Center Savings for repayment of community center fundraiser
expenses, second by Barron and carried. An abstract of bills will be
posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the
Council reviewed the proposed 2014 budget and
the 2013 Liquor Store fund balance noting that the liquor store fund
balances are adequate for the remodel project with additional monies
be available to make the 2014 community center loan payment. This would enable the
proposed 2014 general property tax levy to be reduced by
$5000.00. Barron moved
to set the 2014 city property tax levy at $84,000.00 a reduction of
$5000.00, second by Stenquist and carried.
Nordin moved to transfer $22,000.00 from the
Municipal Liquor Store Fund to the city general fund and designate
that this money be placed in the community center savings for the
2014 community center loan payment, second by Hilman and
Council discussed implementing a payroll step
system with 7 total steps as a way to meet the state requirements
for pay equity. The implementation of the system would be equal to
an overall 3% increase in payroll costs. Barron moved to accept
the 7 year step system, starting with hours worked after January 1,
second by Hilman and carried.
Clerk reported that Bernstrom Oil Company has
applied for a 2014 3.2 off sale liquor license and that all the
proper paperwork has been received to support the license
moved to renew the 3.2 off sale liquor license for 2014 and allow
the clerk and mayor to execute all license documents, second by
Barron and carried.
Clerk reported that USDA representative,
Andrew Gag, will be completing the final inspection of the community
center project on December 16th at 12:30PM. Council
members are encouraged to attend to review any items that they feel
are not completed to their satisfaction.
Kittson County Ambulance Service has asked to
use the Community Center Free of all charges on March 29, 2014 steak
fry. Hilman moved to
allow the Kittson county Ambulance Service to use the community
center and kitchen facilities free of all charges, second by Nordin
Mayor set the Liquor Store inventory for
January 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM.
Stenquist moved to allow the 2013 council per
diems as presented for payment, second by Nordin and
Clerk reported that the maintenance printer
isnít working properly, a used printer is being tried but if that
doesnít work out a new printer will need to be purchased.
Council reviewed the November 2013 City and
Liquor Store financial information.
Council discussed and reviewed the community
center rental agreements.
It is a one page agreement that states some basic rulers for
use of the facility.
The council felt they would leave the agreement alone at this
time but will review rental rates at their January
Council discussed that fire department
equipment has not been returned to the city limits. The council has sent 2
letters requesting their return. Barron moved to send a final
letter to Terry Kukowski, Fire Chief, requesting the return of all
equipment, vehicles, trailers,
generator, etc. to city limits by January 1, 2014 or further
council action will be taken, second by Nordin and carried.
Bank Statement review will be completed by
Olson and Stenquist.
Hilman moved to make a request to the Legion
Post #214 Gambling Fund of $148.26 for two bulletin boards for the
city hall meeting room, second by Nordin and carried.
Council discussed 2014 water and sewer
Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer
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