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The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Center.  The following persons were present: Mayor Mike Olson; Council members Kathy Bernstrom; John Stenquist and Bradley Rice.  Absent Fay Potrament.  Also, present Anna Jauhola, Kittson County Enterprise.

Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Bradley Rice.  Rice received Code of Ethics and completed the Conflict-of-Interest form.

Bernstrom moved to approve the March 10, 2021 Regular Meeting Minutes, second 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.

Shannon Hunstad, Lancaster School Superintendent, met with the council to discuss the new parking lot and bus loading and unloading zone that will be installed on the west side of the school.  There will be 3 sections of city street curb that need to be removed at the school’s expense.  Rice moved to allow the Lancaster School to remove 3 sections of curb replace with concrete ramps, second by Bernstrom and carried.

The council reviewed the April 2021 bills presented this night and any 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 2021 Rates Fees & Appointments Schedule.  Stenquist moved to approve the bills, second by Bernstrom and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.

Shannon Bowlin, Liquor Store Manager, met with the council to review the 1st Quarter Liquor Store Financials.  The 1st quarter report shows a profit after expenses of $8,336.04 and that sales are increasing.

Bowlin requests to purchase flower barrels, decorative chain and lights to decorate and delineate the patio in front of the Community Center.  Stenquist moved to allow up to $500 to be spent on the Patio improvements, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Council discussed with Bowlin if taking credit cards at the Liquor Store is something that they should implement.  Bowlin said not at this time.

Clerk reported that the Cities 2020 Pay Equity Compliance report has been accepted.

Council discussed a request by water & sewer customer to have the council wave a $50.00 hookup fee.  Council discussed the water/sewer ordinance and procedures.  Bernstrom moved to deny the request for waiver of the hookup fee, second by Rice and carried.

Council discussed the city accepting credit cards with implementation through the AllPaid Credit Card acceptance program.   The proposal is for a fee of 2.65% or $1.00 to be added to the customers payment.  Bernstrom moved to allow credit card payments for Water and Sewer customers, second by Stenquist and carried.

Fire Chief reports that Jesse Peterson and George Zondagh have submitted their resignations from the Fire Department.  Rice moved to accept the resignations, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Fire Chief submitted Fireman application from Jordan Peterson.  Clerk reports that background check has been completed and that no issues were found.  Stenquist moved to accept Jordan Peterson as a Lancaster Fireman effective April 1, 2021, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Council discussed correspondence from the cities’ insurer and the city attorney regarding the possibility of a rodeo being held on city property.  Olson will discuss the recommendations for liability insurance and the Hold Harmless Agreement needed with the organizing group.

Council reviewed the March 2021 City financial information.

Other items discussed:  Gazebo shingles; Burton fence; old Firehall lighting and repairs; water hydrant at gazebo park.

Rice discussed his interest in economic development in the city of Lancaster.   Mayor appointed Rice to cover the responsibility area of Economic Development for the City.

Council discussed hiring a part time cleaning person for the community center.   Clerk was directed to advertise locally; Olson and the clerk will work on this.  Olson will also look into a floor scrubber for the center.

Fire Department requests to purchase Semi batteries.  Bernstrom moved to allow the purchase, second by Rice and carried.

Fire Department requests to purchase ranger tires at the cost of $568.58.  Stenquist moved to allow the purchase, second by Bernstrom and carried.

As there was no further business the council adjourned.

Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer              Approved:  Mike Olson, Mayor  
Approval Date:   May 12, 2021





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