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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  The following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Barron.  Stenquist was absent.


Olson moved to approve the minutes of the November 9, 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 December 2011 Bills to be paid. Barron moved to approve the bills for payment, second by Swenson and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.


The Clerk has a completed liquor license application for Bernstrom Oil.   Olson moved to approve the 3.2 Off-sale Liquor License for Bernstrom Oil Co. for the period of January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 and allow the Clerk and Mayor to sign the license forms pending receipt of all paperwork, seconded by Barron and carried. 


Rice reported on the status of community center project grant requests.  Rice met with the United Valley Bank board in November and is happy to report that United Valley Bank has approved a grant of $10,000.00 for the project.  Barron moved to accept the grant of $10,000 from United Valley Bank, second by Swenson and carried.


Olson moved to allow clerk to pay council per diems for 2011, second by Barron and carried.


Barron moved to allow the mayor to sign the engagement letter with Hoffman, Dale & Associates for the 2011 city audit, second by Swenson and carried.


Liquor store inventory has been set for January 2, 2012 at 10:00AM.


Council discussed campground open and close dates.  The council will not make any changes to the open and close dates at this time.


Rice reported that he has met with the sewer and water works employees, Ferguson Waterworks representative and Arlen Nordin to inspect & repair the grindex pump and discuss the extremely high water and sewer usage and other issues at the 59 Industrial lift station.  Arlen reports that they have installed flow restrictors on PodCoís sump pump to restrict flow.  Rice reports that all parties are aware that this pump is not sized for high water flows.


Council again 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 $27,988.32 as December 9, 2011. 


Council reviewed the November City and Liquor Store financial information, Liquor Store Daily sales.  


Clerk reported that the Liquor Store fund balance is well above itís needs and recommends that $20,000.00 be transferred to the city general fund for community center project expenses.  Olson move to transfer $20,000.00 from the Liquor Store fund to the City general fund, second by Barron and carried.


Rice reported the city warning siren is in need of some repairs.  Rice also reported that public works director will work on obtaining the permits needed to move the compost pile from south of town to northeast of town.  


Rice and the clerk will work on the MN Rural Water interim financing loan application.  The architects will be attending the January meeting with community center plans for approval. 


Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.




Carol Johnson








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