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The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Center.  The following persons were present: Mayor Mike Olson; Council members Faye Potrament, Kathy Bernstrom and John Stenquist.  Also, present Anna Jauhola, Kittson County Enterprise; George Hanson, City Attorney and 19 members of the public.

Potrament moved to approve the January 13, 2021 Annual 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.

The council reviewed the February 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.

Mendy Coffield addressed the council regarding the discussion reported upon at the previous council meeting expressing her disappointment.  Donald Burton spoke regarding his loan and why he had not made the interest payment for 2020.   He submitted 2 checks to the council on this night.   A check in the amount of $30,886.85 is to pay off the 1st loan dated May 13, 2014 in full including interest to 2/10/2021.  The second check in the amount of $1,049.12 for the 2nd loan dated 3/6/2017 is to pay interest from 12/1/2019 to 2/10/2021.  Burton also stated that he would pay off the 2nd loan in full including interest on January 10, 2022.

Burton and Coffield also expressed disappointment that no thank you was extended to the former Liquor Store Manager.  It was also stated that there were issues with Council and City Clerk.

Burton also requested that the city repair a fence damaged by the city mower.  Olson will work on this issue.

Other members of the public made comments regarding loan fund.

Corrine Karboviak, Director Kittson County DAC met with the council to discuss having the KC DAC clean the Liquor Store.  Karboviak proposed that DAC clean on Mondays and Fridays (except when on break) for $8.50/hour per worker on a contract basis with DAC to pay all workers.  Potrament moved to accept the bid, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Clerk reported that the Fire Department had received bids to purchase the 1997 GMC Ambulance and the high bid was from Mark Larson for $512.34.  Stenquist moved accept the bid from Mark Larson, second by Potrament and carried.

Stenquist reported that he and Olson had interviewed 3 people for the Liquor Store Manager position and that they recommend that Shannon Bowlin be hired for the Position at $20.55/hour (Step 1 for the position).  Potrament moved to hire Bowlin as the LS Manager effective February 10, 2021.

Clerk presented the 2020 Fire Relief Association Financial report from PERA Statewide Volunteer Firefighter retirement plan for the council information.

Clerk presented the 2020 Pay Equity Implementation Report for approval.  Bernstrom moved to approve the report, second by Stenquist and carried.

Council reviewed the January 2021 City and Liquor Store financial information.

Council discussed the Gazebo shingling project.  Olson will obtain quotes for the project.

Ottertail Power Company requested approval to replace 3 street light bulbs with LED bulbs.  Stenquist moved to approve the agreement and allow clerk to sign, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Olson reported that he has spoken to an individual that is interested in being on the City Council and hopes to know more by the next meeting.

As there was no further business the council adjourned.

Carol Johnson, Clerk/Treasurer                        Approved:  Mike Olson, Mayor

Approval Date: March 10, 2021




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