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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  The following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson and Stenquest.  Nordin was absent.

Swenson moved to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2010 Regular meeting, seconded by Olson 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.

Roger & Deanne Westerberg, Dick & Carla Olson, Judy Swenson and Duane Wuollet  met with the council to discuss Duane Wuollet’s lot that he has hauled manure on for seeding grass.  The neighbors have expressed that they think he is attracting pests.  Mr. Wuollet  stated that he has been unable  to spread the manure because of the excess rains.  The council directed Mr. Wuollet to spread or remove the manure in the next 2 to 3 weeks. 

The council reviewed the July 2010 Bills to be paid. Olson moved to approve the bills for payment, second by Stenquest and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.

Clerk reported that the following positions are up for election:  Mayor, 2 year position and (2) 4year council positions.

The council discussed leasing or selling city lots with purchase agreement special building requirement options.  The council will table this discussion for additional information. 

Rice will meet with the Karlstad Mayor to discuss garbage collection options and report back to the council.

Clerk reported that the 7 foot sickle mower high bid was $526.00, Mayor had reviewed bids.  Olson moved to approve the sale of the hay mower, second by Swenson and carried.

Council discussed correspondence from the Kittson County Highway Department regarding the culvert under CSAH 27/Central Ave. of Lancaster.  The 24”culvert will be replaced with a 36” culvert.  The Highway Department recommends that the city remove an unused crossing and replace the 2-18” culverts with a larger culvert along Washington Street this will allow the water to flow better along Washington Street.  Stenquist move to have this done as soon as possible as the flooding from heavy downpours creates emergency situations, second by Olson and carried. 

Council discussed the 2011 budget considerations due to Local Government Aide cuts and directed the clerk to prepare a budget with an increase of $14,000.00 to the general levy to make up for the cuts to 2010 Local  Government Aide and the future cuts to the 2011 Local Government Aid.  Council also directed the clerk to prepare a new water and sewer rate schedule with an increase of approximately 10% .  This increase might become effective  retroactive to July 1, 2010.

Council appointed Mike Olson and Carol Johnson, clerk to review the employee handbook and propose changes.

Stenquist & Rice reported on the community center project.  Johnson reported that the community center work group minutes are being posted on the city web page.  Johnson also reported that the community center savings account balance is $4,260.71.

The council reveiewed the following resolutions for Community Center Funding Grants:  Local Government Resolution Dondelinger Foundation, Local Government Resolution Hartz Foundation, Local Government Resolution Mardag Foundation and Local Government Resolution Wikstromz Foundation.      Swenson moved to approve all of the grant applications and allow the Mayor and Clerk to sign the resolutions, second by Olson and carried.  Copies of the resolutions are on file with the original minutes.

Council reviewed the June City and Liquor Store financial information. 

Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.


Carol Johnson



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