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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Meeting Room.  Members present were Mayor, Michael Olson; council members Luke Nordin, John Stenquist, Jim Hilman & Barron


Stenquist moved to approve the council minutes of the June 12, 2013 regular meeting, seconded 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 July 2013 bills to be paid.  Barron moved to approve the bills as presented for payment and to use $11,130.36 from the community center savings to cover the costs of landscaping & propane relocate, second by Nordin and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.


Clerk reported that Zondagh has decided to not install concrete around the storm sewer drain behind the community center as there has been no wash of gravel or dirt coming into the storm since the parking lot has been filled with gravel.


Council discussed obtaining quotes for various aspects of the liquor remodel.  Barron will work with Liquor Store Manager on this. Mike Whitlock was at the meeting to discuss heating and air needs for the liquor store and will submit a quote for the project.


Zondagh reported that 1 of the 2 pumps in lift station 1 needs to be replaced.   He has asked for a quote from ND Sewage and Pump.  Stenquist will work with Zondagh on this matter.


Correspondence was received from the city attorney  regarding the MN courts  new requirement that cities ordinances  codified in order for law enforcement to be able to charge  out city issues.  The attorney suggested that the cost of codifying all ordinances could be prohibitive for cities and that the city could address the issue when needed.  Council agrees that this is an unfunded mandate and the issue will be addressed when needed.


Kittson County Fair Board has sent the  city a request for support for the annual fair.  The council will have the clerk extend an offer to allow the fair board a one time use of  the Community Center free of charge if they wish to hold a fundraiser in the facility.


Council discussed the  2014 budget and directed the clerk to pull together numbers for the budget for the council to  review at the next regular meeting.


Clerk reported that the total donations for the community center are at $67,436.44 as of June 30, 2013.


Council reviewed the June 2013 City and Liquor Store financial information. 


Barron reported that she has had complaints regarding the condition of the Leslie Tuura/David Woullet  property at 309 Central Ave. North.  She will check and see who are the current owners of the property so that the council may contact them.


Casey Faken would like the metal changeable sign that is on his property removed.   Hilman will find out if the Lancaster BusinessAssociation is  the owner of the sign.


Hilman reported that the sewer alarm at the Highway 59 Grindex Pump Station is sounding quite often and he will check with maintenance to see what the problem is.


Chris & Janet Johnson wish to remove the broken and sinking sidewalk in front of their house as it is becoming a hazard, fill the area with dirt and plant grass.  Hilman moved to allow the sidewalk to be removed and dirt fill to be placed in the area, second by Nordin and carried.


Clerk requested that a couple of council persons review the January 2013-June 2013 bank statements.  Barron will review Prime Security Bank City Statements and Stenquist will review United Valley Bank Liquor Statements.


Council discussed the need to visit with the Fire Chief regarding equipment and storage of equipment, fire truck loan payments, budgeting and future needs of the fire department.  The Mayor will request that the fire chief attend the next meeting to discuss these issues.


Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.




Carol Johnson  Clerk/Treasurer







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