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 The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Meeting Room.  Members present were Mayor, Michael Olson; council members Jim Hilman and Luke Nordin.  Mary Barron and John Stenquist absent.

Hilman moved to approve the council minutes of the February 12, 2014 regular meeting, seconded by Nordin 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 March 2014 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 2014 Rates, Fees & Appointments Schedule.   Nordin moved to approve the bills and transfer $939.72 from the community center savings to cover expenditures for community center equipment, second by Hilman and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.

Clerk reported that wireless internet within the meeting room has been established.  The cost for additional bandwidth is $5.00 per month and the wireless router cost under $50.00.  The community center has limited signal strength with the wireless but the cost to boost the signal is quite expensive.   The council did not take any further action on the matter.

Clerk received a quote of $1494.88 from Culinex for additional dinner plates; salad plates; cups; glasses & rolling cart for community center.   The purchase would bring the total place settings available in the center to 240.  Hilman moved to purchase the additional dishes from Culinex, second by Nordin and carried.

The North Red River Chapter of the MN Deer Hunters Assoc. is holding a meeting, meal and speaker event in the community center on April 7, 2014 and has requested approval a gambling raffle permit for the night of April 7th.  Hilman moved to approve the permit without a 30 day waiting period, second by Nordin and carried.

Council set the Liquor Store inventory for March 30, 2014 at 1:00PM.

 Gatheridge Electric quoted $2,380.00 to install additional low light fixtures in the community center and $730.00 to change the ballasts and install a switch in the Meeting Room to enable the lighting to be dimmed in that room for presentations.  Council tabled the quote.

Council reviewed the February 2014 City and Liquor Store financial information and January daily sales averages for the liquor store and gambling monthly summary.

Nordin is working on receiving quotes for the liquor store remodel project.

Lancaster school is asking for permission to pursue grants for the construction of a new media (crows nest) box at the Sports Complex for football games.  Hilman moved to allow the school to pursue grant opportunities, second by Nordin and carried.

Nordin will purchase anchoring hooks and material for the community center in order for some decorations to be used along the walls and ceilings of the community center.

 Clerk reported that the 2014 Fire Contracts have been sent to the townships according to the agreed upon prorate split with the 3% overall rate increase approved at the January 2014 council meeting.

 Clerk reminded the council of the Annual Fireman’s Relief Association meeting on March 19, 2014 at 8:00PM in the Fire Hall.

 Council discussed issues regarding frozen water lines and sewer lines within the city.  Nordin moved to allow water and sewer bills of persons that need to leave their water running so their lines do not freeze be adjusted to the amounts used for the same time period in the previous year, second by Hilman and carried.

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



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