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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Meeting Room.  Members present were Mayor, Michael Olson; council members Luke Nordin, John Stenquist, Mary Barron & Jim Hilman.


Barron moved to approve the council minutes of the April 10, 2013 regular meeting and April 29, 2013 Special 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 May 2013 bills to be paid.  Stenquist moved to approve the bills as presented for payment, second by Hilman and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.


Stenquist moved to use $528.21 from the community center savings to cover the costs of community center clock and coat rack purchased this month, second by Hilman and carried.


Council discussed proposal by Steven Sjostrand to purchase city property directly east of hole 7 at the golf course.  Stenquist & Olson will gps the area to calculate approximate acreage and discuss the proposal with Sjostrand.


Council discussed needed repairs and the issue of buildings and decks being constructed at the Highway 59 campgrounds and a possible campground addition.  Olson and a work group will meet at the 59 Park and review the park repairs, structures and expansion  on  May 29th at 7:00PM.


Council discussed whether the city would sell city owned lots  to  individuals to  put non permanent campers or trailerhomes on them.  The previously stated intent by former councils was for these lots to be used for permanent stick  frames homes to  be moved in or  constructed.  The council tabled the issue.


Council discussed cooling needs and blinds for the meeting room and clerk’s office.  Hilman moved  to allow the clerk to purchase 4 blinds for the south facing windows in the meeting room and office, cost not to exceed $250.00, second by Barron and carried.


Council discussed signage for liquor store dumpster to notify public that dumpster is not for public use.  There has been persons placing private garbage in the dumpster and this cost the city as considerable amount of money.  The clerk will request a quote from Bear Graphix for a wall sign and dumpster stickers notifying the public not to place their garbage in the dumpster.  There is also an issue at the recycling bins, they are already labeled for what qualifies for recycling but there has been a lot of not allowed items and garbage in the dumpster.  The clerk reported that this past month the cost of contamination in the recycling bin is $54.00.  The council  has a person cleaning the recycling bin also and this costs $40.00/month.  These are costs that hopefully can be reduced with greater public awareness. 


Council reviewed the April 2013 City and Liquor Store financial information.  The Liquor Store average daily sales are up substantially for January through April.


Clerk reported that the new fire truck will be delivered within the  next 75 days and that the final cost is $219,019.00 this includes hoses and other additional items needed.  The council discussed the  finances available and how much the loan from the USDA should be for the truck.  Barron moved to complete the loan with the USDA for $60,000.00 for a period of  10 years/annual payments and to allow the Mayor and Clerk to executed all documents that pertain to this loan,  second by Nordin and carried.


Council discussed selling the loader from the JD tractor on bids as it is not needed.  Barron moved to advertise the loader with the right to refuse any and all bids, second by Stenquist and carried.   


Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.




Carol Johnson  Clerk/Treasurer








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