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The Lancaster City Council met for its Regular Meeting on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.  The following persons were present: Mayor, Mike Olson; Council members: Kathy Bernstrom and John Stenquist.  Jackson Peterson and Krista Matthew were absent. 

Also present:  Anna Jauhola, Kittson County Enterprise reporter.

Bernstrom moved to approve the April 12, 2023 Council 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 May 2023 bills presented and 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 2023 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.

Clerk reported that Roxanne Kulyk revolving loan is current.

Olson reported that he had attempted to get 2 quotes for the demolition and removal of the house at the tax forfeited property the city received from Kittson County.  Kittson County has committed up to $12,000.00 of tax forfeited property funds to help with the cleanup.   The only quote received is from Anderson Brothers Const. in the amount of $13,590.00 with the city to be responsible for the tipping fees at the Landfill.  Stenquist move to accept the Anderson Bros. quote of $13,590.00, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Bernstrom moved to advertise for sale the following items on the tax forfeited property the city acquired:  1972 Ford Ranchero; 1986 Pontiac TransAm and a 7’x10’ tin shed all are to be sold as is;  bids to be accepted through June 9th and reviewed at council meeting June 14, 2023 with winning bidders to pay and remove property by June 30th, second by Stenquist and carried.

Bernstrom moved to accept $1,000.00 donation from the Lancaster Lions for the repair to the Community Center ice machine; second by Stenquist and carried.

Council discussed the update Livable City Code information.  The council tabled approval until next meeting.

Stenquist moved to approve and submit a Special Even Permit to Kittson County to close CSAH 27 June 23-June 25, 2023 for Heritage Days events, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Stenquist moved to hire Kittson County Highway Department for crack sealing up to $5,000.00 and to hire Anderson Bros. gravel streets up to $4,000.00, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Bernstrom moved to approve McFarlane Heating annual contract for $1,460.00 semi-annual heating, air and exhaust system inspections in the Community Center, second by Stenquist and carried.

Stenquist moved to pay for ½ of a load of AgriLime for the baseball field with the School paying for the other ½, second by Bernstrom and carried.

Council discussed housing needs and programs available.

Council reviewed the City and Liquor Store financials.

Other items discussed:  Snow removal; Gazebo improvements; dirt to fill Glenn Sanner lot, caused by fire department sewer repairs; concrete around storm sewer manholes behind Community Center and on 3rd Street in new addition.

Olson reported on siren issue with time clock controller.  Council discussed cost of new siren and types of sirens.  Bernstrom moved to purchase a new controller for the siren, second by Stenquist and carried.

Clerk reported that there is $1,463.00 of city funds still available for sports complex playground  improvements.

Wojo’s Rodeo submitted an event license application, hold harmless agreement and certificate of liability insurance for June 23rd & June 24th, 2023 to be held at the Sports Complex.  Stenquist  moved to approve the application, second by Bernstrom and caried.

Mayor closed the meeting as there was no further business for council.

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

Approval Date: June 14, 2023




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