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The Lancaster City Council met for its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  The following members were present: Rice, Olson, Swenson, Stenquist and Barron.


Ron Jasmer with Widseth, Smith & Nolting, presented a community center design plan.  The council reviewed the design.  Ron will work on completing the design and meet with the council in late November to do further review and then submit the design to USDA for approval.


Barron moved to approve the minutes of the September 14, 2011 regular meeting, second by Swenson 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 October 2011 Bills to be paid. Stenquist moved to approve the bills for payment, second by Swenson and carried.  An abstract of bills will be posted with the minutes and are available upon request to the clerk.


Clerk reported that the grindex pump at lift station #3 has failed Tom Sebenaler, sewer works director, advises that the council purchase a new pump at the cost of $2,269.00 rather than rebuild the old pump at the cost of $1,650.00.  Olson moved to purchase the new pump for $2,269.00, second by Barron and carried.


Clerk also reported that Sebenaler has great concern with Lift Station #4 (Industrial Park).  The pump has processed 185,000 gallons of water in the last quarter.  This system was design to handle approximately 45,000-54000 per quarter.  The pump is being overwhelmed by excess water/sewage on a regular basis and the outlet line is not designed for this amount of sewage water.  Sebenaler reports that this pump will need to be overhauled or replaced frequently.  Rice will schedule a meeting with sewer works director and end user to discuss the issue.


Council will review water, sewer and camping rates for 2012 at the next meeting.


Fire Chief, Terry Kukowski, has informed the council that the backup 1975 Fire pumper truck is nonoperational and due to its age and other issues the fire department has determined that it is not feasible to repair a truck of this age.  Kukowski requests that the council take this unit out of service.  Stenquist moved to remove the 1975 Fire pumper truck from service, second by Olson and carried.


Clerk reported on the League of MN Cities regional meeting that she attended.  The sign retroreflectivity implementation rules have been delayed until January 2018.  She also gave council handouts on council meeting procedures.


Merlyn Winters requests a raise for cleaning recycling bins and garbage cans.  The council noted that there have been recycling bin contamination fines for the last 6 months.  At this time they will delay any raise to see if the contamination problem declines.


Council discussed the “Welcome to Lancaster”  sign that they wished to install on the west side of Lancaster.  The person who designed and built the other signs has went out of business.  Olson will check with school shop teacher and see if this is a project that one of his shop classes would be able to do.


Clerk reported that the Community Center Savings account balance is $18,972.72 as September 30, 2011.  Stenquist reports that the next work group meeting will be October 19, 2011 at 7:00PM to discuss fundraising.  Rice and Johnson are directed to look into forms of interim financing for the construction phase of the building.


Council reviewed the September City and Liquor Store financial information, Liquor Store Daily sales and Gambling Monthly receipts.   


Swenson reported that the alley behind the Liquor Store is very rough and needs to be leveled and gravel placed.  Rice will ask maintenance to take of this and look at other streets that might need some gravel.


Council Adjourned as there was no further council business.




Carol Johnson








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