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The Lancaster City Council met for a special meeting on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  The following members were present: Rice, Olson and Stenquest. Absent were Swenson and Nordin. 


The purpose for the special meeting was to discuss annual contracts with the contracting townships, fire department and city council.  Rice reported that at this time the Fire fund balance is $156,721.90 and of that amount approximately  $110,000.00 would be available for the purchase of a fire truck the remaining monies are held in reserve for fire department use in case of major repairs or equipment needs.  The group reviewed financial information for the last 3 years.  Fire chief, Terry Kukowski  discussed the approximate cost a replacement fire trucks, new and used.  Kukowski and Michael Peterson reported that they have been applying for FEMA grants for several years for a fire truck and have a grant application pending.  They should know if the grant is accepted within the next 3 months.  Rice reviewed a proposed 2011 fire contract schedule based on the current fire contract agreement (there will be small changes to the schedule when the new Estimated Market Value for 2011 becomes available in February 2011.  The council is proposing that the current agreement be extended for 2011 through 2013.  


Olson moved to allow the fire department to assemble a request for proposal for a fire pumper truck and bring it to the council for final approval, second by Stenquist and carried.


Stenquist moved to establish the next 3 years of fire contracts as follows:  Total 2011 Contract amount will be $15905.70 (2010 fire contracts total of $15766.95 plus the average cost of living increase of .88% that Kittson county gave it’s employees for 2011 ).  The total township base will remain at $3433.00, each of the 8 townships will have a base amount of $400.00 with the exception of the partial township service contracts for Clow (base $133) and Hazelton (base $100) for a total base of $3433.00.  The remaining $12,472.70 will be divided by each township’s estimated market value on a pro rata basis with the townships of Clow & Hazelton being based on the estimated market value of the sections covered by the Lancaster Fire Department.  Further agreed upon was that the total fire department budget amount will be increased in 2012 & 2013 by the cost of living increase that the county gives it’s employees in the years of 2012 through 2013 and the base will remain the same for 2012 and 2013. Seconded by Olson and carried.




Carol Johnson








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