HERON LAKE CITY COUNCIL
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019, 7:00 PM
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Mayor Jason Freking, with the following council members present; Glenn Kuhnau, Andrew Rasche, Danni Swanson and Carol Wagner.
Others in attendance were Julie Foote, Jerry Wagner, Joe Liepold, Police Chief Anthony Fauglid, John Haberman, Tamara Shelton and Stacy J. Grube.
Approval of Agenda
Mayor Freking moved, seconded by Council Member Kuhnau, to approve the agenda with the addition of MVTV, Plaza Grill Liquor License, Police Car Lease and Sand/Salt purchasing from the City. Vote on the motion: Freking, Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner, aye; no nays. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes
Council Member Kuhnau moved, seconded by Council Member Wagner, to approve the minutes of the Council Meeting of February 6, 2019, as presented. Vote on the motion: Freking, Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner, aye; no nays. Motion carried.
Julie Foote from MVTV expressed interest to Council in revisiting putting in electrical in order to put equipment on the water tower to be able to offer services to rural Heron Lake residents. She was directed to speak with Federated Rural Electric regarding costs.
Liquor License Renewals
Council Member Kuhnau moved, seconded by Mayor Freking, to approve the renewal of P & J’s Mini Mart 3.2 Off sale liquor license and the renewal of Plaza Grill On sale liquor license. Vote on the motion: Freking, Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner, aye; no nays. Motion carried.
Post Office Repairs
The Postal Service is requesting repair of metal back door. Replacing the door was found to be the best option due to condition of the door. Bid was presented from Worthington Glass Inc. to furnish and install metal door, frame, and closure for $3,486.71.
Council Member Rasche moved, seconded by Council Member Wagner, to approve bid from Worthington Glass Inc. to replace back metal door at Post Office for $3,486.71. Vote on the motion: Freking, Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner; aye, no nays. Motion carried.
Council was informed of recent repair, continued issues with the library lift, and discontinued services with Minnesota Elevator. Staff informed Council that Access Elevator & Lifts from Sioux Falls has been contacted and will complete a service call then provide information regarding a routine maintenance contract.
Community member questioned the City about being able to put excess snow from their own yard and hiring someone to haul to the City burn site. Staff stated that excess snow from the liquor store had been hauled to the burn site. Further discussion resulted in council approving dumping of excess snow in the South Park area.
Local Board of Appeal & Equalization
Will meet on April 10, 2019. Regular council meeting to follow.
Reminder was provided to be aware of snow amounts on City building roofs. Staff was directed to address problem areas.
Joe Liepold reviewed his monthly report and reported that a broken service line for a community resident was located and repaired. It was also reported that the water tower overflowed in February and that he is working on implementing measures to address overflows quickly.
John Haberman reported that work on 17th Street continues to remain on hold due to weather, but is hopeful March will work to begin work on the process. Discussion was held on the possibility of City selling salt/sand to local contractors, Council agreed that this can be worked out. Discussion was also held about having a sand/salt bunker in place for the City, staff was directed to obtain pricing and report back to council.
Chief Fauglid reviewed his monthly report and stated that February was a fairly quiet month, that he hoped to begin with the junk vehicle sweep in April and followed up on concrete disposal questions from previous council meeting.
Council Member Rasche reviewed squad car lease information he obtained from Pete Barta from Fleet Services. Council discussed at length the pros and cons of both leasing a new squad car and purchasing the current squad car for $7,550 after the lease is done in May. Discussion resulted in;
Council Member Rasche moved, seconded by Mayor Freking, to approve the 5 year lease of the Dodge Charger. Vote on the motion: Freking, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner aye; Kuhnau, nay. Motion carried.
Council Member Kuhnau moved, seconded by Mayor Freking, to approve payment of claims as presented, totaling $110,120.19. Vote on the motion: Freking, Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner, aye; no nays. Motion carried.
Mayor Freking moved, seconded by Council Member Rasche, to adjourn at 8:17 PM. Vote on the motion: Freking, Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson and Wagner, aye; no nays. Motion carried.
Submitted by: Stacy J. Grube
Kuhnau, Rasche, Swanson, Wagner