March 19, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with all members present, except councilman Charles Andres.


Regularly scheduled council meeting minutes, February 19, 2014, were approved as presented.


No questions of specific bills

Motioned by Turner and seconded by Adamski to approve the payment of the bills. Carried


Old Business:

City-Wide Garage Sale May 1st & 2nd; Treasure Day will be May 3rd & Clean-up day will be May 10th at 8am to 10am


New Business:

Fourth of July Committee was present to ask for the annual city donation for the 4th of July celebration.

Motion made by Turner and seconded by Noss to make a donation of $3,500 to the 4th of July committee and to see if there are available pyro-technicians to do a fireworks display on Thursday July 3, 2014, carried


Motion by Turner and seconded by Adamski to cash out the Franklin Templeton funds and transfer to general operating account, carried


Motion by Noss and seconded by Turner to hire Widseth, Smith, Nolting & Assoc. contract with the City to complete all necessary assessments and proper documentation for Superior Avenue Project, carried


Motion by Adamski and seconded by Turner to renew and sign annual grant agreement for recycling, $1286 and clean-up day $375 with Morrison County, carried


Motion by Adamski and seconded by Noss to have the mayor sign an independent contract agreement with Dan Thilquist, carried


Motion by Noss and seconded by Turner to donate $500 to Green Prairie / Darling Twp. for beach and park project, carried


Reminder: May 7, 2014 9 a.m. at the Fire Hall Local Board of Appeal and Equalization, three members of council need to be present for this meeting.


Liquor Store Update: March 4th and March 17th music from Sue Kliber, 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Good turnout, she will be made May 5th for Cinco de Mayo.


Water and Sewer: nothing to report.


Maintenance Department: Wendell was present at council to ask city to consider disposing of the fence and rock pillars that are along the entrance of the city cemetery from County Road 1. Motion by Noss and seconded by Turner to dispose of the fence and pillars as recommended by Wendell, carried


Evans Implement prepared a trade in value for the 2001 and 2004 lawnmowers and purchase price for a newer mower for a total of $8,740 after trade. New mower is a 2014 Simplicity same as existing 2011 Simplicity with an additional piece, a bagger. Motion by Turner and seconded by Adamski to purchase the new 2014 Simplicity mower as presented, carried


Modern Farm Equipment prepared a quote for a new tractor. The quote is for a New Holland Boomer 3050 with trade in of city tractor 2011 New Holland 3045 cost will be $12,400. Motion by Noss and seconded by Turner to purchase new Ford New Holland tractor and new loader for the total cost of $12,400, carried


Police Department Report: Chief Strack was present to inform council that he had ordered his updated computer for the squad car. The cost will be less due to the city exemption on tax. This is on a state bid with the Morrison Co. Sheriff Department.


Council Member’s concerns:

Charley: nothing at this time                       Jerry A.: nothing at this time                       Rick: nothing at this time


Dan: Assessment of the computer networking for City Hall is not fully completed. This week Jody receive a notice from Microsoft that Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft and it is recommended that we update to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Jody’s computer and the computer at the Liquor Store are the two computers that still have Windows XP. Dan recommends that because Microsoft is no longer supporting the updates for Windows XP the city invest in newer computers for at least these two.


Motion made by Riitters and seconded by Turner to invest up to $600 per computer to purchase an updated version, carried


Meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.


Next regularly scheduled council meeting will be April 16, 2014 at Randall Fire Hall.