June 19, 2013

The regular meeting of the Randall City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with all members present except Councilman Turner.

                The minutes of the May 15th regular meeting, May 30th Special meeting and its June 13th Continuation meeting and the June 13th Special meeting, were all approved as presented.

                Motion by Adamski 2nd by Andres to pay the bills for the month.  Carried


Yellow Ribbon Network – Kevin Brown was present representing the Yellow Ribbon Network of Morrison County.  He shared that the Network had received their official proclamation from the State of Minnesota signed by the Governor today at a ceremony at Camp Ripley.  Brown then presented the council with a proclamation signed by Governor Dayton recognizing the City of Randall as a Yellow Ribbon City.


Annual Pledge to Initiative Foundation:  Motion by Adamski 2nd by Riiters to approve the city’s annual pledge of $450.00 to the Initiative Foundation for 2013.  Carried


Dance Permit:  Motion by Noss 2nd by Andres to approve a dance permit for the Randall Presbyterian Church to hold their annual Hoe Down at Bingo Park on July 28, 2013.  Carried


Holiday Hours:  There will be a street dance on July 3rd with music playing until 12:30 a.m. therefore the Liquor store has asked to extend its July 3rd hours to 1:00 a.m. (July 4th).  Motion by Andres 2nd by Noss to approve extending the hours at the liquor store to 1:00 a.m. July 4th.  Carried

                The daytime hours for July 4th at the liquor store will be from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Board of Appeals & Equalization training will be held on September 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


Electric Service Agreement:  Motion by Andres 2nd by Adamski to approve the updated Electric Service Agreement with ALLETE, Inc. (MN Power), that states they are passing the flow through production tax on to their utility customers.  Carried


Donations:  Randall-Cushing Lions - $250.00 towards flower pot project; Randall VFW - $1200.00 to Randall Baseball Team; AgStar Financial Services - $3000.00 to Vision Randall for housing study.

Motion by Andres 2nd by Noss to accept all donations for the month.  Carried


Delinquent Accounts:  Reviewed and no issues this month


Wastewater Plant Operator Commendation:  The city received a certificate of commendation for the Wastewater treatment facility staff.  Dan Thilquist has received 16 commendations from the MN Pollution Control Agency. 


Administrative Assistant Resignation:  The council accepted Angie Magee’s resignation and thanked her for her years of service.  Angie’s last day in the office will be June 28th but she will be coming in after her regular hours at her new place of employment to take care of certain things that need to be done for the city and to train her replacement.


The Mayor also recognized Jerry Carter for his years of service on the city council.


A city resident asked that the council commend Wendell Schultz and Dan Thilquist for their great work in getting the city cemetery ready for Memorial Day weekend.


GASB 54:  The city needs to adopt the GASB 54 policy; The purpose of this policy is to integrate and further define the City of Randall’s governmental fund balance policy in compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement 54: Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions. 

Motion by Noss 2nd by Adamski to adopt GASB 54, defining the city’s governmental fund balance policy. Carried

River Road:The city received a bid from Crosby & Sons Construction for repairing the gravel portion of River Road (from the funeral home to Pacific Ave.).  The bid had a price using Class #5 and a price using recycled concrete.  The Class #5 bid was less expensive at a price of $3,960.00.

Motion by Noss 2nd by Andres to accept the bid from Crosby & Sons Const. using Class #5 for a cost of $3,960.00 to repair the graveled portion of River Road using funds from the contingency fund.  Carried

Administrative Assistant Applications:  The city will accept cover letters and resumes for the position until 5pm June 28th.  The Mayor called a special meeting for July 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the fire hall meeting room to review and screen all applications.

The city will be receiving a bid from Tri-City for patching a few areas on the streets in town.

Police Department: A vehicle was forfeited to the city last year and now needs to be put up for auction.  Chief Strack stated that the city could either apply for its own permit to do this or, for a minimal fee, have the Sheriff’s Dept. auction it off for the city.  Strack said the permit process is simple and would recommend the city get its own permit and he will get the information to the city manager for review.  The funds collected for this forfeited vehicle must be used for drug enforcement equipment as that was the reason the vehicle was forfeited in the first place.

The MedReturn station is now at city hall and anyone wanting to discard of old/unused medications can bring them to this station.  More information will be posted in area businesses.

Little Falls PD is terminating its K-9 Program.  Strack believes this is a great asset for law enforcement and asked the council if they would be willing to purchase his dog (Ellie) from Little Falls for $1.00, pay for all dog food, vet bills and annual certification and add his dog to the Randall Police Department.  He also informed the council that the Fair Labor Standards Act states a K-9 officer is to be paid for ½ hour per day of service.  The city manager will contact the League of MN Cities to check on liability.

Motion by Adamski 2nd by Noss to purchase Chief Stracks’ police dog (Ellie) from Little Falls for $1.00 and add her to the city’s department.  Carried

The resignation of Jerry Carter left a vacancy on the Utility Board, Personnel Committee, Budget Committee and Deputy Mayor.   Mayor Riitters appointed Dan Noss to the Utility Board, Personnel Committee and Budget Committee and Charley Andres ad Deputy Mayor.

Motion by Riitters 2nd by Adamski to approve the Mayor’s Appointments as stated.  Carried

Councilman Andres asked that the city manager keep reminding property owners to mow their lawns if needed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:31 p.m.