December 15, 2010 ~ Regular & Tax Levy

The special meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. with Riitters, Adamski, Andres and Turner present.  Carter was absent

                Motion by Andres 2nd by Adamski to set the 2011 Tax Levy at $125,000.00, showing no increase from 2010.  Carried

                Motion by Adamski 2nd by Turner to approve the 2011 budget as presented by the budget committee at the November 17th meeting.  Carried


                Meeting was closed at 6:35 p.m.

December 15, 2010

Regular meeting

                The regular meeting of the Randall City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with all members present.  The minutes of the last meeting were approved as presented.

                Motion by Carter 2nd by Adamski to approve the bills for the month.  Carried



                The regular meeting was then suspended and the Mayor opened the public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant.


Deanna Hemmish of the Central MN Housing Partnership and an administrator for the Small Cities Development Program presented the council with information on the program and pointed out the three areas where funding may be available; Commercial, Rental property and owner-occupied property.  Individuals owning any of these forms of property are invited to participate in the application process of this program which, when funds become available, will help fund exterior rehabilitation projects for older commercial buildings or homes.  The pre-application has been accepted and the full application is due by February 10, 2011.  The city will be sending out information to all residents, rental property owners and commercial building owners (target are TBD for commercial) regarding this program and informing residents of a Community meeting that is scheduled for January 12, 2011 at 6:00p.m. at the Fire Hall Meeting Room.  The council was read the definition of blight as defined by the Central MN Housing Partnership to best fit this program and was asked to accept the definition.

                Motion by Andres 2nd by Adamski to approve the definition of blight as defined by the Central MN Housing Partnership.  Carried


                Public Hearing was then closed and regular meeting continued.


                Upon discussing the expansion of the off-sale into the old city hall office, the council directed the city manager to contact the city financial advisor to ask if the balance of the bond used for the purchase of the new city hall building can be used to expand the off-sale.  The council also asked that the city manager draw up a plan and get prices.


                Liquor inventory will be January 3, 2011 at 6p.m.


                The city has contacted a trapper to look into trapping the beavers that are in the area.


                The new doors for the park building have arrived and two sets have been installed and it was stated that they are much nicer than the old ones.  One more set needs to be installed yet.


                The council discussed again the parking situation between city hall and Gosch’s.  There is concern of snow/ice falling on vehicles from the city hall roof and also concern of vehicles coming in contact with the side of the building and what can be done to prevent damage to the building if it would be bumped into.  There were many ideas mentioned, and the city manager will check into different options and the costs.


                Motion by Andres 2nd by Carter to approve the annual request from Community Services for $4,000.00 for youth recreation activities throughout the year.  Carried


                The Board of Appeals and Equalization will meet on Thursday May 12, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the Fire Hall Meeting Room.  There will need to be at least 3 councilmembers present.


                Motion by Adamski 2nd by Andres to approve a building permit for Troy Hoffman to build a 12x14 deck on his house.  Carried


                The planning and zoning committee would like to recommend a fine be set in the amount of $75.00 for anyone who begins a construction project without a building permit.  Mayor Riitters did read from the minutes of July 2008 that the city had set a $75.00 fine for building without a permit but because of some certain situations, this has never been enforced.  The council will invite members of the planning and zoning committee to attend the January council meeting to discuss this matter further.


                Upon reviewing the delinquent accounts, there will be 1 account given a notice on Thursday December 16th that utilities will be disconnected on Monday December 20th.  This is a rental property and the landlord will be notified.


                Dan Travica of MN Power would like to plan a tour of the Cohasset Power Plant if Council members or city staff would be interested.  He will be contacting the City of Pierz also.

                MN Power has made a change in the maintenance agreement with Randall regarding the possible PCB oil in transformers.  MN Power will continue to service the city’s transformers but will no longer dispose of them.

                Motion by Carter 2nd by Turner to accept the amended agreement from MN Power.  Carried


                Motion by Turner 2nd by Adamski to waive the tort liability as has been done in the past.  Carried


                Motion by Turner 2nd Adamski to approve cigarette license for 2011 for Petro Plus, OK Tire & Bait and Gosch’s Store.  Carried


                Motion by Carter 2nd by Turner to close city hall on December 24th and 31st in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.  Carried


                The police commission met with the chief last week and reviewed some of the concerns of the council and city residents.


                There were two employees that applied for the full-time bartending position.  Based on the recommendation of the city manager, the personnel committee chose Doug Ballou for the position.  Ballou will be on probation for 90 days and during that time if there would be any problem, he would be terminated and not given the opportunity to go back to a part-time position.

                Motion by Andres 2nd by Turner to accept the recommendation from the personnel committee on hiring Doug Ballou to fill the additional full-time bartender position.  Carried


                Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.