April 20, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with all members present.

The minutes of the council meeting on March 16, 2016 were approved as presented.

Motioned by Andres and seconded by Adamski to approve the payment of the bills as presented. Carried


Donations: None at this time.

Guests: Camp Ripley, Lt. Col. Sackett, to present 2016 Annual Training Events and Schedule.  


Public Comment & Concern: Various residents of Randall were present to hear the update on concerns for changing a city ordinance to allow having chickens within city limits.

Old Business: Thank you received from Green Prairie for the city’s annual donation for the park maintenance.

2016 City Clean-Up Day will be Saturday May 14, 2016 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Information will start going out in the utility bills for April. The city received grant from Morrison Co. $2,178.00, this is more than the city has received in the past. Also council member Noss wanted to remind those present that the week before May 7, 2016 is Treasure Day, where if there are items left from the Garage Sale days, May 4th and May 5th and set these items on the curb to be picked up by other residents in the city or for the garbage pickup on that Monday May 9, 2016.

Mayor Riitters gave a summary of what he found out from attending mayors’ meeting in Royalton. One city has a permit policy another city offers a variance. Each of these cities has their own ordinances. Randall follows the Minnesota Basic Book of Code, which was adopted in 2006 to replace all old ordinances. About 100 cities in Minnesota follow this book. The current ordinance states residents within city limits cannot have chickens or farm animal unless they own 10 or more acres of land.

Matt has been in contact with the League of Minnesota Cities and they recommend not offering a variance as they should only be issued for land use. They also recommend not changing the ordinance however the city could decrease the amount of land required to have chickens. After much discussion the city decided to consult with the city attorney Vogel for a recommendation in this matter.

Motioned by Noss and seconded by Turner to consult with city attorney Peter Vogel about chicken ordinance. Carried

New Business: Matt wanted to inform council of improvements to be made to the Bingo Park Building. This will include a new coat of paint and general repair.

The city received a total of four sealed bids for the squad car. #1 Yousef Dabbagh from IL, $1,068; #2 Chicago Motors, $707; #3 Chris Magee, $1,551; #4 Rick Turner $1,111. Motioned by Andres and seconded by Noss to accept Bid #3, Chris Magee. Carried

As part of the DWRF Application, the PFA is requiring that the city will increase water rates to a level that will cash flow the water fund. They also are requiring that the city separate the water and sewer funds into two Enterprise Funds.

Motioned by Adamski and seconded by Turner to approve adjusting the rates on water. Carried

Motioned by Andres and seconded by Noss to approve splitting the water and sewer fund into separate Enterprise Funds. Carried

Matt explained to the council that there are interested parties in the lots the city owned in the Eagle Court section of the city. Council agreed to have Matt to get an appraisal on the property and bring the results to the May council meeting.

Planning & Zoning permits: Motioned by Adamski and seconded by Andres to approve the following permits as approved by Planning & Zoning Committee. #1 Mike Degen: To tear down old antique building, #2 Harlen Johnson: Install a 16’x11’Sun setter awning to the side of house over existing cement pad area and #3 Mary Jacobson: Install new door on north side of house with outside steps. Carried

Committee Reports:

City Manager/Liquor Store – Matt informed the council that the power outage April 12, 2016 caused damage to cameras and monitor screen at the liquor store. All damaged items have been since been repaired. Matt submitted a claim to insurance. Also there is a need to update the credit card machines. The new credit card machines are designed to be customer facing, contactless, which is being mandated by the Federal Government.

Water and Sewer – Mike: The sewer plant has been operation on a furnace from 1996. It has been repaired and maintained at much as possible for the past several years, but it will need to be replaced before winter. Council would like Matt to bring back two estimates of a replacement furnace for May city council meeting.

 Department Report – Chuck: The squad car is scheduled May 16, 2016. The dealership is trying to locate another vehicle that the city could receive sooner.

Maintenance Sup. Report – Wendell has filled numerous pot holes in city limits.

Council Member’s concerns:

Rick – None at this time                                                              Charley – None at this time

Dan – wanted to inform the need of new doors for Fire Department. Chief Scott Hughson was present to explain the condition and age of the doors. The city’s portion to replace the doors would be $2,711.

Motioned by Noss and seconded by Turner to approve the city’s portion of $2711 to replace the fire department doors. Carried

Jerry – wanted to inform the concerns with dogs at Bingo Park without leashes. Matt will look into possibilities of signage. Jerry also was inquiring about the 4th of July events. Matt was just updated the 4th of July committee has a live band “IV Play” on July 3rd, along with fireworks at dusk, at Bingo Park and the parade starting at 11 a.m. on the 4th.

Meeting adjourned at 9:22 p.m. Next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be Wednesday May 18, 2016 7pm at the Randall Fire Hall Meeting room.