August 15, 2018

Regular city council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Mayor Dan Noss, with members Clerk Jerry Adamski, Deputy Mayor Charley Andres, council member Jim Chyba present, absent was Councilman Rick Turner.


Council accepted the minutes of the July 18, 2018 as presented.


Motion by Chyba and seconded by Adamski to approve the payment of the bills as presented. Carried


Guest(s): None at this time.


Public Comment and Concern: None at this time.



The Initiative Foundation is requesting a donation of $750 for the 2019 calendar year to help promote economic success in our region.

Motion by Andres and seconded by Adamski. Motion carried


Old Business:

Matt gave a brief update on the water project; the plant is running well with the only remaining concern being some issues with the electrical system. WSN is arranging a phone conference with the Electrical Engineer to talk through these concerns. Council members were asked to find a date during the work week following the September council meeting to host an open house at the new Water Plant from 3 to 5 pm. Rice Lake has not asked to close the project and release the final retainage yet, this most likely will come in the next month.

Matt has compiled all of the costs to move forward with online utility payments with PSN. The total cost to the city is $538 for USTI to create the reports and for PSN to set up the City as a customer. Moving forward the city would have an $89 annual fee due to PSN. Customers will be charged $1 to process a payment from their bank account or %2.75 if they chose to use a credit or debit card. A Link will most likely be created on the City website to connect users with PSN.

Motion by Andres and seconded by Chyba to set up online payments with PSN/USTI. Motion carried

After hours phone service with CTC is now up and running, Mayor Noss gave a demonstration on his Cell phone.

New Business:

The next step in the Conduit bond process for the Little Falls health services project is to approve Resolution 08152018 approving the issuance and sale of a health care facilities revenue note, series 2018 and authorizing the execution of documents relating thereto.

Motion by Adamski and seconded by Andres to approve resolution 08152018. Motion carried.


Matt gave the council a reminder that the preliminary tax levy needs to be set at the September Council meeting. The current tax levy is $155,000 and has not been increased since 2016.


Bar Manager Kim Moffitt along with councilman Chyba and City Manager Pantzke would like to make some small changes to the liquor store before the new carpet is installed. These changes include moving the pull-tab booth to the west side of the building, removing the bottom portion of the wall and spindles separating the pool room and current pull-tab area, and also converting the hallway on the north side of the building to a storage closet. The pool table would then go into the current pull tab area; this would allow space for 4 bar height tables each with 4 stools in that area increasing seating by 10. The jukebox speaker would also be removed from this area to have a quieter area for patrons if so desired. Total construction cost will not exceed $1,000, and tables and chairs are estimated at an additional $2,000.

Motion by Chyba and seconded by Andres to move forward with the project. Motion carried.


Planning & Zoning permits: Approve the following permit(s) as approved by the Planning and Zoning committee:

  1. Wayne & Anita Mensen, 224 1st Street, to put up a 30x30 dog eared fence on the north end of the garage.
  2. Brian Peterschick, 120 Pine view drive, to build a 36x48 pole building on the lot east of his house.
  3. Casey’s General Store to add a 14x34 addition on the south side of their building.

Motion by Chyba and seconded by Andres to approve the permits as listed above. Motion Carried


Committee Reports:  

City Manager/Liquor Store – Matt: The School project is nearing completion, the culverts on and near Parkview Drive have been replaced. The School Engineers have determined that the new culverts will be able to handle the increased water coming from the school. They will be paving their parking lots in the next few weeks and repairing MN Ave where they connected to the water main. Knife River will also be doing some paving for the City on a few streets where there is frost damage or other repairs have been made that disrupted the pavement.


Maintenance Supervisor Report – Patrick: Patrick has completed his first of four years in the Lineman program; he will be attending Lineman school in Marshall for a few days in early September. Due to the dry weather he has been able to catch up on a few other projects around town.


Water and Sewer – Mike: The Wastewater pumps in the lift stations have had some issues with flushable wipes clogged up the pumps and causing pump failure in some instances. We will include an informational statement regarding the wipes in an upcoming newsletter.

Council Member’s concerns:

Charley –none


Jim- none

Mayor Noss –none

Jerry – Is the city truck is back? No, the transmission has been repaired and needs to be installed. Patrick spoke with the repair shop and that said it should be ready soon


Next meeting: Next Regularly scheduled city council meeting 7pm at Randall Fire Hall meeting room September 19, 2018.

Adjourned at 7:45 p.m.