July 20, 2016

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

The minutes of the council meeting on June 15, 2016 and Special Meeting June 20, 2016 were approved as presented.

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


Guests: None at this time.  

Public Comment & Concern: Brian and Tammy Steffen, residents, present for the chicken ordinance updates.

Donations: Motioned by Mayor Riitters and seconded Turner to approve an endowment of $750 to be given to the Initiative Foundation. Carried

Motioned by Turner and seconded by Adamski to accept donation from Randall Cushing Area Lions for $1,500 to go to park fund. Carried

Old Business: There will be a meeting with David Schultz, Minnesota Department of Health, Matt, Mike and Jerry Adamski to come up with a plan for the well project.

ATA, All Things Asphalt, used 8,500 pounds of sealant to repair the approved roads. Matt is going to get estimates for future road repairs.

The following is revised draft of the chicken ordinance. There will be more discussion at the regularly scheduled council meeting August 17, 2016.

There will be a $ 60 permit fee for the initial permit period of 2 years, and a $30 annual permit fee due each year after.

Permits will be issued to landowners only, permits will only be allowed at single family residences. Permit holder will be liable for any and all damage caused by chickens that have escaped. All adjoining neighbors will be notified by applicant; majority (50%) of adjoining neighbors must approve and sign off before permit approval. Any non-signature will count as a no.

City Staff will perform random inspections to all permit holders; any chickens found to be in neglect will result in a revocation of permit.

Any evidence of rodents or varmints will result in a revocation of permit.

There will be a maximum of six hens and no roosters per residence. All chickens must have their wings clipped.

All chickens will have a leg band; bands will be supplied by the City of Randall.

All eggs produced are for personal use only.

Slaughtering of chickens will not be allowed in residential areas of the city.

Chicken coops will be kept in the backyard with a maximum of 6’x6’ in size; an area may be fenced in to allow the birds to go outside. Fencing will be at least 4’ tall and be constructed following existing planning and zoning rules. Prior to permit being issued site inspection by city staff will be performed after area is constructed.

All manure will be removed and disposed of at least once a week. All stored manure must be stored in a sealed container. Any manure used on a garden must be tilled in immediately.

New Business: Motioned by Adamski and seconded by Andres approve beer permit for Randall Cushing Area Lions to sell at the St. James Catholic Church August Fest 2016. Carried

Minnesota Department of Revenue came to conduct a Solid Waste Sales Tax audit. The city has not had an audit since 1999. There are a few updates that will be made.

Matt informed council that the CIP program needs to be revised and updated. He informed the council that Energy Insight Inc. works with Minnesota Power, other utility companies and cities and will be helping the city update the existing program to include the most current programs.

Minnesota Power came to meet with Matt and discussed the GIS software they use to map the transformers and poles. This software could help map the city utilities and keep the mapping information stored electronically. This is an option the city should consider for future use.

Planning & Zoning permits: Motioned by Andres and seconded by Noss to approve one building permit as approved by the Planning & Zoning committee Todd Koning: To Build a new garage 28’x36’. Carried

Committee Reports:

City Manager/Liquor Store – Matt informed the council about the 4th of July was very successful and year to date the liquor store is up $30,000.

Water and Sewer – Mike: After the rain on Saturday July 9 and Monday’s storm, July 11, Mike stitched all systems to manual at the wastewater treatment plant. The city will need to make an action plan for the city residents that have sub-pumps that are draining into the city sewer. Due to the heavy rain fall there was too much water infiltration through the treatment plant.

Police Department Report – Chief Strack: nothing at this time.

Maintenance Sup. Report – Wendell: nothing at this time.

Council Member’s concerns:

Rick – wanted to thank Matt for helping out with portable bathrooms over the 4th of July celebrations. The service provider was not scheduled to come until later and they needed the service before scheduled time.

Charley – inquired about the sprinkler system at the park. Was the system turned on? Yes. He also inquired about the Park Building maintenance. There will be funds that can be budgeted for next year to look at a new roof and sliding.

Dan – None at this time

Jerry – wants to be present at the meeting with David Schultz for the well project.

Meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m. Next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be Wednesday August 17, 2016 7pm at the Randall Fire Hall Meeting room.