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Public Notice April 1, 2019 City Council Minutes A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of International Falls, Minnesota was held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 1st day of April, 2019 at the hour of 4:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Buller, Ditsch, Droba, Krause, and Mayor Anderson. MEMBERS ABSENT: None. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the agenda with additions and deletion as presented: Deletion of #1 under Consent Agenda: Approve renewal contract with the Sand Creek Group for Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services effective _____, 2019, and authorize signatures Addition of #1 under New Business: Consider request from Servants for Shelter for a letter of support, Ariana Daniel, Executive Director, Servants for Shelter (Council action) Addition of #7 under New Business: Approve Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force Agreement (Council action) Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of March 18, 2019, with reference to the 2019 Census changed to the 2020 Census. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the minutes of the March 25, 2019 Town Hall meeting on recreation. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to authorize the down payment of $4,108.50 and signatures for the Conditional Sales Agreement with Small Town Tech, Inc. per the approved proposal to install Audio/Visual Equipment in the Council Chambers. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 20-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. Evan Johnson, 1906 2nd Avenue East, stated that there is a lack of affordable housing for young people and long waiting lists for apartment complexes. Mayor Anderson explained that if the person qualified, they could potentially receive subsidized housing assistance for renting a home, which would allow a person to save for a down payment to purchase a home. Mr. Johnson also stated that with United Health Care laying off workers, it limits the jobs with livable wages. Mayor Anderson explained that United Health Care is restructuring, but there is still an abundance of job openings in the area, such as in the nursing field, local paper mill, and other area businesses. Mayor Anderson pointed out that many of the available jobs require training, thus he encouraged those that could to further their education and training, taking advantage of Rainy River Community College. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the First Reading of Ordinance No. __, Fifth Series, An Ordinance to Enact a New Chapter of the Code of Ordinances to Administer and Regulate the Public Rights of Way in the Public Interest, and to Provide for the Issuance and Regulation of Right of Way Permits. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. There was no public comment. Motion carried unanimously. It was agreed that a Public Works and Infrastructure meeting would be set prior to April 15, 2019 to discuss the final draft of this ordinance and make any necessary changes prior to the second reading on April 15, 2019. The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee will secure a date to meet with the International Falls Recreation Hockey Association to discuss and revise the agreement dated June 1, 1998 for Council consideration. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: Authorize travel and training expenses for Council to attend the League of Minnesota Cities Annual Conference June 26-28, 2019 in Duluth, MN Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Councilor Ditsch stated that he did not agree with approving these travel and training expenses as the Council did not approve the Ambulance Department to send its requested seven staff members to a training recently and only permitted four staff members to attend. City Administrator Anderson explained that the Ambulance fund is an enterprise fund and is experiencing a financial deficit; these travel and training expenses would come from the Mayor and Council Department budget, for which monies were budgeted. Motion failed with Councilors Buller, Droba, Krause, and Mayor Anderson voting "yea"and Councilor Ditsch voting "nay" (Consent Agenda requires unanimous approval). It was suggested that this item should be put on the April 15, 2019 City Council meeting agenda for further discussion. Ariana Daniel, the Executive Director of Servants for Shelter, was present to explain that Servants of Shelter is seeking a grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity and is requesting a letter of support from the City of International Falls in order to strengthen their grant application. Previously, Servants of Shelter was a sub-grantee of Kootasca for their first fiscal biennium and is now going to be seeking grants on their own behalf. Councilor Krause stated that this is a wonderful opportunity for Servants of Shelter and hopes they are able to secure the grant. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve writing a letter of support for Servants of Shelter. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve request by Jennifer Gustafson, Cater for You to use Smokey Bear Park during the annual mill outage scheduled for April 26-May 5, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 21-19 approving application and permit for a 1 day to 4 day temporary on-sale liquor license for Knights of Columbus Council 1540 for the St. Thomas School Silent Auction on May 18, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt the Strategic Action Plan as presented for 2019/2020. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson requested that the funding for the Forest Hill Cemetery Board be contingent on them amending their bylaws to recognize the two new City Councilors as acting City representatives on the board and establish their three-year terms beginning and ending dates. MOTION by Councilor Droba to make the $5,000 funding for the Forest Hill Cemetery contingent on the Cemetery Board amending their bylaws to recognize the two new City Councilors as acting City representatives on the board and establish their three-year terms beginning and ending dates. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Motion carried with Councilor Droba, Ditsch, and Mayor Anderson voting "yea" and Councilors Buller and Krause abstaining. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the Fire Department's request to purchase a TFT Blitzfire Oscillating Monitor with Nozzle and truck mount from Alex Air Apparatus for low quote price of $4,239 payable from Fire Capital Outlay and General Supplies, 101-41200-5600 and 2100. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Chief Mastin announced the retirement of Captain Thomas Lynch from the International Falls Police Department after 30 years of service effective April 30, 2019 with last day of work on April 12, 2019. The Council was invited to Captain Lynch's retirement party on April 12, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 P.M. City Administrator Anderson set a meeting with the Tee Pee Motel owners, Mayor Anderson, the City Attorney, the Street/Water Commissioner, and himself for April 12, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. City Attorney Shermoen stated that the hearings on the five properties with orders for demolition will be held April 3, 2019. Shermoen stated he has been working with Building Inspector Meyers on moving one property forward with criminal action. Councilor Droba stated that due to the great success of the Town Hall meeting on recreation, a meeting will be set soon with the Recreation Commission, ISD 361 School Board, and the City Council. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated April 1, 2019. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 2019 at 4:30 P.M and adjourned the meeting at 5:36 P.M. ATTEST:Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal April 20th, 2019

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