Details for Public Notice February 1


Public Notice February 12, 2016 Special City Council Minutes 9:30 A.M. A special meeting of the City Council of International Falls, Minnesota was held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 12th day of February, 2016 at the hour of 9:30 A.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa (arrived at 9:37 A.M.), Kalar, and Mayor Anderson MEMBERS ABSENT: None The City Council discussed in general terms the MinnesotaCare Tax that is due for gross receipts on Ambulance services and the proposed Voluntary Compliance Agreement submitted by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. The City Attorney offered that he could not envision how the legislature intended that municipalities be subject to paying this type of a tax as a small governmental entity. He recommended that nothing be paid now and that the City Council not sign the Voluntary Compliance Agreement for years 2012 2014. He suggested if we want to pay the tax due for 2015 we do so under protest. He noted we do not know what action the legislature may take on a new Bill being proposed by the Minnesota Ambulance Association. Attorney Shermoen would like to conduct some further research with the League of Minnesota Cities. The City Council took no action and will consider this further at the March 7, 2016 meeting. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to accept the letter of resignation from the Street/Water Commissioner due to retirement effective June 3, 2016. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to approve the revised job description with removal of minimum requirement #4, shall have experience scheduling and/or managing crews. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion carried 4-1 with Mayor Anderson and Councilors Briggs, Kalar, and Droba voting "yea" and Councilor Jaksa voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve salary/benefits, hiring schedule, and authorize advertising for hiring a Street/Water Commissioner due to pending retirement. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to authorize and approve professional legal services from the firm Madden Galanter Hansen, LLP and to authorize expenditures for the City and to support the Fire Civil Service Commission. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. In further discussion the city council elected to not approve the proposal from Briggs & Morgan for development legal services and to continue their legal services as we have since 1976. Mayor Anderson adjourned the meeting at 10:52 A.M. Robert W. Anderson, Mayor ATTEST: Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal March 19th, 2016