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Public Notice July 6, 2015 City Council Minutes 4:30 P.M. A regular meeting of the City Council of International Falls, Minnesota, was held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 6th day of July, 2015 at the hour of 4:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa, Kalar and Mayor Anderson. MEMBERS ABSENT: None. MOTION by Councilor Droba to make a minor change to the order of the new business portion of the agenda, asking that item number six pertaining to the closure of the 8th Street rink be moved to number one, in order to allow adequate time for an audience member to speak on the topic. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to add to new business the further clarification on the status of the KEDA grant application for a proposed rail siding. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of June 15, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve minutes of the special City Council meeting of June 29, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson requested that the MJD Enterprises claim be set aside for further discussion. MOTION by Councilor Droba to set aside the MJD Enterprises claim for further discussion. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion was carried 4-1 with Mayor Anderson and Councilors Briggs, Kalar, and Droba voting "yea" and Councilor Jaksa voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 47-15 approving payment of claims and accounts payable this 6th day of July, 2015, with the exception of the MJD Enterprises claim, check number 56143 in the amount of $15,000.00. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Mayor Anderson to table the item for further consideration, asking the City Attorney to renegotiate the contract conditions to relieve the City from having to construct a monument and trail on the property. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. Don Hughes, 915 8th Street, addressed the Council stating his concerns regarding blighted property within City limits. Julie Patch, 915 8th Street, addressed the Council, voicing concerns about excessive vehicle noise around the City. Motion by Councilor Kalar to approve the second and final reading of Contract Ordinance No. 961 regarding 2015 Steam to Hot Water Conversion Project at City Hall. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. Motion by Councilor Kalar to approve the consent agenda as presented: 1.Approve/allow necessary expenses for Mayor and/or Councilors to attend the 2015 CGMC Summer Conference to be held July 22-24, 2015 in Duluth, MN 2.Approve/allow necessary expenses for City Attorney Shermoen to attend the 2015 Criminal Justice Institute to be held August 17-18, 2015 in St Paul, MN Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Councilor Kalar spoke about the 8th Street rink, stating that in 2014 it was the Recreation Commission's decision to allow the 8th Street rink to continue operating for one more year, in which it would document operational costs and public use. After one year's time, he said that the cost of operating the rink outweighed the number of children using it. He believes that the extra funding could be better spent on recreation activities and longer hours at Kerry Park. Phil Talmage was also present to speak on behalf of 8th Street rink, stating that he appreciates the extra year given to evaluate the use of the rink. He said that his property adjoins the 8th Street rink and he has volunteered by scraping/shoveling snow at that rink in the winter. He said that there are no consistent hours held at the rink, therefore denying children the full opportunity to use it and skewing the count of children utilizing the rink. He stated that he believes it is a mistake to close the rink. Councilor Droba inquired about the fixed costs of maintaining the rink for the City. There was then a discussion about the fixed costs, noting that there will still be insurance costs, heat, electric, and water costs remaining, even after discontinuing operation of the rink. Mayor Anderson spoke against closing the rink, believing it is an important part of the community and well worth the money for children to be able to skate. The Mayor asked that the issue be tabled, in order to look for further community input. Councilor Jaksa stated that she felt the Recreation Commission had thoroughly thought the issue through and that the Council should accept their recommendation to close the rink. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to discontinue operation of the 8th Street rink based on the Recreation Commission's recommendation. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion was carried 3-2 with Councilors Briggs, Kalar, and Jaksa voting "yea" and Mayor Anderson and Councilor Droba voting "nay." Mr. Peterson thanked the Council for their long-term membership in the CGMC and discussed their mission to lobby and support interests of greater Minnesota cities in the areas of local government aid, taxes, economic development, annexation, transportation, and conducting candidate forums. He also updated the Council regarding the legislative decisions made the last session. It was noted the CGMC annually issues the prestigious "Jack Murray Award", a long-term CGMC member and former Mayor of International Falls. Erik Strand of TruStar Federal Credit Union was present to speak on behalf of the Sjobloms, explaining the multitude of improvements they have made since purchasing the property and the proposed financing of the project. The councilors expressed their gratitude and thanks to the Sjobloms for their enthusiasm, investment in the community, and renovation to a vacant building. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 48-15 approving a Commercial Loan in the amount of $24,999.99 for Valorie and Larry Sjoblom dba Fotos for Fabric and dba On a Wing Quilting, 2030 2nd Avenue West. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to solicit quotes for the City garage re-roof project. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve Mayor Anderson's appointment of Kelly Millerbernd to the International Falls, Rainy Lake, and Ranier Convention and Visitors Bureau for the balance of Mayor Anderson's two-year term January 2015 to December 31, 2016. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to approve the orders declaring the following properties hazardous and subject to removal, if not corrected, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 463.15 to 463.261, as prepared by Steve Shermoen, City Attorney: Kimball Begg1015 9th Street Conrad & Judy Morriseau306 14th Street Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. Motion carried unanimously. Councilor Jaksa asked for clarification on the status of the KEDA grant application to help finance construction of a rail siding. The Mayor explained that with the absence of the Director of KEDA, Paul Nevanen, the meeting and discussion on the issue was postponed. No action was taken. City Administrator Anderson explained that street and utility work is to be conducted on Trunk Highway 11 East, and bids came in slightly below estimates. Voyage Forward surveys are also available until July 10th online, with paper copies available at City Hall and various other locations around the City. The Federal government has lowered the levels of fluoride that must be in drinking water, and Chief Water Plant Operator, Bruce Wilson, has since received a variance from the MN Department of Health to lower the fluoride in the City's drinking water. The radio read installation is making significant progress, with 2,400 installed, 250 yet to be installed, and 120 with difficulties yet to be corrected. The Water department hopes to have the remaining units installed by the end of August. City Attorney Shermoen thanked the Council for their approval to attend the 2015 Criminal Justice Institute. He informed the Council that the EDA is moving forward with the meeting regarding Mr. Larry Keep's plan for the Multi-modal property. When asked, he also said that he hopes the annexation of the Multi-modal site is done well before the end of the year. Police Chief Musich gave a brief monthly Police report for June 2015. The Council agreed to refer the designation of the Blue Ox Trail and ATV use to the Land Use and Legislation Committee. Fire Chief Mannausau gave a brief Fire/Ambulance report for June 2015. The Council expressed appreciation to all staff and volunteers who made the July 4th celebration successful. Councilor Briggs and Councilor Droba discussed their attendance of the League of Minnesota Cities conference and how beneficial and informative it was. Mayor Anderson discussed the various activities he attended in the past several weeks including: League of Minnesota Cities conference, Frank Soboleski Day, Canada Day, and a meeting with Senator Amy Klobuchar. He also informed the Council of an invitation by Rainy Lake property owners to a meeting regarding lake levels at the Thunderbird Lodge on August 6, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. Don Hughes, 915 8th Street, addressed the Council stating his concerns regarding four wheelers driving at excessive speeds within City limits. Julie Patch, 915 8th Street, addressed the Council, voicing concerns about four wheeler operators driving throughout the City without helmets. Mayor Anderson adjourned the meeting at 6:04 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal July 25th, 2015

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