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Public Notice July 20, 2015 City Council Minutes 4:30 P.M. 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 20th 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 approve the agenda with the following additions under New Business: #3 - Authorize Mayor and Administrator to formalize an additional 15 ft. road easement to Koochiching County for an 8 ft. concrete sidewalk/trail at 2232 2nd Ave. East/CSAH 24 (Kootasca Bldg.), Matt Gouin (Council action) #13-Accept Boise award of $3,000 safety grant for improvements at City Beach (Council action) #14-Approve $10,000 expenditure to F.I.R.E. for June 29, 2015 Hazmat Training (Council action) Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of July 6, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Mayor Anderson requested to make a name correction from "Derek" Talmage to "Phil" Talmage on pages related to the 8th St. rink. Motion carried unanimously with the requested correction. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 49-15 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the second monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. The following members of the audience addressed the Council requesting that they reconsider their action of closing the 8th street rink, which took place at the last City Council meeting: Wade Costley, 1303 Beyer Dr. Scott Wherley, unknown Tyler Borgen, 1300 Riverside Trailer Court Thor Thompson, 1317 Beyer Dr. Ashley Hall, 1010 3rd St. Lindsay Frank, 915 2nd St. Julie Talmage, 1315 Beyer Dr. Councilor Kalar stated that this was not a hasty decision, in fact, last year they wanted to close it and he voted against it to give it one more year. Several members of the audience offered to volunteer their time to help out at the rink if that would make the difference to keep it open. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to reconsider their action of July 6, 2015 of closing the 8th Street rink. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. Councilor Briggs brought to the audience' attention that the population has shrunk, including the number of children who use the facility, and the community is aging and has changed considerably. Motion carried 3-2 with Mayor Anderson and Councilors Droba and Jaksa voting "yea" and Councilors Briggs and Kalar voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to have the Recreation Commission meet with a citizen committee to develop a work plan to assist in keeping the 8th St. rink open. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. Mayor Anderson stated he was prepared to add money to the budget to keep the rink open. Councilor Briggs questioned why we have a Rec. Comm. if we overrule their recommendations. Councilor Kalar resigned from the Rec. Comm. effective immediately because he did not think playing these games was right. Councilor Droba recommended amending the main motion to keep the 8th Street rink open. Councilor Jaksa accepted the friendly amendment to the main motion and it carried unanimously as amended. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the consent agenda as presented: 1. Approve two administrative staff to attend the Civic Systems 15th Annual Symposium, September 24 - 25th in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson questioned how much more it would cost the City if it was approved to use additional City resources/staff for the "Winter Festival." Since this information was not currently available, Mayor Anderson made a recommendation to Table this item until the next regular City Council meeting. MOTION by Councilor Droba to Table this item until the next City Council meeting on August 3, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve the use of City Beach for the 2015 "Backus Rainy Lake Triathlon" on August 8, 2015, including the request for the City to provide two lifeguards and emergency personnel on site during the event. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. Matt Gouin was present to discuss the request for a 15 ft. road easement to Koochiching County for an 8 ft. concrete sidewalk/trail at 2232 2nd Ave. East/CSAH 24. The sidewalk/trail is planned to run along 2nd Ave East from 15th St. to Memorial Dr. to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on the hill. Councilor Briggs shared that he has heard from several people in the community in this area that have not yet been contacted in regards to this new sidewalk/trail. He said they are concerned about how it will be used and some may lose their existing trees. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to Table this item until the next regular City Council meeting on August 3, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 50-15 to Approve the Conditional Use Permit application of Marla LeMieux for a home occupation permit to operate a Nail Salon at 610 Eleventh Street, Lots 13 and 14, Block 76, International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. Councilor Droba suggested making a change in the Resolution from "Monday through Friday" to "Monday through Sunday" that the Nail Salon can be open. City Administrator confirmed that under this Resolution, if she were to operate her business on a weekend she would be in violation. MOTION by Councilor Droba to amend the Resolution to delete "Monday through Friday" and insert "Monday Sunday". Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. Motion carried unanimously to adopt Resolution No. 50-15 with the approved change. City Administrator Anderson made a recommendation to Table this item until the next City Council meeting on August 3, 2015 due to some grammar and to clarify writing issues. MOTION by Councilor Droba to Table this item to August 3, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. City Attorney Shermoen shared with the Council that he met last week with Matt Donahue and said that Mr. Donahue indicated that he is willing to make revisions to the Donahue Donation Agreement, but on his terms. Mr. Shermoen made a recommendation to remove from the Table to approve claim of $15,000 to MJD Enterprises. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to remove from the Table to approve claim of $15,000 to MJD Enterprises. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve claim of $15,000 to MJD Enterprises with Mayor Anderson working with Mr. Donahue on revision of the Donahue Donation Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to approve year 2015 license renewal Family Dollar Store #10058, cigarette license. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve year 2015 license renewal Shore Lunch Caf , LLC, restaurant license. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to declare police seized vehicle as surplus property and authorize sale. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. City Attorney Shermoen stated that he would have the conservation easement prepared next week and submitted to Boise before the next City Council meeting on August 3, 2015. City Administrator Anderson shared the following 2014 population and household estimates that he received from Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer: Your April 1, 2014 population estimate is 6,333 Your April 1, 2014 household estimate is 2,891 MOTION by Councilor Kalar to accept Boise award of $3,000 safety grant for improvements at City Beach. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve $10,000 expenditure to F.I.R.E. for June 29, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. Police Chief Mike Musich reported that he has had two successful narcotic searches and also reported on the issues with the bridge traffic. Councilor Jaksa announced that she will be travelling to Duluth this week to attend the Coalition of Greater MN Cities meeting. Councilor Droba stated that he will also be attending. Mayor Anderson handed out a two page Mayor's Report to the Council explaining the various meetings and functions that he has recently attended. Within the Mayor's Report, Mayor Anderson further stated the following: "The citizens of International Falls voted in this Charter and its working much the same as was done with the Constitution of the United States. The citizens charge the mayor with seeing that this City Charter is enforced. The attorneys representing Ms. Shawn Mason and City Councilors Tim McBride, Paul Eklund, Gail Rognerud and Cynthia Jaksa are attempting to discredit the City Charter and say it doesn't say what it means and that it is just fine what Mayor Mason and the City Councilors did in employing her while she was mayor. I don't agree and want the City Charter upheld. Therefore, I have signed an affidavit and joined the plaintiff Mr. Richard Koeneman in the lawsuit." A trial date has been set for July 2016. He also reported he sent a letter to the LMCIT to determine the legal defense costs. He believes the lawsuit will also result in higher insurance rates in the future and he will make information available to the Council when it is received. Mayor Anderson also recommended scheduling a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting soon to discuss blight issues and how to move these blight issues forward. Tyler Borgen, 1300 Riverside Dr, commented on the benefit a sidewalk on 2nd Ave East would be for the safety of our community. Mayor Robert W. Anderson adjourned the meeting at 6:35 P.M. Robert W. Anderson, Mayor ATTEST: Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal August 8th, 2015

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