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Public Notice July 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 July, 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 Buller to approve the agenda as presented. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the minutes of the June 10, 2019 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the minutes of the June 17, 2019 Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of June 17, 2019 with the following changes: remove "FHA" and replace with "FAA"; change "$2,5000,000 to "$2,500,000" as suggested by Mayor Anderson. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the minutes of the Special City Council meeting of June 24, 2019 with the following change: replace "Legislative" with "Legislature" as suggested by Mayor Anderson. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 43-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. Ted Saxton, Small Town Tech, approached the Council as a member of both the International Falls Public Library Board and the Koochiching Technology Initiative (KTI) to request permission for the Library to have equipment installed at both the Library and the Bandshell that would allow for public Wi-Fi in Smokey Bear Park. Saxton explained that the equipment and installation is fully funded by a grant the Library received from the Koochiching Technology Initiative. Saxton also explained that the Street/Water Commissioner, Ted Brokaw, was happy with the placement of the equipment on both buildings. MOTION by Councilor Krause to accept contribution of the Wi-Fi signal from the Library to the Bandshell and authorize installation of equipment. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: Approve/allow necessary expenses for City Attorney Shermoen to attend the 2019 Criminal Justice Institute in Minneapolis on September 11 & 12, 2019 Approve/allow necessary expenses for Public Works employee Justin Mostad to attend the University of Minnesota LTAP Motor Grader Operator Training in Brandon, MN on July 29 & 30, 2019 Accept the following donations to the July 4th Commission for the 2019 July 4th Celebration: o Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 2948 - $500 o Boise White Paper, LLC - $2,500 Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to authorize sending a letter of support for the 2019 BUILD Discretionary Grant application for Koochiching County to construct a Bridge Overpass at the CSAH 24 (Van Lynn Road)/CN Rail Crossing. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Councilor Droba questioned why the City was involved due to this being outside the city limits of the City of International Falls, aside from the City providing emergency support services. Councilor Droba stated he will however support sending the letter. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Droba, Krause and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Buller abstaining as a County employee. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve a Memorial Bench at Riverside Drive Park for memorial to Ralph Brown. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the City Attorney filing an Order for the Matter of a Hazardous Building owned by Inter-City Oil of America (I.C.O.), located at 1604 Highway 11-71, International Falls in District Court, Ninth Judicial District. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Building Official Meyers distributed pictures of the I.C.O. building in its current condition as of earlier that day. Meyers stated that in his professional opinion the building is over fifty percent damaged and not worth the repairs necessary to bring the building up to necessary building and health standards. The Mayor concurred with the Building Official's assessment of the property. City Attorney Shermoen noted that if I.C.O. does not comply with the order in the timeframe designated in the order (45 days to complete repairs/60 days to remove the building) the City can proceed with an order to the court to demolish the property and is able to assess all costs to be paid with property taxes related to removing the building, including but not limited to demolition, disposal, legal, and court costs. Motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the City Attorney filing an Order for the Matter of a Hazardous House owned by Tim Collelo Realty LLC, located at 1531 Second Avenue East, International Falls in District Court, Ninth Judicial District. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. Discussion ensued about the transfer of ownership between the time when the original building violation letters were issued and now. Chief Mannausau stated that there has been written communication in the form of blight, long grass, and building condition violations from his department to the new owner, Tim Collelo Realty LLC. Councilor Droba stated that this is a similar situation to the Tee Pee Motel, where the property was sold to another commercial entity, however this is a residential house. Councilor Droba stated that if the City were to tear it down under the City's current demolition policy that is under a moratorium, the property may be more profitable to the owner if they wanted to sell it and he feels that is wrong. It was also discussed if the City demolished the buildings, whether or not they could assume ownership of the property in return for tearing the buildings down. City Attorney Shermoen stated that in order for the City to take the property in return for demolishing the buildings, it would have to revise the current demolition policy. Building Official Meyers stated that if the owner does not comply with the order in the timeframe designated, the City would be able to file an order with the court to allow the City to tear down the building and assess the costs to the property taxes. Motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the City Attorney filing an Order for the Matter of a Hazardous House owned by Vicki Heiss, located at 723 Ninth Street, International Falls in District Court, Ninth Judicial District. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to table consideration of the proposed revisions to the Building Demolition Policy until the July 15, 2019 City Council meeting and continue the moratorium on accepting new demolition applications. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to temporarily suspend calendar parking city-wide from 6:00 P.M. July 2, 2019 until 12:01 A.M. July 8, 2019 to allow for the large number of family and friends anticipated to be in town for the July 4th festivities. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller. Councilor Krause explained that both the Police Chief and Fire Chief are in agreement that this temporary suspension is acceptable to their respective departments. Councilor Droba expressed that he feels this is a bad choice. Droba stated that the City has explained that the purpose of calendar parking is for street cleaning, snow removal, easy flow for emergency personnel, and he believes this suspension would be contradictory to that message. Motion passed 4-1 with Councilors Buller, Ditsch, Krause and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Droba voting "nay". MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to continue with the current work schedule for Paramedics from the trial schedule with shifts from: 6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. 10:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. - 6:00 A.M. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Councilor Droba stated this was a difficult decision, because while this new schedule has alleviated staff burnout, it puts the City in a challenging financial position and is not a long-term solution. Mayor Anderson echoed Councilor Droba's sentiments and agreed that alternative long-term options will have to be looked at, such as taxpayer dollars subsidizing the ambulance service. Councilor Krause agreed that this is a difficult choice for the future and inevitably changes must be made to allow the ambulance service to continue long-term. Motion carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson stated that he distributed the necessary Local Sales and Use Tax information to the Secretary of State and Department of Revenue. He also stated that the Department of Revenue has stated they will work with the City to ensure it is ready for the October 1, 2019 implementation date. Anderson also stated there is a meeting scheduled with the MnDOT personnel and consulting engineer on July 11, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. on the Highway 53 Reconstruction project. Councilor Droba stated that he and the Mayor attended the League of Minnesota Cities Conference in Duluth, MN, where the focus was on community engagement. He explained that he would like to see the City work on its community engagement through its notices and social media. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated July 1, 2019 and emphasized the upcoming International Falls July 4th Celebration. He thanked participating organizations and City staff for their work. He also stated that he would like to see the City Council Agendas, published in the Journal, be printed in a larger font size in order to engage the citizens. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone of the next regular City Council meeting on July 15, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. Mayor Anderson adjourned the meeting at 5:53 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal ~ August 3rd, 2019

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