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Public Notice June 3, 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 3rd day of June, 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 Droba to approve the agenda with the following addition: Discuss Concerts in the Park and the option to have vendors on site in Smokey Bear Park Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of May 20, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller. Councilor Droba requested that the minutes be revised with an insert on page 5 section e. state "Voyageurs National Park made the sidewalk request and will assume the cost of the sidewalk widening, therefore there will be no expense to the City". Revision to the minutes accepted by Councilors Ditsch and Buller and motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2019 Public Hearing for Municipal Consent on the U.S. Highway 53 Reconstruction Project by MnDOT. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to adopt Resolution No. 34-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: Authorize travel and work expenses for the Street Commissioner to attend WSN offices in Alexandria, MN on June 12 and 13, 2019 Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson provided the letter received May 22, 2019 from Midcontinent Communications (MIDCO) letter regarding the recent elimination of Canadian station CBC from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mayor Anderson explained that he was approached by constituents that would like to see the channel become available again via MIDCO, but was not sure how many community members truly utilized that channel in total and the overall impact of losing that channel. Councilor Droba explained that he felt if it was something required to be provided by MIDCO under the franchise agreement, then action should be taken to rectify the situation, but if MIDCO is not contractually obligated to provide that channel, the issue should be dropped. Councilors Buller and Krause echoed Councilor Droba's statements. Staff will review the franchise agreement. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the engagement letter from Van Iwaarden to provide GASB 75 Services for the City of International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to accept with regret the resignation of Maintenance I Worker, Calvin Turban, effective May 31, 2019 and authorize hire at the discretion of the Public Works Dept. supervisors. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to schedule a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, June 17, 2019, to hear 2018 Financial Statement audit findings from Schlenner Wenner & Co. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Councilor Droba explained that while Icebox Radio Theatre is still the fiscal agent for Concerts in the Park, the coordination and day-to-day operations are being handled by the IFalls Nice group, headed up by Harley Droba, Ted Saxton, and Toni Korpi. Currently, the goal is to get more people out to enjoy Concerts in the Park and the group would like to bring in vendors each week and is asking for the City's permission. MOTION by Councilor Droba to allow vendors during Concerts in the Park, given that they provide the necessary documentation to City staff including an application, liability insurance, Worker's Compensation insurance, state licensure, etc. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Councilor Ditsch brought up the issue of the growing deer population in South International Falls and the threat it poses to drivers. City Administrator Anderson explained that this will be addressed in the update to the Comprehensive Plan and in the update to the Zoning Ordinance which will include public hearings to receive public input. Councilor Droba noted that much research was done on this four years ago and there was community concern about hunting in City limits. Councilor Droba stated that this should be looked at now in committee in an effort to get ahead of the issue as opposed to waiting until the Comprehensive Plan is done. Councilor Ditsch inquired as to when the paving will begin on Shorewood Drive and 8th Avenue East. City Administrator Anderson explained that the City's engineering firm, Widseth, Smith, and Nolting, is preparing project specifications, quotes still need to be sought, and bids will have to be awarded prior to any work being started, including the 14th Avenue Municipal State Aid project. City Administrator Anderson read Fire Chief Mannausau's brief report for May 2019, as Fire Chief Mannausau is away at training. Councilor Droba reminded the Council of the $600,000 deficit the Ambulance Fund is running and noted that it will have to be addressed after the meeting with Schlenner Wenner and Co. regarding the 2018 Financial Audit on June 17, 2019. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated June 3, 2019. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone of the following meetings: June 4, 2019 at 8:30 A.M. County Board Meeting to discuss Keenan Drive sidewalk project June 5, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Meeting June 10, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. Special City Council Meeting June 11, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. Commercial, Residential Building, and Property Blight Ad Hoc Advisory Committee June 17, 2019 at 4:30 P.M Regular City Council Meeting Mayor Anderson adjourned the meeting at 5:20 P.M. Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal June 22nd, 2019

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