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Public Notice March 5, 2018 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 5th day of March, 2018 at the hour of 4:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa, Pearson, and Mayor Anderson. MEMBERS ABSENT: None. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve the agenda with the following addition: Addition of #6 under New Business: Accept the resignation and retirement of Kevin Jensen with appreciation for service, effective the end of day on May 4, 2018, and authorize posting for the vacancy (Council action) Motion seconded by Councilor Pearson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of February 20, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Pearson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 11-18 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Pearson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Pearson to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: 1. Approve training and travel expenses for Adam Hanson to attend the 2018 Fire Officer and Training Officer School in Duluth, MN on March 16 - 18, 2018. 2. Approve travel expenses for elected official to attend the 2018 Legislative Conference for Cities in St Paul, MN on March 21 - 22, 2018. 3. Approve travel and training expenses for City Administrator to attend the MCMA Education Conference in Nisswa, MN on May 2 - 4, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. Jennifer Hill was present and her son Alex spoke on the importance of the Autism walk. The walk will take place beginning at Noon on April 7, 2018 and it will travel from the Ronnings' parking lot to Smokey Bear Park, then traveling to the Bob Walls' Union Hall for a carnival. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve and authorize the Autism Walk on April 7, 2018 with a Police escort leading the walk. Motion seconded by Councilor Pearson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to accept donation from Diane Mathews and friends of a Wag' N 02 Fur Life Kit for domestic animal emergency first aid use by the Fire/Rescue/EMS Dept. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve Police Chief's recommendation to accept with appreciation the resignation and retirement of Sgt. Terry Christie effective March 27, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. Motion passed 4-1 with Councilor Briggs, Jaksa, Pearson and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Droba voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Pearson to approve Police Chief's recommendation to appoint Griffin Offerdahl to position of full time Patrol Officer effective March 27, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. The Council was informed of the Police Chief's appointment of Patrol Officer Grant DeBenedet to rank of Sergeant effective March 27, 2018 due to the retirement of Sergeant Terry Christie. No action needed. MOTION by Councilor Droba to accept the resignation and retirement of Kevin Jensen with appreciation for service, effective the end of day on May 4, 2018, and authorize posting for the vacancy. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson informed the Council that the Project Steering Team will have meetings on March 14th and 15th, 2018 to review the draft Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Police Chief Mastin gave a brief written report for February 2018. City Attorney Shermoen updated the Council on the Donahue Property. He stated that Dennis Wagner, of Wagner Construction, has offered to donate the rock on which the plaque will be displayed and deliver it to the Donahue Property, at no cost to the City. City Attorney Shermoen explained that the Donahue family has offered to absorb any additional costs due to the family's request to expand the text displayed on the plaque. Attorney Shermoen believes that the greatest cost will be for the parking lot that was recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee. City Administrator Anderson currently has two estimates for a granite memorial headstone and he has received an estimate from Fairchild Signs for a bronze plaque similar to those at the boat landings. He suggested the estimates be reviewed at a Budget & Finance Committee meeting. Mayor Anderson read Fire Chief Mannausau's written report for February 2018. Councilor Jaksa briefly updated the Council on the Housing Collaborative, stating that over $35,000 has been raised in order to meet the grant match for the housing study. City Administrator Anderson is awaiting notification on the status of the grant application. Councilor Jaksa brought up the incentives carried with the new tax law, which includes additional funds for designating "Opportunity Zones." City Administrator Anderson is working with Paul Nevanen of KEDA and Koochiching County in order to complete the required application to DEED by March 8, 2018. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to allow Mayor Anderson to send a letter of support to DEED for the "Opportunity Zones" application. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Councilor Droba informed the Council that he has been appointed to represent Northern Minnesota as a part of the Emergency Communications Board and will be traveling on March 8-9, 2018 to Chaska, Minnesota, with the State of Minnesota to cover all travel expenses. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated March 5, 2018. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:30 P.M and adjourned the meeting at 5:08 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal March 24th, 2018

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