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Public Notice March 6, 2017 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 6th day of March, 2017 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 additions: #6: Request by Tina Felhaber to reconsider conditions of Occupancy and Repair Agreement for 505 6th Street (Council action) #7: Consider approving correspondence to U.S. Senators and Representative supporting the use of smart phones to simplify border crossing procedures, Jim Yount, Myrna Meadows (Council action) #8: Consider initiating the process to adopt a noise ordinance (Council action) #9: Approve Tri-party Agreement with Bremer Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines, and the City regarding investment collateral (Council action) Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of February 21, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilor Pearson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 14-17 approving payment of claims and accounts payable this 6th day of March, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Mayor Anderson suggested that the MacQueen Equipment Inc. claim for the street sweeper in the amount of $258,564 be approved separately. He suggested that in the future equipment purchases that exceed $100,000 be acted upon separately by the City Council. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to remove the MacQueen Equipment Inc. claim for separate payment consideration. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. Payment of regular City claims were approved and carried unanimously, after removing the MacQueen Equipment Inc. claim. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve payment of the MacQueen Equipment Inc. accounts payable claim at the state bid price in the amount of $258,564. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. Scotty Ducharme spoke about the blight and trash in International Falls and requested that ordinances be tightened to prevent trash accumulation, especially concerning rental properties. He suggested there be mandatory contracts for tenants to have trash pickups by a garbage hauler. He pointed to the fire and safety hazards the trash accumulation poses, and the potential to attract vermin. Mayor Anderson and Councilor Jaksa thanked Mr. Ducharme for his thoughts and interest in this matter. Councilor Droba suggested tightening the timetables which the property owners have before the City takes action and removes the blight. City Administrator Anderson indicated the City is working to consolidate Chapters 4, 6, and 10 of the Code of Ordinances to be part of one ordinance governing property maintenance and rental licensing requirements. Steve Fleming, Kootasca Community Action, Inc. was present to answer questions regarding the request for a grant adjustment. He explained that the request to adjust the grant was made because of the lack of interest by single-family rental owners in the past year. He said that they were approached by 7-8 multi-family rental owners that were interested in the grant. Therefore, they are requesting the grant be opened up to multi-family rental properties with 7 or fewer units per building. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve the amendment to the existing Minnesota Small Cities Development Program grant (SCDP) to also allow rental rehabilitation of multi-family units (seven or less) in the same building. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. No public comment or input from the audience was received. Motion was carried unanimously. Jennifer Hill was present and her son Alex spoke on the importance of the Autism walk. The walk will take place at 2:00 P.M. on April 2, 2017 and it will travel from the Ronnings' parking lot to Smokey Bear Park, weather permitting. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve and authorize the Autism Walk on April 2, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. Councilor Droba requested that a police officer walk with the group as they will be crossing intersections. Chief Mastin agreed. Motion carried unanimously. Sheriff Hedlund and Jail Administrator Kalar presented information. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve and authorize signing the Zuercher Software License and Service Agreement and pricing proposal of $39,086 payable in 2018 from Automation, Police Department. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve advertising for bids to refurbish the existing 500,000 gallon ground storage water tank as proposed by staff. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 15-17 approving application for exempt permit for the Borderland Humane Society to conduct a raffle on May 5, 2017 at Lenard's Restaurant, 1500 Hwy 71, International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 16-17 approving application for exempt permit for the International Falls Lions Club to conduct a raffle on July 10, 2017 at AmericInn, 1500 Hwy 71, International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. Tina Felhaber, owner of 505 6th Street, requested that Council reconsider the conditions of the Occupancy and Repair Agreement, as she would like to see her water turned on. She believes that she has satisfied all conditions of the original Occupancy and Repair Agreement. City Attorney Shermoen indicated that the performance bond she supplied was not satisfactory being it does not provide protection to the City if the remaining work is left unfinished by July 31, 2017. No motion was made to reconsider the conditions of the Occupancy and Repair Agreement for 505 6th Street. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve correspondence to U.S. Senators and Representative supporting the use of smart phones to simplify border crossing procedures. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. The Mayor introduced a proposed ordinance that will have a first reading at the March 20, 2017 City Council meeting after changes have been made including: reducing the area to include only the City limits, and reducing the fine to $300, which is the maximum penalty for a petty misdemeanor. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve and authorize the City to secure a letter of credit from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Des Moines to collateralize City monies invested with Bremer Bank in order to improve earnings and reduce fees. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson noted that the Community Design Group is scheduled to be here on March 13 & 14th to meet with the public and different businesses and agencies. There is a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting scheduled for Monday, March 13th at 1:30 P.M. with the Project Steering Team and Community Design Group. Police Chief Mastin gave a brief report for February 2017. Chief Mastin also gave an update on the missing teenager, Gary Tilander, of International Falls that went missing from Bemidji, MN on February 22, 2017. He stated that searches of the area have been done and the International Falls Police Department are in close contact with the Bemidji Police Department regarding this matter. Fire Chief Mannausau was not present at the meeting but his written report for February 2017 was on hand. Councilor Droba stated there is a meeting scheduled for March 7, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers to give an update on the tax abatement request for the Army Reserve Center data center project submitted by Granite Digital Realty, LLC. Mayor Anderson handed out a Mayor's Report dated March 6, 2017, as well as information regarding the Executive Order on the "Waters of the United States Rule." Michael Gomosh (spelling?), who identified himself as a professional truck driver, indicated that jake braking is not only intended for emergencies, but is a mechanical braking device to reduce wear on traditional brakes. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:30 P.M. and adjourned the meeting at 6:33 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal March 25th, 2017

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