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Public Notice March 4, 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 4th day of March, 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 with additions and deletion as presented: Addition of #6 under New Business: Discuss Agreement with International Falls Recreation Hockey dated June 1, 1998 (Council information) Addition of #7 under New Business: Authorize $400 expenditure each for filing Council approved Orders in District Court, Steve Shermoen (Council action) Deletion of 1a. under Reports: Police Monthly Report, February 2019 (Council information) Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of February 19, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 11-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 12-19 approving the Census 2020 Planning Committee. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to adopt Resolution No. 13-19 approving application for exempt permit for MN Deer Hunters Association, Trails End Chapter to conduct a raffle with the drawing to be held on April 5, 2019 at the Backus Community Building, International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to accept the resignation of Eric Norstad from the International Falls Fire Department and approve the Fire Civil Service Commission appointment of Jesse Besch to Captain. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve placement of Daniel Sweney, Rhory Gelo, Riley Hogan, and Wyatt Boyum to the International Falls Fire Department based on the Fire Civil Service Commission eligibility roster, contingent on background checks and meeting residency requirements. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson explained that Councilor Droba, City Administrator Anderson, and he were present for the Minnesota House Property and Local Tax Division legislative hearing of February 25, 2019 on House File 0144, Sales and Use Tax for International Falls. State Representative Rob Ecklund presented his bill, House File 0144, before the committee followed by Mayor Anderson's testimony about the City and the need for the Sales and Use Tax for infrastructure improvements. An eleven-page packet on the City, engineering studies conducted, and how the tax would be used for infrastructure improvements was distributed to committee members prior to the hearing for review. Nine cities in addition to International Falls were heard at the hearing. Mayor Anderson stated that approval by the House of Representatives seems promising; however, the Senate has not yet set any hearings on this subject and seems more uncertain. Councilor Droba stated that he would like to further discuss with the different parties involved the Recreation Hockey Association Agreement and their roles and responsibilities. Droba felt there should be an open discussion about the community's perception and thoughts on recreation programs, services, and facilities in International Falls. MOTION by Councilor Droba to schedule a Town Hall Meeting for March 25, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers to include the City Council, Recreation Commission, School Board, and community members to seek input about overall recreation in the community. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson requested that the topic of the Recreation Hockey agreement be put back on the agenda for the April 1, 2019 City Council meeting. City Attorney Shermoen indicated that there is a $400 fee for filing each of the Council approved Orders in District Court, of which $300.00 is the filing fee and $100.00 is the motion fee. Currently, the hearings are scheduled to be heard in District Court before Judge LeDuc on April 3, 2019. There is a waiting period to allow for appeals by the property owners, after which time the properties can be demolished by the City. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the $400.00 expenditure for filing each of the Council approved Orders in District Court. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson reminded everyone that a Legislation and Land Use Committee meeting has been scheduled for 5:00 P.M. on March 13, 2019 in the Council Chambers. City Attorney Shermoen presented a handout with blight protocol that he would like to have the City Council adopt. It would allow for criminal prosecution against blight violators, ($1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail) which would cost less than the civil process does to process Court Orders for demolition. MOTION by Councilor Droba to refer the blight protocol to the Legislation and Land Use Committee meeting on March 13, 2019 for further review. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller. Councilor Ditsch expressed his desire to see this blight protocol passed immediately, without delay. Motion passed 4-1 with Councilors Buller, Droba, Krause, and Mayor Anderson voting"yea," and Councilor Ditsch voting "nay". City Attorney Shermoen also explained that he spoke with the Sentence-to-Serve Supervisor Keith Knaeble about the possibility of Sentence-to-Serve taking on the project of planting the flower gardens in the spring around town. Shermoen said at this time Sentence-to-Serve is not going to be able to take on this project and the City will have to look at other alternatives for getting the flowers planted. Fire Chief Mannausau gave a brief report for February 2019. Chief Mannausau pointed out that the Fire personnel are scheduled to receive beneficial Journeyman Fire Fighter Skills Lab training fully funded through the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE). Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated March 4, 2019. Duane Etienne, 1521 Main Avenue, complimented Public Works staff that worked to replace his water meter last week. He stated that they were great to work with, professional, and extremely helpful in their suggestions to make his plumbing better in case of an emergency. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019 at 4:30 P.M and adjourned the meeting at 5:24 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal March 23rd, 2019

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