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Public Notice March 18, 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 18th 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 Krause to approve the agenda with additions as presented: Consider Legislation and Land Use Committee recommendation: (Council action) a. Resolution No. __-19 supporting action to ensure compliance with ordinance blight standards Town Hall Meeting for public input on recreation is Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of March 4, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of March 4, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of March 11, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 14-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the second monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Evan Johnson approached the Council asking what the funds are used for in the Permanent Improvement Fund account. Mayor Anderson explained that the funds are used for water, sewer, streets and sidewalks. Evan inquired about what is being done to bring new businesses to the City. Mayor Anderson explained that the County and City are working together to bring new businesses and that they also work with KEDA to ensure existing businesses stay in International Falls, MN. Council members considered proposals from Small Town Tech of Int'l Falls, MN with a bid of $8,635.83 and NLFX Professional of Bemidji, MN with a bid of $37,648.00 to install an audio/visual system for the City Council Chambers. MOTION by Councilor Droba to accept Small Town Tech's bid with the funds coming from Mayor/Council Department Professional Services. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Mayor Anderson stated updating the audio/visual system is not a priority nor was it budgeted for 2019, so he would be voting "nay." Motion passed 4-1 with Councilor Ditsch, Droba, Krause, and Buller voting "yea," and Mayor Anderson voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: Approve/allow necessary expenses for two public works employees to attend the Electric Safety in the Work Place seminar in Bemidji, MN on April 9, 2019 Approve/allow necessary expenses for two public works employees to attend an equipment demonstration in Duluth, MN on March 20, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson shared that an Open Book meeting to discuss property valuation/assessment is scheduled at the County Assesso's Office, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Councilor Droba stated if anyone has concerns with the value the Assessor has placed on their building and land, then this is the meeting to attend. Matt Buller requested use of Smokey Bear Park on August 22-24 for the International Falls Bass Championship Tournament. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve International Falls Bass Championship Tournament use of Smokey Bear Park August 22-24, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Councilor Droba encouraged close communication with the Street Commissioner. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilor Ditsch, Droba, Krause and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Buller abstaining due to his participation in the event. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 15-19 to approve the International Falls Bass Championship application for exempt permit to sell raffle tickets, with the drawing to be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Smokey Bear Park, 600 Third Street, International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilor Ditsch, Droba, Krause and Mayor Anderson voting "yea,"and Councilor Buller abstaining. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve Resolution No. 16-19 approving the International Falls Bass Championship application and permit for a 1 day to 4 day temporary on-sale liquor license for the Annual International Falls Bass Championship Tournament held August 22-24, 2019 at Smokey Bear Park, 600 Third Street, International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilor Ditsch, Droba, Krause and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Buller abstaining. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve Mayor's appointments to the Ad Hoc Commercial, Residential Building & Property Blight Advisory Committee effective April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021. Councilor Krause recommended that Councilor Ditsch be the Chair of the Ad Hoc Commercial, Residential Building & Property Blight Advisory Committee. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to adopt Resolution No. 17-19 supporting action to ensure compliance with ordinance blight standards. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to adopt Resolution No. 18-19 approving Minnesota Participating Addendum/Contract No. 147347 for Wireless Communication and Equipment and authorize signatures (NASPO ValuePoint/Verizon). Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve Independent Contractor Agreement with Jacob Clarity effective February 25, 2019, with the requested changes to the contract by removing the last sentence at the bottom of page 1. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve Inflow and Infiltration Investigation and Elimination Agreement as amended for submittal to NKASD and authorize signatures. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. Brittany Eldien requested use of Kerry Park Arena for the Elementary School Carnival. MOTION by Councilor Krause allowing Kerry Park Arena use for the Elementary School Carnival Committee on May 30 with set-up on May 29, 2019 at no cost, clean-up by school, and re-examination of use of all public facilities and fees for use. Councilor Droba requested that a Public Works employee ensure the building is clean and everything is functioning prior to the event. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 19-19 Supporting Koochiching County plans for reconstruction of CSAH 24 (2nd Ave. East) from CSAH 47 (15th Street) to 19th Street. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch approving insert of conceptual sidewalk and trail plans and map in the draft Comprehensive Plan. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Councilor Ditsch requested that he be removed from the North Koochiching Area Sanitary District board and recommended that Councilor Buller replace him. Councilor Buller requested that he be removed from the Legislation and Land Use Committee and recommended Councilor Ditsch to replace him. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the Mayor's appointment of Councilor Buller to the North Koochiching Area Sanitary District and to appoint Councilor Ditsch to the Legislation and Land Use Committee. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson stated that he spoke with Jim Stavseth, Forest Hill Cemetery Chair regarding non-payment for 2019. Mayor Anderson requested City Administrator Anderson get a copy of the bylaws and recommended appointing Councilor Krause to the Forest Hill Cemetery board with those changes outlined in the bylaws. City Administrator Anderson reviewed Police Chief Mastin written police report for February 2019. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated March 18, 2019. Mayor Anderson also shared that he would not be able to attend the North Koochiching Area Sanitary District meeting on March 20. The agenda includes a motion to approve an engineering peer review. Mayor Anderson stated he does not support the peer review due to the costs as those monies could better be spent elsewhere. Evan Johnson inquired about the decline in population and number of households. Evan asked what is the Councils plan to improve these declining numbers. Mayor Anderson stated that they are waiting for the 2020 Census report to be completed before any action would be taken. Mayor Anderson and Councilors thanked Evan for attending the Council meeting. Everyone was impressed with all the research he did prior to the meeting and addressing his concerns for the future of the City of Int'l Falls. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2019 at 4:30 P.M and adjourned the meeting at 6:07 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal April 6th, 2017

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