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Public Notice May 20, 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 20th day of May, 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 additions as presented along with the addition of agenda item Pride Week Proclamation: Resolution No.___-19 approving application for exempt permit for the Ranier Recreation Club to conduct a raffle on June 22, 2019 at the Elks Lodge No. 1599 (Council action) Acknowledge retirement of Sgt. Troy Tilander from the Police Dept. after more than 24 years of service effective end of day May 31, 2019 with last day of work May 2, 2019 (Council information) Approve hiring Jill Elsberry as full-time Patrol Officer from list of eligibles effective June 1, 2019 (Council action). Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of May 6, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to adopt Resolution No. 29-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the second monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the Agreement for the Public Works Departments assistance to demolish the Tee Pee Motel per the Building Demolition Policy of November 12, 2002. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Councilor Droba stated he just received the information and he didn't feel informed enough to make a decision. Discussion ensued with Jace Baldwin addressing the City Council and responding to questions. City Attorney Shermoen recommended that the Council approve the demolition application based on the current Building Demolition Policy. He also stated that the Baldwin's have completed all required paperwork as asked. Motion carried 4-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Krause, Buller and Mayor Anderson voting "yea" and Councilor Droba voting "nay". MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve request of the Hardwig House to use the Smokey Bear Park Pavilion and 18 picnic tables on May 30, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve Resolution No. 30-19 approving application and permit for a 1 day to 4 day temporary on-sale liquor license for the Rotary Club of International Falls at Smokey Bear Park on July 3 - 4, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve Resolution No. 31-19 approving application for exempt permit for the Ranier Recreation Club to conduct a raffle on June 22, 2019 at the Elks Lodge No. 1599. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba authorizing the Police Department to use Smokey Bear Park for National Night Out activities from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve Resolution No. 32-19 approving Public Employees Retirement Association Police Officer Declaration for part-time Patrol Officer Scott Wherley. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch acknowledging the retirement of Sgt. Troy Tilander from the Police Dept. after more than 24 years of service effective end of day May 31, 2019 with last day of work May 2, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Chief Mastin recognized Sgt. Tilander's very good police work and acknowledged his experience will be missed. Motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve hiring Jill Elsberry as full-time Patrol Officer from list of eligibles effective June 1, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve continued participation in the Northeast Minnesota HOME Consortium Joint Powers Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson reported Ben West, DNR Forester, recommended we consider adopting a tree ordinance for the City and the City's Budget Committee placing some monies in the 2020 budget to begin replacing Ash trees with other species due to the approaching threat of the Emerald Ash Borer. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve an expenditure by the Street Commissioner to purchase flowers for the gardens at 11th Street & Highway 11-71 and 11th Street & Highway 53 with thanks to the Street Commissioner for his initiative. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the Public Works Dept. to purchase a used portable 50 KW generator for $18,100 from Magnus, Inc. Purchase includes a 300 hour warranty, delivery and training. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the Public Works Dept. to purchase two 5 HP electric pumps from Electric Pump Co. for use in the "Flame Lift Station" at a cost of $35,751.00. These are new technology variable speed pumps and Minnesota Power is willing to pay the cost of the pumps that exceed $16,000.00 if they can monitor the use of the pumps for one year. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve widening of the sidewalk at the Voyageurs National Park Headquarters and Maintenance property to allow vehicle passing. 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. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve payment of $10,000 instead of the $5,000 that was budgeted for the annual payment to Forest Hill Cemetery. Councilor Krause's recommendation was based on Forest Hill Cemetery needs he learned about at the Board meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Administrator Anderson reported the city will be receiving $102,129 less in 2019 budgeted revenues. Motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve Resolution No. 33-19 recognizing June 2 - 9, 2019 as Pride Week in the City of International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Mayor Anderson noted that we welcome everyone in every facet of our community. He said he will be the first to step in and stop discrimination or harassment, but there are times when the city should not be involved. Councilor Droba shared that recognizing Pride Week is the right thing to do. Motion approved 4-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Droba, Krause, and Buller voting"yea" and Mayor Anderson voting "nay". MOTION by Councilor Krause to review the Building Demolition Policy at the June 10th Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for 4:30 P.M.; furthermore, until the new Demolition policy is completed a moratorium will be in place for all new applications of Residential and Commercial Demolitions. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson shared that the County Board took action on the Menards, Inc., Tax Court Settlement. The City of International Falls will be seeing a reduction of $102,129.00 in property tax revenues for 2019. City Administrator Anderson reminded everyone of the Public Hearing for the Highway 53 reconstruction project scheduled for May 21, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. in the City Council Chambers. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated May 20, 2019. He also handed out a copy of the legislative 2019 Budget Agreement for Monday 5/16 Tax Bill Conference Committee Update with the sales tax included. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone of 1) the Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Airport at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 for the completion of Phase II of the terminal, and 2) the Airport Environmental Assessment Public Hearing. Councilor Droba reported the Recreation Commission set up three smaller committees to follow-up on the Town Hall meeting recommendations, and negotiations are underway with Recreation Hockey on a 2-year agreement. Evan Johnson, 1906 2nd Ave E, commented on the Housing Study with regards to rental licensing and disconnect between City elected officials, employees and the County regarding salaries. He thinks $350 is insufficient to focus all your time and effort and he would like that changed after a public meeting. The Council replied no one was "in it for the money". Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. and adjourned the meeting at 6:13 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal June 8th, 2019

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