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Public Notice October 1, 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 1st day of October, 2018 at the hour of 4:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa, Krause, and Mayor Anderson. MEMBERS ABSENT: None. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve the agenda with additions as presented. Addition of #2 under New Business: Resolution No. -18 approving application for exempt permit for the Ranier Recreation Club to conduct tipboards on October 12 -14, 2018 at the Elks Lodge No. 1599 Addition of #3 under New Business: Resolution No. -18 approving application for exempt permit for the Ranier Recreation Club to conduct a raffle on October 27, 2018 at the Elks Lodge No. 1599 Addition of #12 under New Business: Approve 2019 Group Renewal and Rate Information from NESC/Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and authorize signatures Addition of #13 under New Business: Consent to Mayor's appointment of Joe Krause to the Legislation and Land Use Committee Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of September 17, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve minutes of the Special City Council meeting of September 26, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to adopt Resolution No. 55-18 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilor Droba, Jaksa, Krause and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Briggs abstaining. Gary Coran, 1308 11th Street, expressed his concerns on blight and inquired as to what can be done to help be part of the solution in ridding the town of blight. Fire Chief/Housing Inspector Mannausau and Building Official/Zoning Administrator Meyers explained the process for addressing blight violations including the tags, letters, and various timelines and legal due process. The Housing Inspector has issued over 130 violation notices this summer. Five cases are currently on the court calendar. City Administrator Anderson explained that Chapters 4, 6, and 10 of the City Code of Ordinances address blight and are currently in the process of being consolidated and re-written. The new code will include rental licensing and property maintenance standards to establish guidelines that are more stringent, clarify enforcement responsibilities, and identify compliance timelines. Nancy Imhof, owner of Mason's on Main, 339 3rd Street, also expressed her concerns over blight and stressed that the main traffic corridors are her primary concern as that is what the tourists and visitors see when they enter the City. Mayor Anderson explained that Highway 53 is set to undergo a full rehabilitation when the road is reconstructed in the summer of 2020. Ms. Imhof asked that small, simple things be taken care of now in order to help restore pride in one's property and the City as a whole. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the First Reading of Ordinance No.__, Fifth Series, Amending the City Code, Chapter 9, Section 9-20, Calendar Parking, (c) to Amend the "Time of Change" Hours. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. In response to Councilor Droba's question, Administrator Anderson replied that the Council agenda item of September 17th was to set the First Reading for October 1st since the text of the ordinance was not prepared and available for public review. Therefore, the First Reading is listed on this agenda and includes the draft ordinance language in the packet. The second reading and final adoption will be considered October 15, 2018. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: 1. Authorize travel and expenses for Brad Hagen to attend the Minnesota Fall Maintenance Equipment Expo in St. Cloud, MN on October 3 and 4, 2018 Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to adopt Resolution No. 56-18 approving application for Exempt Permit for the Broncos Hockey Boosters to conduct a raffle with the drawing to be held on January 5, 2019 at Bronco Arena. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 57-18 approving application for Exempt Permit for the Ranier Recreation Club to conduct tipboard games on October 12-14, 2018 at the Elks Lodge, 215 Third Street, International Falls, MN 56649. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to adopt Resolution No. 58-18 approving application for Exempt Permit for the Ranier Recreation Club to conduct a raffle with the drawing to be held on October 27, 2018 at the Elks Lodge, 215 Third Street, International Falls, MN 56649. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to authorize the City Attorney to proceed with blight enforcement at the following property: Larry Nichols, 2106 3rd Avenue West, Parcel No. 92-111-06010. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve Chief Mastin's recommendations and hire of Heather Olson as the Part-time Administrative Assistant for the Police Department effective October 1, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to adopt Resolution No. 59-18 approving the International Falls Volunteer Firefighters to join the Voluntary Statewide Lump-Sum Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause. Chief Mannausau and Fire Relief Association President Justin Chezick explained the positive aspects of changing retirement plans including saving money that is currently paid out in service charges and fees to the independent investment company and the audit firm. Motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve the Northeast Minnesota Emergency Communications Board Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 2018 Bylaws and authorize signatures. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. City Attorney Shermoen briefed the Council on his discussions with the current owner and prospective buyer of the Tee Pee Motel and their work towards reaching an agreement to demolish the structure due to the fire. Councilor Droba stressed that he felt it was unfair to the citizens of International Falls to have the City assume liability or cover the costs of demolition of the Tee Pee, when the current owners of the Tee Pee received insurance monies due to the fire. Councilor Droba believes the costs for demolishing the property should be the current property owners' responsibility unless there is some assurance that the new owners will develop the site. Mayor Anderson noted the site will be cleaned up and this will encourage re-investment. He also stated the burned debris can only be taken to the County landfill site and not the City site. At this time no agreement has been reached between the parties, therefore there is no action that can be taken at this time. City Attorney Shermoen stated that he hopes to report at the next City Council meeting the best way to proceed towards annexation of properties currently located outside the city limits of the City of International Falls. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve Resolution 9-18, A Resolution Proposed by the City of International Falls regarding Ownership of a line that serves as a Primary Collector and Interceptor Carrying Wastewater that is proposed for adoption by the NKASD Board of Director's. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve the proposal for Phase 2 study of Fire/Rescue/EMS Dept. by consultant Mike Metro. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion passed 4-1 with Councilors Briggs, Jaksa, Krause, and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Droba voting "nay". MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve 2019 Group Renewal and Rate Information Agreements from NESC/Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and authorize signatures. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve Mayor's appointment of Joe Krause to the Legislation and Land Use Committee. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilor Briggs, Droba, Jaksa, and Mayor Anderson voting "yea," and Councilor Krause abstaining. Councilor Jaksa relayed concerns expressed to her by citizens of the danger of ATVs driving on the edge of city streets near private property and the threat it poses to children and public safety. Chief Mannausau stated that he spoke with Scott Eldien, local Minnesota Energy worker, and Mr. Eldien stated that the corporate office for Minnesota Energy will be generating a report on the gas main infrastructure to have available at the next meeting. Councilor Jaksa thanked all that volunteered their time and services to the City-wide cleanup and felt it was a great success. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone that there is a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting October 8, 2018 at 2:00 P.M., a Public Information Meeting on the proposed one precent Sales and Use Tax at 7:00 P.M. On October 8, 2018 in the Council Chambers, and the next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 15, 2018 at 4:30 P.M. And adjourned the meeting at 6:36 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal October 24th, 2018

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