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Public Notice September 8, 2015 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 8th day of September, 2015 at the hour of 4:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa, Kalar and Mayor Anderson. MEMBERS ABSENT: None. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve the agenda with the following additions/deletions under New Business: Add #9: Approve St. Thomas School proposed route for the Minnesota Marathon for Nonpublic Education and request to use Kerry Park from 10:15 a.m. to Noon on October 3, 2015 Delete #2: Approve S tate of Minnesota Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Grant Contract with funds in the amount of $628,677 for the "Comprehensive Project" and authorize signatures, Dana Herschbach, Kootasca Community Action Delete #3: Approve Contract Agreement for SCDP Administrative Services with Kootasca Community Action, Inc. Delete #4: Approve SCDP Commercial and Residential Rehabilitation Deferred Loan Program Policies and Procedures Handbook Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of August 17, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to adopt Resolution No. 56-15 approving payment of claims and accounts payable this 8th day of September, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion carried 4-0-1 with Councilors Kalar, Droba, and Jaksa and Mayor Anderson voting "yea" and Councilor Briggs abstaining. Thor Thompson, 1317 Beyer Dr., and Lindsay Frank, 915 2nd St., were present regarding the 8th Street rink. Mr. Thompson informed the Council that they have been working with the Recreation Commission to be caretakers for the rink without pay. Mayor Anderson stated that the past caretakers have been paid by the Recreation Commission. Mr. Thompson said that there are minor things that need attention in the warming house and asked the City for financial assistance in making these repairs. Councilor Kalar confirmed that it was his understanding that the City would pay for the maintenance, not the Recreation Commission. Councilor Briggs had a concern in regards to liability issues without the caretakers being hired by the City. City Attorney Shermoen stated that as volunteers, they are not covered by the City insurance, but a request could be made to League of Minnesota Cities for additional rider insurance to cover them through our insurance. Mayor Anderson suggested that the Recreation Commission develop a plan for this situation. MOTION by Councilor Droba to have City Attorney Shermoen review the legal issues, determine if there is insurance coverage for volunteers or verify the costs to add a rider to insure volunteers, and work on an agreement for citizens who will be operating the 8th Street rink. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to accept recommendation to deny ordinance amendment to allow chickens as proposed due to lack of agricultural zoning in the City. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Mayor Anderson was opposed and discussion followed. Motion carried 3-2 with Councilors Briggs, Droba, and Jaksa voting "yea" and Councilor Kalar and Mayor Anderson voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to have the Planning Commission review the feasibility of creating an agricultural zoning district. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs. Motion carried 4-1 with Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa and Mayor Anderson voting "yea" and Councilor Kalar voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Droba to accept recommendation of approval of ordinance amendment related to mobile home and recreation camping vehicles and have first reading of ordinance. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to accept recommendation of approval to initiate annexation of properties into the City of International Falls per attached maps and set first reading for the City Council meeting scheduled for October 5th, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to approve Conservation Easement between Boise White Paper, LLC, City of International Falls, and Koochiching County. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 57-15 to Re-authorize approval of Quit Claim Deed for transfer of real property to Rainy Lake Medical Center (Hospital) as approved in March 1985, but never filed with the County Recorder. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to authorize registration and travel expenses for Councilor Jaksa to attend the CGMC Fall meeting October 1-2, 2015, in Little Falls, MN. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. Motion carried 3-2 with Councilors Briggs, Kalar, and Jaksa voting "yea" and Councilor Droba and Mayor Anderson voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Mayoral Proclamation celebrating the 100th Birthday of Ms. Frances Larson on September 29, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve establishing and naming "Cedar Road" as a public street, confirm 120 Cedar Road as a street address, and authorize installation of appropriate street signs. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve use of Smokey Bear Park for the Chamber of Commerce to host an Oktober Festival on Saturday, October 3, 2015 as requested by RaeAnne Conat. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 58-15 Approving the Rotary Club application and permit for a 1-4 day Temporary On-sale Liquor License during the Oktober Festival on October 3, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to adopt Resolution No. 59-15 application for Exempt Permit for the Friends of the Falls Fire Department, Inc., to conduct a raffle on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Elk's Lodge. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to approve St. Thomas School proposed route for the Minnesota Marathon for Nonpublic Education and request to use Kerry Park from 10:15 a.m. to Noon on October 3, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Briggs to adopt Resolution No. 60-15 supporting the construction of the new terminal facility at the Falls International Airport and the Bonding Bill request to help fund said project. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa. Motion carried 4-1 with Councilors Briggs, Droba, and Jaksa and Mayor Anderson voting "yea" and Councilor Kalar voting "nay." MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to adopt Resolution No. 61-15 Approving Grant Agreement for Falls International Airport 2015 Pavement Rehabilitation, Airfield Guidance Sign Replacement, Wildlife Hazard Assessment, and Administration with total project costs of $442,805. Motion seconded by Councilor Briggs and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Kalar to approve State of Minnesota Grant Contract No. 97735 and accept 2016 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Matching Grant Award of $2,000. Motion seconded by Councilor Jaksa and carried unanimously. City Attorney Shermoen informed the Council of two properties that are to be declared hazardous and subject to removal, if not corrected. He stated that the property owners of 1112 7th Street, Gregory W. and Mona R. Schluender, have indicated that they want to make the necessary repairs, and the property owner of 310 Shorewood Drive, Orsi, Limited Partnership, has not made the necessary repairs from a house fire that took place last winter. Jill Tilander, niece of Gregory W. and Mona R. Schluender, was present and discussed at length the property at 1112 7th Street. She informed the Council of her interest to make the necessary repairs to avoid the demolition of the home. Mayor Anderson stated that he had several conversations with Mona Schluender who stated that she will make the necessary repairs within the timeline or seek an extension. City Attorney Shermoen stated that if the orders are approved, the property owners will have 20 days to respond, and if interested in making the necessary repairs, they will have 45 days for the repairs to be completed (or 60 days to demolish the structure). MOTION by Councilor Droba to approve orders declaring the following properties hazardous and subject to removal, if not corrected, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 463.15 to 463.261. Motion seconded by Council Kalar and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to adopt Resolution No. 62-15 Approving 2015 salaries for nonunion personnel. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to adopt Resolution No. 63-15 Award proposal for Life, AD&D, Child Life and Supplemental Life insurance to Sun Life effective January 1, 2016. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to Table this item to the Council Meeting scheduled for October 5, 2015 to work out further details. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Jaksa to advertise for applications for appointment of members to the Residential and Commercial Building Committee, with the advertisement to run for three weeks beginning September 16, 2015. Motion seconded by Councilor Kalar and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson gave a brief report on the implementation of the water meter radio read system. He stated that the first radio reads took place on August 20, 2015 and had successful results. There were 44 properties that were not read and there were several questions from customers about the higher than normal bills due to the timeline between readings. City Attorney Shermoen informed the Council that he will be meeting with Larry Keep tomorrow in regards to the development agreement. He also discussed blight issues and stated that there have been ten demolitions so far and there are eight more still yet to be completed. Councilor Briggs gave a big thanks to Kelly Meyers, Fire Chief Mannausau, and everyone else involved in this progress. Police Chief Musich gave a brief report for August 2015 and stated they have implemented e-charging for a couple of weeks. Fire Chief Mannausau gave a brief report for August 2015 and complimented and thanked the Police Department for their ongoing assistance. Councilor Briggs stated that there are a number of issues in regards to the City Deer Hunt that need to be discussed before it can be moved forward. Councilor Droba suggested that the 8th Street rink and handicap parking issue at Smokey Bear Park be discussed at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting. He also gave Kudos to everyone involved in making the Labor Day Picnic and United Way Color Run a success. Mayor Anderson stated that he submitted a written report and participated in several meetings with Joe Sutherland regarding City contracting with Koochiching County for engineering services. Councilor Jaksa gave a warm welcome to the independent candidate for State Representative District 3A, Kelsey Johnson, who was present in the audience. Mayor Anderson adjourned the meeting at 6:42 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal September 26, 2015

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