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Public Notice September 3, 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 3rd day of September, 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 as presented. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of August 19, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve minutes of the regular City Council meeting of August 19, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the minutes of the Special City Council meeting of August 26, 2019. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 54-19 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the first monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. Joan Christensen, 3292 County Road 24, welcomed the Council to attend the presentation entitled "The Economics of Climate Change and Climate Solutions" presented by Indivisible IFalls on September 25, 2019 at 6:30 P.M. at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Alysa Hackenmueller, Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training (NEMOJT), was on hand to explain that the local Minnesota WorkForce Center is rebranding to CareerForce. Hackenmueller explained that rebranding will make all of their services readily available in one place and will allow for re-training of employees. Hackenmueller stressed her office connects job seekers and businesses, and provides one-on-one guidance, training, networking, labor market information and more. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the Mayoral Proclamation declaring September 16-22, 2019 CareerForce Week in the City of International Falls. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve the Mayoral Proclamation observing National Rail Safety Week, September 22-28, 2019, on behalf of the CN 100th Anniversary and MD & W local short-line rail. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to send a letter to Representative Rob Ecklund, District 3A, in recognition of his League of Minnesota Cities "Legislator of Distinction" status and in thanks for all of his hard work for this community. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to adopt Resolution No. 55-19 modifying KEDA's loan payment schedule for the 2017 Cold Box Construction Project by delaying the annual payment due date from November 1 to December 31 in order to alleviate financial constraints. Motion seconded by Councilor Droba and carried unanimously. Councilor Droba stated that at a later date KEDA may request the City to forgo the 2020 loan payment due to financial difficulties. MOTION by Councilor Droba to adopt Resolution No. 56-19 approving and authorizing signatures for the International Falls-Koochiching County Airport Commission 2019 Federal Grant Agreement(s). Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. Fire Chief Mannausau explained that the purpose of the three-year preventative maintenance contract with Stryker would be to ensure that regular maintenance is scheduled and performed on ambulance equipment such as the power cots and lifts. This would ensure equipment is properly maintained and would help avoid unnecessary costly repairs down the line. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the ProCare Services Agreement with Stryker for a three-year maintenance agreement on four Power Cots, four Power-LOAD, and four Stair Chairs for a cost of $7,764 (plus the quoted price for four Stair Chairs - pending) and authorize signatures subject to compliance with the following: 1. Service Agreement effective dates from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2022, 2. deleting in number 14 the phrase ". . . Stryker ceases to provide Services or . . ." 3. Stryker submittal of certificates of insurance naming the City of International Falls as an additional insured per number 16, and 4. Stryker submittal of price quote to add preventive maintenance services for four Stair Chairs with said costs to be included or deleted from Service Agreement at the Fire Chief's discretion. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson provided notification from TransformCo, owner of the local Kmart store, stating the local Kmart will be closing permanently on December 15, 2019. City Administrator Anderson stated that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has invited the public to an open house to learn about updating the master plan for the David Dill-Arrowhead State Trail in St. Louis and Koochiching counties. The open house will be from 6-8 P.M. on September 4 at the Cook Community Center. City Administrator Anderson explained that the League of Minnesota Cities has reported that the FCC has put restrictions on franchise fees and the City may have to revise its franchise agreement with Midcontinent Communications sometime in the future. City Administrator Anderson informed the Council that someone is disputing an ambulance bill they received and has requested the Council hold a Special closed-session meeting to discuss this matter with the ambulance patient, their legal representative, and the City Attorney. MOTION by Councilor Krause to schedule a closed Special City Council meeting on September 9, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. City Attorney Shermoen explained that Inter-City Oil (ICO) was disputing the City's findings in Court regarding the condition of the building and the request for demolition. ICO reconsidered and has taken it upon themselves to demolish the building, which has already begun. The other two properties with court orders filed are scheduled to be heard in district court on October 3, 2019. Councilor Ditsch stated there is a Commercial, Residential Building, and Property Blight Ad Hoc Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for September 10, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. Councilor Ditsch expressed his concern and frustration with commercial buildings in the city limits that he believes are violating the blight ordinance and urged City officials to take action against said businesses. Fellow Councilors echoed his sentiments, but stated that blight enforcement takes time and the community has many other good things happening that need to be acknowledged rather than dwelling on the negative. Mayor Anderson handed out a written Mayor's Report dated September 3, 2019. Mayor Anderson thanked all involved in making the 2019 Labor Day Picnic a success. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve travel expenses for Council members and staff to attend the 2019 League of Minnesota Cities regional meetings. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. Mayor Anderson reminded everyone of the next regular City Council meeting on September 16, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. Mayor Anderson adjourned the meeting at 5:28 P.M. ATTEST: Robert W. Anderson, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal September 21st, 2019

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