The Caledonia City Council approved hiring Joshua Vaubel as a part-time police officer at its October 23 regularly scheduled meeting.
The council unanimously approved the consent agenda, including the payments and disbursements; payments six and seven, a total of $27,562.45 for the auditorium HVAC project; a new liquor license for Sol Agave Taste Mexico who is planning on opening a Mexican restaurant, El Jimador, on Main Street; and the Harvester sludge holding tank repair quote.
Mayor DeWayne (Tank) Schroeder called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Schroeder led his fellow council members and the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Schroeder announced that all council members were present: Robert (Bob) Klug, Amanda Ninneman, Mayor DeWayne (Tank) Schroeder, David Fitzpatrick and Ryan Stenzel.
Others present included City Clerk/Administrator Jake Dickson, Financial Officer Stephanie Mann, Public Works/Zoning Director Casey Klug and Caledonia resident Priyesh Amin.
The council approved the meeting agenda and the October 9 meeting minutes as written.
Klug reported that the Grove Marshall Street and Utility Reconstruction project “should be wrapped up this week.”
In new business, the council authorized city staff to prepare the final assessment roll for the Grove Marshall Street and Utility Reconstruction project and set the assessment hearing for November 27, 2023. According to the staff report presented to the council, “Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 429, the council must declare the amount to be assessed against the benefitting properties and call for the hearing on the proposed assessment for these improvements.”
The council unanimously approved the private utility petition and waiver agreement received from Main Street property owners Priyesh and Kristy Amin and Mikel Herman on Main Street needing water line repairs.
Finance director Stephanie Mann presented the third quarter financial reports, ending September 30. Mann informed the council that the 2024 budget will be presented again before “we roll into the truth in taxation meeting on the 11.” She anticipates presenting it at the November 13 council meeting since the assessment hearing is scheduled during the November 27 meeting. Mann first reviewed the 2023 cash and investment monthly balances, and the investments as of September 30, 2023. Mann pointed out when discussing the long-term debt schedule that “all our debt has been paid for 2023.” Continuing, she discussed the 2023 general fund budget and mentioned that some departments will end up being over budget at the end of the year and some will be under budget.
In other business, the council:
• Reviewed the overtime reports from October 2 through October 15. No action is required.
• Adjourned the meeting at 6:57 p.m.
The next meeting of the Caledonia City Council is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 13 at the Caledonia City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.