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Ostrander city council October minutes


Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Ostrander Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. All council members were present.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Start and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

VISITORS Carole Hodson, John Schraeder, Norbert Skaran, Pam Kunz, Heidi Jones, Erin Brugh, Cheryl Perry, Michelle Miller, Harlan Mensink,

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Public Works Director—Jimmie Dean—Was present. Council approved monthly report.

Fire Chief—Jimmie Dean—Was present. Council approved monthly report.

Police Chief—Tom Mosher—Was present. Council approved monthly report.

OLD BUSINESS

Jimmie Dean brought up a past due bill that had been discussed last month. Rhonda had spoken to the City Attorney and she said that we couldn’t make someone else responsible for that bill since it wasn’t originally in her name. Motion by Start, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to rescind the previous motion to have a past due bill paid by October 1st. Rhonda will send a letter to try to get payment or the balance will need to be assessed to property taxes.

NEW BUSINESS

Discuss boiler issues—Michelle Miller was present and said they raised their smoke stack. Thank You!!

Update on Special Meeting on 9/13 @ 6:30 p.m.—2013 Levy and preliminary budget, water/sewer bills.

Sealed Bid info for the old squad car (Crown Victoria)—Motion by Nesler, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept Pam Kunz sealed bid for $513. Rhonda will call or send out letters to others involved.

2012 Federal Labor Law Poster—Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Start and unanimously carried to order a new Poster for $9.95.

Council Member Nesler is questioning the pop machine issues. Rhonda will look into the contracts.

Spring Valley Ambulance Service is seeking their annual per-capita payment. The price hasn’t changed since 2007 ($7.00/capita). Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Start and unanimously carried to their per-capita payment for another year.

OTHER

Training for Jimmie; Friday, October 19th @ Cabela’s Northwoods Conference Center—6 credit hours and costs $30. Motion by Start, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to let Jimmie attend.

Aksamit Resource Management. Rhonda received an email regarding Municipal Commercial Size Wind Turbine—Heidi Jones commented before we move ahead on this to check into it further.

Life Style, Inc, PrairieView Apartments is holding an open house on Sunday, October 7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rhonda will need to get a liability waiver for Cheryl Perry for working at the new office.

Rhonda questioned about our old banners going to businesses around town. Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to let the old banners go to businesses that will utilize them.

Michelle asked what the rules were for cats and chickens. Police Chief Mosher discussed these issues in further detail.

It was questioned if the Community Center Rental and deposit amounts should be raised. The council agreed that Jimmie Dean would put together a checklist to be at the Community Center and to go out with the mailing of the rental agreements.

Carole was wondering about the coffee group’s coffee pots being used. Mayor Schwenn commented that when coffee pots go out, the city will purchase them for the Community Center and that they shouldn’t need to be responsible.

Motion by Start, seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. Next meeting is scheduled for November 13th, at 6 p.m.

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