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Ostrander City Council

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
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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.

Mayor Schwenn thanked all who ran for council and said congratulations to new Mayor (Pat Nesler) and Council Members (Erin Brugh & Heidi Jones)

Approval of Consent Agenda

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

VISITORS Royal Dempewolf (Wolf’s Den), Pat Nesler (Susie’s Roadhouse), Kim Nesler, Arlene Bestor, Lois Hanson, Bob Kunert, Pam Kunz, Erin Brugh, Cheryl Perry,


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

Motion by Nesler, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to have Jimmie order UV lamps and sleeves from a different company.

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

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


Council member Nesler is questioning the pop machine issues—Rhonda needed to look at the contracts. There is no contract with Pepsi, but with M&A there is a one-year contract. In council packets you will find a copy of this contract. Motion by Start, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried remove the M&A vending machine and when the city office is moved, the pepsi machine will go to the new office.


Wolf’s Den—Motion by Thompson and seconded by Kunert to grant the liquor license for another year and add Sunday Liquor.

Susie’s Roadhouse Liquor License renewal—Motion by Start and seconded by Kunert to grant the liquor license for another year.

Update on Special Meeting on October 15th (pagers/radios for Fire Department)

Some cities charge to have special meetings/hearings, when not called by the city. Rhonda had brought this to council in February, do we want to re-visit this option?? Some cities have it listed on their schedule of fees—There will be a fee of $200 to hold a special meeting, if not called by the Mayor and/or Council, and $50 if it is cancelled at the last minute. This will be added to the schedule of fees at the next council meeting.

Resolution to certify results of the Election (Canvass)—Motion by Kunert and seconded by Start to accept and sign the resolution to certify the results of the General Election.

Rhonda has been working with the USDA on our compliance requirements of being handicapped accessible. Laurie commented that in December some time, she will be visiting Ostrander to see how we are doing. If we are not in compliance, she will want a time-line of when this will be completed—Council agreed that they would like to meet with Laurie from USDA and know exactly what is needed to be done at this time.

USDA completed the 2011 Audit Review. In council packets is a letter with what she is looking for—Rhonda will be working with MN Rural Water on a rate sheet to calculate what will work for Ostrander.

Council shirts, should they be ordered for new members—Motion by Kunert and seconded by Start to order shirts for new Mayor, new Council members, and Rhonda.

It was brought up to have Rhonda add a due date to all water/sewer bills—Motion by Start and seconded by Nesler to make bills due by the 10th of the following month.


2013 Annual MCFOA Conference is scheduled for March 19-22 in St Cloud—Motion by Start and seconded by Kunert to have Rhonda attend this conference.

Through the League of Minnesota Cities there is training for Experienced Officials and Newly Elected Officials of 2013. Does council think these should be attended—Motion by Kunert and seconded by Start to have interested council attend.

VHF Radio Update Meeting, November 13, 2012 @ 7 p.m. at the Preston Fire Station—Jimmie Dean attended this after he gave his monthly reports.


Motion by Kunert, seconded by Nesler and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting is scheduled for December 4th, at 6 p.m.

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