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Mabel City Council approves final budget and levy

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on December 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. All council members were present.

The minutes from the November 13, 2013 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The monthly bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

LeAnn Jevne was present at the meeting to discuss the wording for a limited parking sign to be put up in front of her shop. She has had issues, as recently as the day before the meeting, with people parking in front of her shop for extended periods of time which is inconvenient for her customers. She suggested putting up a customer parking only sign. Council member Laura St. Mary was against the exclusivity of that and suggested putting up a two hour parking sign instead. After some discussion, the council approved a motion to put up a sign reading “2 hour parking from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.” It was also noted that other Main Street businesses are welcome to request a sign if needed as well.

City Clerk Karen Larson pointed out that city worker Chuck Dahl is currently being paid wages that are slightly below the rate he should be at with his experience and time. The council passed a motion to bump Dahl up to the wage bracket that is more appropriate.

Gene Grover from Local 49 was present to answer any questions the council had about the union contract before it was signed. The contract was for a new health insurance plan for the city employees which will benefit both the city and the employees. All council members were in favor of the change.

The council approved Tim Mengis as the new fire department chief and welcomed him to his new position.

City Clerk Karen Larson noted that the 1994 Improvement Fund is currently overdrawn by $20 and has been for some time now. She spoke with the city’s auditor who recommended transferring $20 into the fund from the General Fund to bring the balance to $0. She also pointed out that the Sewer Fund will be approximately $10,000 short at the end of this year due to engineering costs. Money can be transferred into the fund from the Nursing Home Fund temporarily to cover that until the microloan that was approved at the last meeting is complete.

The liquor and cigarette license renewals were reviewed and approved.

The final budget and final levy were adopted and approved.

Mabel City Maintenance Director Robert Miereau presented the public works department report to the council. There will be a pre-construction meeting on December 17 at 1 p.m. with the contractors. However, due to the current cold weather, they may not be able to begin working until January. Davy Engineering suggested that the city begin advertising for the standpipe bid which would then be approved at the February city council meeting.

Miereau noted that Noah Manning, a Mabel-Canton high school senior, has been working at the sewer plant four days a week from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and has been doing a great job.

After the first of the year, the city employees’ health insurance will switch over to the Local 49 Union plan. Both Robert Miereau and Chuck Dahl, both employed at the sewer plant, have accumulated their maximum hours of sick time. Due to the switch, the city employees will receive PTO instead of sick time and vacation time which will be maxed at 220 hours. It was decided to pay Miereau and Dahl for their hours of sick time that are over 220 if it is legal to do so. City Clerk Karen Larson will check with the city’s auditor before taking any action.

A motion was passed to have Orel Tollefson blow insulation into the attic of the fire department. This will save on energy costs.

Richland Sanitation notified the City of Mabel that there will be no garbage pickup on Christmas Day or New Years Day. The garbage will be picked up the day before each holiday, on December 24 and 31 instead.

The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held January 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

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