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Harmony City Council: Street lights and storm sewers

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Steve Donney at 7:08 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Present at the meeting were City Attorney, Richard Nethercut, Councilperson, Sherry Hines, Councilperson, Gerald Shuck, Councilmember, Debbie Scrabeck, Mayor, Steve Donney, Deputy Clerk, Eileen Schansberg, Councilmember, Dan Tieffenbacher, City Administrator, Jerome Illg, Public Works Superintendent, Brian Johnson and Street Superintendent, Chris Johnson. There were no members of the public present.

Along with reviewing and approving minutes and financials, the board spent the majority of time discussing the following items:

City Council Claims Reviewed

There was discussion about repair costs of $673.48 for seven street lights, which were damaged. City Administrator, Jerome Illg, believed the damage was caused by State Highway employees when blowing snow. Nobody knows for sure.

Councilperson Gerald Shuck asked that Jerome Illg contact the Minnesota Department of Transportation to see if they caused the damage to the street lights and therefore are responsible for paying for damages. Jerome agreed to follow-up and report back to the council at the April meeting.

Sheriff's Report

January and February activity reports were presented at the meeting.

Park Board Report

It was reported that the Park Board approved naming Sherry Hines as Secretary. Councilmember, Dan Tieffenbacher also stated that Miles Petree will be appointed to serve on the Park Board upon approval from the Mayor. Mr. Petree will need to be present for that appointment.

Administrator's Report

Jerome Illg, City Administrator, attended NIMS-400 (National Incident Management System) training for two days, reporting on the insurance renewal information for 2009 and 2010.

Illg also reported that he was finalizing information for the annual audit, with anticipation of the Board of Review arriving the week of March 16.

Council members reviewed a proposed Storm Sewer Ordinance based on a discussion at the February meeting. Electricity will be increasing in a few months. Councilmember Debbie Scrabeck challenged the approach of charging based on runoff factor, noting concerns of adding a greater tax burden to Harmony residents.

The Harmony City Council is considering the Storm Sewer Utility fee as a result of decreasing Local Government Aide, according to City Administrator, Jerome Illg.

With the introduction of the Storm Sewer Utility fee, around $6,500, averaging $1.00 per resident per month would be generated over a 12-month period. Commercial properties would pay a higher amount, still under consideration, to meet the funding goal of $6,500. The storm water drainage fee would be on a per parcel basis, determined by multiplying a parcel's runoff factor (RF) by the storm water utility rate. The RF values for various land uses are cited below.

The council further discussed creating a 3rd classification based on frontage. Council members voted for a motion to revisit the Storm Sewer Ordinance at the April regular meeting.

Land Sale

The council discussed how much land was retained after the sale of city property to Hammell Equipment. The determination was 55.1 feet of frontage.

Other Business

City Administrator, Jerome Illg reported that the Board of Review will occur at 7:00 p.m. on April 7, 2009.

Mayor Steve Donney revisited the "Open Forum" subject to encourage the public to come to meetings and share their thoughts. While anyone would be entitled to come to a meeting and express concerns or ideas prior to the beginning of the regular meeting, visitors of the meetings would need to request to have an item added to the agenda in advance of the meeting to have their concerns or ideas included as a part of the regular monthly meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

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