Mayor Dave Olson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. April 11, 2022, with the Pledge of Allegiance. Council present: Mayor David Olson, Cody Mathers, Tony Schultz, Emily Krage, and Cheryl Sanden. Staff present: Michelle Quinn, Randy Thesing, Calvin Nagle, and Brett Hurley. A listing of public members present is on file.
Wastewater Treatment Plant: Motion by Schultz, seconded by Krage to pay estimate #12 from Wapasha Construction Co. in the amount of $158,457.55. Motion carried unanimously.
Police Joint Powers: Motion by Sanden, seconded by Schultz to approve the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreement and adopt the following resolution. Motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION APPROVING STATE OF MINNESOTA JOINT POWERS AGREEMENTS WITH THE CITY OF HOUSTON ON BEHALF OF ITS CITY ATTORNEY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Houston, Minnesota as follows:
1.That the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements by and between the State of Minnesota acting through its Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the City of Houston on behalf of its Prosecuting Attorney and Police Department, are hereby approved.
2.That the Chief of Police, Brett Hurley, or his or her successor, is designated the Authorized Representative for the Police Department. The Authorized Representative is also authorized to sign any subsequent amendment or agreement that may be required by the State of Minnesota to maintain the City’s connection to the systems and tools offered by the State.
3.That the Attorney, Alexander C. Roverud, or his or her successor, is designated the Authorized Representative for the Prosecuting Attorney. The Authorized Representative is also authorized to sign any subsequent amendment or agreement that may be required by the State of Minnesota to maintain the City’s connection to the systems and tools offered by the State.
4.That David G. Olson, the Mayor for the City of Houston, and Michelle Quinn, the City Clerk, are authorized to sign the State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements.
Native Seed Collection: Motion by Krage, seconded by Mathers to authorize advertising for sealed bids for native prairie seed collection privileges for a 3-year period expiring with the end of calendar year 2024. Motion carried unanimously.
Personnel/Nature Center Assistant Vacancy: Motion by Schultz, seconded by Sanden to move forward with an interview and hiring process and to offer the position contingent upon the candidate meeting all requirements, having favorable references and at the advertised rate of $10.50 per hour. Motion carried unanimously.
Gambling Permits: Motion by Sanden, seconded by Krage to approve a gambling permit with no waiting period for the Caledonia Wrestling Club for an event to be hosted at the Houston City Park on July 31, 2022, and another for DLC Inc. for an event to be hosted at the Houston Community Center on June 25, 2022. Motion carried unanimously.
Sealed Bid Sale: Motion by Schultz, seconded by Mathers to adopt the following resolution. Motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. 2022-06
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SALE OF LAND
THROUGH SEALED BID PROCESS
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the City Council of the City of Houston approves the sale of the following described property through sealed bid process:
Part of Lot 5, Block 21 of Mons Anderson’s Addition to Houston, according to the plat thereof
on file and of record in the Office of the County Recorder, Houston County, Minnesota, described
as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of said Lot 5; thence North 89°09’04” East
along the south line of said Lot 5 a distance of 36.40 feet to the point of beginning; thence continuing North 89°09’04” East along said south line 104.60 feet to the southeast corner of
said Lot 5: thence North 00°40’38” West 60.32 feet to the northeast corner of said Lot 5; thence
South 89°07’36” West along the north line of said Lot 5 a distance of 104.60 feet; thence South
00°40’38” East 60.28 feet to the point of beginning.
Appointment of Election Judges: Motion by Mathers, seconded by Schultz to adopt the following resolution. Motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. 2022-07
A RESOLUTION APPOINTING ELECTION JUDGES
FOR THE 2022 SPECIAL STATE PRIMARY ELECTION
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF HOUSTON,
MINNESOTA, AS FOLLOWS:
The following names are the official Election Judges for the City of Houston, for the 2022 Special State Primary Election:
Election Judge Recruitment: Motion by Mathers, seconded by Krage to authorize outreach for the recruitment of election judges to become trained and serve in the August State Primary and November General Elections. Motion carried unanimously.
City Building Roof Damage: Motion Sanden, seconded by Krage to move forward with accepting the quote for repair which is covered by insurance. Motion carried unanimously.
Community Center Signage Update: Motion by Sanden, seconded by Krage to move forward with signage featuring bright white lettering and to accept the quotes submitted by Straight Edge Construction in the amount of $3,380 for closing and insulating the eave lights on the east and west sides of the Community Center and for sign installation and by Wild Exhibit for Community Center signage in an amount not to exceed $1,750. Motion carried unanimously.
Memorialization of City
Policy: Motion by Sanden, seconded by Mathers to adopt the following policies as presented: Uniforms and Equipment Policy (specific to Police Department), Facility Rental Table, Chair and Equipment Policy, Cellular Device Stipend Policy, Footwear Stipend Policy, and Staff Authorized Purchasing Policy. Motion carried unanimously.
Annual Grant Status Report: Motion by Mathers, seconded by Schultz to approve the submission of the 2022 Annual Grant Status Report and Amendment Request Form as proposed and amended and authorize the signature of Clerk/Administrator on the same. Motion carried unanimously.
Minutes and Bills: Motion by Krage, seconded by Sanden to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2022, regular meeting, and bills as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Items to be Placed on File: Motion by Krage, seconded by Schultz to place on file the following items. Motion carried unanimously.
Library – Update and statistics of April 2022.
2021 MN Public Library Annual Report.
Library data presented to County Board of Commissioners for negotiation of
SELCO Contract funding.
MN Department of Health Water Treatment Report dated March 9, 2022.
Certification of Commendation awarded Houston WWTP.
Incident Summary by Incident Type.
Adjourn: Motion by Schultz, seconded by Sanden to adjourn the meeting at 6:58 p.m. Motion carried unanimously. The next regular meeting of the Council is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022.
By: David Olson, Mayor
Attest: Michelle Quinn, Clerk/Administrator
Above proceedings are only a summary. Full text available for public inspection at City Hall as well as the following website: www.houston.govoffice.com