Mayor Jeff Adamson called the September 13 regularly scheduled meeting of the Eitzen City Council meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
Council members in attendance included Mayor Jeff Adamson, Emily Burrichter, Mitch Lange and Mitch Luttchens. Doug Meyer arrived at 6:29 p.m. Others in attendance were City Clerk Steve Schuldt and City Maintenance Darryl Meyer.
The council unanimously approved the meeting agenda and the minutes from the August 9, 2023, council meeting as well as the August financial reports.
The council unanimously approved a 10-year lease agreement with Kevin Kruse Farms. The 66-acre irrigation site is used for the sewer system. Approximately 22 acres is used one year, and a different parcel is used the next year. The contract is $7,000 per year for 10 years. Mayor Adamson confirmed that the cost is locked in for 10 years. The previous contract was $6,000 per year for 10 years.
The Habitat for Humanity house is scheduled to be moved from its location across the state line to Eitzen and placed on the foundation behind the post office on Thursday, September 14 at 9 a.m.
Council member Lange made a motion to accept the proposed 2% increase over last year’s tax levy. Schuldt said, “It still gives us a surplus.” The mayor noted that there is a slight increase over what the government has given over the last two years, which is somewhat helpful. Last year the city received $46,000 and it will go up to $59,000 in 2024. The proposed tax levy must be submitted to the county by the end of the month. Schuldt reminded the council that the levy cannot be raised after it is submitted, but it can be lowered. The mayor noted he is not aware of any big projects coming up. It was confirmed that the well is paid for, the streets are paid for, and the sidewalk is paid for. Seconded by Councilmember Burrichter. Motion carried.
The last item of business before adjourning the meeting was to approve the August claims. Since there were not any questions or comments, Council member Luttchens moved to pay the bills. Seconded by Lange. Motion carried.
Burrichter announced, “We are getting rave reviews about the sidewalk.”
The mayor added, “Everyone is loving the sidewalk. It turned out really nice. I am extremely pleased that we went forward and got it done. It cost us a little extra. It’s done and looks nice and is well used. Everyone is very appreciative.”
Burrichter added, “I think it is for the better that it went all the way.”
The council discussed the upcoming fire department’s annual Chicken Q fundraiser to be held on Saturday, September 16.
“It been awful quiet, which is a good thing,” noted the mayor. He then called to adjourn the meeting at 6:34 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 p.m.
The next regular meeting of the Eitzen City Council is Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m. The meeting is held in city hall (next to the fire station) at 202 East Main Street, Eitzen, Minn. The public is invited to attend. Contact Steve Schuldt, City Clerk, at (507) 495-3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.