The Mabel City Council renewed liquor and cigarette licenses for Mabel BP, Mabel Liquor, Mabel American Legion, and Joe’s Pizza Palace & Pub at the November 8 city council meeting.
Mayor Adam Wilder announced that alternative side parking has started.
The date for the joint board meeting with the Mabel-Canton School Board and the Canton City Council is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the school in Mabel.
Mayor Adam Wilder called the regularly scheduled meeting to order at 6 p.m. The council unanimously approved the meeting agenda, the October 11 minutes, accounts payable, and the financial reports.
Council members in attendance included Mayor Wilder, Valerie Arnold, Kiersten Wyffells and Cory Wilson. Tina Bakke was absent.
City employees in attendance were City Clerk Karen Larson and Public Works Director Bob Mierau.
William Skaggs, 328 West Minnesota Avenue, submitted a zoning permit application. Skaggs plans to remove an existing deteriorating deck and build a new 10’ x 16’ deck with a start date of November 7, 2023. The application was unanimously approved.
Wyffells presented the monthly EDA report stating that all loans are current. She announced that the city received a $4,819.98 Arlin Falck grant to cover purchasing a Sony Pro projector and the labor to replace the existing projector.
Mierau reported that staff has changed out approximately 110 electric meters. The city employees “ran into one little glitch. We had an individual deny the meter that we wanted to put in.” After reviewing MiEnergy’s policy regarding people who do not want to change out their meters, council members approved a $5 per meter monthly charge and a $50 charge each time city employees have to come out and read the meter. Residents will have three days from the end of the billing cycle to submit the reading. Larson reminded the council, “The goal is to make the billing more efficient and easier.”
The council approved the purchase of a new lawn mower for the Public Works department. Mierau explained that the city’s current mower is three years old, and an extended warranty was purchased last year. The cost to trade in the current mower for the new mower is $9,500.00.
Larson asked Mierau if he had an update on the skid loader. “Actually I did. He called and asked if we wanted to do the same deal as always, which is trade for free. I said I am sure they will. That is all I know,” replied Mierau.
In other business, the council:
• Approved ordinance number 2023-04 repealing the coding ordinance adopted in 2019, which will take effect upon publication in the city’s official newspaper, Fillmore County Journal.
• Approved ordinance number 2023-05 adopting the 2023 Minnesota Code of Ordinances, which is now correct. It does not take effect until the summary is published in the city’s official newspaper, Fillmore County Journal.
• Designated 201 Main Street South in Mabel for 2024. Larson explained that this action is required in case of a special election next year.
• Approved the resolution authorizing the assessment of unpaid special charges on parcel number 02.023.8000 for $500.00 and parcel number 02.031.6000 for $196.55 for a combined total of $696.55.
• Adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled Mabel City Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13 at the Mabel Community Center, 201 South Main Street, Mabel. For questions, contact City Clerk Karen Larson at (507) 493-5299 or email@example.com. The meeting is open to the public.