The Kelliher City Council met in the council chambers at city hall for its regular meetingDec. 22.
Mayor Darin Latterell called the meeting to order with all council members present. Staff present included city clerk Dianna Thurlow, head bartender Tom Heck and assistant clerk Peggy Vollhaber
There was no one was present to address the council for the public forum and with that, the council moved on to the consent agenda which included the following items that were presented for approval:
City council meeting minutes from Dec. 7.
City council special meeting minutes from Dec. 7.
Claims list for approval
Staff reports were heard following the approval of the consent items
The council reviewed the November liquor store income statement with the Heck.
The mayor presented the council with a seven week tracking analysis on Texas Hold 'Em poker. Heck, reviewed the analysis and informed the council that the Kelliher Liquor Store was going to drop out of the Little Poker League and return to an in-house Texas Hold 'Em tournament. He provided the council with the structure of the tournament and a list of prizes that will be awarded to the winners.
Public Works Superintendent, Chuck Schultz recommended hiring Dave Bergstrom at $7.25 an hour as his assistant. Bergstrom would be responsible for snow plowing and general maintenance for the city while Schultz was on vacation.
After a short discussion and due to the fact that Bergstrom currently assists Schultz when he is short handed, the council agreed with the recommendation.
An update on the main lift and structure between the ponds.
Schultz updated the council on the progress of the main lift dtation and the dtructure between the ponds. Naylor's came and wired the panel and is waiting on Utility Systems of America to come to dig a trench to bury the exposed wire and complete the wiring apparatus. Utility Systems of America will be coming out next week to complete the work and will schedule a start up time with the manufacturer of the new lift station.
At that time, the telescoping unit will be installed for measuring the ponds. Schultz notified the Pollution Control Agency that the structure between the ponds was under construction thus not allowing him to take measurements and record the data.
Thurlow, informed the council that Payment Request #1 to Utility System of America totaling $99,512.50 was made on Dec. 14. The total project cost constituted the sale of the Sewer CD, $29,338.74, 2009 Capital Replacement, $2,125.00, sewer capital outlay, $607.26, sale of the Water CD, $71,929.63, and transferring $17,000 from the CIMMA Fund to the Sewer Fund.
She also informed the council that a new CD/Investment #8704 was purchased totaling $5,125.00 from the Water Capital Replacement Fund. In addition, the city received the first payment from the PILT/Con Con Grant totaling $24,000.00.
The CDs will be replaced with grant money from the PILT/Con Con funds over the next five years in increments of $24,000.00. The council reviewed the CTAS Schedule 1, Statement of Receipts, Disbursements and Balances showing the transactions.
The council reviewed the list of PILT/Con Con grant ideas and it was the conclusion that submitting a grant for a three phase 10 K or bigger self contained generator was at the top of the list. The following ideas included a park pavilion at Paul Bunyan Park, upgrading the site at Bullhead Lake, a housing project in the Pearson Addition and a road grader. Council members will update and add to the list as ideas/needs become apparent.
The council reviewed Resolution 2009-9 and after a short discussion adopted the resolution.
The Adoption of Resolution 2009-9, A Resolution Authorizing the City of Kelliher to Accept a Grant, was voted upon and the following Councilmembers voted in favor: Latterell, Don Erickson, Ramona Gehlert, Laura Nelson and Vicki Rabe.
The council then reviewed Resolution 2009-10 and adopted the resolution.
The Adoption of Resolution 2009-10, A Resolution Authorizing the closing of the Maintenance Fund and Transferring the Assets and Liabilities., was voted upon and the following councilmembers voted in favor: Latterell, Erickson, Gehlert, Nelson and Rabe.
Heck, recommended to the council to increase the cleaner Jamie Kisner's hours to nine hours per week at the liquor store. This would be an increase of three hours per week. Heck indicated that he would give up his cleaning time to accommodate the tight fiscal budget. After a short discussion, the council voted to approve the recommendation to increase the hours for Kisner.