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Kelliher Council holds regular meeting

The Council met in the Council chambers at City Hall for its regular meeting Aug. 17 with a full council in attendance.

Staff present included City Clerk Dianna Thurlow, Assitant Clerk Peggy Vollhaber and Maintenance Supervisor Chuck Schultz.

As no one was present to address the Council during the public forum, the council moved on to the consent agenda with the following items presented for approval:

• Minutes of the regular Aug. 3 council meeting

• Cash Control Statement

• Receipts list from July 21-Aug. 17, totaling $46,310.90.

• Claims list for approval in the amount of $7,637.87.

• Employee Overtime Report

It was indicated that the July 31 deposit for the liquor store was entered into the receipts twice in the amount of $1,633.03, thus needing to be removed.

The council then moved on to the general business at hand, beginning with the sanitary lift station and control structure presentation.

Brian Grund from Freeburg and Grund Inc., updated the council on the progress of the sanitary lift station and control structure project, along with providing the city with a set of plans.

The competitive bidding process will be beginning on Aug. 22 and continue through Sept. 12. The bids will be opened Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at city hall in Kelliher. There are two bids to the project which will allow the city to break the project up into two segments or complete the project as a whole.

Grund also indicated that the city should continue pursuing Rural Development for funding of the water tower, for they have both loan and grant money that is based on affordability.

Discussion was held regarding the PILT grant applications submitted. It was revealed that the PILT Grant Committee meeting was cancelled indefinitely. It was consensus of the council to contact Beltrami County Commissioner Quentin Fairbanks to inquire when the next meeting will be.

A short discussion was held regarding funding needs and struggles for infrastructure, housing, and community development of small communities such as Kelliher.

It was the consensus of the council to contact our State Representative Brita Sailer and Senator Rod Skoe and invite them to Kelliher to discuss the issues of small communities in greater Minnesota.

The Council reviewed the changes in the Health and Safety Ordinance Chapter 52 that the City Attorney Carl Drahos, recommended. The council then repealed the old Ordinance Chapter 52: Health and Safety; Nuisances and adopted the new Ordinance Chapter 52: Health and Safety; nuisances.

The motion was made to repeal the old ordinance and was approved then the motion was made to adopt the new ordinance. Both motions were approved unanimously.

A short discussion was held regarding the list of residents that currently have delinquent water accounts in the excess of 90 days. It was indicated to the council that three residents were going to receive water shut off notices.

The council tabled the review for the clerk and assistant clerk's job descriptions until the next council meeting Sept. 8.

The council reviewed the July Liquor Store Income Statement and a short discussion was held regarding depreciating the patio over a period of time instead of applying the expenses to one month. Inquiries will be made to John Roscoe from Miller McDonald on how to apply depreciation in the CTAS software and then reported back to the council.

Assistant Clerk Vollhaber reported to the council that Wynne Consulting contacted her and indicated that there were still grant funds available for commercial businesses in Kelliher.

A short discussion was held regarding the available funds and the improvements that needed to be completed at the liquor store such as converting from wood heat to installing a propane furnace, replacing the soffit and fascia.

The council indicated to go ahead and research the cost of the improvements, report back, and at that time the council will then make a decision based on the findings.

The meeting was then adjourned.