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Northome Council discusses voting precincts

The Northome City Council met for its regular meering March 7.

The council moved right into the agenda items as there was noone present for the open forum.

Being approved by councilmembers were the minutes of the Feb. 1 regular meeting.

David Putz, Technical Consultant, TRS presented the council with information on the POS system that Liquor Store manager Angel Stradtmann requested the City purchase for the liquor store which was followed by a question and answer session.

Following a discussion, the council voted to purchase the system from Total Register Systems at the quoted price of $8,157. plus sales tax. The council addressed Stradtmann with concerns with staff and a scheduling issue, use of cell phones and laptops while working and children in the bar.

Resolution 2012-02, Authorization for Application to Department of Employment and Economic Development for Funding was discussed before it was approved.

The council voted to approve the Citizen Participation Plan and to hold a public hearing on April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

City Clerk Connie White presented the council with information concerning redistricting and the need to reestablish the voting precinct and polling place.

It was pointed out that the current voting site is not up to code and improvements would need to be made prior to the next election. Robert Peterson, County Assessor suggested the City change to mail ballots, which would be a cost savings.

After a short discussion, the council voted to approve Resolution 2012-03 Reestablishing Precincts and Polling Places, which establishes the precinct as it currently exists and changes the polling place to mail ballot.

Eugene Henning was appointed by the council to the Airport Commission following a discussion.

Leroy Thurlby presented a contract for hangar rental with the Ridgerunner Snowmobile Club to be completed. It was decided to put the determination of the rental rate on the agenda for the April 4 meeting.

White inquired about several items that are needed to complete grants through the MN DOT Aeronautics Department. Also discussed was the runway lighting/beacon situation. It was decided to determine the source of the electrical problem when weather allows and proceed from there with estimates for the cost of repair.

The sanitary survey report received from the Minnesota Dept. of Health summarizing a recent on-site inspection of the public water system was reviewed.

Last on the agenda was to discuss and approval of the February financial reports, the February disbursements totaling $45,025.87 and approval of the current claims presented totaling $25,160.48.