October 22, 2017

Dennison City Council

City of Dennison

Regular Council Meeting

August 3, 2017

The August Dennison City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Jeff Flaten on Thursday August 3rd, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Dennison City Hall. Present were Councilors Britt Olson, Dan Storlie, Nichole Schloesser, Neal Wilson (arrived 7:04), and clerk Jessica Page.

Approval of Minutes: Councilor Olson moved to approve the July meeting minutes. Councilor Schloesser second. Motion passed 4:0. Councilor Schloesser moved to approve the treasurer’s report, Mayor Flaten second. Motion passed 4:0

Old Business/Committee Reports/Building Permits: There was an amended Building Permit submitted by Chuck Bolstrom for converting his garage to a living space. Councilor Wilson move to approve the amended building permit from Chuck Bolstrom. Councilor Olson second. Motion passed 5:0.

Administrative Issues:

The Certificate of Insurance from the Dennison Lions was submitted to the City. There will be a Euchre Tournament in City Hall. Dan will open up City Hall at 8 and take care of coffee.

Lift Station: Councilors Storlie and Wilson and Mayor Flaten held a work session to look at what are the priorities for the City regarding the use of the Bonding monies. That list was sent to Carly Seiwert to work on. She noted that the final plans need to be approved by the MPCA. The PFA needs an approval letter from the MPCA. Bids, etc, need to be sent to the PFA. They will need a month to review those bids, and then they will release the funds for the project. The predesign and design of sewer ponds would not be covered. She noted that anything billed after May 31, 2017 regarding the lift station can be reimbursed. The fund need to be used within 3-4 years, and must include state prevailing wages.

If the City needed more than the $726,000, the City could be put on the PPL list, which would be due in March of 2018. The City could apply to amend the language in the bonding bill, which could take up to 9 months. This would be needed in order for the City to do the sewer lining.

The recommendation was to not try to get the lift station completed this fall. Carly noted that the bid atmosphere is “not friendly” at this time. She recommended trying to bid in Dec. if everything is ready to go.

The final draft of the lift station plans were handed out. Those need to be reviewed and any concerns need to be relayed to Carly.

No update on the survey.

Prohibition Pub is requesting a prorated refund of their liquor license fee since they will be closed for business as of August 7th, 2017. The amount would be $1219.18. Mayor Flaten move to refund the remaining amount of the Liquor License . Councilor Wilson second. Motion passed 5:0.

Kelly Ludvigson submitted her Land Use application indicating she wanted to annex her parcel of land into the City of Dennison. Councilor Wilson move to accept the application from Ms. Ludvigson. Councilor Schloesser second. Motion passed 5:0. Clerk will find out whether a Petition for Annexation needs to be submitted.

Alleyway project: The storm sewer portion was completed. A cement apron needs to be installed around the catch basin behind MarLea’s. The remainder of the project will be completed after Dennison Days. It was noted that Joan and Arvid Larson had some flooding in their back yard after the recent heavy rainfall. The water doesn’t have anywhere to go now. Might look at putting a pipe from their place to the storm sewer to alleviate this issue. Will need to see what happens as the rest of the project is completed before doing so though.

There is additional work needed behind City Hall for tiling and a cement apron/sidewalk. Can this be tied into the apron around the storm sewer basin? Will ask the Lenny Dohmen, the cement contractor about this as well as seeing if he will do the tiling around City Hall.
It was brought up at this time by Ron Mickelson that he has been charged for a sewer hookup when he hooked up the Post Office to the City sewer line. He stated that he has been paying for a separate line for many years, and since he has been paying for this for many years, why would he be considered a new hookup? There was some discussion on this. Councilor Wilson move to waive the hookup for the Post Office. Councilor Schloesser second. Motion passed 5:0.

Councilor Storlie and Mayor Flaten will attend the Northfield Township meeting on August 8th, as requested by their clerk.

Nuisance vehicles: A City can request the removal of nuisance vehicles. The City can also remove nuisance vehicles. The need to lay out the violation, law, and time frame for this to happen. There needs to be a public hearing, notices sent out by certified mail. Should be someone with an impound lot who does the removal.
There were a couple of complaint forms submitted regarding Pete Lee and the condition of his storefront as well as the vehicles in back, Steve Stenbakken and the vehicles still in the driveway, and Bolstrom and the house that is in disrepair. Pam Hinman noted that there several complaints regarding the Bolstrom property. A realtor estimates that there is a $30k reduction in value to the neighbor’s property’s due to the state of the Bolstrom property. Marc Gebhard and Rom Mickelson were also expressing concern regarding the property. It was noted that feral cats, vermin, and snakes have been seen in the house, and that is has a lot of mold in it.
The house is not currently condemned. Does the County condemn it? It was felt that letters should be sent out and that the County should condemn the house. Councilor Wilson move to contact the County and look at the identified parcel for the possibility of condemnation and send out a letter stating such. Councilor Schloesser second. Motion passed 5:0. Councilor Wilson was going to look into ways to possibly assist Mr. Bolstrom with the demolition process.
Councilor Schloesser move to send out a letter with a timeline to remove them regarding the vehicles. Councilor Wilson second. Motion passed 5:0.
Councilor Wilson will talk with the owner of another property that is getting a large accumulation of “stuff” on it again.
Citizens Issues:
Marc Gebhart and Pam Hinman. They addressed their issues with a previous agenda item.

Nordis Estrem informed the Council that someone has dumped sidewalk cement on her property twice now. Will put something in the newsletter addressing this. Also, a strip of property was mowed that was going to be cut for hay. Nordis was going to talk to someone who could have thought it was their responsibility to mow.

Ron Mickelson noted that the dirt is disappearing by the water shut off by his house. It appears that the area under the sidewalk is hollow. Councilor Wilson was going to look at it and inform Nate about it also.

Mayors Issues:

Utilities:

McCarthy Well has not sent an itemized bill for the well repairs as the Mayor had requested after receiving the bill. Councilor Schloesser move to have the clerk write a letter to them requesting in writing the items that had been previously requested. Councilor Wilson second. Motion passed 5:0.

Councilor Wilson talked with Nate about the laptop. He has been looking at Best Buy as well as New Way regarding getting one. Marc Gebhard let the Council know that he is looking to get rid of a business laptop that may work for the City.

The VFD motor was hit by lightning/power surge and was damaged. Cedar Lake Electric took it back to the shop to see if they can fix. It doesn’t appear that it will be covered under warranty, but they are looking in to it. The LMCIT has been notified of the issue also in case a claim needs to be filed.

There is some free training on August 23rd in Pine Island. It is put on by MRWA. Councilor Schloesser move to send Nate and Neal to this training. Councilor Olson second. Motion passed 5:0.

Herbicide equipment for the ponds. Dan explained that there is some equipment that might work for killing weeds at the pond. It operates with a herbicide soaked wicking that will make contact with the weeds to kill them, but does not distribute the herbicide elsewhere, so will not get into the ponds and kill the plants there. Councilor Storlie will get more information on the equipment.

Mayor Flaten move to pay the bills. Councilor Schloesser second. Motion passed 5:0

Councilor Olson move to adjourn. Councilor Schloesser second. Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm.

Next meeting: Regular meeting is Thursday September 7th, 2017 at 7:00.