City of Baudette
June 28, 2012 12:00 p.m., City Council Chambers
Present: Mayor Rone, Council members G. Johnson, S. Johnson, Hanson and Stebakken
Staff present: Clerk/Treasurer Tina Rennemo, Manager Russ Hansen, Assistant Manager Vicki Blake, Police Chief
Brad Abbey and Superintendent George Taylor (2:00)
Others Present: Karoline Ketchum (left for another meeting just before 2:00)
I. Call to Order
Lunch was provided by Rick Rone (sandwiches).
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Public Hearing
IV. Staff Reports
Rennemo presented the rates from local banks for 1 to 5 year investments. Wells Fargo .10%, .15%, .20%, .30%,
and .65%. First State Bank of Kelliher .96%, 1.23%, 1.56%, 1.82%, and 2.03%. ICD .75%, 1.00%, 1.20%, 1.35%,
and 1.45%. Motion by S. Johnson, second by Stebakken to invest the $100,000 maturity with First State Bank
if they are willing to accept additional deposits or with ICD if First State bank doesn’t accept. Motion carried
a. Fence Ordinance Revision
Rennemo presented the revision of the fence ordinance to reflect the direction of the council at the April work
session. Council reviewed the draft and directed Rennemo to place it on the July council meeting agenda for
b. Campers Set Up in Town
Council members discussed the occurrence of property owners allowing campers to be occupied and hooked to city
services. It is not allowed under the current ordinance language though the description of temporary dwellings is
vague. Hansen inquired about a way to allow the practice with specific restrictions. Chief Abbey voiced concern
about discriminatory enforcement and how that might open a can of worms. Other council members voiced similar
concerns. Rennemo was directed to review the relevant ordinances and gather information for the July work
session. Council members discussed the development of a seasonal or monthly rate for campers.
Council members discussed the language in the ordinance and what the council expectations are for people that are
selling items and such within the city limits. Council members agreed that the premise of the ordinance can be
upheld simply by requiring those people to register at city hall. In addition, council members agreed that there
would be no fee for vendors.
4. Law Enforcement
a. Intergraph Maintenance Contract
Motion by S. Johnson, second by G. Johnson to approve the agreement and pay the annual fee. Motion
b. Full-time Position
Motion by S. Johnson, second by Hanson to accept the committee recommendation to hire Thomas Jerome as
a full-time police officer at $16.00 with benefits per the city benefit schedule. Motion carried unanimously.
Abbey inquired about the possibility of purchasing tazers for the department. Abbey will provide some information
via DVD or such at the next work session to aid the council in understanding the full concept. In addition, Rennemo
and Abbey will research some policy drafts for implementation.
Rennemo gave a brief overview of the CLEO program and the initial program setup for training law enforcement
Abbey mentioned that the council needs to be thinking about a new squad and a second camera in the budget
conversations coming up.
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Hansen reported that they are gearing up for the 4th of July and will be doing a complete inventory today and
Blake reported that Westside continues to gain sales—current gross sales exceed last year at this time by $84,000
with 1.6% of that as an increase in gross profit.
a. Willie Walleye Renovation
Rennemo reported that there still has been no word on the grant application. The paint job has been completed and
looks very nice.
b. Recognition Plaque for Willie
Hansen requested that the parks committee research the information and propose a plaque to recognize the creators
Rennemo reported that to date the campground has generated $2,998 (2011 $1041) for camping and $312 for
vending. Rone requested that the parks committee review the options for reservations as well as WiFi.
a. First Congregational Church Sidewalk
Council directed George Taylor to conduct an inspection of the sidewalks throughout town and prepare a list of
priorities for replacement over the few years.
Council members directed George Taylor to proceed with the demolition of the civil service building, In addition,
the parking lot should cored out and prepped for pavement.
a. Evaluation Process Redesign--Update
Council members discussed the process and Rennemo reported that nobody has responded to the evaluation review
form. Council agreed to add the two categories back into the form and each council member will complete an
evaluation of all department heads. The actual face-to-face evaluation will be conducted by the full council with the
employee. The personnel committee will determine the deadlines for completing the process at the next committee
b. Pay Study—Department Head Reviews
The council appointed the personnel committee to review the questionnaires completed by the department heads—to
be completed by July 3.
1. Fireworks Permit
Motion by Stebakken, second by G. Johnson to approve the fireworks permit for July 4 th. Motion carried
Council members discussed the proposal from Mary Jo Otten LW County Assessor--$7.00 a parcel for improved
Ag, Res & SRR, $3.50 for unimproved of the same, $10.00 a parcel for improved commercial and $5.00 for
unimproved commercial, $3.00 for improved exempt and $1.50 for unimproved exempt—with a total for assessment
work in Baudette-- to $4,568.00 for the 2013 assessment. In addition, the council reviewed a document from MN
Revenue indicating that all of the city parcels must be reassessed. The document further stated that the parcels were
to be reassessed in 2012 and the assessment was not completed and that Wayne Bendickson will not be allowed to
have any involvement in the reassessment work. Motion by Stebakken, second by G. Johnson to accept the
proposal from LW County. Further discussion on the pursuit of liability for the 2012 assessment and
potentially trying to recoup some of the payment that was made for the assessing. Motion carried
2. Outback Jax Clean Up Grant
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Rennemo reported that the City has been funded under the DEED contamination cleanup grant program for $24,375.
Rennemo was directed to contact the contractor for scheduling and to advertise for RFP’s on the removal of the
3. SCDP Grant
Rennemo reported that the City was not successful in getting a new round of Small Cities Development Program
funds. The application will continue to be submitted by the grant writers until it is funded—at no additional cost to
Motion by G. Johnson, second by Stebakken to adjourn at 2:30 p.m.
Tina R Rennemo
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