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									                       PARKERS PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL
                            REGULAR MEETING
                              January 20, 1998
The meeting was opened at 7:00 PM with the following present: Mark Roach, George
Knox, Larry Lahman, Carl Henning, Dave Campbell, Tom Myers—Independent, John
Kamphake, Mr. and Mrs. Heiser, Mr. and Mrs. Doble, John Annis.

Public Hearing

1) Motion by Knox to approve Elsie Heiser’s variance request to replace the existing
    Little Dipper Drive Inn with a 28’ x 36’ wood frame steel sided and roofed building.
    Second by Lahman.
   a) Discussion: The new building will be about twice the size of the existing building
       and will have indoor seating. The Southwest corner of the new building will be
       the same as the existing building. Mrs. Heiser’s was cautioned about complying
       with the MnDot setback requirement from State Highway 29. The building will be
       at least 10 feet from the East property line.
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox, Lahman.
   c) Dissent: None.

2) Motion by Lahman to approve John Annis’ variance request to split his current lot
   into two lots of 13,717 sq. ft. Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: The question of a future alley was discussed. There is no alley
       platted and there are no utilities to run through an alley, therefore it was decided
       that the possibility of an alley being required was remote. There was some
       discussion of making one lot the required 15,000-sq. ft. and the new lot smaller.
       After reviewing the previous lot splits, the Council decided to stay with an equal
       division. Mr. and Mrs. Doble spoke in favor of the request. Dave Madson spoke
       with Roach in support of the Request.
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Roach, Knox.
   c) Dissent: None.

Public Hearings closed at 7:20 p.m. and the Regular Council meeting opened.

1) Motion by Roach to accept meeting minutes for December 15th, 1997. Second by
   Lahman.
   a) Discussion: None.
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox, Lahman.
   c) Dissent: None.

2) Motion by Knox to approve a Resolution permitting the Sportsman’s Club to continue
   operating charitable gambling (pull-tabs) in the Municipal Liquor Store. Second by
   Roach.
   a) Discussion: The resolution is required by the State for the Sportsman’s Club
      charitable gambling license.
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Roach, Knox.
   c) dissent: None.

3) Motion by Knox to deny Dennis Lindenfelser’s request to change its utility billing
   practices for the Manufactured Home Park. Second by Lahman.
   a) Discussion: Campbell expressed Lindenfelser’s concern that the City was already
       counting (billing) multi-family properties (such as the trailer park) residences at
       the minimum rate and why doesn’t the City just bill the individual residences.
       The City bills multi-family properties (such as the trailer park) based on the
       number of family residences (units) times the minimum 5000 gallon-per-quarter
       rate. If the main meter is less than units’ times 5,000 than only minimum charges
       apply. If the main meter is more than units times 5,000, the owner of the parcel is
       responsible for the difference. The owner may apportion the excess to the tenants
       anyway he feels appropriate. The Council’s responses are as follows:
        Billing for all multi-family parcels is done the same way. The Council is not
           willing to make an exception to a long established practice.
        The Council is unmoved by the fact that trailer park lots have meters. The
           meters are of unknown quality, accuracy, and repair.
        Any possible gain in revenue would be more than offset by increased system
           responsibility and collection difficulties.
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Roach, Knox.
   c) Dissent: None.

4) Discussion: Campbell briefed the Council on the unsatisfactory performance of the
   in-floor electric heat. Campbell has been monitoring the performance since Fall start-
   up. Initially the building got to hot because the off-peak running 24 hrs a day. Otter
   Tail Power corrected that problem. The building began to cool down as the weather
   got colder and finally stabilized at about 62 degrees except for the Fire Hall and the
   ambulance garage. (The Fire Hall and the ambulance garage are excluded from the
   rest of this discussion.) Del Sheets of WSN was notified by phone in early November
   of a potential problem and in writing on November 26th that I felt there was a
   problem. A meeting was held on December 18th with all the players present. Wes
   Lane from Otter Tail Power determined that six cables were not working. Discussion
   between Wes Lane and ECD decided that the white air sensing thermostats were part
   of the problem. Ray Hendershot disconnected all the white thermostats from the
   control circuits. Further repairs are dependent upon Wes Lane’s availability and are
   currently scheduled for February 10th and 11th. Reed Becker from WSN was present
   and assured the Council that WSN was not going to walk away from this problem
   even if it resurfaces after the correction period expires.

5) Motion by Roach to pay the Ambulance Joint Powers Board $1,060 per month for
   contract services The base rate will equal the maintenance workers salary and be
   adjusted annually as necessary. The multiplier (hours) will be reviewed with the Joint
   Powers Board every three years and adjusted as necessary. Second by Lahman.
   a) Discussion: This issue was discussed on three occasions in 1997, the final
       discussion tasked Campbell and Lahman to come to a preliminary agreement with
       the Joint Powers Board. Campbell and Lahman met with the Ambulance
      Administrator, Bob Huckle and the motion reflects the results of that meeting.
      Knox did not feel that this was a good deal, that the City should be able to get
      somebody for 7 or 8 dollars an hour when we needed him. Lahman and Henning
      disagreed pointing out that Huckle maintained a pool manager’s license and a
      commercial driver’s license for the benefit of the City. Because of Huckle’s
      flexible hours with the Ambulance, he is readily available to the City. Henning
      and Lahman argued that it would be nearly impossible to find and keep someone
      with Huckle’s experience and qualifications who would be willing to be part-time
      and permanently ‘on-call’ for 7 or 8 dollars an hour.
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox, Lahman.
   c) Dissent: None.

6) Motion by Roach to appoint the Independent as the official newspaper for the City.
   Second by Lahman.
   a) Discussion: None
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

7) Motion by Roach to appoint First National Bank of Parkers Prairie, First Bank of
   Alexandria and First National of Alexandria as official depositories for the City.
   a) Discussion: None
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

8) Motion by Roach to approve cigarette licenses for the following businesses: Parkers
   Liquor, JJ’s Gas & Grocery, Dick’s Standard, Koep’s Mobil, Sammy’s One Stop,
   Madson’s Food Store, Shyster’s, Ponderosa Bar & Grill. Second by Lahman.
   a) Discussion: None
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

9) Motion by Lahman to approve On-Sale licenses for the following businesses:
   Shyster’s, Ponderosa Bar & Grill. Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: None
   b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

10) Motion by Roach to approve Off-Sale licenses for the following businesses: JJ’s Gas
    & Grocery, Sammy’s One Stop, Shyster’s, Ponderosa Bar & Grill. Second by
    Lahman.
    a) Discussion: None
    b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
    c) Dissent: None.
11) Motion by Lahman to approve licenses for Pool Tables, Games, and JukeBox for
    Shyster’s. Second by Knox.
    a) Discussion: None
    b) Vote in favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
    c) Dissent: None.

12) Motion by Knox to hire Jodi Sigfrid as a part-time bartender. Second by Lahman.
    a) Discussion: Jodi is fairly well known in the community and she would like to be
       very part-time. This would allow us more flexibility in scheduling without
       cutting any of the current employees.
    b) Vote in Favor: Lahman, Knox, Roach.
    c) Dissent: None.

13) Motion by Lahman to adopt Resolution 9801 regarding the acquisition of easements
   along Oak Street by Eminent Domain, specifically the property held by Kenneth
   Wangerin. Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: Wangerin was sent a copy of the Resolution and a letter of
       explanation and an invitation to talk with Campbell about the easement.
       Wangerin stopped by the office and expressed concern about having to pay for
       paving if he gave the City the easement. Campbell assured Wangerin that there
       was no plan at this time to pave that block of Oak St. After some more
       discussion, Wangerin agreed to sign over the easement if, for as long as he owns
       the land, the City will pick up his assessment for paving if Oak St. is paved.
       Campbell told Wangerin it sounded like a reasonable agreement and would
       present it to the Council. When the legal cost of condemnation is compared to
       only the possibility of paving costs, the offer makes sense for both parties.
       Campbell recommended that the Council adopt the Resolution in the event
       Wangerin changes his mind.
   b) Vote in Favor: Roach, Lahman, Knox.
   c) Dissent: None.

14) Motion by Lahman to accept Kenneth Wangerin’s offer to sign over the easement if,
   for as long as he owns the land, the City will pick up his assessment for paving if Oak
   St. is paved. Second by Knox.
   a) Discussion. See Discussion in item 13.
   b) Vote in Favor: Lahman, Roach, Knox.
   c) Dissent: None

15) Motion by Lahman to advertise Water Plant Filter Media Replacement Project.
    Second by Roach.
    a) Discussion: This project was deferred to 1998 at the November 17, 1997 meeting
       because the single quote received exceeded the $25,000 limit and because it was
       so late in the year to be dealing with a water project.
    b) Vote in favor: Roach, Lahman, Knox
    c) Dissent: None.
16) Motion by Knox to pay the December bills as presented. Second by Lahman.
    a) Discussion: None.
    b) Vote in Favor: Lahman, Roach, Knox.
    c) Dissent: None.

17) Discussion: Inez Haase, Head Bartender, addressed the Council a coffeepot, a second
    TV, ventilation and an air purification system. Inez was given permission to install,
    on a trial basis, an air purifier. Campbell will follow up on the ASCAP license. Inez
    also brought up the question of a full-time benefited position in the Liquor Store. No
    motions were made.

18) Meeting adjourned at 9:25 P.M.

Respectfully submitted:                                           Attested to:


David Campbell                                                    Carl Henning
City Administrator                                                Mayor pro tempore

								
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