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					                      PARKERS PRAIRIE CITY COUNCIL
                           REGULAR MEETING
                             January 18, 2000
The meeting was opened at 7:15 PM with the following present: Carold Hilgren, Mayor pro
tem, Mark Roach, George Knox, and Dave Campbell. Also present was Tom Myers—
Independent, Tim Iverson—Iverson Insurance, John Molinaro—West Central Initiative, and
Larry Barber—Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council.


1) Motion by Roach to approve minutes for the December 20, 1999 meeting. Second by
   Knox.
   a) Discussion. None
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox
   c) Dissent: None.

2) Discussion: Campbell introduced Mr. Larry Barber representing Otter Tail-Wadena
   Community Action Council. The Community Action Council’s goal is to provide
   affordable housing (about $65,000 range) using Sentenced to Serve skilled labor and
   code-compliant cost effective building techniques. They also depend on land donations,
   particularly from Cities. Cities benefit by taking empty or blighted lots and turning them
   into tax revenue-generating properties. The Community Action Council has an individual
   in the program who wants to locate in Parkers. Hilgren expressed concerned about how
   this program might interfere with the existing used home market with prices in the same
   range. Campbell noted that the City does not own any buildable residential lots.

3) Motion by Knox to have Campbell contact Lon Saude to provide appraisals on the
   candidate properties. Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: Campbell introduced John Molinaro representing West Central Initiative.
      West Central Initiative has a program where they will pay up to half the cost of
      acquiring and clearing a lot of deteriorated buildings. For every lot cleared, a lot must
      be made available to an affordable housing program. West Central will pay up to
      $5,000 per lot and $25,000 per community. Campbell suggested that there were a few
      lots around town that might be candidates, but without knowing the value of the
      properties, the Council would have a hard time giving informed approval.
   b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None

4) Motion by Knox to not waive Statutory Limits to the City’s liability insurance. Second by
   Roach.
   a) Discussion: If the City does not waive statutory limits, an injured party is limited to
      $300,000 per person and $750,000 per occurrence. If the City were to waive the
      statutory limit, a single claimant could collect $750,000 with $750,000 aggregate.
      Also, if the City were to waive the statutory limit, it would have to buy additional
      coverage. Based on last years coverage, that would amount to about $400.
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox.
   c) Dissent: None.
5) Motion by Knox to proceed with off-peak electrical powered space heaters from Steffes.
   Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: Campbell contacted Craig Farstad from Otter Tail Power for advice
      concerning the failing in-floor heat. Farstad recommended space heaters from Steffes
      because they would operate on off-peak power, are a reasonable size, and, when sized
      properly, will heat the offices comfortably. The units are individually thermostated.
      Campbell will get a cost estimated for the heaters and a cost estimate to have them
      installed and forward the information to Easy Heat for approval. Knox was concerned
      that the original electrical contractor was getting off the hook and asked that the City
      Attorney be contacted for a possible lawsuit.
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox.
   c) Dissent: None.

6) Motion by Knox to amend the Tobacco Ordinance, dropping the requirement that the City
   conduct compliance checks. Second by Hilgren.
   a) Discussion: The State has dropped the requirement that cities make annual compliance
      checks. Under a grant from the Federal Department of Agriculture, the State is doing
      the compliance checks in the cities. Our checks would be redundant.
   b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox, Hilgren.
   c) Dissent: None.

7) Motion by Roach to appoint the Independent as the official newspaper for the City.
   Second by Knox.
   a) Discussion: Campbell noted that there have been no complaints about any of the
      businesses being considered for appointment or licenses over the past year.
   b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

8) Motion by Knox to appoint Midwest Bank of Parkers Prairie and Bremmer Bank of
   Alexandria as official depositories for the City. Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: None.
   b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

9) Motion by Knox to approve cigarette licenses for the following businesses:
      i) Parkers Liquor
      ii) JJ’s Gas & Grocery
      iii) Dick’s Standard
      iv) Koep’s Mobil
      v) Sammy’s One Stop
      vi) Madson’s Food Store
      vii) Shyster’s
      viii) Mr. Mikes Bar & Grill.
Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: None.
   b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.
10) Motion by Knox to approve On-Sale licenses for Shyster’s and Mr. Mikes Bar & Grill.
Second by Roach.
   a) Discussion: None.
   b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
   c) Dissent: None.

11) Motion by Knox to approve Off-Sale licenses for the following businesses:
       i) JJ’s Gas & Grocery
       ii) Sammy’s One Stop
       iii) Shyster’s
       iv) Mr. Mikes Bar & Grill
Second by Roach.
    a) Discussion: None.
    b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
    c) Dissent: None.

12) Motion by Knox to approve licenses for Pool Tables, Games, and jukebox for Shyster’s
    and Mr. Mikes. Second by Roach
    a) Discussion: None.
    b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
    c) Dissent: None.

13) Motion by Knox to approve Sportsmans Gambling Permits at Mr. Mikes and MLS.
    Second by Roach.
    a) Discussion: None.
    b) Vote in favor: Knox, Roach.
    c) Dissent: None.

14) Motion by Roach to pay the December bills as presented. Second by Knox.
    a) Discussion: None.
    b) Vote in favor: Roach, Knox.
    c) Dissent: None.

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted:                                         Attested to:


David Campbell                                                  Carold Hilgren
City Administrator                                              Mayor Pro Tem