Council accepts Ogorek’s resignation as deputy clerk

By Enterprise Staff
During its regular monthly meeting, the Hallock City Council accepted the deputy city clerk’s resignation.
Roxanne Ogorek tendered her resignation in late November after the council had already met for the month.
Ogorek held the position for 38 years. Her last official day was Nov. 30.
Mayor Dave Treumer reluctantly motioned to accept her resignation. He gave Ogorek high praise as a “valued employee who set a great example and was a joy to work with.” No one has been hired to fill her position as of yet.
The council, yet again, discussed food trucks. Interested parties have been invited to several city council meetings. The council discussed options as well as the entity hosting the truck having some responsibilities for ensuring proper licensing and garbage handling. Discussion veered toward the amount of pallets and mash sitting outside the Revelation Ale Works building.
Treumer brought the discussion back to the matter at hand. No one made a motion and the council didn’t make any decisions on the food truck ordinance.
The council discussed employee raises and dental insurance. Health insurance is going up 2.5 percent or $38 a pay period. Lots of discussion was held on offering dental insurance and not giving the full 3 percent raise but instead offering dental and a lesser raise. After a long discussion, the council approved a 3 percent cost of living raise effective on Jan. 1, 2019.
Truth in Taxation
The council adjourned the regular meeting for the annual Truth in Taxation meeting. The council voted to keep the levy the same as 2018 with an amount of $185,561. No one from the public attended the meeting.
Liquor License changes
Britt Slusar and Jonathan Carlson attended the meeting to request a change to the liquor license ordinance so they can later obtain permission to operate a wine bar. They want an on-sale, off-sale and Sunday liquor license. They plan to open their business in May.
Council member Kevin Waller made the motion to amend the city ordinance Chapter 5, Section 5.02, Subsection 2: On-Sale Licenses from a limit of three to a limit of four, amend City Ordinance Chapter 5, Section 5.02, Subsection 4: off-sale licenses from a limit of two to a limit of two and add one more Sunday sales if necessary just to cover it. The motion passed unanimously.
The council approved liquor licenses for 2019 for the Hallock Curling Club, Revelation Ale, LLC, FOE Aerie 2617, Red Barn Liquors, Caribou Grill and Shamrock Lanes.
Other Business
Jason Murray, of David Drown Associates in Minneapolis, met with the council and asked the council to approve a resolution decertifying Tax Increment Financing District A, which means the city will have to pay the county $14,177. The city will get between $4,000 and $5,000 back from this amount.
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The TIF was set up in 1995 after the city borrowed money from the Gas Fund to demolish the old Farmers Store building. The money collected through the TIF since then has now repaid what was taken from the Gas Fund. Since TIF funds aren’t distributed to the county while the TIF is in place, the city will now repay the amount owed and the county will appropriately redistribute the funds among the county, city and school district, said City Administrator Angela Grafstrom after the meeting.
The council approved the appointment of Deland Swanson to fill Charlie Lindberg’s vacant seat on the Northwest Regional Library Board.
Jeremy Seng, airport manager, reported the hangar door is complete. The electricians found an issue with some wiring, which Seng paid for personally. He asked if this could be included with original project and the grant they received. He also stated they are interested in looking at replacing the lighting with LEDs and the council directed him to get bids. Not all aerial sprayers have paid their fees in full, these funds are earmarked for apron extension.
Fire Chief Kevin Klein asked for approval of Jordan Lofstrom as a new volunteer firefighter. Lofstrom has been on the Karlstad and Kennedy fire departments and has his own set of turnout gear. The city will reimburse Karlstad $1,000 for the gear. The council approved adding him to the department.
Klein also reported they have applied for matching funds from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the amount is $5,000 and the fire relief association will match this amount. When the money comes in from the state, Klein asked that the relief association be reimbursed.
The council voted to give the employees Christmas Eve day off as a paid holiday.
The council approved the subordination of Carr Landscaping’s Economic Development Association  revolving loan to American Federal. They also approved a zoning permit for Carr Landscaping, LLC.
Hallock Police Chief Mike Docken reported 11 of 30 allowed deer have been taken in the city hunt. There are two more hunters coming.
The snow removal and parking ordinance has been posted in the paper and he stated individuals will be towed after they were given a warning.
He also stated he attended a training by Enbridge on possible issues that may arise in June when they begin construction on a pipeline replacement near Donaldson.
Utilities Superintendent Dan Larson presented his report. The council addressed snow removal and the calls they have received from citizens. Mayor Dave Treumer stressed with only three individuals they may need to put in some overtime and comp time to get the snow removal done.
The council unanimously approved an estimated $24,000 to purchase a snow pusher more suited to remove snow from sidewalks and alleyways.
Treumer and  Grafstrom completed Larson’s six-month review. Treumer motioned and Waller seconded to give Larson a full step raise effective Jan. 1, 2019, including a cost of living raise in January bringing him to $27.58 per hour.

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