MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE HALLOCK CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021
CALL TO ORDER:
Mayor Dave Treumer called the regular meeting of the Hallock City Council to order at 5:32 pm on October 4, 2021. Those Present: Mayor Dave Treumer, Mike Totleben, Naomi Larson. Jen Peterson and Kevin Waller.
Also present: City Clerk-Administrator Aimee Sugden, Maintenance Supervisor Dan Larson, Police Chief Mike Docken, Airport Manager Jeremy Seng and Kittson County Enterprise Reporter Anna Jauhola.
Councilor Totleben motioned to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson and carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Councilor Totleben moved to approve the minutes of the regular Hallock City Council Meeting on September 13, 2021. The motion was seconded by Councilor Larson and carried unanimously.
FISCAL & ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES:
Approval of Bills
Mayor Treumer and Councilor Totleben reviewed bills.
Motion by Councilor Peterson to authorize payment of City bills in the amount of $102,247.88, General fund, checks #12209 to #12237, which includes a transfer of $34,700.00 to the payroll account to cover wages, taxes and benefits. The motion was seconded by Councilor Waller and carried unanimously.
Mayor Treumer and Councilor Totleben will review bills for the November 2021 meeting.
Budget to Actual Report
Administrator Sugden presented the council with a ‘Budget to Actual’ report for the month of September 2021.
Assessing Delinquent Utility Bills
Motion by Councilor Totleben to approve the process of assessing delinquent utility bills over $450.00. The motion was seconded by Councilor Waller and carried unanimously.
Resuming Late Fees on Utility Bills
Motion by Councilor Peterson to approve resuming late fees on utility bills beginning January 1, 2022. The motion was seconded by Councilor Larson and carried unanimously.
Utility & Parks Department Report:
Utility Superintendent Dan Larson reported to the council that he and his crew have attended to two water line breaks and a valve break in the last two weeks. Each has been repaired. The crew removed several old gas lines and have installed three new lines. One more will be installed this month after boring work is completed by Olson Underground. He is hopeful they have completed the last mowing of the season. On the docket for this month; street sweeping (after the leaves have fallen), flushing sewers and a portion of the annual gas survey.
The team has been working on the kiddie pool. As of meeting time, they have cut out and removed all of the concrete necessary for the project. New piping is expected to arrive on Wednesday, and weather permitting, they will begin installing it on Thursday.
Police Chief Mike Docken reported to the council that he has been working on installing the new street signs and continuing to follow-up with residents with dead/diseased trees in their yard. In-town deer hunting has begun and three deer have been taken since it’s start. Chief Docken reported that he has been busy the last ten days with several callouts.
Fire Department Report
Fire Chief Kevin Klein was absent from the meeting, but requested Administrator Sugden present a quote for a ‘jaws of life’ machine. The quote is for a set that has been used one year for training at Northland Community and Technical College. The one year of use equates to significant savings from a brand new set. The department is in need of a set as their previous set has quit working and repairs are not possible. The department asked the council for $10,000 to help cover the cost of the new equipment. The department’s Firemen’s Relief Fund will pay for the rest of the cost. Motion by Councilor Larson to pay $10,000 towards the cost of a new jaws of life set. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totleben and carried unanimously.
Airport Manager Jeremy Seng reported to the council that a grant for crack sealing at the airport is nearly ready to go. He hopes the weather will continue to hold out and the project can be completed this year. Seng reported that a representative from Erect-A-Tube inspected the new hangar and reported damage. Seng will be forwarding the report to airport engineers, KLJ.
Building Permit 2021-14; BB Diversified Loading Dock
Motion by Councilor Waller to approve Building Permit 2021-14 for BB Diversified’s loading dock. The motion was seconded by Councilor Larson and carried unanimously.
Council Meeting; November 1, 2021 @ 5:30 p.m.
Truth In Taxation Meeting; December 6, 2021 @ 5:30 p.m.
Council Roundtable & Public Comment
There being no further business, Councilor Larson moved to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Hallock City Council on October 4, 2021. The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson and carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 6:19 p.m.
Dave Treumer, Mayor Aimee Sugden, City Administrator
Minutes prepared by Aimee Sugden
(November 24, 2021)