MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE HALLOCK CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Treumer called the regular meeting of the Hallock City Council to order at 5:32 pm on September 12, 2022. Those Present: David Treumer, Jennifer Peterson, Mike Totleben and Kevin Waller. Naomi Larson was absent.
Also present: Utility Superintendent Dan Larson, Police Chief Mike Docken, City Administrator Aimee Sugden, Assistant Fire Chief Seth Preble and Kittson County Enterprise Reporter Anna Jauhola.
Councilor Waller motioned to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totleben and carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Councilor Peterson moved to approve the minutes of the City Council meeting on August 8, 2022. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totleben and carried unanimously.
FISCAL & ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES
Motion by Councilor Totleben to authorize payment of City bills as listed but to hold payment on Check #12679 until further progress on the project is made;
General Fund Amount; $149,715.55
Total Check Amount; $194,238.62
Check Numbers; 12659-12707
Payroll Transfer (covers wages, taxes and benefits); $48,210
UVB EFT; 474E-479E
Payroll EFT; 500905E-500939E
The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson and carried unanimously.
Mayor Treumer and Councilor Totleben will review bills for the October 2022 meeting.
SPECIAL GUEST; KENDRA OLSON, PEMBERTON LAW
Motion by Councilor Waller to close the regular meeting per advice of counsel to conduct a closed attorney/client session. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totleben and carried unanimously.
Motion by Councilor Waller to enter back into the regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson and carried unanimously.
Motion by Councilor Peterson to authorize Kendra Olson of Pemberton Law to commence legal action to assert the city’s claim. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totleben and carried unanimously.
Police Department Report
Police Chief, Mike Docken, reported;
• Responded to 32 activities throughout the month, including a high volume of unleashed dogs.
• Purchased a new firearm for the department along with shells from Gullander Hardware.
• Reported a broken radar and need for new tires. Presented quotes for both to the council.
• Presented a mutual aide agreement between the City and the State of Minnesota.
Motion by Councilor Waller to purchase tires from Johnson Oil ($853.44) and a new radar gun ($2,350.00) for the police department. The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson and carried unanimously.
Motion by Councilor Totleben to approve Resolution 2022-11; Approving State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements with The City of Hallock on Behalf of Its City Attorney and Police Department. The motion was seconded by Councilor Waller and carried unanimously.
Utility & Parks Report
Utility Superintendent, Dan Larson, reported;
• MMUA Representative visited.
• Began work on the annual gas survey and inspection.
• Addressing two water breaks; one on Hwy 175 and on the north end of town.
• Olson Underground will be helping with the installation of a gas line to Teal Plaine’s house north of town.
• Continuing work on the kiddie pool. Most outdoor work is done.
• Street project is hopefully coming to an end. Fewer locates required in August.
Airport Manager, Jeremy Seng was absent from the meeting.
Motion by Councilor Totleben to approve Resolution 2022-10; Authorization to Execute Minnesota Department of Transportation Agency Agreement for Federal Airport Expenses Reimbursement. The motion was seconded by Councilor Waller and carried unanimously.
Building/Zoning Permit 2022-06; J. Reese Gazebo
Motion by Councilor Peterson to approve Building Permit 2022-06 for a gazebo. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totleben and carried unanimously.
Water Access at Centennial Park
Mayor Treumer gave an update on his quest to have water access installed at Horseshoe Park. He is working with Weleske Improvements on the project.
Motion by Councilor Waller to proceed with work in Centennial Park to install a public use water filling station. The motion was seconded by Councilor Totelben and carried unanimously.
Motion by Councilor Peterson to approve the 2022 Delinquent Garbage Roll. The list included 16 parcels within city limits. The motion was seconded by Councilor Waller and carried unanimously.
Presented the Council with a new service agreement that will run from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025. Motion by Councilor Totleben to approve the new rates as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson. Discussion concluded that the council would like the previous rates to compare at the next meeting. The motion failed.
Motion by Councilor Waller to approve the bids for city-owned farmland as follows;
The motion was seconded by Councilor Peterson and carried with a vote of 3-0-1 with Mayor Treumer abstaining.
Council Roundtable & Public Comment
No new comment.
Next Meeting; September 25, 2022, Annual Budget Meeting
There being no further business, Councilor Totleben moved to adjourn the Regular Meeting of the Hallock City Council on September 12, 2022. The motion was seconded by Councilor Waller and carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.
Dave Treumer, Mayor Aimee Sugden, City Administrator
Minutes prepared by Aimee Sugden
(October 5, 2022)