Minutes

Silver Lake City Council

Regular Meeting

November 21, 2002


The following publication of the minutes are not official until council approval, the official copy of the minutes may be requested from the City Administration Office at PO Box 347, 308 W. Main St. Silver Lake, MN 55381, 320 327 2412 after November 21, 2002.

Mayor Yurek opened the regular meeting of the Silver Lake City Council at 6:00 p.m.

Present: Bebo, Foss, Kieser, Miska

Absent: None

 

City Staff Present:  Kerry Venier, City Clerk/Treasurer; Lisa Blazinski, MLS Director; Eric Klein, Police Chief; Dale Kosek, Public Works Director; also present:  Ken Merrill, Silver Lake Leader, Dave Johnston & Dave Reilly, MNDOT, Councilor-Elect Pat Fogarty, Tom Kales, Ernie Yurek, Dan Tchimperli

Consent Agenda:

1.                   Approve minutes from the November 14, 2002 Regular Meeting.

2.                   Claims to be Paid:                      $8,665.78

3.                   Claims Paid October:                 $48,723.41

4.                   Fund Balances

5.                   Budget Report Through October

A motion was made by Councilor Miska and seconded by Councilor Kieser to approve the consent agenda.

Vote For:               Unanimous.

Motion Carried

General Business:

Mr. Dave Johnston & Mr. Dave Reilly addressed the Council with a proposed plan to address drainage issues in the area of Frank Street and Lane Avenue.  The proposed plan will run a 30” tile west along highway 7 to a MNDOT right of way just on the west side of the ball fields and then to go south to Main Street and tie in to the 24” tile at Main Street.  The capacity of the new storm sewer would be at a 25-50 year storm level.  Right now the MNDOT has sent the project out to bid and bids are due by 12/3/02.  Mr. Johnston reported that MNDOT has the funding for the project and is hoping to begin by 12/9/02.  Mr. Johnston asked that the City grant a resolution to allow MNDOT to build on City property and that once the project is complete the City assume ownership responsibilities for maintaining the lines.

Councilor Foss presented and made a motion to approve Resolution 02-13: A RESOLUTION TO CONSTRUCT A NEW SEWER LINE ON CITY LAND.  Seconded by Councilor Bebo.

Vote For:               Unanimous                           

Motion Carried Resolution 02-13 adopted on this 21st day of November in the year 2002

The representatives from MNDOT then answered questions from resident regarding this project.  The gentleman from MNDOT were thanked and asked to keep the City Clerk and/or the Public Works Director informed as to the projects progress.

Old Business:

Discussion was held regarding the Christmas lighting contest.

A motion was made by Councilor Bebo that the City will sponsor a Sleigh ride open to the public on Saturday December 14, 2002, the time will be announced, during which time the judging of the Christmas lights will take place.  Seconded by Councilor Miska.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion carried.

Department Business:

A.  Liquor Store & Auditorium

MLS Director reported to the Council that the MLS had made a profit of $267 for the month of October.  Discussion was held regarding the MLS operations with the MLS Director reporting that revenues have been down and some insurance premiums were also due in October and that depreciation was $1567 for the month due to the fact that it was not taken out in September.

The MLS Director presented the council with bills from total register of $2805.18, $518.60, &$420.68 for the upgrade to the off-sale computer system.

A motion was made by Councilor Keiser to approve for payment the bills from Total Register in the amounts of $2805.18, $518.60, $420.68. Seconded by Councilor Miska.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion Carried.

Discussion was held regarding large telephone expenses being charged to the MLS and it was discovered that there were charges being added to the bill needlessly and the MLS director would see that the extra charges will be removed and the City will get credit for past charges that weren’t authorized.

MLS Director gave an update on the staffing situation and reported that they are still looking for employees and the current staff is becoming more familiar and new cash handling procedures will be discussed at department meeting on 11/24.  MLS reported that new inventory control measures are being put in place.

MLS Director recommended the approval of annual reviews for Jim Guetter, Shay Guetter, Candice Blazinski, Dena Dudgeon, Jeannette Kuldec, and Mike Wojciak.

A motion was made by Councilor Foss to approve the reviews for Jim Guetter, Shay Guetter, and Candice Blazinski with no pay increase. Seconded by Councilor Miska.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion Carried

A motion was made by Councilor Keiser to approve the review for Dena Dudgeon and move her to the next pay step according to the 2003 pay schedule.  Seconded by Councilor Miska.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion Carried

A motion was made by Councilor Miska to approve the reviews for Jeannette Kuldec and Mike Wojciak and move them to the next step according to the 2003 pay schedule.  Seconded by Councilor Keiser.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion Carried

B.  Police Report

Police Chief presented the monthly ICR’s to the Council and informed the Council that there was a slight increase in October.

Discussion was held regarding over serving at the Municipal Liquor Store and the Chief said that he will be working with the MLS Director to properly train the bartenders to handle this matter and that there is some training in December that all MLS employees will be attending.

Discussion was held regarding a Mrs. Joan Kocurek who has begun typing up investigative reports for the police department.

A motion was made by Councilor Foss presented and made a motion to approve Resolution 02-13 An agreement for a contract employee to retain Mrs. Joan Kocurek as an as needed typist for the Police Department.  Seconded by Councilor Miska.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion carried.

Discussion was then held regarding farm animals living within City limits.  The Chief and Clerk reported that there is currently nothing in the City’s ordinances prohibiting anyone from raising farm animals within the City limits.  The Clerk and Chief will include language addressing this issue in the animal control ordinance that is currently under Council consideration.

The Police Chief’s annual review was presented.

A motion was made by Councilor Foss to approve the Police Chief’s annual review as presented and to move the Chief’s pay to the 5-year grade 2 level on the 2003 Pay schedule.  Seconded by Councilor Keiser.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion carried.

C.  Public Works Report

The Public Works Director informed the Council on the progress of the following:

1.        The Gilbertson sewer project had been completed,

2.        The compost pile will be removed by 12/1,

The Public Works Director recommended that the City sell the old Ford tractor due to the fact that it no longer runs.

A motion was made by Councilor Keiser to ask for bids on the 1950ish Ford Jubilee tractor; the sealed bids are to be sent to City Hall and will be opened at the Dec. 12 regular meeting.  Seconded by Councilor Miska.

Vote for:                Unanimous

 Motion carried.

D.  Admin. Report

The City Clerk reported the there were two vacancies open on the cable commission and suggested that due to the fact that the cable commission makes decisions of a financial nature that the City treasurer should fill one of the vacancies. 

A motion was made by Councilor Miska to table the appointments to the cable commission until the January Annual Business meeting.  Seconded by Councilor Foss.

Vote for:                Unanimous

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Councilor Miska to approve the 2003 Budget as presented.  Seconded by Councilor Foss.

Vote for: Unanimous

Motion carried.

Discussion was held regarding the COPS grant received by the City of Glencoe to fund two additional school liaison officers for the schools.  The clerk reported that since one of the schools is located in Silver Lake the City should consider working with Glencoe to possibly fund a half time liaison for Lakeside school.  The clerk and  police chief will open discussions with leaders from Glencoe to explore this possibility.

The clerk reported that 1st Class Builders has made another payment for the Silver Edge project.

A motion was made by Councilor Miska to adjourn this Regular Meeting of the City Council.  Seconded by Councilor Keiser.

Vote For:                Unanimous

Motion Carried.

Meeting Adjourned 9:25pm.

_____________________________

Roxanne Yurek, Mayor

SEAL:                                                                     ATTEST:_____________________________

                                                                                                Kerry Venier, City Clerk/Treasurer

 


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