Minutes of The City Council


Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Monday, January 5, 2009, 6:30 p.m.

 

Proxy for Mayor Kim Jelen called the regular city council meeting to order.

 

Those present were Eric Dybsetter, Kim Jelen, Darlene Moeller, Donald Verschelde, Judy Verschelde, and Pat Vlaminck.

 

Also present were Larry Stoks, Bonnie Olson, Justin Hurt, and Paul Olsen of DSI.

 

The following elected officials took their oath of office:  Mayor Donald Verschelde, Clerk Eric Dybsetter, and Council Person Pat Vlaminck.

 

Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the December 1, 2008 City Council meeting. Minutes were approved as read in a motion by Pat Vlaminck, seconded by Kim Jelen. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Justin Hurt made a report to the council representing the Friends of the Porter Hall.  Per regulations, CO2 soda canisters are not compatible with a mobile wet bar.  The wet bar not being feasible, the council indicated a preference for new flooring in the north addition as the next hall improvement project.

 

A note from Dan Dybsetter indicated that the Porter Firemanís Relief Association had donated $10,230 within the city of Porter in 2008.

 

Pat Vlaminck reported that the State Bank of Taunton donated $300 for the Porter Senior Citizens.

 

Adding a street light near the lift pump was discussed.  Waldo Petersen has requested one, and Larry Stoks indicated it would be helpful for service and maintenance of the lift pump.  The city will have Ottertail Power Company install the street light.

 

Fire contract rates for 2009 were discussed.  Kim Jelen made a motion to increase the rate per section from $120 to $125.  The motion was seconded by Darlene Moeller.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.  The fire contract renewal meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on February 3rd at the Porter fire hall.

 

A motion was made by Pat Vlaminck, seconded by Kim Jelen, to designate The State Bank of Taunton, Wells Fargo, and First Independent Bank as the official depositors, Canby News as the official newspaper, Kim Jelen as the proxy for mayor, Gerald Boulton as the attorney for the City, and Canby as the official pound. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Larry Stoks gave the water report. The water usage for December was 387,000 gallons.  He reported on the DNR surcharge and permit.

 

A motion was made by Kim Jelen, seconded by Pat Vlaminck to donate $5000 to the Firemanís Relief Association retirement fund.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Paul Olsen, of Development Services, Inc. (DSI) gave a brief report to the council on community grants, etc.  He indicated that the current direction is for communities to pool projects together rather than competing with each other.  Paul was asked the best way to gain funding for a fire hall.  Paul indicated that the best person to talk with is Shane Hastings with USDA Rural Development in Marshall.

 

Judy Verschelde reported that city assessor requested copies of building permits from 2008.  Eric Dybsetter will send the information.

 

A motion was made by Kim Jelen, seconded by Pat Vlaminck, to approve the bills as read by Judy Verschelde. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Judy Verschelde reported that Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water rates will be increasing by 5.56% as of July 1.  A motion was made by Darlene Moeller, seconded by Kim Jelen to increase the Porter water rates by 5.56% effective in the third quarter of 2009.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

A motion was made by Darlene Moeller, seconded by Kim Jelen to adjourn the meeting.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried. 

 

 

Eric D. Dybsetter, Clerk

City of Porter

 


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