Minutes of The City Council


Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Monday, February 2, 2009, 6:30 p.m.

 

Mayor Donald Verschelde called the regular city council meeting to order.

 

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

 

Also present were Larry Stoks, Chris Hoffman, Dawn Regnier, Meagan Regnier, and Mike Wente.

 

Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the January 5, 2009 City Council meeting. Minutes were approved as read in a motion by Pat Vlaminck, seconded by Darlene Moeller. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Chris Hoffman and Meagan Regnier addressed the council, representing the Weregland Willing Workers 4-H club.  The club asked for areas where volunteer labor would be useful to the community.  The council offered a number of ideas, including repair and painting of bleachers at the ball field, installation of wood chips around the playground equipment, installation of paving stones between the sidewalk and street on the west side of the hall, planting flowers around the fire hall bell, and trimming of shrubs around the jail and senior citizens building.  The club will discuss the options, and report back to the council in March or April.

 

Flooring in the north addition of the hall was discussed.  Larry Stoks reported that there will be about $3700 in materials.  We will try to have the flooring installed before the end of May.

 

Mike Wente requested a reduction in the on sale liquor license fee.  A history of the fee was discussed, and it was noted that it was reduced from $2150 per year to $1500 per year last March.  Darlene Moeller made a motion to reduce the fee to $1300 per year.  The motion was not seconded.

 

Eric Dybsetter reported that the city Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting will be held on April 6, 2009 from 6:30-7:00 pm at the Porter City Hall.

 

Pat Vlaminck reported that the bill for wiring and electrical equipment at the hall totaled about $13,000.  Vlaminck Electric donated $5000 in labor, leaving an amount due of about $7800.

 

Pat Vlaminck reported that a grant for the purchase of a new pumper fire truck is available through the USDA.  The grant will likely be for about 50%-75% of the cost of the truck.  A new pumper will likely cost in excess of $160,000, fully equipped.  We would be eligible for a 15 year low interest loan to cover the balance of a new truck, or a 7-10 year loan on a used truck.  No grants seem to be available for fire hall construction.

 

Assessing fire contract townships some of the cost of a new pumper truck was discussed.

 

Larry Stoks gave the water report. The water usage for December was 325,000 gallons. 

 

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

 

A motion was made by Pat Vlaminck, seconded by Kim Jelen, to issue a partial year on sale liquor license through September 30, for the purpose of synchronizing the on sale license with the off sale license.  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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