Minutes of The City Council

Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Monday, March 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, and Judy Verschelde.


Also present were Larry Stoks and Paul Olson of DSI.


Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the February 2, 2009 City Council meeting.  Minutes were approved with corrections in a motion by Darlene Moeller, seconded by Kim Jelen. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.


Paul Olson of Development Services, Inc. discussed a possible rural development grant.  Canby is in the initial stages of applying for a residential and commercial renovation grant.  Cooperation between several communities is becoming common, and Porter could possibly be included if there is enough interest.  Only residential, only commercial, or both could be included.  There is no longer a community survey, but now a request of interest is required from the interested parties.  There is a total fee of $4500 for the pre-application, and a total fee of $3500 for the final application.  These fees would be split between applying communities.  Discussion followed.  The council will inquire about interest in the community.


Mayor Donald Verschelde reminded the council that the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization of the City of Porter will meet at 6:30 pm on April 6, 2009.  Eric Dybsetter will post a meeting notice at the fire hall, and in the Canby News.


Mayor Donald Verschelde reminded the community that a health permit for food is required by any serving food at special events.  The permit fee is $30.00.  Please contact Don for the application form.


Bids for mowing of city property in 2009 were discussed.  Bid sheets are available from Mayor Donald Verschelde.  Eric Dybsetter will attach a request for bids to the publicly distributed minutes from the February council meeting.   


Larry Stoks gave the water report. The water usage for December was 304,000 gallons.  Water bacterial samples and pond influent samples need to be taken this month.  The pump in the city well needs to be removed and cleaned or repaired.  Larry Stoks will have this done. 


Flooring in the north addition of the hall was discussed.  A soft spot in the original floor has been discovered and will need further investigation.  Doors for bathroom stalls were discussed.  Eric Dybsetter will check with SMI to see what progress has been made.


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


A new pumper truck for the fire department was discussed.  A new truck from Heiman was viewed by the department.  The USDA grant for the truck has been applied for, but the results of the application are not yet known.


An addition to the fire hall was discussed.


A motion was made by Kim Jelen, seconded by Darlene Moeller, 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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