Minutes of The City Council

Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Monday, May 4, 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 Jim and Martha Melrose, Mary Wente, Marlene Richards, Norma Johnson, Hattie VanDerostyne, Larry Stoks, and Paul Olson from DSI.


Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the April 6, 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.


Paul Olson from DSI gave an update on the rural development grant for which Canby and Porter are planning to apply.  Paul believes that a pre-application will be due near the end of September, with final applications due in early January.  He expects final approval notification around March of 2010.  As of now in the City of Porter, there has been interest expressed by 5 owner occupied residences, 3 rental properties, and 4 businesses.


Pat Vlaminck reported that it appears the Porter Fire Department will be eligible for a $75,000 grant for a new pumper truck, rather than the $50,000 previously believed.  Payment will be delayed until sometime in July.


A public hearing for the fire truck purchase is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 12th.


Pat Vlaminck reported on the bidding process on the proposed fire hall expansion.  Bids have been advertised.  Stimulus money may make a grant possible for this project, but more information will be needed before awarding bids.


Bids will be opened at a special city council meeting at the fire hall at 6:30 p.m. on May 19th. 


Darlene Moeller made a motion, seconded by Kim Jelen, authorizing the Porter Fire Department building committee to develop bid specifications for the fire hall expansion project, with actual awarding of bids to be done by the city council at a later date.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.


Larry Stoks reported on the city water system.  381,000 gallons were used in April, with the Lincoln Pipestone bill totaling $685.80.  The results from the bacterial sample test were good.  Chlorine tests are now required, and the city will need new test equipment for this.  The city will need to develop a phosphorus management program by February of 2010.  The ponds will be discharged in May.


Pat Vlaminck made a motion to pay the bills as read by Judy Verschelde.  Darlene Moeller seconded the motion.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.


Tom Noyes would like the Minnesota Department of Transportation to cut down the dirt over the curbs along Highway 68, especially in front of his building.  Larry Stoks will investigate this.


Resolution 01-2009


BE IT RESOLVED that the Porter City Council authorizes the Porter Firemanís Relief Association to sell pull tabs at the Porter City Hall on June 6, 2009 during the Porter Fire Department pork chop feed fundraiser.


A motion was made by Eric Dybsetter to approve Resolution 01-2009.  Pat Vlaminck seconded the motion.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.


A motion was made by Pat Vlaminck, 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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