Minutes of The City Council


Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Monday, June 1, 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 Nancy Bormann, CPA for the City of Porter, Larry Stoks, Paul Olson from DSI, and Ray Alu.

 

Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the May 4, 2009 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.

 

Nancy Bormann, CPA for the City of Porter, distributed the 2008 financial report.  She then explained the report section by section.

 

Paul Olson from DSI gave an update on the rural development grant that Canby and Porter are planning to apply for.  He handed out a summary of the proposed pre-application number of residences and businesses in both cities.  He handed out an official proposal from DSI for administering the grant writing process.  The cost to the City of Porter would be about $1400.00 plus mileage and other incidental expenses.  This cost would cover both the pre-application and the final application.

 

Pat Vlaminck made a motion to accept the proposal from DSI and retain them to write the rural development grand on behalf of the City of Porter.  Darlene Moeller seconded the motion.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Paul Olson discussed possible fire hall grants available through FEMA as part of the stimulus package.  The schedule of application and award are still unclear, but it is unlikely that any funds will be awarded before October.

 

Paul Olson commented on using the revolving loan repayment fund for the fire hall expansion project.  Use of the funds should benefit 51% low and moderate income residents.  A survey should be done to demonstrate that this is the case.  It was discussed that such a survey could be sent out with the water and sewer bill.  Paul will develop a simple survey and provide it to Judy Verschelde so she can include it with the 2nd quarter water and sewer bill.

 

Ray Alu asked about leash laws or dog ordinances in the City of Porter.  A copy of the applicable ordinance was provided to him.

 

Eric Dybsetter made a motion for the City of Porter to not waive liability limits, for insurance purposes.  Kim Jelen seconded the motion.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Darlene Moeller made a motion to donate $100.00 to the Yellow Medicine County Fair Association.  Kim Jelen seconded the motion.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Pat Vlaminck made a motion to approve a dance permit for Kenny Melrose on June 20, 2009, and for Justin Driessen on June 27, 2009.  Kim Jelen seconded the motion.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Pat Vlaminck discussed funding for the fire hall expansion project, and the construction schedule for the project.  The Porter Fire Department building committee is recommending a 60 X 60 expansion on the south side of the existing building.  The unanimous consensus of the council is the go forward with the project as defined by the current bid specification.

 

Several council members have been approached by residents about possible junk ordinance violations at the Tom Noyes recycling building, and at the former sales barn site.  The council will send a warning letter to Mr. Noyes.

 

Larry Stoks reported on the city water system.  496,000 gallons were used in May.  Dakota Pump and Control are offering a pump maintenance contract for $430.00 per year.  The council directed Larry to enter into the maintenance contract. The pre-discharge samples were good.  Phosphorus levels in the discharge are low.  Bacterial samples will be taken in June.  There have been complaints of low water pressure.  Larry will check the system.

 

Kim Jelen 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.

 

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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