Minutes of The City Council

Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

Tuesday, September 8, 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.


Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the August 3, 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.


Porterís on-sale liquor license fee was discussed.  Based on the situations in surrounding similar communities, the consensus was to leave the license fee at $1500 per year, or $375 per quarter.  It was also discussed that adding pull tabs to the Cut Loose Lounge could help add revenue for both the bar and the city.


A city clean up day was discussed.  The consensus of the council was to have a clean up day again this fall.  Don Verschelde and Judy Verschelde will work with Olson Sanitation to schedule it.


Resolution 04-2009


WHEREAS, State Court Administration is automating the distribution of fines and fees collection on law enforcement citations, and


Whereas, Minn. Statute 484.90, et. Seq., was amended by the Minnesota Legislature in 2009 to facilitate this fine and fee distribution method, and


Whereas, certain jurisdictions who designate a prosecutor for state law violations by contract or by resolution will receive fine revenue from many of the citations issued in their jurisdiction, and


Whereas, the Porter City Attorney had, has, and will continue to exercise prosecutorial jurisdiction in the City of Porter, Yellow Medicine County, and


Whereas, the City of Porter desires to receive the fine revenue available by this distribution method,


NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to Minn. Statute 484.87, subd. 3, and 484.90 as amended, the City of Porter designates the law firm of Qualley, Boulton & Vinberg, as its prosecuting authority for petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor and designated gross misdemeanor state law violations occurring within its jurisdiction.


A motion was made by Kim Jelen, seconded by Pat Vlaminck, to approve Resolution 04-2009.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.


Eric Dybsetter will ask Jerry Boulton about the city not sharing in the revenue from past fines.  Kim Jelen believes that Porter should have been receiving about 2/3.


A donation to Western Minnesota Prairie Waters was discussed, and it was decided to not make a donation in 2010.


Pat Vlaminck discussed the proposed 800 MHz county wide radio system.  The system would be used by all law enforcement, fire departments, and first responders / EMTs.  All physical infrastructure will not be installed for several years, but grants will cover much or all of the costs to the Porter Fire Department and Porter First Responders.


Midwest Pump has completed the annual inspection of fire trucks.  All trucks passed inspection and are fully certified.


The council discussed how to deal with the black dirt remaining from excavation at the fire hall expansion.  Several people have inquired about taking the dirt.  The council will check with Larry Stoks as to the dirtís value.


Pat Vlaminck gave the council an update on the fire hall expansion project.  Construction has started, with the concrete floor being poured, and walls and trusses being erected.


It was discussed that junk ordinance letters need to be sent to Alan Merritt, Greg Kloos and Jesse Denelsbeck.


Darlene Moeller made a motion to pay the bills as read by Judy Verschelde.  Kim Jelen 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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