Minutes of The City Council


Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

City of Porter

November 2, 2015  6:30 p.m.

  

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

 

Council members present were Kim Jelen, Donald Verschelde, Josh Sumption, Pat Vlaminck, and Darlene Moeller. 

 

Mayor Donald Verschelde called for the reading of the minutes of the October 5, 2015 Regular City Council meeting.  Minutes were approved as read in a motion by Pat Vlaminck, seconded by Josh Sumption. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

338,000 gallons of water were used.

 

Resolution 02-2015

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Porter, in the County of Yellow Medicine and the State of Minnesota that the attached list of water & sewer billed be assessed against the property for a period of one (1) year.  The City Clerk is hereby instructed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the County Auditor of Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota.

 

Adopted by the City Council on November 2, 2015.

 

A motion was made by Darlene Moeller, seconded by Josh Sumption, to approve Resolution 02-2015. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

 

The Porter Hall Rental will increase to $300.00 for a wedding & to $225.00 for a one day event.

 

Resolution 03-2015

 

WHEREAS, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections, the State of Minnesota’s prison population exceeds capacity; and

 

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Corrections is housing 560 inmates in county jails where they cannot receive critical rehabilitation services available in State correctional facilities; and

 

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Corrections projects the State of Minnesota’s prison population will grow by at least 500 inmates by the year 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, the Minnesota Department of Corrections is seeking $141.5 million in general obligation bonds to finance the construction of a 500-bed expansion at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Rush City to accommodate projected prison population growth; and

 

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota would incur additional costs such as interest, debt service, maintenance, and annual operating costs associated with expanding Minnesota Correctional Facility – Rush City; and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Appleton is home to a vacant and well-maintained 1,600-bed prison; and

 

WHEREAS, 350 people from 24 surrounding counties worked at the Appleton prison when it was in use, generating an estimated $15.2 million for the regional economy; and

 

WHEREAS, many ancillary businesses in the region and their workers benefitted when the Appleton prison was in use; and

 

WHEREAS, the region offers robust infrastructure to provide rehabilitation services for State of Minnesota inmates and a great quality of life for working families; and

 

WHEREAS, the cost to the State of Minnesota to lease the Appleton prison is estimated to be $6-8 million per year, plus annual operating costs – substantially lower than constructing and maintaining new, permanent correctional facilities; and

 

WHEREAS, it is practical that the State of Minnesota do its due diligence to fairly consider the costs associated with leasing and operating the Appleton prison before constructing new, permanent correctional facilities;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that on 2nd day of November 2015, the City of Porter Council declared its support for a proposal for the State of Minnesota to lease and operate the Appleton prison with State of Minnesota public employees to provide much-needed jobs and economic development for the people of West Central Minnesota and to provide effective rehabilitation services for inmates needed to reduce recidivism.

 

Adopted by the City Council on November 2, 2015.

 

A motion was made by Josh Sumption, seconded by Pat Vlaminck, to approve Resolution 03-2015. All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

 

A motion was made by Josh Sumption, seconded by Darlene Moeller, to increase the Porter Fire Department retirement to $1,000.00.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.

 

Darlene Moeller made a motion to pay the bills as read.  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 Josh Sumption, to adjourn the meeting.  All were in favor with none opposed, and the motion was carried.


Kim Jelen, Clerk

City of Porter

 


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