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APRIL 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the April 3, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Aaron Rivard, Howard McLean and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance was Brian Opsahl of Brady, Martz & Associates, Mike St. Germain, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by David Guderson, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Brian Opsahl of Brady, Martz & Associates presented the city audit to the Council.  The Council approved the 2016 audit.

Mike St. Germain came before the Council on behalf of the Marshall County Fair Board to request a donation for the grandstand project.  The Council tabled the request.

Eight members of the Argyle Fire Department came before the Council to request funds for a fire truck and replacement of the west fire hall door.  The Council approved contributing up to $175,000.00 towards a fire truck and door replacement.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering informed the Council of her findings on the storm sewer on Lincoln Avenue.  She stated this will be a very costly project.  A trunk feasibility study will need to be done.  The Council will take some time to think about the project and the information provided by Melissa and make a decision in the near future.

Melissa explained the results of the survey her crew completed on the city lots in Bradford Addition.  After some discussion, the Council approved moving forward with Task Order No. 2 with CPS Engineering.  This work will involve a section breakdown, replat and monumentation.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council then reviewed a packet of information received from the LMC after a safety discussion with a loss control consultant.  As all the Council did not get all the information read, the matter was tabled until next month.

The Council approved the purchase of a 40 foot storage container.  The Council also approved hiring Marshall County to apply calcium chloride on the same areas as last year.

The Council approved the A.R.E.D.A.’s sale of parcel #50-0343-000, Lot 12, Block 12, Culbertson’s Addition to Al Larson.

The Council approved summer hours for the City Office and Crew from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Summer hours will be Monday to Thursday 7:00AM – 4:30PM and Friday 8:00AM – 12:00PM.

The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting will be held on May 1st at the City Office.

The Council discussed the trouble they had with ground bees last year.  A resident asked if the city crew would handle this.  General consensus of the Council was this would be up to individual property owners.

The City Office and City Shop will be closed on Good Friday.

The Council approved hiring Gary Durand for spring and fall mowing.

The Council approved by resolution ratifying a sale of land to Joel St. Germain from 1981.

A discussion was held on the garbage that is left out for pickup that is not properly bagged or tagged.  This will no longer be picked up.  ALL GARBAGE OUT FOR PICKUP MUST BE PROPERLY BAGGED OR TAGGED.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The delinquent accounts were discussed.  If the resident has gone beyond the set up payment policy and is not making payments, their utility will be shut off for non-payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**All sump pumps need to be routed to the streets.  There will be spot checks and you will be fined if not in compliance.
**Reminder: 2017 Permits for golf carts and ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.  All need to be licensed.
** Call before you dig…it’s the law!  Call 811.
**Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on May 10th.  Please have your totes to the curb – 3 feet away from anything by 7:00AM.

MARCH 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the March 6, 2017 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Absent were Anthony Deschene and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Wayne Gruhot and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed a letter from FEMA stating that certification criteria outlined in 44 CFR Section 65.10 have been met for the Argyle Levee, and they plan to fully accredit the levee system on further effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) numbers 27089C0779D and 27089C0783D.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council discussed putting a slanted tin roof on the water tower hill building.  The Mayor will line up getting a bid for the work.

The Council reviewed the steps the city needs to follow to do a RFP (request for proposal) for an insurance servicing agent of record.  General consensus of the Council was to review the RFP at the August meeting.

The Council discussed the city’s safety policy and were informed about Stephen and Warren’s safety policies.  The Clerk is waiting for information and this will be reviewed at the next Council meeting.

The door to the Mall and remodel of the Community Center was again tabled until the next meeting.

The Council again discussed the disposal of TV’s and computer monitors.  Marshall County Landfill south of Argyle will take resident’s TV’s and computer monitors for a $5/item fee.  It costs $7/item to haul to Markit Landfill in Hallock.

The Council approved extending the firm contract with Viking Gas Transmission for a term of 10 years.  David Gunderson abstained.

David Gunderson presented information on a 40 foot container to use in place of the round storage tanks now being used.  The area will be cleaned up and readied for the container.

Melissa Knutson of CPS came to the meeting and discussed text files sent to her for printing maps.  The files did not contain enough information to print accurate maps.  Also discussed with Melissa was work that needed to be done on Lincoln Avenue and the re-platting of the Hammerback lots.

The Council approved advertising for Summer Rec positions and Summer Help.

The Council approved the building permit Dustin Grabowska for bathroom remodel and possible garage addition.

The Council approved by resolution a donation from the Hogberg-Gerszewski Post for the granite marker at the Lynn Swanson Memorial Ball Park.

The Council approved purchasing hanging flower baskets again from Evergreen and Ivy.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.  Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

*** 2017 Permits for golf carts & ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.  All need to be licensed.
*** Reminder: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on April 12th.
*** Attention Retirees and Students: The City of Argyle is looking for Summer Help.  Pick up application at the Argyle City Office.  Application deadline is April 27th.

FEBRUARY 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the February 6, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson,Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

No further information has been received on the dike re-certification.  This will remain on the agenda until notice has been received.  Tony stated that letters will be sent out to households with tricklers stating to NOT turn their tricklers on as the temperatures do not warrant it.  The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

 The Council was informed that Summer Rec Surveys went out in the November utility bills.  Only 20 surveys were returned.  Ten in favor of combining and ten against combining Summer Rec.

 The Council reviewed the income and expense totals for 2016 Summer Rec. After some discussion, the Council approved keeping Summer Rec as is and not combining with Stephen.

The Council reviewed the Safety Policy and information from OSHA on Personal Protective Equipment.  The Clerk was instructed to check what the cities of Stephen and Warren have for safety policies.  This will be discussed at the March meeting.

No action taken on putting a door into the Mall from the Community Center or Community Center remodeling.  This will remain on the agenda.

The Council discussed a need to find a way to dispose of TV’s and computer monitors, as Northern Sanitation will no longer take them.  The Clerk visited with Josh Johnston at Marshall County.  They can be hauled to the landfill south of Argyle for a fee of $5/item.  The Clerk will check further into this matter and report at the next meeting.

The Council discussed doing an RFP (Request For Proposal) for the city’s insurance agent.  The Council approved sending letters to the three local agents with an RFP for the term of three years beginning in 2018.

The Council approved by resolution raising the coverage for no-fault sewer backup to $25000/occurrence.

The Council was informed that the City Office and City Shop will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of President’s Day.

The Council approved excluded bingo activity at St. Rose Church for the Marshall County Group Homes, Inc. on March 5, 2017.

The Council reviewed a letter from a delinquent account.

The Council approved the following officers for the Argyle Fire Department for 2017:
Chief – Kelly Durand
Assistant Chief – Rob Svendsen
Secretary – Rob Clausen
Treasurer – Rick Kroll
EMS – Chris Urbaniak
Safety Officer – Paul Carlson
Interior Officer – Tony Deschene
Ventilation Officer – Eric Magnusson
Chief Engineer – Tim Tulibaski
Training Officer – Tony Safranski

The Council approved paying bills for materials for Hogberg-Gerszewski Post for work they are doing on the Lynn Swanson Memorial Park as it is city property.  They will then reimburse the city with the donations they have raised.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering arrived at the meeting.  She went over a Task Order Edition with the Council.  She also discussed and handed out information regarding charges for mapping city utilities.  The Council approved the Mayor to sign the Task Order Edition, but no action was taken on the mapping of city utilities.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment, the balance sheet and the profit and loss.  Delinquent accounts were also reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

JANUARY 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the January 5, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM in the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by David Gunderson, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

No information has been received from KLJ or the Army Corp on the dike.  This will continue to be on the agenda until certification is received.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council discussed snow blowing and the new hockey rink.

Don Parent arrived at the meeting.  Don Parent brought a number of concerns to the Council’s attention.  He then left the meeting.

Melissa Knutson of CPS came before the Council and discussed a task order contract – which is a standard document.  She explained to the Council that this is used when smaller bits of work need to be done.  It does not authorize any work, but it sets forth all the rules to follow if CPS ever does work for the city.  There is no cost for this task order contract.  The Council discussed having CPS draw up maps of all city utilities.  There will be no charge if the city has a coordinate file (GPS) and if it would process into CPS’s system.  Tony will get this information together and get it to Melissa.

Council members discussed the need for residents to be reminded that they need to keep their gas meters and regulators open.  This is for their safety.

The Council approved a 2% cost of living increase for all employees along with their pay step.

The Council discussed OSHA requirements for safety shoes.  The Clerk will check with the LMC and also check on a city safety policy.  The Council stated that safety vests need to be worn by the City Crew at all times.

The Council approved by resolution the appointment of Howard McLean as Vice Mayor.  The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the annual designations, appointments, rental and fee schedules.  After some discussion, also approve by resolution was the rate schedule for 2017 with no utility increases.

The Council was informed that the City Office and Shop will be closed Monday, January 16th, Martin Luther King Day.

The Council approved by resolution to waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability.

The Council again discussed a doorway into the Mall from the Community Center.  The Mall Committee wants the door to be a glass door.  The door issue was tabled until the February meeting.

Utility deposits for Farmers Union Insurance were waived as their previous account with the city is in good standing.

The Council was informed that a property/casualty dividend was received from the LMCIT.

Due to lending regulations, the Council approved the transfer of property from Dillon Erickson to Allen & Dawn Erickson for construction of a new home to be sold back to Dillon Erickson.

The City of Argyle NO LONGER accepts electronics – TVs, computers, monitors, etc.  Northern Sanitation will not accept them.   Please do not dispose of them in your garbage or leave them at the shop.  The Clerk was instructed to find out if Polk County has a place to haul them.

The Council approved the resignation of Al Larson from the A.R.E.D.A. Board and the appointment of Janelle Swanson to the A.R.E.D.A. Board.

The Council discussed the skating rink.  The big pusher will be left at the rink so users can push the snow aside on weekends.

The Council reviewed and denied a request for a donation to Reach Out For Warmth from Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  Delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on February 15th.
**Please keep all gates open and free of snow so meters can be read.  Thanks for your cooperation!  A reminder to all gas customers:  Please keep snow cleared from your gas meter and vent.  A dangerous condition exists should your gas meter and vent become blocked with snow.  Please keep checking this until the snow melts!
**Please do not leave cars & trailers on streets for easier snow removal.  Please stay away from snow removal equipment – Give them room to do their job!
**Please help the Fire Department keep your fire hydrants cleared of snow!

DECEMBER 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Truth-in-Taxation meeting at 7:00PM on December 5, 2016.  No one from the public attended the meeting. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to close the Truth-In-Taxation meeting.  Motion carried.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the December 5, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Terry Sundby, and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Aaron Rivard, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Mayor Robert Clausen, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard took the oath of office for the terms of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed an email from Roger Denick STARR II FEMA Region V Service Center regarding the re-certification of the city levy.  They city will be notified when the accreditation materials have been deemed complete.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Tony Safranski will contact Fusion to return to the filter plant to do some cleanup.  The Council discussed the benches outside the Mall.  General consensus of the Council is for the city crew to put all the benches in the cold storage building for the winter.

The Council approved an estimate from B.I.L. to build a wheel loader snow pusher with loader mount and ski shoes.  This will be added to the 2017 budget.

The Council approved by resolution the adoption of the 2017 levy.

The Council discussed cast iron water main replacement.  No decision was made.

 The 2017 budget was again reviewed.  Street capital outlay was increased for the purchase of the snow pusher.  The Council approved by resolution the amended 2017 budget.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit of Kevin Zacha for windows.

The City Office and City Shop will be closed Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.

The Council set the January Council meeting for Thursday, January 5th at 7:00PM.

The Council approved by resolution all donations made to the Argyle Fire Department since June 2016.  Anthony Deschene abstained.

The Council reviewed the Step Pay spreadsheet.  This will be reviewed again at the January meeting.

The Council discussed the skating rink and the new hockey rink.  The Argyle Lions built hockey boards.  A discussion on a liner for the two rinks was discussed.  No skating rink attendant will be hired.  General consensus of the Council was anyone causing a problem will be reprimanded.

The Council approved by resolution, the 2017 AFD budget.  Anthony Deschene abstained.

The Council discussed an entrance into the Mall area.  The Council is awaiting the Mall Committee approval.  Also discussed were improvements to the Community Center and City Office area.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment with the addition of a bill from Wells Concrete.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

NOVEMBER 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the November 14, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Also present were Tony Safranski, Tami Hebert, Melissa Knutson of CPS, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

The Council canvassed and declared the official results of the November 8, 2016 municipal election – Robert Clausen, Mayor; Aaron Rivard and Anthony Deschene, Council members.  Their terms of office will be January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

No one from KLJ attended the meeting, however, according to Jon Pauna they have received no further correspondence on the dike recertification so it should be completed.  Jon is also working with Tony on the pond permit.

Tami Hebert representing the City of Stephen Parks and Rec Program came before the Council to see if the two cities could combine their summer programs.  A survey will be sent out with the next billing to find out what the parents of Argyle are interested in for the Summer Rec Program.

The Council approved by resolution dedicating East section of Third Street.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  A discussion was held on a water meter for the school boiler.

The Council approved the purchase of a used trailer with a bi-fold gate and textured finish from Acme Equipment.  The Council discussed repairs that need to be made to the water tower hill building.  Also discussed was the skating rink.  The Lions will be meeting to discuss the hockey boards.  A liner still needs to be gotten.

The Council received bids for cutting a doorway into the Mall area.  The Council approved the bid from Sorenson Construction pending the approval of the Mall Committee.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Carl Kroll, replace driveway; Mark Larson, garden shed; Greg Hanson, shower and home improvement.

The Council reviewed an invitation from the Argyle Community Club and Argyle Mall businesses regarding the community tree lighting and a request for a pan of bars for the community event.  The Council approved putting up a “City of Argyle” tree and donating a pan of bars to the community event.

The Council discussed replacing the round bins currently used for storage with shipping containers.  Tony will check into this and report at the December meeting.

The Council approved an additional flower plot east of St. Germains Creations.  The Garden Club stated that they would plant and care for it.  Also discussed was setting up a tank with water or decorative barrels by each flower plot.  Tony will talk to the Garden Club and determine what is needed.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment.  Several bills were questioned and will be checked into.  The remaining bills were approved to be paid.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***When the snow arrives…Please do not leave cars & trailers on streets for easier snow removal.  Please stay away from snow removal equipment–Give them room to do their job!

OCTOBER 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the public hearing regarding the law Mark Dayton signed into effect on May 12, 2016 regarding the creation and regulation of temporary family health care dwellings.  No one from the public attended the meeting or left any comments.  The Council approved by resolution Ordinance 01-2016, to opt-out Minnesota Statues, Section 462.3593.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the October 3, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Colleen Deitz, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Colleen Deitz came before the Council requesting to attach a 12 x 34 Park Model onto the back door of her mobile home.  The Council approved her building permit to attach the Park Model onto her mobile home.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved the written proposal from KLM Engineering for an inspection of the water tower.

The Council approved by resolution the liquor license renewals of the Hogberg-Gerszewski Post 353 of the American Legion and the Dell Steakhouse and Lounge LLC.

The Council reviewed and approved the following building permits: Ken Ethier, roof and remodel house; Jeff and Colleen Radeke, garage, door, etc.

The Council acknowledged and approved excluded bingo activity at the Argyle Community Center for St. Rose during their bazaar on October 23, 2016.

The Council approved the State Water Connection Fee for 2016 at $6.36 per water connection to be billed on the October bill and to pay the bill to the State.

A request was received to bring water and sewer to land on the west side of Cedar Avenue.  The Council instructed Tony to get a cost estimate.

The Council was informed that the Cold Weather Rule comes into effect on October 15th through April 15th.

The Council discussed a walkway between the Mall and the Community Center.  Bids will be received for cutting the concrete and this will be discussed at the next Council meeting.

The Council discussed the size of meters needed to run grain bins and dryers.  Tony was instructed to check into this before new meters are ordered.

The A.R.E.D.A. Board requested the Council to send letters to properties with unlicensed vehicles located on them.  A junk dealer would come to town to pick them up.  General consensus of the Council was for the A.R.E.D.A. to handle this.

The Council was informed that the Mayor and the Lions members are working on new entrance signs to the city.  The Council approved pouring cement and sono tubes for the signs this fall so the work can be completed in the spring.

The Council discussed the Eco-lab Pest Control contract for the quonsets on the north end of town.  After some discussion, the Council moved to discontinue the Eco-lab service and have each quonset owner treat their own buildings.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

SEPTEMBER 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the September 6, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Terry Sundby and Anthony Deschene.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance was Shawn Mulhern of KLM Engineering, Keith Bergeron, Melissa Knutson of CPS, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

Shawn Mulhern of KLM Engineering came before the Council to discuss the water tower.  He discussed doing an inspection and evaluation of the water tower.  PJ Schiller arrived at the meeting.  The Council was informed that the city has a contract with Maguire Iron to clean and inspect the tower and they will be coming Sept. 12th.  Motion to get out of the contract with Maguire Iron for cleaning on September 12th and have KLM Engineering draw up a proposal for an evaluation.  Motion carried.

Keith Bergeron addressed the Council on renaming the Argyle Baseball field.  He stated that they would like a monument placed in front of the Garden Club’s plot on the corner of East 2nd Street and Hwy. 75.  He spoke with the Garden Club and they have no issues.  Also discussed was an arched sign with the name on it.  Keith stated they will also add a sign stating dedicated to the Argyle veterans who died in service to their country as is in Kurz Memorial Park.  The Legion will do the fund raising for all the signs.  If there is money left, they will put in sidewalks to the memorial.  The Council approved by resolution renaming the ball field to The Lynn Swanson Memorial Ball Park.

PJ Schiller addressed the Council on extending Sixth Street east where it used to go north of the Hamrick property.  He may be interested in purchasing the property and feels there should be a street there.  The Council will look at the area in question, discuss it further and then get back to PJ.  PJ then left the meeting.

Melissa Knutson of CPS, Ltd. came before the Council to discuss cast iron water main replacement costs.  She gave the Council several scenarios and recommended doing all the work at once as it would save costs administration and bidding.  Tony will get a map of the cast iron pipes to Melissa for review and she will give a more detailed cost next month.

The Council then discussed the utility easement on 3rd Street and the outlots in River Addition.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council approved by resolution the Marshall County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

No bids were received for the ambulance.

The Council reviewed the proposed 2017 budget and made changes.

The Council approved by resolution the 2017 tax levy and the preliminary 2017 budget.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit application of Brandon Moehrle to remodel home.

A public hearing will be held on October 3, 2016 on opting-out of allowing temporary family health care dwellings.

The Council approved combining parcels and moving the specials on Parcel #50-0194-001 to Parcel #50-0194-000 (St. Rose).

The Council approved hiring Gary Durand to mow this fall with Justin McMahon as a backup.

The Council approved by resolution the benefit for years of service on the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

  • Reminder: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on October 12th.

AUGUST 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the August 1, 2016, Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  They also reviewed a proposal from Maquire Iron, Inc. to paint the water tower.  KLM will be contacted to get a quote for inspection and a paint bid as well.  The Council also reviewed a report from SEH on the water tower.

Melissa Knutson of CPS. Ltd. explained to the Council that they completed the field survey work, a legal description for an easement on one parcel, (Cal and Bonnye Sorenson) and a drawing to go with it that would be filed with the deed of the easement.  The Council approved CPS to draw up the additional easements and drawings.

The Council reviewed and approved the proposal from Hydro Klean to spray a lining in the pond control structure.  There will be additional charges to fix any leaks.  The Council then discussed the use of the DNR generators.  The Hallock superintendent will be contacted as they are currently using the DNR generator for utility backup.  Howard will try to find parts to fix the small Honda generator.  If it cannot be fixed, the Council approved the purchase of a 2000 watt Honda generator.  Terry Sundby arrived at the meeting.

The Council reviewed a letter from Jerome Whitlow stating that he disagreed with the forgiveness of special assessments.  The Council again discussed the request to forgive the special assessments.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to not forgive the special assessments on the property purchased by Brandon and Dana Setterholm (former Patrick Crummy property).  David Gunderson and Terry Sundby abstained.  Mayor Clausen voted to not forgive the special assessments.  Motion carried.  David Gunderson stated that he would abstain on any requests until a written policy is put in place.

The Council reviewed and approved a proposal from M. Borowicz Construction for work on the grandstand.

The Council reviewed a proposal from Noel LaBine to hire him to do a community and economic development assessment of Argyle.  No action taken by the Council.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Bruce Chwialkowski, windows and Wayne Malm, shingles.

The Council was again informed that the Mayor position (Bob) and two Council positions (Terrry & Tony) are up this year.  August 2nd is the first day to file affidavits for candidacy and the last day is August 16th.  There is a $2.00 filing fee.  Primary Election on August 9th.  Voting hours are from 7 AM to 8 PM.

The Council reviewed a letter from the League of Minnesota Cities regarding Representative Dan Fabian.  They also reviewed an email from the League regarding sidewalk liability.

The Clerk requested from the Council and Tony any major projects or purchases that need to be put on the 2017 budget.

The Council reviewed the Summer Rec final report.

Mark Dayton signed into law the creation and regulation of temporary family heath care dwellings on May 12, 2016.  The Council approved by resolution an ordinance to opt-out of Minnesota Statues, Section 462.3953.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The delinquent accounts and the profit & loss and balance sheet were also reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

JULY 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the July 5, 2016, Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the City Office.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Absent was Anthony Deschene.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Clerk emailed Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering for an update and no reply was received.  The Council discussed concerns that Paul St. Germain voiced about the sidewalk on the north side of St. Germain Creations.  An expandable epoxy will be put along the building and in the seams.  The Council approved hiring Hayden Sczepanski for one month as a summer worker when Summer Rec is over as Alec Hesse took another job.

The Council discussed Recreational Fires and a request to change the city code.  After a lengthy discussion, the code will be left as is.  Residents are not to burn garbage and leaves can only be burnt September 15th to December 1st.  The city provides a compost pile.  A letter will be sent to a resident that burns garbage.

No offer was received from Stoltman Farms on city land.

The Council reviewed and approved the purchase of street signs from M-R Signs.

The Council again discussed a request from a resident to forgive the special assessments on a home he would like to purchase and tear down.  This matter was again tabled as two were in favor and two were in not.  Hopefully all members will be at the August meeting.

Don Parent had requested to be on the agenda, but did not attend meeting.

Richard Deschene came before the Council to request that the band for the street dance be set up farther north by Moe Construction & Gravel, so Pacific Avenue could be open by the museum.  Richard was informed that the Community Club is in charge of the street dance.  Richard then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications from Alicia Boman, fence, as fence moved out of right a way; Nevin Lubarski, storage shed; Dwaine Adolphson, shingle; Dan & Hannah Johnson, shingle; Jeff & Zach Beaudry, bin/dryer; Scott Solum, reside house & remodel porch; Luke Omodt, shingle garage & new door; and Al Larson, deck.

The Clerk informed the Council that she received a request for the city to schedule a clean-up day.  The Council discussed the matter and by motion denied the request as the city currently rents out dumpsters and an electronic dumpster is available at the City Shop.

The Council approved Julie Magnusson, Julie LaBine, Janene Rybaski, and Jolene Conway as election judges for 2016.

The Council approved a wage increase for Wayne Gruhot as his 6 month probation is complete.

The Council reviewed a letter from NW Regional Development Commission asking for nominees to serve on their commission.  No Council members were interested in serving.

The Council discussed the need for repairs to the front of the grandstand at the baseball field.  A bid will be sought for the removal of the cement.  Volunteers to help with the repair will be welcome.  Tony will be ordering longer posts for the fence in the outfield.  They will be pounded into the ground with no cement.  The Council then discussed the use and care of the baseball field.  Complaints have been received on the condition the field, dugouts, etc. is left in after other teams have used the field.  Summer Rec. equipment has been missing.  A locked storage area for Summer Rec equipment will be made in the concession stand.

The Council was informed that the Mayor position and two Council positions are up this year.  August 2nd is the first day to file affidavits for candidacy and the last day is August 16th.

Several Council members were asked if the town could spray for mosquito by air.  No one has received a complaint and Council members felt that the new fogger was doing a great job.

The Council motioned a get a quote from LaBine Electric for a 200 amp service and run two 50 amp outlets off it for the Community Center.

The Council instructed Tony to get a quote from LaBine Electric to mount some panels and 220 plug ins on the generators.  Tony informed the Council that a new tank for sodium permanganate was added to the filter plant.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment, the delinquent accounts and the balance sheet and profit and loss.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

JUNE 2016

The City Council conducted reviews with Tamara Benitt, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski before the Council meeting.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the June 6, 2016 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Board members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Terry Sundby, Anthony Deschene, and Howard McLean.  Also in attendance were Lon Aune, Kelly Durand, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Lon Aune from Marshall County addressed the Council regarding the sidewalk issue by St. Germain Creations.  He informed the Council that the repair would be an 80/20 match plus engineering and the repair needs to be approved.  Paras Contracting estimated the cost of repairs to be $23,755.50 – which the City would be responsible for 20%.  There is no guarantee that the sidewalk will not lift after a repair is done.  Don Parent arrived at the meeting.  The Council moved not to repair the sidewalk, approve Paras Contracting payment No. 3 and close out the project.

Kelly Durand, AFD Chief, attended the meeting to request that the burning ordinance be changed to “Recreational Fires”.  He feels garbage and leaves should not be burnt in town.  The City has a compost pile for leaves; burning garbage releases toxins and single sort recycling and garbage pickup is offered by the city.  He handed out an ordinance from another city that he felt addressed the issue.  The Council will review the ordinance, make changes, and discuss at the July meeting.

The Council reviewed another letter from FEMA on the dike; KLJ has 30 days to reply and are working on it.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The city crew continues to work on improving the water quality at the filter plant.

The Council reviewed several bids on utility tractors and approved the purchase of a Bobcat tractor with bucket and finishing mower.

The Council approved a bid from B.I.L. to change the city’s scraper blade angle.

The Council approved hiring Alec Hesse as a summer worker, as Hunter Sczepanski left for an internship.

The Council reviewed and discussed the Wikstrom contract and several emails regarding their antennas on the water tower.

The Council reviewed a request from Stoltman Farms to purchase 3.86 acres of land from the City of Argyle.  The Council requested Stoltman to make an offer on the land.

The Council reviewed Maintenance Worker applications.  The Council approved hiring on applicant contingent upon good reference checks and the passing of a pre-employment drug test.

The Council reviewed pricing on street signs.  Total number of signs needed will be sent for a quote and will be reviewed at the July meeting.

The Council discussed a request from a resident to forgive the special assessments on a home he would like to purchase and tear down.  This will be discussed further at the July meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved Temporary Community Festival Liquor Licenses for the Argyle American Legion and the Dell Steakhouse & Lounge.

The Council approved the building permit applications of the following: ACWA Fertilizer Plant, shingle shed; Travis Anderson, garage; Mark Robertson, sidewalk & driveway, Anita Anderson, shingle; Yu-Tyme Wellness Studio, remodel; one building permit has been denied.

The Council approved the A.R.E.D.A. making revolving loans to Yu-Tyme Wellness Studio and L&R Foods.

The Council reviewed an email from Richard Lee regarding the consolidation of the Stephen and Argyle Summer Rec Programs next summer.

The Council approved Summer Hours for the City Office & City Shop personnel.  Hours will be 7:00AM-4:30 PM Monday to Thursday and 8:00AM-12:00 PM on Fridays June 13th thru September.

The Council denied a request to purchase a piece of property near the holding pond.  The Council approved donations made to the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Council members asked that a letter be sent to several dog complaints that were received.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**Numerous complaints have been received about underage kids on golf carts, kids playing in the street and barking and unleashed dogs.  Please keep the safety of your children and others in mind.  Thank you for your cooperation.  For the consideration of others, please keep your dog leashed and control its barking per city ordinance.

MAY 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting on May 2, 2016.  Board members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Terry Sundby and Howard McLean.  Absent was Anthony Deschene.   Also in attendance were Russ Steer and Allison Wall representing Marshall County, Don Parent and Vicki Tulibaski.  Russ informed the Council that there were five (5) home sales in Argyle in 2015.  He informed the Board that they dropped the value 8.89% in Argyle.  Russ stated that the value of agricultural land dropped 12%.  With this drop, the tax capacity burden shifts to residential property value went up 5%.  Property tax is based on the value of the home.  Tony Deschene arrived at the meeting.

Don Parent appealed the value of his property.  Russ and Allison explained how the value on his property was determined and then showed a comparison to a similar home in Argyle.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Howard McLean, to leave the property value as assessed.  Motion carried.  Russ stated that Don is welcome to go the County meeting and address their board.  Anthony Deschene questioned the valuation of his detached garage.  He state that it was an old garage he took down and rebuilt on his property.  Anthony will find out the age of the garage and notify Russ and Allison and they will come up with a new value.  The Council abstained as Anthony is a Council member.  It will go to the County board.  David Gunderson questioned the value of his back lots.  Allison explained that she gave it the lowest lot value and then added on $900.00 for a wood frame structure that was not previously listed on the lots.  Russ and Allison left and the Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting was closed.

Mayor Clausen opened the Council meeting.  The Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting.

The Council reviewed emails from Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering and Lou Tasa of MN DOT on the sidewalk north of St. Germain Creations.  The Clerk will contact Lon Aune on the issue.

A letter from FEMA on the dike re-certification was reviewed by the Council.  KLJ has 30 days to reply to the comments from FEMA.  They are working on their responses.

Don Parent brought several concerns to the Council.  The alley behind Don’s will be graveled and the Council informed Don that the city maintains the alley.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  Fusion Automation still has work to do at the filter plant.  Several water leaks have been found and either have been repaired or will be repaired shortly.  One hydrant was repaired and another one will be repaired.

The Council reviewed and approved Minn-Dak’s proposal for overlay a patch on Garfield & Second Street.  The Council approved rental of a 8′ kilifer/angled blade from B.I.L.. The Council reviewed and approved the proposal of KB Stump Removal for the removal and clean-up of twelve stumps.  The Council reviewed some bids on utility tractors and a skid steer.  No action taken.

The crew will be taking down the Argyle signs and planters on the edge of town.  The Lions has a committee working on new signs.  The Council discussed a gas expansion of the east side of Argyle.  More information will be gathered before the line is extended.  The Council approved the highest bid received for the sander/plow truck and the 1974 pickup.

The Council reviewed and approved the Natural Gas Rebate Proposal 2016 for residential gas customers and waiving the hookup fee and charge for gas line footage for new residential gas customers – however, from the gas meter to another building charge is $2.50/foot.

A letter from Marshall Polk Rural Water was reviewed by the Council.  The Council discussed the filter plant.  The City crew will check on the screens and then call TonkaWater.

The Council reviewed bids on a lease buyout and bids for a purchase or lease of a new JD tractor mower with deck.  The Council approved the purchase of the 2015 JD X734 tractor mower with deck that was previously leased.

The Council approved Stephen kids participate in the Argyle Summer Rec Program as they had no one apply for their Summer Rec position.  The Council approved additional lights to be put in on East 3rd Street.  The Council approved building permits of Kim & Gary Tonkin, deck/patio and Julie LaBine, shingles.

The Council approved payment of the Wikstrom bill and asked that someone from Wikstrom attend the June Council meeting regarding antennas on the water tower.

The Council reviewed and approved financial reports and bills presented for payment.  The meeting then adjourned.

APRIL 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the April 4, 2016 Council Meeting.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Brian Ospahl of Brady, Martz and Associates, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Brian Ospahl of Brady, Martz & Associates went over the 2015 city audit with the Council.  He encouraged the Council to figure out their water line loss.  The Council approved the 2015 audit.

Melissa Knutson of CPS informed the Council that there are loans available through the clean water revolving fund and the drinking water revolving fund.  She also stated that there are community development funds and small cities development programs available.  She encouraged the Council to have an achievable plan and work on it this winter and be ready to apply for funds next spring.  She discussed possible areas for line loss.  Melissa then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed an email from Jon Pauna regarding the SRTS program.  He is waiting for a response from Lou Tasa of MnDOT.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Tony informed the Council that they are using the chipper from Cenex.  The Council reviewed the quote from Tonka for replacement of the media and screens in the filter plant.  General consensus of the Council was to figure out where the line loss is coming from before replacing the media and screens at the filter plant.  Any Argyle residents who have a sump pump that is running more than normal are to call the City Office.  This will be discussed further at the May meeting.

The Council approved the purchase of a 55 gallon drum of mosquito spray from Northern Mosquito Control.  The Council reviewed information on two pickups for sale at C&M Ford in Hallock and two utility tractors that are for sale.  No action taken at this time.

The Council approved the extension of a gas line to Cal Sorenson’s.

The Council approved hiring the following for Summer Rec: Hayden Sczepanski / Summer Rec. Director/ Head Coach, Kayla Safranski / Assistant Coach and Tom Conway / Bus Driver.

The Council approved hiring the following as Summer help to work Tuesday to Friday: Hunter Sczepanski, Joseph Kekke and Madison Deschene.

The Council reviewed and approved building permits for Bernadette Borowicz, shingle south side of shop; Wade Danielson, shingles; and Rob Clausen, storage shed.

The Council again discussed the weekend duty response time.  The Council approved by resolution to change the weekend duty to read: Employee will stay within 30 minutes of Argyle.

The Council approved a donation of $600.00 to the Argyle Garden Club for plants for their garden plots.

The Council approved Jaden Sundby as a new member of the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council approved Marshall County spreading calcium chloride on the mapped areas previously done in Argyle.

The Council was informed that Middle River Township will not maintain the road going to the ponds.  The city crew will haul reclaim on the road and put up a gate.

The Council was informed that the Cold Weather Rule will no longer be in effect after April 15th.

The 1974 Chev pickup and the sander/plow truck will be advertised for sale by sealed bids.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment.  A bill from Brink, Sobolik, Severson, Malm and Albrecht will be checked into.  The Clerk was instructed to call Wikstrom regarding charges billed and not pay the bill.  The balance of the bills were approved for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

*** IF YOUR SUMP PUMP IS RUNNING MORE THAN USUAL — PLEASE CALL THE CITY OFFICE 218-437-6621.

MARCH 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the March 7, 2016 Council meeting at 7:00PM. Council members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was Howard McLean.  Also in attendance were Conrad Goroski, Kevin Balstad and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed an email from Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering regarding the SRTS grant.  A few sidewalks have some issues.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Terry stated that the Lions still want to do the hockey rink as a project.  The school is willing to sign the tennis court property over to the City.  Conrad Goroski asked the Council if the shrubs in the alley by the tennis courts could be trimmed back.  Kevin stated they would work on it this week.  There have been issues with the filter plant.  General consensus of the Council was to take a core sample of the media and sent it to Tonka.  A backup well was discussed.

The Council reviewed quote for a compressor for the City shop and approved the purchase of compressor from Auto Value in Warren minus a trade in of old compressor.

The Council reviewed bids for single sort curbside recycling from Waste Management and Countrywide Sanitation.  A representative from Waste Management was contacted by phone during the meeting.  Waste Management will cancel the recycling bin contract if the City decided to go with the single sort curbside recycling.

After some discussion, the Council approved the single sort curb side recycling quote from Waste Management- with the 96 gallon tote for $4.15/month and each additional tote $2.50/month.  The City will in turn charge each occupied home $1.50/month for 1st tote and each additional tote $2.50 and the same charge for any businesses interested.  Each apartment building will be billed for one tote at $1.50/month and each additional tote at $2.50.  The Council decided to have the City pay for part of the totes and the residents to pick up a smaller portion of the cost.  Curbside recycling is mandatory for each occupied home.  The recycling bins located near the fire hall will no longer be available.  The program will begin the end of March beginning of April.

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the sealed bids for the trucks the City advertised.  The Council accepted the highest bid for each truck.

A gas rebate program was tabled until the April meeting.

The Council discussed and approved advertising for Summer Rec. and Summer Help positions for two weeks in the Messenger.

The Council was informed that the City Office and City Shop will be closed on Good Friday, March 25th.

The Council discussed and approved a donation to the Argyle Fire Department for fire hall maintenance.

The Council reviewed and denied a donation request from the Post Prom Party.  A request for a donation from the Marshall County Fair was tabled until the April meeting.

The Council approved the resignation of Craig Sundby from the A.R.E.D.A. Board and also approved his replacement, Jenny Engen.

The Council approved the purchase of hanging flower baskets from Evergreen and Ivy.

A lengthy discussion was had on the response time for on-call weekend duty.  This will be discussed again at the April meeting.  Wayne Gruhot was approved by the Council to be put on rotation for weekend duty.  Also discussed was mandatory Monday morning meetings.

The Council approved by resolution the following to be members of the Park Board: Merle Adolphson, Mick Rapacz, Penni Anderson, Jenna Grabowska, Mark Hendrickson, David Gunderson and Terry Sundby.

The Council reviewed recommendations the City received from the LMC loss control consultant after a visit.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and financial reports.  The City Council discussed water line loss.  The City Crew will pull manhole covers and try to find a main problem.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.  Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

RECYCLING REMINDER: Have your recycling tote on the berm for pickup on Wednesday, April 13th by 7:00 am.

FEBRUARY 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the February 1, 2016 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Terry Sundby, Anthony Deschene, and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski, Mick Rapacz, Dale Nelson, Ken Borowicz, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

No one from KLJ Engineering attended the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  They also reviewed a list of items to sell.  The Council approved selling the boiler truck, the old sander truck, the green Chev pickup and the red Chev truck.  The City will accept sealed bids and they will be opened at the March 7th Council meeting.  The repairs to the recently purchased sander truck are almost complete.

Mick Rapacz came before the Council to express his interest of still serving on the Park Board.  He informed the Council that ash bore is a concern for some of the old ash trees in town.  The Park Board needs to meet monthly, elect a Chairman and report to the City Council.  Mick left the meeting.

Dale Nelson of Markit Landfill and Ken Borowicz a Board member came before the Council to explain Markit’s recycling program.  Markit takes the following: #1 & #2 commingled plastic, newspapers, magazines, tin and aluminum.  No glass or cardboard.  Anything other than the above is considered contamination.  They also have a cardboard recycling program, however it only takes corrugated cardboard, no paperboard like cereal boxes, etc.  Dale and Ken left the meeting.  The Council instructed Vicki to get in touch with Countrywide Recycling and get information on their recycling programs.

The Council discussed grants for the hockey rink.  Terry stated that the Lions Club will to do boards for the rink as a project.  They would like to relocate the rink to the tennis courts.  These lots are owned by S/A/C.  The Mighty Ducks may have grant funds available.  David Gunderson checked to see if the Wild had any grants available and they do – apply in October and received funds the following year.

The Council discussed possibly setting up a rebate program for residents who convert their water heaters, furnaces or appliances to gas. David will work on setting up a rebate schedule for the Council to review at the next meeting.

The Council reviewed the ad that was placed in the Messenger to see if the area townships would be interested in using the city recycling bins and paying for a second dump fee.  Only one township replied.

Terry updated the Council on the group that is interested in having an indoor pool in Argyle.  They will be asked to serve on the Park Board.  They are currently looking for areas to locate a pool and are working with a consultant.  Letters were sent to all previous Park Board members; only Mick Rapacz and Merle Adolphson said they would be willing to continue to serve on the Park Board.

The Council reviewed the Waste Management single sort curb side recycling program.  If the Council went with curbside single sort recycling, the containers at the city shop would no longer be used and each household would have a 96 gallon tote.  Items that could be put into them include: plastic bottles and containers, food and beverage cans, paper, flattened cardboard and paperboard, food and beverage cartons, glass bottles and containers.  Not acceptable would be: food waste, plastic bags and film, foam cups and containers and needles.  This will be discussed further at the next Council meeting and after information is reviewed from Countrywide Recycling.

The City Office and shop will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of President’s Day.

The Council approved building permits of Kent Hanson, shed; Helen Gruhot, update kitchen and bath; Tim Urbaniak, interior residential improvements.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution Entity Authorization for the Mayor, Vice Mayor, and City Clerk to sign City of Argyle accounts.

The Council approved excluded bingo activity at St. Rose Church for the Marshall County Group Homes, Inc. on March 6, 2016.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

*** If you are interested in serving on the Park Board, please contact Vicki at the City Office ASAP.

JANUARY 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the January 4, 2016 meeting at 7:00 PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Terry Sundby, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Kevin Balstad and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

No one from KLJ Engineering attended the meeting.  KLJ will have information ready for the next meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council approved the purchase of new nets for the skating rink.

The Council approved the purchase of a Heavy-Duty Rotary Broom.  The Council was informed that the gas expansion project is complete.  There maybe a few bills to come in yet.

The Council reviewed more information on cardboard recycling from Howard McLean.  The Council is trying to reduce the cost of the Waste Management recycling bins.  The township residents will be asked if they would be willing to pay for one recycling bin dump a month if they could use the recycling bins through an article in the Messenger.  After much discussion, the Clerk was instructed to have Markit Recycling attend the February meeting and explain their recycling program.

The Council approved the purchase of a plow/sander truck from the City of Warren.  The city plow/sander truck and the steamer truck will be put for sale on bids.  Tony is to compile a list of items that the city could sell for the next meeting.

The Council approved the purchase of a 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup from Arlene Robertson.

Scott Winge from Northern Sanitation arrived at the meeting and informed the Council that tipping fees have gone up at the Hallock landfill and he will have a new contract for the next Council meeting.  Northern Sanitation will stay at the same contract rate, but will increase the cost for the added tipping fees.  The monthly cost for refuse pickup in Argyle will now be $3,250.00.  The Council discussed and approved raising the residential base rate for refuse to $11.50 and commercial dumpster rates $1.00/yard to help cover the tipping fee increase.

The Council reviewed the 2016 Appointments & Rentals & Fee Schedule.  The Clerk was instructed to send letters to Park Board members to see if they wanted to continue to be on the Board.  If anyone is interested in serving on the Park Board, they are to contact Vicki at the City Office.  The Council approved by resolution the annual designations, appointments, rental and fee schedules.  The Council reviewed the 2015 Utility Rates.  Other than refuse, no other rates were raised for 2016.  The Council approved by resolution the 2016 rates.

The Council approved the building permit of Craig Sundby for remodeling.

The Council approved by resolution to waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability.

The Council was informed that all the data was lost on the utility billing computer, flash drive back-up and another external back-up.  An old back-up from 2012 was used to reinstall the program and the accounts.  All other information had to be manually entered from printouts that the city keeps.  The bill may look a little different, but the amount due is correct.

David Gunderson will gather information on a rebate program for customers that switch to natural gas.  The Council will review and discuss this at their next meeting.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment.  Delinquent accounts and financial reports were reviewed.  The Council approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***If you are interested in serving on the Park Board, please contact Vicki at the City Office ASAP.

DECEMBER 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the Truth-in-Taxation meeting on December 7, 2015 at 7:00PM.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Don Parent, Lois Dufault, Harlan & Elaine Yell, Ed St. Germain, Julian Kostrzewski, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  The Council informed those in attendance that the County was here last spring and stated that all taxes would be increasing as previous amounts were too low.  If the County did not increase them, the state would.  They also stated that homes in Argyle have sold for above assessed value, which also adds into the increase.  Those in attendance were told to come to the Board of Equalization meeting in the spring.  The Clerk will notify them of the meeting.  Lois, Harlan & Elaine, Ed and Julian left the meeting.  The Truth-in-Taxation meeting was adjourned.

Mayor Clausen called to order the December 7, 2015 Council meeting at 7:15PM.  The Council approved the minutes of the previous meeting.

No information has been received from KLJ Engineering regarding the SRTS grant project.  Also still waiting to hear from Davidson Construction on the installation of the manhole.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The filter bed will be saturated tomorrow with chlorine and then the bed will be regenerated.  This will help reduce the rust in the water.

The gas project is completed.  Nelson Technologies will be coming up next week to fire it up.  Jeff Anderson Construction will be building the town border station.

The Council moved to New Business to accommodate Don Parent.  Don addressed the Council with his concerns.  The Council answered his questions and will talk to the city crew about several matters.

The Council reviewed applications for the maintenance worker position.  Terry Sundby motioned to offer the position to Wayne Gruhot, second by Howard McLean; Anthony Deschene: Nay as he wanted to interview the second applicant.  Motion carried.

The Council again discussed cardboard recycling.  It was stated that the city does not necessarily need to make a big profit on cardboard recycling – it’s the idea that you’re saving the earth.  Howard will check to find out more information on who could haul the bales and who they would be sold to.  The Council will review the cardboard recycling in January and decide if they are moving forward with it.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the 2016 Levy and Budget.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Jason Dybedahl, bathroom remodel and Dustin Grabowska for a bay window.

The Council approved a reduction in sewer fees to Argyle Homes for a broken pipe under the apartment as the water did not go through the sewer.

The City Office and Shop will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

The Council approved a 1.5% cost of living increase for all employees along with their pay step.

Terry informed the Council about a group in Argyle interested in building an indoor swimming pool in town.  He attended a meeting with them in Greenbush, as they just built a new outdoor pool.  The group needs $1,000.00 to hire a pool consultant to see if it feasible to build a pool.  The Council turned this over to the A.R.E.D.A.

The Council reviewed and approved a construction engineer bill from KLJ Engineering for the SRTS project to be submitted to Marshall County for payment.

The Council approved by resolution the Dependent Care FSA through SelectAccount beginning January 2016.

The Council reviewed and approved work done by NPL for a gas shut off valve and a new service line bored to Marshall County Group Home.

The Council was informed that when River Addition was replatted it was never recorded.

The Council reviewed pictures of a pickup for sale at C&M Ford.  The Council is looking for a long box, single cab pickup.

The Council reviewed and approved bills presented for payment.  Delinquent accounts were reviewed.  Financial reports were reviewed and approved.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

NOVEMBER 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the November 2, 2015 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00 PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, Terry Sundby and Howard McLean.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

No one from KLJ Engineering came to the meeting.  Tony informed the Council that Taggart will be here on Wednesday to clean up and pile up the concrete from the SRTS grant.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The water has been brought to Cal Sorenson’s property and Olson Construction will be digging up 3rd Street and the City crew will put in sewer.

Terry stated that he found two compactors-one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis on the Minneapolis Craig’s List.  One was $3,300.00 and the other $3,500.00.  No decision made.

It was stated that it is too wet to work on the grandstand repair.  The Council discussed the fence.  General consensus of the Council that heavier wall pipe is needed.

The Council then discussed and approved extra install of 2″ pe pipe for gas to Cal Sorenson’s and a road bore for a gas main extension with tie in to Marshall County Group Home by NPL.  AYE: Clausen, Gunderson, McLean, Sundby; NAY: Deschene.  Motion carried.  This work will be completed after the gas extension to Markit is complete.

The Council reviewed a memo from the Office of Pipeline Safety.  The City of Argyle’s drug and alcohol plan does not meet the PHMSA requirements.  The Council approved using the drug and alcohol plan of the APGA.

The Council reviewed and approved the following building permit applications: Calvin Sorenson, new house; Gordon Ellefson, siding and windows; and Mark & Lisa Larson, fence.

The Council reviewed a letter received from the Community Club regarding a Christmas Tree Extravaganza that they are hosting.  The Council approved participating in the Christmas Tree Extravaganza.

The Council then discussed the construction of the town border station.  The school has been approached to see if the shop class would be interested in building the station.  The Council approved Tony Safranski to be in charge of lining up the school or a contractor to build the town border station.  AYE: Clausen, Deschene, Gunderson, and McLean; NAY: Sundby.  Motion carried.

The Council discussed the gas expansion project to Markit.  After all figures are in, the Council will meet with Markit.

The Council approved KLJ’s invoice for construction engineering for the SRTS project and submittal to Marshall County for payment.

The Council approved Mason Sundby and Erin Anderson as new firemen on the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department.  AYE: Clausen, Gunderson, McLean, Sundby; ABSTAIN: Anthony Deschene.  Motion carried.

The Council was informed that the City Office and City Shop will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th, Veteran’s Day and on Thanksgiving Day.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering arrived at the meeting.  She came before the Council to review the CPS bill for three easements they prepared and the construction staking for the gas expansion project.    She then left the meeting.

Personnel issues were discussed.  The Council was informed that Scott Peters is the person to contact on the health board for Marshall County.  The Clerk will get in touch with him on a property they are concerned about.

The Council reviewed and approved the financial statements and the bills presented for payment with the addition of two bills.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

A letter will be sent to Wayne Feuillerat stating that the Council is not currently interested in purchasing the lots he has for sale.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

*** If you are a United Valley Bank customer and are interested in automatic withdrawal for payment of your city utilities, please stop at the City Office and fill out the necessary paper work.

*** The City of Argyle can now take credit/debit card payments.

OCTOBER 2015

In the absence of Mayor Clausen, Vice Mayor Terry Sundby called to order the October 5, 2015 Council meeting at 8:00PM.  Members present were Terry Sundby, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, and Howard McLean.  Also in attendance were Kevin Balstad and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard  McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  In Tony’s absence, Kevin Balstad attended the meeting.  Mayor Clausen arrived at the meeting.

The Council again discussed the repair of the front of the grandstand.  The idea is to knock out the old concrete, while the grandstand is supported, and put in sonno tubes where each post is and put wood in between them.  Kevin informed the Council that the center field fence needs to be repaired.  The black net that was put up catches all the wind and the posts are bending.  General consensus of the Council was to get rid of the concrete and put in heavier pipe.

Mayor Clausen opened the bids for the Ford tractor and the fogger.  Motion made and seconded to sell the tractor and fogger to the highest bidder.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits to Darrell Jacobson, shingles; Ryan Anderson, garage;  Jeff and Colleen Radeke, sidewalk; and Charles LaBine, new roof.

The Council was informed that the Group Home will want to go on city gas if they receive a grant they have applied for.

The Council reviewed information on a credit card machine. The Council approved going with the COCARD credit card machine for one year and then review.

The Council was reminded that bid opening for the gas expansion project is on October 8th at 1:00PM.

The Council discussed the cost of the larger meters for several gas accounts.  Some research will be done on previous connections to see who paid for the larger meters.

The Council approved an engineering bill from KLJ Engineering on the Safe Routes to School and its submission to the County for payment.

Melissa Knutson of CPS, Ltd. arrived a the Council meeting.  The Council approved entering into an agreement for professional services related to boundary survey and easements and drawings with CPS, Ltd.

The Council approved the Safety Committee’s recommendation to apply for an OSHA grant for the fire department.

The Council reviewed and approved pay estimate #2 from PARAS Contracting for the Safe Routes to School project and it’s submittal to the County for payment.

The Council approved by resolution the renewal of the American Legion and The Dell Steakhouse liquor licenses.

The Council approved the sale of a parcel of land to Calvin & Bonnye Sorenson.

The Council discussed the delinquent accounts.  The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The city crew will be working with plumbers to get a couple sewer services fixed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***If you are a United Valley Bank customer and are interested in automatic withdrawal for payment of your city utilities, please stop at the City Office and fill out the necessary paper work.

***Special THANKS to Lois Dufault for the donation of the book shelf to the lending library!!!

SEPTEMBER 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the September 8, 2015 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  In attendance were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, Howard McLean and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering, Julian Kostrzewski, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering presented pay request #1 from Paras Contracting and the NTI billing for testing for the SRTS project.  The Council reviewed and approved pay request #1 to Paras Contracting and the NTI billing to be submitted to Marshall County for payment.  The placement of the manhole by school by Davidson Construction was discussed.

Julian Kostrzewski came to the Council regarding his sidewalk that was removed for work on a water line.  The city will not replace the sidewalk.  Class 5 was put in and more dirt will be taken to a low spot.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council discussed repairing the front of the grandstand.  Several options were discussed.  Council members will do some more checking and are hoping to get some volunteer help with the repair.

More information will be gathered for the October meeting on the baling of cardboard with Council members checking into the coordination of bale pickup with others who now bale cardboard.

The Council reviewed the proposed budget and levy.  The Council adopted a resolution approving the proposed tax levy to be collected in 2016.  The Council adopted a resolution to approve the preliminary budget for 2016.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit of Rob Carlson for an addition to his home.

The Council discussed and agreed to do more internal drainage with the remaining dollars from the DNR.  These funds need to be spent by the end of September.

The Council discussed and motioned to advertise for sale – accepting sealed bids on the 8N Ford utility tractor and the Dyna Cloud fogger with bids accepted until October 1, 2015.

 The Council approved the State Water Connection Fee for 2015 at $6.36 per water connection to be billed on the October bill and to pay the bill from the State.

The Council approved a 50%/50% cost share for trees planted on the berm and 100% household cost on lot with homeowner planting it on lot.

The Council discussed the sale of bulk water and motioned to discontinue giving out the code to the fire hall for water sales immediately, get a new code and go back to quarters.

The Council approved advertising for a temporary part-time person to mow this fall.

The Council discussed and approved the removal of trees along Hwy. 75, which are located on property of Lindley Johnson, a city alley and Jamie Pruneda.

The Council acknowledged and approved excluded bingo activity at the Argyle Community Center for St. Rose during their bazaar on October 25, 2015.

The Council reviewed the delinquent accounts.  A delinquent account was turned off for non-payment and one was turned over to a collection agency for non-payment.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

AUGUST 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the August 3, 2015 Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council again talked about cardboard recycling.  This was tabled until the September meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit application of Don Price for a roof for his house.

The Council was informed that Tim Kekke turned down the Maintenance Worker position.  Ben McLean was called and offered the position.

The Clerk informed the Council she filled out an Enbridge grant application for the siren.  She was informed that the City received a $1,500.00 grant.

Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering arrived at the meeting.  Jon informed the Council that he went over the concerns on the Dike Project with Taggart and he feels they have addressed them.  He then presented Taggart’s final pay request.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to pay Taggart Excavating and Septic Service their final pay request and request them to reseed the areas where the grass has not grown in.

Jon informed the Council that the SRTS Project is moving along smoothly.  The Mayor signed the contract with Paras Construction.

Jon then reviewed the gas expansion project.  Only one bid was received.  The bid was rejected.

The Council discussed the gas engineering fees from KLJ Engineering.  Jon Pauna asked the Council to make a list of concerns and why they want the engineering fees lowered.  The  Council asked Jon for a clear estimate for construction engineering costs and the cost to rebid the project ASAP before we move forward.

The Council reviewed the written Summer Rec Report.  The Clerk informed the Council that the office received many compliments on the Summer Rec Employees.

The Council approved by resolution the placement of the Army asset (helicopter) on the Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The Council discussed work that needed to be done on the grandstand.  Hopefully volunteers can do the work.  This will be discussed further at the September meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The delinquent accounts and financials were reviewed.  Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

JULY 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the July 6, 2015 Council meeting at 7:00PM. Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was David Gunderson – however, he was on speaker phone during the meeting.  Also present were Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering, Lon Aune of Marshall County Hwy. Dept., Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

Jon Pauna of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that the gas project is being bid now.  The bid opening will be at the City Office on July 17th at 10:00AM.  The Council also discussed their concerns of other projects through KLJ.

Lon Aune informed the Council that additional funding was found for the SRTS grant.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Terry Sundby, to award the SRTS base bid to Paras Construction.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  The siren is up and working. Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the Maintenance Report.  The Council reviewed a bid from Hawkins to fix the chlorine head in the filter plant.  Terry Sundby and Howard McLean requested that cardboard recycling be checked into again.

The Council reviewed the Maintenance Worker applications.  Tony Safranski is the new Maintenance Supervisor.

Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the building permits of Kevin Crummy, deck; Greg Hanson, steel roof; and Nathan Dalager, kitchen remodel.

The  Council passed resolutions to revise the 2015 Appointments and one for the Argyle Firemen’s Relief Association.

There was discussion on the funding of the gas project to Markit.

The Mayor informed the Council that AACF will donate $500.00 toward extending a dugout to store equipment and supplies.

The delinquent amounts were reviewed.

Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

*** 2015 Permits for golf carts & ATVs can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.
*** Compost Site is locked due to illegal dumping.  Pickup key at City Office.  If anyone is found to be dumping outside the gate, they will be fined.
*** Safe Routes to School Project has started.  Please watch for signs and be careful for the workers.

JUNE 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the June 1, 2015 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:05PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski, Wayne Feuillerat, Meg Morley of Enbridge, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the previous minutes.  Motion carried.

Wayne Feuillerat came before the the Council to ask if they would be interested in purchasing his lots. The Council tabled the matter.

Meg Morley of Enbridge Energy addressed the Council.  She handed out a map and explained that Enbridge is replacing existing line three (3).  Meg encoraged the city to apply for grants through Enbridge.

The Council reviewed the email from engineer Jon Pauna with KLJ.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  A letter and bill will be sent to a homeowner who has not been mowing their lawn.

The Council reviewed an email from the Claims Adjuster for LMCIT regarding the woodpecker damage to the frost jacket on the water tower.  Insurance will not cover the remedial repairs and the city deductible.

 The Council approved by resolution the applications for a temporary community festival liquor license for the Argyle American Legion and The Dell Steakhouse & Lounge LLC.

The Mayor informed the Council that a group is interested in building a house on a lot owned by the city.  The Council approved having our lawyer do a title search for the property.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Gary & Jean Oen, remodel home and Scott Johnson Company, shingles for Summerfield Place.

The Council approved by resolution all donations made to the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council was reminded that the Pet Vaccination Clinic by Peterson Veterinary Clinic will be on June 2nd.  They were also reminded that bid opening for the SRTS grant will be on June 8th.

A bid from LaBine Electric, Inc. for installing nine 20A GFI’s in the Fire Hall was approved.

The Council approved providing in-kind services to the Argyle Historical Society.

The Council approved Mason Sundby as a new member on the Argyle Rescue Squad as a First Responder.

The Council approved trading in the 2011 JD mower and purchasing the 2014 mower that just went off lease.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  Delinquent accounts and financial reports were reviewed.  Delinquent accounts on payment plans that are falling behind need to be caught up or they will be turned off.  Letters will be sent.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***2015 Permits for golf carts & ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.  All need to be licensed.
***After hour payments of City utilities can be dropped off at United Valley Bank night depository.
***Call before you dig…It’s the law! 811
***Compost Site is locked due to illegal dumping. Pickup key at City Office.  If anyone is found to be dumping outside the gate, they will be fined.
***Argyle Fire Department–Aluminum can collection site is by recycling bins. Money raised will be used to purchase equipment.  NO garbage please!!

MAY 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the May 5, 2015 Council meeting at 7:30 PM.  Board members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, Terry Sundby, and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Richard Deschene, Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that MN DOT has set the bid letting for the SRTS on Monday, June 8th at 10:00 AM.  Richard Deschene requested the Council to look at the sidewalk on the east side of the Museum as it needs to be replaced.  Joel also informed the Council that their engineer working on the gas line project quit two weeks ago, so they are running behind.  The Council will review the plans and specs on Friday, May 22nd (Special meeting) to keep this project rolling.  Joel informed the Council that a letter was received form FEMA that they received the certification report.  FEMA will review the report and let us know if anything needs to be changed.  The next step after it is approved would be to compile a LOMR (Letter of Map Revision) and submit to FEMA as soon as preliminary maps go into effect.  FEMA then has 90 days to review the LOMR which will basically show that the levy is providing protection and then they issue a new map after that.  The Flood Control Project is finishing up.  Taggart still needs to touch up seeding around town.

The Council questioned the installation of the sanitary manhole by the school.  Joel stated that Davidson Construction is working in Warren now.  It is just a matter of coordination to get them up here.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  Two quotes on foggers requested by the Council at last month’s meeting were reviewed.  The Council approved purchasing a London Fogger.  The funds will come out of the General Fund.  The Council approved bids for repairs from Electric Pump to the KSB and Flygt 3hp pumps.  Also approved a bid from Fusion Automation on remote access upgrade for the filter plant.

The Council adopted a resolution to update the wording in Working Hours in the Personnel Policy.  The Council approved a monthly cell phone allowance for one year for the city crew.  The Council approved hiring Jon Gryskiewicz for the Summer Help position.

The Council approved the building permits of Sandy Magnusson, remodel bathroom; Mark Hendrickson, shingles; Arlene Robertson, siding; Shear Designs, remodel salon; Bruce Chwialkowski, window replacement; Randy Keranen, storage building; and Anita Anderson, window replacement.  The Council was informed that two delinquent accounts were turned over to a collection agency.

The Council was informed that the City Office & City Shop will be closed on May 25th, Memorial Day.

A letter regarding NWMN Multi-County Housing & Redevelopment Authority issuing Pooled Housing Revenue Refunding Bonds.  The Council approved a resolution approving the issuing of refunding bonds and authorizing the execution and delivery of a second amendment to lease.

The Council was informed that the Pet Vaccination Clinic will be held on June 2nd at the City Shop.

The Council approved a lease agreement with Evergreen Implement of Warren, Minnesota for a period of one year for a new John Deere X734 tractor and mower.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment, delinquent accounts and financial reports.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

APRIL 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the April 6, 2015 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Charles Hammerback, Don Parent, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Brian Opsahl from Brady, Martz, and Associates presented the 2014 audit to the Council.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that the gas project is pretty much complete.  Next step is to get the temporary and permanent easements.  David asked for a more detailed plan of materials.  The Council approved bidding of project contingent upon the review and approval of the plan specs and estimates.

The Safe Routes to School was approved through MNDOT – waiting to get bid package back from them.  When they received, they will advertise the project.

Certification for the dike will be sent in.  FEMA has 90 days to provide acceptance or questions.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Reviewed a mosquito fogger quote and asked for another quote for next meeting.

Howard will talk to Darrell to see if he ordered an oil pump for the tractor. The Council approved Tri-Steel to machine the red pump and put in a standard seal.  A bid from Fusion Automation was reviewed and the Council asked for a bid on a new program for the filter plant.  Council asked Don to get prices on a used or rebuilt 15 hp pump for the next meeting.

Charles Hammerback asked the Council when the paperwork would be finished for the sales of his lots to the city.  Vicki will contact the lawyers to get this sale completed.

The Council reviewed the written Working Hours section of the Personnel Policy as discussed last month.

Don Parent informed the Council that his back gate will be locked at all times – when he was gone someone broke windows in his garage, killed some of his pigeons, let his dog out, and broke yard ornaments.

The Council approved going with Verizon for City cell phones.

The Council reviewed and approved hiring Summer Rec and Summer Help employees.

Mayor Clausen informed the Council that a group of Argyle individuals has been working with a firm out of Detroit Lakes on building a medium income priced housing.

The Council approved the following building permits: Carl & Yvonne Kroll, windows; Luke Omodt, fence; Doris LaBine, remodel living room.

The Council approved the AFD ambulance committee to purchase an ambulance.

The Council approved the Mayor to sign the ACH Origination Agreement with United Valley Bank for direct deposit of the five employees payroll checks.

The Council approved the bid from LaBine Electric for the outlet on the fire hall balcony wall.

The Council approved Marshall County applying calcium chloride for dust control on the areas mapped by the City.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment and the delinquent accounts.

The Council approved the purchase of an Omnidirectional Mechanical Siren from Federal Signal Corporation.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***The AFD is asking for recipes for their upcoming cookbook.  Please turn in your recipes in honor of or in memory of a current of past AFD firemen.  Turn in to the City Office by May 15, 2015. ***

MARCH 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the March 2, 2015 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Terry Sundby.  Absent was Tony Deschene.  Also attending were Tamara Benitt, Tony Safranski, and Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering.

Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Howard McLean, to approve the Maintenance Report.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering discussed SRTS grant.  Bidding will be done within 5 weeks for both the gas project to Markit Grain and the SRTS grant.

A pay schedule was adopted for all employees.  The personnel policy was reviewed and some changes were made.  Vicki is checking on new cell phone plans.

Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve gambling premises on March 28, 2015 at the Argyle American Legion for the Argyle Lions Club with no waiting period.  Abstained: Terry Sundby

The City Office & City Shop will be closed on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.

Auditors from Brady, Martz & Associates were in the office on February 17 & 18.  They will be at the April meeting.

The Board of Appeal & Equalization will be held in May.

Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Howard McLean, to not donate to the Post Prom Party or Marshall County Fair Board.  Abstained: David Gunderson

Motion by Terry Sundby, second by David Gunderson, to approved Jim Yutrzenka’s building permit for shingling house and garage.

Motion by David Gunderson, second by Terry Sundby, to advertise for the Summer Rec positions in the Messenger for two weeks with the deadline being April 1st and any returning employee will receive a $.50/hour raise.

Motion by David Gunderson, second by Terry Sundby, to advertise for the Summer Help positions in the Messenger for two weeks with the deadline being April 1st and any returning employee will receive a $.50/hour raise.

Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Howard McLean, to pay the present bills. Delinquent accounts were reviewed.

The Council approved purchasing lots from Charles Hammerback in Bradford Addition.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

FEBRUARY 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the February 2, 2015 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed an email received from Joel Paulson from KLJ Engineering as they did not attend the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council then discussed City Code Chapter 3, Section 3.15, Subd 5: ” Right of Entry.  The City has the right to enter in and upon private property, including buildings and dwelling houses, in or upon which is installed a municipal utility, or connection therewith, at all times reasonable under the circumstances, for the purpose of reading utility meters, for the purpose of inspection and repair of meters or a utility system, or any part thereof, and for the purpose of connecting and disconnecting service.”

The Council reviewed a Step Pay Chart.  The Council set a Special meeting to go over the pay information on like cities (population and utilities).  The Council also discussed making a change to comp time.  This needs to be done in the personnel policy.

Rob Volker arrived at the meeting.  He informed the Council that he is concerned about safety and security as there are a lot of dark areas with no lighting in town.  He stated that he talked to Ed Heggen and had Otter Tail Power put a street light on the pole in the alley behind his home.  It costs Rob $7.10/month.  If there is an existing pole, that is the only cost installed and wired and you have to have it for one year.  If a pole needs to be installed, it gets quite costly.  The Council reviewed the current city OTP bill for street lights and it is quite costly ( $1,360 last month).  General consensus of the Council was to put the information in the Scoop and inform the residents about the costs of the lighting, however, at this time, the city is not interested in installing any additional street lighting.  Rob then left the meeting.

The Council discussed the cell phone plan, reviewed the current bill, and will further discuss it at the March meeting before the contract is up in May.

The Council approved purchasing two (2) Acroprint Bio Touch Time Clocks.

The Council discussed the Tobacco Free Park Policy that was explained by Helen Anderson of Quin Community Health Services last month and decided not to do a policy.

The Council approved the building permit of Jason Yutrzenka for a bathroom remodel.

The Council was informed that the City Office & City Shop will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

The Council approved Brett Thompson and Erin Anderson for training only with the AFD and to be covered on insurance and also approve the 2015 AFD officers.

The Council reviewed a Code of Conduct.  The Council reviewed the personnel policy and the code of conduct, make any changes and go over at the March meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***PLEASE KEEP ALL GATES OPEN AND FREE OF SNOW SO METERS CAN BE READ!!! ****

A reminder from the Argyle Gas Department to keep snow cleared from your gas meter and vent.  A dangerous condition exists should your gas meter and vent become blocked with snow.  Please keep checking this until the snow melts.

If you would be interested in putting a light on an existing pole in an alley near your home and paying for it ($7.10/month), contact Otter Tail Power Company 1-800-257-4044.

JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER: Garbage containers must have proper handles.  Per City Ordinance: Max size container is 30 gallons and 50 pound weight limit.  Your garbage must be INSIDE the container with a cover securely place on top of the container.

REMINDER: 2015 permits for golf carts and ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.  All need to be licensed with the city.

JANUARY 2015

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the January 5, 2015 City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  The oath of office was taken by David Gunderson and Howard McLean.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The written Maintenance Report was reviewed and approved by the Council.

The Council discussed where gas could be brought from to the Marshall County Group Home.  Joel Paulson arrived at the meeting.  Brent Riopelle is also interested in finding out what his cost would be to hook up to city gas.  Don will work on the costs.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering presented Taggart’s pay request #4 and also change order #4.  The change order and pay request were reviewed and approved by the Council.  This will be sent to the DNR for reimbursement.  Joel then updated the Council on the Safe Routes to Schools grant.  It is now designed and will work with MN DOT on a date to bid out.  KLJ acquired the survey for the gas line and it will now go to the designers – hope to have draft plans for February meeting.  Joel then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed the rental & fee schedule.  No changes were made to the Appointments and Council Committees.  After some discussion, changes were made to the rental schedule.  The Council approved a $5.00 permit fee for golf carts/ATV’s. The updated annual designations, appointments, rental & fee schedules was approved by resolution.

Helen Anderson explained to the Council the Quin Community Health Services Tobacco-Free Communities grant.  She requested the Council to review the information and adopt a Tobacco-Free Parks policy.  General consensus of the Council was to discuss this further at the February meeting.  Helen then left the meeting.

Rob Clausen representing the AFD went over the 2014 calls with the Council.  There were two new firemen in 2014.  Rob will type it into a spreadsheet.  This pay call will be added to the bills presented for payment tonight.  Rob then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed the rate schedule and the Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet.  After discussion, the Council approved by resolution the 2015 utility rates with no rate increases.

A safety grant for the siren was denied.  They encouraged the city to apply for items for the safety of city employees.

The Council approved by resolution coverage changes to LMCIT’s Optional No-fault Sewer Backup Coverage.

The Council approved bringing city gas to the Marshall County Group Home’s property line if they decide to hook up to city gas.

The Council approved excluded bingo activity at St. Rose Church for the Marshall County Group Homes, Inc. on March 1, 2015.

The Council denied giving a donation to Reach Out for Warmth from Tri-Valley.

The City Office and Shop will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

The Council reviewed and approved a letter of understanding from Brady, Martz, & Associates to perform the city audit.

The Council approved a Sunday Liquor License for Hogberg-Gerszewski Post 353 of the American Legion.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment. The Council also reviewed the delinquent accounts.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***REMINDER***  2015 permits for golf carts and ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office of $5.00.  All need to be licensed with the City.

DECEMBER 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the Truth-In-Taxation meeting.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Terry Sundby, Anthony Deschene, and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  No one from the public attended.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Anthony Deschene, to adjourn the Truth-in-Taxation meeting.  Motion carried.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the December 1, 2014 Council meeting at 7:10PM.  The Council approved the minutes of the previous meetings.

Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering updated the Council on the Flood Mitigation Project, the certification report, the gas survey, and the Safe Routes to School grant.  The Council approved the manhole replacement in the alley by the school to be done by Davidson Construction ASAP.  Justin then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the Maintenance Report.  The Council approved the city crew to dig & repair a curb stop, and call in Davidson’s if they have trouble.

The Council adopted a resolution to approve not offering medical insurance stipend and provide the benefit of Other Retention Pay in compliance with Affordable Care Act statutes and League of Minnesota Cities recommendations effective immediately.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the 2015 Levy and Budget.

The Council reviewed the applications submitted for the open Maintenance Worker position.  Interviews will be held on December 6th.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit application of St. Germain Creations for sidewalk, door & building repair.

The Council was informed that the digital speed signs are installed.  The Council reviewed a letter from the LMC regarding the no-fault sewer backup coverage.  General consensus of the Council was to table this until the January meeting.

The Council discussed a request from Marshall County Group Home to be supplied city gas.  Measurements will be taken to find the most cost effective way and it will be discussed at the January meeting.

The Council decided to not hire a skating rink attendant this winter, and have the City Crew check on it and if there is any abuse to lock up the warming house.

 The Council approved by resolution the donations to the Argyle Fire Department and hte 2015 Argyle Fire Department budget, and Dependent Care FSA through SelectAccount.

The City Office & City Shop will be closed on Wednesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 25th, Christmas Day, and Thursday, January 1st for New Years Day.

The Council reviewed the lease option for a new copier and the buyout of the current copier.  The Council approved the lease of a new copier from Marco.

The Council reviewed quotes on two different time clocks.  General consensus of the Council was to check on-line pricing and review at the January Council meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The Council reviewed the delinquent accounts, the profit & loss statement and the account balances.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

NOVEMBER 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the November 3, 2014 City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members attending were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll, Don Parent, Ron Ginter and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

To accommodate those in attendance, the Mayor let Don Parent address the Council.  Don had a list of concerns which he went over with the Council.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that Taggart is currently taking care of the punch list items.  The contract is up with the DNR at the end of December.  The Council needs to decide if they want to pursue an additional drainage project or else the money will go back to the state.  Another survey needs to be done this fall if the city is going to pursue the interior drainage issue.  This project can be carried over into next year, if we have an approved plan in place by the end of November.  The Council approved pursuing additional interior drainage work to be paid for with DNR grant dollars.  Joel stated that KLJ will move into the certification process this winter, but first a risk and uncertainty study and modeling will need to be done.  The Council approved the Mayor signing an engineer owner agreement for HEC FDA risk and uncertainty study including modeling.

Joel then updated the Council on the gas project.  The Council approved moving forward with the gas project (bidding, design, survey and environmental work).

The Council discussed the sidewalk ramp by St. Germain Creations.  The Council approved paying for their 30% share for the panels and labor, if they install them, or if they don’t put them in, the city will not pay anything and they will be replaced during the SRTS grant.

The Council reviewed bids from McGuire Iron and Water Tower Clean & Coat for painting the water tower.  The matter was tabled.

The Council accepted the resignation of Lowell Engen.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Wade & Kim St. Germain, house addition; Douglas Hangslaben, shingle & soffit garage.

The Council approved to canvass the votes on Friday morning, November 7th at 7:00AM.

New faceplates for the digital speed signs were ordered to be compliant with the black on white regulatory signing protocol.  They will be installed when they arrive.

The City Office and City Shop will be closed Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day and November 27th Thanksgiving Day.

Austin Sundby was approved as a new member of the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council approved the Mayor signing the Solid Waste Disposal Management Agreement with the City of Grand Forks for city refuse that is hauled to their landfill by Northern Sanitation.

The Clerk will check into the next deadline for submittal of the safety grant through the Minnesota Dept. of Labor & Industry and resubmit.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

OCTOBER 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the October 7, 2014 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, and Terry Sundby.  Absent were Anthony Deschene and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed two (2) emails from Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering updating the Council on the SRTS grant and an explanation of change order #3 from Taggart Excavating & Septic Service.  The Council approved change order #3 and to have the Mayor sign it.

The Council was informed that Pat Lynch of the DNR will be here on Thursday to do a walk-through of the flood mitigation project.

Cardboard recycling was tabled.

The Council discussed the coulee that runs through property west of the old Better Built building.  The Council will check out the coulee to make sure the water runs west to the railroad tracks.

The Council tabled pay negotiations until the November meeting when a full Council will be in attendance.

The Council approved by resolution the renewal of the American Legion and The Dell Steakhouse liquor licenses.

The Council reviewed and approved the written maintenance report.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Joseph Tulibaski, shingles, siding, windows; Howard McLean, driveway; Our Saviors Lutheran Church, shingles & storage shed; Glenn Stoltman, shingling & roof repair; Jeff & Drue Beaudry, bedroom addition; Lynn Sundby, landscaping; and Your Home Improvement Company for Carl and Yvonne Kroll, window and patio door.

The Council reviewed the Safety Committees recommendation to apply for the Safety Hazard abatement grant through the Department of Labor & Industry for a siren.  The Clerk will fill out the grant and send it in.

The Council reviewed information from the City attorney received from the Attorney General regarding the city’s golf cart & ATV ordinance.

The Council reviewed and approved certifying unpaid utilities to Marshall County to be collected as property taxes.  The Council approved the shut off utilities of a delinquent account.

The Council was informed that the Cold Weather Rule will take effect on October 15, 2014.

The Council acknowledge and approved excluded bingo activity at the Argyle Community Center for St. Rose during their Bazaar on October 26, 2014.

The Council was reminded that the General Election is on November 4th, 2014.

The Clerk informed the Council that the digital speed signs were ordered September 11, 2014 and are scheduled to ship on or before October 20, 2014.

The Council set the Truth-in-Taxation hearing for December 1, 2014 at 7:00pm with a continuation hearing date of December 8, 2014 if necessary.

The Council was informed of recycling options available through MarKit.  The city has a contract with Waste Management through August 31, 2016.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.

Delinquent accounts were reviewed by the Council.  Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

SEPTEMBER 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the September 2, 2014 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that the project is 80% complete. The Council reviewed Taggart’s 3rd pay request and approved paying it.  There will be another change order.  Justin updated the Council on Hwy. 75 drainage, work to be done by the school by Davidson Construction and the Safe Routes to School project.  He also informed the Council that KLJ will be putting together a contract (design) for a new reg station.  Justin left the meeting.

Cardboard recycling was tabled until the October meeting.

The Council was informed that the Przybylski family is interested in selling their lots west of Jon Deschene’s.

The Council reviewed several quotes on digital radar signs from Traffic Safety Corp. and approved purchasing two electric digital radar signs- one that the Lions have agreed to pay for.

The Council reviewed two bids for a new Erskine 960FM snow blower and approved purchasing it from Evergreen Implement Company.

The Council reviewed the Summer Rec. transportation fees from SAC.  The Council approved paying the bus log mileage kept by Hayden Sczepanski and for Type III mileage.

The Council reviewed the proposed budget and levy.  The Council adopted a resolution approving the proposed tax levy to be collected in 2015.  The Council adopted a resolution to approve the preliminary budget for 2015.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved the following building permits: Lorrayne Yutrzenka, roof repair; Helen Gruhot, repair gutters; Gordy Elleftson, shingle roof; Gordon Jorgenson, shingle, garage doors, shed doors, shed roof repair; Leonard Jacobson, shingle garage; Jason & Dawn Hoeper, shingle; Joel St. Germain, landscaping; Tim & Lisa Kekke, remodeling; and Kevin Zacha, shingles, garage door, window and remodel.

The Council approved the renewal and fees for Vicki Tulibaski to remain a notary.

The Council approved the hiring of Gary Durand to mow.

The Council approved the State Water Connection Fee for 2014 at $6.36 per water connection to be billed on the October bill and to pay the bill from the State.

The Council approved spending $1,500.00 on replacement trees on city property this fall.  The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

FYI: As of 6/12/14, no person shall operate a motorized golf cart, all-terrain vehicle or mini-truck on streets, alleys, sidewalks or other public property without obtaining a permit from the City of Argyle.  Must be 16 years old.

Argyle Fire Department Aluminum Can Collection Site—- By recycling bins —-The money raised will be used to purchase equipment. — No garbage PLEASE!!

AUGUST 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the August 4, 2014 Council meeting at 7:00PM. Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Vicki gave an economic development report.  The Council discussed advertising for a new economic developer.  General consensus of the Council was to see how things go for now.  The need is more for a grant writer.  The fire department currently contracts with a grant writer.

Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that the construction project is 70% complete.  There were two improvements added as change orders for correcting interior drainage.  They were approved by the DNR to use the grant money.  The Council approved change orders 1 & 2 and for the Mayor to sign them.  Justin explained that all the pipe is in the ground and what is left is asphalt paving, re-grading ditches and re-seeding.  The Council then discussed drainage along Hwy. 75 by the fertilizer plant.  Justin will be checking with MN DOT and the Corp to see if this can be done through the project.

The Council approved paying Taggart Excavating’s pay request.

Justin informed the Council that MN DOT is still waiting to hear from Burlington Northern on the Safe Routes to School grant.  Justin then left the meeting.

Cardboard recycling and digital speed signs were tabled until the September meeting.

The Council reviewed two bids for painting the water tower.  Don will check with the companies to find out more information and Anthony will check with more vendors when he attends a meeting in Waconia in September.  This will be discussed at the October meeting.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  The Council discussed the placement of another grain bin on the north side of town.  The written Maintenance Report was approved.

Snow blower bids were reviewed by the Council.  A detailed breakdown of the bids will be reviewed at the September meeting.

The Council approved putting new bearings and an oil pump into the Ford utility tractor.

The Council approved the building permits of Janet LaBine, deck; Richard Deschene, garage doors & paint gables; Kevin Crummy, siding & roof on utility garage; Anglewood Builders (for Dean Anderson), siding, roofing, doors & windows; and Daniel Johnson, fence.

The Council reviewed and approved the 2014 Summer Rec Report from Hayden Sczepanski and also approved paying Hayden for the 2nd half of his contract.

The Council approved Vicki Tulibaski, City Clerk to sign and return to David Drown and Associates the Engagement Letter.

The Council approved accepting BNSF Railway offer for the permanent closure of DOT 081403K crossing ( to wastewater ponds) and for the Mayor to sign the acceptance.

The Council reviewed and approved additional program income funds that were spent on the housing rehabs.

The bills were reviewed and approved for payment.  The delinquent accounts and financial reports were reviewed by the Council.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

JULY 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the July 7, 2014 City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, and Terry Sundby.  Absent were Anthony Deschene and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll, Paul Bergeron, Jim Fagerholt of MarKit County Grain, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous June meetings.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed and accepted a letter of resignation from Colleen Radeke.  Colleen stated she would not accept pay for May and June, but would accept $500.00 for work she did while she was in Minneapolis.  The Council approved paying Colleen $500.00.

Cardboard recycling and digital radar signs were tabled until the August meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Meet Your Neighbor Day went very well.  Don informed the Council that over 70 Canadian Red Cherry trees have been removed.  The Council reviewed a quote from McGuire Iron for painting the water tower.  Don will bring another bid and the Council will review them in August.  A bid for a six (6) inch water meter for the filter plant was reviewed and approved by the Council.

Justin Sailer reviewed the Flood Control project with the Council.  KLJ has received the 1st pay request from Taggart Construction.  The Council approved paying the 1st pay request upon Taggart Construction receiving approval of their SWPPP from MPCA.  Justin informed the Council about the progress on the SRTS grant.  Anthony Deschene arrived at the meeting.  Justin handed out a memo and map from Joel regarding the water main and sanitary sewer service for B.I.L. Mfg new building.  This matter was tabled until a reply is received from the Przybylski family.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits: Craig Sundby, extend driveway; Chad Lundeen, window replacement; Argyle American Legion, new roof, siding on east wall, door, sidewalks; Robert Clausen, bathroom; Ron & Julie Magnusson, remodel kitchen; Brett Thompson, fence; Aurelia Kujawa, driveway.

The Council approved by resolution the benefit level for years of service on the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council approved by resolution the following election judges for 2014: Kathleen Riopelle, Judy Yutrzenka, Julie Magnusson, and Julie LaBine.

The Council approved by resolution re-zoning and eight-acre parcel from residential to industrial and referred it to the Planning Commission for a recommendation.

The Council approved by resolution that the remaining funds in the city Veterans Memorial Park Fund be donated to the Argyle American Legion Veterans Memorial Park Fund.  Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering arrived at the meeting.  Scot Hoeper arrived at the meeting.

Joel Paulson explained to the Council the increased cost of the gas line survey for MarKit County Grain done by KLJ Engineering. Joel will get info from Lake Park’s gas expansion and bring to the Council for review.  The Council will work on the plans for gas expansion to MarKit Grain.

Scot Hoeper on behalf of the Argyle Fire Relief Association informed the Council that they did well in their investments.  They set the benefit at $600.00/years of service.  They will need no municipal contribution. Scot then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed the current Utility Budget Payment Plan Agreement.  After a long discussion the Council approved by resolution a revised Utility Budget Payment Plan Agreement.

The Council was informed that David Gunderson and Howard McLean’s terms are up.  Filing for the two Council positions begins July 29th and closes on August 8th.

The Council reviewed the financial reports and bills presented for payment.  The bills were approved for payment.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

JUNE 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the June 2, 2014 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Tracee Bruggeman of Brady Martz & Associates, Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.

Tracee Bruggeman of Brady Martz & Associates reviewed the 2013 audit with the Council.  The Council approved the 2013 audit.

Colleen did not attend the meeting.  Jeff will take Colleen’s files to her in the Cities on June 20th and she will work from the Cities.  The “Argyle” paper will be mailed this week.

An Argyle Gas Distribution Feasibility Study was reviewed by Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering with the Council.  The Council will discuss the extension of the gas line to MarKit again at the July meeting.

The Mayor signed the Agreement between Owner and Contractor and the Notice to Proceed on the flood hazard mitigation project with Taggart Construction.  A pre-construction meeting on the project will be held this week.

Burlington Nothern is getting cost estimates for the pedestrian crossing light on 3rd Street and will then send off to MN DOT for approval and they will draw up an agreement.

The Council revised their plan to add onto the pole shed for cardboard baler.  They are now looking into using a portion of the pole shed.

The golf cart ordinance was again tabled.

The Council approved Temporary Community Festival Liquor Licenses for the Argyle American Legion and The Dell Steakhouse & Lounge for Meet Your Neighbor Day.

The Council reviewed the following building permits: Duane & Marion Pagnac, deck; Mark Hendrickson, update garage; Gertrude & Ernest Jorgenson, shingles, siding, & windows; Gary Tonkin, windows; Paul and Anita Braizer, doors, windows, roof & garage door; Farmers Union Oil Co., 45,000 gallon propane tank; Lowell & Jennifer Engen, new home and Julie LaBine, roof on garage.  The Council discussed if there are specific regulations that Farmers Union Oil should be meeting with the placement of another tank.  The Clerk was directed to check with our ordinances and the League of Minnesota Cities.  The Council approved the building permits with the exception of the permit of Farmers Union Oil Company until it is found that they meet all the regulations.

The Council was informed that S/A/C will be charging $1.00 per mile for the use of the school bus for Summer Rec.  This will cover the cost of gas and maintenance for the bus.  The Mayor signed the agreement.

The Council approved by resolution donations to the Argyle Fire Department and the Veteran’s Memorial Park funds.

An extension was granted for 30 days to Aaron Oberg to clean up his yard and license his vehicles.

The Council was informed that he City Lawyer is drawing up an ordinance to zone land commercial that is currently farmland.

The Council is waiting for a reply from the Przybylski family to purchase some land.

The Council approved the purchase of a fiberglass tank from St. Hiliare Supply.

Terry Sundby will bring two bids for digital speed signs to the July meeting for the Council to review.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

FYI:  As of 6/12/14, no person shall operate a motorized golf cart, all-terrain vehicle or mini-truck on streets, alleys, sidewalks or other public property without obtaining a permit from the City of Argyle.  Must be 16 years old. Ordinance in 6/12/14 Messenger or available at City Office.  

MAY 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the Local Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting on May 5, 2014 at 6:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Russ Steer and David Clark representing Marshall County and Vicki Tulibaski.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Russ Steer stated that there was no market in Argyle as it takes six (6) sales to make a market.  Terry Sundby arrived at the meeting.  There were no adjustments made in the city.  There were fewer sales, but they were higher than usual.  No one from the public attended the meeting.  The meeting was adjourned.

Mayor Clausen called to order the May 5, 2014 Argyle City Council meeting.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Lynn Sundby, Jaden Sundby, Chad Swanson, Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

No report from Colleen.  Colleen has asked for a leave of absence as her mother is sick.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approved a paid leave of absence for Colleen Radeke until July 1st.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed the materials bid and the electrical bid for ad addition onto the city pole shed.  The baler the Council discussed last month sold.  No bids for labor were received.  General consensus of the Council was to table the matter until the June meeting.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering informed the Council that bids were opened on Friday for the Flood Mitigation Project.  The Council passed a resolution accepting the bid of Taggart Excavating & Septic Service Newfolden, Minnesota.

Joel stated that the Corp recommends putting property markers out where the easements are for the levy.  This was tabled until the June meeting.

Joel then updated the Council on the SRTS project.  The Council approved entering into an agreement with Marshall County for the SRTS project.

Darin Potucek and Bill Szklarski representing B.I.L. Manufacturing came before the Council to request the land they are purchasing from the Przbylski family be zoned commercial.  The Council granted their request.

Lynn Sundby, Chad Swanson, and Jaden Sundby came before the Council to inform them that the Argyle Lions would like to have digital speed signs to slow traffic down coming through Argyle.  They would be willing to purchase a sign.  Howard will line up the portable sign from MN DOT.  General consensus was that the Lions would purchase a sign and the City would purchase a sign.

Sealed bids for furnaces for the filter plant were opened and the bid was awarded to Rominski Plumbing & Heating.

The Council reviewed a letter from Mick Rapacz requesting help with removal of Canada red cherry trees on the berms this spring before they leaf out and replacement trees.  The Council approved the city crew helping with removal of the trees and to work with the Park Board on planting new trees.  The Council then discussed the hanging baskets and someone to water them.  Howard stated he would water the hanging baskets until someone is found.  An ad will be placed in the Messenger looking for someone to water the baskets.  This is a paid position.

The Council approved a lease agreement with Evergreen Implement of Warren, Minnesota for a period of one year for a new John Deere X734 tractor and mower.

The Council approved the purchase of the 2005 International at Valley Truck & Trailer and having the frame stretched.

John Novacek & Justin McMahon from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept. attended the Council meeting.  The Council informed the Sheriff that they were concerned about the high speed car chase that went through Argyle.  John stated that an officer was talked to and his officers use due diligence.  John then discussed the golf carts/ATV ordinance.  John previously reviewed the ordinance written by our lawyer.  John will visit with the City Attorney on the ordinance and this will be discussed at our next meeting.  The condition of Aaron Oberg’s yard was discussed.  A letter will be sent to Aaron Oberg to clean up his yard and to remove the boards and basketball hoop from the City street and the boats from the alley.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council approved by resolution a Sign Retroreflectivity Policy.

The Council reviewed and approved the following building permits: Austin Sundby, new house; Brent Riopelle, garage remodel; Carol Michalek, remodel; Zach Beaudry, new house; and Mick Rapacz, bathroom remodel.

The Council was informed that the City Office and City Shop will be closed on Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day.

The Council reviewed a letter from the Community Club.  The next Community Club is May 14th at 6:45PM at The Dell.  They need more help, or there won’t be a Meet Your Neighbor Day.

The Council denied a request to mow grass for Wikstrom.

The Council reviewed the financial reports and  bills.  The bills presented for payment were approved.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***Call Gopher One at 811 before you dig***

APRIL 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the April 7, 2014 Council meeting at 7:00 pm at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Lowell Engen, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Absent was Colleen Radeke.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering reported on the SRTS project in Argyle.  The project could possibly start this fall, however, if all the permits are not in place, the project will begin next summer.  Joel will have more information at the May Council meeting.  He also reported that all the permit clearances have been received through the Corp of Engineers and the flood control project is ready to bid out.  The Council approved advertising for bids for the flood control project and set the bid deadline and opening for May 2nd and for the bid to be awarded at the May 5th Council meeting.  Joel stated that KLJ will start sending portions of the levy certification to FEMA.  Joel stated that on the gas project KLJ will include cost estimate for construction costs.

Howard McLean reported to the Council his findings on a cardboard baler and cardboard recycling program in Cavalier.  The Clerk was instructed to get more information and it will be discussed further at the May Meeting.

The Council reviewed bids received for furnaces at the filter plant.  The Council discussed and approved Don to write up a spec for two furnaces and advertise for sealed bids due by 4:00 PM May 5th to be opened and awarded at the May 5, 2014 Council meeting.

The Council reviewed an email and ordinance Regulating the Use of Special Vehicles, Motorized Golf Carts, Class 1 All-Terrain Vehicle and Mini-Trucks drawn up by Richard Lee of Brink, Sobolik, Severson, Malm & Albrecht.  After a lengthy discussion, the matter was tabled until the May meeting.

The Council reviewed the applicants for the Summer Rec Program Director/Head Coach and Assistant Coach position and approved hiring Hayden Sczepanski as Summer Rec Program Director/Head Coach and Carly Safranski as Assistant Coach.  The Council reviewed the applicants for the Summer Worker positions and approved rehiring Dylan Bergeron and Katie Guetter.  The Council approved rehiring Tom Tulibaski as the bus driver for the Summer Rec Program.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit application of Mark & Lisa Larson to remodel a bathroom.

The Council approved Don’s recommendation to contract with Marshall County Hwy. Dept. to put calcium chloride on the same areas as last year.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  A voucher from Anthony Deschene for mileage and meal to attend the Board of Appeal & Equalization training in Bemidji was also approved.

The Council reviewed the delinquent accounts and financial reports.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

MARCH 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the March 17, 2014 Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Terry Sundby and Anthony Deschene.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Colleen did not attend the Council meeting.  The Council reviewed her written report.

Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering handed out and explained the new design for the SRTS (Safe Routes to Schools) grant.  BNSF will require permits.  The Council approved submitting the project memorandum with the new design and have MN DOT start contracting BNSF and get the permit process going.

Justin also reported that their environmental group is working on finalizing the permits through the Corp for dike recertification.  A couple revisions need to be made and then KLJ will begin advertising this project for bids and possibly opening bids in the next month and a half.  The Council also approved having KLJ do a study for pipeline sizing recommendation for a gas line to MarKit Grain.

The Council reviewed information on cardboard recycling.  More information will be gathered and discussed further at the next Council meeting.

The Council discussed gas rates as there is a lack of gas in storage which is driving the price of gas up.  This was tabled.

The Council discussed and approved advertising for two summer help positions to work from the end of May thru August working Tuesday to Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM at $9.00/hour and Summer Rec Director/Head Coach at $2,750/contract, and Assistant Coach at $9.00/hour, bus driver at $15.00/hour.

A leak at the well pump was repaired.  The Council approved a bid to replace the pump and motor at the well house.  The Maintenance Report was reviewed and approved by the Council.

Signs have been posted around town and a message was put on cable TV for Argyle residents to monitor the temperature of their water.

New furnaces for the filter plant were discussed.  One bid was reviewed and more bids will be asked for to be reviewed at the next Council meeting.

The Council approved moving forward with an ordinance on golf cart usage in Argyle.

The Council approved the building permit for Chad and Tina Swanson for completion of their bonus room.

The Council reviewed a letter from the Marshall County Fair for donations and moved to not donate to them.  David Gunderson abstained.

The Council was informed of a catch-up training in March for Board of Appeal and Equalization.  Anthony Deschene will check into it.

The Council approved Luke Omodt as a new member of the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council reviewed and denied a donation request from the Post Prom Party.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The profit and loss report was reviewed by the Council.  Delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

FEBRUARY 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Public Hearing on February 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, and Howard McLean.  Absent were David Gunderson and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Teri Osterman of MRWA, Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll, Colleen Radeke, and Vicki Tulibaski.

Teri Osterman of MRWA went through the wellhead protection plan with the Council.  The Council approved the amended Wellhead Protection Plan and it’s resubmission to the State.  Teri left the meeting. The Public Hearing was closed and the Mayor opened the council meeting.  The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering handed out and went over three options for the Safe Routes to School grant.  These options will be discussed at the next Council meeting after KLJ gets confirmation of what MnDot will pay for by the railroad crossings.

Joel updated the Council on the latest information received from FEMA on the dike certification.  The level of the levy across the field will not have to be raised.  KLJ will need to do a Risk Based Analysis for Flood Damage Reduction Study.

KLJ received verbal approval of Section 408 permit.  Once they get the written approval letter, they will work on advertising for bids.

The Council discussed cardboard recycling.  The Clerk will check with the City of Cavalier as they have done a cardboard recycling program for years.

The Council reviewed and approved the Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the 2014 utility rates.  The Clerk will contact area cities to find out their commercial gas rates.

The Council approved Dillon Erickson as a new member of the Argyle Fire Department.  They also approved the Argyle Fire Department Officers for 2014.

The Council reviewed a letter from the Marshall County Assessor’s Office regarding a True-County Assessor System.

After some discussion on the date of the March Council meeting was moved to March 11th.

The Council reviewed letters requesting donations to the Marshall County Historical Society and the Food Shelf.  Both requests were denied.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The Council reviewed the profit & loss and the delinquent accounts.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

A REMINDER TO ALL GAS CUSTOMERS:
A reminder from the Argyle Gas Department to keep snow cleared from your gas meter and vent.  A dangerous condition exists should your gas meter and vent become blocked with snow.  Please keep checking this until the snow melts.

JANUARY 2014

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the January 6, 2014 City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Rob Clausen representing the AFD was added to the agenda.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Economic Developer Colleen Radeke, Tony Safranski, Don Parent, Rob Clausen, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

Rob Clausen secretary of the Argyle Fire Department handed out the 2013 report on AFD activities.  There were a total of 70 calls of which 48 were medical and 22 were fire calls.  There were 27 people that went our on these calls.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering went over the Miscellaneous Professional Services Agreement with the Council.  Joel stated the agreement would be good for one (1) year.  Joel then moved on to discuss the SRTS grant.  Joel also handed out a revised Flood Hazard Mitigation project schedule.  Joel then left the meeting.

Don Parent came before the Council with a number of concerns.  He went over them with the Council.  Rob Clausen and Colleen Radeke left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

Colleen Radeke left the meeting before the Council could go over the 2014 work agreement with her.  This matter was tabled until the February meeting.

The Council reviewed and updated and approved the 2014 Appointment & Rental & Fee Schedule.

The Council reviewed the current rate schedule.  After some discussion on cardboard recycling, the Council tabled the rate schedule approval until the February meeting – Council members will check on several businesses that recycle cardboard and report at the February meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the mayor to sign a letter of understanding from Brady, Martz & Associates to perform the city audit.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Todd Pederson, remodel; St. Rose, elevator; and Jerry & Patsy Whitlow, insulate & sheet garage.

The City Office & Shop will be closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

The Council approved excluded bingo activity for the Marshall County Group Homes, Inc. on January 26, 2014.

The Council approved an additional five (5) lights to be updated in the City Shop.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The Council reviewed the profit & loss and the delinquent accounts.

Howard McLean informed the Council that he spoke with Bill Pirkl of the MN Dept. of Traffic Control out of Bemidji regarding availability of a digital speed sign.  General consensus of the Council was for Howard to set up the use of a sign this spring/summer.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

DECEMBER 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Truth-In-Taxation meeting on December 2, 2013 at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Lance and Dee Dee McFarland, Colleen Radeke, Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Lance and Dee Dee McFarland questioned increased taxes on a bare lot behind their home.  David Gunderson questioned the increase in his home taxes.  The Council explained that according to David Clark, the assessor for Marshall County, that he has raised some values as Carroll Lindstrom was low.  Another factor he told the Council that the properties in Argyle have been selling at high prices.  The McFarland’s were encouraged to attend the County meeting on December 5th to get the formulas that the County uses.  The McFarland’s left the meeting.

The Council then discussed the savings the City of Argyle expects in 2014 due to the new sales and use tax exemption.  In 2013, the City of Argyle paid $6,034.00 in sales and use tax.

Mayor Clausen called to order the December 3, 2013 Council meeting.  The minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

The Council reviewed an email from Justin Sailer of KLJ that outlined the SRTS Project, the Flood Hazard Mitigation Project and the Water & Sewer Project.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the 2014 Levy and Budget.

The Council reviewed and approved written Maintenance Report.  Don informed the Council that the railroad wants to close the crossing just north of town.  Don will continue conversation with the railroad.

Don informed the Council of some of the costs involved to supply city gas to MarKit Grain.  Don will continue to get prices together and report back to the Council.

The Council reviewed and approved a bid from LaBine Electric for updating the City Office & City Shop lighting from T12 to T8.  Otter Tail Power Company has a rebate that will expire 12/31/2013.

The Council reviewed and approved a building permit application of Paul Yutrzenka for an egress window.

The Council decided to not hire a skating rink attendant this winter, and have the City Crew check on it and if there is any abuse to lock up the warming house.

The City Office & City Shop will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 25th, Christmas Day, and Wednesday, January 1st, New Year’s Day.

The Council approved by resolution the following: donations to the Argyle Fire Department, donations to the Save the Bridge Fund, donations to the Veteran’s Memorial Park Fund, the 2014 Argyle Fire Department budget, and the Medical FSA and Dependent Care FSA through SelectAccount beginning January 2014.

The bills presented for payment were reviewed by the Council.  An additional bill from Gopher State One Call was added.  All bills were approved for payment by the Council.

The Council reviewed the delinquent accounts, the profit & loss statement and the account balances.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

***PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE CARS & TRAILERS ON STREETS FOR EASIER SNOW REMOVAL.  PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT – GIVE THEM ROOM TO DO THEIR JOB!!! THANK YOU!!! ****

NOVEMBER 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the November 4, 2013 City Council meeting at 7:00 pm.  Board members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll, Colleen Radeke, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

No one from KLJ Engineering was able to attend the meeting.  The Council discussed the SRTS grant (Safe Routes to School.)

The review of the City Code Chapters 1-3 was tabled until the December meeting.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  The Council discussed the siren at the Fire Hall that is not working.  Colleen Radeke will be asked to see if grant dollars could be found for a new siren.

The Council reviewed and approved building permits for Taylor Sannes, finish basement and egress window; Glen Smidt, shingle, windows, siding, soffits; Jeff & Colleen Radeke, garage door.

The Council was informed of a letter received from MN/DOT that the speed limit on Hwy. 75 would increase to 60 MPH effective 10/21/2013.

The Council was informed that the City Office and City Shop will be closed on Veteran’s Day November 11th and Thanksgiving Day.

The Council waived the monetary limits on tort liability.

The Council was informed that LaBine Electric will have a bid at the December meeting for energy-efficient lighting for the City Office and City Shop to take advantage of the Otter Tail Power rebate that expires on 12/31/13.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment.

The Council reviewed the account balances, the profit and loss statement and the delinquent accounts.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

OCTOBER 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the October 7, 2013 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00 pm.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Terry Sundby, and Howard McLean.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Colleen Radeke, Don Kroll, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering handed out updated plans of the SRTS grant project to the Council.  He reviewed the changes.  The plans have to go to MN DOT for review and then the Council makes any revisions and the bid process begins after that.

The Council discussed two small cracks that run along the edge of Justin McMahon’s driveway.  Don stated that he had Minn-Dak Asphalt look at it and they said it was normal.  The Council decided not to repair the driveway.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The cost of a 2-yard dumpster for the school bus garage was discussed.  The school will be notified of the costs.

The Council reviewed a bid from Maguire Iron for painting the water tower.  No action taken.  The Council approved entering into a Service Contract for clean out and inspection of the city water tower with Maguire Iron, Inc. for a period of ten (10) years, with the tank servicing to be done every two (2) years beginning in 2014.

The Council approved by resolution the renewal of liquor licenses for Argyle American Legion and The Dell Steakhouse and Lounge LLC.

The Council approved building permits for Scott & Helen Gilster, siding, windows & soffit; Mark Robertson, landscaping; Bob St. Germain, family room; and United Valley Bank, interior remodel.

The Council approved excluded bingo activity at the Argyle Community Center for St. Rose during their bazaar on October 27, 2013.

The Council denied a request from the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce for a donation to help defray some of the costs involved in honoring local manufacturers.

The Council approved Vicki and Colleen attending a Greater Minnesota Partnership regional meeting in Thief River Falls.

Vicki reported to the Council the cost of digital speed signs.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.  The bills presented for payment were approved by the Council.

The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

SEPTEMBER 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the September 3, 2013 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll, Economic Developer Colleen Radeke, Rob Clausen, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.  Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering arrived at the meeting.

The Council reviewed the proposed budget and levy.  The Council adopted a resolution approving the proposed tax levy to be collected in 2014.  The Council adopted a resolution to approve the preliminary budget for 2014.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering updated the Council on the SRTS (Safe Routes to School) grant project.  The City of Argyle will not put any funds above the grant amount into the project.  After a lengthy discussion, the Council approved moving forward with the SRTS grant.

Joel then updated the Council on the flood mitigation project.  Pat Lynch of the DNR will be sending an amendment for construction dollars.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Roger Rivard, garden shed; Janet LaBine, enlarge shed; Terry Sundby, living area addition.

The Council approved Noah Johnson as a new fireman on the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council approved Terry Sundby as the Vice Mayor.

The Council approved the State Water Connection Fee for 2013 at $6.36 per water connection to be billed on the October bill and to pay the bill from the State.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The delinquent accounts and the financial reports were reviewed by the Council.

The Council approved changing the Personnel Policy to read the vacation earned per month for employees that have worked for the City of Argyle for 20 years to be 2 days per month.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

ABBREVIATIONS ON YOUR UTILITY BILL:
108 W     Water Sewer Fee County Road 108
CREF     Commercial Refuse
CSWR    Commercial Sewer
CWTR    Commercial Water
GAS        Gas
LC           Late Charge
MISC       Miscellaneous
NSF         Return Check Fee
RGAS     Residential Gas
RREF     Residential Refuse
RWTR    Residential Water
SPI          Sewer Project Improvement Fee
swcf        State Water Connection Fee
SWR       Sewer
WPI         Water Project Improvement Fee

AUGUST 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the August 5, 2013 Council meeting at 7:00pm.  Members present were Anthony Deschene, Robert Clausen and Terry Sundby.  Also attending the meeting were Howard McLean, Tracee Bruggeman of Brady, Martz & Associates, Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering, Don Kroll, Lowell Engen, Tony Safranski, Tamara Benitt, Colleen Radeke, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

Tracee Bruggeman of Brady Martz, & Associates presented the 2012 audit to the Council.  David Gunderson arrived at the meeting.  The Council approved the 2012 audit.  Tracee left the meeting.

Justin Sailer of KLJ Engineering updated the Council on the SRTS (Safe Routes to School) grant.  Justin will get an updated map of the project area.  Joe Tulibaski arrived at the meeting.  Justin then updated the Council on the dike project.  The Council questioned Justin when the manhole west of the school will be fixed.  He will report on it at the September meeting.

Joe Tulibaski addressed the Council stating that the Argyle American Legion is interested in putting a permanent Veteran’s Memorial Park in the lot west of the bocce ball courts owned by the A.R.E.D.A.  They want to plant trees and shrubs – they will be spending a lot of money and will provide upkeep of the park.  The Council approved the Argyle Legion building a Veteran’s Memorial Park from the alley up to the bocce ball courts (within Lots 4 & 5 of Block 3, Argyle Original.) Joe Tulibaski and Colleen Radeke left the meeting.

The Council tabled the review of the City Code Chapter 1, 2, & 3 until the September meeting.  The Council closed the meeting for pay negotiations.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council requested that the city crew spray for mosquitoes.  The Council discussed a request for the city crew to load the crushed concrete.  After some discussion, it was decided that the person buying the crushed concrete will have to load it themselves.

The Council reviewed and approved the Summer Rec Report and the final payment to Davis Mills.  The Council again discussed the need for schedules to be set and followed – no shorted practices and other complaints that came up during the season.

The Council reviewed and approved the following building permits: Darrell Jacobson, fence; Dale Clausen, steps; and Potucek Farms, bin.

The Council was informed that the balance of the TIF payback was reduced by $407 when the annual report was filed.

The Council again reviewed the information received from AT&T on the current cell phone plan and costs.  The Council approved payment to Don Kroll for a credit on the AT&T bill for a back and battery on his warranty phone.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment.  The sales tax charged on the concrete crushing was questioned.  The Clerk will check into this matter before paying.  All bills presented for payment were approved.

The delinquent accounts were reviewed.  Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

JULY 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the July 1, 2013 Argyle City Council meeting.  Members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Tony Safanski, Colleen Radeke, Don Kroll, Lowell Engen, and Vicki Tulibaski.  A moment of silence was observed in memory of departed Council member Roger Lehrman.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

The Council decided against the Minnesota Basic Code and will work on updating the current code book.

Jeff Radeke came to the Council regarding the Community Presbyterian Church’s frozen line.  Since it could not be determined where the line was froze, the Council approved paying for 1/2 the labor bill the church received from Don’s Quality Plumbing.

The Council adopted a resolution declaring a vacancy on the City Council.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Anthony Deschene, to appoint Howard McLean to fill the vacancy on the City Council.  Motion carried.

The Council discussed the current delinquent policy.  The Clerk was instructed to shut off accounts that do not pay their utilities as outlined in the City Code.

The Council was updated on ditch cleaning along County Road #108 to alleviate the water problem by Ken Gruhot’s.

The Council discussed the complaints received on the Summer Rec. Program.  The Clerk was instructed to speak with the Director.

The following building permits were approved: Mick Rapacz, repair sunroom and deck, and the Dell Steakhouse and Lounge, dividing wall and front desk; and Jeff Beaudry, sidewalk and patio.

The Council approved by resolution a premise permit for the Stephen/Argyle Booster Club effective 8/1/13 for pull tabs at the Dell Steakhouse and Lounge.

The Council approved to payback the remaining balance in TIF district funds to Marshall County.

The Council approved by resolution the benefit level for years of service on the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council was informed that the City received a letter from Waste Management stating that there will be an increase of 4% in fees for the recycling bins starting 9/1/13.

The  Council approved a contribution to the Argyle Area Community Foundation – Beautification Fund in memory of Roger Lehrman.

Pay negotiations were tabled until the August meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

ARGYLE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALUMINUM CAN COLLECTION SITE: By recycling bins.  Money raised will be used to purchase equipment.  No garbage…please!!

JUNE 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the June 3, 2013 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, and Roger Lehrman.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Brian Anderson, William Szklarski, Darin Potucek, Joel Paulson, Tony Safranski, Colleen Radeke and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Roger Lehrman, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.  Terry Sundby arrived at the meeting.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report to the Council.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering went over two deficiencies that Davidson Construction fixed from the water/sewer project.  He also stated that the asphalt and concrete work and mud-jacking will be completed in the next few weeks.  KLJ is still waiting for the Section 408 permit from the Corps so they can proceed.

Brian Anderson, William Szklarski, and Darin Potucek came before the Council to inform them that B.I.L. Mfg. is looking at purchasing land on the south edge of Argyle to build a new structure for their business.

The Clerk was instructed to find out additional information on the Minnesota Basic Code and it will be discussed again at the July meeting.

The Council approved a lease agreement with Evergreen Implement of Warren, Minnesota, for a period of one year for a new John Deere X734 tractor and mower.

The Council approved the off sale liquor license for the Argyle American Legion if all the State stipulations in statute for an off sale liquor license are met.  The Clerk will call the State.

The Council approved the Argyle American Legion to setting up a bar at the Meet Your Neighbor Day Street Dance as long as they purchase liquor liability insurance for that location and name the City of Argyle as an additional insured and apply for a Temporary Community Festival Liquor License – fee $50.00.

The Council approved the Temporary Community Festival Liquor License for the Argyle American Legion for June 28th to June 30th, 2013 for a fee of $50.00.

The Council approved the on sale, off sale, and Sunday liquor licenses on a pro-rated basis for the period of 6/3/2013 to 10/31/2013 for The Dell Steakhouse and Lounge.

The Council approved charging $100.00/hour for one man and sewer camera out of town.

The Council discussed the project west of the school that still needs to be completed.  Drainage by Kenneth Gruhot’s was discussed again.  The city crew will be working on the drainage.

The Council approved the ordering of the mosquito briquettes and Kontrol if needed.

The Council approved the building permit applications of Joel St. Germain, counter tops and John Schmidt, garage & dining room remodel.

The Council was reminded that there will be a Pet Vaccination Clinic at the City Shop on June 11th from 4:00 to 6:00PM.

The Council approved the sale of a lot and a half the city owns to Lowell & Jennifer Engen for the cost of all legal fees involved in the transfer, with the stipulation that a home is built or moved onto the property (no mobile homes) within one year.

The Council approved the members of the Argyle Community Club as volunteers during Meet Your Neighbor Day.

The Council approved the donations to the Argyle Fire Department and the Save the Bridge Fund.

The Council approved the City of Argyle to add the City of Alvarado information to our cable station as long as it doesn’t become a problem or become too time consuming.

The Summer Rec Program was discussed.  New equipment had to be purchased to replace some missing equipment.  The Council discussed the need for a schedule to be set and followed for Summer Rec and that those hired to run and work the program be there daily and follow the schedule.

The Council approved discontinuing a seasonal billing account at the skating rink.

The Council reviewed a letter requesting a donation from the Argyle Historical Society.  The Council approved donating any in-kind needed to the Historical Society.  A request for a donation to North Country Horsemen Trails To Treatment was denied.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Delinquent accounts were reviewed by the Council.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**Argyle Fire Department NOW has an aluminum can collection site by the recycling bins.  Money raised will be used to purchase equipment.  NO GARBAGE…please!

MAY 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the May 6, 2013 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Roger Lehrman, Terry Sundby, and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll, Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering, Colleen Radeke, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Roger Lehrman, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering reported that Don Kroll and he did the final walk through on the utility project.  Joel stated that he identified areas that need to be fixed.  Joel will talk with Davidson to see when work could take place.  Joel explained to the Council why the levee on the south end of Argyle needs to be raised.  FEMA’s data states that the levee has to be a the 100 year flood plain and this area is below it.  It is a combination of the levee settling and the new river model that was used.  KLJ is currently waiting for the Section 408 permit from the Corp.  When it is received, the project can be bid.

The Council reviewed the applications for the Summer Recreation Program Director/Head Coach and Assistant Coach and approved the hiring of Davis Mills as Summer Recreation Program Director/Head Coach and Renae Lindgren as Assistant Coach.  Applications for Summer Help were reviewed by the Council and they approved the hiring of Ian Thorstenson and Dylan Bergeron.

The Council reviewed the Maintenance Report.  Use of the city sewer camera for televising was discussed.  Don Kroll will check with area businesses to see what they charge and this will be discussed at the next Council meeting.  The Maintenance Report was approved.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Dwaine & Judy Adolphson, re-siding, home improvements; Al Larson, shower in basement, siding & gutters; Ryan Anderson, home addition; Rob & Jeanne Clausen, new home; and Allen Erickson, three-stall garage.

The Council was informed that the city received a workers’ compensation dividend and that the City Office and Shop will be closed on May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

The Council reviewed information that Anthony Deschene received from John Novacek, Marshall County Sheriff regarding enforcement of the Argyle City Code.

The Council discussed complaints received regarding pigeons in a residential neighborhood.

The Clerk informed the Council that Rod Dahlstrom called and said that there is a Chevy Youth Baseball Program that offers some supplies and money and he will split this between Argyle, Stephen, and Warren baseball programs as Oslo is not having a Summer baseball program this year.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Delinquent accounts were reviewed by the Council.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

PET VACCINATION CLINIC
June 11, 2013
Argyle City Shop
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Peterson Veterinary Clinic
East Grand Forks, MN
All pets in Argyle must have a 2013 license before they will be vaccinated.

APRIL 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the April 1, 2013 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00pm.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Roger Lehrman.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll, Kim Tonkin, Billy Riopelle, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by David Gunderson, second by Roger Lehrman, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Colleen Radeke did not attend the meeting.  A written report from Colleen was reviewed by the Council.

Kim Tonkin came before the Council to request on sale, off sale and Sunday liquor licenses for ther new business The Dell Steakhouse and Lounge.  The Council approved by resolution on sale, off sale, and Sunday liquor licenses for The Dell Steakhouse and Lounge.

Terry Sundby arrived at the meeting.

No one from KLJ Engineering attended the meeting.  The Council reviewed an email and map regarding the part of the levee (2,100 linear feet) that needs to be raised an average of 4-6 inches to meet the 100 year elevations and also showed a proposed gatewell structure location.

The Council reviewed the information in their packets regarding the Minnesota basic code.  The Council discussed whether they should revise and update the current code or go with the Minnesota Basic Code.  The Clerk will get a copy of the Minnesota Basic Code for the Council to review.

The Council approved advertising for two (2) summer help positions from the end of May thru August working Tuesday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.

The Council set Summer Rec participation fees at $10/child with a $30/max family and approved advertising for a Summer Rec Director/Head Coach, and Assistant Coach, a Bus Driver, and umpires.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Don Kroll reported that the skating rink has been closed for the season.

The Council approved the building permits of David & Lisa Sorenson, home improvements, shingling & flooring; Dustin Grabowska, doors, windows and remodeling.

The Council approved credit cards from UVB for all city employees to use for city related charges with receipts being turned in to the City Office instead of debit cards that were approved at the March meeting.

The Council reviewed and denied requests for donations to the Marshall County Fair and the SAC After Prom Party.  David Gunderson abstained.

The Council approved DeAnn Ellefson as a EMT for the rescue squad – not a member of the fire department, to be covered under City of Argyle insurance on EMT calls for the City of Argyle.

The Council approved the Mayor signing the Statement of Interest in All-Hazard Mitigation Planning for the City of Argyle.

The Clerk updated the Council on the housing rehab and commercial rehab grants through Northwest Community Action.

The Clerk informed the Council of a meeting that was held at the Argyle Post Office.  The operating hours will be reduced to six (6) hours – Monday to Friday 8:00am – 2:30pm with 11:30 am- 12:00pm for lunch and Saturday 8:30am-9:30pm.

The Council was reminded that the Board of Appeal & Equalization will be on May 6th.

The Council reviewed and approved bills presented for payment.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

General consensus of the Council is to send a letter to St. Rose Church regarding the diagonal parking during church activities and church services.

Being no further business, motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Roger Lehrman, to adjourn.

MARCH 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the March 5, 2013 Council meeting.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, and Terry Sundby.  Absent were Anthony Deschene and Roger Lehrman.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.  Scott Winge arrived at the Council meeting.

Colleen did not attend the meeting.  The Council reviewed and approved Colleen’s written report.

The Council tabled reviewing ice and snow removal on public sidewalks for the SRTS grant until we find out if the city receives the grant in May.

Scott Winge of Northern Sanitation informed the Council that the city’s contract with Northern Sanitation for garbage collection has run out.  He explained that they are asking for a 4% raise in the contract for garbage collection for a period of two years.  The Council approved a new two year contract with Northern Sanitation with a 4% increase to the current amount paid.

No one from KLJ  Engineering attended the meeting.  The Council reviewed an email from Justin Sailer that gave an update of what KLJ has been working on.

The Council reviewed Chapters 1 & 2 in the code book.  The Clerk informed the Council that there is a flyer in their packet regarding codification services from the LMC.  The Clerk gave the Council the LMC web address.  General consensus of the Council was for the Clerk to check and get more information on codification through the LMC for the next meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Jeff Beaudry, steel bin; Zach Beaudry, steel bin; Rick and Traci Kroll, kitchen remodel; Randy Keranen, painting and flooring.

The Clerk informed the Council that the City Office & Shop will be closed on Good Friday.

With the approval of Tracee Bruggeman from Brady, Martz and Associates, the Council approved by resolution a separate checking account for the funds that the Argyle Fire Department bring in and spend.

The Council approved a resolution establishing limited clean up and property damage protection for sewer back-ups and water main breaks for water and sewer customers.

The Council approved debit cards from UVB for all city employees to use for city related charges with receipts being turned in to the City Office.

The Council was informed that Tony and Amos are attending the Minnesota Rural Water Conference in St. Cloud (Monday – Thursday) and on Wednesday morning will be meeting with the USACE in the cities for the Argyle-Levee Screening.  Joel Paulson will also be a the meeting.  Don will be attending the 2013 Pipeline Safety Educational Conference at Madden’s April 11th & 12th.

The Council reviewed a letter received by the Mayor requesting a donation to the Marshall County Fair.  This was tabled until the April meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  The delinquent accounts were reviewed.  Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**Please keep water meters and readers open and clear of snow.
**A reminder from the Argyle Gas Department to keep snow cleared from your gas meter and vent.  A dangerous condition exists should your gas meter and vent become blocked with snow.  Please keep checking this until the snow melts.  Thanks!

FEBRUARY 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the February 4, 2013 City Council meeting.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Roger Lehrman, and Terry Sundby.  Absent was Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Don Kroll and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Roger Lehrman, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Terry Sundby took the oath of office.  Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering arrived at the meeting.  Colleen Radeke arrived at the meeting.

Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report.

The Council tabled the review of the Ice and Snow Removal on Public Sidewalks Ordinance (SRTS Grant) until next month and at that time it will be reviewed with Colleen.

Joel Paulson of KLJ Engineering explained to the Council that they are moving forward with plans to not raise the levee.  FEMA is developing a process; they have come to the conclusion that they will accept the certification of a levee that meets all the certification requirements except for freeboard with the contingency that the area maps behind the levee will be a Zone D instead of Zone A.  The difference between the Zone A and Zone D is that in Zone A flood insurance is mandatory and in Zone D it is not mandatory.

The written Maintenace Report was reviewed and approved by the Council.  The Council approved spending up to $700.00 for a laptop computer for the City Shop.  Motion by Robert Clausen, second by Roger Lehrman, to approve three office chairs for the City Shop.  Aye: Clausen, Gunderson, Lehrman; Nay: Sundby.  Motion carried.

The Council discussed the current City Code Book.  The Council will review Chapters 1 & 2 at the March meeting.

The Council was informed that the City Office and Shop will be closed on Monday, February 18th, in observance of President’s Day.

The Council was informed that St. Hiliare Seed is working on cleaning up their property.

The Council reviewed emails from Tom Luke of Constellation Energy regarding purchasing gas.

The Council discussed the payback of the 2010 water/sewer bond.  It was decided to continue to follow the bond schedule and in year 20 a balloon payment will be made as fees and special assessments for twenty years will make the payments per KLJ Engineering.

The Council adopted a resolution In Support of the Preservation of Tax Exempt Financing.

The Council approved the following as 2013 AFD Officers:
Chief – Kelly Durand
Assistant Chief – Rick Kroll
Secretary – Rob Clausen
Treasurer – Rob Svendsen
EMS – Chris Urbaniak
Chief Engineer – Brent Riopelle
Training Officer – Paul Carlson
Ventilation Officer – Paul Bergeron
Safety Officer – Don Kroll
Interior Officer – Tony Deschene

The Council was informed that Diane Hayes of Northwest Community Action is still looking for applicants for the city’s grant for housing rehab.  An income guideline was in the January SCOOP and posters are hanging around town.  They are just beginning to work on the commercial exterior rehab grant.

The Council reviewed the list of delinquent accounts.  Accounts were approved to be turned over to a collection agency.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

HOUSING REHAB DOLLARS AVAILABLE.  CALL THE CITY OFFICE IF INTERESTED.

JANUARY 2013

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the January 7, 2013 Council meeting at 7:00 PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Roger Lehrman, Anthony Deschene, and David Gunderson.  Absent was Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Economic Developer Colleen Radeke, John Wirries of KLJ Engineering, Paul Bergeron, Kelly Durand, Don Kroll, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Roger Lehrman, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.
Robert Clausen, Mayor and Anthony Deschene, Council member, then repeated their oath of office as newly elected city officials.
Economic Developer Colleen Radeke gave her report.  Kelsey Timmer of KLJ prepared a resolution that the Council reviewed and adopted regarding the SRTS (Safe Routes To Schools) Grant – this area will include Second Street (both sides of the street) from Hwy. 75 to County Road 108, Third Street (both sides of street) from Hwy. 75 to County Road 108 and Garfield Avenue (just the east side of the street) from the school to the football field.
John Wirriers, representing KLJ Engineering stated that the discussions with the upcoming changes in the rules suggests that if the levy around the city itself was sufficient with all regards with exception of freeboard (extra three feet of freeboard required) the city could get credit for that, however would be listed as as D Zone, which is an undefined risk as opposed to a special flood hazard area.  In an undefined risk there is no federal mandate for buying flood insurance, however, if you do buy flood insurance, you may be expected to pay essentially the same rate as if it had been defined there.  The federal requirement for flood insurance would go away, but the rates that you pay would essentially remain the same.  KLJ continues to work on the project and will submit it to FEMA.
An apology was received for damage done to a window at the skating rink.  If any further problems arise at the warming house, it will be locked for the rest of the winter.
The Council approved the 2013 Work Agreement with Economic Developer Colleen Radeke.
Paul Bergeron and Kelly Durand came before the Council requesting the reporting of the fire department dollars be changed.  They would like the income and expense broken out more on the city budget – more like the monthly report he receives from the Clerk.  Paul then went over the 2012 training received by fire department members.  Average time spent this year for training, fundraising, meetings and fire prevention week was 130 hours per man.  Currently there are 11 firemen going through Firefighter I,  Firefighter II at a cost of $2,150/firemen.  This is a two-three year course with 178 hours of training.  The next five years of training in the fire department will be very expensive ($29,000).  He also staed a new fire truck will be needed within the next three years.
The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.
The Council reviewed and approved the Designations, Appointments, Rental & Fee Schedule with the addition to Miscellaneous Fees: City Employees Per Diem and raised mileage to $.55/mile.
The Council reviewed current rates.  The Council approved the rates remaining the same.
The Council approved the Sunday Liquor License application that was received from the Harvest Restaurant & Lounge, Inc.
The Council approved building permits: Ken Ethier, windows; Terry Henrickson, remodel.
The City Office and Shop will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
The Council approved Taylor Sannes and Nick Schindele as new firemen and Noah Johnson for training only.
The Council approved lowering the interest paid back on City of Argyle Utility Deposits to .2% per Minn. Stat. 325E.02.
The Council approved hiring Olson Construction TRF Inc. to grind all the concrete.
The Council approved someone to attend Tomahawk – “The Ultimate Customer Experience.”
The Council approved repairs to the 98 Black Chevy pickup at Dahlstrom Motors and a bid from Valley Oil for new tires for the pickup.
The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  Additional bills added were the Argyle Fire Department Pay Call and the Secretary Pay.
The delinquent accounts were reviewed by the Council.  Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

PLEASE KEEP WATER METERS OPEN AND CLEAR OF SNOW

A REMINDER TO ALL GAS CUSTOMERS
A reminder from the Argyle Gas Department to keep snow cleared from your gas meter and vent.  A dangerous condition exists should your gas meter and vent become blocked with snow.  Please keep checking this until the snow melts.

The City of Argyle is participating in a housing rehab grant though Northwest Community Action.  We are looking for six (6) owner-occupied houses for rehab.
Please apply by calling Northwest Community Action and talk to Diane Hayes, 1-800-568-5329.