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MAY 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting at 6:00PM on May 1, 2017.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Russ Steer and Allison Wahl from Marshall County Assessor Office and Vicki Tulibaski.  No one from the public attended the meeting.  Russ informed the Council that taxes in Argyle stayed about the same.  No Council action needed. The Mayor then closed the meeting.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the May 1, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00 PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering, Francis Tougas, Judy Adolphson, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

Judy Adolphson and Francis Tougas came before the Council to explain the One Vegetable – One Community Program.  They hope to raise awareness for healthy living and growing vegetables and eating healthy.  They plan to work with the Argyle Garden Club, Zeal Fitness, and the H.O.P.E. Program.  The goal is to have tomatoes grown all over the community and have events to raise awareness.  Judy & Francis left the meeting.

Eric Magnusson, Paul Carlson, Dillon Erickson, Tim Tulibaski, and Kelly Durand came before the Council representing the Argyle Fire Department.  Eric explained to the Council that they have recently found a carryover 2015 Freightliner with 17,000 miles that comes with a one year warranty.  The cost of the truck plus add on will come to around $300,000.  After some discussion, motion by Howard McLean, second by Aaron Rivard, to pay $150,000 up front and finance balance with townships and fire department truck fund money for the 2015 Freightliner fire truck.  Motion carried.  The firemen then presented two bids for raising the header and installation of a new door & opener.  The Council asked that they draw up a bid sheet and give to the two companies – so an apples to apples bid comparison can be done.  The firemen then left the meeting.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering handed out several initial concepts of replats of Bradford Addition.  She met with the Mayor & Tony Safranski and came up with two ideas.  These were reviewed by the Council and asked Melissa draw up one more suggestion they came up with.  Melissa left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council again discussed a donation to the Marshall County Fair Board grandstand project.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to not donate to the Marshall County Fair grandstand project.  Abstain: Aaron Rivard and David Gunderson; Robert Clausen, aye.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed the Summer Rec applications and approved hiring Kayla Safranski as Summer Rec Director/Head Coach, Sherry Donarski, Bus Driver, Isaac Durand as Assistant Coach.

The Council approved hiring Gary Durand for mowing and Collin Neuschwander as Summer Help and Steve Safranski as fill-in if Gary is gone.

The Council reviewed a proposal to charge residents full price for recycling totes to eliminate the deficit in the Refuse Department and turned it down.

The Council reviewed the costs of mosquito spray for 2016 and approved charging $2.00/month per water connection beginning with the next bill through the October bill.

Sump pump violators will be fined if they do not route their sumps to the street or lawn.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications from Craig Sundby, siding; Chad Pietruszewski, fence; Dillon Erickson, new home; and Nick Safranski, addition.

A Source Water Protection Implementation Grant through the Minnesota Department of Health was received for installation of a transfer switch and inlet for a generator at the city well.

The Council was informed that the City Office & City Shop will be closed on Memorial Day, May 29th.

The Council was informed that the AACF Endowment Fund has granted $1,500.00 to the AFD and $500.00 to Summer Rec.  The AACF Beautification Fund has granted $1,379.00 for hanging flower baskets, $2,000.00 for the baseball field upgrades and repairs, and $2,000.00 for the city entry signs.

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

The Council approved a donation of $600.00 to the Argyle Garden Club to purchase flowers for their plots in Argyle.

The Council approved in-kind donations to the Argyle Scramble and the Argyle Historical Society.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.  Delinquent accounts over 90 days are to be turned off.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**** PET VACCINATION CLINIC – JUNE 13th 4-6 PM  – Peterson Vet Clinic at Argyle City Shop ****

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.