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OCTOBER 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the October 2, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, Aaron Rivard, and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  David Gunderson requested that website developer be dded to the agenda under Other.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering discussed with the Council the costs that would be associated with adding streets and utilities to the newly replatted Bradford’s Addition.  She also informed the Council that there are streets in town that would be eligible for fog and seal coating.  Also discussed were valley gutters and mudjacking.  Melissa then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed fee proposals from local insurance agents and approved the lowest fees submitted by Dan Sjostrand Agency for a three year term beginning in 2018 with the agency to provide the services outlined in the proposal form.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the renewal of liquor licenses for the Hogberg-Gerszewski Post 353 of the American Legion and the Dell Steakhouse & Lounge LLC.

The Council reviewed and approved a building permit of Earl Riopelle for a kitchen remodel.

The Council was informed that the Cold Weather Rule goes in effect on October 15, 2017.

The City Office will continue to sell Argyle street signs.

The 1978 Ford Fire Truck will be advertised for sale on sealed bids.  Bids will be opened at the November 6, 2017 Council meeting.  Ads will be placed in the Messenger and the Sheaf.

The Council reviewed a rate sheet from Minnesota Rural Water Association.  All the expenses to operate the city water system were reviewed.  The City will review the rates for water at their January meeting.

David Gunderson updated the Council that he found an engineer in Fargo that specializes in doing pools and aquatic centers for small communities and she has met with the Park & Rec committee.  They are in the process of developing a preliminary design.

Jon Pauna of Moore Engineering handed out a proposal to provide engineering services for the proposed Bradford’s Addition Improvement Project.  Jon went over the proposal with the Council.  Also discussed were Lincoln Avenue and water main replacement.  Jon stated that the Council needs to decide what they want and move forward soon if any projects are to be done in 2018.

Jeff Anderson came before the Council to request that the Council consider selling or leasing him part of Lots 5 & 6 in Block 5 of Culbertson’s Addition.  After some discussion, the Council approved a long term lease of the lots to Jeff Anderson.

David Gunderson presented to the Council a website proposal from Rick Kroll.  After some discussion, the Council approved to hire Rick Kroll to design and set up a new Argyle website.

The Council approved the purchase of a lift for the lawn mowers.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.  Any accounts past due 90 days will be shut off.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering spoke to the Council about the Lincoln Avenue project and the potential water main replacement and what steps are necessary in choosing an engineering firm and moving forward with the projects.  Howard McLean arrived a the meeting.  Next Melissa informed the Council about the alley way vacations applicable to the replat in Bradford’s Addition.  Now that the final plat has been approved and recorded, the alleys can be vacated.  The City Attorney will need to prepare the legal documents.

The Council then reviewed an email from Jon Pauna of Moore Engineering with a description of the work that would be required and a schedule for the Lincoln Avenue and water main improvements projects if a 2018 construction completion is desired.  Jon will be asked to come to the October meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council reviewed two generator quotes and discussed having someone from Interstate come and look at the generator we have.

The Council reviewed information that the Clerk received from the League of Minnesota Cities on obtaining an agent of record.  The Council approved putting out a RFP for a city insurance agent for a three year term.

Tony informed the Council of a leak at Jeremy Sundby’s.  The City Crew will repair it.

The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the 2018 levy.  The Council reviewed the preliminary 2018 budget and made changes.  The Council approved by resolution the 2018 preliminary budget.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Argyle Coop. Whse. for a pole shed; Tim Urbaniak, fence; Conrad Goroski, replacement of storm door and windows.

The Council acknowledged and approved the excluded bingo activity at the Argyle Community Center for St. Rose Church during their bazaar on October 29, 2017.

The Council approved the Community Water Supply Service Connection Fee of $6.36 per water connection to be billed on the October bill and to pay to the State of Minnesota.

The Council denied Tri-Valley’s request for a donation to their “Reach Out for Warmth” program.

The Council reviewed and approved a new logo that the A.R.E.D.A. Board has chosen.

The Council denied a request from the Legion to refund their liquor license fee for the street dance on Meet Your Neighbor Day.  The Council decided not to charge the Legion for the utilities at the Lynn Swanson Memorial Ball Park memorial.

David Gunderson updated the Council on the Argyle Park & Rec Board meetings and activities.

The Council discussed the delinquent accounts. Accounts over 90 days past due will be disconnected.  The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

AUGUST 2017

A Public Hearing on the Preliminary and Final Replat of Lots 12 through 16, Block 1, and all of Block 8 Bradford’s Addition (including the westerly 10.00 feet of the alley way adjoining said Lot 16, Block 1) was held at 6:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, Aaron Rivard and David Gunderson.  None were absent.  Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering, Don Parent, Wayne and Peggy Feuillerat, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Being no concerns were raised on the preliminary and final replat the meeting was closed and Wayne and Peggy Feuillerat and Don Parent then left the meeting.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the August 7, 2017 City Council meeting on August 7, 2017 at 7:00PM at the City Office.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Keith Bergeron, Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Minutes of the previous meetings were approved.

Keith Bergeron representing the Argyle American Legion thanked the Council for all the help provided by the City on the Lynn Swanson Memorial Ball Park.  Now that that project is complete, they would like to do some work in the Kurz Memorial Park.  The Legion, the Lions and Kurz family is involved in the project.  He request two trees be removed from the park which was approved by the Council.  Dean and Linda Anderson arrived at the meeting.  He informed the Council of work they would like to complete in the park.  Keith then left the meeting.

The replat was explained to Dean and Linda Anderson.  They thanked the Council and then left the meeting.

Melissa then went over the draft resolution for the preliminary and final replat.  The Council approved the preliminary and final replat by resolution.  Paul and Anita Brazier arrived at the meeting.  They came to the meeting to find out if there were any setbacks that they will need to follow when they put up a building.  Paul will stake out where he plans to put the building and Tony will check to see where gas needs to come from. Paul and Anita then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Tony informed the Council that the summer help person will be done working this week.  The Council approved hiring Hayden Sczepanski to work the balance of the summer or until he gets a job.

Tony requested to purchase a lift for use on the lawn mowers.  Howard will get him pricing.  Vicki suggested applying for a safety grant.

The Council approved CHS installing a bulk fill water set up on their property.

The Council reviewed quotes on tires for the tanker and approved purchasing the tires with mounting from CHS.

The Council review applications for the Maintenance Worker position.  Interviews will be set up.

The Council reviewed and approved building permit applications received from Zach & Breanne Beaudry, remodel house; Need-A-Shed (Paul Brazier), new steel building; and Jeff Anderson, shop.

The Council discussed proposed items to include in the 2018 budget.

A letter will be sent to the railroad regarding the sand piled in Argyle.

The Council was informed that the new pumper has arrived and the firemen were trained on it.

The Council reviewed the final report on the Argyle Summer Rec Program and approved it and the final payment to Kayla Safranski, Summer Rec. Director/Head Coach.

Delinquent accounts were reviewed. All accounts past due 90 days will be shut off.

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

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

JULY 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the July 11, 2017 Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean and Aaron Rivard.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Tony Safranski stated that the generator is hooked up to the well.

Melissa Knutson of CPS did not attend the meeting as the Planning Commission needs to approve the Bradford re-plat before the Council can approve it.  She will be at the August meeting.  A Planning Commission meeting will be held before the August meeting.

The Council approved purchasing a second storage container from Mitch Borowicz for storage.

The Council was informed that a letter of resignation was received from Wayne Gruhot.  The Maintenance Worker position has been advertised and applications will close on July 27th at Noon.

The Council discussed a request from CHS to put a truck fill in on their property located across Hwy. 75 by the ball park.  After a lengthy discussion, the matter was tabled until the August meeting when more information can be collected.

The Council approved by resolution donations received by the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council was invited to attend the July 19th A.R.E.D.A. meeting where Jim Bollman, Jr. from WDAZ will do a presentation on promoting Argyle through advertising.

The Council approved DJ Conway and Grant Bergeron as new members of the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department.

The Council denied a request to pay for a broken car window from Jennifer Wichmann.

The Council approved by resolution the Master Tax-Exempt Lease/Purchase Agreement and Property Schedule and the authorization to be execute for the 2015 E-One Commercial Top Mount Enclosed Pumper.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The delinquent accounts were reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

JUNE 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the June 5, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Jon Pauna and Kevin Bucholz of Moore Engineering, Inc.  and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Jon Pauna & Kevin Bucholz of Moore Engineering addressed the Council.  They focus strictly on municipals and would like to work with Argyle on a project.  They  would be more than willing to sit down and go over upcoming projects and help facilitate a funding package.  They thanked the Council for giving them an opportunity to speak and then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council again discussed the need for a Safety Policy.  David Gunderson agreed to revise and simplify the old safety policy and will bring it back to the office to be retyped and then the Council can review.  This will be discussed at the July or August meeting whenever David has it ready.

The Council discussed the new fire truck and new door and work to be done.  The Clerk has not received the final dollar amount on the truck and no bids have been received for the door.  A special meeting may need to be held for Council approval.

David Gunderson presented information on storage containers from Storage Pros in Grafton.  Tony Safranski arrived at the meeting.  Tony stated that Mitch Borowicz is willing to sell two containers.  Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering arrived at the meeting.  The Council approved purchasing up to two containers from Mitch Borowicz, if they are both needed.

Melissa Knutson reviewed the updated concept of a replat in Bradford’s Addition that they asked Melissa to draw up at the May meeting.  The Council made several changes.  Melissa will draft up plat for the Council to approve and then record with the County.  Melissa then left the meeting.

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

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Sandy Magnusson, landscape yard; Brian & Dana Kloeppner, fence for dogs; Al Larson, new home; and Bob Clausen, shingles, windows and siding.

The Pet Vaccination Clinic will be June 13th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the City Shop.

Per request, the Council waived the utility deposits for Craig Sundby and Austin Sundby as their accounts are in good standing with the City.

The Council discussed and decided to apply for a Child Labor Exemption Permit from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

The old Christmas decorations were advertised on the LMC website for a month and there was no interest.  They will be scraped out.

The Council denied a request for comp time.

The Council then discussed and approved moving the July Council meeting to July 11th at 7:00PM.

The Council approved the purchase of an 11M gas meter from Energy Economics.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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 Electi