Vice-Mayor David Gunderson opened the December 6, 2021, Truth-In-Taxation meeting at 7:00 PM. Present were David Gunderson, David Sorenson, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard. Mayor Terry Sundby was in attendance via Zoom. Also in attendance were Tony Safranski, Michael Pagnac, and Tamara Benitt. No one from the public attended and no one called the city Office with questions or complaints. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Tony Deschene, to close the Truth-In-Taxation meeting.
Vice-Mayor David Gunderson called to order the December 6, 2021, Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00 PM in the Argyle City Office. Present were David Sorenson, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard. Mayor Terry Sundby was in attendance via Zoom. Also in attendance were Tony Safranski, Michael Pagnac, and Tamara Benitt. Motion by Tony Deschene, second by David Sorenson to approve the agenda. Motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.
The Council discussed the purchase of a tractor. Tony Safranski will continue to search for one. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Sorenson, to approve the Maintenance Report.
On a motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Tony Deschene, Resolution 19-2021, Approve Levy for 2022, was approved.
After some discussion, Resolution 20-2021, 2022 Budget, was approved on a motion by Tony Deschene, second by David Sorenson.
The Council is requesting the Minnesota Livable City Code book to review.
The League of Minnesota cities will be asked to provide a quote on a group short-term disability policy.
On a motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard, the Personnel Policy with the vacation time update and weekend duty must stay within 60 minutes of Argyle amendment was approved.
After a long discussion, the council decided to run with a two-man City Crew. This will be reevaluated at the April 2022 Council Meeting.
There was one late bid received on Auditor’s Subdivision Lots 98-99. Since it was late the Council did not accept the bid and will readvertise the lots for sale.
Resolution 21-2021, Designating Annual Polling Place, was approved on a motion by Tony Deschene, second by David Sorenson. The City of Argyle polling place will now be the Argyle Community Center and not mail-in ballots.
The Council approved Resolution 22-2021 to accept the redistribution of unrequested Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act, which was motioned by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard.
The following building permits were applied for: Jerry Whitlow, gutters and chimney in shop; Rose City Canopy & Sign, update existing signage at CHS, and David Sorenson, utility shed-storage. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Sorenson to approve the building permits.
Vacation Hours Use for Karen Gunderson was discussed. David Gunderson abstained from this matter.
Jeff Hane of Brink Lawyers drafted a letter to Arturo Martinez, Jr. since that is the next step in the process of the clean-up of his property.
Since Julian Kostrzewski passing, the Council will table the house/garage removal until the Spring/Summer of 2022.
The Council was informed that there is an available on-line training for the local board of appeal and equalization.
On a motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard, the following Resolutions 23-2021 and Resolutions 24-2021 were approved. They were to approve donations to the City of Argyle and Argyle Fire Department since 6/1/2021.
The City Office and City Shop will be closed December 24th & 27th for the observance of Christmas and Friday December 31st for New Year’s Day.
The council is not going to participate in the new public awareness program, Help Me Grow.
Motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to allow Community Education to use the Community Center at no charge for dance classes.
The City of Argyle closed the Disaster damage case (May rainstorm) with the State of Minnesota. We received $24,363.44, which was 75% of the project cost.
Jeff Hane from Brink Lawyers sent a letter regarding Trevor Benitt Construction bidding on the Small Cities Grant Project. Jeff also agreed that there is no conflict of interest.
A.R.E.D.A. hosted the city-wide clean-up. The board was willing to pay up to $10,000.00 of the cost. The total was $9,166.00.
Kaizen Architectural Group is still working on the final Fire Hall Feasibility Study.
Ron Rudd from Northwest Service Cooperative submitted and environmental Health & Safety Summary Report.
The Council discussed a delinquent account. The new policy is to shut off utilities after three months of non-payment.
The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment. The delinquent accounts, profit and loss and balance sheet were also reviewed. Motion by Tony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, to approve the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.
Being no further business, motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to adjourn the meeting.
Argyle offers a yearly garbage pickup fee. $100.00/35 gallon garbage can.
Stop by City Office to purchase your yearly sticker.
Waste Management recycling tote pickup
will be on January 12,2022.
City Office & City Shop Hours
Monday to Thursday 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
UTILITY PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE WITH A CREDIT CARD
OR STOP BY THE CITY OFFICE
TO SIGN UP FOR ACH (AUTOMATIC WITHDRAWAL)