February 1, 2021- Draft
Mayor Terry Sundby, Anthony Deschene, David Sorenson, Aaron Rivard, and David Gunderson met at the Argyle Fire Hall on February 1, 2021 at 6:30PM. Also in attendance were firemen Mason Sundby, Nick Safranski, Nate Anderson and Tony Safranski. Vicki Tulibaski also attended the meeting. The firemen wanted the Council to look at the cramped space for all their equipment. Then everyone went to the Argyle Community Center for the Council meeting.
Mayor Terry Sundby opened the February 1, 2021 Argyle City Council meeting in the Community Center. In attendance were Mayor Sundby, Anthony Deschene, David Sorenson, Aaron Rivard and David Gunderson. Also in attendance were Mason Sundby, Nick Safranski, Nate Anderson, Brady Swanson, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski. Motion by David Gunderson, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.
Mason Sundby was the spokesman for the AFD. He explained to the Council that the fire department would like a new fire hall and what they would like to have in it. The main concern is the lack of space in the current fire hall. They have set up a committee and have been looking at other fire halls. The committee plans to get more information and will keep the Council updated. Their main purpose tonight was to let the Council know that they are serious about wanting a new fire hall and wanted to find out the Council’s opinion. General consensus of the Council was that a new fire hall is needed. They will continue to update the Council. The firemen then left the meeting.
Brady Swanson handed out information on the insurance renewal and went over the coverages and limits with the Council. On a motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, the Council approved by resolution to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability. Motion carried.
The Council then reviewed the email update from Andrew Aakre from Moore Engineering.
The Mayor opened the sealed bids received on the tractor/snowblower and the Ford dump truck. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Sorenson, to accept the bid from Joel St. Germain for the Ford truck and the bid from Ryan Kazmierczak for the tractor/snowblower. Motion carried.
The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report. Motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the written Maintenance Report. Motion carried.
The Council then reviewed an energy efficiency assessment on the city buildings done by Paul Hoeschen, Energy Efficiency Technical Advisor from Minnesota Rural Water Association. He is also doing a lighting study. He suggested updating the interior and exterior lights to LED as there are rebates available. Tony is having Charlie LaBine get a bid for the LED upgrade.
The Council was informed that City Office & City Shop will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of President’s Day.
Motion by David Sorenson, second by Anthony Deschene, to turn the Arturo Martinez delinquent account over to collection. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, that if the city employees would like Aflac insurance it would be deducted from their pay checks. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to have the public in attendance at their Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting in May. Motion carried.
On a motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to Council approved by resolution the amendment of the A.R.E.D.A. Bylaws SECTION 1. Membership. Motion carried.
The Council then reviewed an email from Ceil Strauss regarding the flood plain area and internal drainage.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, to approve the building permit of Misselhorn Tiling & Excavation for remodel of office. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the following 2021 AFD Officers:
Chief – Anthony Deschene; Asst. Chief – Erin Anderson; Secretary – Brady Swanson; Treas. – Rick Kroll; EMS – Rob Clausen; Chief Engineer – Tim Tulibaski; Ventilation Officer – Eric Magnusson; Interior Officer – Dillon Erickson; Training Officers – Mason Sundby, Nic Thompson, Nathan Anderson; Safety Officer – Kelly Durand. Motion carried. Anthony Deschene presented the AFD 2020 Summary. There was a total of 74 calls – 44 medical calls, 23 fire calls, 7 rescue calls and 2 mutual aid calls.
The Council then reviewed the bills presented for payment, the Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, account balances, delinquent accounts and vacation & sick leave. Motion by David Gunderson, second by David Sorenson, to approve the bills presented for payment. Motion carried.
Being no further business, motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to adjourn. Motion carried.
– Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on March 11th. Please have your totes to the curb 3 feet away from anything by 7:00AM. Plastic Bags & Aerosol cans are not recyclable.
– Requests for Winter Months – 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 keep all gates open and free of snow so that meters can be read. Thanks for your cooperation!
– While clearing your driveway isn’t a crime, the way you clean it may be. According to MN Statute 106.2715, ” (a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors & utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract; & except as herein provided, it shall be unlawful to : (1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon and (b) any violation of this section is a misdemeanor. ” This means in laymen’s terms : YOU CAN’T PUSH SNOW ACROSS THE ROAD OR INTO THE STREET TO GET IT OUT OF YOUR DRIVEWAY. Plowing snow out of a yard & onto or across any public road or right of way is illegal (this applies to all city, township, county & state roads).
– 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.
– 2021 Pet Licenses can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.
– ALL GARBAGE out for pickup must be properly bagged or tagged. Garbage cans are not to be larger than 35 gallons. Garbage cans are not to weight more than 50 pounds. If over weight, it may be left or you will be billed additional charges.
– Please help the fire department: Help keep your fire hydrants cleared of snow.
– Please save your aluminum cans for the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department. They have a trailer by the fire hall. Money raised will be used to purchase equipment.
– Check with the City Office on a yearly garbage fee in place of bags and tags. And gas rebates.