Mayor Terry Sundby called to order the Council meeting on June 5, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Argyle City Office. Present were Mayor Sundby, Aaron Rivard, and David Gunderson. Absent were Penni Anderson and Tony Deschene. Also in attendance were Michael Pagnac, Tony Safranski, Renae Lindgren, and Tamara Benitt. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to approve the previous minutes. Motion carried.
Renae Lindgren came before the Council to discuss the tennis courts. Installing pickleball courts are also being discussed.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, seconded by David Gunderson, to approve the Maintenance Report. Motion carried.
Due to high costs, no extra lighting will be installed on the water tower. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to approve the tank flyway blue with a white belt and black “Argyle” letters. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the Mayor to sign BNSF’s donation agreement about the sand pile located on city property/compost area. Motion carried. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to sell the sand at $10.00/yard and they must contact City Office first. Motion carried.
Bradford Addition housing expansion project was discussed again.
The Second Street pavement project’s substantial completion date is June 30th.
A well-design and installation final design will be presented at July council meeting and authorization to advertise for bids.
Apex Engineering has started the preparation of a preliminary engineering report evaluating existing conditions, proposed improvement alternatives, estimated costs, and proposed financing for Lincoln Avenue improvements.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to approve Resolution 06-2023, approve temporary community festival liquor license – Argyle American Legion and Resolution 07-2023, approve temporary community festival license – The Dell Steakhouse & Lounge, LLC. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve Resolution 08-2023, accept all donation to Argyle Fire Department and Resolution 09-2023, accept all donation to City of Argyle. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve Resolution 10-2023, certifying unpaid charges. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Savannah Riopelle, to accept the resignation of Brady Swanson from A.R.E.D.A. Board and approve Rick Kroll as his replacement. Motion carried.
It was requested rom A.R.E.D.A. to rezone 115 E. 5th Street from Residential to Commercial. There will be a public hearing on this matter at July 5, 2023, Council meeting.
Bob Bucklin is requesting Argyle Original, Block 1, Lots 20 & 21, to be considered to rezone from Residential to Commercial. He is in the process of purchasing the property and would like to construct a building. This issue will be discussed at the July5, 2023 Council meeting once the Council has more information.
Building permits: Janet LaBine-removal of partial wall, Charles LaBine-house addition, United Valley Bank-replace shingles & replace 16 window panes, Paul Yutrzenka-remodel, Hayden Sczepanski-patio, Mike Sczepanski-remodel kitchen and bath, Cecil Deschene-finishing siding on West side of building, replace shingles on west side, repair roof on south side, stairs. Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the building permits. Motion carried.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to approve members of the Community Club as volunteers of the City of Argyle for Meet Your Neighbor Day. Motion carried.
Within the last few years, the Council has added short-term disability as an employee benefit. A letter was received from LMCIT that long-term disability and life insurance benefits are also available. This matter will tabled until next month.
The Council was informed by Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed will be holding a Public Hearing to establish the Swift Coulee project.
It’s official – Juneteenth will be a State holiday in 2023, City Office and City Shop will be closed Monday, June 19th.
Please join us for an Open House with cookies and coffee in the Community Center on Thursday, June 22nd from 8:30am-10:30am. Bonnye Sorenson will be making the cookies for the event. Great time to show off the newly remodeled space.
The July Council meeting will be rescheduled to Wednesday, July 5th since there will not be a quorum on Monday, July 3rd.
Previously, the Council discussed Consumption in Public Ordinance. According to Brady Swanson, it would be okay dealing with our insurance. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Terry Sundby, to exempt public parks from Ordinance 112.05 CONSUMPTION IN PUBLIC PLACES. Motion carried.
It was noted to remind residents to pitch in and pick up the community, especially the trash located on the streets and throughout the city. Take pride in Argyle!
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to approve the bills presented for payment, the Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, delinquent accounts and vacation & sick leave. Motion carried.
Being no further business, motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Gunderson, to adjourn. Motion carried.
Reminder: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on July 12, 2023.
Curbside Compost Pickup Changing To Monday’s – Spring thru Fall
After getting your weekend yard work done, haul garden and yard waste (trees, branches, leaves, etc.) to your berm and the City Crew will pick up on Monday.
All smaller clippings must be bagged or in a can.
1/2 Truckload – $30.00 Full Truckload – $50.00 Anything smaller is free of charge
Dumpster Rentals are available through the City Office. Please call 218-437-6621 to get a list of acceptable items and to schedule a drop off date. Cost $45.00 + tax
Abbreviations on your utility bill:
CREF – Commercial Refuse CSWR – Commercial Sewer CWTR – Commercial Water
GTX – Gas Tax LC – Late Charge MISC – Miscellaneous
MSPR – Mosquito Spray RGAS – Residential Gas RREF – Residential Refuse
RWTR – Residential Water SPI – Sewer Project Fees RRTX – Residential Refuse Tax
WPI – Water Project Fees SSR – Single Sort Recycling SWR – Sewer
swcf – State Water Connection Fee