March 1, 2021 – Draft
Mayor Terry Sundby called to order the March 1, 2021 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM in the City Office. Present were Mayor Sundby, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard. Absent were David Gunderson and David Sorenson. Also in attendance were Andrew Aakre of Moore Engineering, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.
Andrew Aakre went over the Progress Report on the Argyle Water Improvements Project with the Council. Andrew was asked to explain the comparisons of Rural Water and four possible city system upgrades. The Council had a lot of questions and wants Andrew to come back with updated figures after additional expenses are added in that were not previously figured. He stated the dollar amounts were estimates.
Also discussed was a timeline for the project and if the city would be eligible for grant money. Andrew then left the meeting.
Dale Pagnac and Jerry Grochowski arrived at the meeting. They are representing D & D Commodities and came before the Council asking permission from the city to put cables for support for their elevator leg structures across Atlantic Avenue. OTP approved the cables over Atlantic. Dale & Jerry were given a list of guidelines from the LMC that need to be followed. A contract will also be drawn up. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to allow D&D Commodities to put cables across Atlantic Avenue as long as they follow the LMC guidelines. Motion carried. Dale & Jerry left the meeting.
Mason Sundby and Grant Bergeron arrived at the meeting. They came to update the Council on the new fire hall they are proposing. They do not have building cost estimates ready yet. Next week they will meet with nine townships at their annual meetings and go over the proposed new fire hall. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Terry Sundby to approve the City of Argyle to pay 64% of the fire hall costs. Motion carried. The percentage was based off of calls from 2012 to 2020. They will ask the townships to cover the balance – 36%. Several locations were talked about. Mason & Grant left the meeting.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the Maintenance Report. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the purchase of 12 hanging flower baskets and the city crew to water them and the flower planters and garden club gardens. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to advertise for retired summer help person, summer help kids and Summer Rec Director/Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Bus Driver, and Umpires. New employees starting at $10.00/hour and returning employees $.50 raise. Motion carried.
The Council reviewed and discussed quotes from LaBine Electric for converting lighting at city buildings to LED. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve LaBine Electric to convert the City Hall and Museum lighting to LED and update an outside light on the east side of the City Shop to LED. Motion carried.
The Council reviewed a quote from Display Sales for new Christmas LED lights as the current lights need to be updated. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard to purchase the Christmas lights from Display Sales. Argyle Area Community Foundation will contribute $2,000.00 toward the lighting. Motion carried.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the Mayor signing the Authorization Application for Airborne Vector Control – this does not commit the City of Argyle to aerial spraying by Airborne Vector Control. Motion carried.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Anthony Deschene, to waive the rental fee for the Gun Safety Class. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to transfer the cost of the street sweeper, the Atlantic Avenue street overlay, and the Mall overlay from the Gas Fund to the General Fund. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Terry Sundby, to not donate to the Marshall County Fair Board Grandstand campaign. Aaron abstained. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve sending a letter to the DNR regarding the dam in Island Park and have it signed by the former Mayor, current Mayor, and the Fire Chief. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the bills presented for payment. Motion carried.
Being no further business, motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Anthony Deschene, to adjourn. Motion carried.
** 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 weigh more than 50 pounds. If over weight, it may be left or you will be billed additional charges.
**Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on April 14th. Please have your totes to the curb 3 feet away from anything by 7:00AM. PLASTIC BAGS AND AEROSOL CANS ARE NOT RECYCLABLE!
Styrofoam food containers are not recyclable either.
**Building permits are required for any building or remodeling over $500.00. Building permits are $15.00.
** 2021 Permits for golf carts, ATV’s & UTV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00. ALL need to be licensed.
** 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 or tags.
** Gas rebate forms are available at the City Office.
** Call before you dig…It’s the Law! Dial 811
** 2021 Pet licenses can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00. ALL cats and dogs must be licensed.
** Please report street light outages to the City Office.
** After hour payments of City utilities, can be dropped on at the NEW utility drop box located on street by City Office or at United Valley Bank night depository.