Mayor Terry Sundby called to order the Council meeting on March 7, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the Argyle City Office. Present were Mayor Sundby, David Gunderson, Aaron Rivard, and Penni Anderson. Absent was Tony Deschene. Also in attendance were Michael Pagnac and Tamara Benitt. Motion by David Gunderson, second by Penni Anderson, to approve the previous minutes. Motion carried.
Members from the Fire Hall Committee presented the proposed Fire Hall building. A location is trying to be finalized. The Council did make a few suggestions to the estimates and designs.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Penni Anderson, to approve the Maintenance report. Motion carried. There was a discussion on purchasing a newer backhoe in 2024. Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve Tony Safranski to look at both snowblowers and purchase the better of the two if they are in decent shape. Motion carried.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Penni Anderson, to purchase the camera system for the office. Motion carried. The body cameras and office camera system will be used for the protection of our city employees and residents. Recording cannot be for harming others but for security reasons only, not to monitor daily activities. Tamara is to write up a policy about the City’s usage of the cameras.
Motion by Penni Anderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to purchase 12 hanging baskets from Evergreen n’ Ivy. In the budget for 2023, hiring for watering the hanging baskets, flower planters, and the garden club gardens was approved for $900/season. The waterer will be able to use the city equipment.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Penni Anderson, to advertise for retired mowers and kids summer help for $15.00/hour.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Penni Anderson, to advertise for Summer Rec Director/Head Coach at $15.00/hour, Assistant Coach at $12.50/hour, Bus Driver at $20.00/hour, and Umpire at $15.00/game.
On a motion by David Gunderson, the following resolution was adopted: RESOLUTION 04-2023: BENEFITS PER YEAR OF SERVICE FOR ARGYLE FIRE DEPARTMENT. Penni Anderson seconded the motion, and the same being put to a vote was duly carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to transfer funds to 4M Plus. Motion carried.
Ron Ruud of the Northwest Service Cooperative Environmental Health & Safety summary report was reviewed.
Marshall County completed the annual bridge inspection at Island Park.
Michael Pagnac passed Class C water license, so he is certified with the Department of Health.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Penni Anderson, to not donate to the Marshall County Fair Board Grandstand Fundraising Campaign. Abstain: Aaron Rivard
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Penni Anderson, to approve Ben Welin as a new firefighter. Motion carried.
Tony Safranski will be attending the Minnesota Rural Water & Wastewater Conference in St. Cloud March 6-9th.
The Council reviewed the Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, Delinquent Accounts, vacation & sick leave and bills presented for payment. The Delinquent accounts were discussed. Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Penni Anderson, to approve the bills presented for payment, the Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, delinquent accounts and vacation & sick leave. Motion carried.
Motion by Penni Anderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the building permit: Terry Sundby, kitchen remodel. 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 April 12, 2023.
City Office & City Shop Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Friday 7:00 AM – 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).
Area Foodshelf: April 11, 2023 – St. Rose Church Basement, 4:30 – 5:30 PM.
Residents are reminded to stop by City Office to purchase a $15.00 building permit for any remodeling/building over $500.00. This is an important step to ensure all codes and setbacks are followed.
Request 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. Thank you for your cooperation!
- A reminder from the Argyle Gas Department: 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 help the Fire Department by keeping your fire hydrants cleared of snow.
Pedestrian Park located on the corner of Highway 75 and 3rd Street is getting a major upgrade. PLEASE let the City Office know of any suggestions you have for naming the park. Donations are being accepted for the Park Project Fund. Donations are being accepted for the Park Project Fund.
HELP US BRING BEAUTY AND PRIDE TO ARGYLE!