Vice – Mayor David Gunderson opened the Board of Appeal & Equalization Meeting on May 2, 2022, at 6:00PM at the Argyle City Office. Council members present were David Sorenson and Anthony Deschene. Absent was Aaron Rivard and Mayor Terry Sundby. Attending from the Assessor’s Office were Russ Steer, Ryan Larson, and Alison Grzadzieleski. Also in attendance were Bob Clausen and Tamara Benitt. Bob Clausen questioned his raised evaluation. The County will make the change and Bob’s value should drop roughly $1,200.00. Motion by Tony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, to approve the County to reduce the value of Bob Clausen’s property. Motion carried.
Vice – Mayor David Gunderson called to order the May 2, 2022, Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00 PM in the City Office. Present were Vice-Mayor Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, David Sorenson, and Aaron Rivard. Absent was Mayor Terry Sundby. Also in attendance were Tony Safranski, Michael Pagnac, Riley Clausen, Riley Mooney, Carly Pagnac, Paul Bergeron and Tamara Benitt. Motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.
Markit County Grain board member Paul Bergeron, questioned the gas rate for Markit’s dryers. The Council will negotiate the rate next meeting.
Motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to purchase the Kubota tractor with the contingency of getting the USDA grant. On a motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron, the Maintenance Report was approved.
Bid opening is Tuesday, May 17th at 8:00 PM at Marshall & Polk Rural Water Office in Warren. The Council is invited to attend. At the April Council meeting, it was decided that the Council would hold a special meeting on May 18th, to discuss the bids and payment options for the residents.
On a motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to hire Emily Gunderson as summer help and Ashten Safranski and Carsen Safranski as coaches for Summer Rec Program. Abstained: David Gunderson.
The selling of a portion of the Community Center was discussed. The Council wants to see some estimates on upgrades before they decide on an asking price.
We have started reviewing the Minnesota Basic Code of Ordinances. The Council members will compare the current ordinances with the new ordinances before any decisions will be made. They will start the adoption process at the June meeting.
On a motion by David Sorenson, the following resolution was adopted: RESOLUTION 08-2022 ELECT THE STANDARD ALLOWANCE AVAILABLE UNDER THE REVENUE LOSS PROVISION OF THE CORONAVIRUS LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUND ESTABLISHED UNDER THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT, Aaron Rivard second the motion.
The Council will check into the 4M fund through the League of Minnesota Cities.
Motion by Tony Deschene, second by David Sorenson to approve the building permits: Northern Roots Insurance – new flooring, trim, doors, and windows, Dillon Erickson – storage shed, and Kelly Durand – new windows and finish bedroom in basement.
On a motion by Aaron Rivard, the following resolution was adopted: RESOLUTION 09-2022 BENEFITS PER YEAR OF SERVICE FOR ARGYLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, David Sorenson second the motion. Abstained: Tony Deschene.
The Fire Department are looking for two more firefighters.
Terry Sundby met with Brian Anderson about purchasing his property.
The City Office & City Shop will be closed on Monday, May 30th, 2022, for Memorial Day.
Motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to sign the contract with Marshall County to have them apply calcium chloride.
An insurance claim was started with LMC about a resident having water in the basement.
The Railroad Crossing safety arms on 2nd Street is no longer on the Railroads schedule.
The Council discussed the Arturo Martinez Jr.’s property and blight conditions. The Council then mentioned other vacant buildings and housed within the City of Argyle.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by David Sorenson, to approve the bills presented for payment, the Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, delinquent accounts and vacation & sick leave.
Being no further business, motion by David Sorenson, second by Tony Deschene, to adjourn.
REMINDER: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on JUNE 15, 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).
ABBREVIATIONS ON YOUR UTILITY BILL:
108W Water Sewer Fee County Road 8
CREF Commercial Refuse
CSWR Commercial Sewer
CWTR Commercial Water
GTX Gas Tax
LC Late Charge
MSPR Mosquito Spray
NSF Return Check Fee
RGAS Residential Gas
RREF Residential Refuse
RRRX Residential Refuse Tax
RWTR Residential Water
SPI Sewer Project Improvements Fee
swcf State Water Connection Fee
SSR Single Sort Recycling
WPI Water Project Improvements Fee