June 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the June 5, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Jon Pauna and Kevin Bucholz of Moore Engineering, Inc.  and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Jon Pauna & Kevin Bucholz of Moore Engineering addressed the Council.  They focus strictly on municipals and would like to work with Argyle on a project.  They  would be more than willing to sit down and go over upcoming projects and help facilitate a funding package.  They thanked the Council for giving them an opportunity to speak and then left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council again discussed the need for a Safety Policy.  David Gunderson agreed to revise and simplify the old safety policy and will bring it back to the office to be retyped and then the Council can review.  This will be discussed at the July or August meeting whenever David has it ready.

The Council discussed the new fire truck and new door and work to be done.  The Clerk has not received the final dollar amount on the truck and no bids have been received for the door.  A special meeting may need to be held for Council approval.

David Gunderson presented information on storage containers from Storage Pros in Grafton.  Tony Safranski arrived at the meeting.  Tony stated that Mitch Borowicz is willing to sell two containers.  Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering arrived at the meeting.  The Council approved purchasing up to two containers from Mitch Borowicz, if they are both needed.

Melissa Knutson reviewed the updated concept of a replat in Bradford’s Addition that they asked Melissa to draw up at the May meeting.  The Council made several changes.  Melissa will draft up plat for the Council to approve and then record with the County.  Melissa then left the meeting.

The Council approved by resolution the Temporary Community Festival Liquor Licenses for the Argyle American Legion and The Dell Steakhouse & Lounge, LLC for Meet Your Neighbor Day weekend.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications of Sandy Magnusson, landscape yard; Brian & Dana Kloeppner, fence for dogs; Al Larson, new home; and Bob Clausen, shingles, windows and siding.

The Pet Vaccination Clinic will be June 13th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the City Shop.

Per request, the Council waived the utility deposits for Craig Sundby and Austin Sundby as their accounts are in good standing with the City.

The Council discussed and decided to apply for a Child Labor Exemption Permit from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

The old Christmas decorations were advertised on the LMC website for a month and there was no interest.  They will be scraped out.

The Council denied a request for comp time.

The Council then discussed and approved moving the July Council meeting to July 11th at 7:00PM.

The Council approved the purchase of an 11M gas meter from Energy Economics.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

May 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Board of Appeal & Equalization meeting at 6:00PM on May 1, 2017.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Russ Steer and Allison Wahl from Marshall County Assessor Office and Vicki Tulibaski.  No one from the public attended the meeting.  Russ informed the Council that taxes in Argyle stayed about the same.  No Council action needed. The Mayor then closed the meeting.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the May 1, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00 PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering, Francis Tougas, Judy Adolphson, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

Judy Adolphson and Francis Tougas came before the Council to explain the One Vegetable – One Community Program.  They hope to raise awareness for healthy living and growing vegetables and eating healthy.  They plan to work with the Argyle Garden Club, Zeal Fitness, and the H.O.P.E. Program.  The goal is to have tomatoes grown all over the community and have events to raise awareness.  Judy & Francis left the meeting.

Eric Magnusson, Paul Carlson, Dillon Erickson, Tim Tulibaski, and Kelly Durand came before the Council representing the Argyle Fire Department.  Eric explained to the Council that they have recently found a carryover 2015 Freightliner with 17,000 miles that comes with a one year warranty.  The cost of the truck plus add on will come to around $300,000.  After some discussion, motion by Howard McLean, second by Aaron Rivard, to pay $150,000 up front and finance balance with townships and fire department truck fund money for the 2015 Freightliner fire truck.  Motion carried.  The firemen then presented two bids for raising the header and installation of a new door & opener.  The Council asked that they draw up a bid sheet and give to the two companies – so an apples to apples bid comparison can be done.  The firemen then left the meeting.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering handed out several initial concepts of replats of Bradford Addition.  She met with the Mayor & Tony Safranski and came up with two ideas.  These were reviewed by the Council and asked Melissa draw up one more suggestion they came up with.  Melissa left the meeting.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council again discussed a donation to the Marshall County Fair Board grandstand project.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to not donate to the Marshall County Fair grandstand project.  Abstain: Aaron Rivard and David Gunderson; Robert Clausen, aye.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed the Summer Rec applications and approved hiring Kayla Safranski as Summer Rec Director/Head Coach, Sherry Donarski, Bus Driver, Isaac Durand as Assistant Coach.

The Council approved hiring Gary Durand for mowing and Collin Neuschwander as Summer Help and Steve Safranski as fill-in if Gary is gone.

The Council reviewed a proposal to charge residents full price for recycling totes to eliminate the deficit in the Refuse Department and turned it down.

The Council reviewed the costs of mosquito spray for 2016 and approved charging $2.00/month per water connection beginning with the next bill through the October bill.

Sump pump violators will be fined if they do not route their sumps to the street or lawn.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit applications from Craig Sundby, siding; Chad Pietruszewski, fence; Dillon Erickson, new home; and Nick Safranski, addition.

A Source Water Protection Implementation Grant through the Minnesota Department of Health was received for installation of a transfer switch and inlet for a generator at the city well.

The Council was informed that the City Office & City Shop will be closed on Memorial Day, May 29th.

The Council was informed that the AACF Endowment Fund has granted $1,500.00 to the AFD and $500.00 to Summer Rec.  The AACF Beautification Fund has granted $1,379.00 for hanging flower baskets, $2,000.00 for the baseball field upgrades and repairs, and $2,000.00 for the city entry signs.

The Council approved by resolution the benefit for years of service on the Argyle Fire Department.

The Council approved a donation of $600.00 to the Argyle Garden Club to purchase flowers for their plots in Argyle.

The Council approved in-kind donations to the Argyle Scramble and the Argyle Historical Society.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.  Delinquent accounts over 90 days are to be turned off.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**** PET VACCINATION CLINIC – JUNE 13th 4-6 PM  – Peterson Vet Clinic at Argyle City Shop ****

April 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the April 3, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Aaron Rivard, Howard McLean and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance was Brian Opsahl of Brady, Martz & Associates, Mike St. Germain, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by David Guderson, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Brian Opsahl of Brady, Martz & Associates presented the city audit to the Council.  The Council approved the 2016 audit.

Mike St. Germain came before the Council on behalf of the Marshall County Fair Board to request a donation for the grandstand project.  The Council tabled the request.

Eight members of the Argyle Fire Department came before the Council to request funds for a fire truck and replacement of the west fire hall door.  The Council approved contributing up to $175,000.00 towards a fire truck and door replacement.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering informed the Council of her findings on the storm sewer on Lincoln Avenue.  She stated this will be a very costly project.  A trunk feasibility study will need to be done.  The Council will take some time to think about the project and the information provided by Melissa and make a decision in the near future.

Melissa explained the results of the survey her crew completed on the city lots in Bradford Addition.  After some discussion, the Council approved moving forward with Task Order No. 2 with CPS Engineering.  This work will involve a section breakdown, replat and monumentation.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council then reviewed a packet of information received from the LMC after a safety discussion with a loss control consultant.  As all the Council did not get all the information read, the matter was tabled until next month.

The Council approved the purchase of a 40 foot storage container.  The Council also approved hiring Marshall County to apply calcium chloride on the same areas as last year.

The Council approved the A.R.E.D.A.’s sale of parcel #50-0343-000, Lot 12, Block 12, Culbertson’s Addition to Al Larson.

The Council approved summer hours for the City Office and Crew from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Summer hours will be Monday to Thursday 7:00AM – 4:30PM and Friday 8:00AM – 12:00PM.

The Local Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting will be held on May 1st at the City Office.

The Council discussed the trouble they had with ground bees last year.  A resident asked if the city crew would handle this.  General consensus of the Council was this would be up to individual property owners.

The City Office and City Shop will be closed on Good Friday.

The Council approved hiring Gary Durand for spring and fall mowing.

The Council approved by resolution ratifying a sale of land to Joel St. Germain from 1981.

A discussion was held on the garbage that is left out for pickup that is not properly bagged or tagged.  This will no longer be picked up.  ALL GARBAGE OUT FOR PICKUP MUST BE PROPERLY BAGGED OR TAGGED.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

The delinquent accounts were discussed.  If the resident has gone beyond the set up payment policy and is not making payments, their utility will be shut off for non-payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

**All sump pumps need to be routed to the streets.  There will be spot checks and you will be fined if not in compliance.
**Reminder: 2017 Permits for golf carts and ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.  All need to be licensed.
** Call before you dig…it’s the law!  Call 811.
**Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on May 10th.  Please have your totes to the curb – 3 feet away from anything by 7:00AM.

March 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the March 6, 2017 Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Absent were Anthony Deschene and David Gunderson.  Also in attendance were Wayne Gruhot and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed a letter from FEMA stating that certification criteria outlined in 44 CFR Section 65.10 have been met for the Argyle Levee, and they plan to fully accredit the levee system on further effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) numbers 27089C0779D and 27089C0783D.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  The Council discussed putting a slanted tin roof on the water tower hill building.  The Mayor will line up getting a bid for the work.

The Council reviewed the steps the city needs to follow to do a RFP (request for proposal) for an insurance servicing agent of record.  General consensus of the Council was to review the RFP at the August meeting.

The Council discussed the city’s safety policy and were informed about Stephen and Warren’s safety policies.  The Clerk is waiting for information and this will be reviewed at the next Council meeting.

The door to the Mall and remodel of the Community Center was again tabled until the next meeting.

The Council again discussed the disposal of TV’s and computer monitors.  Marshall County Landfill south of Argyle will take resident’s TV’s and computer monitors for a $5/item fee.  It costs $7/item to haul to Markit Landfill in Hallock.

The Council approved extending the firm contract with Viking Gas Transmission for a term of 10 years.  David Gunderson abstained.

David Gunderson presented information on a 40 foot container to use in place of the round storage tanks now being used.  The area will be cleaned up and readied for the container.

Melissa Knutson of CPS came to the meeting and discussed text files sent to her for printing maps.  The files did not contain enough information to print accurate maps.  Also discussed with Melissa was work that needed to be done on Lincoln Avenue and the re-platting of the Hammerback lots.

The Council approved advertising for Summer Rec positions and Summer Help.

The Council approved the building permit Dustin Grabowska for bathroom remodel and possible garage addition.

The Council approved by resolution a donation from the Hogberg-Gerszewski Post for the granite marker at the Lynn Swanson Memorial Ball Park.

The Council approved purchasing hanging flower baskets again from Evergreen and Ivy.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment and the financial reports.  Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

*** 2017 Permits for golf carts & ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00.  All need to be licensed.
*** Reminder: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on April 12th.
*** Attention Retirees and Students: The City of Argyle is looking for Summer Help.  Pick up application at the Argyle City Office.  Application deadline is April 27th.

February 2017

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the February 6, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, David Gunderson,Howard McLean, and Aaron Rivard.  Also in attendance were Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

No further information has been received on the dike re-certification.  This will remain on the agenda until notice has been received.  Tony stated that letters will be sent out to households with tricklers stating to NOT turn their tricklers on as the temperatures do not warrant it.  The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

 The Council was informed that Summer Rec Surveys went out in the November utility bills.  Only 20 surveys were returned.  Ten in favor of combining and ten against combining Summer Rec.

 The Council reviewed the income and expense totals for 2016 Summer Rec. After some discussion, the Council approved keeping Summer Rec as is and not combining with Stephen.

The Council reviewed the Safety Policy and information from OSHA on Personal Protective Equipment.  The Clerk was instructed to check what the cities of Stephen and Warren have for safety policies.  This will be discussed at the March meeting.

No action taken on putting a door into the Mall from the Community Center or Community Center remodeling.  This will remain on the agenda.

The Council discussed a need to find a way to dispose of TV’s and computer monitors, as Northern Sanitation will no longer take them.  The Clerk visited with Josh Johnston at Marshall County.  They can be hauled to the landfill south of Argyle for a fee of $5/item.  The Clerk will check further into this matter and report at the next meeting.

The Council discussed doing an RFP (Request For Proposal) for the city’s insurance agent.  The Council approved sending letters to the three local agents with an RFP for the term of three years beginning in 2018.

The Council approved by resolution raising the coverage for no-fault sewer backup to $25000/occurrence.

The Council was informed that the City Office and City Shop will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of President’s Day.

The Council approved excluded bingo activity at St. Rose Church for the Marshall County Group Homes, Inc. on March 5, 2017.

The Council reviewed a letter from a delinquent account.

The Council approved the following officers for the Argyle Fire Department for 2017:
Chief – Kelly Durand
Assistant Chief – Rob Svendsen
Secretary – Rob Clausen
Treasurer – Rick Kroll
EMS – Chris Urbaniak
Safety Officer – Paul Carlson
Interior Officer – Tony Deschene
Ventilation Officer – Eric Magnusson
Chief Engineer – Tim Tulibaski
Training Officer – Tony Safranski

The Council approved paying bills for materials for Hogberg-Gerszewski Post for work they are doing on the Lynn Swanson Memorial Park as it is city property.  They will then reimburse the city with the donations they have raised.

Melissa Knutson of CPS Engineering arrived at the meeting.  She went over a Task Order Edition with the Council.  She also discussed and handed out information regarding charges for mapping city utilities.  The Council approved the Mayor to sign the Task Order Edition, but no action was taken on the mapping of city utilities.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment, the balance sheet and the profit and loss.  Delinquent accounts were also reviewed.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.