Mayor Robert Clausen opened the January 5, 2017 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM in the Argyle City Office. Council members present were Mayor Clausen, Anthony Deschene, Howard McLean, and David Gunderson. Absent was Aaron Rivard. Also in attendance were Melissa Knutson of CPS, Tony Safranski and Vicki Tulibaski. Motion by David Gunderson, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings. Motion carried.
No information has been received from KLJ or the Army Corp on the dike. This will continue to be on the agenda until certification is received.
The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report. The Council discussed snow blowing and the new hockey rink.
Don Parent arrived at the meeting. Don Parent brought a number of concerns to the Council’s attention. He then left the meeting.
Melissa Knutson of CPS came before the Council and discussed a task order contract – which is a standard document. She explained to the Council that this is used when smaller bits of work need to be done. It does not authorize any work, but it sets forth all the rules to follow if CPS ever does work for the city. There is no cost for this task order contract. The Council discussed having CPS draw up maps of all city utilities. There will be no charge if the city has a coordinate file (GPS) and if it would process into CPS’s system. Tony will get this information together and get it to Melissa.
Council members discussed the need for residents to be reminded that they need to keep their gas meters and regulators open. This is for their safety.
The Council approved a 2% cost of living increase for all employees along with their pay step.
The Council discussed OSHA requirements for safety shoes. The Clerk will check with the LMC and also check on a city safety policy. The Council stated that safety vests need to be worn by the City Crew at all times.
The Council approved by resolution the appointment of Howard McLean as Vice Mayor. The Council reviewed and approved by resolution the annual designations, appointments, rental and fee schedules. After some discussion, also approve by resolution was the rate schedule for 2017 with no utility increases.
The Council was informed that the City Office and Shop will be closed Monday, January 16th, Martin Luther King Day.
The Council approved by resolution to waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability.
The Council again discussed a doorway into the Mall from the Community Center. The Mall Committee wants the door to be a glass door. The door issue was tabled until the February meeting.
Utility deposits for Farmers Union Insurance were waived as their previous account with the city is in good standing.
The Council was informed that a property/casualty dividend was received from the LMCIT.
Due to lending regulations, the Council approved the transfer of property from Dillon Erickson to Allen & Dawn Erickson for construction of a new home to be sold back to Dillon Erickson.
The City of Argyle NO LONGER accepts electronics – TVs, computers, monitors, etc. Northern Sanitation will not accept them. Please do not dispose of them in your garbage or leave them at the shop. The Clerk was instructed to find out if Polk County has a place to haul them.
The Council approved the resignation of Al Larson from the A.R.E.D.A. Board and the appointment of Janelle Swanson to the A.R.E.D.A. Board.
The Council discussed the skating rink. The big pusher will be left at the rink so users can push the snow aside on weekends.
The Council reviewed and denied a request for a donation to Reach Out For Warmth from Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment. Delinquent accounts were reviewed.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
**Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on February 15th.
**Please keep all gates open and free of snow so meters can be read. Thanks for your cooperation! A reminder to all gas customers: 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 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 help the Fire Department keep your fire hydrants cleared of snow!