January 2017

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!

December 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the Truth-in-Taxation meeting at 7:00PM on December 5, 2016.  No one from the public attended the meeting. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to close the Truth-In-Taxation meeting.  Motion carried.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the December 5, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Terry Sundby, and Anthony Deschene.  Also in attendance were Aaron Rivard, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Mayor Robert Clausen, Anthony Deschene, and Aaron Rivard took the oath of office for the terms of January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion carried.

The Council reviewed an email from Roger Denick STARR II FEMA Region V Service Center regarding the re-certification of the city levy.  They city will be notified when the accreditation materials have been deemed complete.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.  Tony Safranski will contact Fusion to return to the filter plant to do some cleanup.  The Council discussed the benches outside the Mall.  General consensus of the Council is for the city crew to put all the benches in the cold storage building for the winter.

The Council approved an estimate from B.I.L. to build a wheel loader snow pusher with loader mount and ski shoes.  This will be added to the 2017 budget.

The Council approved by resolution the adoption of the 2017 levy.

The Council discussed cast iron water main replacement.  No decision was made.

 The 2017 budget was again reviewed.  Street capital outlay was increased for the purchase of the snow pusher.  The Council approved by resolution the amended 2017 budget.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit of Kevin Zacha for windows.

The City Office and City Shop will be closed Friday, December 23rd, Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.

The Council set the January Council meeting for Thursday, January 5th at 7:00PM.

The Council approved by resolution all donations made to the Argyle Fire Department since June 2016.  Anthony Deschene abstained.

The Council reviewed the Step Pay spreadsheet.  This will be reviewed again at the January meeting.

The Council discussed the skating rink and the new hockey rink.  The Argyle Lions built hockey boards.  A discussion on a liner for the two rinks was discussed.  No skating rink attendant will be hired.  General consensus of the Council was anyone causing a problem will be reprimanded.

The Council approved by resolution, the 2017 AFD budget.  Anthony Deschene abstained.

The Council discussed an entrance into the Mall area.  The Council is awaiting the Mall Committee approval.  Also discussed were improvements to the Community Center and City Office area.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment with the addition of a bill from Wells Concrete.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

November 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the November 14, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Also present were Tony Safranski, Tami Hebert, Melissa Knutson of CPS, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Howard McLean, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

The Council canvassed and declared the official results of the November 8, 2016 municipal election – Robert Clausen, Mayor; Aaron Rivard and Anthony Deschene, Council members.  Their terms of office will be January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

No one from KLJ attended the meeting, however, according to Jon Pauna they have received no further correspondence on the dike recertification so it should be completed.  Jon is also working with Tony on the pond permit.

Tami Hebert representing the City of Stephen Parks and Rec Program came before the Council to see if the two cities could combine their summer programs.  A survey will be sent out with the next billing to find out what the parents of Argyle are interested in for the Summer Rec Program.

The Council approved by resolution dedicating East section of Third Street.

The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report.  A discussion was held on a water meter for the school boiler.

The Council approved the purchase of a used trailer with a bi-fold gate and textured finish from Acme Equipment.  The Council discussed repairs that need to be made to the water tower hill building.  Also discussed was the skating rink.  The Lions will be meeting to discuss the hockey boards.  A liner still needs to be gotten.

The Council received bids for cutting a doorway into the Mall area.  The Council approved the bid from Sorenson Construction pending the approval of the Mall Committee.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permits of Carl Kroll, replace driveway; Mark Larson, garden shed; Greg Hanson, shower and home improvement.

The Council reviewed an invitation from the Argyle Community Club and Argyle Mall businesses regarding the community tree lighting and a request for a pan of bars for the community event.  The Council approved putting up a “City of Argyle” tree and donating a pan of bars to the community event.

The Council discussed replacing the round bins currently used for storage with shipping containers.  Tony will check into this and report at the December meeting.

The Council approved an additional flower plot east of St. Germains Creations.  The Garden Club stated that they would plant and care for it.  Also discussed was setting up a tank with water or decorative barrels by each flower plot.  Tony will talk to the Garden Club and determine what is needed.

The Council reviewed the bills presented for payment.  Several bills were questioned and will be checked into.  The remaining bills were approved to be paid.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

***When the snow arrives…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!

October 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen opened the public hearing regarding the law Mark Dayton signed into effect on May 12, 2016 regarding the creation and regulation of temporary family health care dwellings.  No one from the public attended the meeting or left any comments.  The Council approved by resolution Ordinance 01-2016, to opt-out Minnesota Statues, Section 462.3593.

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the October 3, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, and Terry Sundby.  Also in attendance were Colleen Deitz, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by Howard McLean, to approve the minutes of previous meeting.  Motion carried.

Colleen Deitz came before the Council requesting to attach a 12 x 34 Park Model onto the back door of her mobile home.  The Council approved her building permit to attach the Park Model onto her mobile home.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council reviewed and approved the written proposal from KLM Engineering for an inspection of the water tower.

The Council approved by resolution the liquor license renewals of the Hogberg-Gerszewski Post 353 of the American Legion and the Dell Steakhouse and Lounge LLC.

The Council reviewed and approved the following building permits: Ken Ethier, roof and remodel house; Jeff and Colleen Radeke, garage, door, etc.

The Council acknowledged and approved excluded bingo activity at the Argyle Community Center for St. Rose during their bazaar on October 23, 2016.

The Council approved the State Water Connection Fee for 2016 at $6.36 per water connection to be billed on the October bill and to pay the bill to the State.

A request was received to bring water and sewer to land on the west side of Cedar Avenue.  The Council instructed Tony to get a cost estimate.

The Council was informed that the Cold Weather Rule comes into effect on October 15th through April 15th.

The Council discussed a walkway between the Mall and the Community Center.  Bids will be received for cutting the concrete and this will be discussed at the next Council meeting.

The Council discussed the size of meters needed to run grain bins and dryers.  Tony was instructed to check into this before new meters are ordered.

The A.R.E.D.A. Board requested the Council to send letters to properties with unlicensed vehicles located on them.  A junk dealer would come to town to pick them up.  General consensus of the Council was for the A.R.E.D.A. to handle this.

The Council was informed that the Mayor and the Lions members are working on new entrance signs to the city.  The Council approved pouring cement and sono tubes for the signs this fall so the work can be completed in the spring.

The Council discussed the Eco-lab Pest Control contract for the quonsets on the north end of town.  After some discussion, the Council moved to discontinue the Eco-lab service and have each quonset owner treat their own buildings.

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

September 2016

Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the September 6, 2016 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM.  Present were Mayor Clausen, Howard McLean, Terry Sundby and Anthony Deschene.  Absent was David Gunderson.  Also in attendance was Shawn Mulhern of KLM Engineering, Keith Bergeron, Melissa Knutson of CPS, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski.  Motion by Terry Sundby, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the minutes of the previous meetings.  Motion carried.

Shawn Mulhern of KLM Engineering came before the Council to discuss the water tower.  He discussed doing an inspection and evaluation of the water tower.  PJ Schiller arrived at the meeting.  The Council was informed that the city has a contract with Maguire Iron to clean and inspect the tower and they will be coming Sept. 12th.  Motion to get out of the contract with Maguire Iron for cleaning on September 12th and have KLM Engineering draw up a proposal for an evaluation.  Motion carried.

Keith Bergeron addressed the Council on renaming the Argyle Baseball field.  He stated that they would like a monument placed in front of the Garden Club’s plot on the corner of East 2nd Street and Hwy. 75.  He spoke with the Garden Club and they have no issues.  Also discussed was an arched sign with the name on it.  Keith stated they will also add a sign stating dedicated to the Argyle veterans who died in service to their country as is in Kurz Memorial Park.  The Legion will do the fund raising for all the signs.  If there is money left, they will put in sidewalks to the memorial.  The Council approved by resolution renaming the ball field to The Lynn Swanson Memorial Ball Park.

PJ Schiller addressed the Council on extending Sixth Street east where it used to go north of the Hamrick property.  He may be interested in purchasing the property and feels there should be a street there.  The Council will look at the area in question, discuss it further and then get back to PJ.  PJ then left the meeting.

Melissa Knutson of CPS, Ltd. came before the Council to discuss cast iron water main replacement costs.  She gave the Council several scenarios and recommended doing all the work at once as it would save costs administration and bidding.  Tony will get a map of the cast iron pipes to Melissa for review and she will give a more detailed cost next month.

The Council then discussed the utility easement on 3rd Street and the outlots in River Addition.

The Council reviewed and approved the written Maintenance Report.

The Council approved by resolution the Marshall County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

No bids were received for the ambulance.

The Council reviewed the proposed 2017 budget and made changes.

The Council approved by resolution the 2017 tax levy and the preliminary 2017 budget.

The Council reviewed and approved the building permit application of Brandon Moehrle to remodel home.

A public hearing will be held on October 3, 2016 on opting-out of allowing temporary family health care dwellings.

The Council approved combining parcels and moving the specials on Parcel #50-0194-001 to Parcel #50-0194-000 (St. Rose).

The Council approved hiring Gary Durand to mow this fall with Justin McMahon as a backup.

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

The Council reviewed and approved the bills presented for payment.

Being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

  • Reminder: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on October 12th.