August 3, 2020
Mayor Robert Clausen called to order the August 3, 2020 Argyle City Council meeting at 7:00PM at the Argyle City Office. Present were Mayor Clausen, David Gunderson, Anthony Deschene, Aaron Rivard, and David Sorenson. Also, in attendance were John Wynne of Northwest Community Action, Francisco Arce, Jr., Ashten Safranski, Tony Safranski, and Vicki Tulibaski. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting. Motion carried.
John Wynne came before the Council to explain the Small Cities Development grant. He explained there are 15 housing rehabilitation, 4 commercial buildings and 14 rental units in the grant. The grant was for $759,000.00. The commercial owners are required to pay 20% of their cost and the grant pays the other 80%. Rental property is required to pay 30% of the cost and the grant pays 70%. On a motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, the Council approved by resolution the following plans: Administrative Services Contract with Northwest Community Action; Residential Anti-displacement & Relocation Plan; Program Income Plan; Fair Housing Plan; Policy on Prohibition of Use of Excessive Force; Drug Free Workplace Certification; and Section Free Plan. Carried. John will develop an application and mail out to those who applied. John then left the meeting.
Francisco Arce, Jr. came before the Council requesting information on the former John LaBine lots that came back to the City. He will bring more information to the next Council meeting.
Ashten Safranski came before the Council and asked for approval to start a town baseball team – 19 years & older in 2021. They would find their own sponsors and their use of the ball field would not interfere with the other teams. Motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve a 19 & older baseball team. Motion carried.
The Council reviewed the report from Moore Engineering. They are still waiting to hear from PFA.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by David Sorenson, to approve 5 year 2% loans from the A.R.E.D.A. to the following businesses: L&R Foods, Yu-Tyme, Argyle Decorating Center, Benton-Safranski, Shear Designs, and Janet St. Germain for the Mall parking lot. Motion carried. All the businesses may not end up needing the loans.
The Council reviewed the written Maintenance Report. Motion by David Sorenson, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve the written Maintenance Report. Motion carried.
On a motion by David Sorenson, second by Aaron Rivard, the Council approved by resolution to add Face Coverings to the city’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Carried.
The Council was informed of the CARES Act funding available to the city. Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to apply for the CARES Act funding and fill out the Coronavirus Relief Fund Certification Form and submit it. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, to approve the building permits of Aurelia Kujawa, gutters and Dwaine & Judy Adolphson, shingling. Motion carried.
The Council was again reminded that the following terms are up in 2020: Mayor- Robert Clausen, Council positions of Tony Deschene and Aaron Rivard. Filing period is from July 28th to August 11th.
Vicki updated the Council on her conversation with Nevin Lubarski regarding the Council’s vote to keep Summer Rec.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Sorenson, to purchase cameras for the Kurz Memorial Park. Motion carried.
Michael Pagnac’s 6-month probation is up. After some discussion, motion by David Sorenson, second by Anthony Deschene, to give Michael Pagnac a $1.00/hour raise effective today. Motion carried.
Motion by Anthony Deschene, second by David Gunderson, to reimburse Robbie Szklarski for the pictures he took to update the city website. Motion carried.
Motion by David Sorenson, second by David Gunderson, to approve the estimate from Agassiz Asphalt for an overlay on Pacific Avenue from Sutton to First Street and a patch on Bradford. Motion carried.
Motion by David Gunderson, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the Summer Rec Program report. Motion carried.
Motion by David Sorenson, second by Anthony Deschene, to approve payment of the bills presented for payment. Motion carried.
Being no further business, motion by David Sorenson, second by Anthony Deschene, to adjourn. Motion carried.
*City Office & City Shop Summer Hours – Memorial Day to Labor Day –
Monday to Thursday 7:00am-4:30pm Friday 8:00am-Noon
* Call Before you dig…It’s the Law! Dial 811
* Please don’t blow grass into streets.
* Please report street light outages to the City Office.
*Argyle Fire Department has an aluminum can collection site located by City Shop. Money raised will be used to purchase equipment. NO garbage or plastic bags…please!
*2020 Pet licenses can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00. All cats and dogs must be licensed.
*Check with the City Office on a yearly garbage fee in place of bags or tags. Also check on Gas Rebates.
*Reminder- Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on Sept. 16th. Please have your totes to the curb 3 feet away from anything by 7:00am. Plastic bags and Aerosol cans are not recyclable.
* After hour payments of City utilities can by dropped off at United Valley Bank night depository.
* All garbage out for pickup must by properly bagged or tagged. Garbage cans are not the larger than 35 gallons. Garbage cans are not to weigh more than 50 pounds. If over weight, it may be left or you will be billed additional charges. During summer hours, please have your garbage out by 7:00am.
* Building Permits are required for any building or remodeling over $500.00. Building permits are $15.00.
* 2020 Permits for golf carts & ATV’s can be purchased at the City Office for $5.00. All need to be licensed.