Vice-Mayor David Gunderson called to order the Council meeting on January 2, 2024, at 7:00 PM in the Argyle City Office. Present were Aaron Rivard, David Gunderson, and Tony Deschene. Absent were Terry Sundby and Penni Anderson. Also in attendance were Michael Pagnac, Tony Safranski, and Tamara Benitt. Stephen-Argyle students present were Aiden Trueblood, Katie Groven, Cole Noreikis, and Dawson Kasprowicz. Motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the previous minutes. Motion carried.
The Fire Hall Committee presented the bids for the construction of a new Fire Hall. Kaizen will verify the prints meet code requirements.
Motion by Aaron Rivard, second by Tony Deschene, to allow the Argyle Fire Department to use the City of Argyle’s Public Safety Aid amount of $23,937. Motion carried. The Fire Hall Committee then left the meeting.
Motion by Tony Deschene, seconded by Aaron Rivard, to approve the Maintenance Report. Motion carried. Motion by Aaron Rivard, seconded by Tony Deschene, to approve the purchase of four Radial snow tires at Pomp’s Tire at $9652.96. Motion carried. After discussion, the Council wants to use the cab we currently have for mower tractor and purchase a small heater.
On a motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, RESOLUTION 01-2024: APPROVE ANNUAL DESIGNATIONS, APPOINTMENTS, AND RENTAL & FEE SCHEDULE FOR 2024 was adopted. Motion carried.
On a motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, RESOLUTION 02-2024: APPROVE 2024 UTILITY RATES & NATURAL GAS REBATES was adopted. Motion carried.
Our snow policy has always been that the Utility Superintendent makes the call on when it is safe to start the removal process. They will not go out when the winds are still gusting at high speeds due to the fact of it just blowing in again and having to start the whole removal process again. Not only do we have to keep the safety of the public in mind, but also our City Crew. The Council feels the right choice was made.
On a motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, RESOLUTION 03-2024: MONETARY LIMITS ON MUNICIPAL TORT LIABILITY was adopted. Motion carried.
The EDA Levy can not be raised after the proposed levy in September unless it meets a requirement. The Council will raise the EDA Levy for 2025.
The City Office and City Shop will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
On a motion by Tony Deschene, seconded by Aaron Rivard, to approve the building permit for Argyle Grocers for commercial remodel for retail/coffee shop. Motion carried.
The backhoe was delivered, and payment will be sent. Our current backhoe will be put up on bids with a minimum of $17,000. It will be advertised on machinerytrader.com, Facebook, LMC, and published in Messenger.
Motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to approve the bill presented for payment, the Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, delinquent accounts and vacation & sick leave. Motion carried.
Being no further business, motion by Tony Deschene, second by Aaron Rivard, to adjourn. Motion carried.
Argyle offers a yearly garbage pickup fee. $100 per 35 gallon garbage can. Stop by the City Office to purchase your yearly sticker.
Reminder: Waste Management recycling tote pickup will be on February 14th, 2024.
City Office & City Shop Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00am – 4:30pm. Friday – 7:00 – 11:00am.
Argyle Area Food Shelf will be Tuesday, February 13th, 4:30-5:30pm.
REQUEST FOR WINTER MONTHS:
- 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 keep all gates open and free of snow so that meters can be read. Thank You for your cooperation!
- A REMINDER FROM THE ARGYLE GAS DEPARTMENT: 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 all snow melts.
- Please help the Fire Department by keeping your fire hydrants cleared of snow.
Residents are reminded to stop by City Office to purchase a $15.00 building permit for any remodeling/building over $500.00. This is important step to ensure all codes and setbacks are followed.