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SENTINEL TRIBUNE CITY OF WALNUT GROVE Special Session June 11, 2004 The council met in special session on the 1 lth day of June, 2004, at 6:00 P.M., in the coun- cil room. Present: Bob O'Donnell, Donald E. Johnson, David Hoyt and Todd Harrington. Absent: Lee Steffen. Also Present: Police Chief Mema Malmberg and Deputy Sheriff Rick Wakefield. Mayor O'Donnell presided at the meeting. Purpose of the meeting was to conduct interviews for the 30 hour per week police position. Interviews were held with 5 candidates. Background and reference checks will be com- pleted and a decision on hiring will be made at the regular meeting on Monday, June 14. Karen Erickson Clerk-Treasurer CITY OF WALNUT GROVE Regular Session June 14, 2004 The council met in regular session on the 14th day of June, 2004, at 7:30 P.M., in the coun- cil room. Present: Bob O'Donnell, Donald E. Johnson, Lee Steffen and David Hoyt. Todd Harrington at 8:30 P.M. Mayor O'Donnell presided at the meeting. Marge Peterson reviewed the monthly report. A new fryer was ordered and should be delivered on Friday, June 18, in time for the alumni golf tourna- ment. Written maintenance and water/wastewater reports were reviewed. Purchasing an impact wrench was discussed. Bids for work at the ceme- tery, Ferguson Park shelter, and well house were reviewed as follows: Job #1, remove old shingles from shed at cemetery and replace with steel roof and install rain gutters. Matt Jackels Construction, Inc., $930.81. Plum Creek Cabinets and Construction, Inc., $1,102.25; Job #2, insulate and install glass board in well house. Matt Jackels Construction, Inc., $2,600.11. Plum Creek Cabinets and Construction, Inc,, $3,400.00; Job.#3, new doors and siding on shelter in Ferguson Park. Matt Jackels Construction, Inc., $4,137.07. Plum Creek Cabinets and Construction, Inc., $4,122.00. Motion by Donald E. Johnson, second by Lee Steffen, to award Job #1 and #2 to Matt Jackels Construction, Inc., and Job #3 to Plum Creek Cabinets and Construction, Inc. All voted in favor. Motion car- fled. The council approved taking reservations for the shelter in Ferguson Park and the city park. People should call the city shop and leave a message if they want to reserve either shelter. Andy Foster was present to discuss a large amount of water that is running through his backyard after a heavy rain. The outlets will be checked to see if they are plugged up. Discussion was also held on sewer service lines that are abandoned. When a home or business owner puts in a new sewer line, the old one must be removed from the sewer main to .prevent infiltration into the sanitary sewer. Motion by Lee Steffen, sec- ond by David Hoyt, to accept a proposal from Safety First to hold city safety meetings and prepare written procedures that are required by Occupational Safety and Health administra- tion and the Minnesota Department of Labor. Cost of this service is $2,400 per year, to be paid in 12 monthly install- ments. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Discussion was then held on what the city is responsible for and what the homeowner/busi- ness owner is responsible for when streets have to be dug up to make repairs on water and sewer service lines. The city will cut the blacktop where the hole is to be dug and will patch the street after the repairs are completed. The owner is responsible for all digging, hauling all dirt away, hauling all gravel in to fill the hole after repairs are made and cost of gravel, and cost of disposing of any cement and blacktop from the repair. All loading and haul- ing should be done by a private individual/company and should not be done by the city. Every time a sewer service line is replaced, it should be dug all the way to the foundation. If there are any footing drains that empty into the sanitary sewer, they are to be removed from the sanitary sewer. All work should Public Notice be inspected by the city or their representative before the exca- vation is closed. Discussion was held on a plumber making repairs to a sanitary sewer and pumping raw sewage onto the street while repairs were being made. Sewage must be pumped to a tank or to the closest manhole, and cannot be pumped onto the street. The plumber will be sent a bill for $50 to take care of the city having to clean the street after he was done. Mema Malmberg gave the monthly police report. A new dog ordinance was tabled until July. The council agreed to offer the 30 hour per week police position to Jeremy Fiedler at $11.00/hour with a regular increase the first of the year and a 50 cent increase at the end of his one year proba- tion. He must be willing to become an emergency medical technician within 1 year and will receive 6 of 9 paid holi- days, 7 of 10 paid sick days and 30 hours of paid vacation the first year. Benefits will accu- mulate during probation but cannot be taken until after suc- cessfuUy completing probation. The city will purchase 2 long sleeved shirts, two short sleeved shirts and two uniform pants for Jeremy. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Health insurance coverage for full time employees was discussed. Full time employees will fill out an application to see what the actual cost would be before a final decision is made. Motion by Lee Steffen, sec- ond by David Hoyt, to approve building permits for Charles Tobey to build a deck and Joey and Carol Johnson to build a privacy fence, contingent on Ford Ankrum looking to make sure there are no curb stops in the way, etc. All voted in favor. Motion carded. A community project by Girl Scout Troop #688 to paint the old playground equipment in the city park was approved by the council. The city will fur- Irish the paint and the troop will furnish the labor. Motion by Donald E. Johnson, second by Todd Harrington, to donate $300 to the SW MN Foundation and $150 to SW MN Arts and Humanities Cotmeil. All voted in favor. Motion carded. Motion by Donald E. Johnson, second by Lee Steffen, to approve the minutes of May 10 and May 24. All voted in favor. Motion carded. Motion by David Hoyt, sec- ond by Donald E. Johnson, to approve Claims #24181 through #24300. All voted in favor. Motion carried. The locations and times for the League of Minnesota Cities regional meetings were reviewed. Someone will try to attend one of these. Andy Kehren, city engineer, reviewed the bids for the 2004 Street and Utility Improvements that were opened earlier in the day. Two bids were received as follows: Quam Construction Co., Inc., for $3,720,865.70; Duininck Bros. for $3,761,745.85. Motion by Lee Steffen, second by David Hoyt, to approve the bid from Quam Construction for $3,720,865.70, contingent on concurrence from Rural Development. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Discussion was then held on constructing a medical clinic onto Country View Independent and Assisted Living. Sioux Valley would commit to leasing the.facility for 10 years. Cost of the clinic would he $75,000 to $100,000. Donations would-be solicited for as much of the cost as pos- sible, with the city financing the remainder. Rental income would go to the city, less a small amount set aside for depreciation. Motion by David Hoyt, second by Donald E. Johnson, to approve the above. Hoyt, Johnson, Steffen, and Harrington voted yes. O'Donnell voted no. Motion carried. Motion by Donald E. Johnson, second by Todd Harrington, to approve a Dissemination Agent Agreement with Northland Securities to prepare and file annual reports. All voted in favor. Motion carded. Motion by [x Steffen, sec- ond by Todd Harrington, to adjourn. Karen Erickson Clerk-Treasurer EQUIPMENT FOR ;ALE N()fl(Efi EQUIPMENT FOR SALE CITY OF WALNUT GROVE Special Session June 29, 2004 The council met in special session on the 29th day of June, 2004, at 7:30 P_M., in the coun- ':i .: ::..:: : ..:, ,:.  ::i:. ! .>i : cil room. Present: Bob O'Donnell, David Hoyt, Donald E. Johnson, and Todd Harrington at 8:15. Absent: l.e.e Steffen. Mayor O'Donnell presided at the meeting. Purpose of the meeting was to discuss financing the balance of the Rural Development proj- ect. Andy Kehren, city engineer, was present to discuss addition- al funding needed in addition to the grant/loan award from Rural Development. The addi- tional amount needed is approximately $900,000. Motion by David Hoyt, sec- ond by Donald E. Johnson, to approve Public Financial Management, Minneapolis, MN, to handle the bond sale for the needed amount. All voted in favor. Motion carded. Motion by Todd Harrington, second by Donald E. Johnson, to adjourn. Karen Erickson Clerk-Treasurer CLASSIFIED ADS CALL 274-6136 OR 1-800-410-1859 Find us on the Web at www.lyo n-sioux- press. com Find the Rest of The Story in the Sentinel NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Dear subscriber; dPlueaSe check the date on your address label of your paper. In oraer to avoid a lapse in your suoscrlptlon, please remit your renewal twO weeks prior to the expiration date. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 8, 2004 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: 5 Commissioners; Auditor/Treasurer Jan Johnson; Adm. Assistant Kelly Thongvivong; County Attorney Doug Storey; Jerry Engstrom, Mike Kirchmeier, Mike Hanson and Bill Dunn. Routine Items - approved by unanimous vote: to approve additions to the agenda; to approve the minutes of the June I, 2004 meeting; to approve June warrants in the amount of $110,282.98 and broken down as follows: County Revenue Fund - $39,853.65; Long Term Capital Outlay - $4,924.42; Landfill Operations $12,753.14; Waste Abatement/SCORE $3,750.76; Ditch Fund $2,151.II; Road & Bridge - $46,849.90; adjournment. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to authorize payment of Memorial Day appropriations as they are sub- mitted; to allow Chairman Sorenson to sign 3-month extension for State and Local All Hazards . Emergency Operations Planning Grant; to accept low quote for screening sand in the amount of $1.10/cubic yard from Kruse Paving; to allow Mike Kirchmeier to pay lunch expense for out of county indi- viduals that help out with Household Hazardous Waste Collection; to write off out- standing bill from the landfill to Karl Campbell Construction in the amount of $230.15; to pub- lish and set hearing date for July 6th at 9:00am for Emergency Management Ordinance; to approve 12 con- ditional use permits along with 14 conditions for Windom Group Wind Turbines that were identified; to sell 1987 Dodge van that was used by the transit system at one time; to allow Transit Coordinator to apply for a Transit Marketing Grant for up to $5,000; to adjourn as the county board and convene as the Ditch Authority; to accept abandonment petition and to set hearing date for JD #8 for June 22nd at 2:45pm; to adjourn as the Ditch Authority. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Gary Sorenson, Board Chairman S/Kelly Thongvivong, Adm. Assistant OFFICIAL PUBLICATION Cottonwood County Board of Commbners Board of Equalization Meeting June 15, 2004 The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met for the annual Board of Equalization meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present were: 5 Commissioners; Auditor/Treasurer; Adm. Assistant; County Assessor Gale Bondhus and Appraisers STATEWIDE CLASSIFIEDS Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Page Kathy Kretsch and Donna Torkelson. Also present were: Bob Stahl, Rick Nordahl and Dan Birkholz. Chairman Sorenson called the meeting to order. Assessor Bondhus presented the recommended changes to the board and reported on the 2004 estimated market values for Cottonwood County and changes within classes. Upon concluding review and consideration, unanimous vote to accept the balance of assess- ments as presented. There being no further busi- ness, the meeting was adjourned. S/Jan Johnson, Auditor/Treasurer S/Gary Sorenson. Board Chairman S/Kelly Thongvivong. Adm. Assist OFFICIAL PUBLICATION June 22, 2004 Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting The Board of Commissioners met at the County Courthouse in Windom, MN. Present for all or portions of the meeting were: 5 Commissioners: Auditor/Treasurer Jan Johnson: Adm. Assistant Kelly Thongvivong; County Attorney Doug Storey; Becky Henderson, Wayne Schoper, Holli Arp, Mike Hanson, Bob Haken, Kurt Woodruff, David Bucklin, George Eilertson, Jerry Engstrom and Gall Schaffer. Routine Items - approved by unanimous vote: to approve additions to the agenda: to approve the minutes of the June 8, 2004 meeting; to approve the minutes of the June 15, 2004 Board of Equalization meeting: adjournment. Personnel Items - approved by unanimous vote: to hire Wayne Schoper as Agriculture Technical Advisor for 1 day/week in Cottonwood County effective January .1. 2005; to change Kelli Daberkow's termination date from June 4, 2004 to June 8. 2004. Additional Action Items - approved by unanimous roll call or regular vote: to apply for and start the licensing process to upgrade the current1 system to add a third site I, of $7.800 + reprot, cost ming costs., to acceptt II. u- - quotes for purchase Hazardous Entries Equil II [;; in the amount of $3160.8  tax and shipping & han allow Sheriff to purchasm  IPJ new radars to replace twoS[ [--(')[: r ii v mg older st} le radars at the]I: bicl price of $2640/unit: t04  into resolution providing f0rf issuance sale and delivl tR .... $365 000 Oeneral Obl ^, ^. j , s ..... Landfill Bonds. Serie o 1, 52" de'cl (Landfill Cell #6) i, $2 800 Cottonwood County: to ' ' ' as the county board and! vene as the 13itch Autho RenSt:rLe E proceed with the abandoa of JD #8 as there were nod. '50, OBO tions at the public hear  accept the petition for rell .qA/E at v  -- JD #5 contingent th_at]lller..-, mare reassessment of benefiUing Bott" complete: to adjourn /-2,-596 Ditch Authority and as the County Board: to for the purchase of a mower in the $12597.60 from the stag process; to accept low from Staples Oil at a $.05 over rack price and chase B2 Biodiesel at the| of 1132 for transport: to low bid in the $937.393.92 from Construction for SAP 18; to authorize final in the amount of for the Windom Department building as the contract is final; to l resolution to enter into a Powers Agreement Chief Elected Officials and Southwest Workforce Council: to claim with Gall $1250 and to have the Attorney draw up papers: to state that the Grant Program is upon receiving grant will be based on a first-serve basis; to Southwestern Mental obtain carpet quotes to at a future meeting. 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