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Bagley, Minnesota

Gateway to Itasca
 
The Bagley City Council met on January 11, 2017 in the City Council Chambers.

Clerk Colleen Lindgren administered the Oath Of Office to Mayor Sidney F. Michel and Council Members Jon Brovold and Dennis Merschman.

Mayor Michel called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

Present: Mayor Sidney F. Michel, Councilmembers John Sutherland, Chad Bonik, Jon Brovold, Dennis Merschman (via Skype), City Clerk Treasurer Colleen R. Lindgren, and Deputy Clerk Faye Jacobs.

Also present: Dawn Loeffler, Marty Cobenais, Mike Karvakko, Sam Anderson, Bill Masterson, Chris Arnold, John Gerbracht, and Larry Peterson.

Motion was made by Brovold to approve the Council minutes of December 14, 2016 as written. Seconded by Sutherland, motion carried.

Dawn Loeffler, Director for Farm By The Lake. Loeffler explained different activities which are held at Farm By The Lake and the funding which helps them pay for the events. She asked if the City would be able to sponsor one of the musicians that come into the event.
Farm By the Lake is considered an Environmental & Healing Retreat Center. Dollar amount they are looking at is approximately $600. Brovold stated that he does not believe the Council can do so legally with tax payer’s money. Mayor stated that he would speak with the City Attorney and let her know what he finds out.

Engineer Mike Karvakko was present to answer any questions they have on the Agreement Between Owner and Engineer For Professional Services. The current contract will be expiring soon. This contract does not mean that the City must hire Karvakko for all engineering services. This is for the Task Order Edition and helps with projects he has been doing for the airport. Motion was made by Bonik to approve the agreement. Seconded by Sutherland, motion carried.

Mayor Michel appointed Councilman John Sutherland as Vice-Mayor for 2017.

Motion was made by Bonik to appoint Jon Brovold and John Sutherland to the Park & Recreation Board for 2017. Seconded by Merschman, motion carried.

Motion was made by Sutherland to appoint Chad Bonik, Bill Masterson, Kraig Fontaine, Jackie Merschman and Mayor Sidney Michel to the Zoning Commission for 2017. Seconded by Brovold, motion carried.

Motion was made by Bonik to appoint Terri Knutson, Kathy Steinmetz, Sarah Schwegel, Cassie Dahl and Tarah Hoyt to the Library Board for 2017. Seconded by Brovold, motion carried.

Motion was made by Brovold to appoint Chris Hood, Flaherty/Hood P.A. as City Attorney for 2017. Seconded by Bonik, motion carried.

Motion was made by Brovold to approve the Agreement between the City of Bagley and the Clearwater County Attorney’s Office for prosecution service in the city for 2017. Seconded by Merschman, motion carried.

Motion was made by Bonik to approve the application of Chance Derby to be on the Bagley Volunteer Fire Dept. Seconded by Sutherland, motion carried.

Receipts for the month of December were reviewed. Total receipts for December were $694,441.59.

December City budget reports were reviewed. Total expenses for the month totaled $121,174.68. Final report for the year will be given to the Council during the last meeting of January which will include the final bills for 2016.

December Liquor Store budget was reviewed. Gross profit was $34,670.61 with expenses totaling $26,196.01 for a net income of $8,474.60. Final report for the year will be given to the Council during the last meeting of January which will include the final bills for 2016.

Motion was made by Bonik to approve payment of Liquor Store outstanding bills in the amount of $22,336.63 and City outstanding bills of $17,034.52. Seconded by Brovold, motion carried.

Department Reports: Fire Dept. Fire Chief John Gerbracht reported that the Fire Dept. responded to a fire in Bear Creek Twp. City does not have mutual aid with Bear Creek. Chief would like to know what to do with the Twp. due to a large bill was established from the fire and the taxpayers should be covered by Fire Protection. Chief feels that the bill should be sent to the Twp. to pay. Bear Creek was contacted first by the county paging system but no one responded so at that point Bagley Fire Dept. was dispatched and Shevlin Fire Dept. as backup. Clerk was asked to check with Clearwater County Auditor Office, to see if the Twp. levies for fire protection. Brovold feels that if the taxpayers are being levied, the bill needs to be sent to the Twp. Board. If they are not, then the bill should go to the landowner. More discussion will be held at the next Council meeting after more information is found out.
Chief Gerbracht reported that the Fire Dept. had their annual meeting and elected the same officers as the year before.

Liquor Store: Manager Chris Arnold. Arnold reported that the new till system is going good in the front area of the store with adding more work in the back area of the till use. MMBA Legislative Day will be on Jan. 25th and he also has a MMBA meeting during the same time.

Police Dept.: Sargent Larry Peterson gave a report on activities and snow removal at the station.

Zoning: Clerk Lindgren gave the Annual report for zoning. Total land use permits for 2016 totaled $932,125.00. She was instructed to set up the annual meeting for a Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Public Utilities: Manager Bill Masterson reported on a light pole being backed into by a vehicle, needed replacement. Water plant issues were discussed and flags for fire hydrants are being made plus the usual utility work.

Roads & Bridges: Supt. Bill Masterson. Lots of snow hauling is being done along with the piles of snow being taken care of.

Parks & Recreation: No meeting in December.

City Hall: Clerk Colleen Lindgren. Lindgren reported that she had been contacted by HRDC concerning the sale of a house which was acquired by HRDC after the bankruptcy settlement of Nevaeh & Associates. City portion of the net proceeds will be $29,674.16 to go against the Revolving Loan Funds owed to the City by Nevaeh & Associates. Motion was made by Brovold to deposit these funds into the LDO previously set up by the Council and HRDC. Seconded by Bonik, motion carried.
Lindgren reported that all paperwork is into disaster relief for the storm damage.

Motion was made by Brovold to have the Clerk advertise for gas at the pumps. Seconded by Sutherland, motion carried.

MMBA Legislative Dave is at the Capital on January 25th.

Motion was made by Bonik to approve Resolution #1-17 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER. Seconded by Brovold, motion carried.

Motion was made by Bonik to approve Resolution #2-17 OFFICIAL DEPOSITORY. Seconded by Brovold, motion carried.

An Annual Advice Disclosure report was received from Ehlers to the City.

Council received a letter from Allen Potvin stating he has now purchased the Clearwater Senior Living facility. It will now be called the Cornerstone Residence Senior Care.

Being there was no further business to come before the board; motion to adjourn was made by Brovold. Seconded by Bonik, motion carried.