August 4, 2008
Present: Bertsch, Hansey, Wateland, Mitskog, Mayor, DeVries, Schmidt, and Bohn.
Officers Present: Lies, Kessel, Thorsteinson, Nelson, Huwe, Priebe, MacIver, and Broadland.
Motion by Wateland, seconded by Hansey to approve the July 21, 2008 City Council minutes. Motion carried 7-0.
City Coordinator Kessel
Kessel stated that the second
reading for the City of
Councilmember Bohn offered second reading of the following Ordinance and moved for adoption:
AN ORDINANCE APPROVING
AUGUST 4, 2008
Site Authorizations, permits and raffles.
Councilmember Bohn offered the following and moved its adoption:
Raffle – Red River Area Sportsmen’s Club
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing Resolution was duly seconded by Councilmember Schmidt, Motion carried 7-0.
Kessel reminded the Council that September 1, 2008 is Labor Day and City Hall will be closed and City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
Sarah Manock will begin employment as City Coordinator’s Assistant beginning August 11th.
Kessel received a request from Jim Tillman to purchase a small portion of land the City owns in Breckenridge. Mayor referred the item to the Finance Committee.
Kessel asked for a referral to the Public Works Committee there is some land that has become available adjacent to the City lagoons and may be of interest to the City for expansion of the lagoons or other Economic Development projects.
Kessel reported on the SEMCA (Southeast Multi County Agency)
budget. This year
Kessel asked for
Kessel asked that a reimbursement request from Jim Link be referred to the PWPS Committee.
Kessel stated that the City Council members have City ID’s at their desks.
Lies explained that the accessory building ordinance has
been discussed at Public Works and Planning Commission as there is a 1200
square foot building limitation on accessory buildings. The Planning Commission recommended that a
special exception be created to go to the Board of Adjustment for requests made
in the City of
Councilmember Hansey offered first reading of the following Ordinance and moved for adoption:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 16-300.1
Motion by Schmidt, seconded by DeVries to set a hearing date of September 2, 2008 for the zoning ordinance. Motion carried 7-0.
Economic Development Director Priebe
Priebe distributed the July 21st thru August 4th activity report. Priebe reviewed the results of the Executive Summary for the Labor Availability Study.
Priebe stated there is a request for Tax Increment Financing from WCCO Belting as they are working on an expansion project; there are eligible costs that could be reimbursed. WCCO is not in a TIF District, but the entire City is in an urban renewal district. Priebe requested the Mayor refer this item to the Finance Committee.
Priebe has the design manual for the downtown buildings and
a public input meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at
Priebe is looking at revamping the Mini-match program and asked that the item be referred to the Finance Committee.
Priebe stated that last year a moratorium was placed on signs in the downtown area and asked that this item be referred to the Finance Committee.
Finance Director Huwe
Huwe reported that she received correspondence from the Department of Emergency Management regarding FEMA money the City received for a high water event in 2001. FEMA has conducted a project review and stated that the City could not account for $4,648.59 of administrative costs and are now asking for reimbursement. Huwe stated that there are funds available from the snow and flood emergency fund to reimburse the $4,648.59. Motion by Hansey, seconded by Bertsch to refund $4,648.59 to FEMA. Motion carried 7-0
Huwe is requesting a meeting of the whole on Tuesday, August 12th at 5:00 pm, before the Public Works Committee meeting to discuss the 2009 preliminary budget.
Police Chief Thorsteinson
Thorsteinson received a request from NDSCS to hold their
homecoming parade on October 18th beginning at 10 am. The parade participants would line up at
Public Works Director Nelson
Nelson has received a payment request from the NDDOT in the
amount of $20,619.44 for the
Nelson is requesting to advertise for flood protection
improvements at the
Mayor Sturdevant asked about bid opening for parking lot at
Council member Bohn Finance Committee Report
Council member Bohn reported that a request for a Class A liquor license was received. The party making the request was present at the meeting and the location they are looking at for a sports bar facility that would serve food; requires a five year lease. Currently the number of Class A and Class B liquor licenses exceeds the number allowed by Ordinance, as they are based on population. The Finance Committee offered the individual a Class C liquor license which requires a 50/50 split of food to liquor. The Committee will review the Class C Ordinance to determine if a change could be made to accommodate this type of business.
Kessel gave the Committee an update on the water service contract with the Red River Valley Water Supply.
Bohn reported that the group reviewed the Tax Increment Financing Guideline. The Committee reviewed a request to access TIF funding for a proposed development adjacent to the 210 Bypass. After discussion it was determined that an abatement process would best suit the project.
Councilmember Bohn offered the following Resolution and moved for adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. 3344
RESOLUTION AMENDING DEVELOPMENT PLAN
TO TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT 2006-1 (5-15-06)
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing Resolution was duly seconded by Councilmember Bertsch, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: All. Voted against the same: None. Whereupon said Resolution was declared duly passed and adopted, was signed by the Mayor, and attested to by the City Auditor.
Lies went on to explain that the resolution expands on eligible projects as the current plan only allows for regional tax incentives and this would allow project specific incentives.
Motion by Bohn, seconded by Mitskog to approve the TIF abatement for the Westgate Commons for 50% of eligible costs or 10% of the total project cost as listed on the building permit which ever is less and not to exceed five years. Motion carried 7-0.
Councilmember Wateland Public Works/Public Safety Committee
Wateland reported that City Attorney Lies is reviewing a reimbursement request for damage from a storm sewer manhole cover.
Received a request from a property owner for an onsite waste water system.
There is ongoing trapping of pigeons to control the population.
Received an updated status report on dilapidated properties from Building Official Johnson.
Councilmember Wateland offered first reading of the following Ordinance:
ORDINANCE NO. 914
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING §§16-832 and 16-912
AND ADOPTING §16-922 AND 16-932
SPECIAL EXCEPTION – KENNEL
Kessel stated that the Wahpeton Community Center Board met on Friday; and recommended approval the purchase of seven folding chair caddies and eleven table dollies.
Motion by Mitskog, seconded by Schmidt to suspend the rules. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion by Hansey, seconded by Wateland to approve the purchase of the chair caddies and table dollies at a cost of $3,419.56 plus freight. All voting aye. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion by Wateland, seconded by Mitskog to approve the reports. Motion carried 7-0
Kessel reminded everyone of the Golf Course Ad Hoc Committee meeting on Tuesday at 7 am.
Motion by Mitskog, seconded by Wateland to adjourn. Motion carried 7-0.
Minutes respectfully submitted: Angie Appell