REGULAR MEETING, CITY COUNCIL
NORTHWOOD, NORTH DAKOTA
August 12, 2019
Mayor Gerald Uglem called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM at Northwood City Community Center. Present for roll call were the following Council Members: Jake Beckel, Sarah Ferguson, Gordon Hall, and Derrick Strand. Member absent was Chad Lemay. Staff present: City Auditor Shelly Radke, Clerk Gail Ducioame, Chief of Police Mark Pollert, and Public Works Superintendent James Gorres. Public present were Karl Broeren, Shannon Uglem, Scott Ostlie, and Brendan Dufner.
Beckel moved, seconded by Hall to appoint Noelle Broeren as Ward 2 City Council member, term 2019 – 2022. Motion carried. 4/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve Northwood Equity Elevator’s Building Permit # 19-2062 to construct a fertilizer tower as well as a 50 ft x 136 ft fertilizer storage facility with a 30 ft x 136 ft alleyway. Motion carried. 5/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to accept the filing of Northwood Equity Elevator’s application for property tax incentives for new or expanding businesses and to forward the application to the Department of Commerce with the understanding the terms of any exemption will be negotiated at a later date. Motion carried. 5/0.
There was a discussion pertaining to the Pulses America request letter. This was tabled for Gorres to obtain further information including estimated cost to move the fire hydrant.
Hall moved, seconded by Ferguson to approve minutes for the Regular Council meeting from 7/8/19 and minutes for the Special Council meeting from 7/15/19. Motion carried. 5/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to receive and file the cash report. Motion carried. 5/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Broeren to receive and file the approval of the permit # 19-2061 (Nathan Wilson), #19-2063 (Tricia Moulton), # 19-2064 (Donald Woodward), and # 19-2065 (Chris & Ashley Thompson) . Motion carried. 5/0.
Council accepted the City Forester’s, Tim Mutchler, recommendation to remove the birch tree located on the berm at 508 Doheny Street, as well as replace the tree at a later date. Gorres to arrange this.
Strand moved, seconded by Ferguson to approve Dennis Danzl’s applications for construction meter for the locations of 511 Main Street and 507 Hougen Street. Motion carried. 5/0.
Ferguson moved, seconded by Hall to approve the Beer Garden application submitted by The Hut. Motion carried. 5/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Ferguson to approve The Hut License Extension application. Motion carried. 5/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Broerer to approve splitting the remaining amount above the $717.75, $182.25, from the lease fee for Little Learners monthly between the Police Department and the Public Works funds to recover some of the cost for the move and renovations. Motion carried. 5/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Ferguson to allow Farmers Union to be the City’s representative for the NDIRF State Tornado and Fire Insurance. Motion carried. 5/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Ferguson to approve the Northwood City Library’s request for a 5 year lease at $386.10 a month for 206 Main Street. Motion carried. 5/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve the Buildings/Grounds/Equipment recommendation to the City Council to allow bow hunting (not rifle) at the City Lagoon through a lottery, with a signed hunting lease agreement. The lottery winners, a total of 5 people per season, will need to obtain liability insurance. The hunting stands will need to be removed from the property at the end of the season. There will be a $5.00 entrance fee and those who are drawn, a $25.00 permit fee to hunt the lagoon. The City has the right to revoke the hunting privileges at any time and refuse to allow any future lottery entrance. Motion carried. 5/0.
Radke was directed to place an ad in the Gleaner explaining the City is now excepting bow hunting applications for bow hunting at the City Lagoon. The ad is to run from August 19th through August 26th with a drawing on the 28th of August.
Strand moved, seconded by Ferguson to approve Louise Ostlie’s Renaissance Zone Application. Motion carried. 5/0.
There was a discussion concerning the request and complaint letters from the Northwood Hockey Boosters, Corlene Binztler, and Bonnie Sampson. Radke was directed to compose response letters.
Ferguson addressed the members concerning a complaint concerning the Generation dumpsters. Gorres will move then to a Friday pickup.
Beckel moved, seconded by Hall to amend the Fireworks Ordinance to include a fee of $50 for the first violation and have the fee double for each consecutive violation. Motion carried. 5/0.
Ferguson moved, seconded by Beckel to amend the ATV ordinance to alter the definition of an ATV to cover golf carts, rangers, 4 wheelers, and UTA’s; as well as changing # 10 pertaining to seatbelts to only include those that are manufactured with seatbelts. Motion carried. 5/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve the lease of a John Deere Tractor for the winter of 2019/2020 through John Deere with an 8-month lease, 250 – 275 hrs., and 135-195 PTO HP for $4977.50. Motion carried. 5/0.
Gorres addressed the Council with an update.
Hall moved, seconded by Beckel to accept the bid from Naastad Brothers of $74,025.50 to correct the washout west of Northwood. Motion carried. 5/0.
Gorres addressed the members concerning Banners that need to be replaced. This is to be sent to Buildings/Ground/Equipment committee with input from the Commercial Club.
Gorres informed the Council the cost for chip seal for the streets will be $676.00 per ton and the truck will carried about 24 tons. This should provide for the city for about 2 years.
There was a discussion pertaining to the need for cameras at the West Shop and Landfill.
There was a discussion concerning wood cutting at the landfill. Individuals will need to fill out a waiver before having access to the landfill. Radke with collaborate with Gorres to put an ad in the Gleaner.
There was a discussion pertaining to the intersection of 1st Street and Park Street.
Ferguson moved, seconded by Hall to accept the bid from Kolenda Cooling and Heating for a mini split A/C at the new Public Works Office at the West Shop for $2590.00. Motion carried. 5/0.
There was a discussion concerning the PLC system and the fire hydrant pressure requirements. Gorres will look into this.
Chief Pollert addressed the Council concerning the monthly Police Activity report as well as an update.
Beckel moved, seconded by Hall to hire Jordan Hoffer as a fulltime Northwood Police Officer with an annual salary of $37,500.00 and a $2,500.00 sign on bonus, $1,250.00 at the time of sign on and $1250.00 at the end of the 90-day probationary period with a 2-year contract. If the contract is broken, the sign on bonus will be paid back to the City. Motion carried. 5/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Hall to reinstate Cameron Davis as a Northwood Flex Police Officer. Motion carried. 5/0.
Radke was directed to run an ad for 2 weeks to accept applications for a Flex Police Officer.
Chief Pollert informed the Council of the new Police schedule that will be used.
There was a discussion on the New House Bill that allows the City to increase traffic violations. This was tabled until next Council meeting.
There was a discussion concerning reducing the speed limit within City limits. Chief Pollert recommends reducing the speed to 15MPH Citywide.
Beckel addressed the members concerning a complaint he received concerning Parkway Lane West. Gorres will look into what can be done.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to pay bills. Motion carried. 5/0.
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-99587 E 99 MISSOURI RIVER 52174.21
-99586 E 99 MISSOURI RIVER 87.46
-99585 E 247 Alerus Financial 85.99
226662 SC 2 ADVANCED BUSINESS 400.00
226663 SC 12 AMERIPRIDE LINEN 553.67
226665 SC 30 BORDER STATES 8558.35
226666 SC 1028 Brass Rail 81.00
226667 SC 31 BRAUN ELECTRIC 10116.52
226668 SC 477 Brudvik Law Office 350.00
226669 SC 37 BUTLER MACHINERY 1507.31
226671 SC 241 City of Northwood 11703.50
226672 SC 43 COOL STUFF 132.51
226673 SC 55 FERGUSON Waterworks #2516 430.24
226674 SC 1026 Frontier Precision, Inc 14.16
226675 SC 401 GAIL DUCIOAME 35.67
226676 SC 66 GRAND FORKS UTILITY 3650.22
226677 SC 958 GTACCESS, database Systems 290.00
226679 SC 75 JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL 180.72
226680 SC 76 JOHNSON PUBLISHING 346.74
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226688 SC 288 MLGC 492.28
226689 SC 1030 National Muffler & Auto Service 625.00
226690 SC 266 ND Department Of Environmental Qu 200.00
226691 SC 347 NDHC 170.00
226692 SC 124 NORTHWOOD AIRPORT 197.52
226693 SC 276 Northwood Cemetery Assoc. 98.83
226694 SC 275 Northwood Economic Development 9796.98
226695 SC 289 Northwood Equity Elevator Co. 250.00
226696 SC 141 ONE-CALL CONCEPTS 16.80
226698 SC 147 POLAR 68.61
226699 SC 148 POSTMASTER 235.00
226700 SC 552 Skips Cenex 1470.73
226701 SC 196 T & R ELECTRIC 4974.00
226702 SC 870 US Bank 500.00
226703 SC 227 VERIZON WIRELESS 188.36
226706 SC 229 WASTE MANAGEMENT 400.97
226717 SC 98 MINNKOTA POWER CO- 5710.55
226718 SC 1034 Grand Forks County Recorders Offi 20.00
226720 SC 40 CENTURY LINK 59.00
226721 SC 983 Century Link 209.34
226722 SC 66 GRAND FORKS UTILITY 2411.65
226723 SC 244 Nodak 42.22
226724 SC 944 Visa 87.64
226732 SC 134 NORTHWOOD PARK 4401.76
226733 SC 239 East Central Regional Water Dist. 11961.81
226734 SC 148 POSTMASTER 171.08
-89694 P FIT EFTPS 389.81
-89693 P FIT EFTPS 114.97
-89692 P FIT EFTPS 1547.07
-89691 P FIT EFTPS 436.28
-89690 P FIT EFTPS 1821.65
226652 P 10 ALVIN BOUCHER 157.45
226653 P 1010 Charles Farrington 204.10
226654 P 1003 Mark Pollert 1320.05
226655 P 32 SHELLY K. RADKE 36.94
226656 P 27 GAIL M. DUCIOAME 413.85
226657 P HEALTH INS BLUE CROSS OF ND 5093.60
226658 P AFLAC ACC – PRE AFLAC WORLDWIDE HEADQUAR 760.04
226659 P LIFE INSURANCE UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMP 152.20
226660 P DEFERRED COMP NDPERS 100.00
226661 P NDPERS NDPERS 2634.54
226707 P 5 SCOTT BULLERT 852.28
226708 P 1011 Noah Bjerke 489.43
226709 P 34 James Gorres 1584.38
226710 P 1006 Michele Gorres 258.67
226711 P 31 SHELLY RADKE 1040.97
226712 P 14 SAM SPEAR 1214.68
226713 P 25 JOHN VASICEK 168.41
226714 P 27 GAIL M. DUCIOAME 413.85
226715 P 1010 Charles Farrington 125.60
226716 P 1003 Mark Pollert 1247.05
226719 P SIT OFFICE OF STATE TAX COMM 539.68
226725 P 5 SCOTT BULLERT 1219.08
226726 P 1011 Noah Bjerke 537.54
226727 P 34 James Gorres 1765.66
226728 P 1006 Michele Gorres 298.94
226729 P 31 SHELLY RADKE 1050.65
226730 P 14 SAM SPEAR 1298.38
226731 P 25 JOHN VASICEK 245.86
226741 P 31 SHELLY RADKE 6.92
Meeting adjourned 9:44pm
Mayor, Gerald Uglem Auditor, Shelly Radke