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City Council Meeting Minutes from 9/9/2019

REGULAR MEETING, CITY COUNCIL
NORTHWOOD, NORTH DAKOTA
September 9, 2019
Mayor Gerald Uglem called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM at Northwood American Legion. Present for roll call were the following Council Members: Jake Beckel, Chad Lemay, Gordon Hall, and Derrick Strand. Member absent was Sarah Ferguson and Noelle Broeren. Staff present: City Auditor Shelly Radke, Clerk Gail Ducioame, Chief of Police Mark Pollert, and Public Works Superintendent James Gorres. Officer Cameron Davis and Officer Jordan Hoffer arrived at 8:16pm. Public present were Tim Olson and Karl Blake from Polar Communications, Tyler Kilde from MLGC, Steve Smallbeck, Tom and Jan Oelrich, Austin Rygg, Lori Nelson, Katie Pinke, Joseph Lukens, Trevor Todd, and Richard Macho.
Mayor Uglem gave the floor to Katie Pinke to introduce and explain her and Nathan Pinke’s Ready to Move Homes commercial business and the property they recently purchased within City Jurisdiction.
Hall moved, seconded by Lemay to accept Katie and Nathan’s Re-zoning application from Agricultural to Commercial for the location at 550 34th St NE. (W 49 rods of N 41 rods of W 60 Acres of SW ¼ of 3-149N-54W Northwood Township). Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Beckel to approve Mr. & Mrs. Pinke’s request for a conditional use permit to allow them to construct one ready to move home prior to the final approval of the re-zoning application for their property. Motion carried. 4/0.
The floor was given to Karl Blake, representative of Polar Communications to address the council with the request for authorization to transfer the MLGC Franchise Agreement to Polar Communications.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to approve the authorization to transfer the MLGC Franchise Agreement to Polar Communications. This is to be considered the 1st reading of the agreement. Motion carried. 4/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Lemay to approve the Pole Attachment Agreement presented by Polar of $7.11 for each pole attachment of a total of 173 poles, $1230.03. Motion carried. 4/0. Karl Blake will submit a Pole Attachment Agreement to be signed.
There was a discussion pertaining to the letter Trevor Todd submitted to the Council concerning the utility bill for 14 N. Main street location.
Strand moved, seconded by Lemay to waive the utility minimums for Trevor Todd at 14 N Main from June 2019 on until services are reconnected unless Mr. Todd reconnects services within 8 months. If services are reconnected within the 8 months Mr. Todd will be responsible for all past minimums. Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Hall to approve minutes for the Regular Council meeting from 8/12/19 and minutes for the Special Council meeting from 8/15/19. Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Lemay to receive and file the cash report. Motion carried. 4/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Hall to receive and file the approval of the permit # 19-2066 (Tim Mutchler), #19-2067 (Ebenezer), # 19-2068 (Ray Ensz), # 19-2069 (Kris Bilden), # 19-2070 (LeRoy Carrol), # 19-2071 (Tami Rygg), # 19-2072 (Eileen Hillesland), and the demolition application submitted by Katie & Nathan Pinke for structures located at 550 34th St NE. (W 49 rods of N 41 rods of W 60 Acres of SW ¼ of 3-149N-54W Northwood Township). Motion carried. 4/0.
Tom Oelrich, Steve Smallbeck, and Lori Nelson addressed the Council concerning the 2020 City of Northwood Budget.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to approve the 2020 City of Northwood Budget as presented with a 10% increase from 2019. Motion carried. 3/1 (Hall, Strand, Beckel for/Lemay against).
Beckel moved, seconded by Lemay to authorize Chief Pollert to utilize a credit card with a limit of $3000.00 on behalf of the City of Northwood. Motion carried. 4/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve Tim and James Mutchler to remove damaged ash trees located on the City berms for $125.00 per hour for the pair, not to exceed $1250.00 in total for the year. Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Beckel to approve Tim Mutchler’s request to place a notice in The Gleaner to explain the removal of the berm Ash Trees. Motion carried. 4/0.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to appoint Mike Adams to the Airport Authority Board for the term of 2019- 2024. Motion carried. 4/0.
There was a discussion concerning the response from Red River Regional Council pertaining to the possibility of a grant to build a First Responders’ structure on the empty lot on Main Street.
There was a lengthy discussion concerning the complaint submitted by Tami Rygg.
Lori Nelson addressed the Council concerning the issue of her property lines.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve the request from Economic Development Foundation to not allow any individuals residing at the mobile home park the ability to obtain a payment agreement with the City for their utility bills. Motion carried. 4/0.
There was a discussion pertaining to the verbal complaint against Todd Thingelsted’s appearance of his property. Radke was directed to compose and mail a second letter to Mr. Thingelsted requesting the upkeep of his property.
Strand moved, seconded by Hall to approve the construction meter submitted by Aaron Johnson for the location of 404 S. Adam Street. Motion carried. 4/0.
Radke was directed to obtain more information concerning the possibility of annexing in 550 34th St NE. (W 49 rods of N 41 rods of W 60 Acres of SW ¼ of 3-149N-54W Northwood Township) into the City.
There was a brief discussion on the issue concerning access to City Hall during work by Naastad Brothers to repair the sewer issue for the Fire Hall as well as City Hall.
The 1st reading of the revisions of ATV ordinance was tabled until Radke could obtain the proper document from the City Attorney.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve the 2nd reading of the revisions Fireworks Ordinance Chapter 4 Article 4. Motion carried. 4/0. Radke will send to Gleaner to publish.
2019 Fall free landfill day will be held on Saturday October 12th from 9am to 4pm.
Gorres explained to the members he is waiting for the information for the PLC/SCADA system from Neil Breidenbach.
Gorres addressed the Council concerning the Dollar General Store water line likely is under the parking lot.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to approve the Public Works Policy concerning winter gear and boots for full time employees with the discussed changes. Motion carried. 4/0.
Gorres was approved to order 3 digital door locks with key fobs for West Shop, the backdoor of City Hall, and the back-bay door at City Hall in the amount of $100.00 each.
Gorres was approved to purchase a Solar Power Wi-Fi Security camera with starlight night vision for the City Landfill in the amount of $180.00.
Gorres submitted an article Jen Lukens will be publishing in The Gleaner pertaining to Northwood Drinking Water.
Gorres was approved to purchase the UpKeep Web-Based Work Order program for $40.00 a month.
Chief Pollert addressed the members concerning the monthly police activity report.
Hall moved, seconded by Lemay to approve the purchase of 3 Police Tasers at $1720 each and $9.75 per officer per month for 5 years totaling $6915.00. Motion carried. 4/0.
Chief Pollert informed the Council of a Breathalyzer training in Bismarck on December 5th and 6th and the cost of $84.60 per night for each of the 2 Officers.
Chief Pollert requested to have the Comp day he had used on 8/28/19 for a funeral reversed. Council granted request.
Chief Pollert submitted information to the Council pertaining to the House Bill that was passed to allow the City to increase simple traffic violations. This is to be sent to the Police Committee for further discussion.
Lemay addressed Gorres concerning the issue of draining water into his yard at the corner of Park Street and 1st Avenue.
Beckel addressed the members with the cost of paper for the meetings. Radke was directed to look into electronic possibilities.
Beckel addressed Gorres concerning the deterioration of his street.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to pay bills. Motion carried. 5/0.

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226745 SC      1034 Grand Forks County Recorders Offi              40.00

226753 SC         2 ADVANCED BUSINESS                             400.00

226754 SC       290 AE2S                                         1895.31

226755 SC        12 AMERIPRIDE LINEN                              808.53

226756 SC        21 BASEVIEW PETROLEUM                            228.69

226757 SC        30 BORDER STATES                                6116.18

226758 SC        31 BRAUN ELECTRIC                              18675.93

226759 SC       477 Brudvik Law Office                            695.00

226760 SC       241 City of Northwood                           11458.94

226761 SC        43 COOL STUFF                                    112.04

226763 SC        47 DISPLAY SALES                                 196.00

226764 SC        66 GRAND FORKS UTILITY                          2666.76

226766 SC        75 JOHN DEERE FINANCIAL                          133.68

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226770 SC       233 Millers Fresh Foods                           143.69

226771 SC        98 MINNKOTA POWER CO-                           6346.68

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226773 SC       266 ND Department Of Environmental Qu              25.00

226774 SC      1037 North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fu            6522.47

226775 SC       940 North Dakota League of Cities                1199.00

226776 SC      1035 North Dakota State Library                    104.86

226777 SC       289 Northwood Equity Elevator Co.                  21.00

226778 SC       242 Northwood Plumbinb & Heating                  120.00

226779 SC       948 Online Dakota Information Network              27.00

226780 SC       147 POLAR                                          68.61

226781 SC       150 PRAXAIR DISTRIBUTION                           93.75

226782 SC       895 Sam Spear                                      34.87

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226785 SC      1038 Tim Mutchler                                  480.00

226786 SC      1036 True North Equipment                         1000.00

226787 SC      1040 U.S. Autoforce                                617.76

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226792 SC       944 Visa                                          115.50

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226797 SC       241 City of Northwood                             193.05

226798 SC       477 Brudvik Law Office                            275.00

226799 SC        40 CENTURY LINK                                   12.09

226800 SC       983 Century Link                                   52.45

226801 SC        76 JOHNSON PUBLISHING                           1288.16

226802 SC       244 Nodak                                          42.42

226803 SC       141 ONE-CALL CONCEPTS                              24.00

226804 SC      1041 Remedy & Repair Computer Services             528.95

226805 SC       559 Riteway                                       171.77

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226815 SC       239 East Central Regional Water Dist.           11935.03

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226736 P         27 GAIL M. DUCIOAME                              413.85

226737 P       1003 Mark Pollert                                 1247.05

226738 P         32 SHELLY K. RADKE                                36.94

226739 P     AFLAC ACC – PRE AFLAC WORLDWIDE HEADQUAR             760.04

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226747 P         34 James Gorres                                 1654.08

226748 P       1006 Michele Gorres                                278.25

226749 P       1000 Robert Heinrich                               756.40

226750 P         31 SHELLY RADKE                                 1067.02

226751 P         14 SAM SPEAR                                    1259.40

226752 P         25 JOHN VASICEK                                  318.00

226794 P         27 GAIL M. DUCIOAME                              413.85

226795 P       1003 Mark Pollert                                 1247.05

226796 P       1004 Sara Tezel                                     69.26

226806 P          5 SCOTT BULLERT                                 938.41

226807 P       1012 Keith Cooper                                   73.00

226808 P         34 James Gorres                                 1723.30

226809 P       1006 Michele Gorres                                518.40

226810 P       1000 Robert Heinrich                              1204.88

226811 P         31 SHELLY RADKE                                 1115.44

226812 P         14 SAM SPEAR                                    1123.32

226813 P         25 JOHN VASICEK                                  170.00

Meeting adjourned 9:55pm
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Mayor, Gerald Uglem                        Auditor, Shelly Radke