REGULAR MEETING, CITY COUNCIL
NORTHWOOD, NORTH DAKOTA
May 11, 2020
Mayor Gerald Uglem called the phone conference meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Present for roll call were the following
Council Members: Jake Beckel, Derrick Strand, Noelle Broeren, Gordon Hall. Member Absent was Sarah Ferguson. Staff
present: City Auditor Shelly Radke, Utility Clerk Gail Ducioame, Chief of Police Mark Pollert, and Public Works
Superintendent James Gorres. Also present was Dennis Danzl.
Strand moved, seconded by Hall to approve minutes for the Regular Council meeting from 4/20/20, and the minutes for the
Equalization meeting from 4/20/2020. Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Beckel to receive and file the financial report. Motion carried. 4/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Beckel to receive and file all 9 Building Permits approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Building Permits #20-2078 through #20-2086. Motion carried 4/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Broeren to appoint Ron Braun to replace Aaron Braun on the board of the Planning & Zoning
Commission. Motion carried. 4/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to supply Pulses America a new transformer for their proposed truck scale, if the current
transformer, light pole, or anything else is needed to be removed it will be done so at the expense of Pulses America. The
request for the right of way can not be granted by the City. It is to be agreed upon by the landowner and Pulses America.
Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand moved, seconded by Broeren to approve The Gleaner as the Northwood City Official Newspaper. Motion carried. 4/0.
The topic of the water sprinkler meter was tabled until next Council meeting.
Broeren moved, seconded by Strand to approve Dennis Danzl’s Construction meter for 511 Main Street. Motion carried. 4/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to disconnect utilities for those who violate the COVID-19 payment agreement, also to
disconnect residents if by June 1
st 2020 individuals have not submitted a COVID-19 payment agreement with City Hall.
Motion carried. 4/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to postpone all Community Center rentals until Governor Burgum’s executive order on
public gatherings has been rescinded or amended. Motion carried. 4/0.
There was a discussion concerning the pergola and City park areas. Radke was directed to place a friendly reminder to the
residence the surfaces are not cleaned.
Strand moved, seconded by Hall to rent a John Deere tractor model 6155M from True North Equipment for the 2020/2021
winter with 250hours, 8 months for a total of $4222.50 to be paid out of the Equipment fund. Motion carried.
Stand moved, seconded by Beckel to approve the 3 Committee as a Whole recommendations. This motion was tabled until
the next Council meeting.
There was a discussion concerning Dennis Danzl’s curb stop for his 4 plex rental property. Danzl did not feel he should be
responsible for the repair cost of the curb stop; the curb stop was under the driveway of a neighboring property. Beckel and
Strand felt the same. Hall felt the City should follow the ordinance, Broeren agreed with the City Attorney’s opinion.
Beckel moved, seconded by Strand to have the City cover the cost of Danzl’s curb stop and removal and replacement of the
concrete due to the fact the owner was unable to maintain the curb stop because it was not located on his property. Motion
carried. 3/0 Broeren abstained.
Strand moved, seconded by Broeren to approve The Hut and The Brass Rail’s Beer Garden applications from todays date
until 9/1/2020. Motion carried. 4/0.
Hall moved, seconded by Broeren to approve the estimate of $2500.00 plus expenses from Missouri River Energy Service
(MRES) for a System Assessment for the City’s Electrical service. Motion carried. 3/0 Beckel abstained.
Chief Pollert addressed the Council concerning the May 2020 monthly Police Activity Report. There were 4 citations issued.
The squad car has been in for repairs. Chief Pollert explained the number of “Calls for Service” distributed by PSAP in Grand
Forks for Emerado, Thompson and Northwood. Chief Pollert requested the City ordinances be updated on the fine amounts
as well as the State laws.
Radke was directed to obtain an estimate on the cost to amend the City Ordinances concerning fines and State laws.
Gorres expressed to the members the sewer line in front of City Hall is tentatively scheduled for this Thursday and Friday.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to hire seasonal summer help for Public Works starting wage of $12.00 with no benefits up
to 4 individuals. Motion carried. 4/0.
Radke submitted Insurance information to explain personal vehicle and City coverage. Also submitted was an email from
Becky Alt explaining in more detail when the SIRN radio update should take place and when to place it in the Cities budget.
Radke explained the 2021 budget is beginning.
Radke addressed the members concerning invoices that have been sent out which the City has heard no response from.
Council directed the invoices be sent out once again.
Radke informed the Council members of a tentative Special Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday May 13
th at 5:15pm.
The determining factor is the delivery of computer equipment to allow the capability of conference system. The agenda will
be sent out once the equipment is received.
Mayor Uglem explained under council concerns there was a late submission of a Gaming Site Authorization application.
Hall moved, seconded by Broeren to approve the Gaming Site Authorization application from the Northwood Fire
Department for the Brass Rail. Motion carried. 4/0.
Strand inquired about the free landfill day that was scheduled for Saturday 5/9/20. Gorres explained it was too wet. Gorres
explained there was a technical issue when trying to make a notice on the Northwood Facebook page. Gorres stated
contingent on the weather the landfill will be open Thursday 5/14/2020, 4pm-7pm, and Saturday 5/16/2020 , 9am-4pm, free
of charge to Northwood residents.
Hall asked about dirt bikes within City limits. There has been a few driving in the ditch close to his home. Chief Pollert
expressed he has spoken to a few individuals concerning their dirt bikes.
Hall moved, seconded by Strand to pay bills. Motion carried. 4/0.
|-99555||E||99 MISSOURI RIVER||83686.13|
|-99554||E||99 MISSOURI RIVER||150.83|
|-99553||E||234 Cardmember Service||311.38|
|227441||SC||239 East Central Regional Water Dist.||8318.40|
|227461||SC||2 ADVANCED BUSINESS||414.10|
|227462||SC||12 AMERIPRIDE LINEN||668.64|
|227463||SC||19 BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA||20067.99|
|227464||SC||31 BRAUN ELECTRIC||1584.91|
|227465||SC||983 Century Link||160.24|
|227466||SC||1059 Citizen State Bank of Finley||559.69|
|227467||SC||949 Citizens state bank||293.94|
|227468||SC||241 City of Northwood||11092.02|
|227469||SC||1082 Dawn Cox||5.80|
|227470||SC||47 DISPLAY SALES||218.50|
|227471||SC||64 GLOBAL SAFETY||244.70|
|227472||SC||66 GRAND FORKS UTILITY||2075.60|
|227474||SC||1079 Lawrence Moll||2.97|
|227475||SC||89 MELAND LUMBER||95.87|
|227476||SC||233 Millers Fresh Foods||67.06|
|227477||SC||98 MINNKOTA POWER CO-||11189.94|
|227478||SC||99 MISSOURI RIVER||838.00|
|227479||SC||102 NAASTAD BROTHERS,||2120.00|
|227480||SC||111 ND SEWAGE PUMP & Lift Station Ser||36000.00|
|227482||SC||124 NORTHWOOD AIRPORT||9793.82|
|227483||SC||276 Northwood Cemetery Assoc.||4897.28|
|227484||SC||275 Northwood Economic Development||14732.24|
|227485||SC||242 Northwood Plumbinb & Heating||196.19|
|227487||SC||1081 Rachel Fenhaus||95.75|
|227488||SC||744 Railroad Management Company||2006.40|
|227489||SC||1080 Randy Bilden||56.02|
|227490||SC||552 Skips Cenex||952.57|
|227491||SC||213 Titan Machinery Inc.||848.98|
|227492||SC||218 US BANK||83791.25|
|227493||SC||227 VERIZON WIRELESS||228.99|
|227494||SC||225 VALLEY LAWN CARE||247.00|
|227496||SC||134 NORTHWOOD PARK||4388.38|
|227427||P||DEFERRED COMP NDPERS||200.00|
|227428||P||10 ALVIN BOUCHER||157.48|
|227429||P||27 GAIL M. DUCIOAME||421.38|
|227430||P||1008 Cameron Davis||693.77|
|227431||P||1014 Connie Larson||64.64|
|227432||P||1015 Connie M. Larson||36.94|
|227433||P||1003 Mark Pollert||1263.00|
|227434||P||32 SHELLY K. RADKE||36.94|
|227435||P||1004 Sara Tezel||69.26|
|227436||P||FOP PAYBACK CITY OF NORTHWOOD||12.50|
|227437||P||AFLAC ACC – PRE AFLAC WORLDWIDE HEADQUAR||742.06|
|227438||P||LIFE INSURANCE UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMP||159.50|
|227440||P||HEALTH INS BLUE CROSS OF ND||6344.90|
|227441||P||5 SCOTT BULLERT||930.88|
|227442||P||34 James Gorres||1478.99|
|227443||P||1006 Michele Gorres||405.67|
|227444||P||1000 Robert Heinrich||1138.15|
|227445||P||31 SHELLY RADKE||1236.26|
|227446||P||14 SAM SPEAR||917.13|
|227448||P||UNITED ACCOUNTS UNITED ACCOUNTS, INC.||303.84|
|227449||P||27 GAIL M. DUCIOAME||421.38|
|227450||P||1008 Cameron Davis||1299.05|
|227451||P||1003 Mark Pollert||1263.00|
|227452||P||1004 Sara Tezel||69.26|
|227453||P||FOP PAYBACK CITY OF NORTHWOOD||12.50|
|227454||P||5 SCOTT BULLERT||1340.53|
|227455||P||34 James Gorres||1906.79|
|227456||P||1006 Michele Gorres||466.78|
|227457||P||1000 Robert Heinrich||1374.41|
|227458||P||31 SHELLY RADKE||1222.47|
|227459||P||14 SAM SPEAR||1198.57|
|227460||P||UNITED ACCOUNTS UNITED ACCOUNTS, INC.||303.84|
|227495||P||SIT OFFICE OF STATE TAX COMM||595.77|
Meeting adjourned 9:02pm
Mayor, Gerald Uglem Auditor, Shelly Radke