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%, and seconded by Council Member Public notices Mittelstaedt. RESOLUTION 97-124 APPROVE AMENDED PAY EQUITY )ROCEEDINGS OF "HE ORTONVILLE COUNCIL DECEMBER 15, 1997 7:00 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: called the meeting of City Council to order at with the following present: Present: Margaret Matheson, Gustafson Blair Johnson, George Butch Mielstaedt, Mel Reinke Present: John Jenkins, Gary uizenga, Ad Hamann Present: Brian Basham, t: Alfred Roeder, Sonja Roy Bailey, Brent Za'hrbock, Phyllis Anderson, Deb Barnhardt, Mike Galen Swihart, Roger Bird ::)NS/PRESENTATIONS/ INTRODUCTIONS: Pinked, Executive Director of er of Commerce, was resent to ask for additional fund ng CityYor tourism and marketing done by the Chamber. Pinked Chamber revenue services operating expenditures for the last and concluded by asking the an additional $5,000 at the end 97 and for a 1998 donation of Elliott arrived at 7: I 0 p.m.) discussion, the following olution was offered by Mayor ]son and seconded by Council CO RESOLUTION 97-119 NTRIBUTE $5,000 TO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IT AND IT IS HEREBY by the Ortonville City tcil to contribute an additional to the Chamber of Commeme in with the funds to be taken from the Discretionary Account. roll call vote the following votes Matheson, Gustafson, Elliott, #97- I I 9 passed this 15th December 1997. lg resolution was offered Member Johnson and by Council Member RESOLUTION 97-120 $7,000 TO COMMERCE IN 1998 IT AND IT IS HEREBY by the Ortonville C ty 'il to designate an additional Chamber of Commeme in roll call vote the following votes recorded: S: Gustafson, Johnson, Elliott, Ellingson, Matheson 97-120 was passed this r 1997. lOtion was offered by Council Gustafson, seconded by Member Matheson and passed to approve the following IScuss status of street shop - rgaret Mathes e. Discuss Christmas decorations CONSENT AGENDA: was made to remove the A motion Reinke, Council Member Johnson unanimously to approve the g remaining items on the Minutes: Nov. 25, 1997 Meeting and the Dec. 1, egular munci I Committees: Committee minutes approving final 1998 City License Renewals HEARINGS: opened the public p.m to ceive public proposed 1998 levy. public comment, the :).m. OF CITIZEN ES AND COMMISSIONS: of )peal/Planning as offered by Council ce, seconded by Mayor and passed unanimously to the Maxon Investment vadance request. was offered by Council ;on, seconded by and passed the December of the Board of Commission. 4, 1997 minutes offered by Council ;dt, seconded by and passed the December the Tree Board. resolution was offered Elliott and seconded rHE THE AUDITOR City Council nty of Big that the following levied for the current upon taxable for the Relief .,.$233,952 .$2,000 ...................... $49,048 ............. -o- ..................... $50 000 that the )r is instructed to of this of Big vote the following votes Reinke. Mittelstaedt, Matheson Council of the 15th day of December 1997. RESOLUTION 97-122 APPROVE FINAL 1998 CITY BUDGET WHEREAS, the Property Tax Law requires local governments to adopt and certify to the County Auditor a proposed budget by September 15th; and WHEREAS, the 1998 proposed City budget, consisting of $1,374,152 in revenues and $1,373,202 in expenditures, is adopted under the provisions of the Property Tax Law; and WHEREAS, the final 1998 budget will be adopted after the Truth in Taxation hearing(s), at which time the budget may be increased or decreased from the proposed budget, provided the Tax Levy is not raised; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Ortonville that the City Council does hereby approve .the proposed 1998 budget as on file in the office of the City Clerk/Administrator. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Reinke, Mittelstaedt, Elliott, Johnson, Gustafson, Matheson, Ellingson Adopted by the City Council of the City of Ortonville this 15th day of December 1997. Cigarette License Renewal: The following cigarette licenses were renewed for the license pedod January 1, 1998- December 31, 1998: BigStone Bait, Cenex Convenience Store, VFW Discuss Status of Street Shop: Council Member Matheson discussed" issues relating to the status of the City_ garage, airport and highway, seven ex,t into Ortonville. NEW BUSINESS: Discuss Park and Tree Maintenance with Park and Tree Board: Bob Cadson of the Tree Board was present as was Diane Dorry to discuss the proposed reorganization of the Park Maintenance Department. Carlson expressed concern that the Golf Superintendent's staff could become overwhelmed by the added responsibility. APPROVE BILLS: Council Member Reinke discussed two invoices relating to library maintenance. A motion was offered by Mayor Ellingson and seconded by Council Member Mittelstaedt to retain Hauer's check until a satisfactory answer is obtained from the Library Board as to why two snow removal vendors were paid on November 14, 1997. ADJOURNMENT: Mayor Ellingson adjourned the meeting to Tuesday, December 30th, 1997 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. ADJOURNED MEETING TUESDAY DECEMBER 30, 1997 COUNCIL CHAMBERS 5:00 PM Mayor Ellingson called the adjourned meeting of the Ortonville City Council to -Order at 5:01. Upon roll call vote the following Council Members were present: Council present: Mel Reinke, Blair Johnson, Mary Gustafson, George Elliott, Margaret Matheson Council absent: George Elliett Staff prment: John-,Bnkine, Scott Huizenga, Paul Tinklegbtirg Media present: Jtone Also present: Bob Cadson, Mike and Diane Dorry, Alfred Roeder Bob Carlson and Mike and Diane. Dorry were present to continue discussion of the park maintenance reorganization plan. They discussed which departments would be handling the following park maintenance responsibilities: pool maintenance, softball field maintenance, grant writing, bathroom maintenance at Lakeside Park and beach cleaning. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Council that the Parks/Golf department would be responsible for parks mowing and related maintenance; Paul Tnkienberg would be appointed Weed Inspector, Scott Huizenga would maintain his pool license and receive help in pool maintenance from the street department and/or a seasonal pool operator, Huizenga would retain position as Tree Inspector, Park/Golf department "would maintain municipal beach and bathrooms at Lakeside Park. Mayor EIlingson provided the Council an overview of the purchase agreement between the City and Rural Cellular Corporation as drafted by-the City Attorney. After discussion, the following resolution was offered by Mayor Ellingson and seconded by Council Member Mittelstaedt: RESOLUTION 97-123 APPROVE PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY AND RURAL CELLULAR CORPORATION AS DRAFTED BY CITY ATTORNEY BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the City Council of the Cfty of Ortonville to approve the purchase a.reement between the City of Ortonvnlle and Rural Cellular Corporation to purchase for the sum of $10,000, lots six and seven (6 & 7), block two (2), Crestview Addition to the City of Ortonville for the construction of a municipal water tower. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: Yes: Johnson, Gustafson, Matheson, Mittelstaedt, Reinke, Ellingson Absent: Elliott Passed by the City Council of the City of Ortonville this 30th day of December, 1997. Mayor Ellingson provided an overview of the request by the Chamber of Commerce to request an exemption from a lawful gambling license for their Annual Meeting scheduled for February 7, 1998 Motion seconDed/passed Council Member Johnson/Mayor Ellingson to approve exemption and authorize Clerk/Administrator to sign on behalf of City. Mayor Ellingson offered a motion, seconded by Council Member Gustafson which carded unanimously, to adjourn to Executive Session at 5:20 pm to discuss a personnel matter relating to the EDA Administrative Secretary. The Council adjourned the Executive Session at 5:55 pm. No formal action was taken. Mayor Ellingson provided an overview of the amendments recommended by Dorothy Person of Local Government Consulting relating to the positions of Public Works Generslist and Golf/Parks superintendent as a result of the parks/golf reorganization. After discussK)n, the following resolution was offered by Councit Member Johnson PLAN AS PREPARED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSULTING BE IT /kND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the City Council of lhe City of Ortonville that the amended pay equity plan prepared by Local Government Consulting is hereby approved. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: Yes: Johnson, Gustafson, Matheson, Mittelstaedt, Reinke, Ellingson Absent: Elliott Passed by the City Council of the City of Ortonville this 30th day of December, 1997. There being no further business, Mayor Ellingson adjourned the meeting at 6:15 p.m. APPROVED: John D. Jenkins, City Clerk/Administrator ATTEST: David Ellingsen, Mayor Extension Jan. 27,1998 John Cunningham, County Extension Director 839-2518 or 1-800-279-2518 IMPROVED DRAINAGE IS A KEY TO FARM PROFITS Kent Thiesse, University of Minnesota Extension Service Extension Educator in Mankota, developed this week's column material. Water resource management has been a key factor in developing Minnesota cropland since the state was first settled in thel800's. Farm land drainage systems have played a significant role in the enhancement of tillable acres for crop production. Interest among farm operators to improve ag drainage systems has been extremely high the past couple of years. The main reason for the recent increased interest in enhanced drainage system is economics. Most of the farm land drainage that is taking place are upgrades or expansions of existing field drainage systems. There has been a more limited amount of new or replacement drainage systems involving multiple landowners. The increased use of combine yield monitors by crop producers has made it much easier to identify specific areas of fields with lower than average yields. If these lower yields are being caused totally or partially by excess soil moisture during the growing season, the area of the field becomes a prime candidate for enhanced farm land drainage. - In many cases this means adding to an existing drainage system or reducing the spacing between tile lines. Iowa State University has shown average yield increases of 40 to 25 bushels per acre for corn and 5 to 10 bushels per acre for soybeans on system tile farm land compared to similar land with somewhat poor drainage conditions. These yield increases can be even higher on farms or fields that are very poorly drained with limited tile. Yield increases may also be higher in extremely wet growing seasons and may be somewhat less in very dry years. The economic improvement realized from an enhanced drainage system can easily reach $25.00 to $60.00 per acre each year due to the yield improvement. Many drainage systems will return the cost of investment for the system in a 5 to 10 year period. The profitability in crop production in many areas during the past two or three years has allowed farmers some extra capital dollars to invest in enhanced drainage systems. .Another factor in the recent increase of ag drainage activity may be landowner fears of future regulations. Many farm operators and owners are concer,ed that future drainage and wetlands regulations could significantly restrict the enhancement of farm land drainage systems. An increased number of farm operators have their own tile installation equipment, which lowers the cost of improving farm drainage systems: Open house on traffic study results The City of Montevideo, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are sponsoring an open house to share data collected and system needs from a traffic study of the City of Montevideo. The open house will be held Monday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. The data being presented at the open house will be used to formulate future transportation improvements. The public is invited to stop by to review and discuss the data with representatives from the city, Mn/DOT and the project consultant, HN'I'B Inc., Minneapolis, MN. Mn/DOT is committed to meeting future transportation needs in the Montevideo area through planning, involvement a.d coordination among the city, county, citizens, and the business community. The City Hall is located at 103 Canton Avenue i. Montevideo. Persons with questions concerning the open house are invited to contact Patrick Weidemann, Transportation Planner, at Mn/DOT's Willmar office by calling 320-231-5195 or 800-657- 3792. Independent want ads Miscellaneous ] III IIII II FREE CASH GRANTS! College. Scholarships. Business. Medical bills. Never repay. Toll Free 1-800-218- 9000, ext. G-9682. 50-4 EMOTIONAL CRISES OR PSY- CHIATRIC EMERGENCY? Call toll free 1-800-568-5955 (TDD accessi- ble) to initiate a professional and con- fidential immediate response. This 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency psychological service is made avail- able by the Big Stone County Welfare Board. 22-TF-EOW* Cards of thanks CARD OF THANKS We would like to thank Dr. Beyer and Dr. Ross for the excellent care we received. Also to the staff at the Ortonville Hospital, a very big thanks for the care and concern. You all did a great job. We are very fortunate to have such a fine hospital. Once again, thank you. 52-1 Lori and Gina Nelsen CARD OF THANKS Our thanks to Pastors Bob Possell and Wil Hansen, prayer chains and all who offered up prayers for us, to those who sent flowers and cards and telephoned us, to Dr. Ross and Neva Foster. Special thanks to Paula and Kelse for being with us during Dave' surgery and our Reisdorph family for being with us on Christmas Day. Successful surgery and a complete recovery have been possible because of all of you. Love and God Bless, 52-1 Dave and Marge Olson CARD OF THANKS I want to thank Dr. Ross, the nurs- es and staff at the hospital and the nursing home for care and concern. Special thanks to the therapists, to the ambulance crew, to Pastor Boehnke for his visits, for prayers, cards, tele- phone calls, flowers and visits. It was all very much appreciated. 52-1 Earl Heft'beck CARD OF THANKS The family of Helen Perseke would like to thank all who sent flowers, cards, memorials and brought food to our homes. Thank you to Pastor Shalom Kropfl for her comforting words and prayers. To the Larson Funeral Home for their kind- ness, to Andrena McEwen for play- ing the organ and Jerri Homrighausen for the "very special" solo, to the ladies of Zion for serving the lunch. It all was very much appreciated. Merlen and Lavonne Perseke and Family, 52-1 Jean Danielson and Family Card of Thanks Skeezicks' Teen Center thanks the "Day of Love" women at Ortonville's First English Lutheran Church for donating two quilts for a raffle. The quilts were won by Sharon Folk and Darlene Hendricks. Skeezicks' also thanks the Big Stone County Salvation Army, the Ortonville Jaycees and the OHS Alumni Association for sponsoring one month's rent for the teen center. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Skeezicks' Board of Directors IT* CARD OF THANKS The family of Elizabeth (Libby) Taffe wishes to thank the many peo- ple who shared their love through vis- its, prayers, food, flowers and memo- rials during the difficult time prior to and after Mom's death. Special men- tion to the medical and care staff at Northridge as well as Dr. Ross for their ongoing care and support. Although Mom suffered for a long time with her numerous ailments, her life was fuller for the constant love shown by her friends, family and caregivers. Our thanks go out to those involved who made her funeral ser- vice a wonderful tribute: Fr. Jack and Fr. Andy, Pat Kunz, St. John's choir and funeral committee, THE birthday Club, Terry Oakes and to Larson Funeral Home for their excellent ser- vice and support. God bless you all. Patrick, Leona, Paul, Daniel, Peg, Roman, Peter, Joseph, Timothy 52-1 cannot survive unless our LYSENG LAKE KENNEL Pet Boarding & Grooming BY APPOINTMENT Large, secure, Indoor/Outdoor Runs Carlton and j Lorraine Fletcher Soulh Hwy. 75 Clinton, MN Evenings (320) 325-5349 RENT ASSISTED APARTMENTS MILBANK APARTMENTS MILBANK,. SD Spacious two bedroom apartments. Laundry facilities. Appliances included. Available now. Call 1-888-424-1733 or 605 432 9219 "" . . . omNmymvv STATEWIDE J A.,.,....IIE.D"q l In Memoriam i IN MEMORIAM In memory of Art Bruns. Those we love remain with us, For love itself lives on. And cherished memories never fade, Because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be, More than a thought apart. For as long as there is memory, They'll live on in our heart. We miss you Dad. 52-1 Sheriff's dept. has scholarships Sheriff Joseph Berning of Big Stone County said the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association scholarship program is available for 1998. Berning said the MSA has established a scholarship fund totaling $9,000, for the awarding of fifteen $600 scholarships for this year. It is anticipated that the MSA scholarship program, which is promoted by the 87 Sheriffs of Minnesota, will be expanded in the years to come. Members of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association give recognition to the lack of financial assistance available to students attending the mandated peace officers skills course or two/or four year law enforcement degree school. The scholarship committee intends to achieve representation from all geographical areas of the state. Applications will be received until Feb. 28, with scholarships being awarded by May 1 st. Application forms and a statement of procedures are available at the Big Stone County Sheriff's Office. Scholarships are available to students in one of the following four categories. 1. Mandated skills program. 2. Two-year law enforcement program. 3. Vocational- Technical police program. 4. Four- year college criminal justice course. Students meeting this criteria are invited to obtain a scholarship application blank from the Sheriff's Office and to actively participate in the competition. Old Mill Twirlers The Old Mill Twirlers danced to the calling of Dennis Van Asch from Milbank, SD. There were two squares dancing. Calling Wednesday, Jan. 28 will be Cal Brown from Watertown. On the lunch committee will be Daryl and Arlene Stengel, Paula Tennis and Harold Thaden. The Old Mill Twirlers dance on Wednesday nights in the Milbank High School Lunchroom. Use the northeast door. Visitors are always welcome. Minnesota Classified Advertlsin00l Network Call this newspaper for details on placing , your ad in this space. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIF..8 HELP WANTED DRWER8 "'ROGER'S BODY 8HOP" DRIVER8 WANTED: Young, sggru- Twfn C.,ffiW. body sho leader, expardngl Sh'O, & fl growlng compmy Iooldng for Nood thm ann detlw FT/Fr. Top pay rolle OTR-& rogml profm drlv- md bonolUl. Roamo to: PO Box 20103, era. Call 800Q7g785 or 701Q82-0478. I,MN 56420 or call 612/749- SWIFT TRANSPORTATION I nusas, W)k, car, vacalion#. 800/531-9733 " " Ifor recorded detalb. EIGHT WEEK PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER TRAINING at  Profeuional Drtving Center, Inc., Wadem, MN. $2,950 total cash tultlon kwelament Clliu A-CDL Icrw. Classes /. 9. Call 800/550-7369 or 218/ . t.os eva, able to qual, led ap- piicants. Next ckum February 2, 1998. FEED & SEED FOR SALE. ROUND AND SMALL SQUARE BALE8 of daW, herin, young stock and beef hey; ma mr. de,v0ma  ser . Pdb H. 21s/,,.400s. NOTICEE GERMAN STUDENT ,Scananavb, Eur01m, South Amedcan, Asian, Ruulen exdianga students attend- ins hh sawW. Be(wWrm a hem y/ NE. Call 800-81BUNG. BU81NE88 OPPORTUNITIES LOCAL CANDY ROUTE. day. All foi" I,. Call 800/gVEND. FINANCIAL FREEDOMI Average people are asking SS-$10k per monthl .ECO.E Boss AND RETIRE EARLY. Thls Is n business op- STAFF PHARMACIST. Rlvervlew  .amddon has a fulHlme po- on 8 roting/xll hedule. Some ocrP gible for Ucermure in  We'll get soctatlon, Human  Dept., 323  Crodr, lton, MN 56716. 218/281-9415. PRODUCE MANAGER POSITION: I Pro Wed.ce memmt expea- Fair FOOd;, 14 $eco;et N, Watertown, 8D 57201. 605/8864127. PLY! REWARiNIIMUNI'I'Y Rr  Int'! lai, h,t tm'niiW, hi iw. FI'. WI lnan. Grset Ixl, 56 (x. t WATER & SEWAGE PLANTTRAIN- EES Pa . HS ac  aga 4 wUling to wo calJ O(X)Q47-0507. 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