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$35IlCrtUirtn CSd/e$ 5Butler" Alexandria" t h i a  Public notices m a g i ca I u r n e y. oi e 0 rt o n v i e Tr ol THE 0RTONVILLE CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2002 7:00 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Dinnel called the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Roll call was taken with the following being present: Mel Reinke, Dan Cakes, Lisa Berkner, Lenore Sellin, Artie Amdt, David Dinnel, Mike Dorry, and with the following absent: none. City Staff Present: Roman Taffe, Curtis Hormann, Paul Tinklenberg, Roger Anderson. Media present: John Paulson, Ryan Stattelman. Others Present: Wally Rogers, Jim Foster, Ken Archer, Todd Verheul, Darrel McKinney. AGENDA AMENDMENTS: A motion was offered by Reinke and seconded by Dorry and the motion did pass unanimously to approve the agenda with the following additions: New Business: 13.a Board Appointments- change Health Care Board to Board of Health 13.c Remove agenda item 13.h Summer recreation director and pool director RECOGNITIONS AND PRESENTATIONS: The fire department was not in attendance to discuss the cleaning contract for the fire hall and so discussion or action was held thereon. Ken Archer, hospital administrator, informed council of the hospital's desire to apply for 'critical access' designation. He explained that designation would result in a more favorable reimbursement schedule for hospital services. He stated the designation would reduce the number of acute care beds from 31 to 25 but that the hospital has not needed that many beds in recent history. Dinnel moved and Reinke seconded and the motion passed unanimously approving the hospital's application for critical access designation. CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Dinnel asked if there were any additions, corrections, or deletions to be made to the Consent Agenda Motion was made by council member Cakes. and seconded by council member Amdt to approve the Consent Agenda which included the following items: 9.a: Motion approving proposed council minutes of March 4, 2002. 13.a Motion " approving board/ committee appointments as recommended. 13.b Motion approving hospital project pay request #9 $157,689.00. 15: Motion approving payment of bills as presented. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. RECOMMENDATIONS OF BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS: the increase in the maintenance contract as requested by the airport board Cakes moved Reinke seconded and the motion passed unanimously referring the matter back to the airport board for fur[her review and recommendations on budget alterations. Verheul updated council on the airport's capital improvement program (CIP). Reinke moved Sellin seconded and the motion passed unanimously approving the updated CIP. Dinnel updated council on a joint meeting of the golf and park boards held to discuss the matter of the supervision of the golf and park programs. Dinnel moved and Dorry seconded that a resolution be adopted Separating Supervision of Golf & Parks Departments (RES 02-021). With Dinnel, Dorry, Sellin, Reinke, Berkner, and Arndt voting in favor and with Cakes voting against, the motion carded 6-1. Dinnel updated council on a telecom board meeting. Dinnel moved and Berkner seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Cable Access Channel Equipment Purchases (RES 02-022). With all members voting in favor, the motion carded. Street committee minutes and recommendations were reviewed. Dorry moved and Cakes seconded and the motion passed unanimously referring the matter of removing two-hour parking signs back to the street committee. Cakes moved and Dinnel seconded that a resolution be adopted Amending Snow Removal Policy (RES 02-023). With Dorry, Reinke, Cakes, Berkner, Arndt, and Sellin voting in favor and with Dinnel voting against, the motion carried 6-1. Dorry moved and Sellin seconded and the motion passed unanimously approving repairs to the city docks. Cakes moved and Reinke seconded and the motion passed unanimously approving the "silent auction" of unused equipment with said auction to be held Dinnel moved and Berkner seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Cable Franchise Transfer (RES 02-024). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Dorry moved and Dinnel seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Blandin Foundation Year-2 Grant Application (RES 02-026). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Dinnel moved and Reinke seconded that a resolution be adopted Approving Hospital Project Change Order #6 (RES 02-025). With Cakes, Dinnel, Dorry, Reinke, and Arndt voting for and with Sellin and Berkner voting against, the motion carried 5-2. Discussed the agreement for personnel consultant services from Maximus and no action was taken thereon. Discussed the wellhead protection program. Dinnel moved and Reinke seconded and the motion passed unanimously appointing Dan Cakes as the council representative to the wellhead protection board. Dinnel informed council of discussion with park & recreation board members regarding the hiring of a pool director and a summer recreation director. Reinke moved and Dinnel seconded that a resolution be adopted Hiring Summer Recreation Director (RES 02- 027). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Dinnel moved and Reinke seconded that a resolution be adopted Hiring Pool Director (RES 02- 028). With all members voting in favor, the motion carried. Mayor Dinnel declared a special meeting of the council on Monday, March 25, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at the Golf Clubhouse for the purpose of discussing general matters of the city. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Cakes moved trle adjournment of the meeting and with no objections thereto, Dinnel adjourned the March 18, 2002 meeting of the Ortonville City Council at 8:26 p.m. SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2002 10:00 AM ORTONVILLE GOLF CLUBHOUSE CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Dinnel called the special meeting of the Ortonville City Council to order at 10:00 a.m. and reminded members the purpose of the meeting was to discuss general city topics and issues. Roll call was taken with the following being present: Mel Reinke, Lisa Berkner, Lenore Sellin, Artie Arndt, David Dinnel, Mike Dorry, and with the following absent: Dan Cakes (arrived 11:43). City Staff Present: Roman Taffe. Media present: none. Others Present: none. AGENDA: Dinnel handed out a General Discussion Items paper with a number of items for discussion and he asked if others had items to clFSouss. The list Todd Verheul airport maintenance was updated and council began * ........... ' ........... . tlileussien en the4ettewing topics ..... Emp oye t[ain[0g and cgntin..ui,.pg man otmcfl,imptetrmnt ":"ation , Beneficial suggestions program Resource sharing with OAHS Promoting youth participation in council meetings Foot of the lake development Extended open forum for citizen participation Water Monitor pilot program Street & infrastructure projects Water softening plant Medi.publicity opportunities : City office project ; Budget & discretionary spending Codification project The above listed topics were discussed and no action was taken on any specific topic or project. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council, Dinnel adjourned the March 25, 2002 special meeting of the Ortonville City Council at 4:27 p.m. Roman C. Taffe, City Clerk-Administrator Court report (Week of Apr. 2, 2002) ORTONVILLE POLICE DEPT. Brandon Gooden Clokey, Litchfield, Expired Registration, Failure to Appear, DL Suspended. Joshua Michael Miller, Ortonville, Consumption/Non-Driver, Fined $95, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Shawna Ann Speth, Ortonville, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge (Edi. note: The following, $35, Court Costs $15. ... authored staff writer by Rich Shanhon Sue Vaneps, Willmar, x Returners appeared in last Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge Wednesday's issue of the $35, Court Costs $15. Watertown Public Opinion.) Brian Francis Kleindl, Graceville, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Kristin Lea Phalen, Graceville, Speeding 77/55, Fined $65, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. BIG STONE CO. SHERIFF Luann Beth Kleindl. Graceville, Speeding 65/55. Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Lori Jo Marvel, Milbank, SD, Speeding 75/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Nicholas Ray Stattelman, Clinton, Consumption/lst/passenger, Fined $95, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Chad Alan Tchida, Sisseton, SD, Speeding 69/55, Failure to Appear. Bridget Elizabeth Riley, Morris, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Timothy J. Harr, Aberdeen, SD, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Carol Annette Raw, Browns Valley, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Ruth Rene Hobberley Schmitz. Wheaton, Speeding 69/55, Fined $45, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Lynnae Laurel Glieden Lina, Morris, Speeding 65/55. Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Jessica Lynn Mostad, Langdon, ND, Speeding 40/30, Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Benjamin James Levno, Graceville, Consumption/lst/Passenger, Fined $95, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Jared James Scwebach, Dumont, Consumption/lst/Passenger, Fined $95, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Jamie Lee Karels, Bellingham, No Current Registration, Fined $15, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Ricky Allen Sigler, Graceville, Speeding 65/55, Fined $35, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Big Stone City to host legion convention On Saturday, April 13, Legionnaries from Day, Grant, Marshall and Grah"t Counties will gather at Big Stone City's Post 229 for its yearly District IV Convention. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m., a supper will be served at 7 p,m., with the.business meeting convening at 8 p.m. The meeting will be called to order by Post Vice Commander Larry Roggenbuck; Chaplain Jack Cloos will offer prayer; and then the meeting will be turned over to Gary Monson, District IV Commander. The agenda includes past reports committee reports and choosing a District Legionnaire of the Year. Big Stone City's candidate is Dan Durbin. District,IV members of the American Legion Auxiliary will meet concurrently at the Post Home. I-IIGItWAY PATROL Jessica Lynn Trapp, Sioux Falls, SD, Speeding 72/55, Fined $55, Surcharge $35, Court Costs $15. Gerald R. Smalley, Fargo, ND, WARMING UP FOR SOFT- Speeding 75/55, Fined $55. Surcharge BALL -is OHS senior lessica Sellin, as the team took to the L' I ...... ='rl i field to practice last week. i You'll get the best vehicle alignment/ [   i -,, . New 4-Wheel Alignment-  - =  " I I '-- ; " Machine I l::= I 'eV J .'= E o t "L-.4 I We'll handle all your insurance work for you/ I " .... II Kevin's is the area00 most well equipped body I I IQ;;;;i'-- --- I l" shop with two frame machinesl I I -- ==  ' ==='= | .Towing with wrecker and roll back | [- =: = , , ,,, _ *-- I .Major collision repair .Frame and suspension work I -=- -'o I .Windshield repair and replacement | "' - ., .9. G "',== ' :;-=,-= o , , LOCK YOUR KEYS IN YOUR CAR WE'LL ET THEM OUT! m .,z I I 320 839 3066 (shop)I  = .... ) ,-I 'w ----, o  " .................... ........ 605-676- 2457 I I rPi =- $ g   ml KEVIN RAAF I i,     . l N s, .O.o..,., .N e5th year ,n business at same location/ i .... II III In my three years of being a sports writer for the Public Opinion, I have had the privilege of covering many amazing high school sporting events. I have seen buzzer-beaters to win state basketball tournament games, last-second touchdowns to win play- off football games and numerous out- standing athletes giving it their all for their schools. Out of all of the events I have cov- ered, I can easily say that nothing quite compares to the Minnesota state high school boys basketball tourna- ment. For the second time in three years, part-time sportswriter Josh Mooney and I followed Ortonville's boys bas- ketball team last weekend to the Twin Cities for the final two days of the state tourney. In 2000, we made the trip to Williams Arena in Minneapolis to watch the Trojans fight for a state title. That year, the Trojans recorded their first-ever win in state tournament play when they downed Hawley in first-round action in Moorhead, Minn. Ortonville moved into the semifinals in Minneapolis and lost its next two games to take fourth place. Before the state tournament that year, I didn't know much about Minnesota high school basketball. Since .I grew up in Watertown, I knew about some Minnesota teams but did- n't know much about their postsea- son. I learned in a real hurry what it is all about after following the Trojans in 2000. I learned that it's a whole different world once you cross the border and enter Minnesota. One of the big dif- ferences I noticed was that teams con- sidered it a big honor to make it to the state tournament. Ortonville's journey in 2000 was the school's first since 1982 and many schools have never made it to a state tournament. The fact that it is so difficult to get to the tournament makes it that much more entertaining and special for everyone involved. Emotions run much higher for players and fans at the tournament, setting the stage for a great basketball atmosphere. Throw in the fact that the tournament is played in the kind of arenas that don't exist in South Dakota and it becomes even more magical. The state tournament two years ago was the first time I had been in Williams Arena. Despite having a few problems getting onto the floor with my South Dakota press credentials, I enjoyed watching the games and tak- ing in the atmosphere. When the Trojans kicked off their postseason play this season, I was cheering for them to get back to the state tournament so I could once again be a part of the great event. This year's group of Ortnville players had all of the right tools to make another run at a title. Senior Ross Wiegman had the ability to take over a game at any point. Senior Pete Ross could muscle his way to the bas- ket against any defender. Tanner Radermacher, another senior, could hurt you from both out- side and inside and senior Nathan Thompson piled up both points and assists. Fellow senior Derek Rieck round- ed out the starting five and was one of the team's best defenders. After defeating Red Lake in first- round action in Moorhead, the Trojans earned a berth into the semifinals in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center, the home of the Minnesota Wild. Stepping into the Xcel Energy Center for the first experience for me what it was like forl tle for a state title structure. The Trojans awestruck in their topped Pillager to game. The weekend pointing end Southwest championship The title was for SMC but me, left the was the better team. An unfortunate and foul trouble title but Ortonvili empty handed. ish was the hi in the state The Trojans als( ers--Wiegman, Radermacher---on team, which was covering the games. Ross, who had tournament and g Public Opinion squad, wasn't most certainly On the long Watertown, I mixed emotions ment. On one hand, I for Ortonville and all of the played their hearts On the other that the Trojans ride to one of sporting events Hopefully, tournament will near future. Minnesota small claims c get a C- in national report An Organization of Americans for Legal Reform today released its Small Claims Report Card for the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Minnesota tied for eleventh in the country of the 47 jurisdictions with small claims courts. The state's dollar limit of $7,500 is tied for fifth out of the 47 jurisdictions that have small claims courts. The filing fee is $20 in most counties. Mediation is only available in four of the ten counties HALT surveyed, with none of them requiring mediation. "The fact that Minnesota has a well-functioning judicial system where the small claims courts hear cases worth $7,500 should send a message to those states with lower dollar limits that the sky will not fall if they raise those limits to a reasonable level," stated Tom Gordon, HALT's Associate Counsel, and Director of the Small Claims Court Reform Project. Data for the survey was collected by a telephone survey of a sampling of small claims courts in the four largest counties and six other random- ly selected counties in each state. The survey was conducted over four months in late 2001. Half of a state's grade came from the amount and type of-relief its small claims courts offered and half came from the ease of access to the court. Small claims courts which use simplified procedures, require plain English, provide often prohibit dous promise ing ordinary their own routine A copy of the card is available request and at Founded in est and largest group in the bers. HALT Americans handle simply, affordablY HALT is known lection of selfhel cacy to hold the accountable. PRINTING Is Our Business THE 0RTONVILLE INDEPENDENT We llave The Riqht farm for The Way'You D & K Tire Se i RR 2, Box 29A Ortonville, MN 56278 320-839-2073 Page 8  INDEPENDENT TuesdaY/