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Area news digest APPLETON-Swift County Assessor Loren Harste reported to the Swift County Board at a March 25 special meeting that he had been contacted by John Riches of Correction Corporation of America for an estimate of market value of the Prairie Correctional Facility. In a letter addressed to Riches, Harste estimated the market value of the prison at $21 million, which would add about $840,000 tax capacity to the county. Neither Riches nor the Appleton Prison Corporation would comment on CCA's bid for the prison. HANCOCK-The Hancock Lions Club is once again confronted with acts of tampering of their property. Last summer the club was forced to remove the rafts and dock from Page Lake after continuous tampering by individuals. It seems that these individuals or others are once again up to their old tricks. The Lions have been forced to take action and pull the rafts, which this time were pulled into the water. With the ice not yet off the lake, the pieces could have been permanently destroyed Now the Lions are faced with the question of whether to put the equipment back out for summer swimming enjoyment. MILBANK, SD-If the saying "A penny for your thoughts" has any weight, students at Koch School must think a lot of former custodian Linda Pillatzki. Koch students pinched thousands of pennies, collecting $1,646.64 for Pillatzki, who has been diagnosed with chronic myclogenous leukemia. To help offset the former school employee's medical expenses, students collected pennies at the school during the month of March. MONTEVIDEO-Two Montevideo men have been summoned to appear in District Court at Montevideo May 4 after being charged with shining deer out of season. Randy Lee Buseman, 41, and Scott Verlyn Anspach, 26, were specifically charged with using artificial lights to locate animals, taking or possessing a deer during closed season and transportation and possession of illegally taken deer. Each of the three offenses carries a maximum sentence of one year or $3,000 or both, plus a loss of hunting privileges. Investigation of the incident began after the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department received a call Jan. 22 that a deer carcass had been found by a citizen near the pumphouse and Wildwood Trail in Montevideo. I Publi n s . c otice PROCEEDINGS OF Upo'n the recommendation of the Utility Committee the following THE ORTONVILLE resolution was offered by Mayor Ellingson and seconded by Council Member Mittelstaedt: CITY COUNCIL ' MONDAY, MARCH 2,1998 7:00 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor Ellingson called the regular meeting of the Ortonville City Council to order with the following present: Council Members Present: Mary Gustafson, Blair Johnson, Bill Hynnek, George Elliott, Butch Mittelstaedt Council Member Absent: Mel Reinke City Staff Present: John Jenkins, Roger Anderson, Gary Dinnel, Paul "rinklenberg, Art Hamann Media Present: Ryan Stattelman, Sue Kaercher-Blake, Ortonville Independent Also Present: Shawnda Johnson, Community Education and Recr=,tion director ............. RECOGNITIONS/PRESENTATIONS/ INTRODUCTIONS: Sue Kaercher-Blake was present to introduce Ryan Stattelman as the new reporter at The Independent, AGENDA AMENDMENTS: A motion was offered by Council Member Gustafson, seconded by Council Member Johnson and passed unanimously to approve the following agenda amendments: . Reports/Minutes of Citizen Boards, Committees and Commissions: c. Tree/Park Board Unfinished Business: f. EDA position g. Ambulancegarage proposal CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was offered by Council Member Hynnek and seconded by Mayor EUingson to approve the consent agenda as presented. The motion passed unanimously. REPORTS/MINUTES OF CITIZEN BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS: Tree Board and Park Board: Council Member Elliott discussed the Council's decision to authorize Bill Lund, RESOLUTION 9821 INSTALL WATER, SEWER & ELECTRICITY GOLF COURSE RESTROOM -BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Ortonville City Council to authorize the Water and Electric Department to install water, sewer and electricity for the men's/women's golf league restroom on the golf course at a cost not to exceed $1,200. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Hynnek, Gustafson, Johnson, Elliott, Mittelstaedt, Ellingson . _ ABSENT: Reinke Resolution 98-21 passed this 2nd day of March 1998.  Upon the recommendation of the Utility Committee, the following resolution was offered by Council Member Johnson and seconded by Council Member Hynnek: RESOLUTION 98-22 AUTHORIZE PREUMINARY ENGINEERING REPORT TRUNK HIGHWAY 7 BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Ortonville City Council to authorize Larson Peterson and Associates, Inc. to prepare a Jreliminary engineering report for the runk Highway 7 water main replacement for street reconstruction and utility replacement. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Gustafson, Johnson, Elliott, Mittelstaedt, Ellingson, Hynnek ABSENT: Reinke Resolution 98-22 passed this 2nd day of March 1998. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Shawnda Johnson, Community Education and Recreation Coordinator, was present to discuss the Community Education Board's request for" an additional $3,000 for the summer Shawnda Johnson and Alfred Roeder to recreation program. Mayor Ellingson obtain poolcertification, highlighted the changes the City REPORTS FROM COUNCIL Attomey proposed for the Joint Powers COMMITTEES: Agreement between the City and the Utility Committee: school district. After considerable discussion, the following resolution was offered by Council Member Elliott and seconded by Council Member Gustafson: RESOLUTION 98-23 AUTHORIZE $1,620 PAYMENT FOR SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Ortonville City Council to authorize payment of $1,620.00 to the summer recreation program with funds to be taken from the Discretionary Fund'. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Johnson, Elliott, Mittelstaedt, Ellingson, Hynnek, Gustafson ABSENT: Reinke Resolution 98-23 passed this 2nd day of March 1998. The following resolution was offered by Mayor Ellingson and seconded by Council Member Mittelstaedt: RESOLUTION 98-24 AUTHORIZE MIDWEST TESTING INC. TO PERFORM SOIL BORING ANALYSIS BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Ortonville City Council to authorize Midwest Testing Laboratory, Inc. to perform soil boring analysis for the proposed utility and street improvement project for $10,800. Upenroll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Elliott, Mittelstaedt, Ellingson, Hynnek, Gustafson, Johnson ABSENT: Reinke Resolution 98-24 was passed this 2nd day of March 1998. The following resolution was offered by Mayor Ellingson and seconded by =__ Council Member Johnson: RESOLUTION 9825 RESOLUTION RECEIVING PRELIMINARY REPORT AND CALLING PUBLIC HEARING ON CITY OF ORTONVILLE STREET AND UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS OF 1998 WHEREAS, The City Council deems it necessary and expedient that the City of Ortonville, Minnesota, construct certain improvements, to-wit: City of Ortonville Street and Utility Street Improvements of 1998 in the City as described in and in accordance with the preliminary plans and report prepared by Larson-Peterson & Associates, inc., consulting engineers; and WHEREAS, The Council has been advised by the consulting engineers that said City of Ortonville Street and Utility Improvements of 1998 are necessary, cost-effective, and feasible and should best be made as proposed, and the consulting engineers' report to this effect has heretofore been received by the Council, and filed with the City Clerk; and WHEREAS, The statute provides that no such improvements shall be made until the Council shall have held a public hearing on such improvements following mailed notice and two publications thereof in the official newspaper stating time and place of the hearing, the general nature of the improvement, the estimated costs thereof, and the area proposed to be assessed, in accordance with law; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Ortonville, Minnesota, as follows: 1. A public hearing will be heldat 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 1998, at the Ortonville Senior Center to consider said proposed improvements. 2. The nature of the improvements, the estimated cost of each major portion therf, ,arid the areas, proposed to be assessed therefor are described in the form of Notice of Hearing hereto attached. 3. The notice of said public hearing shall be in substantially the form contained in the notice hereto attached. 4. The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of said hearing to be given two publications in the official newspaper. Said publications shall be one week apart, and at least three days shall elapse between the last publication and the hearing. Not less than 10 days before the hearing the Clerk shall mail notice of the hearing to the owner of each parcel of land within the area proposed to be assessed as described in the notice. For the purpose of giving such "mailed notice, owners shall be those shown to be such on the records of the County Auditor or, if the tax statements in the County are mailed THE ANNUAL ROUND-IdP to register new kindergarteners will take place on Friday, April 17, 1998 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the kindergarten room of the James Knoll Elementary School in Ortonville. NO NOTICES HAVE BEEN SENT. Children must be five years old on or before Sept.. 1, 1998 to be eligible for kindergarten attendance during the '98-'99 school terms. Originals or copies of birth certificates and immunization records are needed for registration verification. The child's social security number will also be requested. Both parent and child are invited to participate. Please come at your convenience. There are no regular kindergarten classes on ROUND-UP day. by the County Treasurer, on the records of the County Treasurer. As to properties not listed on the records of the County Auditor or the County Treasurer, the Clerk shall ascertain such ownership by any practicable means and give mailed notice to such owners. Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Mittelstaedt, Ellingson, Hynnek, Gustafson, Johnson, Elliott A.BLSE NT: Reinke Res'btion 98-25 passed this 2nd day of March-l"98. The following resolution was offered by Council Member Mittelstaedt and seconded by Council Member Johnson: RESOLUTION 9826 RESCIND RESOLUTION 97-46 BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Ortonville City Council to rescind Resolution 97-46 issued on May 19, 1997 (Add one additional seat to the Golf Board) Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Ellingson, Hynnek, Gustafson, Johnson, Elliott, Mittelstaedt ABSENT: Reinke Resolution 98-26 passed this 2nd day of March 1998. Mayor Ellingson provided an overview of the draft assessment policy drafted by Larson-Peterson & Associates, Inc. A resolution was offered by Council Member Johnson and seconded by Council Member Mittelstaedt: RESOLUTION 9827 ADOPT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT POLICIES FOR SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE RECONSTRUCTION BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Ortonville City Council to adopt the Special Assessment Policies for Surface and Subsurface Reconstruction as prepared by Larson-Peterson & Associates, Inc. for street reconstruction and utility replacement in the City of Ortonville. (Attachment A) Upon roll call vote the following votes were recorded: YES: Hynnek, Gustafson, Johnson, Elliott, Mittelstaedt, Ellingson ABSENT: Reinke Resolution 98-27 passed this 2nd day of March 1998. Blair Johnson provided an overview of the analysis the EDA attorney provided for a potential title change for the EDA Administrative Secretary. The recommendation was to amend the City's Personnel Policy relating to internal City hiring practices. No formal action was taken. The City Council received a proposal from an architect (Rice-Stromgren, Willmar) to design a training room for the ambulance garage at a fee not to exceed $500. A motion was offered by Council Member Gustafson, seconded by Council Member Elliott and passed unanimously to authorize the ambulance crew to construct a training room with the stipulation that no one can sleep overnight in the building. CITY. CLERK/ADMINISTRATOR REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS: A motion was offered by Council Member Hynnek, seconded by Mayor Ellingson and passed unanimously to adjourn to executive session at 9:10 p.m. to discuss personnel matters relating to the Clerk/Administrator candidate. Executive session was adjourned at 9:22 p.m. A motion was offered by Council Member Mittelstaedt, seconded by Council Member Hynnek to offer the position of Clerk/Admihistraor to Char (3rossman at a wage ai grade lO, step two with a six-month evaluation and a 12-month probationary period. The motion passed with five Council Members voting in favor and Council Member Johnson abstaining. ADJOURNMENT: The Mayor adjourned the regular meeting at 9:45 p.m. to reconvene on Wednesday, March 4, 1998 at 5:00 p.m. SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY, MARCH 23, 1998 COUNCIL CHAMBERS 5:15 P.M. Mayor Ellingson called the special meeting of the Ortonville City Council to order at 5:17 pm. Upon roll call vote the following Council Members were present: Council present: Butch Mittelstaedt, Bill Hynnek, Mel Reinke, George Elliott, Blair Johnson Council absent: Mary Gustafson Media present: Ryan Stattelman; Ortonville Independent Staff present: John Jenkins, Paul Tinklenberg Also present: Dan Oakes; Golf Board Springsted Report: Ellingson explained that the primary purpose of the special meeting was to discuss Springsted's analysis and recommendations for funding the proposed street and utility reconstruction project via teleconference as well as tend to several agenda items which were not acted upon at the last regular meeting nko quorum). Paul Donna and Nick arich of Springsted called at 5:18 pm and went over the financial report with the Council (see attachment =A"). The consensus of the Council was to direct Springsted to examine the feasibility of using electric fund transfers to offset the necessary tax levy increase to pay the improvement bonds in 15 years with a 70% levy/30% special assessment split. (Mary Gustafson arrived at 5:25 pm). March 10, 1998. Golf Board Minutes: Paul Tinklenberg, Golf/Parks Superintendent, and Dan Oakes of the Golf Board was present to discuss new membership discounts, what to do with the ailing 1992 fairway mower and to recommend the hiring of three seasonal golf employees. After discussion a motion was offered by Mayor Ellingson, seconded by Council Member Reinke which carded unanimously to offer the "new member discount" all year with "new member" defined as someone who has not received a membership for the past five years. Tinklenberg explained the status of the 1992 fairway mower and offered options for repair and replacement costs. After discussion a motion was offered by Council Member Mittelstaedt, seconded by Council Member Hynnek which carried unanimously to accept the low quotation from MTI Distributing, to be formalized in writing, to lease a demonstration fairway mower for the remainder of 1998 with an option to purchase in 1999. A motion was offered by Council Member Johnson, seconded by Council Member Gustafson which carried unanimously to hire David Zeek, Isaiah Longnecker and Tracy Grossman as seasonal golf course employess in accordance with the seasonal employee pay scale. A motion was offered by Council Member Mittelstaedt, seconded by Council Member Hynnek which carried unanimously to approve the March 10, 1998, Golf Board minutes. Council Member Reinke left the meeting at 6:05 p.m. Change orders #4 & #5 for WTP: Council Member Johnson highlighted the proposed Change orders for the water treatment plant project as proposed by City Staff and Banner Associates for a net increase of $6,810. motion was offered Elliott, seconded Mittelstaedt which to approve change net contract price Authorize to Advertise Plans and Tower:. Jenkins indicated Peterson Associates approval of the plans for the water tower pv Minnesota Departmc were recommending the advertisement. A by Council Member seconded by Council which carried Larson the plans and spec water tower project of April 27, 1998, Office. Approval A motion was Member Mittelstaedt Council Member the bills. After voted 'aye'. Adjoun Before ad Meeting, the Mayor Clerk/Administrator notice of another Sp Monday, March 30, the City Office to allow to tour, as a group proposed districts. 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