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City of Tyler, Minnesota
Minnesota's Danish Heartland

February 7, 2011


February 7, 2011



The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on February 7, 2011, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Thomsen and Council Members Denney, Harper, Mundt, and Petersen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Petersen, Spindler, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Jim Miranowski, Kathy Miranowski, Karen Meyers, Robert Wolfington, and Bill Helget.


  1. The agenda was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Petersen, and unanimously carried.


  1. The January 10, 2010 minutes were approved. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried.


  1. The Council discussed a draft special use permit that would allow Karen Meyer to keep one adult horse on her property at 234 E. Oak Street. Jim and Kathy Miranowski were present for the discussion and noted that they were still adamantly opposed to allowing a horse on the neighboring property. Council Member Harper recommended that the language be inserted into the special use permit allowing the Council to revoke the permit without excuse in the future if it is approved. The Council agreed to table the discussion until the March 7, 2011 meeting when staff would have an updated special use permit.


  1. Bill Helget from Bolton & Menk Engineering was present to inform the Council about the results of the water tower inspection. Helget noted that the interior of the tank had some peeling and that the exterior had a layer of lead based paint that would complicate the project if the Council wanted to rehab the tower instead of constructing a new one. Helget informed the Council that there was essentially four options for the water tower, which included a complete rehab for around $400,000 with an expected life span of 30 to 40 years, a partial rehab for around $150,000 with an expected life span of 15 to 25 years, a new tower for around $600,000 with an expected life span of 40+ years, or make no improvements and expect to replace the tower in less than 15 years.


  1. The Council discussed the process the Tyler Police Department was using in regards to the issuance of administrative citations and asked Police Chief Spindler if there were any discrepancies between the way he and Officer Nate Nafziger were issuing them. Spindler noted that both he and Officer Nafziger use them in a similar way and that they would like to maintain a high level of discretion when using them so they can issue either an administrative citation or a regular ticket depending on the situation.


  1. Police Chief John Spindler was present to give his report. Spindler informed the Council that it was a relatively normal month and that they had been busy with towing because of the snow.


  1. Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the council that the utilities crew had been busy with a water main break, snow removal, and meter readings, which were taking much longer than usual because of the snow.


  1. City Attorney Petersen had nothing to report.


  1. City Administrator Tolsma had nothing to report.


  1. Mayor Thomsen briefly informed the Council about tentative plans by the local Lyons Club to put a new electric display sign up somewhere in town and that he would keep the Council updated with any developments.


  1. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve the bills.


  1. There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Thomsen adjourned the meeting at 8:43 p.m. Motion made by Denney, seconded by Petersen, and unanimously carried to adjourn.

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