June 6, 2011
TYLER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 6, 2011
The regular meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on June 6, 2011, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Thomsen and Council Members Harper, Mundt, and Petersen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Petersen, and Tolsma. Guests Present: George Ruhman, Robert Wolfington, and Bill Helget.
- The agenda was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Petersen, and unanimously carried.
- Under public express no items were discussed.
- Bill Helget informed the Council that the pre construction meeting for the water tower is scheduled for the end of June. Helget noted that the Public Facilities Authority may be disrupted due to the State shutdown in July and that the City of Tyler should look into interim financing to make sure work continues if the shutdown is prolonged. The Council directed staff to make preparations for interim financing in case of a prolonged shutdown. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to give notice to proceed to Duininck Construction, contingent upon proof of liability insurance.
- City Administrator Dan Tolsma informed the Council that a number of amendments to the City’s Code would be required to help clear up some of the water project issues. Tolsma also noted that the Council may want to consider adding some language to the Code about the branch pick-up service due to a number of issues that there is currently no policy on. Tolsma agreed to draft some amendments and have them at the July Council meeting.
- Public Works Director Dean Beck asked the Council for direction regarding the antenna policy on the new water tower once construction was completed. Beck noted that lease agreements would need to be entered into and a storage building would need to be available near the site to house equipment for the lessees. The Council directed staff to continue to look into options and keep the Council updated.
- The Council reviewed Police Chief John Spindler’s employee contract and approved of the terms, with the exception that a normal two week work period would consist of eighty hours instead of eighty-four hours effective immediately. Motion made by Harper, seconded by Petersen, and unanimously carried to approve the Police Chief’s employment contract for 2011 and 2012.
- The date for the July Council meeting was discussed, although the Council made no decision on the date due to scheduling conflicts. Mayor Thomsen agreed to call the meeting at a later date.
- Police Chief John Spindler was present to give his report. Spindler noted that nothing out of ordinary had occurred although they were seeing some increased activity with school being out and the nicer weather.
- Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the Council that the public works department had been busy working on preparations for the water project and working on other summer items.
- City Attorney Petersen had nothing to report.
- City Administrator Tolsma reminded the Council that the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was holding a meeting June 7th to discuss county-wide police service and would like representatives from each of the city councils.
- Mayor Thomsen had nothing to report.
- Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve the bills.
- There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Thomsen adjourned the meeting at 9:53 p.m. Motion made by Mundt, seconded by Petersen, and unanimously carried to adjourn.