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Minnesota's Danish Heartland

September 8, 2008



Tyler City Council Minutes

September 8, 2008

(Pending Approval)


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on September 8, 2008 at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Harper and Council Members Manson, Mundt, Denney and Williamson present. Staff present: Beck, Ibisch, Taubert, and Nafziger.


The September agenda and the minutes from August 2008 were unanimously approved by the Council.


In the public express, local resident Scott Rieder discussed his acquisition of the Night Owls Bar.  He requested help in getting all of his licenses and permits up to date.  The city council was open to helping him in his acquisition.


City Auditor Matt Taubert was on hand to present the city audit.  He apologized for its extreme lateness.  He said that he usually likes to present it in May, but due to a variety of factors it was 3 months late.  The city was given a “clean opinion”, which is the highest opinion possible.  Taubert noted that the city needs to watch the profitability of its enterprise funds and also that the budget would have been close to balanced if not for losses in the TIF zones. Manson moved to approve the audit, second by Denney, approved unanimously.


Officer Nafziger gave a report and MSC to approve.  There was a brief discussion of the ATV policy.  Officer Nafziger requested a review of the ATV policy of the city. City Attorney Petersen said he would check into laws regarding four-wheelers being driven within the city limits.


Glen Petersen was present to give TRED report.  He discussed ongoing projects.


Dean Beck made his report. He discussed some improvements the Utilities department will be making to both the electrical grid and also the pool.  The pool improvements include new water heaters and also some other emergency equipment.  Beck also spoke about the Stony Point Campground.  It seems as improvements are made to the campground, it will require more supervision and additional safety features.  Motion by Mundt, second by Manson to approve alteration to curb-stop policy.  Carried unanimously.


Timothy Ibisch made his report. He presented a preliminary budget and requested a resolution setting the preliminary levy for the next year.  Discussion ensued and the council talked about the TRED budget for the next year.  Part of the budget for TRED was found to be unnecessary as the project was already nearing completion.  Those monies will be shifted to other areas.  The council discussed making the levy at 8% increase; some felt the number could be dropped down during the later levy meetings.  Others felt that the 5% increase was sufficient with hopes that being more transparent would be good for the community. After discussion the council felt that 5% increase was sufficient. Council will continue discussion of budget in upcoming meetings. Motion to approve preliminary levy by Denney, second by


Motion by Manson to approve the bills, seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.


There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Harper adjourned the meeting at 9:52 p.m.

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