January 4, 2010
- The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on January 4, 2010, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Lutterman and Council Members Denney, Mundt, Clark and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Spindler, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Robert Wolfington, Bill Helget, Deb Cleveland, and Chuck DeBates.
- The agenda, with the addition of Lake Benton Legion Contribution, was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.
- The December 7, 2009 minutes were approved. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried. The December 21, 2009 Special Meeting minutes were approved. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried.
- Under Public Express no items were heard.
- Chuck DeBates was present on behalf of the Lake Benton Legion to offer a contribution of $634.39 to the City for improvements to the baseball/softball dugouts.
- Deb Cleveland was present to request the Council to reconsider its decision not to rezone her property to agriculture. Cleveland noted that when she and her husband purchased the property they it was on the understanding that the outlot would always be zoned to allow for use as a pasture and that she was not aware of the zoning changes that had taken place in 2006. City Administrator Tolsma informed both Cleveland and the Council that rezoning the property alone would not allow the area to be used as a pasture, and that the Council would also need to repeal a section of the City Code which specifies that no pastures are allowed within the City Limits. The Council took no action to rezone the property or to repeal the aforementioned section of the City Code.
- Bill Helget from Bolton & Menk Engineering was present to discuss the plan and specifications for the hospital parking lot project. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve the proposed plan and specifications for bid letting.
- The Council reviewed a contract proposal for Police Chief John Spindler prepared by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees. The Council agreed to majority of the contract. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to revise the proposal to include a contract length of 1 year, to exclude the request for a floating holiday, and to set the pay increase at 3%.
- Police Chief Spindler gave a brief police report noting that the month had been fairly typical.
- Mayor Lutterman made committee appointments for members of the Council and City Staff. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve the appointments.
- Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried, with Clark abstaining, to approve Resolution 10-1 establishing Citizens State Bank of Tyler and First Independent Bank of Russell as official depositories and the Tyler Tribute as the official Newspaper.
- City Administrator Tolsma briefly discussed 2010 utility rates and fees. Tolsma recommended that the Council make small adjustments in the electric (an increase from $.067 per kwh to $.07 per kwh) and water rates to keep up with rising electric supply costs and to comply with new state statutes designed to conserve water. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-2 establishing 2010 utility rates and fees.
- Public Works Director Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the Council that the utility crew had spent the majority of their time working on snow removal. He also noted that they have been having issues with a lift station in the South part of town.
- City Administrator Tolsma had nothing to report to the Council.
- Mayor Lutterman asked the Council if they would like to change the dates of the next two Council meetings since they were scheduled for the February 1st and March 1st. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to move the February 1st and March 1st Council meetings to February 8th and March 8th.
- Motion was made by Clark, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to approve the bills.
- At 9:10 p.m. the Council closed the meeting to the public to discuss personnel issues in an executive session.
- There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Lutterman adjourned the meeting at 9:45 p.m. Motion made by Mundt, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to adjourn.