City of Tyler, Minnesota

Minnesota's Danish Heartland

October 4, 2010

TYLER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

October 4, 2010

(Approved)

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on October 4, 2010, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Lutterman and Council Members Denney, Van DeVere, Mundt, and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Petersen, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Robert Wolfington, Kullen Stanek, Greg Peter, and Bill Helget.

 

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

 

  1. The September 7, 2010 minutes were approved. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. Under public express no items were discussed.

 

  1. Kullen Stanek was present to discuss annual renewal information regarding the City’s insurance policy. Stanek explained that the Council would need to decide if it would like to waive the liability limit placed on cities under Minnesota state law in case of a claim. Additionally, Stanek presented the Council with a no-fault sewer back up policy for consideration. Stanek noted that the policy was somewhat limited in its scope and that even if the City would have had the policy in place in September the policy would not have covered the sewer back-ups that occurred because it did not meet the requirements of the policy. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to renew the City’s annual insurance coverage with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and to waive the liability limit. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Lutterman, and unanimously carried to decline the addition of the no-fault sewer coverage.

 

  1. Bill Helget from Bolton and Menk Engineering was present to discuss alternative funding options for the City to pursue regarding the water improvements. Helget presented the Council with a number of alternative scenarios for funding the project through Rural Development or the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority. Helget noted that depending on the extent of improvements included in the project the City would actually save money by financing the project through the Public Facilities Authority due to the better terms offered as compared to funding the project through a combination loan/grant from Rural Development. Helget also noted that financing the project through the Public Facilities Authority would give the Council more control over how the improvements were done and in determining the timeline for the project. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to apply for Public Facilities Authority funding and for Bolton and Menk Engineering to develop a project bid with alternatives for the inclusion of a new water storage tank and new water meters.

 

  1. City Administrator presented the Council with Resolution 10-20 to allow pull tabs at the Kronborg restaurant. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-20.

 

  1. Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to open a public hearing to discuss the vacation of a portion of the Bradley Avenue boulevard. No citizens were present to discuss the issue. Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve of Resolution 10-21 vacating a portion of the Bradley Avenue boulevard.

 

  1. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to open a public hearing to discuss rezoning the City-owned lot west of Tyler Street and south of Bradley Avenue. No citizens were present to discuss the issue. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to adopt Ordinance No. 9, 2nd Series rezoning the lot from Residential (R1) to Downtown (D1) zoning.

 

  1. The Council reviewed to applications for variances and found no reason they should not be allowed. Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Lutterman, and unanimously carried to approve variance requests from Arnold Dam and Dennis Renken.

 

  1. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Denney, and carried unanimously to approve of Small Cities Development Grant draw down requests.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma requested direction on possibly amending the City’s snow removal ordinance as had been discussed in the spring of 2010. After some discussion the Council decided to leave the policy the way it was and to direct staff to enforce the policy more uniformly and to provide better notice of the policy to residents.

 

  1. Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the council that the utilities crew had been busy with water and sewer related issues.

 

  1. City Attorney Petersen was present for his report. Petersen discussed possible alternatives for police service contracts and requested direction from the Council. The Council agreed that they would like to see contract estimates at the next meeting if possible.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma had nothing to report.

 

  1. Mayor Lutterman had nothing to report.

 

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

 

  1. There being no further business before the Council, acting Mayor Denney adjourned the meeting at 9:08 p.m. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to adjourn.
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