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City of Tyler, Minnesota
Minnesota's Danish Heartland

August 2, 2010

TYLER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

August 2, 2010

(Pending Approval)

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on August 2, 2010, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Council Members Denney, Van DeVere, Mundt, and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Borressen Spindler, Petersen, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Bill Helget, Matt Taubert, Jeff Hansen, Lonnie Lambertus, Paul Malone, and Kathy Miranowski.

 

  1. The agenda was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. The July 12, 2010 minutes were approved. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. Under Public Express Jeff Hansen was present to discuss the issue of speeding vehicles on Highway 14 and the possibility of putting the 35 MPH speed limit sign farther to the west for vehicles coming into town. City Attorney Petersen was not sure if the City would have the authority to make such a change on its own without first consulting with the Minnesota Department of Transportation since it is a State Highway. Petersen and Tolsma noted that they would look into possibilities to increase safety throughout the Highway 14 corridor.

 

  1. Matt Taubert was in attendance to present the 2009 audit to the City Council and Staff. Taubert noted that the expenditures and revenues, with the exception of the unbudgeted money put towards the Tyler Golf Course Clubhouse, were very close to the amounts budgeted for the year. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Van DeVere, and unanimously carried to approve the 2009 audit.  

 

  1. Bill Helget of Bolton and Menk Engineering was present to update the Council on the Rural Development grant application status and the hospital parking lot improvements. Helget informed the Council that RD had made some corrections to the final application and submitted it to the federal funding pool on June 28. Along with some of the changes that were made, RD also changed the financing terms of the project which now included a loan portion of $4,970,000 and a grant portion of $1,554,000 with the loan paid back over 40 years at an interest rate of 3.25%. Helget noted that RD needed a signed owner’s and engineer’s agreement to move forward with the project in the event that it receives funding from the federal pool. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve the owner’s and engineers agreement with Bolton and Menk subject to review and approval by Staff. Helget also informed the Council that the hospital parking lot was substantially complete and that he was expecting a final pay estimate in the next couple of weeks.

 

  1. The Council tabled Resolution 10-11 regarding tax abatement for Miller Legal until the next Council Meeting.

 

  1. Motion was med by Van DeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to open a public hearing to discuss rezoning Outlot L from residential to agriculture. No members of the public were present to be heard. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Van DeVere, and unanimously carried to close the public hearing. Kathy Miranowski, Jim Miranowski, their attorney Paul Malone, and Karen Meyer were present to discuss the rezoning. Paul Malone inquired about the process for rezoning the lot and noted that section 16.62.11 prohibited the allowance of a pasture in the City Limits. City Attorney Petersen and City Administrator Tolsma agreed with Malone that the Council would have to amend the City’s Code in the future to allow for a pasture, although they reminded the Council and guests presents that because only the rezoning had been published the Council could only act on that. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and carried 3-1 to rezone the lot to agriculture, with Council Member Mundt dissenting.

 

  1. Lonnie Lambertus was present on behalf of the Tyler Lumber Company to discuss a development agreement under the City’s new TIF District. City attorney Petersen noted that the agreement would be very similar to the agreement the Council had just approved for Miller Legal and he presented the Council with a development agreement that he had drafted. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve the development agreement.

 

  1. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-12 appointing election judges and their wages for the 2010 primary and general elections.

 

  1. Fire Chief Rich Borressen was present to request the Council to remove two inactive members from the Fire Department. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Van DeVere, and unanimously carried to remove Zach Borresen and Al Brown from the Tyler Fire Department.

 

  1. Police Chief Spindler was present to give his police report. Spindler noted that Aebleskiver Days had gone well with no major incidents being reported. Spindler also noted that the Lincoln County Sherriff’s Department would be available to take calls on the days he was scheduled to work but would not be able to anymore due to his injury.

 

  1. Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the council that the baby pool had been approved to open.

 

  1. City Attorney Petersen had nothing to report.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma had nothing to report.

 

  1. Mayor Lutterman was not present to give his report.

 

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

 

  1. There being no further business before the Council, acting Mayor Denney adjourned the meeting at 8:54 p.m. Motion made by Denney, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to adjourn.




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