City of Tyler, Minnesota

Minnesota's Danish Heartland

November 10, 2008



November 10, 2008


1.      The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on November 10, 2008 at the Tyler Fire Hall.  Mayor Harper and Council Members Denney, Hunt, Manson, and Williamson present.  Staff Present: Ibisch, Beck, Spindler.  Guest Present: Chuck DeBates from the Lake Benton Legion. 


2.      The agenda and October 6, 2008 minutes were unanimously approved by the Council. 


3.      No on spoke under the Public Express.


4.      Chuck DeBates from the lake Benton Legion presented regarding putting pull tabs in the Kronborg Inn.  He mentioned that no one else was utilizing this facility.  Kurt Thomsen noted that the Fire Department had been unable to get its own program instituted, mainly due to the amount of work required to get certified.  DeBates said that he could not guarantee that every dollar would come back to Tyler, but that the Legion would do its best to fund requests made by the Council.  Councilman Mundt requested quarterly updates on how things were going and DeBates felt that was realistic.  Motion was made by Mundt and seconded by Manson to approve pull tab sponsorship.  Carried unanimously.


5.      Members of the TACC were on hand to petition was the restoration of Santa lighting the City on Browser Night.  In 2007 it was deemed to dangerous for the downtown lights to go off for a significant period of time.  The City Administrator had discussed this with Kullen Stanek and City Attorney, as well as with members of the TACC and Trent Hess. They worked out an understanding the lights could be shut off if it was only for a very brief period of time and with volunteer help.  The council felt this was feasible and voted to restore the lightning system as negotiated.  Motion made by Manson, second by Williamson.  Carried unanimously.


6.      Police Chief John Spindler made his report.  He noted that preparations for the vehicle removal were under way.  During snow emergencies, snow falls of one inch or more, City Code indicates that vehicles should be off of the street.  A discussion ensued as to the cost of the ticket and cost of tow.  Ibisch note the amount that had been designated was $ 100.00.  This was on recommendations of Officer Nafziger at October meeting.  Denney felt that that was just a preliminary number and that it was too high.  Other members of the council concurred and the decision was made to have the $100.00 be the maximum amount with the cost of tow deducted.  Ibisch said he would get prices from Bruender’s as to how much the tow and storage fees were.


7.      City Attorney Glenn Petersen arrived to make a report on TRED.  He requested that the city allow a sale of up to 25 feet of city owned property to a neighbor so that the neighbor could relocate a driveway.  He also requested that the City allow TRED to use Rehab dollars to pay for the removal of the three houses on Tyler Street.  After discussion, motion was made by Manson to approve Rehab dollar use for demolition, second by Denney.  Approved unanimously.  Motion by Harper to allow up to 25 feet for driveway relocation, second by Manson.  Carried unanimously.


8.      Dean Beck gave the monthly utility report where he stated that the lights for Browser Night are finished and that winter preparations are ongoing.  Beck also noted that the attempt to get residents to read their water meters was very successful; bringing the number of unread meters from 95 to 2.  Beck will be in China for the next few weeks so any questions should be addressed to the remaining utility staff during his absence. 



9.      City Administrator Tim Ibisch made his report.  He noted that the election was successful, with no problems reported and very high turnout.  The council certified the results.  Motion by Mundt, second by Denney.  Carried unanimously.  The council also discussed the inadvertent franchise fee which has been paid to the City.  It was decided to put the money towards the pools restoration program that is ongoing.  Motion by Denney, second by Manson.  Carried unanimously.  Ibisch noted that he was able to get a grant from the state DNR to help pay for new pool grates.  This grant is $3100.  The Truth-In-Taxation will be held at 6:00 pm on December 1.  The personnel reviews are scheduled and will have to be moved up a bit because of Dean Beck’s absence.  Condolences to Brian Williamson on the death of his mother.


Motion by Manson to approve the bills.  Seconded by Mundt and approved unanimously


Meeting was adjourned by Mayor Harper at 8:47.

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