City of Tyler, Minnesota

Minnesota's Danish Heartland

December 7, 2009

TYLER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

December 7, 2009

(Approved)

 

  1. The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on December 7, 2009, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Lutterman and Council Members Denney, Mundt, Clark and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Petersen, Beck, Nafziger, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Robert Wolfington, Karen Meyer, Jim Mirinowski, Kathy Mirinowski, George Ruhmann, and Becky Brownlee.

 

  1. The agenda, with the addition of items regarding the airport reimbursement and Wally Christensen, was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. The November 2, 2009 minutes were approved. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. Under Public Express no items were heard.

 

  1. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to open a public hearing on the City of Tyler’s application for a Small Cities Development Grant. Paul Olsen of Development Services Inc. was present to discuss the final phase of the grant application and answer questions from members of the public and the Council. Paul stated that before DSI could submit the final application the City would first need to enter into a formal cooperative agreement with the City of Arco, as well as pass a resolution expressing its intentions for the grant. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to close the public hearing. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to enter into a cooperative agreement with the City of Arco. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to pass a resolution expressing the City’s interest in the SCDG program.

 

  1. Motion was made by Clark, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to open the annual truth in taxation meeting for public discussion. No members of the public were present for discussion. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to close the public hearing.

 

  1. Karen Meyer was present to discuss the possible rezoning of Outlot L to allow for a special use permit authorizing her to keep two horses on the property. Meyer stated her interest in the property and discussed her plans for using the outlot as a pasture. Jim and Kathy Mirinowski expressed concern over use of the property as a pasture and noted that they chose to live in a city to avoid having farm animals near their property. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Clark, and defeated 2-3 to deny the request to rezone Outlot L. Council Member Mundt recommended that both parties meet and work on an agreement before coming back to the Council at a later date. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to table the item until a special meeting on December 21, 2009.

 

  1. Becky Brownlee was present to request a 3.2% off-sale license from the City. Brownlee assured the Council that appropriate steps were being taken to ensure the safe and legal distribution of 3.2% beer. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to approve a 3.2% off-sale license to Becky Brownlee. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve liquor license permits for the Timber Tavern and Kronborg for 2010.

 

  1. Wally Christensen was present to discuss progress on the clubhouse remodel project. Christensen stated that his original intention when asking the Council for a contribution was to have it applicable to utility work, overlay, and handicap accessibility improvements, although the motion only specified for the use of contributions for utility work. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to allow the City’s contribution to be used for overlay work and handicap accessibility improvements in addition to utility work.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council the final version of the 2010 budget with a property tax levy of $232,400. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to pass resolution 09-5, thereby approving the 2010 budget and setting the 2010 property tax levy at $232,400.

 

  1. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Clark, and unanimously approved to award the airport snow removal contract for 2010 to Wayne Pearson at a cost of $117.50 per hour.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with a resolution approving the community housing plan developed by the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership in cooperation with members of the community. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to pass resolution 09-6 approving the SWMHP community housing plan.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with a resolution provided by the Minnesota Office of Aeronautics stating the guidelines for municipal airport reimbursements for eligible expenses. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Lutterman, and unanimously carried to pass the resolution.

 

  1. Police Chief John Spindler was present to give the monthly police report. Council Member Thomsen asked Spindler if the Police Department was able to get rid of some of the abandoned items that have been piling up in the City Hall storage area. Spindler and City Attorney Glen Petersen both agreed that because the items had been abandoned the City would be able to dispose of them.

 

  1. City Attorney Glen Petersen was present to give his report. Petersen briefly informed the Council about potential options concerning the Golf Course Lease Agreement and that the agreement would be discussed in more detail at the next meeting.

 

  1. Utility Superintendent Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the Council that they had been busy with various winter projects.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma was present to give his report. Tolsma discussed performance evaluations of City employees done by the personnel committee and noted that he was satisfied with how the employees had been performing since his start in May.

 

  1. Mayor Lutterman informed the Council that City Administrator Tolsma’s probation period of six months had been completed and that the personnel committee had met to discuss his performance. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to set the City Administrator’s Salary at $45,000 for 2010. Mayor Lutterman also stated that the personnel committee recommended giving utility worker Dave Haroldsen a raise of $2.00 per hour due to his good performance. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. Motion was made by Clark, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve the bills.

 

  1. There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Lutterman adjourned the meeting at 9:35 p.m. Motion made by Denney, seconded by Clark, and unanimously carried to adjourn.
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