City of Tyler, Minnesota

Minnesota's Danish Heartland

August 7, 2006

1.      The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:04 p.m., on August 7, 2006, at the Tyler Fire Hall.  Mayor VanDeVere and Council Members Harper, Hunt, and Williamson present.  Guests Present: Joel Brick, Sioux Valley Wireless.  Staff Present: Luger, Lutterman, and Spindler.


2.      Motion by Williamson to approve the agenda with two additions.  Seconded by Hunt and approved unanimously.


3.      Motion by Harper to approve the July 3, 2006 minutes.  Seconded by VanDeVere and approved unanimously.


4.      Calvin Nielsen expressed his concern regarding the safety of the security guard at the Lincoln County Fair.  This year the security guard witnessed an attempted burglary, but could not call for backup since he is not furnished with a cell phone.  Harper suggested encouraging the Fair Board to hire one of the City’s part-time police officers to assist with security.    


5.      Luger mentioned that Willie Jensen has requested a burn permit, which in the past the Council has either approved or disapproved the request.  Spindler stated that the State may have new burning standards; the Council agreed to table the request until the issue has been researched further.


6.      Luger informed the Council that Joel Brick from Sioux Valley Wireless was present at the meeting to renegotiate their agreement with the City.  Luger reminded the Council that Sioux Valley Wireless would like to pay a rental fee that is equivalent to the City’s internet bill, which is currently $139.95.  Brick stated that Sioux Valley Wireless has appreciated the easy access to the water tower and has no intentions of adding additional equipment.


Hunt asked if the City currently utilizes Sioux Valley Wireless for internet service; which Luger responded yes: the administration offices, the library, and the police department all obtain their internet from Sioux Valley Wireless. 


Brick explained that the intent of the initial agreement was to bring high-speed internet to Tyler.  At the time, the City was willing to assist Sioux Valley Wireless with their endeavor by providing use of the water tower at no charge.  The City Council was under the impression that Sioux Valley Wireless would provide the City with free internet in lieu of rent, which is not stated in the agreement.


After some discussion, Brick requested the Council set a rental rate on the water tower and inform Sioux Valley Wireless of the new rental rate.  The Council agreed to discuss a water tower rental rate at the September council meeting.

7.      The Council commented on how well the streets looked as a result of the quality seal coating.  VanDeVere motioned to pay Final Pay Estimate No 1 for the amount of $48,452.00.  Seconded by Harper and approved unanimously.


8.      Luger explained the Fire Department’s proposal to purchase two new pickup trucks at approximately $8,000 each to replace the trucks given to the Department from the DNR.  Motion by Hunt to approve the Fire Department’s purchase request.  Seconded by Harper and approved unanimously.


9.      Luger mentioned that Rehab Loan #45 has passed away leaving a remaining balance of $162.68.  The wife resides in the nursing home, but is not in the best of health.  Luger asked the Council whether to forgive the loan or to start collections proceedings.  Considering the circumstances and the minimal balance, the Council agreed to forgive the loan.  Motion by VanDeVere to forgive the remaining balance on Rehab Loan #45.  Seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.


Luger explained to the Council that residents who move out of Tyler with delinquent utility accounts are referred to a collection agency.  Some of the accounts are sent back to the City requesting legal action because the individual failed to arrange a payment plan with the collection agency, which is the situation for Collection Client #7424.


Luger had spoken to the City Attorney previously who recommended she file a claim on behalf of the City against residents who reside in Lincoln County.  Luger thought she was unable to file a claim against residents who live outside of the County, but the Council disagreed and wanted her to research the issue further.


10.  Luger informed the Council of a meeting that was held between two City Council members, TRED, the Legion, and Julie Bedow who is interested in building a childcare center.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of the Legion granting their building to the City for the use of a childcare center.  At the end of the meeting, TRED asked the Legion to submit a letter to the Council stating their conditions of the property transfer.  Luger wanted the Council to be aware that the letter included in the council packet addresses the Legion’s conditions.


11.  No City Attorney or TRED Report.


12.  Spindler gave the monthly police report where he stated that the police department received 66 calls for service last month.  Some of those calls included: underage drinking at Stony Point, a stolen vehicle, vandalism, and theft.  The State also utilized the police dog, Thunder for a traffic stop.


13.  Lutterman had no utility report.


14.  Williamson mentioned that he finds it difficult to see down the railroad track due to the immense amount brush; he asked who was responsible for trimming the area.  VanDeVere stated that the City mows some of the area along the railroad tracks, but suggested contacting DM&E to see who is responsible for maintaining the rest of the area.


15.  Luger informed the Council that Western Area Power Administration has warned cities that they will be increasing their rate by at least 25% in 2008.


16.  Luger stated that Steve Lovre is interested in renting hangar space from the City for the purpose of storing his plane.  Luger requested the Council officially approve Lovre’s request and set a rental rate.  Harper suggested charging the same rental rate the City charges Johnson’s, which is $25 a month.  Harper motioned to rent the hangar space to Steve Lovre for $25 a month.  Seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.


17.  VanDeVere asked how the City currently handles stray cat complaints, which Spindler responded that he attempts to catch the cat with his hands.  VanDeVere suggested the City purchase three live traps and make them available for residents and the police department to use.  The Council agreed that it would be in the best interest of the City to purchase three live traps.


18.  Motion by Williamson to approve the bills.  Seconded by Hunt and approved unanimously.


19.  There being no further business before the Council, Mayor VanDeVere adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.






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