City of Tyler, Minnesota

Minnesota's Danish Heartland

January 9, 2006

1.      The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:06 p.m., on January 9, 2006, at the Tyler Fire Hall.  Mayor VanDeVere and Council Members Harper, Hunt, and Williamson present.  Staff Present: Luger, Lutterman, Petersen, and Spindler.


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


3.      Motion by Harper to approve the December 5, 2005 and December 8, 2005 minutes.  Seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.


4.      Mayor VanDeVere presented the following list of proposed appointments for committees to the Council for their approval:

Acting Mayor:  Hunt

Parks & Recreation:  Carmany

Street Commissioner:  VanDeVere

Public Safety Committee:  Carmany & VanDeVere

Budget Committee:  VanDeVere & Williamson

Personnel Committee:  Hunt & Williamson

TRED Representatives:  Harper & Williamson

Investment Committee:  Hunt & VanDeVere

Utility Committee:  VanDeVere, Luger, Ron Carr, and Lyle Lamote

Library Board:  Carmany

Airport Commissioner:  Harper

Civil Defense Director:  Spindler

Fire Chief:  Rich Borresen

Official Newspaper:  Tyler Tribute

Official Depositories: Citizen's State Bank of Tyler and First Independent Bank of Russell


Motion by Williamson to approve the recommendations for committee appointments.  Seconded by Harper and carried with Hunt abstaining.


5.      No items were presented under public express.


6.      Luger notified the Council of Gary Wozniak’s request to be the official weatherman for Tyler.  Hunt and Williamson stated that Don Petersen has been the official weatherman in the past and suggested contacting him to see if he is still interested.  Cal Nielsen mentioned that he receives the National Weather Service reports and rarely sees information on Tyler.


7.      Luger informed the Council of the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) request to nominate an elected official to serve on the SRDC Board.  No one from the Council was interested in serving on the Board.


8.      Hunt gave the personnel committee report where he mentioned that the personnel committee has tentatively offered the police officer position to Mark Reichel pending council approval.  Motion by VanDeVere to accept the personnel committee’s recommendation to hire Mark Reichel.  Seconded by Harper and approved unanimously.


Harper asked when Reichel is available to start work.  Spindler stated that he is still waiting for the results of his psychological test and would like to do some training before he officially starts since he has not been a police officer before.


9.      Spindler gave the monthly report for the police department where he mentioned that there was an assault, a stolen vehicle, and four animal calls mostly dealing with possums.  He also mentioned that Mark Reichel’s background check has occupied most of his time this past month.


10.  Lutterman gave the monthly utility report where he mentioned a letter he wrote to Bolton and Menk requesting an estimate on seal coat work.  He informed the Council that they can decide to approve the proposal as presented or make any necessary changes.


Hunt asked when a formal decision needs to be made.  Lutterman stated that the Council is not necessarily approving the proposal, but authorizing Bolton and Menk to write the specs on the job.  The Council will formally approve the project once the City is ready to accept bids.  Motion by Williamson to authorize Bolton and Menk to continue with the seal coat project procedures.  Seconded by Harper and approved unanimously.   


11.  Petersen gave the city code and land use update where he informed the Council that the city code and land use map cannot be formally approved because the zoning map is not complete.  Petersen then proceeded to review the changes made to the city code since the last council meeting. 


Petersen discussed the possibility of placing delinquent utility bills on the taxes of residents whose payments are difficult to collect and are frequently delinquent.  VanDeVere asked how this plan would work for residents who rent.  Petersen suggested that the landowner be held responsible for the utility bill, either by billing the landowner directly or assessing the taxes on the property if the tenant fails to pay the bill on a timely and consistent manner.


After some discussion, the Council agreed that the most effective billing method would be to bill the tenants while keeping the landowner informed.  If the City sends a late or a disconnect notice, the notice will be sent to not only the tenant, but to the landowner as well.  If the landowner realizes that the delinquent utility bill may be placed on their property taxes, they may strongly encourage the tenant to pay the bill.


12.  Petersen gave the monthly report for TRED where he informed the Council of a grant that TRED applied for, which would fund up to 50% of the costs of redeveloping the old hospital property.  TRED will know before April 1, 2006 whether or not the grant was approved.  He also mentioned that TRED still has two residential lots available in the Brouwer’s Addition.


13.  Luger informed the Council of the three liquor licenses that needed to be renewed for the 2006 year.  Motion by Harper to renew the liquor licenses for the Kronberg, Night Owls, and the Golf Club.  Seconded by Hunt and approved unanimously.


14.  VanDeVere mentioned a meeting he had with Matt Taubert regarding their audit rates for 2005-2007.  After some discussion regarding the City’s past experience with Meulebroeck and Taubert, the Council agreed to accept the 2005 rate, but obtain quotes from other firms for 2006 and 2007.  Motion by VanDeVere to accept Meulebroeck and Taubert’s proposal of $6,100 for the 2005 audit.  Seconded by Williamson and approved unanimously.


15.  Luger informed the Council of some difficulties she has had with the company, DGR and their billing procedures.  Luger expressed her disappointment with their professionalism and the lack of detail on their invoice.  Lutterman also explained his frustrations and experience with DGR.  After some discussion, the Council agreed that a more detailed invoice is necessary to approve payment.  Luger also updated the Council on the progress with the Public Access Channel.


16.  Motion by Hunt to approve the bills.  Seconded by VanDeVere and approved unanimously.


17.  There being no further business before the Council, Mayor VanDeVere adjourned the meeting at 8:55 p.m.



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