City of Tyler, Minnesota

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April 5, 2010

TYLER CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

April 5, 2010

(Approved)

 

  1. The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on April 5, 2010, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Lutterman and Council Members Mundt, Denney, Van DeVere, and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Spindler, Petersen, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Bill Helget and Robert Wolfington.

 

  1. The agenda, with the addition of item Marsh St. boulevard vacation was approved by the Council. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. The March 8, 2010 minutes were approved. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.

 

  1. Appointed Council Member Mic Van DeVere took the oath of office to serve out the remainder of the 2010 calendar year.

 

  1. Under Public Express no items were heard.

 

  1. A public hearing was held to discuss the water system improvements. Bill Helget of Bolton and Menk Engineering was present to update the Council on the application process with Rural Development and to answer any questions from the public. Helget reported that Rural Development’s primary concerns were regarding the need for a 200,000 gallon water tower and whether or not many of the proposed 8-inch mains were necessary. No members of the public were present. Motion was made by Denney, seconded by Van DeVere, and unanimously carried to close the public hearing.

 

  1. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to award the airport farmland lease to high bidder Wayne Brandt for a term of three (3) years at a price of $5,310.00 per year.

 

  1. The Council discussed committee appointments and noted that because Council Member Van DeVere was a City employee he would not be able to serve on the Personnel Committee. Council Member Thomsen recommended switching committee assignments with Van DeVere, thereby putting Thomsen on the Personnel Committee, and Van DeVere on the Public Safety and Library Committees.

 

  1. Motion was made by Mundt, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to set the annual Board of Equalization and Appeal meeting time for Monday, April 19th at 7:00 PM.

 

  1. The Council discussed a request for a supplementary contribution to the Tyler Golf Course project. Wally Christensen submitted an invoice on behalf of Tyler Electric in the amount of $29,558.15 and requested that the City pay the invoice in full. City Administrator Tolsma also noted that there was still $8,049.04 remaining of the original $100,000.00 pledged for the project. Motion was made by Van DeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to allocate the remaining $8,049.04 towards the Tyler Electric invoice and appropriate an additional $21,509.11 to pay the remaining balance of the invoice.

 

  1. Police Chief Spindler was present to give his police report.

 

  1. Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck noted that the utility crew had begun sweeping streets, doing spring maintenance on equipment, and that they would like to trade in their current mower for a new model. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to trade in current mower for a new one. Beck also presented the Council with current estimates ($40,000 for material and labor) to construct a new utility storage facility on the lot west of the band shell. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Van DeVere, and carried 4-1 with Denney dissenting to construct a new utility storage facility this fall, contingent on a review of the existing lease with Doug Faaborg by City Attorney Glen Petersen.

 

  1. City Attorney Petersen discussed a lot line issue on the east boulevard of Marsh Street between Strong Street and the school bus access road south of the football field. Petersen noted that a recent survey had shown that there were multiple structures that appeared to be one (1) to two (2) feet into the boulevard along Marsh Street. Petersen recommended holding a public hearing at the next Council Meeting to discuss vacating a small portion of the Marsh Street boulevard to bring all of the structures into compliance. Motion was made by Lutterman, seconded by Van DeVere, and unanimously carried to hold a public hearing at the May 3, 2010 Council Meeting to discuss vacating a portion of Marsh Street.

 

  1. City Administrator Tolsma reported that he had been meeting with Earl Petersen of the A.C. Hansen Legion Post and discussing natural gas options with him. Petersen was wondering if the City would be willing to waive natural gas service costs if the Legion members decided to install a new gas furnace in the facility. Motion was made by Thomsen, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to waive natural gas service costs for the Legion until December 31, 2010.

 

  1. Mayor Lutterman had nothing to report to the Council.

 

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

 

  1. There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Lutterman adjourned the meeting at 9:03 p.m. Motion made by Van DeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to adjourn.
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