November 9, 2010
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m., on November 9, 2010, at the Tyler Fire Hall. Mayor Lutterman and Council Members Denney, Van DeVere, Mundt, and Thomsen were present. Staff Present: Beck, Petersen, and Tolsma. Guests Present: Robert Wolfington, Shannon Sweeney, Merv Petersen, Megan Gernentz, and Bill Helget.
- The agenda was approved by the Council. Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.
- The October 4, 2010 minutes were approved. Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.
- Under public express no items were discussed.
- Shannon Sweeney from David Drown Associates was present to discuss Resolution 10-23. Sweeney informed the Council that when the most recent tax increment financing district was created it contained a number of parcels that were already in an older tax increment financing district. Sweeney noted that if the parcels were to be eligible for tax increment benefits under the new district the Council would have to pass a resolution removing them from the older district. Motion made by Mundt, seconded by Thomsen, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-23.
- Shannon Sweeney discussed resolution 10-24 to authorize the sale of a general obligation refunding bond to replace two of the City’s current bonds. Sweeney noted that the refunding bond would save the City nearly $100,000 over the next ten years in interest savings and that the term of the new bond would expire in 2020, which is the same year the two bonds it is replacing were set to expire. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-24.
- Bill Helget from Bolton and Menk Engineering was present to discuss the new cost estimates and timeline for the proposed water project. Helget informed the Council of some additional sections of the City that have been included in the project scope, although they can be dropped from the project if bids come in higher than expected. Helget also presented the Council with Resolution 10-22 to start the application process for funding through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried to approve Resolution 10-22.
- Megan Gernentz of Rural Development was present to discuss the status of funding for the proposed water system improvements. Gernentz informed the Council that Rural Development had a good chance to secure funding for the Tyler project with a forty year loan at 3% interest in the amount of $5,171,000 and a grant portion of $1,355,000 if the City would still like to pursue funding through Rural Development. The Council discussed the funding options available for the water system improvements and agreed that they would like to use funding through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Lutterman, and carried 4-1 with Denney dissenting to decline funding from Rural Development.
- City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with Resolution 10-25 supporting the new Plum Creek Library System Agency Agreement. Motion made by Lutterman, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.
- City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with Resolution 10-26 canvassing the 2010 general election results. Motion made by Denney, seconded by Mundt, and unanimously carried.
- City Administrator Tolsma discussed the results of the City’s most recent pay equity compliance report from the State of Minnesota and noted that the position of Librarian was not in compliance. Tolsma informed the Council that a small adjustment needed to be made to the Librarian’s wage in order for the City to be in compliance with the pay equity law. Motion made by Thomsen, seconded by VanDeVere, and unanimously carried to increase the wage for the City’s Librarian.
- The Council continued to discuss alternatives for providing police services for the City of Tyler. The Council discussed the possibility of contracting with the County for coverage, contracting with Lake Benton for joint coverage of both Cities, and making staff size adjustments to the City’s current police department. The Council agreed to continue the discussion in the future.
- Police Chief John Spindler was present to give his report. Spindler noted that he would be having surgery soon on his ankle and then would be back on duty shortly after that.
- Public Works Director Dean Beck was present to give his report. Beck informed the council that the utilities crew had been dealing with some outages related to the high winds and that the new utility shed was almost completed.
- City Attorney Petersen was present for his report. Petersen discussed the drainage issue around Highway 14 and was looking at possibly working out a deal for the City to acquire some land on the South end of town for a new subdivision development that could also work as a drainage tile alternative. Petersen said he would continue to look into the possible acquisition.
- City Administrator Tolsma presented the Council with an invoice from the Lake Benton Lake Improvement District requesting a contribution. The Council briefly discussed the proposed work to be done at the Lake and agreed to contribute $2,500 at this time and would be willing to discuss contributing more in the future if more funding was needed.
- Mayor Lutterman discussed lighting around the school and proposed that the City staff look into increasing the amount of lights in the area.
- Motion was made by VanDeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to approve the bills.
- There being no further business before the Council, Mayor Lutterman adjourned the meeting at 9:13 p.m. Motion made by VanDeVere, seconded by Denney, and unanimously carried to adjourn.