Tricounty News

Kimball City Council meeting, June 16, 2008

Meeting was called to order by Mayor Tammy Konz at 7 p.m. Councilmembers present: Tammy Konz, Eric Loewen, Joe Krippner and DuWayne Orbeck, with Chris Jansky arriving at 7:30 p.m. Others present: Jean Matua, Ed VanNurden, Larry and Garret Hosch, Steve Smith, Scott Qualle and Chris Langness. Motion Krippner/Orbeck to approve the June 2, 2008, and June 7, 2008, minutes as presented. Motion passed (Jansky absent). Motion Orbeck/Loewen to approve the June claims as presented. Motion passed (Jansky absent). Motion Orbeck/Loewen to approve the June claims as presented. Motion passed (Jansky absent). Motion Orbeck/Loewent to approve the following items on the consent agenda: 1. To disconnect all deliquent City utilities. 2. To approve the Church of St. Anne's LG220 application for Minnesota Lawful Gambling for Sept. 21, 2008, for pull tabs, Bingo and raffle, and to waive the waiting period. Motion passed (Jansky absent). Rep. Larry Hosch gave a overview of the Legislature progress on deficit and spending reduction, use of reserves and revenue raisers. He spoke about Local Government Aid and levy limits. Councilmembers addrssed the Highway 15 corridor, need for a double lane, stop lights, cross walk signals, sidewalk repair, foreclosure outlook, economic development, setting up meeting with MN/DOT, wind generators, renewable energy technology and community development grants and sales tax on City purchases. Scott Qualle and Steve Smith of MNSPECT were present to make a proposal for the renewal of the Building Inspection Contract. A brief history was given, an overview of project inspections and their staff and each specialized field. Mayor Kons questioned rental housing inspection. They have staff that can provide this type of service. Building Inspection fee bases was explained. Scott Qualle agreed that there was room for negotiation of this fee. He offered to cut the residential permit and plan review fee from 80 percent to 60 percent. They can also supply a master electrician for electrical inspections. They will be drafting a contract agreement for the City to review. The Clerk Treasurer reviewed a pending insurance claim and the irrigation land taxation. Another e-mail will be sent to the County Engineer on the taxation issue. Mayor Konz reported that the Public Works Department is preparing a list of nuisances and emergency abatement letters will be sent. Mayor Konz reported that Sara Krippner will be the Kimball Daya Coordinator. Mayor Konz reported on a complaint. Motion Konz/Jansky to forward complaint to City Attorney for investigation. Mayor Konz and Councilmember Krippner will be getting together for a personnel committee meeting. Motion Loewen/Orbeck to adjourn at 9:55 p.m. Motion passed. Dianne H. Robinson Clerk Treasurer