City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

November 2016 Minutes

Official Minutes for November 14th, 2016, Pembina City Council Meeting

Council Members Present: President Ron Fritz, VP Allen Huttunen, Cody Carpenter, Connor Snitker Corie Koropatnicki and Joan Studeny.


City Employees Present:   Lisa Plante, Auditor/Administrator, Gary Helland, Public Works Superintendent


City Attorney Present:  Rob Fleming

City Engineer Present: Brad Bail WSN, Nate Dalager/HDR


Absent:  Mayor Kyle Dorion


Others present:  Dean Warner, Richard Varecka, Phil Hall, Nick and Crystal Volk


Public Portion

Dean Warner here to ask council about raising the road at his property he purchase north of town.  Nate recommends council getting a sketch of what he is proposing.


Richard Varecka here to inform council of possible business he would like to start up in Pembina.  Checking into some commercial property for the business.  Also residential property to put home on.  Council requested a written business plan.


Phil Hall was here to inquire on status of new yard waste site.  Offered to donate his time to help sort through yard waste pile in south Pembina so pile can be burned. 


Nick and Crystal Volk here to voice their questions and concerns on multiple items.  Gave suggestions they gathered from others as well as themselves in the community.  Council asked for them to make their list of questions and turn into city office to allow time to gather information.


Meeting called to order by President Fritz at 7:20 p.m.


Changes to Agenda


Motion by Studney second by Snitker to add meeting location under new business to agenda.  Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


Motionby Snitker, second by Huttunen to approve October 11th meeting minutes; Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


Old Business

  • Bret Corneliusen –Tabled.  Lisa will contact Greg Wilmer to give council plan of action on work being done.


  • Ernie D’auetuil – Tabled  


  • Spot Bar- Tabled.


  • Daycare items- Koropatnicki update that it is up and running. 


  • Tree Pile-Discussion about picking through pile and utilizing Phil Hall’s volunteer hours.


Engineer Report/HDR-Nate Dalager

Gave update on the levee project.  Stated how big of a financial burden this has been on the city.  Project is in the final stages.


Engineer Report/Brad Bail –   

Updated council that public health is now forcing any new additions to cell waste water stabilization into a three cell stabilization system which adds approximately $150,000 to the project.


Attorney Update / Rob Fleming-

Rob was contacted by Sherri Hansen regarding the Notice to Quit she received.   Rob advised council to hold on the eviction one more month.


Update & Business:  Mayor -none


Employee Report/Concerns


  • Fire hydrants– There are 3 hydrants in town that need to be replaced.  He will check into costs.


  • BP Station ditch- No update.  Have not heard from them.


  • PCC smell – Let council know odor possibly in vents


  • Pressure washer – Started on fire.  Insurance has been contacted and waiting to hear back from them before contacting Acme.


Update & Business:  City Auditor


  • The October financials and November bills were reviewed and approved.


  • Current to Actual Budget- Motion by Snitker second by Carpenter to approve the current budget to actual budget.  Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


  • Solar Sign- Grant was denied through DOT.  Lisa will look at rewriting to include other items that DOT recommended.


  • Ottertail- Lisa advised that she sent the daycare an invoice for last month’s electric bill as it is still in the cities name.  Corie will talk to her about changing into her name.


Committee Reports:  none


New Business

  • Meeting location – Motion by Studeny second by Huttunen to move the monthly council meeting back to the Professional Building.  Ayes:  Huttunen, Carpenter, Studeny, Snitker.  Nayes:  Koropatnicki.  Motion carries.


Motion to adjourn by Studeny at 8:05 p.m.




             By:  ___________________________________

                      President, Ron Fritz



Attested to:  _________________________________      


                       Lisa Plante, Auditor/Administrator