City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

        City of Pembina

Pembina, North Dakota 58271


Minutes of July 7, 2003 City Council Meeting





Attendance:  Council:  Richard Senum, Beverly Burke, John Feldman, Larry Pelletier, Melissa Grafe, Mayor Warren Hillukka.  Absent:  Jeff Carpenter.

Present: City Attorney Neil Fleming, K. Johnson, Aud./Adm.

Others Present:  Judy Myrvik and Ken Fischer, David and Carol Sunsdahl, Gordon Johnson, Ken Norby, and Dean Warner


Public Hearing called to order 7:05 P.M. by Council President Feldman   


  • Polar Communications Employees presented a franchise agreement for approval of the sale of Pembina Cable TV to Polar Communications.  Upgrades are expected in 6 to 12 months.
  • Motion by Senum, second by Burke, to approve the Rodeo Board’s request for closing a portion of 2nd Street for a street dance on August 16.  Motion carried.
  • Gordon Johnson of North Valley Water Association appeared to seek the Council’s permission to reapply for the State Water Revolving Fund.  He also recapped the February presentation, and stated NVWA has applied for a 70% grant from the Garrison MRI funds.  Motion by Senum, second by Feldman, to have NVWA resubmit application.  Motion carried.


Regular Meeting called to order at 7:50 by Mayor Warren Hillukka

1.  Changes made to agenda – Fireworks, Pembina County JDA and Rendezvous Region, Buffalo Days.

2.  Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to approve the June 2nd and 25th minutes as corrected.  Motion carried unanimously.

3.  City Attorney Update:  a) Churchich has notified Northland of it obligation to pay for the fiber.

b)  A letter was sent to the second mortgage company regarding the abandoned trailer and past-due rent.  Return receipt notice was received.  c)  A definition for light industrial yet needs to be determined.  Council must address waste, noise, dust, traffic and visual affects.

4.  Employee Report:  a) Goals/Priority lists reviewed.  b)  High water levels have increased mud influx into plant.  This ends up going into our sludge pond.  c)  Proposals reviewed re:  new mower.  Motion by Senum, second by Pelletier, to trade 855 JD for a JD front mount, 72” deck for $7,500.   Motion carried, 100% voting aye.  d)  Discussion of large trees being left by yard waste.  Auditor to contact Valley Landfill to address disposal.  e)  Fine for illegal dumping is $100.00.

5.  Mayoral Update:  a) Received approval from Council to research Tax Increment Financing district.  b)  KBM has declined further contact.  Mayor will arrange a meeting with a consultant for discussion of possible chlorine dioxide treatment.  c)  No one was available to attend the Meth Workshop in Drayton July 9.  d)  K. Johnson’s resignation from the Recreation Board was accepted.

6.  Aud./Admin. Update:  a) June General ledger, budget ratio, collections/disbursements and July bills to be paid presented.  Financials approved.  b)  Discussed letters to be sent to Sand and County.  c)  Darin Johnson has requested discontinuance of a portion of Montraille St.  Planning and Zoning Committee to hold public hearing July 28 at 8 p.m.  d) Auditor directed to bill GSA for maintenance costs as per contract. 

7.  Committee Reports:  a) Recreation Board:  Net loss on Buffalo Days was $2,300. Greatest expense is fireworks; will be looking for supplemental financing and/or sponsors.  Motion by Feldman, second by Grafe, to contribute $500 toward fireworks fund.  Motion carried, 100% voting aye.  b) Growth:  Met with Don Frye June 29.  Letter to Sand already in works.  c)  Forestry:  bids will be let for removal of evergreens to S. Pembina. 

8.  Pembina Co. JDA and Rendezvous Region – will need new appointees as Councilmember Grafe will be resigning and leaving the area.        

9.  Motion to adjourn by Burke at 9:20 p.m.


         By: Warren Hillukka, Mayor

         Attested to: K. Johnson, City Aud./Adm