City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

Official Minutes for February 8th, 2021, Pembina City Council Meeting

Council Members Present: Mayor Mike Fitzgerald, President Jeff Watts, VP Ron Fritz, Greg Koropatnicki, Jennifer Martin, Pat Burton and Allen Huttunen (via phone)

Absent: none


City Employees Present: Lisa Hall/Auditor


City Attorney Present: Rob Fleming

City Engineer: Brad Bail

Others present: Blaine Eisenbeis-PFD Chief, Crystal Volk, Kacie Huguley, and Darcy Reis

Public Portion-   Crystal here to address council on various items. She asked why the small business owners are having to pay more for lagoon fee.  Small business owners are few in town and they support the city.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Meeting called to order by Mayor Fitzgerald at 6:08 p.m.


Changes to Agenda


Add MCI to new business, Pat to employees, Northern Sky, 2nd Reading of 3.0206, ambulance budget and city budget to old business. Motion by Burton second by Koropatnicki to approve agenda with changes. Ayes all present.   Motion carries.


Motionby Fritz,second by Martin to approve January’s meeting minutes with changes. Ayes all present. Motion carries.


Old Business

  • Northern Sky- Blaine presented rate listing for remainder of season and informed that he is retiring. Motion by Burton second by Watts to accept Northern Sky rates. Ayes all present. Motion carries.

  • 2nd Reading of ordinance 3.0206- Motion by Watts second by Koropatnicki to accept the second reading of Ordinance 3.0206. Ayes all present. Motion carries. Lisa will publish penalty.

  • Ambulance Budget- As requested by council Lisa has emailed ambulance twice requesting their budget and has not been given it yet.

  • Budget- Lisa looked through reports on Banyon and has not found the format requested. She will reach out again to Banyon for assistance


    Committee Reports:  


  • Fire Department-  Lisa has been working with AMKO to get all the needed information. Purchase agreements have been signed. Funds should be here by the end of the week. The new fire trucks should be delivered in 2 to 3 weeks.

  • Daycare- Kacie and Darcy here to answer questions the new members of council have. Kacie gave listing of her rates and they explained what the delay is on licensing. Kacie informed she did have a surprise inspection which she did pass. There are 7 registered children between the part time/full time and after school kids. Food and supplies are paid by Kacie. Once licensed she will be able to register for the food program. Now requesting floor plan of house and play area. Lisa will look in house sale papers.

    Employee Report/Concerns-

  • Pat Burton- Made council aware of some issues he will be discussing with public works so everyone on same page.


    Engineer Report/Brad Bail  

  • Survey-   The surveyors are hoping to have the pins set along 4th Street this week.

  • Gastrak Ditch-Brad presented council with the percentages of drainage between Gastrak, MCI and city. Council requested the price comparisons originally given for the project. Will be reviewed at March meeting and then possibly have Gastrak attend April meeting.


    Attorney Update / Rob Fleming-

  • Update condemned buildings- This is on hold until the survey is done on 4th Street because of the shed behind 423 W Stutsman.

  • Polar Franchise agreement- Motion Burton second by Koropatnicki to accept the first reading of the agreement. Ayes by all present. Motion carries.

  • Resolution FD Rig Bond- Motion by Watts second by Burton to approve the resolution authorizing governmental lease-purchase agreement.


    Update & Business: Mayor


    Council business/concerns-

  • Employee handbook- Mayor Fitzgerald, Watts and Koropatnicki have met to review the outdated handbook. Presented to council to review changes. Lisa asked why one paid holiday was removed. Reason given was they decided to go strictly with NDCC holidays. Motion by Koropatnicki second by Burton to grandfather in the current employees with their current compensation package and going forward any new employee would be under the new policy of $475 with annual proof of insurance. Ayes Watts, Koropatnicki, Burton and Fritz. Nay: Huttunen. Martin abstains. Motion carries. The three will meet again and make the few changes.


    Update & Business: City Auditor/Lisa Hall

  • Motion by Watts second by Huttunen to approve the January financials and February bills as presented. Ayes all present. Motion carries.


    New Business

  • MCI-Huttunen brought up that he had heard about possible layoffs at MCI. Mayor Fitzgerald stated that one of the coach assembly lines is being moved to the Crookston plant due to the lack of workers. There may be a layoff in August.


    Motion to adjourn by Fritz at 7:30 p.m.


By: Mayor, Mike Fitzgerald


Attested to: Lisa Hall, Auditor