City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

City of Pembina

Pembina, North Dakota 58271


Minutes of Jan. 3, 2006 Council Meeting


Attendance: Beverly Burke, John Feldman, Rick Senum, Nancy Thompson, Pat Burton, Mayor Warren Hillukka.  Absent: Kyle Dorion

Present: Attorney Daniel Gaustad via telephone, Dan Johnson of WSN

Others present: Gary Helland, Peggy Reimer, Shelli Rude, Larry DuBois.


Public Hearing called to order at 7 p.m., by Mayor Hillukka.


  •  Peggy Reimer, has started the paperwork to purchase The Spot Bar. Motion by Senum, second by Feldman to grant a 30 day temporary license from the date of sale, pending passing inspections. 100% voting aye.
  • Larry DuBois, via telephone with Dan Gaustad about the lawsuit regarding the Canadian road/dike. City of Pembina is requested to sign a letter of undertaking for this lawsuit. The Canadian rule states that if a Canadian party is sued & the Canadian party wins that they are entitled to collect all the legal fees from whoever sued them. City of Walhalla has pulled out of the lawsuit because they couldn’t prove any damages. Neche will be withdrawing for the same reason. Mr. Gaustad would like the attorney from Canada, Mr. McCarthy, to come down to Pembina to meet with all the interested parties. Larry DuBois to check with Mr. McCarthy to see when it would work to come down to meet. It was decided that the City will not be signing the letter of undertaking until they have more information.


Regular Meeting called to order at 8:05


1. Changes to agenda: County road 55


2.  Motion by Burton, second by Feldman, to approve Dec. minutes as amended. Motion carried unanimously.


3. City Attorney Update: No update as Mr.Gaustad was not present at the meeting.


4. Employee Report: a) Review of staff and auditor goals/priority lists. Notice to be put in the paper about residents keeping their sidewalks clean.  Question about Gary cleaning his driveway when 5th St. was plugged with snow. Gary explained that he does not clean his driveway on city time and that the snow must have blown in overnight. Personnel committee will review this. Pat volunteered to help Gary take down the Christmas lights as Ken is off for his surgery. Discussion of a plow for his pickup or a bigger bucket on the tractor. Weights would also help on the tractor to make it heavier.


5. Mayor’s Update: Would like another bid on the professional building as Samson’s bid was high.


6. Auditor’s Report: a) Dec. collections/disbursements and general ledgers reviewed & approved. After much discussion it was agreed to transfer funds from M&R, the 5th St. & Pembina Court and Growth and sales tax accounts to balance the Highway & General funds. b) Budget to actual through Dec. reviewed. c) January bills to be paid approved. Rick presented his bill for the work on the computers. The bill will be in the list of bills to pay for next month. d) Steering Committee – will meet on Jan. 9 for the first time & again on Jan.12 with Kathy Lunde regarding the CDBG. e) The Health dept. was here to inspect the Depot Café. The report was very vague.


7. Committee Reports: a) Recreation – All the records were handed in. Shelli is to take over the books to be done in the office. Two signatures will be required to write checks. Shelli, Rick & Nancy will be on the signature card.  b) Personnel Committee – will be meeting sometime this month.


8.  County road 55 has not been very good to travel on this winter with ice & snow. More concern than ever with all the kids being transported back & forth between the two schools. Auditor directed to write a letter to the county commissioners to see what could be done to improve the situation.


9. Motion to adjourn by Beverly at 9:55


 By: Warren Hillukka, Mayor



  Attested to:  Shelli Rude, Office Assistant