City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

Minutes of April 5, 2004 Pembina City Council Meeting

Attendance: Council: Beverly Burke, John Feldman, Richard Senum, Larry Pelletier, Mayor Warren Hillukka. Absent: Jeff Carpenter, Pat BurtonPresent: K. Johnson, Aud./Adm., Engineer Dan Johnson

Others Present: Tom Masloski, Dallas Johnson, James Karas, Melvin Feldman, Officer Chris Benson, Greg and Corie Koropatnicki.

Public Hearing called to order at 7:02 by Mayor Hillukka.

  • Greg K. presented again their bill from Hallock Plumbing & Heating for the second visit in two weeks re: sewer backup toward their basement. The problem was confirmed to be the city’s, and Council felt the bill should have been made out to the city. Motion by Feldman, second by Burke, to pay bill the $145 bill from Hallock Plumbing & Heating directly. Motion carried 100% voting aye. Greg also asked about redirecting snowmelt from his property. Cautioned against creating water problems for his neighbors, Koropatnicki was given permission to improve his property. PW Superintendent was directed to follow up with investigation as to continued problems at the 3rd St. sewer location.
  • Tom M. – Asked about cement in potential BMX/motocross site. This "eyesore" is valuable to the city for rip-rap, and earmarked for lagoon repair. It may be moved, but should remain accessible. Second issue was a question of the city continuing to use the area to dump cement.
  • Officer Benson – Office is investigating hydrant tampering 3/31/04 and 4/3/04. Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to offer a $1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the vandal(s) involved. Motion carried 100% voting aye. Engineer will assist PW Superintendent in reviewing locks for hydrants. Also, staff was directed to lock pavilion.

Regular Meeting called to order at 8:00 P.M.

1. Changes to agenda – culverts

2. Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to approve minutes of March 1 and March 24 as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

3. City Attorney dismissed by mayor as of 3/12, citing many issues of conflict. Council approval noted. Auditor directed to send RFP letters.

4. Employee Report: a) Goals/priority lists reviewed. b) Motion by Senum, second by Pelletier, to have Ecolab complete pest control on all dikes. Motion carried unanimously. c) Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to approve TEAM chemical bid for vegetation control, and to include golf course (pending approval by Golf Board), up to $3,000. Motion carried unanimously. d) Review of Water Consultant’s agreement confirms the City does not pay mileage. e) One potential utility pick-up was found at Lakota. Motion by Senum, second by Pelletier, to amend the March 1 motion to drop the snowplow requirement. Motion carried unanimously.

5. Mayor’s Report: a) Water issue needs thorough research before an ordinance can be drafted. b) Reminded council to turn in their petitions for candidacy. c) An emergency declaration was issued April 1 for potential flooding. The Flood Committee met, and the Operations Plan book should be updated. d) Request for pea rock – this is designated for the new campground. None will be available until after that project is complete. e) Request from HAM radio operators. Propose giving approval to use water tower contingent upon a signed contract which addresses integrity and liability issues, and approval of plans from city engineer.

6. Aud./Adm. Update: a) March collections/disbursements, general ledger, and budget ratio reviewed and approved. b) April bills to be paid presented and approved, except for Cook, Wegner & Wike. All bills related to fees of the refunding bond issue were tabled for more information. c) Pledge of Securities and Excess Deposit Insurance Bond reviewed. Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to approve both. Motion carried unanimously

7. Committee Reports: a) Growth – Met Mar. 26. Sand presented initial blueprint and tax application for motel. Also approved a grant to SBDC for $500. b) Personnel – has not met.

c) Recreation –Met with Rodeo Committee. Primary goal is still to provide recreation opportunities for children. Are planning street dance, parade, and fireworks for rodeo weekend.

8. Issues: a) Valley Landfill met. ND Waste Mgmt. wants no boxboard in the paper bin, and landfill asked if we would crush the cardboard occasionally. b) Culverts by Mitch Mission and lift station are crushed. Norby to assess.

9. Motion to adjourn by Burke at 10:45 p.m.

By: Warren Hillukka, Mayor

Attested to: K. Johnson, City Aud/Adm