City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

City of Pembina

Pembina, North Dakota 58271

Minutes of April 1, 2002 Council Meeting


Attendance: Council: Wayne Schafer, Richard Senum, Beverly Burke, Warren Hillukka, Thomas Manley, John Feldman, Mayor Pat Burton.

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

Others Present: Vicky Kostelecky, Steve Robillard, Deputy Chris Benson

Public Hearing called to order at 7:05 by Mayor Burton.

1. Kostelecky and Robillard inquired about golf course relationship with city. The land is deeded to the city in a trust to be used for recreational purposes. If it should cease to be used for recreational purposes, title would revert to the original heirs. The city pays the building/property insurance, but the Golf Course Directors function independently of the city, are licensed by the county. As such, the city has a vested interest in the course’s financial viability.

3. C. Benson- requested a listing of dog owners.

Regular Meeting called to order 7:35 P.M.

1. Changes made to agenda--clean-up day, Corner Bar, R. Burke exemption (taken care of under auditor’s business), cable TV.

2. Motion by Hillukka, second by Feldman, to approve March minutes as corrected. Motion carried.

3. No Judges Report.

4. City Attorney Update: Citizens cannot sue the city for street maintenance issues unless negligence can be proved.

5. Employee Report: Comm. Ctr: Council approved ordering four light fixtures for exterior.

Ken to seek bids for fencing around clearwell. Motion by Feldman, second by Burke to secure lighting for clearwell area. Motion carried.

Fleming to look into retirement package further.

Lowest bid on mower was Altona Farm Service. Motion by Feldman, Second by Hillukka, to accept their bid for a bat-wing mower. Motion carried. Snowblower can wait.

Auditor to advertise Case with sealed bids to be opened at next council meeting.

Ken to assist Mayor Burton and Senum with interviews for new city employee.

6. Mayoral Update: conveyed his concern of chlorine by-product for meeting new regulations.

7. Aud./Adm. Update: a) Mar. General ledger, budget ratio, collections/disbursements and April bills to be paid presented. Question concerning YTD total; financials approved. b) Motion by Burke, second by Feldman, to order 200 KW generator through Project Impact, with the intent of setting up an emergency shelter at the school. Motion carried. c) Fleming prefaced the discussion of payment in lieu of taxes review of his conversation with Bob Wertz in the State Tax office. Motion by Hillukka to approve a payment of $1.00/year as payment in lieu of taxes for 5 years starting with 2001 for Valley Crete’s expansion. When no second was forthcoming, motion was made by Manley, second by Hillukka, to seek the Attorney General’s opinion in the issue. Motion carried. d) Motion by Hillukka, second by Feldman, to approve R. Burke’s remodeling exemption for the years 2002-2005. Motion carried. e) Motion by Feldman, second by Manley, to approve the Clearview Contracting abatement presented for 2001. Motion carried.

8. Committee reports: a) Recreation Board: Senum elected president. Committees are set; will have regular meetings. Plans in the works for a "wheeled rodeo", Kid’s ID program, and cleaning up area for campsites. Next meeting April 16.

b) Growth: Chairman Senum reported Jim Masloski agreed to build a "basic" web site for city; Workforce Customer Service training will be offered in Pembina. Next meeting April 30.

c) Streets: Deputy Benson is reviewing maps for signage.

9. Issues: a) City Clean-up Day: Auditor will set up with Valley Landfill for sometime before graduation. b) Corner Bar: Auditor contacted owner. Crew to arrive April 15 to take off top and seal bricks on sides. d) Auditor to advertise Pet Day. e) Discussion of cable TV franchise.

10. Motion to adjourn by Burke at 10:05 p.m.

By: Pat Burton, Mayor

Attested to: K. Johnson, City Aud/Adm