City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

Minutes of Sept. 5, 2006 City Council Meeting

City of Pembina

Attendance: Mayor Warren Hillukka, Council: Beverly Burke, John Feldman, Nancy Thompson, Debbie Stanhope. Attendance by phone: Richard Senum. Absent: Kyle Dorion

Present: Engineer Dan Johnson, City Attorney Neil Fleming, Aud./Adm. Kathy Johnson,

Others Present: Ken Norby, Tom Dokken, Hetty Walker, Gene Warner, Dave Bloomquist, Wayne O’Hara

Public Hearing called to order at 7:00 p.m., by Mayor Hillukka.

  •  H. Walker, representing the Cemetery Committee, voiced their concerns about flooding, and explaining their plan to dike on the north and west sides, with culverts installed.
  •  T. Dokken stated a second culvert would be needed for under the access road to the cemetery, and that the west side needs cleaning. Wilwand Farms is willing to do the work.
  •  Hetty also brought up the coolie culvert under Cavalier St., and reported briefly on Commission activities

Regular Meeting called to order at 7:22.

1. Changes made to agenda – Add Shade Tree & Police Committees; new pump for border lift.

2. Motion by Feldman, second by Thompson to approve August minutes as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

3. City Attorney Update: a) No update on FEMA buy-out. b) Engineers are analyzing reports on Dike lawsuit.

c) Refuse - take photos and send a certified letter to clean up by a date two weeks from receipt. Fines may apply. d) Rental house – as condemned, turn off utilities and give one week to remove property. e) Before we renew policing contract, request logs by 10 days, and a meeting be set up in Pembina with sheriff; also notify the County Commission.

4. Employee Report: a) Goals/priorities reviewed. b) Before moving records, it was suggested we fix the photos and put them up, and check which maps are needed. c) Ken reported bids: could lease a loader for snow removal up to 500 hrs/yr. He would prioritize needs as: first - mower, second - sweeper, and third – loader.

d) Additional ditch work, to include grading of ditches for maintenance purposes, at the newly repaired lagoon was requested by neighbor. Twamley estimates this will cost approximately $4,000. Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to complete that portion of the project from M&R funds. Motion carried unanimously.

e) Engineer Johnson reported on Chippewa St. elevations complete with no movement noted; a bulk water server could be installed at plant - $1,500 cost of machine; and suggested an "as built" survey of the lagoon project. Motion by Burke, second by Feldman, to survey the lagoon "as built". Motion carried unanimously.

5. Mayoral Update: a) Steering committee will be doing local visits in September. b) Fire siren energy needs relocation partly due to remodeling. Most cost effective seems to be to run the power to the pole directly; Samson Electric estimated $2,000 for that project. Should also install battery back-up. Will need to check with CERT program re: potential funding. c) Corps will inspect dike 9/7. Will have them look at culvert on Cavalier St. d) Snow removal at school – City would like a price quote before any agreement reached. Issue tabled to October.

6. Aud./Admin. Update: a) Aug. financials and Sept. bills reviewed and approved. b) Sept. budget meetings set for Sept. 11 and 25, 7 p.m.

7. Committee Reports: a) Planning Zoning – Recommends approval of the 6 ft. variance for O’Hara’s garage, will have to push snow back further. Motion by Thompson, second by Stanhope, to accept the recommendation. Motion carried unanimously. b) Growth –addressed above. c) Rec. Bd. –no meeting held.

d) Shade Tree – bid of $25,000 to remove two blocks of trees on railroad bed rejected. e) Police – see above.

8. New – Approval noted for purchase of new sewer pump for lift station at border.

9. Motion to adjourn by Burke at 9:15 p.m.

By: Mayor Warren Hillukka

Attested to: Kathy Johnson, Auditor/Administrator