City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

June 6, 2005, City Council Meeting

Attendance:   Beverly Burke, John Feldman, Richard Senum, Nancy Thompson, Kyle Dorion, Pat Burton, Mayor Warren Hillukka.  Absent: none

Present: K. Johnson, Aud./Adm.; Attorney Daniel Gaustad of Pearson & Christensen, Dan Johnson of WSN

Others Present: Ken Norby, Julius Wangler of Red River Regional Council, Everett Hughes


Meeting with Wangler called to order at 6 p.m.  Wangler and Hughes presented Valley Crete’s growth project, which has been accepted for a PACE interest buy-down.  Strategic plan should be reviewed in the fall.


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

·        Gordon Johnson - reported that there was a poor turnout in bids, both were rejected.  Bureau of Reclamation gave permission to negotiate pipeline portion; will include manhole and hydraulic valve to fill reservoir.  Plans for building will be redrawn.

·        Water standing on LaMoure Street near Grube warehouse.  Ken and engineer will look into this.



Regular Meeting called to order at 7:25


1. Changes to agenda: speeding, Professional Building

2. Motion by Feldman, second by Burton, to approve May minutes as printed. Motion carried unanimously.

3. City Attorney Update: MCI and FEMA issues still pending, but slowly moving forward.

4.  Employee Report:  a) Review of staff and auditor goals/priority lists. Mosquito spraying has begun, sweeper parts needed.  Ken requests tractor be cleaned up after use. Council supports use of collection agency for Degelder.  b) Dept. of Health looking for us to build a second cell for the lagoon, which needs dumping.  Also, more rip-rap is needed to complete the shoring up of the sides.  c) Meeting set for meter options:  June 13 at 7 p.m.

5. Mayor’s Update: a) Engineer Johnson reports that Community Center Study is 90% complete.  CD is in hand with proper signatures required.  Motion by Feldman, second by Burton, to have Gaustad move forward to purchase Professional Building.  Senum abstains.  All others vote aye.  Motion carried.  

  b) Motion by Feldman, second by Dorion, to send Sales Tax Fund application to Tri-County Crisis Center. Motion carried unanimously.  c) Motion by Feldman, second by Dorion, to donate one laptop computer to Fire Dept. Motion carried unanimously.  d) Auditor directed to try to set up meeting with ND Rural Water Systems Association re: new rate projections for June 27.  e) Motion by Feldman, second by Thompson, to designate the last laptop computer to Public Works Supt., with the intent that city map information be placed on it.  Motion carried unanimously. 



6. Auditor’s Report: a) May collections/disbursements and general ledgers reviewed & approved.  b) Budget to actual through May reviewed. c) June bills to be paid approved.  d) Motion by Feldman, second by Thompson, to pay Rodeo Committee $500 for advertising.  Burton abstains, All others vote aye.  Motion carried. c) State sales tax administration contract approved with equal payments.   

7.  Committee Reports:  a) Personnel – correction to personnel manual: per May 1999 Council meeting, the city does not pay employee share of NDPERS.  b) Water/Sewer/Street Committee to meet re: meter replacement.  c) Growth –Motel project update given, and review of discount offered to attract new residents to Pembina Court.  d) Recreation – setting up for Airborne Alley’s big race day.

8.  Issues: Complaints of speeding discussed.  Will request record of tickets from Sheriff’s dept.

9.  Motion to adjourn by Burke at 8:50 p.m.



By:  Warren Hillukka, Mayor

Attested to:  Kathy Johnson, Auditor/Administrator