City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

Minutes of July 11, 2005 Council Meeting


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

Present: K. Johnson, Aud./Adm.; Attorney Scott Strand of Pearson & Christensen, Ken Norby, Dan Johnson of WSN

Others Present: Gordon Johnson, Larry Wilwant, Harry Wood, Deputy Chris Benson

Public hearing called to order at 7:20 p.m., by Mayor Hillukka.

· H. Wood presented a petition to abandon a portion of 7th Street between Stutsman and Chippewa Streets. Petition was forwarded to the building/zoning committee for public hearing.

· L. Wilwant reported on the current happenings for the Pembina River Basin Board, and requested support from the city to oppose set-back dikes west of Neche. Council reaffirmed support.

· Gordon Johnson updated council on water connection project – Breidenbeck Excavation plans to begin work July 13 on pipeline. Pump facility will be re-bid July 19.

· Deputy Benson presented report sheets to Councilman Feldman and requested an office with high speed internet access. Also reviewed dike traffic and a sign-in sheet for other deputies. Ken to put up "No motorized vehicles" signs.

Regular Meeting called to order at 8:05

1. Changes to agenda: mosquito spraying, drainage, golf course letter, letter to USACE, sump pump fines

2. Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to approve June 6 minutes as corrected and June special minutes as printed. Motion carried unanimously.

3. City Attorney Update: purchase agreement for Professional Building was drawn up and ready to be signed. The final agreement should commit only the building, not general funds. Any interest should be federally tax exempt. Motion by Feldman, second by Senum to give Mayor Hillukka and Aud/Adm. Johnson approval to sign the purchase agreement. Motion carried unanimously.

4. Employee Report: a) Review of staff goals/priority list. Malfunction of lift station started 6/15 with storms following the 19th, 23rd and continuing with water emergency. Storm pumps are rated only for 1.2 inches of rain in 24 hours; Corps will need to address this (letter sent). b) Ken’s 4-wheeler was used extensively through the wet conditions. It would be nice if the city owned such a vehicle. c) Motion by Senum, second by Feldman, to accept Northern Water Works (Neptune meters) as the company for all new meters. Motion carried unanimously.

5. Mayor’s Update: a) Emergency funds are cleared for use in response efforts.  b) Tri-County Crisis Intervention – tabled until information about service to city is presented. c) Sump Pumps are not to be drained into the sanitary sewer system. Discussion re: drafting an ordinance to this effect, and of other drainage issues. Current building code states that forcing water runoff onto adjoining property is prohibited (Section III.C.4.(a)) Engineer Johnson requested to review drainage on south block 63. d) Golf Course letter – will send Sales Tax Funds application, and invite board to attend August meeting.

6. Auditor’s Report: a) June collections/disbursements and general ledgers reviewed & approved. b) Budget to actual through June reviewed. c) July bills to be paid approved.

7. Committee Reports: none.

8. Issues: Mosquito spraying – Studded tires now on sprayer pick-up, making spraying on dikes & in other soft areas viable again.

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

By: Warren Hillukka, Mayor

Attested to: K. Johnson, City Aud/Adm