City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

Minutes of Nov. 6, 2006 City Council Meeting

Attendance: Mayor Warren Hillukka, Council: Beverly Burke, Kyle Dorion, John Feldman, Nancy Thompson, Richard Senum, Debbie Stanhope. Absent: none

Present: Engineer Dan Johnson, Aud./Adm. Kathy Johnson,

Others Present: Ken Norby, Joe Defoe, Jerry Lyons, Oliver Hughes, George Christensen

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

· J. Defoe presented the school’s need for snow removal using a bucket. As outlined in his letter to the council, the school is willing to pay for this service which is not currently offered by any other contractor in town. Lyons and Hughes stated that they just purchased a skid steer with bucket, and will be offering a proposal to the school. Council addressed this under mayor’s report

· Christensen presented a request from the golf course for sales tax funds, along with a list of bills to be paid.

· Petitions had been presented regarding street closure and changing the number of liquor licenses. After a phone call to Attorney Fleming, the street closure petition was deferred until such time as Fleming can research the city’s response. The petition for changing the number of off-sale liquor licenses was returned for clearer language on the petition.

Regular Meeting called to order at 7:45.

1. Changes made to agenda – Add Red River Basin Board, & Ditch request from G. Symington

2. Motion by Feldman, second by Dorion to approve October minutes as amended. Motion carried unanimously.

3. City Attorney Update: Fleming absent. a) S. Pembina Buy-out: Affidavit of Possession has been forwarded to the state Emergency Management. b) GSA is working on a proposed update to the water/sewer contract, to be presented by the end of December. Water/Sewer committee will consider a policy for meter replacement.

4. Employee Report: a) Goals/priorities reviewed. Number 2 pump in the new pump house has been having problems; NVRWS has been notified, & engineering to be up within two weeks to check software. b) Appeal for FEMA funding of ditch for lagoon was initially rejected. Will appeal; much documentation is being requested. c) New mower has been ordered, but price went up $300 as initial bid included fewer hours on trade-in. Blade has been repaired again. d) Motion by Feldman, second by Senum, to accept amended Pest Detective contract bid for gopher control on dikes. Motion carried, 100% voting aye.

5. Mayoral Update: a) Community Center moving forward. Pledges need to be received to let bids, as a construction loan will be needed. b) Motion by Dorion, second by Senum, to clean the school parking lot for $85/hr (minimum one hour charge) until such time as the school board finds a viable alternative. Feldman abstains. All other members vote aye. Motion carries. c) Regional mayors met in Grafton and appointed Mike Brown as representative to the Red River Basin Board, with Ardis Olson as alternate. Grand Forks is looking for alternative landfill sites.

6. Aud./Admin. Update: a) Oct. financials reviewed and approved. b) Nov. bills reviewed and approved.

c) 2007 budget reviewed. Enterprise fund balances continue a bleak forecast. Water loss down to 20% now.

d) Council concurs to meet Jan. 8, 2007 as first Monday is a holiday. e) Golf Course request tabled.

7. Committee Reports:   a) Personnel – will meet the 13th.     b) Building/Zoning – Engineer Johnson will review G. Symington ditch proposal before next council meeting.             c) Growth – was postponed due to weather.

8. New Issues – addressed above.

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

By: Mayor Warren Hillukka

Attested to: Kathy Johnson, Auditor/Administrator