City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

February 2016 Minutes

Official Minutes for February 8th, 2016, Pembina City Council Meeting

Council Members Present: Mayor Kyle Dorion, President Greg Wilmer ,VP Greg Truax, Allen Huttunen, Ron Fritz, Corie Koropatnicki and Joan Studeny.




City Employees Present:   Nancy Thompson, Auditor/Administrator & PWS Gary Helland


City Attorney Present:  Rob Fleming

City Engineer Present – Absent


Public – Mason Peters on behalf of the Growth Committee, Cheri Askew and Jerry Nolte.

 Cheri Askew and Jerry Nolte- They were here with question and objections on the daycare being next to their parent’s home.


Mason Peters – Discussed the daycare with the Council and those that were present from the public that had questions.


Public Portion


Meeting called to order by Mayor Dorion at 6:25 p.m.


Changes to Agenda


Motion by Mr. Wilmer, second by Ms. Koropatnicki to accept the agenda; ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


Changes to Jan Minutes


Motion by Mr. Truax, second by Mr. Fritz to approve Jan 11th & Jan 19th minutes; Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


Old Business

  • Levee –Council looked over the fee estimate from HRD for the final phase of the levee recertification project which is getting our levee certified.
  • Bret Corneliusen –Tabled till may 2016
  • Ernie D’auetuil – Tabled till May 2016.
  • Spot Bar- No updates keep on old business until spring.


Engineer Report/Brad Bail –



Attorney Update / Rob Fleming –

  • Daycare items -Mr. Fleming and Council discussed daycare facility along with the zoning of it. The daycare facility will have to be rezoned from R1 to R2. It will not be zoned commercial it is not a commercial business. It is a daycare with in a house it will be ran and managed by a private individual. The only thing the city will be part of on the day care is they are buying the house and leasing it out to the daycare manger.





Motion by Ms. Koropatnicki, to reconsider the motion @ the January 19thspecial meeting to rejected the purchase price of $66,000.00 for the daycare facility second by Mr. Huttunen .Roll call Vote Ayes; Ms. Koropatnicki, Ms. Studeny, Mr. Wilmer, Mr. Truax , Mr. Huttunen & Mr. Fritz .Nays; none Motion carries .


Motion by Ms. Studeny, second by Ms.  Koropatnicki to accept the purchase price of $66,000.00 for the daycare facility. Roll call Vote Ayes; Ms. Studeny, Mr. Fritz, Mr. Wilmer, Mr. Truax, Ms. Koropatnicki & Mr. Huttunen .Nays; none. Motion carries  


  Motion by Ms. Koropatnicki, second by Mr. Huttunen to direct Auditor Thompson to set up a line of credit with CSB for the day care grant and all applied requirements. The loan payment will be paid from the   city’s fund account # 240 Growth & Economic development fund ; Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.




Update & Business:  Mayor-  




Employee Report/Concerns

  • Skid Steer Lease – Mr.  Helland handed new price quote for skid steers. He and the Council discussed the lease quotes on the skid steer.


Motion by Mr. Huttunen, second by Ms. Studeny not to renew the John Deere tractor lease; Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


Motion by Ms. Studeny, second by Mr. Fritz to go with the john Deere skids steers and a 3 year lease. Vote Ayes; Ms. Koropatnicki, Ms. Studeny, Mr. Truax, & Mr. Fritz .Nays; Mr. Wilmer & Mr. Huttunen .Motion carries.

  • Employee leave - Ms. Koropatnicki was wondering how employees leave was accrued. It’s accrued per pay period not monthly.


  • City Audit - Ms. Koropatnicki was wondering if a report is given to the Council after the city books have been audited. Ms. Thompson told her yes that Harold comes about every two years to go through the audit he’s done on the city.




Update & Business:  City Auditor

  • The Jan & EOY 2015 financials and Feb bills were reviewed and approved.



Committee Reports: Growth


  • Natural Gas - Ms. Thompson has been working on this and had some prices for Council to look at. This is tabled until the Growth Committee has more time for it.  




New Business –

  • Jake Brakes – Mr. Wilmer was wondering about a sign saying no Jake brakes. Since the road he’s asking about is a state road have to check with the DOT. Tabled until March


  • Action - Mr. Helland to call the DOT on this and get information for Marches meeting.




Motion to be adjourned by Mr. Fritz at 7:30pm.





             By:  ___________________________________

                     Mayor, Kyle Dorion




Attested to:  _________________________________  


                  Nancy Thompson, Auditor/Administrator