City of Pembina, ND

Oldest Settlement in the Dakota Territories

January 2016 Minutes


Official Minutes for January 11th, 2016, Pembina City Council Meeting

Council Members Present: VP Greg Truax, Allen Huttunen, and Ron Fritz, Corie Koropatnicki, and Joan Studeny.


Absent:  Mayor Kyle Dorion, President Greg Wilmer.


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


City Attorney Present:  Rob Fleming

City Engineer Present – Brad Bail, Widseth Smith Nolting


Public –


Public Portion


Meeting called to order by VP Truax at 6:00 pm.


Changes to Agenda


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


Changes to Dec Minutes


Motion by Mr. Fritz, second by Ms. Studeny to approve Dec 14th minutes; Ayes to all present.  Motion carries.


Old Business

  •  Levee – no updates
  • 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 –

  • Look at streets in the spring.


Attorney Update / Rob Fleming –

  • Daycare facility purchase agreement -Mr. Fleming drafted a purchase agreement for the daycare facility.
  • Daycare grant agreement - Mr. Flemingwent through all of the agreement sections with the Council.Council and Mr. Fleming discussed different parts of the agreementthey had questions on.


Motion by Ms. Koropatnicki, second by Ms. Studeny to allow the Mayor to sign the child care grant program agreement. Roll call Vote Ayes; Ms. Koropatnicki, Ms. Studeny & Mr. Fritz .Nays; none motion carries


  • Councilmember Huttunen enters meeting @ 6: 20 p.m.


  • Daycare facility appraisals – Council and Mr. Fleming discussed the appraised value.


Motion by Mr. Fritz, second by Joan Studeny to allow the Growth Committee to enter into agreement to purchase the daycare facility for the appraised value. Roll call Vote Ayes; Ms. Studeny & Mr. Fritz .Nays; Ms. Koropatnicki & Al Huttunen. Motion carries



  • Letter ND Dept. of Health- Ms. Thompson received a letter that afternoon certified mail from them. The letter talked about being in noncompliance with ND solid waste management law & rules. Council along with Mr. Fleming &Ms. Thompson discussed the letter and what action to take.


o   Action – Mr. Fleming and Ms. Thompson will get together and work on response to state.



Update & Business:  Mayor-   



Employee Report/Concerns

  • John Deere tractor Lease – Mr.  Helland handed out price quote from 3 different companies that sell skid steers. He and the Council discussed instead of leasing a tractor again to look at a skid steer.


o   Action – Mr. Helland to get new bids & prices on this for Feb meeting & get information for Mr. Fleming on what is needed to run the pump and if someone local has a tractor.  Would they lease it to the city during flooding and the cost to the city for it before Council can make a discussion on this.


  • Snow Removal –Mr. Helland to draft a snow emergence removal route policy.



Update & Business:  City Auditor

  • The Dec financials and Jan bills were reviewed and approved.



Committee Reports: Growth


  • Daycare items / facility - Ms. Koropatnicki update Council on daycare.


New Business –



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





             By:  ___________________________________

                     Council Vice President, Greg Truax




Attested to:  _________________________________  


                  Nancy Thompson, Auditor/Administrator