August 2, 2012

           The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the community center with all members present.  Attorney Paul Muske was also present. Mayor Richter presided.

            The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.

            The agenda was approved as presented.

            July 2, 2012 were read and approved on motion of Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, the following bills were approved:

Alliant Energy

Electricity - June

 $       2,320.41

Clements Lumber

Broom, gar bags, cleaner,   tape, air fresh.

 $           61.50

Comfrey Fire Dept


 $     2,712.74

Comfrey First Responders

gloves, misc medical   supplies, back board

 $        254.19

Comfrey Market

Cleaning supplies, paper   towels

 $          48.22

Comfrey Times


 $        577.47

Creative Product Source

Police Book Marks -   "Bath Salts Kill"

 $        259.61


Water Meters

 $   42,648.05


Telephone/Internet - July

 $        432.43

Friesen Plumbing &   Heating

Install New Water Meters

 $     1,893.00

GopherState One-Call

11 line locates in June and   July

 $          15.95

Hawkins, Inc.

tank demurrage,

 $          15.00

HarvestLand Cooperative

Chemicals & Prepay LP   Contract

 $     8,585.16

Tammy Kelly

Election Judge   Training/Mileage

 $          47.40


bills and wages

 $     1,230.95

Jim Meyer

Printer ink, business   cards, Safety books

 $        109.31

Moonlight Floor Cleaning

Auto scrub and 2 stage   polish floors

 $        267.19

MR Paving & Excavating

Seal Coating Some City   Streets

 $   20,479.00

MVTL, Inc.

6 wastewater tests

 $        335.25

Muske & Muske

professional services

 $        306.00

New Star Sales &   Service

printer and copier

 $     1,957.61

Oberloh & Associates,   LTD

2011 Financial Audit &   Single Audit

 $     6,518.62

Payroll Expense


 $     4,506.35


Truly Pest   Control

 $          57.80

Rob's ServiceCenter

Replace hub assembly on   squad car

 $        306.99


Police video camera

 $        949.90

Verizon Wireless

police cell phone - July

 $          64.78

Vogel Painting

Labor and materials to   paint street lights

 $     3,100.00

Waste Management

Residential Garbage pickup   - July

 $     1,082.05

Linda Weber

Mileage-New Ulm for   election materials

 $          32.40

           The June financial report was reviewed and approved on motion of Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

           Police Chief Meyer reviewed his police report for July. Chief Meyer’s informed the council he has received his new Taser camera and is very happy with it.  The technology is amazing on it with a very high quality of picture and sound.

            No Fire Department report

            Berberich reported both plants are running well.  In the past he had problems at the waste water treatment plant with the heat but everything is running smoothly this year with the upgrade.  The water meter replacement project is going well.  Gene Friesen has been helping with the installs and they only have 20 left.  They should be able to complete the installations within the next 2 weeks.

            Wood chips were ordered to place around the playground equipment at the North park.  The city was able to place the order with the school to help save on trucking costs.

            Infratech was out to video the sewer lines and did find some problems with a lot of sediment on the bottom.  Berberich recommends hiring them to jet the lines out.  This will be a big cost savings because they will not have to be lined next year.  Costs should be between $2000 and $2500.  On Motion of Herrig, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously to hire Infratech to jet sewer lines.

            The county is scheduled to start the cement work and pedestrian ramps on August 13th.  August 28th is the tentative start date for the mill and overlay on Brown and White streets.  Project has a targeted date of Sept 24th for completion.

            Berberich checked into a service agreement with Electric Pump for the pumps at the waste water treatment plant.  Electric Pump offered a 3 year service agreement for $900 which would cover all 7 of the pumps.  On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously it was approved to move forward with the service agreement.

            Arnsdorf reported on the July library board meeting.  The library will be closed August 13th-18th for cleaning. 

            Discussion was had regarding utility vehicles being allowed on city streets.  Police Chief Meyers presented information regarding utility vehicles and the current laws and regulations over them.  The pros and cons of allowing utility vehicles on the city streets were looked at closely.  The council decided to take no action at this time.

            A concerned citizen was present and discussion was had regarding a property on Green Street.  The council was aware of this property and action has been taken.

            A nuisance hearing was held during the council meeting and citizens were given opportunity to discuss their thoughts and concerns.  The council is asking that progress be made on the properties and any further action is tabled until the September 4, 2012 meeting on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously.

            Motion made to approve the recommendation of the zoning committee for a variance to be granted to Gary and Janelle Richter for a bump out on a garage by Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously with Richter abstaining from the vote.

            On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously, Land Use Permit was granted to Mark Evers to build a retaining wall.

            The annual Fire Relief Association report was approve on motion of Evers, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously.

            Motion made to transfer $16,800 from the capital equipment fund to the general fund for the purchase of the new fire truck by Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

            On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously, the annual long-range planning meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

            Annual wage review will be addressed at the August 29, 2012 meeting.

            A second reading was held of an amendment to ordinance #112, paragraph 9.02 of section 9, appointing Zoning Committee members.  A motion by Evers, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously to adopt ordinance #169.

            The Bridging Brown County Leadership Program representative for this session will be Julie Fredin and Tammy Kelly on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously.

            A request by SmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter for a donation was received.  No action was taken.

            A donation request from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation was received.  No action was taken.

            On motion of Evers, seconded by John and carried unanimously to pay for the costs of anyone interested in attending the League of Minnesota Cities Regional Meeting in Windom on September 13, 2012.

            The meeting adjourned on motion of Herrig, seconded by Arnsdorf.