June 4, 2012

The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Monday, June 4, 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 with additions of 6 month review for clerk position and wages for Linda Weber.

            May 7, 2012 minutes will be reviewed at July meeting due to absence of clerk.

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

Alliant Energy


 $        330.68

Steve Berberich

Hotel, meal, mileage for biosolids   class

 $        166.52

Choice Financial Savings Bank

Replenish Petty Cash, postage,   supplies

 $           57.37

Clements Lumber

flag pole repair, case paper towels

 $        104.36

Comfrey C-Store


 $        413.33

Comfrey Fire Dept


 $     5,101.31

Comfrey First Responders

Repairs to Rig, mileage, med oxygen

 $        243.56

Comfrey Times


 $        383.95

Corey's Yard Service

Bucket Truck Work on Flag Pole

 $        133.59

Creative Product Source

Police parade candy

 $        262.39

Dan Fossing

Chair for Police Department

 $        225.00

Hawkins, Inc.

tank demurrage,

 $           15.00

Indoff, Incorporated

office expense

 $           26.59


property and liability annual   premium

 $ 33,282.00


Volunteer Accident Plan

 $        145.00


bills and wages

 $     2,855.54

Mathiowetz Enterprises, Inc

2 loads of sludge

 $           71.37

Miller Sellner

Broom for Street Sweeper

 $        584.61

Minnesota Department of Health

Quarterly water service connection   fee

 $        292.00

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Wastewater Certification Renewal

 $           23.00

MVTL, Inc.

4 wastewater tests

 $        223.50

Municipal Clerk's Assn

membership dues

 $           40.00

Muske & Muske

professional services

 $        126.00

New Star Sales & Service

service contract

 $        300.00

Payroll Expense


 $     7,966.47

Reinhart Food Service

6 small Spatulas - Community Center

 $             8.05

Rob's ServiceCenter

oil & filter, squad car repairs

 $        107.66

Softline Data

UBMax Software

 $        630.56

Verizon Wireless

police cell phone - April

 $           65.06

Waste Management

Residential Garbage pickup - May

 $     1,083.99

Linda Weber

Reimb for Electronic Recycling

 $           51.70


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

Chief Warner reported a training grant will cover bill from Alpha Wireless.  SCBA equipment will be subject for a new grant application this year.

Police Chief Jim Meyer reported it has been another active month with 26 calls.  A public nuisance ticket was issued for long grass on a property and then the lawn was mowed.    

            Steve Berberich reported both plants are working well.  Flows are still high at waste water treatment plant because of the rain but the pumps are keeping up.  Berberich informed council he would like to televise the County Road 17 storm sewer while the company is in BinghamLake so travel costs could be shared.  Costs would run between $2000 and $3000.  On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, council approved to have storm sewer televised with costs up to $3000.  The need to sand and paint street light poles was also discussed and Berberich will be looking into options to have this completed.  Berberich will be on vacation June 17th to the 21st

            Water meter purchase price comparisons of meters and installation costs were distributed to council for their review.  Discussion was had regarding meters and Berberich recommended installing the meters ourselves with the help of a local plumber.  He also recommended purchasing meters from Dakota Supply Group as the price comparisons show the cost savings.  A motion made by  Arnsdorf, and seconded by Herrig for the purchase of water meters from DSG. Payment will be made from the capital equipment fund with reimbursement from the water fund.  Details to be worked out at future date.  Berberich and the local plumber will install meters at a cost much less then using an outside company.  Motion carried unanimously.

            Arnsdorf presented minutes from the May library board meeting.  Library board accepted the donation of a new utility cart from Gail Lingbeek.

            Motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously to have Moonlight Floor Cleaning do a deep scrub and polish of the floors in the community center and hallway after Community Days at a cost of $250.

            Motion made by Herrig, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously to set sale price for City owned property on 100 State Hwy 258 S at $2000. 

            No actions taken at this time on zoning committee vacancy. 

            On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously Judy Augustin, Tammy Kelly, Marjorie Schwaegerl and Mark Swift are appointed election judges for the August 14, 2012 primary and November 6, 2012 general election.

            On motion of Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, Land Use Permit was granted to Clint Radtke for a utility shed.

            Six month review was completed for city clerk.  No concerns were noted.  The hiring committee recommended $1.00/hr raise effective upon the successful completion of the 6 month probationary period.  On motion of Evers, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously the raise was approved effective February 1, 2012.

            Discussion was held regarding wages for Linda Weber’s time on an as needed basis.  No action taken.  Tabled until July 2, 2012 meeting.

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