September 4, 2013

The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the community center with all members present but Robert Herrig. Attorney Paul Muske was also present. Mayor Richter presided.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited.

The agenda was approved with the addition of first responder members and training,

August 5, 2013 regular meeting minutes and August 13, 2013 special session were read and approved on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

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

Alliant Energy

Electricity – July

 $       2,288.28

Automatic Systems

Service and programming of computer   at WWTP

 $       1,466.00

Steve Berberich

WaterSchool in Pipestone-Mileage/Meals

 $            93.96

Bolton & Menk

Professional Services for County Road 16   Project

 $     12,235.00

Bridging BrownCounty

2 - Tuition for Leadership Program

 $          550.00

Brown County Highway Department

Cty Rd 16 Project - Pmt #3

 $     50,159.19

Clements Lumber

Dewalt tool set, sledge hammer, air   freshener

 $          824.01

Comfrey Community Education

Summer Recreation Contribution

 $          500.00

Comfrey Fire Dept


 $       1,426.54

Comfrey Times


 $          379.64

Darfur Electric

VSD replaced

 $          574.70

Friesen Plumbing & Heating

Sump pump for water plant, misc   parts

 $          440.33


Telephone/Internet – August

 $          448.39


6 line locates

 $            11.70

Heiderscheidt Digging, Inc

Repair storm sewer

 $       1,199.50


Summer Fill of LP

 $     14,864.70


Chemicals & Tank Demurrage

 $       2,303.26

Indoff Incorporated


 $          153.47

League of Minnesota Cities Ins   Trust

Workers compensation premium audit   adj

 $       1,813.00


Bills and Wages

 $       1,360.20

Jim Meyer

Reimbursement for Calendar Ad

 $          125.00

Midwest Radar & Equipment

Police Radar Annual Certification

 $            40.00

Minnesota Dept of Health

Quarterly Water Service Connection   Fee

 $          311.64

Parties & Weddings Plus

2 cases paper towels

 $            98.89

Payroll Expense


 $       4,570.76

Gary Richter

Mileage for Board of Review   Training

 $            47.70

Riverside Animal Clinic

Exam and shots for animal brought   to shelter

 $            44.60

Rob's ServiceCenter

Repair police car tire, Maintenance   on city truck

 $            76.02


Post office Box Rent

 $            58.00

Utility Consultants, Inc

WWTP Tests

 $          218.25

Verizon Wireless

Police Cell Phone – August

 $            64.98

Waste Management

Res. Garbage pickup – July

 $       1,242.40


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

Fire Chief Warner reported they are having a safety inspection done on truck #2 and will have some repairs and maintenance done.  Also, they are still waiting to hear on a FEMA grant that was applied for.

First Responder Captain Ecker recommended the hire of three new first responders, Jason Peterson, Trisha Radtke, and Jennifer Johnson.  On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, approval was granted to hire on a condition of the completion of first responder training and classes.  Ecker also talked about the need to review the First Responder policies and will bring any changes to the council for approval.  Approval was granted to order four additional pagers on a motion from Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously.  

Police Chief Meyer presented the monthly police report.

Public Works Director Berberich reported both plants are working well.  He notified the council the broken pump at the water plant would cost $4000-$5000 to repair so other options were looked into.  A sump pump was used in its place which worked surprising well so he decided to order a new sump pump at a cost of about $400 to replace the original pump.  The County Road 16 project is near completion and he will be getting the street signs up.  

Arnsdorf presented the library board minutes.

No additional information is available at this time on the garbage contract. We hope to have some additional information available for the October meeting.

Options were discussed for security cameras for the municipal building.  We will continue to gather additional information on other options.

The gambling application for St. Paul’s Catholic Church for October 27, 2013 was approved on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

A gambling application was also approved for the Comfrey Fire Relief Association for November 23, 2013 and approved on motion of Evers, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously.

On motion Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously the 2013 Certification of Minimum Local Support for the operating expenses of the public library is set at $12900.  This is the minimum base amount required to continue participation in our regional public library system.

                The annual membership renewal for The Mayor’s and The League of Minnesota Cities was approved on a motion made by Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously. 

            A first reading was had on the Annexation of the property adjacent to the Mary Alice Berberich property and currently owned by Peter Samuelson

            Discussion was had about purchasing new playground equipment for the SouthPark.  After looking into some options, a motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously to purchase the SunshineCastle from Rainbow Play Systems.  This allowed the City to take advantage of special pricing offered at an estimated cost of $6000 with original cost being $10918.

            A resolution to accept the Brown County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously. 

            Councilors reviewed the proposed 2014 expenditures and revenue.  A proposed budget includes expenditures of $609,973 and revenues of $525,167.  The proposed levy included:

            General Fund                           $163,840

            Capitol Equipment Fund              13,750

            Debt Service                                14,213

The proposed 2014 budget and proposed 2014 levy were approved on motion of Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

            Discussion was had regarding ideas for additional recreation and activities in town. 

The meeting was adjourned on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt.