June 3, 2013

The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Monday, June 3, 2013 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.

May 6, 2013 regular meeting minutes were read and approved on motion of Herrig, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously.

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

Alliant Energy

Electricity - April

 $     1,645.42

Bargen Inc

City Street Crack Repair

 $     7,486.50

Steve Berberich

Reimbursement for Flammable Safety Cabinet

 $        686.92

Bolton & Menk

Professional Services for Hwy 258 Project

 $        480.00

Clements Lumber

Light bulbs, paint, snow shovels

 $          84.58

Comfrey C-Store


 $        727.37

Comfrey Fire Dept


 $     4,125.37

Comfrey First Responders

mileage, medical supplies, fuel

 $     1,404.46

Comfrey Market

Garbage Bags

 $          66.80

Comfrey Times


 $        314.91

Darfur   Electric

Replace ballast and sensor in post office

 $        264.82

Earl F Anderson

Street Signs

 $        803.11

Empire Pipe Services

Storm Sewer Cleaning

 $        450.00

Friesen Plumbing & Heating

Meter parts, park restroom repair, CC faucet repair

 $          86.00


Telephone/Internet - May

 $        440.43

Gopher    State

4 line locates

 $            5.80


Chemicals, tank demurrage

 $     1,470.80

Indoff Incorporated

Index dividers, correction tape

 $            8.82

League of Minnesota Cities Ins Trust

Property / Casualty insurance premium

 $   28,535.00


Bills and Wages

 $     2,623.74

Marlin Helget - Brown CountyAuditor

Certify Utility Assessment fees

 $          50.00

Mathiowetz Enterprises

3 loads of dried sludge

 $        124.90

Minnesota Department of Health

Quarterly Water Service Connection Fee

 $        292.00

Muske & Muske

Professional Services

 $        236.40

Oberloh & Associates

2012 Final Audit and Financial Statements

 $     4,653.94

Payroll Expense


 $     8,127.60

Rob's Service    Center

Air freshener and dispenser - community center

 $          78.50

Utility Consultants, Inc

4 WWTP Tests

 $        190.50

USA   BlueBook

Waste Water Tests

 $        313.94

Verizon Wireless

Police Cell Phone - May

 $          64.94

Waste Management

Res. Garbage pickup - Apr

 $     1,096.36

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

Fire Chief Warner informed the council Truck #5 will have some additional maintenance done including new shocks and airbags.  Truck #2 will also be taken in for a safety and maintenance check.

Police Chief Meyer presented the monthly police report.

Public Works Director Berberich reported both plants continue to run well.  Crack sealing has been completed and was slightly over the initial estimate as additional cracks were found once the project was started.  The street project began today and they will start digging in the water main this week. 

Arnsdorf reported the library board met and the minutes were reviewed.  The board was informed the Friends of the Library will donate $800 towards the new furniture/reading area.  The board is also looking into purchasing two new computers for the staff. 

A Malt Liquor On-Sale license for a charity softball tournament at the North Park on August 24th and 25th, 2013 was requested by Goodfellaz.  On a motion of Herrig, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously approval was granted.

Clothing policy is tabled until additional information can be gathered.

The sale of the 1959 Ford pumper/tanker (truck #3) was discussed and on motion of Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously the 1959 Ford truck was declared as a surplus and open to advertise for sale.  The rebuilt truck #2 will be replacing this truck.  Bids will be accepted through June 30, 2013 and presented at the July 1, 2013 council meeting.

A motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously to accept a letter of resignation from the First Responders by Julie Schmitt.  The council would like to thank Julie for her years of service to the First Responders and also her leadership as Captain for many of those years.

The hire of three new First Responders, Brady Herrig, Rebecca Schueler, and Karl Winterfeldt were presented.  On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously, approval was granted to hire on a condition of the completion of first responder training and classes

Complaints from citizens of yards not being mowed and kept up was discussed by the council.  Motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously for city administration to give notice to enforce provisions of the mowing ordinance.

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

Board of Review and Equalization Training Courses were tabled until the July 1, 2013 meeting.

On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously two land use permits were granted to Judy Augustin for a deck and Jason Peters for a storage shed.

A Land Use Permit was also discussed for Mark Evers for the addition of an office onto the existing shop.  It was determined that a special use permit would be needed.  On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, a public hearing before the Zoning Committee to consider a special use permit under the zoning ordinance was set for 6:45 pm, July 1, 2013.

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