August 5, 2013

The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the community center with all members present but Susan Evers. 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 1, 2013 regular meeting minutes were read and approved on motion of Herrig, 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

 $       1,982.03

American Legion Post #244

2 Flags for North    Park

 $            97.85

Bolton & Menk

Professional Services for County Road 16   Project

 $       4,959.50

Brown CountyAuditor's   Office

Liquor Compliance Check

 $            13.50

Brown County Highway Depart

Cty Rd 16 Project - Pmt #2

 $     78,041.44

Clements Lumber

Tape, trash bags, salt, paint,   deodorizer

 $          122.40

Comfrey C-Store

Fuel

 $          343.45

Comfrey Fire Dept

Expenses

 $          451.88

Comfrey First Responders

Shirts, note cards, oxygen, parade   candy, plaque

 $          343.40

Comfrey Market

Oil

 $              2.59

Comfrey Times

Publications

 $          279.51

Frontier

Telephone/Internet - July

 $          440.74

GopherState

1 line locate

 $              1.45

Hawkins

Tank Demurrage

 $            40.00

Dave Huhn

Police - Community Days

 $          111.60

Indoff Incorporated

staples

 $              3.52

Library

Bills and Wages

 $       4,370.12

Mathiowetz Enterprises, Inc

Sludge removal

 $            35.69

Jim Meyer

Parade candy

 $            64.10

Muske & Muske

Professional Services

 $          297.00

New Star Sales

Annual Service Contract for   copier/printer, toner

 $          715.79

Payroll Expense

Payroll

 $       4,653.34

Plunketts

Quarterly pest control

 $            57.80

Rob's ServiceCenter

truck bulb

 $              0.80

TASER International

Annual service contract, evidence   storage, equip

 $       1,121.80

Utility Consultants, Inc

WWTP Tests

 $          250.87

Verizon Wireless

Police Cell Phone - July

 $            64.93

Waste Management

Res. Garbage pickup - June and 2   cases of bags

 $       1,997.09































Copy fees were also discussed at this time.  On motion of Herrig, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, copy charges were changed to twenty-five cents for a black and white and fifty cents for a color copy.

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

Fire Chief Warner reported to the council they may have access to some used turnout gear at a fair price and will be discussing at their next meeting.

Police Chief Meyer presented the monthly police report.  He also informed the council he will be applying for reimbursement from the state for his continuing education classes.

Public Works Director Berberich reported the plants are working well but one motor went out at the waste water treatment plant.  He will be looking into options to fix or replace.  We are also in need of replacing fourteen flags that are placed on the street light poles.  Prices were quoted at $35.60 per flag for the same quality we have now which have lasted several years.  Motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt to purchase the new flags.  Berberich also informed the council he was able to recycle all of the scrap iron, and castings from projects and received roughly $1200.  He asked the council if he could budget about $900 of these funds to purchase some new tools for the shop.  On motion of Herrig, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously permission was given to move forward with the purchase.  A discussion was also had on a possible watering ban because of the extreme temperatures and shortage of rain.  A motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously to allow the water superintendent to issue a watering ban when conditions warrant.

Arnsdorf presented the library board minutes.  The board is still looking at purchasing some furniture for the library and they do have it narrowed down.   The council approved up to $2000 to purchase the furniture on a motion from Schmitt, seconded by Herrig and carried unanimously.  Library reserve funds along with a donation from Friends of the Library will help to cover the costs.

A second reading was held of ordinance #159, which is an amendment to ordinance #94 - Hours and Days of Sale, changing the time from 2:00AM to 1:00AM for “On Sale” liquor purchases.  On motion of Herrig, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously, ordinance #159 was passed.

Discussion was had regarding the new first responder shirts and the sayings on the backs of some of them.  The city agreed to pay for the extra shirts which had no messages written on the back.

Consideration of a variance was tabled until the next council meeting on August 13, 2013 on motion from Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.  The Zoning committee will meet at 6:45 pm on August 13, 2013 to make recommendation.

Land use permits were approved for Steve Pistulka for a shed, Richard Pidde for a roof addition and Brian Schwarzrock for a retaining wall on a motion from Herrig, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously. 

A security process review was had and discussion took place about several different options for the City to look into ranging from key pads, cameras, door locks and no cash in the building.  A motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously giving the City Clerk permission to keep a limited amount of change on hand.

Contact will be made with the owners of Goodfellaz Grill and Bar over an alleged violation.

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

            Discussion was had regarding our current solid waste contract and looking into other options and pricing.  Additional information will be provided at a future meeting.

            The annual wage review was held.  After discussion, on motion of Herrig, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously it was voted effective January 1, 2014 to increase Steve Berberich’s monthly wage by $130, Tammy Kelly’s hourly wage by seventy-five cents and Nick Ludewig’s hourly wage by fifty cents.

On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously, approval was given for the annual LP contract with Harvest Land Coop.  The contract is for 9000 gallons of LP at $1.33.

Approval was given for attendance of 2 people to attend the Bridging Brown County Leadership program at a cost of $550 on motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously. 

The annual long range planning meeting was rescheduled for 7:00 on August 13, 2013 at the Community Center on motion of Schmitt, seconded by Arnsdorf and carried unanimously.

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