November 7, 2016

The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Monday, November 7, 2016 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 on motion of Evers, second by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

October 3, 2016 regular meeting minutes were approved on motion of Arnsdorf, second by Evers and carried unanimously.

The following bills were approved on a motion by Schmitt, second by Kastner and carried unanimously.

Automatic SystemsWWTP computer repair $     1,016.00
Avenet, LLCAnnaul website Service package $        425.00
Braun & Borth SanitationGarbage Pick-up - Oct $     2,239.22
Brown County REAElectricity - Sept $     2,227.44
Clements LumberPadlock, tape measure, bags, misc $          66.90
Comfrey C-StoreFuel $        272.77
Comfrey Fire DeptExpenses $   11,856.34
Comfrey First Responders2 FR Training, tourniquets, fuel, director fee $     1,394.64
Comfrey TimesPublications $        176.75
FrontierTelephone/Internet - Oct $        422.47
Gopher State One Call3 line locates $            4.05
HawkinsTank demurrage $          40.00
Kelly, TammyCommunity Center - Coffee Filters $          79.74
LibraryBills and Wages $     2,856.42
League of MN CitiesAnnual Mayors Assoc Dues $          30.00
Metering & Technology SolutionsWater Meter $        617.98
Mike's MarketCleaning supplies, batteries $          44.28
Minnesota Rural Water AssocAnnual Membership Dues $        275.00
MCFOAApplication Charge for MCMC Certification $          36.00
MVTLWater Test $          25.00
Payroll ExpensePayroll Expense $   10,336.10
Plunkett'sQuarterly Pest Contrel $          85.00
Servocal Instruments IncSemi-annual Calib of WWTP flow meters $        470.00
T & C Service CenterBatteries, oil change, LED lights $        377.99
Utility Consultants, IncWWTP Tests $        250.87
Utility Deposit RefundsUtility Deposit Refunds/interest $        904.13
Verizon WirelessPolice Cell Phone - Oct $          78.39


October financial statement was reviewed and approved on motion by Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously.

Fire Chief Berberich reported the remaining turnout gear should be here this month.

The First Responder Captain Barnes reported Sandy Johns and Mike Wegner have completed their classes. They now have 12 members in the first responder department.

The maintenance report was reviewed by Berberich. He has gotten an estimate on new tires for the city truck.

Chief Meyer reviewed the police report with the council. Twenty five calls listed this month.

The library board report was reviewed. The school has also approved the library budget.

No additional information available on natural gas.

Information was reviewed from the county and discussion was had on the rural service district within the city limits. Additional information was requested by the council. No action taken at this time.

Andy Kehren was present and reviewed Partial Pay Request No 2 with the council. He recommends approval of $131,097.15 for work to date on the water tower. This included a credit of $2200 for cleanup of the old riser pipe which was done by Berberich. The pay request was approved on a motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously. Construction work will be on hold until spring.

A resolution expressing acceptance and appreciation for a memorial donation in honor of Sylvia Sellner of $100 to the first responders. The resolution was approved on a motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously.

Land use permits were approved for Edward Ecker to move in a garage and Craig Moody to build an addition to his home on a motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Kastner and carried unanimously.

An estimate to install and purchase 6 tires for the city truck from T&C Service Center for $1080 was approved on a motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously.

A property concern at 209 County Road 17 E was brought to the council’s attention. Police Chief Meyer’s had contacted the Minnesota Department of Health over the concerns of mold on the property but that is an area they do not address.

A request was made to waive fees for community center rent for an education event for seniors. The local Lions are going to be asked if they would sponsor the event.

Signers on the revolving loan checking account was discussed as it is currently listed under the City tax ID number instead of the EDA. Attorney Muske is going to look into the initial account setup to review the background of the initial revolving loan account.  

The meeting to canvass the election results was set for Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Mike’s Market on a motion made by Arnsdorf seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Kastner and carried unanimously to change the monthly City Council meeting time from 7:00 PM to 6:30 PM effective the December 5, 2016 meeting.

The January City council meeting was changed to January 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM in the Comfrey Community Center due to Monday being a holiday on a motion made by Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

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