August 4, 2014

The City Council of Comfrey met in regular session Monday, August 4, 2014 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.

July 7, 2014 regular meeting minutes were read and approved on motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

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

Alliant Energy

Electricity - June

$       2,103.60

Chuck Spaeth Ford

New Police Vehicle

$     29,600.00

Clements Lumber

paint, tape, bulb, cleaner, salt, bags, sakrete

$         220.65

Comfrey C-Store


$         460.29

Comfrey Fire Dept


$         366.57

Comfrey First Responders


$           64.00

Comfrey Market

Dish soap

$             4.80

Comfrey Times


$         348.34

Friesen Plumbing & Heating

Repair Kitchen air conditioner

$         440.00


Telephone/Internet - July

$         381.81

Gopher State One-Call

1 line locate

$             1.45


Tank Demurrage

$           15.00

Heiderscheidt Digging, Inc

Storm Sewer Repair

$         716.50

Dave Huhn

MN Post Board License

$           91.50

Indoff Inc

Pkg tape, paper shredder

$         356.97


Bills and Wages

$       1,199.49

Jim Meyer

MN Post Board License, Parade candy

$         143.44

M.R. Paving & Excavating Inc

Seal Coat

$     19,793.00

Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff

Professional Services

$         965.10

NAPA Dan's Graphic

Police Vehicle Graphics

$         495.00

New Star Sales

Service Agreement / Additional copies

$         508.20

Payroll Expense


$       4,541.41


Quarterly Pest Control

$           85.00


Trimming Blade

$           24.99

T & C Service Center

Oil & filter, repair tire, chain oil

$           43.94

Utility Consultants, Inc

WWTP Tests

$         218.25

Verizon Wireless

Police Cell Phone - July

$           91.91

Waste Management

Res. Garbage pickup - June

$       1,241.12


The July financial report will be reviewed at the next meeting.

Fire Chief Warner informed the council that we have received the FEMA grant to purchase new equipment. The approved project costs total $88,960.00. The Federal share is 95 percent or $84,512.00 of the approved amount and the department share of the costs is 5 percent or $4,448.00. The fire department is making sure they are in compliance and up to date on all training. Chief Warner also mentioned they are still working on the leak on engine #31.

No first responder report

Police Chief Meyer presented the monthly police report stating it has been an active month.

Public Works Director Berberich reported he has been draining the tanks at the WWTP and it is going well. The water plant’s main tank has been draining down during the cycle so he has been trouble shooting trying to figure out the cause of this. The hedge behind the ball field was a big project but they did get it trimmed. Berberich stated summer employee Andrew Richter was a big help and worked very hard. Discussion was had about the pay for Richter and a recommendation was made by Berberich to increase his rate of pay to $8.00 an hour with it being retroactive to his summer hire date. A motion made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Kastner and carried unanimously, with Mayor Richter abstaining, approving the retroactive pay increase of twenty five cents per hour for Richter. The trimming of trees along the boulevard was also discussed as the September 1st date to have it completed is approaching. Many residents have started or completed the trimming. Berberich stated any untrimmed trees will be done by Certified and Diversified at the owner’s expense. They will be charged an hourly rate for any untrimmed trees on their property.

Arnsdorf presented the library board report.

Randy Schroepfer was present with questions regarding his assessment from the County Road 16 street project. His situation is unique because of the County owned property that is beside his which will be going up for sale by the County. The County is going to be contacted to try and clarify some of the questions.

Mayor Richter informed the council he is working on getting an informational meeting scheduled regarding the “Little White Church”.

The annual long range planning meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM on August 25, 2014 at the Community Center on motion of Evers, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously.

A resolution expressing acceptance and appreciation for donations from Darfur Sportsman Club for $500 to the first responders for the purchase of radios was approved on a motion from Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously

A motion was made by Schmitt, seconded by Kastner and carried unanimously to upgrade QuickBooks and Microsoft Office software on the City Clerk’s computer.

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

On motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Evers and carried unanimously, approval was given for the annual LP contract with Harvest Land Coop. The contract is for 10,000 gallons of LP at $1.59 per gallon.

A Malt Liquor On-Sale license for a charity softball tournament at the North Park on August 16th and 17th, 2014 was requested by Comfrey Bar & Grill. On a motion of Arnsdorf, seconded by Kastner and carried unanimously approval was granted.

A motion was made by Arnsdorf, seconded by Schmitt and carried unanimously to move forward with the purchase of a laser printer for the police computer. The current printer is an inkjet and goes through a tremendous amount of ink making it very inefficient and costly.

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