City Council Meeting – Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Redwood Falls City Council was called to order in the Municipal Chambers on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Roll call indicated Mayor Corey Theis, Council Members Paul DeBlieck, Matt Smith, Larry Arentson, Jim Sandgren and John T. Buckley were present constituting a quorum.   

Also present were City Administrator Keith Muetzel, Director of Finance & Administrative Services Melissa Meyer, City Attorney Amy Busse, Public Works Projects Coordinator Jim Doering and Council Secretary Amy Kerkhoff.    

A motion was made by Council Member Arentson and seconded by Council Member Smith approving the agenda with the following amendment: Add Consent Agenda 6.B. “2018 Hospital Pay Equity Implementation Report”.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Arentson and seconded by Council Member Smith approving the January 2, 2018, minutes as presented.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote. 

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Smith unanimously approving the following Consent Agenda items:

1.                  Appointment to the Port Authority Commission.
2.                  2018 Hospital Pay Equity Implementation Report.

Deer Hunt Coordinator Paul Parsons presented the final 2017 Archery Deer Hunt Report.

Mr. Parsons summarized the 2017 deer hunt.  The season coincided with the full Minnesota DNR archery season from September 17, 2017, to December 31, 2017.  A total of 47 applications were submitted.  A total of 20 deer were harvested with 397 deer being spotted.  Hunters spent a total of 690 hours in the stand with an average of 34 hours per hunter. 

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member Arentson approving staff’s recommendation for a committee meeting to be scheduled to review and make a recommendation on whether or not to continue the hunt for 2018.  Motion was passed by the following roll call vote:

AYE:   Council Member Smith, Arentson, Sandgren, and Buckley
NO:     Council Member DeBlieck

Resolution No. 5 of 2018 – Resolution Authorizing Grant Application for an Airport Maintenance Utility Vehicle was presented by Public Works Project Coordinator Jim Doering.

Mr. Doering stated the resolution would authorize staff to submit an 80/20 State grant application to assist with the purchase of an Airport maintenance utility vehicle.  The estimated cost of the utility vehicle is $14,854.93.  The grant would provide up to $11,884.00 in funds with the City’s share estimated to be $2,970.00 which would be paid with the Airport Operating Budget.

A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member DeBlieck to waive the reading of Resolution No. 5 of 2018 – Resolution Authorizing Grant Application for an Airport Maintenance Utility Vehicle.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Arentson approving Resolution No. 5 of 2018 – Resolution Authorizing Grant Application for an Airport Maintenance Utility Vehicle.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Police Chief Jason Cotner discussed the proposed revisions to the Assistant Police Chief Job description.

Chief Cotner stated in preparation to fill the Assistant Police Chief position, a review of the current job description was conducted.  Within the summary of the position and statement of tasks, language was updated to place more focus on the investigative functions of the position and shift administrative duties to a secondary role.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and Council Member Smith approving the revised job description for the Assistant Police Chief position.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

City Administrator Keith Muetzel discussed the agenda for the Tuesday, January 30, 2018, City Council work session.

Mr. Muetzel stated in order to prepare for the meeting, and ensure adequate time is allowed for each agenda item, staff is requesting the City Council establish a work session agenda.

A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member Arentson approving the City Council work session agenda for Tuesday, January 30, 2018, as follows:

1.      Redwood Area Hospital/CentraCare Health/Carris Health.
2.      MnDOT 2018 Hwy 19/71 Improvement Project.
3.      Update on Assistance Police Chief Process.
4.      2018 Municipal Construction Projects.

Motion was carried by unanimous vote.         

City Administrator Keith Muetzel updated the City Council on a water main break along the intersection of Mill Street/TH 71 and Bridge Street/TH 19.  Streets involved include the 100 – 400 blocks of East Bridge Street.  These blocks are out of water service until repairs are completed. 

Bills and Claims were presented to the Council for informational purposes.  No questions, comments or concerns were raised.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Buckley to adjourn the meeting at 5:33 p.m.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

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