City Council – Tuesday, June 19, 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, June 19, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Roll call indicated Mayor Corey Theis and 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, Public Works Project Coordinator Jim Doering, City Attorney Amy Busse and Council Secretary Amy Kerkhoff.

A motion was made by Council Member DeBlieck and seconded by Council Member Arentson approving the agenda with the following amendment:  Move Consent Agenda Item 6.C. “Update AWAIR Policy” to the Regular Agenda as Item 9.E.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Smith approving the June 5, 2018, minutes as presented.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member Arentson unanimously approving the following items of the Consent Agenda.

1.      KLGR Advertising Exchange.
2.      Declare Stryker Medical Stretcher as Surplus Property.

Human Resources Coordinator Sheila Stage discussed the hiring of the Parks & Recreation Maintenance Worker position.

Ms. Stage stated the interview team, which included Human Resources Coordinator Sheila Stage, Parks & Recreation Director Ross Nachreiner and Parks & Recreation Superintendent Paul Hagert interviewed nine applicants.  The team offered the position to Zachary Lundberg at Pay Grade 4, Step 1 and will include a six-month probationary period.  At that time, Mr. Lundberg will be eligible for a step increase, upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Smith approving the offer for the Parks & Recreation Maintenance Worker to Zachary Lundberg contingent on an acceptable background screen.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Police Chief Jason Cotner discussed the hiring of the Police Officer position.

Chief Cotner stated the interview team completed the selection process for the vacant Police Officer position.  The interview team consisting of City Administrator Keith Muetzel, Police Chief Jason Cotner, Assistant Chief Steve Schroeder and Police Commissioner Michael Mohr interviewed ten candidates.  The position was offered to Andrew Mathwig and he has accepted the City’s offer and terms of employment.

A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member Buckley approving the interview team’s recommendation to offer the Police Officer position to Andrew Mathwig contingent upon successful completion of the required testing and background check.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Miranda Wendlandt, CPA and CFE Principal with CliftonLarsonAllen was present to give an overview of the 2017 audit results for the City of Redwood Falls.  Ms. Wendlandt stated this was a clean audit with no compliance or internal control findings.

A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member Arentson approving the 2017 City Audit results and reports as submitted.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Resolution No. 31 of 2018 – Declaring the Official Intent to Reimburse Certain Expenditures from the Proceeds of Bonds to be Issued by the City was presented by Director of Finance and Administrative Services Melissa Meyer.

Ms. Meyer stated the adoption of the reimbursement resolution does not obligate the City to issue bonds for the 2018 Watermain Reconstruction Project that was awarded by the City Council on June 5, 2018, but it does preserve the City’s ability to do so and reimburse construction costs for 60 days after the costs are incurred.  Staff needs additional time to bring forth a Council recommendation for the funding of this project.

A motion was made by Council Member Arentson and seconded by Council Member Buckley to waive the reading of Resolution No. 31 of 2018 – Declaring the Official Intent to Reimburse Certain Expenditures from the Proceeds of Bonds to be Issued by the City.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Smith approving Resolution No. 31 of 2018 – Declaring the Official Intent to Reimburse Certain Expenditures from the Proceeds of Bonds to be Issued by the City.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

City Administrator Keith Muetzel discussed the updates to the AWAIR Safety Policy by the Safety Committee.

Mr. Muetzel stated basic housekeeping changes were made to this year’s review of the AWAIR Safety Policy.  One area the Committee concentrated on was regarding personnel and building updates for the Emergency Evacuation and Support Procedures for each department.

A motion was made by Council Member DeBlieck and seconded by Council Member Sandgren approving the AWAIR Policy annual update.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

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 DeBlieck and seconded by Council Member Smith to adjourn the meeting at 5:38 p.m.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.