December 14th, 2020

City of Grove City      Regular Council Meeting Agenda  Monday, December 14th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.   

I. Pledge of Allegiance

II. Call the Meeting or Order

III. Consent to Agenda

A.  Agenda                                                                          B.  Minutes of the following City Council Meetings:  November 9th, 2020

C.  Claims Totaling $145,950.67; November Payroll $19,429.51

IV. Visitor Recognition and Public Comment

V. Truth N Taxation Meeting

  1. Resolution 2020-8 Approving 2021 Budget
  2. Resolution 2020-9 Approving 2021 Tax Levy

VI. Old Business

  1. South Grove/CARE Office
  2. Joshua Dupre/Ben Kaiser
  3. Old Football Field

VII. New Business

  1. Resolution 2020-10 Designating 2021 Polling Place
  2. Resolution 2020-11 Accepting Donation for Playground Equipment
  3. Approving Liquor Licenses
  4. MRES Renewal
  5. Other


VIII.   Council & Staff Reports

IX.  Adjournment

GROVE CITY REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING December 14th, 2020 @ 6:30PM     

MEMBERS PRESENT- Martin, Halterman, Evenson, Peterka, Hudec      ABSENT-None

AGENDA:  Council Member Halterman made a motion to approve the consent to agenda and the minutes from the November 9th, 2020 meeting. Council Member Hudec seconded the motion.  Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

TRUTH IN TAXATION

No residents of the city came to discuss the proposed tax levy and budget. Council member Peterka made a motion to approve Resolution 2020-8 Approving the 2021 Budget. Council member Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. The following budgets were approved; General Fund Operating Budget $512,347, Water Enterprise Operating Budget $229,226, Sewer Enterprise Operating Budget $74,785, Electric Enterprise Fund Budget $1,076,451, and Senior Housing Fund Budget $172,415.

Council member Halterman made a motion to approve Resolution 2020-9 Approving the 2021 Tax Levy. Council member Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. The 2021 Tax Levy was increased 1.5% for a total of $214,138.

VISITOR RECOGNITION AND PUBLIC COMMENT

None

OLD BUSINESS

SOUTH GROVE/CARE OFFICE: The council discussed what activities are approved for South Grove. Council member Peterka made a motion allowing the dance line, footcare, mental health, and bonebuilders groups for South Grove residents to continue to use the rooms and gyms. Council member Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with Martin, Peterka, Hudec, and Evenson voting in favor, council member Halterman voted against. No parties or gym rentals allowed at this point.

JOSHUA DUPRE/BEN KAISER: Joshua and Ben are the owners of the trailer park in Grove City. They came to the council to discuss past due utilities left behind by tenants. Joshua and Ben agreed to have the trailer park cleaned up to the councils discretion by no later than November 1st, 2021. If the trailer park is cleaned up by then and free of all city ordinance violations, they council agreed to reduce the owed charges from $1,776.39 down to $1,000.  If not cleaned up by then, they will be responsible for the complete amount. Due to the agreement, the council will temporarily halt the legal process it had started on a property located within the trailer park due to ordinance violations. Council member Peterka made a motion approving the negotiation with Dupre and Kaiser, Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 2020-10 DESIGNATING 2021 POLLING PLACE: Council member Hudec made a motion to approve Resolution 2020-10 which designates the Community Center as the Polling Place if needed in 2021. Council member Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

RESOLUTION 2020-11 ACCEPTING DONATION for PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT: Council member Peterka made a motion to approve Resolution 2020-11, which approved accepting a $2,000 from the American Legion Post 126 to be used towards new playground equipment at the Windmill Park.Council member Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

APPROVING LIQUOR LICENSES: Council member Halterman made a motion to approve the 2021 Liquor Licenses for Rogers and Honky’s. Council member Evenson seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

MRES RENEWAL: Council member Peterka made a motion to renew the service agreement with MRES. Council member Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

STAFF

SHERIFF: Deputy Swisher stated that there were 37 calls last month.

CLERK: Clark asked for approval for the townships to continue using the community center for meetings and its upcoming election. Council approved the townships using the community center as needed. Clark also informed the council that with the current onset of accidents involving the city’s electric pole. Clark received an estimate on coverage for just the poles on highway 12 at a cost of an additional $2,000 a year. Due to the success the city has had so far of being able to recover the financial loss through the defendant’s insurance, council declined to insure the poles.

Clark informed the council that she would need to take some time off due to distance learning with her youngest child. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Clark is allowed to take up to two weeks of paid sick leave at the regular rate of pay, and up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family leave at 2/3rds the regular rate of pay to care for a child whose school is closed related to Covid-19. Clark would like to continue to work, not take a full leave, and just come in on days that she is available. There will be 6 days in December that she would need to take off. Council member Hudec made a motion to approve Clark taking paid days off as needed due to distance learning and  Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Should the city receive additional CARES funding, that will be used to cover Clark’s pay.

PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works supervisor Roering informed the council that he can get hard wood red cedar mulch for $850 for a semi full of mulch for the new playground. Council member Peterka made a motion to purchase the mulch, Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Roering informed the council that the one of the eye wash stations wasn’t up to OSHA standards, and he will need to replace it.

MARTIN: Mayor Martin asked the council how they would like to proceed with Moreno’s lack of completing his fence. Clark will look into options the city has. The council would like to see his building permits given an expiration date of one month. Martin tendered his resignation for the EDA Board. Council member Peterka made a motion to accept Martin’s resignation, Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with Hudec, Peterka, Evenson, and Halterman voting in favor, Martin abstained.

HUDEC: Council member Hudec would like to attend the training offered through the League of MN Cities. Mayor Martin made a motion to send both Hudec and McCoy to the elected officals training offered through the League. Peterka seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

Mayor Martin was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a small gift for all of his services to the City of Grove City, both as an employee and as Mayor.

ADJOURNMENT Council member Peterka made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Council member Hudec seconded the motion.  Motion carried with all members voting in favor.