October 14th 2019

City of Grove City      Regular Council Meeting Agenda  

Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 7:00 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:  September 9th, 2019

C.  Claims Totaling $261,966.47; September Payroll $19,439.89

IV. Visitor Recognition and Public Comment

            A. Grove City’s Wellhead Protection Plan

V. Old Business

  1. Campground
  2. Park Shelter
  3. Old football field
  4. Other                                                                                              

VI. New Business

  1. South Grove- Drywall
  2. South Grove – Carpet
  3. Employee Reviews
  4. Solar Powered Panels
  5. Other

VII.   Council & Staff Reports                                        

VIII.  Adjournment

GROVE CITY REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING                                                                                           October 14th, 2019 @ 7:00PM     MEMBERS PRESENT- Martin, Halterman, Evenson, Peterka, Hudec                                                                         ABSENT-None

AGENDA:  Council member Peterka made a motion to approve the consent to agenda and the minutes from the September 9th, 2019 council meeting. Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all council members voting in favor.

VISITOR RECOGNITION

ROBYN HOERR/WELLHEAD PROTECTION PLAN: Robyn Hoerr from MN Rural Water came to the council meeting for a public meeting that was required as part of Grove City’s wellhead protection plan. She discussed the next stages of the plan and answered various questions the council members had. No members of the public came to discuss the wellhead protection plan.

JEFF LANGE: Jeff Lange came to discuss his concerns in regards to the alley located behind his property at 505 4th St S. The alley was dug up by Reiner during construction, and now floods any time it rains. Mayor Martin said public works would look into possible solutions.

OLD BUSINESS

CAMPGROUND: Concrete will be ordered for the campground. Roering and Blonigan will work together to get the concrete poured. Two council members volunteered to help as well.

PARK SHELTER: Roering received 3 bids to finish redoing the park shelter. 201 Building Supply bid $6,651.11, Chupp Brothers Construction bid $7,250.00, and Dale Pautzke bid $7,365.00. Peterka made a motion to hire 201 Building Supply to finish the park shelter, Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all council members voting in favor.

OLD FOOTBALL FIELD: Hudec made a motion to stake out the football field for possible available lots for sale, Evenson seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

SECURITY CAMERAS: Mayor Martin informed the council that Clark and he had met with Lisa Graphenteen in regards to grant funding for South Grove. Lisa recommended doing everything possible to try and make South Grove profitable for grants and loan purposes. The city may be in position to receive as much as $187,500 in grants to help with some much needed repairs that will soon be needed.

Martin and Halterman also went and inspected South Grove in regards to safety and security, and spoke with a few residents. Every resident they spoke to said they felt they were in a secure, safe building. There are a few doors that need to be looked at. After discussion, it was decided not to put in security cameras at this time. Peterka asked the council that if the CARE office were able to receive a grant to pay for the cameras, would the council object. Council said that would be acceptable.

NEW BUSINESS

SOUTH GROVE DRYWALL:  The council asked Roering to cover the hole that is in Apartment 215 with a piece of plywood for now, due to the fact that there is currently a china Hutch in front of it.

SOUTH GROVE CARPET: The CARE Office informed Mayor Martin that they had received $700 worth of carpet for the entryway. Peterka made a motion to allow the CARE Office to install the carpet, Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Hudec made a motion to purchase 2 rug protectors for the carpet, Evenson seconded the motion. Motion carried with members voting in favor.

EMPLOYEE REVIEWS: Evenson and Halterman informed the council that they, the personal committee, had done employee evals. They stated that they feel the employees are all doing great jobs; they all received above average reviews, and feels that the city employees make one of the best teams they’ve seen. Halterman made a motion to give Roering and Blonigan a $1.00/hour raise effective on their anniversary date. Halterman than amended the motion the give Blonigan $1.25 and Roering a $1.00 raise. Halterman amended the motion one final time to have their raises take effect November 1st, and not on their anniversary date. Evenson seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor. Martin made a motion to give Clark and Ransom a $0.50 raise effective November 1st due to the fact that they received a pay raise last year, and public works did not. Halterman seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

SOLAR PANELS: Mayor Martin met with a gentleman regarding solar panels and the possibility of installing them for the City. Martin will report back with his results.

STAFF

RESCUE: Treasurer Knudson came to the council to inform the council they had two new applicants and they would like to hire them. Background checks will be run on the two applicants.

SHERIFF: There were 32 calls for October, 2019. Deputy Swisher informed the council that his schedule was changed to accommodate the homecoming game.

CLERK: City Clerk Clark informed the council that the Meeker in Motion leadership program was being held on the third day of November. Clark asked the council if they would be willing to waive the rental fee, Peterka made a motion to waive the fee for the leadership program, Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

Clark also asked for permission to attend training in Alexandria at the end of October at a cost of $15. Halterman made a motion to send Clark for the training, Hudec seconded the motion. Motion carried with all members voting in favor.

PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works Supervisor Roering informed the council of the projects that were going on around the town.

HUDEC: Council member Hudec felt that the handicapped accessible ramps along South Grove need to be looked at and fixed. Roering will take a look at it.

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