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City of Brownton-Council Meeting

City of Brownton
Brownton City Council
May 1, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Mayor Schwarze.
٠Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, discussed short term construction loans.
٠Chris Knutson (SEH) reported approximately $230K is projected for additional street paving. Additional water/sewer infrastructure improvements are being researched to utilize existing grant money. RD would need to approve an amendment to the original PER plans if we move ahead with the potential improvements. Brian Gohl (SEH) has confirmed the trees to be removed, to begin the week of April 30; there are no plans in the project for replanting. Asphalt reclaimer is ready to begin; Council approved notice to proceed. City updates will be mailed to residents weekly; notices will also be placed on city website (cityofbrownton.com).
٠Resident on 5th Street North requested reimbursement for snow plowing as they were snowed in during the 17” snow fall; Council declined the requested based on setting precedence.
٠Chief Bauer attended the Chief’s convention, supported training on Toward Zero Death program, and issued blight letters/citations. Impounded vehicles were addressed; Draeger to check out fence costs if added north of the wastewater area.
٠City paid out $3,084.94 credit card fees in 2017. Kruse to check other City’s Credit Card processes and expense of scanner; tabled until June meeting.
٠Council discussed 2018 City Employee health insurance and approved to stay with Blue Cross Blue Shield; premiums increased by 9.9% amounting to $3,859.44/year.
٠Long Term Disability was also discussed; Kruse to research and bring back to Council in June.
٠Council approved the custodian Mark Mathwig’s $.50/hour increase.
٠Summer Temp Carsen Streich wage was increased to $10/hour.
٠Cell phone stipend for Chris Hansch (FD Chief) was discussed; Council recommended the stipend to be set by the FD officers and added to the FD annual budget.
٠The east school building is not insured; therefore the cost of the vandalism is not covered. Kruse to call LMC research cost of insurance, deductible, liability and determine if the benefit of adding insurance. Tabled until June meeting.
٠BABS Liquor License and Sportsman’s Alliance Gambling Licenses were approved.
٠Slide/playground equipment for playground behind the Civic Center is currently on hold; check into equipment from company in Chaska.
٠Discussion regarding the property at 204 1st Ave South included the decision to rescind the $5K offer to purchase the property. The Rickert demolition bid for $11,200 was accepted and will commence upon legal approval.
٠Council made the decision to remove the boulevard tree at 118 3rd Ave South and will reinstall the portion of the sidewalk that was removed.
Upon motion the meeting was adjourned. Respectfully submitted
Ella Kruse, City Clerk
(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle May 9, 2018)