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City of Brownton-Council Meeting

City of Brownton
Brownton City Council
September 5, 2017
Bayley Schluter from McLeod County Historical Partnership updated council on the timeline to hire a candidate to catalog the 800 memorabilia objects from the Brownton School. This catalog process is being completed via grant received to fund the project. All the information will be cataloged via photo, 3D photo, scanned, and will then put into spreadsheets available to the public. Disaster Preparedness Training is also being offered to learn how to respond to and preserve the collection in the event of an actual disaster.
New fire department gloves and hoods were purchased by Brownton Lions Club donation, and boots from McLeod Power and DNR grant. Additional grants will be pursued to replace helmets, coats, pants and suspenders in the future.
Chris Knutson, SEH Engineering, brought the formal resolution for council to approve moving ahead with the infrastructure 2018 project. Knutson stated the design plans will be ready for Rural Development review in about a month.
Mark Mathwig and Armon Fischer submitted a proposal for the city to reclaim the vacated alley that was granted to them in April, 2000, for property expansion which did not happen. Upon council approval, the City Clerk will pursue a quick claim to reclaim the alley as city property.
Public Works report included lawn mowing, trimming trees and pumping water – MN Pumpworks was contacted to unplug main lift station again plugged with rags. Power was lost twice this month due to outages to the west. Main breaker on green generator replaced with a used breaker. Summer help has ended. Water pump went out and was repaired on sweeper.
Chief Bauer reported the street dance went well. Water pump and windshield were repaired on squad. No computer in the old squad, Glencoe graciously gave us an old base so we can now swap the computer into the old squad as needed. Blight conditions were discussed; Carrigan to contact Representative Gruenhagen regarding the old grocery store.
Pioneeerland Library System requested a 3% increase for library services. Due to staffing issues, Brownton’s library service has declined over the past months. Council approved the state certified funding level of $5,857, substantially less than that requested, until staffing issues are resolved.
Energy Assistance Program Agreement for 2018 was reviewed and approved.
City Custodian, Bodee Ewald, submitted his resignation dated September 30, 2017, which council accepted with regrets. Thank you, Bodee for your services the past 2.5 years. Council approved the ad to replace.
Beer license for the Lion’s Club “Oktoberfest in September” on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, was approved.
Whereas the MN Rural Micro Loan and the City’s pay loader loans were paid off in 2017, the Fire Truck loan was added, amounting to a surplus of $34,295 under the 2017 levy. Council approved to keep the preliminary levy for 2018 the same as 2017 at $427,140 and place the surplus into a contingency fund. Employee salaries budgeted at 3% increase for budgeting purposes, however, council needs to define and approve. Utility rates were budgeted based on 2017 Fee Schedule; residents should be aware that sewer and water rates will both see an increase in 2108. RS Fiber Coop has funds to cover the 2018 bond payment, therefore, no additional levy was budgeted for the RS Fiber Revenue Bond.
Township fire protection was discussed briefly; council stands on decision made in July meeting to resume the discussion, with all townships present, at the annual meeting in February, 2018.
Upon motion, meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted
Ella Kruse, City Clerk
(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle September 13, 2017)