Luther City Council
Special Meeting Minutes
March 29, 2018
The City Council meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m. with Mayor Eric Krohn presiding.
Present at Roll Call: Gus Johnson, Ellen Harstack, Jeff Sandegren, Bob Owens, Maggie Wilczak
Other City Personnel Present: City Clerk Deanna Sandegren, Treasurer Mary Beth Sprouse
Motion by Councilperson Johnson, seconded by Councilperson Wilczak, to approve the March 29, 2018 Agenda.
Ayes: All Present Motion Carried
Project Manager Presentation by IS-Group:
Mayor Krohn advised the council on a recommendation provided by our Simmering –Cory Attorney that the city consider hiring an outside consultant firm to provide project management services for current and future projects.
Nick Frederiksen introduced himself as a Project Manager and Construction Administrator from ISG. He was recommended by Simmering-Cory to provide expertise given their experience with smaller communities with similar project needs. Mr. Frederiksen would provide design plans, services on public bidding processes, financial analysis, goals of the community, and to work together with Simmering-Cory with the Urban Renewal Plan.
Mr. Frederiksen stated his firm does not require a retainer. Small projects would be around $70-$80 per hour and a percentage for larger projects. Mayor Krohn asked if fees could be payable through the TIF dollars and it was suggested to contact Justin with Simmering-Cory for that information.
Councilperson Owens and Treasurer Sprouse asked if he could provide references from cities under 500 in population. Mr. Frederiksen said he would be glad to furnish the references. Councilperson Johnson verified that he would just be there if the city needed him, even for small questions and advisement. Citizen Ron Lappe was concerned how Mr. Frederiksen came to the city. Mayor Krohn answered by saying he was recommended by Simmering-Cory.
Mr. Frederiksen shared with the council he would be glad to come to a work session to visit and gather information on current or future projects.
Mayor Krohn and the council thanked Mr. Frederiksen for his time and for presenting this evening.
Resolution 3-29-18 to Appoint Mayor Pro Tem, City Clerk, City Attorney:
Mayor Krohn stated he would like to officially appoint Jeff Sandegren as Mayor Pro Tem, Deanna Sandegren as City Clerk, and Frank Feilmeyer as City Attorney.
Motion by Councilperson Johnson, seconded by Councilperson Owens, to make Resolution 3-29-18 to appoint Jeff Sandegren as Mayor Pro Tem, Deanna Sandegren as City Clerk, and Frank Feilmeyer as City Attorney.
Roll Call: Wilczak: aye; Hartstack: aye; Johnson: aye; Owens: aye
Abstain: Sandegren Motion Carried
Second Reading of Following Ordinances:
- Outdoor Events and Noise Control
- Offensive Vegetation
Mayor Krohn stated he would like to have the second reading of the proposed ordinances: Fireworks, Fence, Outdoor Events and Noise Control, and Offensive Vegetation.
Business person Ron Lappe asked if comments could be heard. Mayor Krohn told members of the community that the council has had past work sessions and meetings and held the first reading on March 1, 2018 and no community members were present to voice input and concerns. Mayor Krohn stated he would give five minutes for discussion.
Concerns included the posting time of this special meeting, the time the proposed ordinances were posted, and the impact of the proposed ordinances on the community and businesses. A few topics included taking a garbage can down a gravel driveway early in the morning, a sound system in the garage playing music for kids in a yard, a citizen having 200 campers in his backyard for RAGBRAII, and trucks and equipment at other businesses in town.
Councilperson Sandegren added that the reason this reading was added to this meeting agenda was due to upcoming RAGBRAII events. Mr. Lappe stated these ordinances should take time as they have a long more permanent effect for the city and RAGBRAII vendors would still be able to apply for a permit.
Motion by Councilperson Owens, seconded by Councilperson Johnson, for the second reading of the following ordinances: FY18-2 Fireworks; FY18-3 Fence; FY18-4 Outdoor Events and Noise Control; FY18-5 Offensive Vegetation.
Roll Call: Wilczak: aye; Owens: aye; Johnson: aye; Hartstack: aye; Sandegren: aye
Discussion of waiving the third reading of the ordinances resulted in having the third reading at the April regular city council meeting on April 12, 2018.
Motion by Councilperson Owens, seconded by Councilperson Wilczak, to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 p.m.
Ayes: All Present Motion Carried
These minutes are a draft and are not approved at the time of posting.
Posted: April 5, 2018