REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES OF JANUARY 23, 2017



Members Present: Mayor Hallum, Council members Bunke, Benson, Honsey, O’Donnell

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Hallum called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Motion by Honsey seconded by O’Donnell to approve the agenda as presented, with the addition a gambling resolution and a court data services resolution. Upon roll call all voted aye.

Motion by Benson seconded by O’Donnell to approve the January 9, 2017, meeting minutes as presented. Upon roll call, all voted aye.

The Mayor asked if there were any citizens wishing to be heard with no one present wishing to speak at this time.

The following notices and communications were reviewed:

• RP Valley Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at The Creamery, February 2, 2017

• Thank you letter from Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for annual contribution

• Notification from Fillmore County Soil & Water conservation District indicating the City is in compliance with the Minnesota Buffer Law for land the City owns adjacent to DNR protected waters (levee parcels)



Motion by O’Donnell seconded by Honsey to approve the consent agenda consisting of the following:

• Approval of Verified Claims and Fund Summary Report for period ending 01/23/17

• Review and approval of 2016/2017 Fee Schedule; including nominal increase to zoning permit fees from the original 2000 price

• Approval of Resolution 2017-015 Renewal of Optional 2 AM Liquor License for Kitchens Ent., Nordic Lanes to accompany their application and fee to the State of MN

• Approval of Resolution 2017-016 Renewal of Optional 2 AM Liquor License for Shawnee’s Bar & Grill, LLC to accompany their application and fee to the State of MN

• Approval of Resolution 2017-017 Renewal of Optional 2 AM Liquor License for Stumpy’s Restaurant to accompany their application and fee to the State of MN

• District Court Verdict & Order on the Loken’s Inn lodging tax case; sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1/31/17

• MN Dept. of Health Scoping 2 Decision Notice and Meeting Summary regarding wellhead protection planning; work will continue to gather data elements for the plan

• Notification from ISO (Insurance Services Offices) regarding the ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) to help insurers apply credits to new construction. The City is ranked Class 4 (ranking is 1-10 with class 1 presenting excellent code enforcement and adoption efforts)

• Reiteration of 2015 Resolution Supporting Dedicated State Funding for City Streets, with the intent of communicating again to legislators the need for this funding.

• Reiteration of 2015 Resolution Supporting Local Government Aid funding increased, with the intent of communicating again to legislators the need for this funding.

• Approval of Resolution 2017-018 Exemption from Lawful Gambling License for Hardwood Country Sportsmen’s Club for a fund raising event on 3/18/17 at Nordic Lanes. Upon roll call all voted aye.

Fire Chief Paul Corcoran provided the annual recommendation for the Fire Department Officers, Relief Association Board Members, meetings and events, and training and seminars planned for 2017. Motion by Bunke seconded by Benson to approve the appointments and meetings as discussed and provided. Upon roll call all voted aye, with Honsey abstaining as a Relief Association member. Motion carried.

Chief Corcoran discussed on-going training for the fire department; noting that the department cuirrently has three new members in training. Corcoran noted the new pumper truck should be coming this spring and the ’02 tanker has been replaced and will be in good shape for many years, given the low mileage on that rig. Replacement of turnout gear for the firemen will soon be a necessity given that the current equipment is 10 years old. Corcoran also noted that siren and radio tower maintenance is in the works as the city is having antennae equipment added to the building acquired from Mediacom; a contract for siren maintenance is also in the works.

Corcoran also provided a review of the Rushford Ambulance Service indicating the 2017 Officers and the on-going issues with recruiting new EMTs. Corcoran noted there are 3 EMT’s ready to test out at this time and the department is grateful to have EMR fireman as drivers on the crew. It was noted Lynn Humble, Ambulance Director, is still working on the paperwork needed to select/appoint a Medical Director for the Ambulance. Motion by Honsey seconded by O’Donnell to accept the 2017 Ambulance Officer listing as presented. Upon roll call all voted aye.

Next item of business to consider taking action and completing appropriate documentation regarding several flood loans. Motion by Bunke seconded by Honsey to approve the following list representing the documentation that the five year term has been met, the 75% forgivable installment ($100,000.00) has been applied and the next installment #3 or #4 of 5 of the 20% forgivable amount shall now be forgiven with the remaining balance to be forgiven in equal installments until said balance is at Zero at which time the collateral assignments applied to property affected may be removed. Upon roll call all voted aye.

Resolutions applying partial forgiveness Forgiveness represents 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th of 5

20% of balance after original

Res Loan Recipient Date Forgivable   Balance Remaining

2017-001 4 of 5 Rushford Foods 1/11/2017 $ 86,329.48 $ 86,329.47

2017-002 4 of 5 Taggart - Valley Vet 1/14/2017 $ 35,601.80 $ 35,601.80

2017-003 4 of 5 Roy’s Small Engine 1/23/2017 $ 2,407.20 $ 2,407.20

2017-004 4 of 5 Ace Communications 1/30/2017 $ 33,677.60 $ 33,677.60

2017-005 4 of 5 Hammell Equipment 1/11/2017 $ 205,000.00 $ 205,000.00

2017-006 4 of 5 Stumpy’s Restaurant 1/23/2017 $ 45,111.83 $ 45,111.81

2017-007 4 of 5 D & D Car Wash 1/11/2017 $ 12,500.80 $ 12,500.80

2017-008 4 of 5 Dennie & Shirley Darr 1/11/2017 $ 8,288.60 $ 8,288.60

2017-009 3 of 5 Riverside Electronics 1/26/2017 $ 55,643.60 $ 111,287.20

2017-010 3 of 5 Hoiland Mill 3/16/2017 $ 9,181.60 $ 18,363.20

2017-011 4 of 5 Farmer’s Elevator 3/14/2017 $ 258,654.40 $ 258,654.40

2017-012 4 of 5 Murphy-Johnson Post 3/4/2017 $ 16,477.00 $ 16,477.00

2017-013 4 of 5 Rushford Hardware 3/4/2017 $ 21,272.60 $ 21,272.60

2017-014 4 of 5 Kitchens Ent/Creamery 3/17/2017 $ 14,429.80 $ 14,429.80

$ 804,576.31





A request was reviewed from Attorney Dwight Luhmann to enter in an agreement with the MGA (MN Government Access) through the MN judicial system to allow access to court information through the State Court Administrator. Access would assist Attorney Luhmann in prosecuting crime in Rushford, help him know to charge certain crimes (based on individual’s criminal history) and help with negotiating plea agreements and making sentencing recommendations. Motion by O’Donnell seconded by Benson to approve Resolution 2017-019 Approving the Master Subscriber Agreement for MN Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies; subscribing to the MN Court Data Services Program. Upon roll call all voted aye.

Administrator Chladek noted he would be attending the Coalition of Greater MN Cities (CGMC) meetings with legislators to promote legislative efforts on behalf of the City. The two resolutions noted above from 2015 will be included in the discussions.

Motion by Honsey seconded by Benson that the meeting be adjourned at approximately 7:15 p.m. Upon roll call all voted aye.

Submitted by: Kathy Zacher, City Clerk/Treas.

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