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JANUARY 22, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE / Local student registers at the U of M - Crookston CROOKSTON, Minn. nesota system. -- Austin Koenig of Park Today the University of River, ND has been accept- Minnesota Crookston de- ed and has registered for fall livers 26 bachelor's degree semester classes at the Uni- programs, 18 minors, and versity of Minnesota Crook- nearly 40 concentrations, ston, one of the most re- including ten online degrees, spected career-oriented, tech- in the areas of agriculture nology-based universities in and natural resources; busi- the nation, ness; liberal arts and educa- Koenig transferred from tion; and math, science and Northland Community and technology. With an en- Technical College and plans rollment of nearly 1,500 un- to major in Agronomy- dergraduates from more than Agronomic Science. He is 25 countries and 40 states, son of Dan and Betty the Crookston campus offers Koenig. a supportive, close-knit at- Spring semester classes mosphere that leads to a begin at the Crookston cam- prestigious University of pus on Monday, January 13, Minnesota degree. "Small 2014. The U of M Crook- Campus. Big Degree." To ston is one of five campus- learn more, visit es of the University of Min- 2nd quarter honor roll A Honor Roll B Honor Roll Grade 11 Grade 12 Esten Beneda Jesse Blasky Kay Northagen Whitney Carlson Grade 10 Jessica Tennison Jessica Best Grade l0 Joshua Ruzicka Jade Olson Grade 9 Preston Sluke Bailey Beneda Augustus Stephenson Kaitlyn Britnell Cole Tennison Taylor Dalbey Grade 9 Taylor Knudson Trevor Knudson Grade 7 Landon Wood Sydney Beneda Grade 7 Marissa Sluke Maxwell Masko Bryce Wood Photo: Larry Biri Above: Aggies Spencer Rehovsky gets past Ben Schanilec for two of his 25 points in the Aggies win over the Mldway-Minto Mustangs in Midway. f Photo: Larry Biri Above: Drayton-VaUey-Edinburg Titans Jacob Larson drives the lane for two points against North Border. Larson scored 16 points in the Titans 69-68 overtime loss to the Eagles in Crystal. City of Park River Regular Council Meeting CITY OF PARK RIVER, ND, REGULAR EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 2013 Unusedelected officials we take an oath to uphold variations or to have it grandfathered in. has been reconciled as a special meeting At 7:25 Mayor Stenvold called a five COUNCIL MEETING, MONDAY, Vac 120.56 the laws and the ordinances of Park River She felt that this is an enforcement issue was held, there was a quorum, and the minute recess and to reconvene at 7:30 DECEMBER 9, 2013 AT 7:30 P.M. MUNICIPAL UTILITIES: and this is exactly what we are doing in and to enforce it only as it becomes a vote was made. Lundquist felt that false prn. The meeting was reconvened at 7:32 31996 BC/BS of ND 3,972.79 thiscase, nothing more and nothing less. problem or allow for some kind of hope was given to Gire that the issue pm with the following guests present; The City of Park River held their97 Roger A. Johnson 264.95 Anyone that wants to speak will be either variance for animals that are not causing would be reconsidered and felt the issue Dean Skjerven and Sheriff Lauren Wild. regular meeting of the Park River City 98 WC3RiverSoiIConv 12,000.00 pro; pro is to keep the ordinance the way a problem, is done. Lundquist further stated that the T Larson informed the Council that the Council on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 99 AmeriPride Sew, Inc 118.32 it is or con to change the ordinance. You Kimberly Lundquist, wife of issue should put on a ballot and given to Kringstad Ironworks request for a five 7:30 P.M. 32000 Daniel Antal 100.00 will be given three minutes to speak. The Councilman Robert "Bob" Lundquist, the residents to decide, year tax exemption hearing will need to Mayor Stenvold called the meeting to ~ 01 Aqua-Pure Inc.1,449.54 timer, Councilman Lorton, will say "time" stated that she would like to see the Lundquist moved to put the Ordinance be delayed until they put all their financing order with the following,,.,~present: ~. ,.02 Jessica Berg 100.00 when your three minutes are up: I want Council ~onsider keeping the ordiflance issue on the June ballot. Blake seconded in place. ....... Councilmen Lorton, Blake, Knutson, 03 Border States Electric Supply you'to stick to the ordinance issue one as it is. She personally has no issue with Lundquist's motion. T Larson informed the Council that Lundquist, Byron, and Anderson, City 24,252.49 way or the other. I do not want any he Gire having her chickens for comfort, Gire asked why Joel Hylden couldn't First Care Health Center is looking at Attorney S Currie, Public Works Director 04 Easton Brown 15.40 said she said, I do not want any name however the ordinance was in place make the motion. She was informed that refinancing their Sales Tax Revenue Dennis Larson, Business Manager Tom 05 City of Fargo 14.00 calling or anything like that, if you do you before Gire brought the chickens to town only members of the City Council can Bonds at a lower rate. FCHC is using Larson, and Deputy Auditor Ann Berg. 06 Cons. Waste, LTD. 16,t73.05 will be found out of order and asked to and that she did not check with the City to make motions. When questioned by Gire their 1% of sales tax collections to repay Guests; Dean Skjerven, Teresa & -tim 07 Discovery Benefits 16.50 relinquish your time and to sit back down. see if it was allowed or not. So before as to the source of the rules Lundquist the bonds. There are additional funds Gire, David Bruce, Jevin Dahl, Kimberly 08 Fastenal Company 73.09 This is about following the ordinance, if they became her pets Gire could have was referencing, Lundquist responded available that could be used to pay off Blake, Denna Lorton, Kimberly Lundquist, 09 Ferguson Waterworks 697.14 we want to keep the ordinance as is or asked if it was ok to bring chickens into "from Roberts Rules of Order which, are some of the bonds and refinance the Dustin Gire, Larry Bid, Sheldon & Barb 32010General Fund 50,000.00change it". town. This issue iS not about Gire's the rules many governing boards follow balance at a lower rate. Larson Ellefson, Dave F. & Veronica Anderson, 11 Graymont LLC 5,480.29 'Stenvold then called on Teresa Gire chickens, it is about what is good for the when conducting meetings", recommended moving forward with 12 Hawkins Inc 1,313.68 who requested to address the Council. whole City, and everybody involved. She Blake stated that he had contacted raising the payment to a maximum of 13 Jim's Super Valu 107.88 Gire stated that yes she has chickens and explained that her husband has received 20+ people in his ward and the results $120,000 and paying the bonds off early. 14 Kringstad Ironworks 65.00her chickens are contained in a locked a lot of heat during this process, including were 20 against changing the ordinance, Knutson moved to go along with Larson's 15 Lagoon Maintenance 1,552.69 shelter and are never out of the by Gire herself, and felt that as a Council 1 maybe, and 1 for having it changed, recommendation to refinance the FCHC 16 Light & Water Dept 2,695.76 containment area. Gire stated her four member yes it is part of his job but it is Talking with people outside of his ward no Sales Tax Revenue Bonds. Byron 17 Lon's Hardware171.62 hens have never been a problem to also his job to listen to everybody in his one he spoke with wants the ordinance seconded, and upon roll call vote, all 18 Michael Kilmer Const 13,800.54anyone as they are quite and are kept ward. He has talked to numerous people changed. Also, in the past a previous voted aye. Motion carried. 19 Municipal Utilities 356.58 locked up. She keeps her coop clean and in the ward whether for or against and it is Council removed both chickens and The Council discussed the City's 32020 ND One Call Inc. 9.90 disposes the waste at her farm. All feed his job as a Councilman to vote as his geese from the City limits so it has share of project funding. In the past the 21 NDWPCC 170.00 is kept in rodent proof containers and her ward would like him to vote and that is the happened before and not cause such a City has contributed 15% of infrastructure 22 NDPERS 17.88 coop is kept locked at all times. Gire way he voted, that is his job. He has ruckus, costs to projects. In June the Sales Tax 23 NODAK 5,632.20 stated that the definition of poultry is "a taken heat for it but he has done his job. Lorton voted at the special meeting to Committee and the City Council approved 24 Northdale Oil, Inc 384.88 domesticated bird" and felt the word She felt that the ordinance should stay as leave the ordinance as is and that his using money from the Sales Tax Capital 25 North Star Coop 430.05 domesticated was the key word for it is as not everyone is pro chicken, decision was nothing personal. Improvement Fund to help pay for 26 PolarComm 146.19 changing this ordinance. They are not Lundquist doesn't mind chickens, but Councilmen Lundquist, Blake andinfrastructure costs in the North Star 27 PR Implement 49.99 wild and therefore should be allowed in again there is a right place for them. Lorton, who voted to leave the ordinance Addition. The Fund will also be used to 28 Quill Corp181.74 the city limits. Such an ordinance would Joel Hylden who has had many as is, informed those present that they back up any shortfall in the Tax Increment 29 Summerplace DQ121.02 attract people who would want to live in different birds for the last 33 years felt that received numerous calls at their place of Financing (TIF) and will be paid at the 32030Trey Powers 7.00 such a place that promotes the urban if the ordinance changes it should be employment, were called names and back end of the TIE There are more Rory Fjeld, Roberta Charrier, WC Sheriff Lauren Wild, Daryl Larson, Mike Steinfeldt-WC Record, Wally Rygh, John Johnson, Ryan Fjeld, Kristi Tollefson, Maxine Twamley, Brittany Twamley, Mike Rasmusson, Tracy Laaveg, Darrell Carlson, Paul Gudgel, Lea Holm, Gary Munoz, Marion & Jackie Ramsrud, Taylor Ramsrud, Joel Hylden, Fred Thoelke, Mark Bennington, Denny Skorheim, Jonathan Fjeld, Dale Holand, Sally Larson and Crystal Gire. Knutson moved to approve the minutes of the November 11, 2013 Regular meeting as presented. Blake seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Blake moved to approve the minutes of the November 20, 2013 Special meeting as presented. Lundquist seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Lorton moved to approve the following bills for payment. Anderson seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. GENERAL FUND: 27913 BC/BS of ND 9933.41 14 Eastside Garage 1,270.09 15General Funded Deprec 20,000.00 16 Jim's Super Valu 111.26 17 JP Cooke Co 67.50 18 Leon's Bldg Ctr 8.79 19 Lon's Hdwr 28.98 27920 MDU 370.26 21 MichaelKilmer Const 8,025.00 22 MFOA of ND 60.00 23 Northdale Oil Inc 1,018.11 24 North Star Coop 1,949.23 25 Polar Comm 525.28 26 PR Implement 30,437.75 27 PR Vet Clinic 60.00 28 Quill Corp 320.67 29 Glenn Rost 250.00 27930 Wayne's Variety172.89 31 WC Auditor 10,540.92 32 WC Press 309.32 33 NDPERS 152.75 34 PR Airport Authority 178.27 35 PR Park Dist 156.12 36 PR Public Library 200.10 37 Special Funds 379.44 38 St Improve Dist #7 578.26 39 Municipal Utilities 2,061.50 27940 NDPERS 143.79 41 PR Public Library54.00 4342 Discovery Benefits 64.61 43 NDPERS 1,378.34 A.W. Municipal Utilities 7,501.50 1540 Cledith Carlson54.71 1541 Roger A Johnson58.81 1542 Robert Kubat 56.37 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-15-13 GF 28.14 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-15-13 GF MU 1,469.66 1543-44 Christmas Bonuses 197.78 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) Christmas Bonuses 44.44 1545 Galen Bosh OT 74.32 1546 Wade Kalgard OT106.04 1547 Peter Kelly 352.72 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-15-13 GF OT 143.54 1548 Joshua Irvine OT 407.73 1549 Stefan Linstad 65.08 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-17-13 GF OT 125.90 1550 Shelley MacDonald 3493 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-31-13 GF 17.46 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-31-13 GF MU 1,207.12 1551 Peter Kelly OT 39.95 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-31-13 GF OT 6.62 31 Water Bond Fund 05 1,015.80 chicken hobby. In closing Gire stated that 32 Water Rev Bond Fund Phase IIher chickens are "therapy animals and 4,830.00 bring her comfort." 33 Water Sur-Charge Fund 3,450.00 Jevin Dahl, who is also in violation of 34 Water System Repair& the ordinances, spoke to the group. He Replace 5,000.00 stated that he has 10 chickens in a coup 35 Water Bond Fund 05 1,500.00 in his backyard. He continued "if the WC 36 WC Press 18.00 Fair continues to be held in Park River 37 NDPERS 529.87 and in the City limits where people can 38 Verizon Wireless 44.71 bring horses, build a corral, bring their 39 NDPERS 538.83 hogs, chickens, geese, and every other 32040 Postmaster 268.83 animal that they have on their farms to 41 Discovery Benefits 228.71 42 NDPERS 3,093.96 6916-24 Salaries 12-15-1311,200.19 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-15-13 3,060.56 6925-32 Christmas Bonuses 1,108.16 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) Christmas Bonuses 183.68 6933 Galen Bosh OT 10.62 6934 Wade Kalgard OT 94.17 6935 Peter Kelly OT 29.97 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) OT 36.73 6936 Joshua IrvineOT 29.97 6937 Stefan Linstad OT 26.03 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) OT 9.28 6938-46 Salaries 12-31-1311,211.00 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) 12-31-13 3,375.28 6947 Ann Berg 2013 Unused Vac 626.78 6948 Galen Bosh 2013 Unused Vac 536.58 6949 Wade Kalgard 2013 Unused Vac 151.63 6950 Dennis Larson 2013 Unused Vac 2,466.11 6951 Thomas Larson 2013 Unused Vac 1,113.59 6952 Stefan Linstad 2013 Unused Vac 648.46 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 2013 Unused Vac 1,749.00 6953 Joshua Irvine OT 187.83 EFTPS (WH,SS,MED) OT 45.73 A.W. ACH Charge 12.15 A.W.NMPA 145,586.80 A.W. NSF Check 400.00 A.W. NSF Check 125.00 SPECIAL FUNDS: 3364 General Fund 9,375.00 3365 05 Sales Tax Rev Bd Fd 10,606.46 STREET IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #2013-1/135TH 3007 Kadrrnas, Lee Jackson 8,602.46 WATER & SEWER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #2012-1 1008 The Spruce Valley Corp 33,087.12 Before the public discussion on violations to ordinances 3.a and 30. Section 6. Sub-section 8.) commenced Mayor Stenvold read the following statement to those in attendance; "As contingent on all neighbors agreeing to allow the chickens. Doing this would give the neighbors the chance to say no and would allow people whose neighbors did not mind the chance to raise them. He had two complaints when he had a rooster in town, but he removed the it and has had no issues since. He understands not everyone likes chickens but he happens to love chickens. Currently he does not have any chickens or have any noise making birds but could not imagine city limits for five days out of the year, I not having his birds. should be able to keep my chickens year The following statements/opinions round." were also voiced and are summarized as Daryl Larson spoke in favor of follows;The issue is a noise issue;On the maintaining theordinanceasitis. Larson extreme even if only Yz the town's has spoken with many residents residents kept six chickens they would throughout the City of Park River and they outnumber the residents; There is a larger just don't want to have extra barnyard problem with dogs barking and running animals in the city limits. The law has loose; People have not noticed noise or been on the books for many years. In smell from Gire's chickens; If the trying to be a progressive town first ordinance changes it would allow, other impressions are ~mportant, and most farm animals listed in the ordinance to be people coming to Park River notice and allowed in City limits; At one time cows comment how clean our town is. Larson and chickens were allowed in Park River; stated he has nothing against chickens or Nicer communities around the Twin Cities people having pets. AIot of people in this are allowing birds, cows and horses town put a lot of effort into keeping their within their city limits; If chickens are yards and houses up and have put a lot of allowed in town they should be allowed in money, time, and effort to make sure they all areas of town including the new look good. Larson felt that by changing developments; Many older laws, even the ordinance it would reduce the state laws, are no longer enforced as they property values. The ordinances that are are no longer applicable; and felt it was in place work, they keep down the not right that a person would have to ask problems but you are always going to their neighbors for permission to have an have someone that is going to push the animal in the yard. limits of ordinances and they have to be Mayor Stenvold asked the Council enforced. That's what the City is doing in what they wanted to do. Councilman thislatest effort. If it goes through that we Byron stated that a review of the did allow chickens, 90% of the owners ordinance may be in order. He went on would probably adhere to all the to say that many of the ordinances have regulations, but you always have the 10% been around a long time and should who lose interest, do not take care of what probably be reviewed and amended. He they have, will not maintain it, and it will also felt this meeting was not the time or get out of hand. Larson questioned who place to do it and that the Planning & is going to administer or enforce this Zoning Committee should research the ordinance and if extra people would need issue and make their recommendations to to be hired to take care of this. Larson the Council. Members of the Planning & urged the Council to not vote on this in an Zoning Committee are; Daryl Larson, emotional way but to use common sense Steve Rehovsky, Bruce Heggen, Craig on what is for the greater good of the Dahl, Kathryn Brandvold, Nic Beneda and entire community rather than the minority. Jayse Wharam (representing the airport). Tracy Laaveg, a non-resident butwho Knutson agreed with Byron that is an attorney in Park River appeared on additional research needs to done before behalf of her clients who have a farm any decisions are made. currently located in city limits. The issue Lundquist's concern is that the Laaveg has with the ordinance is that it is Council held a Special Council meeting to very black and white. The farm has been discuss the ordinance change issue. After in the family for several generations and discussion a motion was made, was here before the City was established, seconded, and passed to leave the The farm eventually was annexed into the ordinance as it is currently written. City's outer limits. They have horses and Lundquist researched the motion and cattle and at no time were they asked to vote and found that the issue cannot be remove their animals. If we were talking reconsidered. It can only be done the day about chickens or geese in the middle of the original motion was considered and it town, that is one thing, but wondered if must be moved by someone who voted there was a way to vary and allow with the majority. Lundquist felt theissue swore at, received calls after 10: pro, and one was pulled out of a meeting he was attending. They felt most of the actions were unnecessary and could have been conducted in a more professional manner. Councilmen Knutson called for the question. City Attorney Steve Currie replied that there is a motion to put it to the vote of the people. Mayor Stenvold stated that the issue will be put to a vote on the June election ballot. Blake asked if there would be a change in the wording of the ordinance placed on the ballot. City Attorney Steve Currie replied "implicit of what they are saying is that we retain the existing ordinance."Lundquist concurred. projects on the horizon with cost share requirements such as the mill & ove?lay on Highway 17 next summer, the water tower and transmission line project, 135th Ave NE improvements, and infrastructure extensions to new construction projects. Should cost share come from the sales tax fund, utility reserves, taxes,' or a combination? No decision was made at this time. Tom Larson, Manager for Consolidated Waste, LTD, has notified member cities that the Consolidated Board approved a rate increase to its member cities of $.50 per month per account effective January 1, 2014. Larson is recommending raising the rate Stenvold asked Sheriff Wild if he saw any by $.75 to $18.25 to help offset costs issues. Sheriff Wild questioned if it was associated with the spring/fall cleanup going to be a yes or no vote on the and yard waste collection. Knutson ordinance. Yes meaning you can have moved to approve the first reading of an chickens and no you can't have chickens, ordinance to raise the collection costs by Currie stated that the ordinance is much $.75 per account effective January 1, broader. Wild said that if care is not taken 2014. Lundquist seconded, and upon roll and it is not done right there could be call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. other animals allowed in town by the way Blake moved to award an energy it is stated. Currie stated that if the credit to the winners of the Christmas current ordinance gets voted down a new lighting contest. The awards will be $30 ordinance will be adopted. Stenvold for first place, $20 for second place and stated that the wording would need to be $10 for third place in each of the three carefully considered or no animals would wards. Lundquist seconded, and upon even be allowed in town during the WC roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion Fair. Hylden questioned the fairness of carried. just voting yes or no and that there should Lundquist moved to give the full-time be an ordinance ready and the people get city employees a $150 Christmas bonus to vote on which one they want. Blake and part-time city employees a $75 stated that was the intention with having Christmas bonus. Byron seconded, and the ordinance placed on the ballot, upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion Before discussion, Lundquist moved carried. to put the Ordinance issue on the June Councilman Blake mentioned a ballot and Blake seconded. Mayor resident called him about a noise Stenvold now called for a roll call vote and complaint. Blake was instructed by all voted aye. Motion carried. The June Sheriff Lauren Wild to have all residents election will be held on Tuesday, June 10, call the Walsh County Sheriff's 2014. department with any complaints. Wild Lundquist moved to have three statedthat residents should be calling the Council members work with the Planning WC Sheriff's department to make their & Zoning Committee to discuss the complaints so they can be acted upon ordinance change. Motion died due to and enforced in a timely manner. lack of a second. A resident questioned if 4th Street At this point Lundquist amended his West from Park Ave S west to County motion. The amended motion is; Road 12B could be paved to help keep Lundquist moved to allow the Planning & cut down on dust. The project could be Zoning Committee make their done as a special assessment project recommendations to the Council, and that however most of the property along the both the original and proposed coulee is owned by the City. ordinances will be placed on the June Lundquist updated the Council on the ballot. Blake seconded, and upon rollcall last WC Job Development Authority vote, all voted aye. Motion carried, meeting. Money has been received to Stenvold informed Gire and Dahl that conduct a slaughter house feasibility they could keep their chickens pending study in the area. the results from the June election, but that Being no further business, the both parties should prepare for the meeting adjournedat9:12 PM. possibility that they may need to relocate Dan Stenvold, Mayor their chickens. As of this time any other ATTEST: residents bringing chickens into City limits Tom Larson, City Auditor will be in violation of the current ordinances. (Jan. 22, 2014)