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" " * ...... . 4 o - . L, . -[HE WALSH COUNI Y PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY L_S, 2017 Page 9 a year old she got her first real taste of country living. We would make a regular weekend trip to the old farm west of 35 and spend some weekends at my grandpa's farm house. Once there she would head tbr the hills so to speak, general- ly ending up at the Skjoberg farm a good five miles to the northwest. We'd get a call saying Bandy was over visiting in case we were wondering about her. Not to wor- ry, she'd wander back near dark with God only knowing the ad- ventures she had on her way back home. She had an amazingly keen sense of not only direction but she must have been born with a hom- ing device in her brain. That was her "thing." But a five mile journey soon proved to be nothing. After one summer week on the farm, Bandy and I headed back home to Park River and that night, I discovered she was gone. And she didn't come back the next day, or the next, or the next. I figured my investment in my fu'st ever hunting dog was lost. She either got hit by a car, hitched a ride with a passing trucker, or found love and settled down to start her own life with some rock and roll loving, cigarette smoking Chesa- peake Bay retriever. About a week had passed when I got a call. Bandy had made thetrip back to west 35. About 23 miles as the crow flies. I assume she traveled along ,the highway route, past Adams, and eventually ended up back on the farm. Seems she liked country life more than city life. Bandy eventually became, like many dogs do, a good idea that turned out wrong. For a kid in high school, she wasn't content sitting around waiting for someone to come home. More wandering ad- ventures finally made me realize she was looking for something more so I put an ad in the paper for a giveaway dog and sure enough, someone in Michigan city was soon the owner of a purebred, brown-eyed, happy-go-lucky springer that I'm sure eventually settled down peacefully at the south end of Highway 2. I always wondered if she'd show up one day, either at the farm or back here; a burr-entangled, matted ball of liv- er and white with her machine gun wagging tail and trail hardened feet, but she never did. I hope she lived out her dog life well and I'm guessing by now she's run into Queenie at some point in her trav- els up there. I can onlyimagine the kind of trouble those two could get into, especially if there are pigs there, too. "II~,"~T i"~T~ "Lvrr~ T'~r~,,~l,r _T?.,. fn]D 1 Photos: Submitted LEGAL NOTICES Top Left: (L to R) Polar Board Member Beverly Jensen and Drayton School Su- perintendent Dean Ralston. Top Right: ( L to R) Norlhern Cass Teachers Anter Eller and Jessica Stoen, Polar CEO Karl Blake, Northem Cass Teacher Kelsey Fercho and Norlhem Cass Superintendent Dr. Con] Steiner. Bottom Lett: (L to R) St. Thomas Teacher Kevin Beaudoin, St. Thomas Elementary Principal Jim Hanson and Polar Board Member Amber Meyer. abstract, goals, narrative, and budget ing in Elementary"-$1500 infonnation. AccreditedPK-12 schools Northern Cass Public School - in Polar's service territory were eligible "Learning with LittleBits" - $1200 to apply. Polar Communications awards St. Thomas Public School -"If up to $5000 per year with each grant not These Walls Could Talk...A Small Scale to exceed $2500. Production" - $500 Schools winning the 2016-17 Polar Thisis the 9th year that Polar has pro- Technology Grants were the following: vided this grant to schools they serve, to- . Drayton Public School - "LEGO taling over $40,000 given to enhance tech- Robotics" - $1800 nology in the classroom. Polar is proud Fordville-Lankin Public School - to invest in our schools and the commu- "Applying Robotics to Promote Learn- nity providing value for the future. THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017 City of Park River Regular Council Meeting CiTY OF PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA, REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017 AT 7:30 P.M. Published Subject to the Governing Body's Review and Revision The City of Park River held their regular meeting of the Park River City Council on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. several trade schools. The position will be advertised for six weeks. Ward Reports; Lundquist on behalf of the Council commended the Street Dept crew on the great job of snow removal even though they were hampered with equipment issues. Lundquist reported there have been several complaints regarding vehicles "drifting" around the loop in the North Star Addition. Sheriff Jurgens was informed and will have the deputies' step up patrols in the addition. Hillcrest Country Club presented a Liquor License application along with a Mayor Stenvold called the meeting to check for $600.00 to the City Council for order with the following present: Council approval. Knutson moved and Lundquist members Kyle Halvorson, Arvid Knutson, seconded to approve the Liquor License Robert Lundquist III, Dwight Byron, and for the Hillcrest Country Club. Upon roll Keith Anderson; City Attorney Tracy, call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Laaveg :public Works Director (15WD) ' r : " .... Dennis Larson, City Coordinator/Auditor Street projects were discussed as how $25.00 Nancy Thompson, and Assessor/Deputy the projects will be funded, if the project 24 Auditor Ann Berg. Absent: Council should include additional streets, and if 25 member Mike Lorton. Others present: the repair work be done this year or in 26 Joseph Fietek. 2017. City Administration would like to 27 have an estimated cost so funding can be $490.79 Comments and Questions From put in place prior to work starting. Streets 28 Citizens: None. dug up during the water & sewer line $97.50 replacement will have a full mill and 29 Additions and changes to agenda: overlay while other streets may only need Add to Unfinished Business - Approve an overly or chip seal. The Street & Utility Schedule of Fees;Add to New Business - Committee will meet and discuss the EquipmentRequests-PWD Larson;Add scope of the project and if special to Committee Reports - Employee assessments will be used to pay for the Relations; Add to Auditor's Report - work. Budget Adjustments. Anderson moved and Byron seconded to approve the December 12, 2016 regular meeting minutes. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Laaveg informed the Council the Schedule of Fees needs to be reviewed and updates approved every year. The following changes were made; the garbage rate for Ordinance 15(7)2 typo was corrected from $457 per month to $57; the water no special rate for Ordinance 27.i. (1) was removed. Knutson moved and Halvorson seconded to approve the Schedule of Fees with the noted changes. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. PWD Larson is asking the Council's permission to purchase an undercarriage for the snow blower. This allows for the blower to be mounted on the front of the tractor. The cost of the carriage is $10,800 plus additional costs incurred with mounting it on the tractor. Lundquist moved and Anderson seconded to approve Larson's request and to use money from the GF Funded Depreciation account to pay for the purchase & installation. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Larson is also seeking permission to replace the 1992 street sweeper. Repairs to the sweeper are around $2,000 with the value of the sweeper at $5,000; Larson feels purchasing a newer sweeper The Sales Tax Committee would be the best option. Sanitation recommended payment of the following Products in Fargo has a 2007 model requests: Anderson moved and sweeper, which was used in Fargo, priced Lundquist seconded to approve the at $85,000. City administration asked if a following disbursements: A $5,000 municipal lease would be used to housing incentive payment to the PR purchase the sweeper and the yearly Economic Development Corporation for payment amount. Knutson moved and Mark & Christina Rata from the Economic Lundquist seconded to allow Larson to Development Fund; To pay the Green purchase a newer sweeper at a price not Acres Addition property taxes in the to exceed $85,000 and to use a five to amount $1,919.94 to the WC Treasurer seven-year municipal lease to finance the from the Economic Development Fund; purchase with funds coming out of the GF The 19th of 20 annual payments in the Funded Depreciation to make the yearly amount of $12,500.00 from the Economic payments. Upon roll call vote, all voted Development Fund to the City of Grafton aye. M/C. for the Marvin Windows commitment. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. The Policies & Contracts Committee met with WC Sheriff Ron Jurgens to go over ordinance enforcement, police contract and nuisances. Several vehicle nuisances will have to wait until spring to be dealt with due to the depth of the snow. Vehicle, trailers & campers parked on streets for longer than allowed by City Ordinances and vehicles obstructing snow removal will be given warnings/tickets. Thompson, Berg & Sheriff Jurgens will meet and work on a police budget. Thompson and Jurgens will go over the policing contract. The last policing contract was approved in 2001. With policing costs continuing to increase, the Council discussed the possibility of a Code Compliance person; Suggestions to fill the role were the Building Inspector, Council members or several volunteers who would take over enforcing some of the ordinances. Information gathered will be reviewed at the February meeting. 54 Mayor Stenv01d remarked that the $22.00 recent power outages were being caused 55 by Minnkota substation issues and a 56 bad/burned out connector in the Hi-Land 57 Village trailer court. Residents have 58 questioned Stenvold why the mosquito 59 spraying charge was still on the utility bill. $122.50 Stenvold told them Council decided to 33960 charge the fee year-round so funding 61 would be available for additional aerial spraying. Lundquist moved and Anderson seconded to accept the Auditors Report into record, and approve payment of the following bills for the General Fund, Municipal Utilities, Special Fund and Debt Service & Bond Funds. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. General Fund 29296 PR Airport Authority 64.42 97 PR Park District 50.47 98 PR Public Library 56.68 29300 St Improve Dist #7 505.97 1 The employee relations committee 2 met to discuss advertising for an3 employee to take over the electrical and 4 other duties when PWD Larson retires. 2000 The committee is asking for the Council's 5 approval to start advertising for the 6 position. Upon agreement notices will be 7 placed in the local newspapers, cable, 8 website, MMUA, ND League of Cities and 9 Verizon Wireless 142.99 Civic Plus375 AFLAC 46.47 Butler machinery Co Discovery Benefits 97.96 Emily Laaveg 125 NDPERS 129.47 NDPERS 85.28 NDPERS 1486.74 29310 Special Fund 4.34 11 BC/BS of North Dakota $2,049.33 12 Sillers, Laaveg, & Wenzel $75O.0O 13 ASCAP $341.00 14 Butler Machinery Co $2,112.69 15 Cardmember Service $408.33 16 $503.39 17 $335.00 18 19 $57.56 29320 Lon's Hardware $20.83 21 MDU $885.63 22 Municipal Govt Academy $25.0O 23 Municipal Judges' Ags()C Productivity Plus Account Farmers Union Service Assoc Jim's Super Valu $22.96 Leon's Building Center, Inc Northdale Oil, Inc $3,067.20 North Star Coop $1,218.66 Offutt Heavy Towing$375.00 Polar Communications PR Community Club PR Vol Ambulance Serv $8,3O9.59 29330 Glenn Rost $250.00 31 Wayne's Variety $209.43 32 WC Auditor $10,158.25 33 WC Press $561.58 AW ND St Tax Commissioner $219.84 AW Municipal Utilites $9,628.31 AW US Treasurty $3,356.13 Municipal UtUites 33934 Discovery Fees $5.50 35 AFLAC $84.45 36 Discovery Benefits, Inc $260.36 37 General Fund $9,678.31 38 Emily Laaveg $252.50 39 NDPERS $203.15 33940 NDPERS $247.34 41 NDPERS $4,093.91 42 Postmaster $333.66 43 NDPERS $12.37 44 BC/BS of North Dakota $5,036.87 45 2016 Electrical Upgrade $8,OOO.OO 46 AmeriPride Services, Inc $189.51 47 Chelsie Anderson $9.81 48 Border States Electric Supply $1,250.44 Cardmember Service City of Fargo $42.00 Grand Forks Utility Billing Productivity Plus Account 49 $24.95 33950 51 $103.50 52 $16.48 53 Consolid~edWa~e, LTD. $17,030.95 Discovery Benefits, lnc Graymont (Wl) LLC $5,619.14 Hawkins Inc $300.00. Brian Hylden $100.00 Jim's Super Valu $80.75 Kringstad Ironworks INC Emily R Laaveg $130.00 Lake Agassiz Water Authority $3,517.20 62 Dennis L Larson $55.31 63 Leon's Building Center, Inc $30.87 64 Liberty Business Systems, Inc $84.25 65 Light & Water Dept $5,441.70 66 LoWs Hardware $131.95 67 MMUA $375.00 68 Municipal Utilities $90.19 69 ND One Call Inc. $4.10 33970 NDPERS $20.51 71 Northdale Oil, Inc $82.27 72 North Star Coop $225.63 73 Polar Communications $153.23 74 Postmaster $215.00 75 Riteway Business Forms $157.62 76 Thatcher Company of Montana $8,756.00 77 US Bank Equipment Finance $157.59 78 Wat & Sew Imprv Dist #2015-1 $6,200.00 79 Wat & Sew tmprv Dist #2016-1 $9,581.00 33980Water System Repair & Replace $4,000.00 81 Water Bond Fund 05 $4,830.00 82 Water Rev Bond Fund Phase II $3,450.00 83 Water Tower Fund $11,950.50 84 Water Treatment Fund $7,853.04 85 WCTreasurer $683.54 86 PR Community Club $58.5O AW NMPA $161,429.84 AW First United Bank - ACH $12.96 AW Job Service ND $96.22 AW ND St Tax Commissioner $929.12 7801-7812 S~aries $12,793.78~ 7813-7822 Salaries-Christmas Bonus 2400 7825-7829 Salaries-Vacation Payout 3603.03 7830-7841 Salaries & O.T. 13225.15 7823-24 & 42 Salaries & O.T. Park District 2067.35 AW US Treasury 8181.8 Special Funds 10060 City of Grafton $12,5OO.OO 10061PR Economic Development Corp $5,000.00 10062 Walsh County Treasurer $2,375.47 Debt Service & Bond Fund 6042 Arntson Stewart Wegner PC $2,551.16 6043 Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc $254.00 ND CC 40-01-09.01 states that cities shall publish a schedule of Employee Salaries. The following 2017 salaries were approved by the Council at the November 10, 2014 Council meeting; PWD D Larson $88,925.30; Public Works Staff - Stefan Linstad, $42,712.09, Galen Bosh $34,843.01, Joshua Irvine $33,314.73, Michael Bohn $32,784.33, Dee Jay Johnson $32,784.33, Administrative Staff - City Coordinator/Auditor Nancy Thompson $56,100.00; Assessor/Deputy Auditor Ann Berg $48,222.54, Billing Clerk Patricia Hensel $36,546.35, Janitorial Staff - Louis Machart $13.40 per hour; and Park District Manager Jessie Irvine current wage of $15.30 per hour or $15.61 per hour pending approval by the Park River Park District Board. City Administration is asking for the following budget amendments to the 2016 budgets. 1. The General Fund incurred additional costs for police radios and new equipment totaling $20,830.53, buildings & grounds for repairs furniture and fixtures totaling $15,185.38, and Auditor's Office/General Government for legal fees and advertising totaling $7,963.00 for items not included in the original budget. Money used to pay expenses was from 2015 carry over. Requesting a $43,978.91 increase amending the General Fund budget from $413,815.00 to $457,793.91. 2. The Special Funds Band Fund was closed out and transferred to the General fund per NDCC in the amount of $4,990.58. Requesting a $5,000.00 increase amending the Special Funds Band Fund budget from $0.00 to $5,0O0.OO. 3. The Special Funds Economic Development Fund incurred costs in the amount of $384.34 for housing rehab notifications and paid with 2015 carryover. Requesting a $500.00 increase amending the Special Funds Economic Development Fund budget from $0.00 to $500.00. 4. The City of Park River Hospital Bond Fund incurred costs for debt service not included in the original budget. These changes increased the City of Park River Hospital Bond Fund budget by $3,826.92 which was taken from City of Park River Hospital Bond Fund 2015 carry over. Requesting a $4,000.00 increase amending the City of Park River Hospital Bond Fund budget from $0.00 to $4,000.00. 5. The City of Park River Public Library Fund incurred costs for summer reading program not included in the original budget. These changes increased the City of Park River Public Library Fund budget by $1,420.60 which was taken from City of Park River Public Library Fund 2015 carry over. Requesting a $2,000.00 increase amending the budget from $11,000.00 to $13,000.00. 6. The City of Park River St Improvement District #7 Fund incurred debt service costs not included in the original budget. These changes increased the City of Park River St Improvement District #7 Fund budget by $5,850.00 which was transferred in from the City Sales Tax Capital Improvement Fund. Requesting a $6 0Q0.00 increase amending the budget ~r~m "~O~00 to $6,000.00. 7. The St Improvement District #2013-1 Fund (135th Ave NE) incurred costs for debt service cost of $32,040.00 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the St Improvement District #2013-1 Fund budget by 32,040.00 paid with P;I.L.O.T. tax receipts. Requesting a $35,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $35,000.00. 8. The SouthView Addition Fund incurred costs for loan payback not included in the original budget. These changes increased the SouthView Addition Fund budget by $18,100.00 paid with dollars received from Southview Addition TIF. Requesting a $20,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $20,000.00. 9. The North Star Addition TIF Fund incurred costs for loan payments of $27,100.50 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the North Star Addition TIF Fund budget by $27,100.50 paid with special assessments and a loan from the Sales Tax Fund dollars. Requesting a $29,000.00 increase amedding the budget from $0.00 to $29,000.00. 10. The St Improvement District #2012-2 Fund (North Star Addition) incurred costs for loan payments of $18,100.00 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the St Improvement District #2012-2 Fund budget by $18,100.00 paid with special assessments receipts. Requesting a $20,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $20,000.00. 11. The Water Bond Fund 2005 incurred costs for interest payments of $11,437.50 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the St Improvement District #2012-2 'Fund budget by $11,437.50 paid with water base rate revenues. Requesting a $13,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $13,000.00. 12. The MU Funded Depreciation incurred costs for interest payments of $8,607.66 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the MU Funded Depreciation Fund budget by $8,607.66 paid with 2015 carry .over revenues. Requesting a $10,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $10,000.00. 13. The Water Revenue Bond Fund Phase II incurred costs for interest payments of $11,535.00 not included in the original budget. T.hese changes increased the Water Revenue Bond Fund Phase II Fund budget by $11,535.00 paid with water base rate revenues. Requesting a $13,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $13,000.00. 14. The Water & Sewer Improvement District #2012-1 incurred costs for loan payments of $18,078.58 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the Water & Sewer Improvement District #2012-1 Fund budget by $18,078.58 paid with water base rate revenues. Requesting a $19,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $19,000.00. 15. The Water & Sewer Improvement District #2015-1 incurred costs for capital improvement payments of $419,039.98 not included in the original budget. ' These changes increased the Water & Sewer Improvement District #2015-1 Fund budget by $419,039.98 paid with SRF loan proceeds from the Bank of ND. Requesting a $450,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $450,000.00. 16. The Water & Sewer Improvement District #2016-1 incurred costs for capital improvement payments of $1,379,320.70 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the Water & Sewer Improvement District #2016-1 Fund budget by $1,379,320.70 paid for with the sale of municipal bonds. Requesting a $1,500,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $1,500,000.00. 17. The Water Tower Fund incurred costs for debt service payments of $85,001.76 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the Water Tower Fund budget by $85,001.76 with water base rate revenues. Requesting a $90,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $90,000.00. 18. The 2016 Electric Upgrade Fund incurred costs for capital improvement payments of $441,805.40 not included in the original budget. These changes increased the 2016 Electric Upgrade Fund budget by $441,805.40 paid for with the sale of municipal bonds. Requesting a $600,000.00 increase amending the budget from $0.00 to $600,000.00. Knutson moved and Byron seconded to approve all budget amendments as presented. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Lundquist moved and Halvorson seconded to approve all transfers from other funds as presented. GENERAL FUND From Municipal Utilities $65,715.89 for payroll; From GF Depreciation $28,763.74 for police vehicle; From Municipal Utilities $65,000.00 for Operating Funds; From Band Fund $3,506.16 for Fund Closure. GENERAL FUNDED DEPRECIATION - From General Fund $20,000.00 for Yearly transfer. STREET IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #7 From Sales Tax $17,000.00 for City share of loan payment. NORTH STAR ADDITION T.I.F. From Sales Tax $39,200.00 for loan payment. MUNICIPAL UTILTIY WATER FUND From Water System Repair & Replacement for interest. MUNICIPAL UTILTIY ELECTRIC FUND - From Sales Tax $118,788.92 for Capital improvement project costs; MU Funded Depreciation $8,607.66 for debt " service; Debt Service $77,000.00 for debt service reserve. WATER & SEWER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #2015-1 (Green Acres) - From Water System Repair & Replacement $24,601.14 For Capital improvement costs; St Improvement District 2013-1 $41,285.59 For Capital improvement costs; & From Sales Tax Fund $13,154.72 For Capital improvement costs. WATER & SEWER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #2016-1 Water Fund $102,575.62 For Capital improvement costs; From Sewer & Lagoon Maintenance $56,014.41 For Capital improvement costs; From St Improvement District #2013-1 $200,000.00 For Capital improvement costs; From Sales Tax Fund $45,495.00 For Capital improvement costs. MUNICIPAL UTILTIY ELECTRIC FUND From General Fund $65,715.89 For payroll reimbursement. MUNICIPAL FUNDED DEPRECIATION From Municipal Utilities $45,000.00 Yearly Transfer. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM. Dan Stenvold, Mayor ATTEST: Ann Berg, Deputy Auditor (Jan. 25, 2017)