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‘ WALSH CO UNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 24, 2021 gen—m LEGAL NOTICES sible! WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 202i One of Our school’s mottos is “Being Better than we were Yesterday” and we definitely strivedflto do that with this event. down eVent that had about 500 boxes of cereal set up in a domino train that twisted and turned all through- ' out the gym. The excitement and cheering from each grade level filled the gym as we were about to start the knockdown. Two students were picked to help-us kick off this event, with one child on each end of the stage getting to “knock down” the first box to start the chain reaction. After the last box fell the gym once again filled with so much enthusiasm over how many boxes we collected as a school! . One ofour school’s mottos is “Being Better than we were Yesterday” and we definitely strived to do that with this event. With all the cereal boxes that were donated we were all able to make our commu— nity even better for tomorrow. Thank you to all that donatedand helped make this amazing event pos— Submitted By The Pony Pride Committee, Park River Area School Top Left: The cereal domino pattern was put together Thursday night in the Park River Area Ele- mentary gym. Bottom Left: Tower wouldn’t fall so Kaitlyn Kost, knocked them down. Bottom Middle: Jenna Sobolik, Park River Area sixth grade teacher, hauls an- other box of cereal to be added to the pattern. Bottom Right: "Cereal Box Scrimmage" that the filth- and sixth-grade boys had on Thursday. Park River Area second grade teacher, CITY OF PARK RIVER, NORTH , .. DAKOTA, REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021 AT 5:30 PM. Bubllshedflbiecttsuhefiplemim B 'R' nRvi' The City of Park River held their regular meeting of the Park River City Council on Monday, November 8, 2021 at . 5:30 PM. Council President Kyle Halvorson Called the meeting to order and upon roll .- call the following were present: Council _ members: Ken Gillespie, Leah Skjerven, Cory Seim, Dennis Kubat, and Derek . Pokrzywinski City Attorney Dustin A Slaamod, Public Works Director (PWD) Dennis Larson, Coordinator/Auditor Nancy Thompson, and Assessor/Deputy Auditor Ann Berg. Absent: Mayor Dan Stenvold. Others: Sharon Laxdahl and Allen Anderson from WC Health, Katie Thompson, Sheriff Ron 'Jurgens, Allison Olimb from WC Press, Clay Smaaladen ,, of Butler Equipment, Dustin Shambaugh of FIDO Equipment, Lori Seim-FCHC at 5:37, Joe Fietek at 5:45 Additions and Changes to Agenda: No additions or changes were made to the agenda. Comments and Questions from "Citizens: WC Public Health representatives Sharon Laxdahl and Allen ‘ Anderson appeared before the Council asking them to take action against Warren Denault, owner of the DugOut Bar Grill, _ for on-going citations issues with smoking occurring in the bar by his employees, patrons and himself. This issue has been ' happening/since 2014 and Laxdahl and Anderson are asking the Council to suspend Denault‘s alcoholic beverage .license. Katie Thompson stated the continuous smoking in the bar is giving . the town .a bad name and in addition smoking in the‘ establishment is a violation of state law. SherifflJurgens stated Denault has shown he is not adhering to laws and a message needs to be sent. Jurgens is recommending the Park River City Council Suspend Denault’s alcoholic beverage license for 30 days. . FCHC — Lori Seim reported COVID cases in the county are on the rise. Health care systems across the eastern part of’ the state are meeting Monday through Friday. to see who has beds and ICU beds available. The playground. equipment has been ordered and Will be delivered in the spring. Approval of Minutes: Skjerven moved, and Pokrzywinski seconded to approve the minutes from the October 12, 2021 Regular Meeting as presented. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Unfinished Business: Thompson spoke with Taylor Amiot, AE2S engineer, who is recommending approval’ of pay request for S.I.D. #2021-1. This request covers seeding and restoration of grass and grounds. Kubat moved and Pokrzywinski seconded to approve Knife River Materials pay request in the amount of $45,465.00 for work completed to date. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. l Thompson presented a final pay request from North-Holt Electric, Inc in the amount of $15,171.68 for the 2021 Electrical Project. Todd Forster, WSN, Inc engineer, has approved the final pay request and is recommending payment. Seim moved and Kubat seconded to approve and pay North-Holt Electric Inc final pay request in the amount of $15,171.68. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Smoking in the DugOut Bar Grill was discussed. Gillespie asked Slaamod where the City stands and if it has the- power to revoke the alcoholic beverage license. Slaamod stated the City has the power to revoke or suspend the license but it is more of a civil remedy. Gillespie moved and Skjerven seconded to suspend Warren Denault’s, dba: DugOut Bar & Grill, alcoholic beverage license for 30 days in accordance of Ordinance 17 Subsection and 2B Subsection revocation of license. Upon roll call vote the following voted aye: Kubat, Gillespie and Skjerven with Seim and Pokrzywinski ‘ voting nay. M/C. , R Thompson questioned if Denault’s food license is still in effect? The food license is still in effect as it is issued by the State. Sheriff‘lurgens felt one to two weeks’ notice to Denault would be sufficient to get his affairs in order prior to closure. Gillespie moved and Kubat seconded to have Slaamod type up the letter of suspension and have the WC Sheriff’s department serve the notice with the suspension starting on November 22nd and ending on December 21$t. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. WC. 0 The Christmas Lighting Contest was discussed. seconded to have several people judge the lighting contest participants and chose the winners. Winners will receive an energy credit on their January utility bill as follows: 1st Place-$250.00, 2nd place $150.00 and 3rd place $100.00. Upon roll call vote, all present voted aye. M/C. Laxdahl, Anderson, K. Thompson and Sheriff Jurgens left at this time." Thompson mentioned Christmas bonuses are given in Park River Bucks and fulltime employees are given $300 and year-round part-time employees $150 and asked what the Council wanted to do? Seim moved and Pokrzywinski seconded to approve the Christmas bonuses as presented. Upon roll call . vote, all voted aye. M/C. Employee raises: The City approved a 3% across the board increase for employee raises in the General’ Fund budget. Seim has spoken with some of the public works employees who feel they should get additional increases as the new‘hire was started at a higher rate 0f pay. City Administration informed the Council the new hire Whitney Adams negotiated his rate of pay prior to hire. Berg and Thompson also negotiated pay and benefits before accepting their positions. Skjerven mentioned the Seim moved and Kubat _ current employees have not gotten their certificates which are needed to run the water distribution, waste water collection and distribution even though incentives have been put in place specifically for that reason. Thompson reported Johnson passed his water treatment certification and will be testing for his class III certification this spring. Discussion on employee raises were tabled and sent back to the employee relations committee for a recommendation. Thompson reported one of the Public Works employees had a child test positive for COVID and reported it to the City. He also fonivarded the recommendation for his COVID procedure. He currently does not have any sick time accrued and Thompson was wondering what if anything the Council wanted to do regarding wage payment. Berg asked if employees with more sick time accrued could donate hours to the employee? Pokrzywinski asked if the City could charge the-hours to sick time resulting in a negative accrual until the sick time was paid back? Thompson mentioned the employee does have eight hours of personal holiday accrued and November 11th is a holiday so he would only need to go in the hole for three days or 24 hours. This procedure will be decided on a case- by-case incident. and Seim seconded to allow the employee to use future sick time to cover his current pay period wages contingent 'upon his acceptance of the proposed motion. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. The following base bids for a new front-end loader and bucket including warranty, less trade-in were submitted to the City for review. Titan Machinery bid $149,898; R.D.O. Equipment Co bid $182,500; and Butler Machinery Company bid $174,197. The bid specs were given to PWD Larson to go over, compare and prepare a recommendation for a bid acceptance. A Special Council meeting will be held on Monday. November 15th at 12:00 pm to approve and award a bid. Information for a calling bridge will be sent to City‘Administration from Polar Communications. City Attorney: No report. Committee Reports: Sales Tax: Berg ' informed the Council the Sales Tax collections for the month of October were up by 11.57% from last year‘s collections. The Sales Tax Committee met and made the following recommendation. Approve a $25,000 PACE interest buydown loan from the Economic Development funds for Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic. Pokrzywinski moved and Seim seconded to approve the $25,000 PACE interest buydown loan from the Economic Development funds for Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Bike Path: Joel Hylden contacted Councilmembers Halvorson, Seim and Gillespie along with City employees PWD Larson and Assessor/Deputy Auditor Berg by text message and Auditor/Coordinator Thompson by email and asked if he cOuld place a pole or small stands on the west end of the road just north of Dollar General. Currently people are going City of” Park River Regular City iCouncil Meeting Pokrzywinski moved I across the bike path after leaving that _ road in their vehicles. The council asked PWD Larson if he could check with Parks 8 Rec Manager’Jesse Irvine and see if there are any boulders which could be placed to. prevent traffic from crossing in the area 0f concern. Larson said he will check with Irvine in the morning. Hylden also asked if he could decorate the trees along the bike path with Christmas lights and if the City would hock them up to the street lights for no cost. The Council turned down, this request as snowmobiles, ATV's and other vehicles . could possibly catch the extension cords and pull all the lightsofff The Council felt both topics should be run through the bike path committee for their recommendation. Since Joe Fietek tendered his resignation from the Bike_ Path Committee, the Committee is short one person and he was also the Chairperson for the Committee. Council President Halvorson appointed Marie Simundson to the Bike, Path Committee as the Chairperson contingent upon her acceptance. City Administration will contact Simundson for her response. PR Community Club: Thompson reported they have submitted permit application to the City to have a small fireworks display the evening of Super Santa Saturday. Seim moved and Skjerven seconded to approve the Fireworks permit for Saturday, December 4th upon payment of the $2.00 permit fee and upon supervision of the Fire Department. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Thompson also reported they will be holding a Gala on February 11th. Strategic Planning: Thompson reported the surVey results from Suez‘for a cost estimate for the water and electric meter replacements has not been received yet. Wards: Asked if the gravel road between Wadge Ave N and the big park texas crossing could be bladed/graveled. Committees with nothing to report: Employee Relations: PR Airport Authority PR Park District, PR Economic Dev Corp, PR Housing Authority and PR Public Library. New Business: City administration presented quotes from Pete Kelly and Leon’s Building Center for labor of $8,500 and materials of $16,618.12 to replace some windows, add foam insulation and install metal siding on the exterior of the City office building in 2022. The sum of $50,000 was included in the 2022'General Fund budget for the exterior and some for interior upgrades to be done later. Pokrzywinski moved and Gillespie seconded to get two additional bids for Labor and one more bid for materials. Upon roll call vote the following voted aye: Seim and Pokrzywinski with Kubat, Gillespie and Skjerven voting nay. Motion defeated. Seim moved and Kubat seconded to accept Leon‘s bid for building materials. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Kubat moved and Seim seconded to approve Pete Kelly’s bid for labor. Upon roll call vote the following voted aye: Kubat, Seim and Skjerven with Gillespie and Pokrzywinski voting nay. M/C. Mayor’s Comments: None. Public Works: Larson reported the earlier power outage was caused by a truck hitting a Minnkota transformer power pole by Langdon. The power was rerouted which resulted in a 5 to 10 power outage to the Park River electric customers. Auditor Assessor Reports: Thompson presented this month’s bills and financial reports to the Council. Skjerven moved and Pokrzywinski seconded to approve payment of the following bills and approve the financial reports as presented. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. M/C. Berg reported at this time the City of Park River Sales Ratios are over the 90% threshold. General Fund Municipal Utilities 37512 Montana Dakota Utilities $45.00 13 Postmaster $398.03 14 DCI Credit Services, Inc. $101.75 15 Discovery Benefits $160.00 16 ND Child Support Division $165.50 17 SWS Credit Services, Inc. $200.00 18 2016 Electrical Upgrade $8,000.00 19 Aramark Uniform Services $342.10 37520 Animal Elskan Inn, LLC $120.00 21 Aqua-Pure Inc. 22 Void $0.00 23 Banyon Data Systems, Inc $795.00 24 Border States Electric Supply $8,840.63 25 Cardmember Service $995.21 I 26 Productivity Plus Account $1,412.06 27 Consolidated Waste, LTD. $1,328.58 $19,968.75 29 Void $0.00 37530 Funded Depreciation $5,834.00 31 Donna Galloway $1,128.00 32 General Funded Depreciation $5,000.00 34 Graymont (WI) LLC $7,471.68 35 Great Plains Directory Service. $63.00 36 Hawkins Inc $2,073.27 37 Hensel, Patricia $27.91 38 Holiday Inn of Fargo $149.00 39 Jim's Super Valu $59.20 37540 Kilmer Construction $600.00 41 Light Water Dept $2,931.08 42 Lon's Hardware $385.93 48 Montana Dakota Utilities $380.35 44 Michael Brevik 45 ND One Call Inc. 46 NDWPCC$450.00 47 Nodak Electric Cooperative $6,000.00 48 North-Holt Electric, Inc $886.77 $22.50 $15,171.68 49 Northdale Oil, Inc $562.75 37550 Northwestern Power Equipment Co. $592.88 51 North Star Coop $1,625.39 52 Polar Communicatidns $1,675.66 53 PR Park District $1,036.29 54 Samson Electric LTD $213.00 55 Dan Stenvold $183.55 56 Nancy Thompson $86.32 57 US Bank Equipment Finance $209.1 2 58 Verizon Wireless $247.88 , 59 Wat & Sew Imprv Dist #2015-1 $6,200.00 . 37560 Wat Sew Imprv Dist #2016-1 $9,490.00 61 ‘Water System Repair Replace $4,000.00 62 Water Bond Fund 05 $4,830.00 63 Water Rev Bond Fund Phase I, $3,450.00 64 Water Tower Fund $11,315.00 65 Water Treatment Fund $7,479.1 6 66 Wayne's Variety $12.42 67 WC Record $54.00 68 WC Water Resource District $3,054.62 69 Core Main $732.16 37570 Hawkins Inc $339.00 71 Keith's Stump Removal $1 50.00 72 Lydia Kelly $26.17 73 ND Dept of Environmental Qual $1 8.54 74 Quill Corporation 75 Walsh County Press $251.29 $737.20 '_ 76 " Walsh County Sheriff's Dept $52.40 9285-9304 Salaries $28,671.20 AW US Treasury $9,050.27 AW Aflac $89.06 AW BC/BS of North Dakota $13,426.70 AW First United Bank $20.25 AW NDPERS.$22.47 AW NDPERS $887.50 AW NDPERS $887.50 AW NDPERS $6,205.72 AW ND ST Tax Commissioner $1,340.61 AW NMPA $127,131.68 AW vPSN (Payment Services Network) $4.95 Special Funds 10178 Bank of North Dakota $25,000.00 10179 First United Bank $16,940.00 Debt Service & Bond Funds 6308 Advanced Engineering & $8,494.70 6309 Bank of North Dakota $31,754.07 6310 Knife River Materials ' $45,465.00 ' November 29th was set for NMPA to present information to the Council on the electric cooperative. Being no further business, Skjerven moved to adjourn at 7:26 PM. ‘ ATTEST: Ann Berg, Assessor/Deputy Auditor Kyle Halvorson, Council President (Nov. 24, 2021')