Alpena Town Minutes – Unapproved

Alpena Town Board met in regular session on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Alpena Community Center. Mayor Peterson, Trustees Mees, Nedved, Knittel and Kopfmann were present as well as Finance Officer Shawn Ochsner. Residents Paul and Teresa Weber were also present.

Mayor Peterson called the meeting to order. Motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes from the previous meetings – approved unanimously. Financial report was reviewed. Motion made and seconded to approve the report as presented – approved unanimously.

A motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to allow the following claims for payment: Red Hog Saloon, election expense $28.75; EFTPS, payroll taxes $335.51; Shawn Ochsner, payroll $861.77; Andrew Small, payroll $379.96; Dick Small, payroll $375.52; Linda Tebay, election expense $120.00; Doreen Ochsner, election expense $120.00; Kathleen Jurgens, election expense $120.00; Jennifer Gerthe, payroll $59.10; SD Unemployment, unemployment tax $5.42; Ronny Kopfmann, water leak $125.00; A-ox welding, Fire Dept. $17.99; Alpena Coop Service, fuel/gas/propane/supplies/maintenance $1,666.67; Alpena Fire Department, maintenance on doors $333.67; Bender’s Sewer & Drain, vacuum lift station $1,034.00; Central Electric, lagoon electricity $54.00; Mid-Dakota Rural Water Service, water $210.40; Morgan-Theeler LLP, legal expense $516.53; Northwestern Energy, electricity $2,291.95; Olson Construction, water leak $2,251.63; Olson’s Pest Technicians, pest control $55.00; Premier Equipment, tractor repair $93.50; Runnings, shop supplies $116.76; SD One Call, message fees $2.24; SD State Treasurer, water sample $15.00; SDML, insurance premium $100.00; Santel Communications, telephone $387.99; Stan’s Inc., snow removal $250.00; True Dakotan, publishing $589.21; Waste Management, garbage service $1460.55; Waste Management, garbage service $149.33. Total Expenditures $14,127.45.

Community Center use was discussed. The board agreed to add the stipulation that the renter must have the community center clean by 10 am the day following their reservation. Motion by Nedved, second by Knittel, to charge a $50 rental fee for tournaments – Nedved – aye; Knittel – aye; Mees – nay; Kopfmann – nay; Peterson – nay. Motion failed. Motion by Nedved not to charge the residents of Alpena to rent the community center. Motion died due to no second.

The authorization agreement for the DOT Road Signing Project was reviewed. Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to authorize Mayor Peterson to sign the agreement to formalize the City of Alpena’s participation in the region wide paved road signing project.

Mowing bids were reviewed. One bid did not include weed eating as per the Mayor’s discussion with the contractor, therefore the bid was rejected and the bidder will be asked to resubmit his bid for review at the May meeting. The swimming pool and spring clean up were discussed. Dumpsters will be available at the landfill for residents to utilize when the weather clears. There was no resolution drafted at the time of the meeting, therefore no discussion was held. The first reading of Ordinance #2018.02: An Ordinance Regulating Abandoned, Wreck, Dismantled or Inoperative Motor Vehicles was held. The first reading of Ordinance #2018.03: An Ordinance Regulating Nuisances and Offensive Conditions was held. The second readings of both ordinances will be held then adopted at the May meeting.

A surplus property list was compiled and reviewed. Discussion was held on accepting sealed bids or having an online auction. Finance Officer will check into the advantages of online auctions and the details of having an online auction and present the information to the board, at which time the board will make a decision on how to proceed. Estimates for cleaning the community center floor were reviewed. Motion by Mees, second by Kopfmann to accept the bid from Superior Janitorial for $2360.00 – all aye. Estimates were also reviewed for a floor scrubber for the community center. Motion by Mees, second by Knittel to purchase the Model SC450 20” scrubber with two 105 ah wet batteries – all aye. Final bids were received and reviewed for the Sewer Lift Station. Motion by Knittel, second by Nedved to accept the bid from First Rate Excavate – all aye. Official Canvassing of the votes for the 2018 Municipal election was held.

In other business, Ryan Mees approached the board about putting some storage containers on his property. The board is in agreement to allow two containers providing the adjacent neighbors also approve of it.

Motion was made and seconded to adjourn – approved unanimously. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Alpena Community Center.

Randy Peterson, Mayor

ATTEST: Shawn Ochsner, Finance Officer

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