1.8.24 Council Minutes

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

January 8 2024

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present Vee, Miller, Kjelshus, Geiger and Larson. Members absent: None

City Clerk Moldan, Public Works Tauer.

Citizens, Angela Pick, William Wurtz, Deanna Zea, Darlene Nelson, Annette Larson, Stacy Lunsford (TDS), Jeff Veerkamp County Commissioner, Kim Hensch.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Geiger moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed.

Open Citizens Comments: All under Library

Geiger moved to approve minutes from the December 11th 2023 meeting. Seconded by Miller. Motion passed

Miller moved to approve City claims. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed.

Library – Board members, TDS, county commissioner and Hanska residents were in attendance in support of the library. Amy Byro resigned as the library director; Friday December 29th 2023 was her last day. These supporters would like the library to continue operating. Angela Pick would like to volunteer as the library director until the city can find a replacement. Pick would open up the library Monday – Friday 2:00 – 6:00pm. Pick wants to bring back children’s activities and start new programs in the hope that this will get the community more involved and want to support the library staying open. Geiger asked how long she would do this, Pick said as long as needed. Lunsford (TDS Director) said the city does need to starting looking for a paid library director, TDS is willing to work with the city until a director can be hired. Lunsford noted it can take awhile to find a new director. Annette Larson asked if the library could be moved back to the community center? Vee said no. City records are now stored in the area that the computers were in. Zea asked what last years utility costs were, clerk will send out 2023 P&L for the library. Annette Larson stated she doesn’t think the building fund should have been used to pay for the roof replacement, why can’t it be used for bills. Vee said the library board had okayed the building fund being used for the roof replacement. Clerk said the money was given to the city for the library building. Darlene Nelson talked about the history of the library building. Nelson was the library director at the time the current library building was purchased and didn’t know anything about it until it was already purchased, along with council at that time. Vee said the building could not have been purchased without councils’ approval and feels there is misinformation being said. Nelson said TDS had no say in the building and if it would meet standards. Nelson stated that when the library was in the basement of the community center, the community center wasn’t used that much and wasn’t that big of a deal to move the books around. Wurts asked if there is no money left in the library budget who pays the bills? Clerk said the money would come out of the cities general fund. Geiger asked Pick how she plans on building the library back up? Pick said by getting children’s programs going, safe space for kids. Geiger said that in the past community members didn’t show up in support of the library. Council Member Larson asked Pick if she has any library experience? Pick said she works in the publishing world. Geiger noted that books are becoming the think of the past and need new ways to bring kids and adults to the library. Clerk stated that city attorney recommend Pick resign from the library board and sign paperwork saying she is a volunteer and not a city employee. Council and Pick agreed to this.

Fire Department- Larson gave an update. Checking account balance is $57,712.93. Paid the following bills, NUVERA, REA, C-Store. Fire Dept is looking ahead to a new pumper truck. Plan would be to have the 3 entities keep paying the current payment into a future truck fund, between 2028-2030. Fire Dept is stilling looking for a rescue truck, cost of $30,000 or under. Looking into new SCBA’s not going to use a grant. If a grant is used FD would have to replace the equipment in 10 years.

Public works- Tauer met with Bolton and Menk on the USDA grant.

City Clerk Moldan – Clerk presented Resolutions #2024-1 Annual Designations and #2024-2 Access to City Checking and Savings Accounts.

Larson made a motion to approve Resolution #2024-1 Stating Annual Designations. Seconded by Geiger. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Larson made a motion to approve Resolution #2024-2 Regarding Access to City of Hanska’s Checking and Savings Accounts. Seconded by Miller. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Clerk Moldan- Council should make some kind of decision on the library sooner than later. Moldan noted that having a volunteer as library director, that any duties not done would fall onto the city clerk, Moldan is willing to work with Angela. Council and Moldan discussed what the next steps should be for the library. Geiger made a motion to Approve Angela Pick a Library Director Volunteer. Seconded by Larson. Motion Passed. Council had concerns on how to get the community to attended a public hearing for the library. Clerk said she can put a letter together, council members said they will go door to door handing out the notice of public hearing on the library. Public hearing was set for Tuesday April 2nd at 6:00pm. LaSalle Fire Dept donated $20,000.00 to the city, $10,000 goes to the Hanska Fire Dept. Clerk asked if the city can use some of the donation for hanging flower baskets, council said yes. Miller asked that a thank you card be sent to the LaSalle FD. MN BCA is doing an audit on storage of background checks. City Audit is scheduled for February 22-23. Moldan would like to get a city 4th of July event going. Food, beer garden, music and parade. The Nine One bar for beer, Last Chance for food, Brent Christensen mini donuts, Megan Anderson Sweet Sisters. Old Chrome Band. Council said to go ahead with planning the event. Miller brought up Dain’s Dutchmen clerk will look into them. Moldan found a house that hadn’t set up a utility account, Moldan billed 6 years of usages and set them up on a payment plan.

Council: Vee picked up more Christmas lights for the park. Vee asked what should be done with snow removal on Broadway sidewalks. Geiger said all but one of the properties are private property and should be treated as the rest of the town. Council agreed, clerk will send out letters letting property owners know they need to clean the sidewalk. Geiger asked if there are things the city can do to try and get business to come to town.

Geiger made a motion to adjourn, Kjelshus seconded, meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm

_______________________________ __________________________________

Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee

Hanska City Council – EDA Meeting

January 8 2024

6pm – Hanska Community Center

EDA meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 7:35pm. Members present Vee, Miller, Kjelshus, Geiger and Larson. Members absent: None

Wayne Nelson EDA tenant #6 wants to know if the city will pay for a walk-in shower. Geiger said the city already said no to a past request. That tenant paid for the cost of a walk-in shower. Larson agreed. All other members saying no to the request.

Geiger made a motion to adjourn, Larson seconded, meeting was adjourned at 7:38pm

 

Agenda 2.2.24

AGENDA

This Agenda has not been Approved

HANSKA CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

6:00 PM COMMUNITY CENTER

February 12 2024

Call meeting to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Approve agenda

Open Citizen Comments

Approve minutes from January 8th, 2024 meeting

Approve claims

Library

Fire Department

Public Works

City Clerk

Council Comments

Adjourn

 

December 11th 2023

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

December 11th 2023

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present Vee, Miller, Kjelshus, Geiger and Larson. Members absent: None

City Clerk Moldan, Public Works Tauer and Library Director Byro were present.

Citizens, none in attendance.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Miller moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Geiger. Motion passed.

Open Citizens Comments: None in attendance.

Geiger moved to approve minutes from the November 13th 2023 meeting. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed

Miller moved to approve City claims. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed.

Library – Larson gave update. Board interviewed Angela Pick for board position, Pick has a background in publishing and would be a good fit for the board.

Geiger made the motion to approve Angela Pick for the Hanska Community Library Board. Larson seconded the motion. Motion passed. Amy will inform Angela.

There will be a kid’s night out activity and preschool story time. Amy will send letters to the three townships asking for additional funding.

Fire Department- Larson gave an update. Fire Department approved Mikale Gustafson as fire chief, Cory Fischer assistant chief, Travis Tauer as second assistant.

Larson made the motion approving Mikale Gustafson as fire chief, Cory Fischer assistant chief, Travis Tauer as second assistant. Geiger seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Fire Dept sold an old truck for $4000.00, Travis loaded it up. Fire Dept is still looking for a replacement truck, Sleepy Eye is purchasing a new truck and will be selling a 2005 model.

Public works- Tauer gave the update. Street sweeping is done, fire hydrants are flushed.

City Clerk Moldan – Clerk presented Resolutions #2023-12 ,13, 14 and 15

Miller made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-12 Granting Liquor License to Mark Cooling at Last Chance Saloon. Seconded by Kjelshus. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Larson made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-13 Granting Liquor License to Jenna Helget and Michael Rezac at The Nine-One Bar. Seconded by Miller. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Geiger made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-14 Approving the year 2023 Tax Levy Collectible in the Year 2024. Seconded by Kjelshus. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Miller made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-52 Adopting a Background Check Policy for The City of Hanska. Seconded by Geiger. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Moldan said that to close the library it would need to go on the 2024 ballot, clerk is going to look into more laws on this. Moldan said with ESSL law another change needs to be made to the employee handbook. The city can front load 40 hours of sick time or the full 80 hours. Front loaded 40 hours do need to be paid out on the last paycheck of the year if they are not used. If 80 hours are front loaded an employee could take off the last two weeks of the year and the first two weeks of the new year. If 80 hours are front loaded and not used the city would have to pay out 40 hours on the last paycheck of the year. Larson made the motion to front load 40 hours. Seconded by Geiger. Motion passed. Moldan purchased new accounting software through the MN state auditor’s office, this was a onetime cost vs the yearly fee of QuickBooks.

Council: Vee talked to Geiger about his dog needing to be rehomed outside of city limits but wants a time line set. Clerk will send a letter giving Geiger to December 31st to rehome the dog, city will need proof of this. Money has been paid back to the city for Stabbur stain. Brain Fortwengler informed Vee he is thinking about selling the school building, city could possibly get the corner lot of Summit Ave and West 4th St for future city projects.

Geiger made a motion to adjourn, Larson seconded, meeting was adjourned at 6:47pm

_______________________________ __________________________________

Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee

 

1.8.2024 Agenda

AGENDA

HANSKA CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

6:00 PM COMMUNITY CENTER

JANUARY 8 2024

This agenda has not been approved

Call meeting to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Approve agenda

Open Citizen Comments

Approve minutes from December 11, 2023 meeting

Approve claims

Library: Director Opening

Fire Department

Public Works

Resolution 2024-1 Stating Annual Designations

Resolution 2024-2 Access to Bank Accounts

City Clerk

Snow Removal Broadway

Council Comments

Adjourn

EDA

Nelson Shower

Council Minutes 11.13.23

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

November 13th 2023

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present Vee, Miller, Kjelshus, and Larson. Members absent: Geiger

City Clerk Moldan, Public Works Tauer and Library Director Amy were present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Miller moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed.

Open Citizens Comments: David Stolt was in attendance. Stolt’s dog was attacked by Randy Geiger’s dog. Stolt was walking his dog when Geiger’s dog broke the chain, came across the street and started biting immediately. Stolt’s dog tried to return home to the Stolt’s residence. Geiger’s dog prevented this by attacking and attempting to pin Stolt’s dog. Stolt reported the incident to the Brown County Sheriff Office. Stolt was told by the deputy that he couldn’t press charges on a dog biting another dog and was told to carry mace on his walks. This is not the first incident involving this dog, Stolt wanted to bring this to councils’ attention and wants to know what can be done.

Kjelshus moved to approve minutes from the October 9th 2023 meeting. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed

Larson moved to approve City claims. Seconded by Kjelshus. Motion passed.

Library-Kjelshus gave the update. 3 applications were submitted for the open board position. One was at the library meeting for board interview, board asked follow up questions from the application. Lots of grant options were discussed. Amy wants to know what the council thinks about reaching out to another library and possibly becoming a branch of another library, this is something the clerk would need to look into. Larson said the city should look into this option.

Fire Department- Larson gave an update. Only two members were present at the last meeting. Larson said the FD was outbid on a fire truck, but looking into one from the City of Sleepy Eye. This truck is 15 years newer and would like to purchase for under $25,000.00.

Public works- Tauer gave the update. Compost has all been moved to the city dump site. Will start street sweeping and fire hydrant flushing. Larson brought up just having the brush pile only at the dump and not by the north shed. Tauer said he doesn’t think this would work due to it being here for so long and city residents not being able to get leaves and branches to the site. Bucket truck is down, Hanska Repair is working on it.

City Clerk- Moldan said there is a MN law regarding sick time. ESSL now requires all employees to get paid sick time up to 40 hours per year. Full time city employees get 80 hours of sick time. Clerk said the League of Minnesota Cities recommends updating the employee handbook. The first half (40hrs) of the 80 now allotted will follow the ESSL law, and the second (40hrs) half of the 80 allotted will follow the current employee handbook. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed. Clerk said the baseball fence will be replaced in the next two weeks. Clerk presented a list of items at the baseball park that need coverage, this amount adds an additional $232,650.00 in baseball park coverage. Clerk updated coverage on the water tower and city park. Larson asked questions about FD coverage, and the clerk followed up with the insurance agent. Clerk should have the insurance quote at the next meeting, then the council can review the coverage and make final decisions. Clerk said the city can have Geiger’s dog deemed potentially dangerous or dangerous, this would require steps from Geiger’s. If they could not complete these steps they would have to rehome or destroy the dog. Council decided to talk to Geiger before filing legal paperwork. Vee and Kjelshus will talk to Geiger.

Council: Larson asked about what can be done with a resident whose garage is falling down. Clerk will check ordinances and send a letter. Vee brought up holding 2024 city wide clean up at the city dump. Vee has been talking to landlords about their tenants cleaning up yards.

Kjelshus made a motion to adjourn, Larson seconded, meeting was adjourned at 7:04pm

_______________________________ __________________________________

Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee

 

Council Minutes 10.9.23

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

October 9th 2023

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present Vee, Geiger, Miller, Kjelshus, and Larson. Members absent: None

City Clerk Moldan and Public Works Tauer present.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Geiger moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed.

Open Citizens Comments: None in attendance.

Travis Winter from Bolton and Menk was in attendance. Clerk has been looking into grants for the city. City well needs to be replaced, water tower needs to be rehabbed or replaced along with other street projects. Winter came to talk about possible grant opportunities for the well, water tower, water treatment, and water main projects. Winter said the best option for the city would be to go after a USDA grant. By doing this the city could apply for a grant to complete all of these projects at once. USDA grants look at the cities upcoming projects for the next 40 years. The city is looking at doing Rail Road street in the next few years as a bond project, by going after the USDA grant the city can max out the debt (cost of one street project) and get the remainder of the projects covered by the grant. Winter said it can take up to 2 years for the grant paperwork and the cost is around $40,000 to complete the paperwork. If the grant is awarded the $40,000 will be covered by the grant. Winter said the cost to sandblast and paint the water tower is about $600,000 the cost to replace it is around a $1,000,000. Water treatment plant is around $5,000,000. USDA interest rates are below market value at a 40-year loan. Geiger thinks this a good option for the city but doesn’t want to spend $40,000 and a new council doesn’t continue the project. Miller – the water tower should be fixed before it gets worse. Kjelshus – it doesn’t make sense to paint the water tower. Larson asked if the water tower starts leaking can it be repaired? Tauer said yes.

Geiger made the motion to hire Bolton and Menk to start the paperwork for the USDA Grant. Seconded by Larson. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes motion passed. Motion Passed.

Miller moved to approve minutes from September 11th 2023 meeting. Seconded by Geiger. Motion passed

Larson moved to approve City and Muni claims. Seconded by Miller. Motion passed.

Muni – Clerk presented Resolution #2023-11

Kjelshus made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-11 Transferring Fund Balances MUNI Checking and Savings to City General Savings. Seconded by Miller. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Library-Kjelshus gave the update. Roof is done, sheetrock is up waiting on mudding and taping. Board went over the spaghetti dinner on Saturday October 21st. Keith hasn’t said anything about the roof next to library after the extension was taken off. Clerk was also at the meeting and went over the 2024 budget, and let the board know that city council said they would not be funding the library after 2024, the board needs to look into other funding options to keep the library going.

Fire Department- Larson gave update. Checkbook balance $60,169.16. Paid invoices: REA $233.00, NUVERA $48.02, Hanska Repair $1,370.40, Hanska C-Store $477.90, Heiman Fire $56.72, Isaacson Sales $16,995.00 Received check from the city for state fire aid. Gutters will be installed on the West side of the building, cost $1,500.00 Larson got a quote for $5,300.00 to paint the fire station, looking for other quotes.

Public works- Tauer gave the update. Working on installing remaining water meters. Stabbur has been pressured washed, if there is a warm day yet Tauer will stain the Stabbur.

City Clerk- Moldan said the health insurance premium came in lower for 2024 than budgeted and asked if dental insurance could be added at a cost of $84.00 per month. Council members said yes to adding dental insurance for Tauer and Moldan starting January 2024. Moldan said Columbus Day is a Federal Holiday but not a state holiday some cities observe this holiday and the city needs to state if this is a holiday the city observes? Geiger said with it always being the 2nd Monday in October and council meeting falling on the same day the city should not observe this day, council members agreed. Moldan is working with Andy from Engan Associates on grants for the community center. Moldan had the cost to put up fence where the batters eye was, $12,684.00 this is covered by insurance. Kjelshus made a motion to approve the fence. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed. Randy Netzke wants half down to start the community center, clerk will cut a check for $12,270.00. Insurance is still working on the sewer pond claims. Brown County Sherrif sent the cost to contract for policing in Hanska, cost is $96.63 per hour.

Council: Miller said the Women of Today donate flags for Broadway. Larson will get a stump grinder for the park when they are in at work.

Geiger made a motion to adjourn, Larson seconded, meeting was adjourned at 7:25pm

_______________________________ __________________________________

Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee

 

AGENDA

HANSKA CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

6:00 PM COMMUNITY CENTER

November 13th 2023

This agenda has not been approved

Call meeting to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Approve agenda

Open Citizen Comments

 

Approve minutes from October 9th, 2023 meeting

Approve claims

Library

Fire Dept

Public Works

City Clerk

2024 City Insurance

ESSL Sick Time – Employee Handbook

Council Comments

Adjourn

 

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City Council Minutes 9.11.23

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

September 11th, 2023

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present Vee, Geiger, Miller, Kjelshus, and Larson. Members absent: None

City Clerk Moldan and Public Works Tauer are present.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Kjelshus moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Miller. Motion passed.

Open Citizens Comments: None in attendance.

Geiger moved to approve minutes from August 14th and 30st meetings. Seconded by Larson. Motion passed

Miller moved to approve City and Muni claims. Seconded by Geiger. Motion passed.

Muni – Clerk gave update on MUNI checking account, waiting on one more bill once that’s paid MUNI account can be closed and money transferred.

Library- Mayor Vee gave update. Hours for September are: Monday 11-3, Tuesday 11-3, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 11-3, Friday 11-3. Didn’t go through the director job description, members were asked to review the description and come to the next meeting ready to go over it. Spaghetti dinner is set for Saturday October 21st, they are looking for help funding the meal. Lisa Miller said she can apply for a Thrivent grant. Becky B resigned from the board immediately. Amy is putting together a posting for the position.

Fire Department- Larson gave update. No meeting, only two members present.

Public works- Tauer gave the update. Tauer got a letter from MPCA about I&I reports not done for the permit, there was a mix up between Tauer and Bolton and Menk. Mayor Vee asked if anything needed to be done with this, Tauer said no it’s taken care of. Tauer does not have an estimate for the well due to engineers needing to be involved, this will increase the cost of the well. Tauer talked to Bolton and Menk and they brought up a USDA grant. Travis and Matt from Bolton and Menk with meet with Tauer and Clerk to go over options for the city. Clerk stated the process for a USDA grant takes a lot of time and usually the city has to bond the project first and get the grant money when the project is completed. Tauer will pressure wash the Stabbur to get it ready for stain.

City Clerk- Clerk found small-town cities grant through Deed that can be used for the city well or water tower. This grant is based on the income of the city. The city needs to be at 53% of an income guideline, Hanska is at 41%. Deed recommends the city do a rate study and see if the city can meet the 53% to apply for the grant. Clerk found two possible grants for the community center. The first grant is a 1 to 1 match and at this time the city doesn’t have funds

to apply for this grant. Second one is up to $10,000 clerk is looking into this for the steps. Clerk went over the insurance claim list from LMC. LMC Insurance approved $24,540.00 for the community center roof. The bell tower has been put on a separate claim. Park cleaning costs have been approved. The amount at the ball park is not finalized. Club house roof claim was denied due to maintance issues. Clerk presented the proposed 2024 budget and tax levy. The budget and levy as presented was at a 17% increase. Geiger asked why the levy is at that amount. Clerk said the city insurance is going up by 18%, general operating costs of they city went up, fuel, supplies, chemicals. The city is also adding an additional 4,100.00 to the library to balance the library budget. Members asked what can be cut from the budget to bring the levy amount down. Clerk said amounts that can be cut from capital, flowers, park and rec. After discussion council cut money from capital, city flowers and $500.00 from park and rec. After cuts the levy is at 12%, general $154,500.00 and debt $151,000.00 total amount of $305,500.00.

Geiger made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-8 Proposed Tax Levy. Seconded by Kjelshus. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes motion passed. Motion Passed.

Clerk presented Resolution #2023-9

Larson made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-9 Accepting Donations for Hanska Night Out. Seconded by Geiger. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes motion passed. Motion Passed.

Clerk presented Resolution #2023-10

Miller made a motion to approve Resolution #2023-10 Approving Confidence Learning Center Charitable Gambling. Seconded by Geiger. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes. Motion Passed.

Council – Vee said there is $5,000 left in the Stabbur fund. Vee wanted to know what the city should do about snow removal on Broadway, city has been cleaning off the sidewalks. Should the city stop or make businesses pay? Nothing was decided at this time.

Geiger made a motion to adjourn, Larson seconded, meeting was adjourned at 7:24pm

_______________________________ __________________________________

Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee

 

Council Minutes 8.14.23

Hanska City Council – Regular Meeting

August 14th, 2023

6pm – Hanska Community Center

Regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Vee at 6:00pm. Members present Vee, Geiger, Miller, Kjelshus, and Larson. Members absent: None

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Geiger moved to approve the agenda. Seconded by Miller. Motion passed.

Open Citizens Comments: 4 citizens in attendance Sagstetter’s, Rohlik and Hensch’s. Sagstetter’s own 103 W Blessum Parcel ID 00702400701011, they would like to purchase a small parcel of city property. A small portion of their shed is on city property they would also like to pave the driveway. Sagstetter’s had Bolton and Menk do a land survey and presented it to city council. Sagstetter’s asked council if they would be willing to give them the 0.03 acres of land? Sagstetter’s said if land is about $10,000 per acre and if you break it down 0.03 would cost $30.34. Sagstetter’s want to pave the drive way and would pave up to the city shop and Travis can drive and park on it, they asked if 3 inches of pavement would be enough for the tractor Travis said yes.

Larson made a motion to give Sagstetter’s the 0.03 acres of land. Geiger seconded the motion. Roll call was made, Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes motion passed.

Clerk will follow up with city attorney to get the land transfer started.

Hensch and Rohlik presented paperwork saying that city ordinances must be in the library, Mayor Vee said the clerk would look into it.

Kjelshus moved to approve minutes from July 10th meeting. Seconded by Geiger. Motion passed

Larson moved to approve City and Muni claims. Seconded by Kjelshus. Motion passed.

Muni – MUNI sale closed on Monday July 31st, clerk and Mayor Vee signed paperwork in Mankato. One of the air conditioners broke while city still owned it, Nilson fixed that, Paul’s Electric fixed the wiring for the AC, and a plumber fixed the leaking sink. Once these bills are paid the MUNI bank account can be closed and funds transferred to cities general account.

Library- Amy update. Open house is scheduled for Tuesday August 22nd to coincide with the Hanska Night Out. Spaghetti dinner is planned for Saturday October 7th at the community center. New patrons have been coming to the library, hours will be changed in September to add a couple of evenings. Amy will be attending the county commissioners meeting Monday August 28th to try and get more funding for the library.

Fire Department- Larson gave update. Checkbook balance is 54,347 invoices paid, REA 190.00, NUVERA 48.00, CRC 421 and Hanska C-Store 200.00. Fire Dept was at the Brown County Fair tractor pull. Concrete slab is done, cost of $16,995.00. The FD saved 38 hours of labor by removing the old slab themselves. Anderson gravel donated all the gravel. Larson asked if the city would split the $2976.00 MR Paving billing for the repair work in front of the fire hall. The FD does not want to ask all the entities to spit a small amount and would like save that for bigger ticket items. Council said yes to a 50/50 split. Larson is getting estimates for painting of the fire hall; Paint Boy can’t get to it until late 2024. Bill Thormodson estimates came in at $5,600 and can do the work this year, no decision has been made.

Public works- Tauer gave the update. Street sweeping is done, alleys will be started next week. EDA #4 is almost done, move in date is September 15th. Sign on Viking will be repaired. Wurtz is okay with the city using his driveway by the north shed.

City Clerk- City did not receive the Southern MN Small Town Cities grant for the community center. Clerk presented Encompass engineering reports for the community center and club house. League of Minnesota Cities Insurance is still denying the claim on the club house roof due to poor construction. LMC is covering the water damage inside the building, clerk is working with LMC adjuster and Netzke Construction to try can get the roof covered. It’s looking like LMC will cover the community center roof, not a 100% guarantee but a good chance. Trees will need to be trimmed up before roof and be done. LMC asked for more information on the tree and batters’ eye clean up, clerk sent that information. LMC is finding another engineer to look at the sewer ponds, there was water erosion after the May storm. Clerk gave update on Hanska Night Out, clerk got donations from restaurants and New Ulm Area Gymnastics to make a couple of door prizes. Lake Hanska Church would like to set up a table at Hanska Night Out, council said that is fine just ask them not to hand out ice cream so the business goes to the ice cream truck. Community Center was used for a wedding Saturday August 12th everything went well and they were very happy with the space. Clerk presented the 1st draft of the 2024 budget. Clerk said the library budget is done and is negative $4,480.20, the city would need to support this addition amount to keep the library open. Geiger said the city has been through this in the past with possibly closing the library, Geiger said to support the library, Miller said the library is good for the city, Larson and Kjelshus agreed. Council said to support the library for another year and see how it goes, library board and the community needs to get behind the library and get funding. Amy will check into other libraries and see how they get funding. Clerk said that if council gives the additional support this puts the city budget in the negative and would need to up the levy or cut capital amounts or other city programs, park and rec, flowers etc. Clerk said that when the city makes the budget there should be a list of items that need to be replaced and in how many years it needs to be replaced and divided that amount by the number of years and levy that amount each year. If the city cuts capital amounts that will hurt the city in the future. Clerk said no decision needs to be made today, please look over the budget and come to the September meeting ready to make a decision.

Geiger made a motion to approve an ordinance amending ordinance 30.11 fees and charges updated building permit fee schedule. Seconded by Larson. Roll call made: Larson Yes, Kjelshus Yes, Miller Yes, Geiger Yes motion passed.

Council – Vee asked about the bandstand it’s in rough shape and needs lots of repairs, roof will also need to be done in the next few years. Does the city keep putting money in take it down? Geiger said its one of the those that’s been part of the city, Larson said does the city just keep it don’t put any money into it and let it be? Vee also asked about the pergola that’s also in bad shape, does the city take it down and get a tent to use for city events? Vee and Tauer will look at it and see if they can make repairs. Vee said there is still some money in the business fund for the stabbur. Paint Boy will work on the bell tower on Thursday August 17th. Miller asked about the merry go round and if that can be repaired? Women of Today have some money they can use. Tauer said it’s not up to code anymore they need to be round.

Kjelshus made a motion to adjourn, Geiger seconded, meeting was adjourned at 7:21pm

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Attest: City Clerk, Cinnamon Moldan Mayor, Daniel Vee

9.11.23 Council Agenda (Not Approved)

This Agenda has not been approved by council

AGENDA 

HANSKA CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

6:00 PM COMMUNITY CENTER

SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

Call meeting to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Approve agenda

Open Citizen Comments

Approve minutes from August 14th and 30th, 2023 meetings

Approve claims

Muni

Library

Fire Dept

Public Works

City Clerk

Resolution #2023-8 Proposed Tax Levy

Resolution #2023-9 Accepting Donations for Hanska Night Out

Resolution #2023-10 Approving Confidence Learning Center Charitable Gambling

Council Comments

Adjourn