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City of Brownton-Council Meeting

City of Brownton
Brownton City Council
July 5, 2017
Jason Buxcel approached council regarding blight notice he received. They did some cleanup, however, are in process of re-roofing, thus, an air unit and steel behind their building. Property was reviewed by Block earlier and stated all is good for now.
Consent Agenda was reviewed and approved. Bills incurred due to cut electric lines will be reimbursed by Tjader & Highstrom boring company.
Engineering report, presented by Chris Knutson and John Rodeberg, included reviewing televising storm sewer bids. Two bids were received. Hydro Klean LLC for $18,348.80 and Ewert Bros. Inc. for $2,914. Bid was awarded to Ewert Bros, Inc.
Utility meetings will be held on a regular basis to share construction plans with utility contractors and discuss obstacles regarding the 2018 infrastructure project. First meeting will be held July 18 at 1 p.m. in the Civic Center, no council quorum necessary.  
Assessment policy discussion included the following:
٠ Recommending $0 storm sewer costs, it’s too difficult to assess as all are different sizes and conditions.
٠ It is slightly cheaper to line the sewer main, but is more expensive to connect, they recommended to charge the same price as open cut.
٠ Residents will not be assessed for sidewalks.        
٠ Assessment, originally set at 47%, was decreased to 26% as the recommended assessment, which are comparable to Glencoe and Gaylord. Assessments can be paid upfront, or be certified to taxes. Typical payback is 10-15 years, yet to be determined. Interest rate normally based on Bond rate plus 1%.
٠ Corner lots are currently assessed based on the long side. If previously paid for the long side, no assessment will take place, however will still be assessed for service hookups as needed.
٠ $2.1M Grant was received, the remainder of the bond will be paid back with a 39-year low interest bond. The bond will be paid with assessments, increased utility rates, and increased tax as necessary.
٠ Bid prices will be taken into account when determining final assessments. Any decrease in costs will lessen assessments as well.
٠ Public Assessment Hearing tentatively set for Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
٠ Motion was made by Council to approve the recommended assessment rates.
    Public Works report included the completion of the parking lot at the Civic Center, hydraulic leaks on the street sweeper, and two separate sanitary sewer mains that were blocked in need of jetting services. RS Fiber main lines are progressing; many locate hours are being incurred by public works to stay ahead of the boring crew. Slide in playground needs to be fixed, will block off for now.    
Chief Bauer reported Squad fixes, most still under warranty. Three wheelers and golf carts being driven by underage kids will be addressed more strictly; drivers of these vehicles must be licensed. Dog barking issues were addressed.
There are no state laws pertaining to cemeteries. Motion was made to allow cremain burials atop existing graves with written permission by the grave plot owner or next of kin. Cost will remain $200 for grave prep fee.
Council approved a one-day beer license to B.A.R.K. for the street dance on August 12, and to waive Ordinance #49 to allow liquor on the street in front of Brownton Bar & Grill.
Order for Repair was approved and will be served to the new owners at 204 1st Avenue South detailing repairs and timelines.
Council approved a $100 Gold Sponsorship to support the Panther Booster Club.
Changes to the Brownton Utility Policy were reviewed with recommended changes to help minimize delinquent utility accounts. The new policy will be mailed to all residents in July. These changes are meant to tighten the shutoff procedures with Brownton utility customers and minimize outstanding past due balances.
                    Respectfully submitted
     Ella Kruse, City Clerk
(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle July 12, 2017)