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City of Brownton-Council Meeting

City of Brownton
Brownton City Council
October 3, 2017
Meeting was called to order by Mayor Norman Schwarze.
Jennifer Knick (BABS), informed Council they are working on electricity to the red shack, dugouts, and extra drainage on the west softball field. They hope to utilize many volunteer hours to complete the project in spring. Council asked the Clerk to research grant money to help defray costs.
Bayley Schluter (MCHP) requested $367 annual funding from Brownton which will allow free admission to the McLeod County Historical Society museum to Brownton residents. McKayla Elder has been hired by MCHP to catalog historical items including the Brownton School Memorabilia, tentative early November start date in Brownton. Schluter proposed Brownton become a member of the MCHP; cost $100 annually. Membership would include support for any city building or artifact preservation or legacy; issue tabled.
Doug Schuette reported grass baselines were installed n the Bruins Baseball Field to prevent washout; home plate mound to be completed next. Tarps are on order to preserve the baselines and mound.
Jackee Fountain, Head Librarian at Brownton Pioneerland Library, presented activities available the Brownton Library. Now staffed with two new part-time librarians to support the Brownton Library 20 hours/week. Library money is split between library operations (staffing, books, DVs, supplies, cost to hire speakers, etc.) and automatic services (computers, etc.). Council amended September’s resolution to pay Pioneerland $5,857 and increased it to the requested annual service rate of $7,317.
Scott Katzenmyer discussed the costs to brick off the east door to the wrestling room due to water infiltration. Katzenmeyer requested the city pursue attaining materials; labor cost to close off the door and lay the bricks estimate is $1,600.
Request submitted from Herbert Dean to cut into his curb for a second drive access to his property, approval was denied.
Consent agenda was reviewed and approved.
SEH Engineering sent notice stating the 2018 Infrastructure Design Review will be ready for Rural Development review by end of this week, 10/6/2017.
Public Works report include the transformer and “birthday balloon” power outages, sweeping streets/leaves, tile repair on 1st Ave South due to tree roots, evergreen tree removal in alley behind 8th Ave. So, hydrant flushing planned for October 18-20, park shelter closed/winterized. Plans are en route to convert Community Center to LED lighting, playground slide to be replaced behind the Civic Center, new flag poles will be erected by PD and FD buildings. New stop signs will be ordered and replaced on 2nd Street North. House at 114 3rd Avenue North will be demolished Wednesday.
Monthly activity report was presented by Police Chief Bauer. Harassment restraining order against Officer Anderson was heard and dismissed by Judge Winters, A LEGAL BURN IS CAMPFIRE WOOD ONLY, three impounded vehicles in WW fence need to be dispositioned, WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS BEGIN NOVEMBER 1.
Council approved 2019 Liquor License for Brownton Bar & Grill and one-day Beer License to American Legion for November 17 annual Poultry Party.
Two applications were received for the City Building Custodian; Clerk to call them and inquire about job sharing.
The former grocery store building has been forfeited due to back taxes and is now a ward of the State, in Trust; it is scheduled for public auction on November 16. The Department of Health, State, and County were contacted, but cannot provide any monetary assistance to help remove it; Clerk to research options, grant programs, etc.
BROWNTON RESIDENTS: for power outages after office hours, the emergency utility phone number is listed in the city of Brownton website www.cityofbrownton.com, under important numbers.
Upon motion, meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted
Ella Kruse,
City Clerk
(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle October 11, 2017)