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PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
OF THE CITY OF GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA
July 1, 2013

The city council of the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota met in the council chambers in City Hall on Monday, July 1, 2013 at the hour of 5:30 o’clock p.m. with Mayor Brown presiding. Present at roll call were Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande (Skype), Vein (teleconf.) - 7; absent: none. .

Mayor Brown announced that anyone wishing to speak to any item may do so by being recognized prior to a vote being taken on the matter, and that the meeting is being televised.

The Girl Scout Troop 20441led the council in the pledge of allegiance to the flag; leader is Ms. Henderson.

Mayor Brown commented on various items during the past week and upcoming events:
A moment of silence for the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in the wildfire in Arizona, reminder of the danger our public servants accept every day when they put on their uniform, we stand with the fallen, their families and their community.
It is also an important opportunity to remember to be safe as we enter our July 4 holiday week, fireworks are still illegal in Grand Forks and want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday. On the 4th our downtown will welcome tens of thousands of guests as Sertoma again hosts some wonderful family activities and our thanks to the Sertomians and the volunteers, City and County staff and everyone else who makes such a special day in Grand Forks.
Please note that the Central High School parking garage is closed for repairs but alternative parking is being provided, thanks to Urban Development for handling this project and the Public Information and Public Works for assisting them to make sure our guests are welcomed with information in finding available parking spots.

ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 4427 TO ANNEX PART OF
LOT 2, BLOCK 1, CONCRETE, INC. ADDITION TO THE
CITY OF GRAND FORKS

An ordinance entitled “An ordinance to annex all that part of Lot 2, Block 1, Concrete, Inc. Addition to the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota”, which had been introduced and passed on its first reading on June 17, 2013 and upon which public hearing was scheduled for this evening, was presented and read for consideration on second reading and final passage.

The city auditor reported that the required legal notice had been published calling for a public hearing to be held this evening and further that to date no protests or grievances had been filed with her office.

Mayor Brown opened the public hearing, there were no comments and the public hearing was closed.

Upon call for the question of adoption of this ordinance and upon roll call, the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 7; voting “nay”: none. Mayor Brown declared the ordinance adopted.

ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 4428, RE. TO PROHIBITION ON
BASIS OF GENDER IDENTITY OR SEXUAL ORIENETATION
FOR EMPLOYMENT WITH THE CITY OF GRAND FORKS

An ordinance entitled “An ordinance amending Sections 6-0101 and 6-0104 of the Grand Forks City Code relating to prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation for employment with the city of Grand Forks”, which had been introduced and passed on its first reading on June 17, 2013, was presented and read for consideration on second reading and final passage.

Mayor Brown opened the public hearing, there were no comments and the hearing was closed.

Council Member Bjerke stated several concerns relating to incidents re. transgender first grader born a boy but identified as a girl has won the right to use the girls’ restroom at a Colorado school, was given several options but not accepted, and assuming its going to go all the way through schools, hopes you know what the potential is.

Council Member Weber stated the most important thing here is that this work is a continuation of the resolution passed in January by the council in support of a resolution for Senate Bill 2252, and is proud to be part of Grand Forks, the first city in the state to be moving in this direction.

Council Member Gershman stated that a friend of his from out of state sent him an email because this received some national attention and said that Grand Forks has achieved even more of his respect, and that people are taking note of what we are doing here to try to eliminate discrimination in our community.

Upon call for the question by Council Member Gershman and Weber for adoption of this ordinance and upon roll call vote, the following voted “aye”:” Council Members Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 6; voting “nay”: Council Member Bjerke – 1. Mayor Brown declared the ordinance adopted.

ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 4429 RELATING TO TEMPORARY
RESTAURANT LICENSES

An ordinance entitled “An ordinance amending Section 21-2701 of the grand Forks City Code relating to temporary restaurants”, which had been introduced and passed on its first reading on June 17, 2013, was presented and read for consideration on second reading and final passage.

Mayor Brown opened the public hearing, there were no comments and the public hearing was closed.

Upon call for the question of adoption of this ordinance by Council Members Christensen and Weber and upon roll call vote, the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 7; voting “nay”: none. Mayor Brown declared the ordinance adopted.

ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 4430 RELATING TO DRIVING
UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

An ordinance entitled “An ordinance amending Sections 8-0202, 8-1501, and 8-1503 of the Grand Forks City Code relating to driving under the influence of controlled substances”, which had been introduced and passed on its first reading on June 17, 23013, was presented and read for consideration on second reading and final passage.
Mayor Brown opened the public hearing, there were no comments and the public hearing was closed.

Howard Swanson, city attorney, asked for an additional amendment to Section 8-0202, subsection (3), the original draft stated the license plates can be impounded and forwarded to the Director of the Department of Transportation, however, the amendments to House Bill 2041 has changed that slightly so that now if convicted of a second offense or multiple offenses within five years, the court having jurisdiction
can order the plates to be destroyed without sending them to the DOT, notice is given to the DOT but the court has control of the plates and asked that subsection be amended to include the specific language that appears in HB 2041 relating to the impoundment and destruction of automobile plates.

Council Member Gershman asked to be recused and it was so moved by Member Weber and Bjerke. Carried 6 votes affirmative.

It was moved by Council Member Bjerke and seconded by Council Member Weber to amend the ordinance as requested by the city attorney. Carried 6 votes affirmative, Council Member Gershman recused.

Upon call for the question of adoption of this ordinance, as amended, and upon roll call vote, the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 6; voting “nay”: none; Council Member Gershman recused. Mayor Brown declared the ordinance adopted.

ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 4431, RELATING TO NOISE
CONTROL

An ordinance entitled “An ordinance amending Sections 10-0502 and 10-0507 of the Grand Forks City Code relating to noise control”, which had been introduced and passed on its first reading on June 17, 2013, was presented and read for consideration on second reading and final passage.

Mayor Brown opened the public hearing, there were no comments and the public hearing was closed.

It was noted that this relates to major arterials without naming the streets which are designated in the master plan, and change from time to time as they change the master plan.

Upon call for the question of adoption of this ordinance by Council Members Christensen and Gershman and upon roll call vote, the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 7; voting “nay”: none. Mayor Brown declared the ordinance adopted.

ADOPT RESOLUTION VACATING PUBLIC R/W ADJACENT
TO LOT 6, BLOCK 1K, RIVERSIDE PARK RESUBDIVISION

The city auditor reported that pursuant to instructions by the city council after having received a petition to vacate the public right of way adjacent to Lot 6, Block 1, Riverside Park Resubdivision, the required legal notice had been published calling for a public hearing to be held this evening, and further that no protests or grievances had been filed with the auditor’s office.

Mayor Brown opened the public hearing.

Donna Kary, 16 Conklin Avenue, questioned whether this vacation was involved with the alley running between 16 and 18 being vacated by the City. Brad Gengler, city planner, stated this vacation is not relative to any other particular vacations or platting actions, just vacating a remnant slice of property as noted in the staff report.

Mayor Brown closed the public hearing.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that we find and determine an insufficiency of protest to the proposed vacation, and introduced and adopted the following resolution, which was presented and read: Document No. 9609 – Resolution. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

ADOPT RESOLUTION VACATING PORTIONS OF
51ST AVENUE SOUTH AND SOUTH 11TH STREET AS
PLATTED AS PART OF HALEY’S FIRST SUBDIVISION
AND TJ’S SECOND ADDITION

The city auditor reported that pursuant to instructions by the city council after having received a petition to vacate 51st Avenue South from South Washington Street to South 11th Street and South 11th Street from 51st Avenue South to 55th Avenue South, platted as part of Haley’s First Subdivision and TJ’s Second Addition, the required legal notice had been published calling for a public hearing to be held this evening, and further that no protests or grievances had been filed with the auditor’s office.

Mayor Brown opened the public hearing, there were no comments and the public hearing was closed.

It was moved by Council Member Weber and seconded by Council Member Bjerke that we find and determine an insufficiency of protest to the proposed vacation, and introduced and adopted the following resolution, which was presented and read: Document No. 9610 – Resolution. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

APPROVE 2014 CDBG AND HOME PROGRAMS

The staff report from urban development relating to 2014 CDBG and HOME Programs, with recommendation to 1) adopt the 2014 priority funding areas recommended by the Community Advisory Committee; 2) authorize staff to proceed with the 2014 CDBG and HOME programs per the budget, schedule and process as submitted.

Meredith Richards, urban development, stated that their advisory committee changed this year and have members of the committee as well as co-chairs, Ann Sande and Michele Rydz in the audience, and that with the new committee structure there is an advisory capacity in the process where committee met and looked at needs in the community and developed priorities that were included in the packet; their role is to present their recommendations for the community needs priorities to council and if council agrees and adopts those, that will inform our applicants, so that only applicants that address those priority areas would be eligible for funding. Other than that their process remains the same, and that budgets for both CDBG and HOME, are down slightly from last year and program income figures are starting to decline;
but their process in terms of line items is very much the same as in past years, administration, infrastructure targeted to specific areas and MUNI, competitive public service and competitive bricks and mortar in CDBG; and in HOME funding the only thing they can do with HOME funds is housing activities but do have carry-over as well as ad-min and grant award that they get from the State so just shy of half million dollars on that program. The community needs that were prioritized by the Community Advisory Committee are included in the handout, those are housing, health care (including medical, dental and mental health), youth issues and homelessness, and within those priority areas have preferences that will be given to a project that addresses not only the priority but preference areas.

Michelle Ridge stated they do not have a presentation but are here to answer any questions about the process or how they came up with the preferences and priority needs.

Ann Sande stated that it was noted that they have an issue of crisis housing and would hope to let the agencies that are interested in funding to note this for next year, and will be looking to find proposals for crisis housing.

Council Member Christensen asked when they identified homelessness in the Grand Forks area, what comprises your identification of homelessness in the Grand Forks area other than the Mission. Meredith Richards stated there were a number of presentations that looked at the data that was out there and with ND being an economic magnet, people come to town expecting to find a job and a place to live and that has led to an increase in homelessness state-wide, not just the Oil Patch but seeing it here, so those figures were factor in homelessness being selected as a community priority need. In terms of funding HUD does not consider a homeless shelter housing – that is considered a public facility and an emergency shelter is not considered permanent housing and in terms of available funding HOME program funding would not be an eligible funding source for a homeless shelter.

Council Member Christensen stated important that the committee that works on this has an idea of what is available addressing the needs that they want to attack, because the HOME money is limited. Richards stated they had discussions in terms of the ins and outs of CDBG vs. HOME funding and what is eligible and what isn’t – but the way the budget is laid out we have competitive bricks and mortar in both HOME and CDBG but in terms of those priorities, housing would be able to be addressed by either funding source – homelessness depending on whether it is an emergency shelter which would only be CDGG eligible vs. permanent supported housing for people who were formerly homeless - that is staff’s role to navigate the regulatory climate but in any case all of the priority funding areas would be eligible with CDBG or HOME, some both and some CDBG only but within eligible activities, staff’s role is to guide the committee in terms in what is the approved appropriate funding but pot of money is what it is and know it will be shy of the need.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved. Carried 6 votes affirmative, Council Member Bjerke voted against the motion.

APPROVE APPLICATION FOR JUSTICE ASSISTANCE
GRANT FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT

The staff report from the police department relating to 2013 Justice Assistance Grant application, with recommendation that the mayor, committee and council approve submittal of application for the FY2013 Justice Assistance Grant Program.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

APPROVE ENGINEERING SERVICES AGREEMENT
FOR PROJECT NO. 6964, REPLACEMENT OF UND
BRIDGE ON CAMPUS ROAD

The staff report from engineering department relating to Construction Administration Engineering Services Agreement for Project No. 6964, Replacement of UND Bridge on Campus Road, with recommendation to approve agreement with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AE2S) in the amount of $162,450.74.

Council Member Vein asked to be recused from voting on this matter, and it was so moved by Council Members Bjerke and Gershman. Carried 6 votes affirmative.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved. Upon call for the question and upon voice vote, the motion carried 6 votes affirmative, Council Member Vein recused.

AWARD BIDS FOR PROJECT NO. 6964, REPLACEMENT OF
UND BRIDGE ON CAMPUS ROAD

The staff report from engineering department relating to bids for Project No. 6964, Replacement of UND Bridge on Campus Road, with recommendation to award contract to low bidder, Meyer Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $1,776,091.41 for Project No. 6964, contingent upon concurrence by North Dakota Department of Transportation.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved. Upon call for the question and upon voice vote, the motion carried 7 votes affirmative.

RECEIVE TABULATION OF BIDS, ESTIMATES OF TOTAL
COST AND AWARD CONTRACT, STORMWATER POND
PROJECT NO. 7030, DISTRICT NO. 494.

The city auditor presented and read tabulation of bids which had been received and opened on June 24, 2013 for Project No.7030, Stormwater Pond District No. 494, for Southern Estates 8th Resubdivision, indicating that R.J. Zavoral & Sons, Inc. was the low bidder based upon their bid in the amount of $648,998.20: Document No. 9611 – Bid Tabulation

The city engineer’s estimate of total cost for Project No. 7030, Stormwater Pond District No. 494 in the amount of $756,889.00, was presented and read

The staff report from the engineering department relating to award of bid for Project No. 7030, District No. 494, Stormwater Pond for Southern Estates 8th Resubdivision, with recommendation to award contract to low bidder, R. J. Zavoral and Sons, Inc., in the amount of $648,998.20 for this project.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved and the resolution awarding the contract to R. J. Zavoral and Sons, Inc., was presented and read: Document No. 9612 – Resolution. Upon roll call the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 7; voting “nay”: none. Mayor Brown declared the resolution adopted and the contact awarded.
ADOPT RESOLUTION APPROVING PLANS AND
SPECIFICATIONS AND ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS,
PAVING PROJECT NO. 7031, DISTRICT NO. 664

The city engineer’s estimate of total cost of the construction of paving for Southern Estates 8th Resubdivision in the amount of $ , was presented and read.

The staff report from the engineering department relating to plans and specifications for Project No. 7031, Paving District No. 664, paving for Southern Estates 8th Resubdivision, with recommendation to approve plans and specifications for this construction and further that the city auditor be directed to advertise for bids on the project.

Council Member Gershman introduced the following resolution which was presented and read: Document No. 9613 – Resolution.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that the recommendation be approved and that the resolution approving the plans and specifications be adopted. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

RECEIVE TABULATION OF BIDS, ESTIMATES OF TOTAL
COST AND AWARD CONTRACT, SEWER PROJECT NO. 7033;
DISTRICT NO. 482; WATERMAIN PROJECT NO. 7034, DISTRICT
NO. 308; AND SEWER PROJECT NO. 7035, DISTRICT NO. 483

The city auditor presented and read tabulation of bids which had been received and opened on June 17, 2013 for Sewer Project No. 7033, District No. 482; Watermain Project No. 7034, District No. 308; and Sewer Project No. 7035, District No. 483; sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer on Cottonwood Street and Elm Twig Drive in LeClerc’s Addition, indicating that Molstad Excavating, Inc. was the low bidder based on their bids in the amounts of $120,001.00, $85,258.00 and $91,363.00, respectively, for a total combined bid of $296,649.00 were presented and read: Document No. 9614 – Bid Tabulation.

The city engineer’s estimates of total cost for Project No. 7033, Sewer District No. 482; Watermain Project No. 7034, District No. 308; and Sewer Project No. 7035, District No. 483; in the amounts of $148,800.00, $105,755.00, and $113,290.00, respectively, were presented and read.

The staff report from the engineering department relating to consideration of bids for Project No. 7033, Sanitary Sewer District No. 482; Project No.7034, Watermain District No. 308; and Project No. 7035, Storm Sewer District No. 483; sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer on Cottonwood Street and Elm Twig Drive, LeClerc’s Addition, with recommendation to award contract to low bidder, Molstad Excavating, Inc. in the amounts of $120,001.00, $85,258.00 and $91,363.00, respectively, for a combined total of $296,649.00.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved and the resolution awarding the contract to Molstad Excavating, Inc. was presented and read: Document No. 9615 – Resolution. Upon roll call the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 7; voting “nay”: none. Mayor Brown declared the resolution adopted and the contact awarded.

ADOPT RESOLUTION APPROVING PLANS AND
SPECIFICATIONS AND ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS,
PAVING PROJECT NO. 7036, DISTRICT NO. 662

The city engineer’s estimate of total cost of the construction of paving in LeClerc’s Addition in the amount of $325,275.50, was presented and read.

The staff report from the engineering department relating to plans and specifications for Project No. 7036, Paving District No. 662, paving for LeClerc’s Addition, with recommendation to approve plans and specifications for this construction and further that the city auditor be directed to advertise for bids on the project.

Council Member Gershman introduced the following resolution which was presented and read: Document No. 9616 – Resolution.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that the recommendation be approved and that the resolution approving the plans and specifications be adopted. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

ADOPT RESOLUTION APPROVING PLANS AND
SPECIFICATIONS AND ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS, PAVING
& STREET LIGHTS PROJECT NO. 7043, DISTRICT NO. 663

The city engineer’s estimate of total cost of the construction of paving and street lights for Desiree Drive (end of pavement to cul-de-sac) in the amount of $ , was presented and read.

The staff report from the engineering department relating to plans and specifications for Project No. 7043, District No. 663, paving and street lights for Desiree Drive (end of pavement to cul-de-sac), with recommendation to approve plans and specifications for this construction and further that the city auditor be directed to advertise for bids on the project.

Council Member Gershman introduced the following resolution which was presented and read: Document No. 9617 – Resolution.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that the recommendation be approved and that the resolution approving the plans and specifications be adopted. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

RECEIVE TABULATION OF BIDS, ESTIMATES OF TOTAL
COST AND AWARD CONTRACT, SEWER PROJECT NO. 7044.
DISTRICT NO. 488; WATERMAIN PROJECT NO. 7045, DISTRICT
NO. 311; STORM SEWER PROJECT NO. 7046, DISTRICT NO. 489;
STORM SEWER PROJECT NO. 7047, DISTRICT NO. 492; AND
STORM SEWER PROJECT NO. 7048, DISTRICT NO. 493

The city auditor presented and read tabulation of bids which had been received and opened on July 1, 2013 for Sewer Project No. 7044, District No. 488, for Kiwanis Park Resubdivision; Watermain Project No. 7045, District No. 311, for Kiwanis Park Resubdivision and South 34th Street (Southend Drainway to 45th Avenue South); Storm Sewer Project No. 7046, District No. 489, for Kiwanis Park Resubdivision and South 34th Street (Southend drainway to 45th Avenue South); Storm Sewer Project No. 7047, District No. 492, on South 34th Street (Ruemmele Road to Southend drainway); and Storm Sewer Project No. 7048, District No. 493, to serve Unplatted Part of the N Half of Section 29l Twp. 151, Range 50; , indicating that United Crane & Excavation, Inc. was the low bidder based on their bids in the amounts of $75,145.90, $382,070.65, $574,47.75, $244,858.50, and $248,059.60, respectively, for a total combined bid of $1,525,513.40: Document No. 9618 – Bid Tabulation

The city engineer’s estimates of total cost for Project No.7044, Sewer District No. 488; Project No. 7045, Watermain District No. 311; Project No. 7046, Storm Sewer District No. 489; Project No. 7047, Storm Sewer District No. 492; and Project No. 7048, Storm Sewer District No. 493; in the amounts of $93,200.00, 406,810.00, $685,321.00, $303,625.00, and $308,710.00, respectively, were presented and read.

The staff report from the engineering department relating to consideration of bids for Project Nos. 7044 and 7046, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer for Kiwanis Park Resubdivision; Project No. 7405, Watermain for Kiwanis Park Resubdivision and South 34th street; Project No. 7047, storm sewer on South 34th Street; and Project No. 7048, storm sewer to serve unplatted parts of the N Half, Section 29, Township 1512, Range 50 , with recommendation to award contract to low bidder, United Crane & Excavation, Inc. in the amounts of $75.145.90, $382,070.65, $574,478.75, $244,858.50 and $248,950.60 respectively, for a combined total bid of $1,525,513.40, contingent upon receipt of a letter of credit from the developer..

It was moved by Council Member Bjerke and seconded by Council Member Grandstrand that this recommendation be approved and the resolution awarding the contract to United Crane & Excavation, Inc., was presented and read: Document No. 9619 – Resolution. Upon roll call the following voted “aye”: Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein – 7; voting “nay”: none. Mayor Brown declared the resolution adopted and the contact awarded.

APPROVE USE AGREEMENT BETWEEN GROUND UP
ADVENTURES, INC. AND CITY OF GRAND FORKS
RE. PROPOSED BOATHOUSE IN GREENWAY

The staff report from public works relative to boathouse proposal in the greenway, with recommendation to approve the Use Agreement between Group Up Adventures, Inc. and the City of Grand Forks, ND subject to the attorney’s office final review and approval.

Council Member Bjerke questioned several of the terms in the agreement, Section 1, i), stating that the City shall be responsible for payment of real estate taxes against the premises, if any. Mr. Swanson stated that he had not seen this draft until after the committee had met, that particular section cannot be accepted by the City, that if they have a leasehold interest, the tenant is responsible for any taxes. He stated whether or not this Use Agreement would constitute a leasehold interest he does not have an opinion on yet, and that there are some other provisions in the Use Agreement on which he has comments or recommendations, none of which he would classify as being substantial or which would change the tenure of the agreement, but understands that the motion that would be passed tonight would be subject to his final approval.

It was moved by Council Member Bjerke and seconded by Council Member Christensen that this recommendation be approved. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

APPROVE CITIES AREA TRANSIT TITLE VI, CIVIL RIGHTS
PLAN UPDATE

The staff report from public works relating to Cities Area Transit (CAT) Title VI Civil Rights Plan update, with recommendation to approve and adopt the CAT Title VI Civil Rights Plan update, subject to Federal Transit Administration review and approval.

It was moved by Council Member Gershman and seconded by Council Member Weber that this recommendation be approved. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

APPROVE BILL LISTING AND ESTIMATE SUMMARY

Vendor Payment Listing No. 13-13, dated June 27, 2013, totaling $1,039,000.40 and Estimate Summary dated June 30, 2013 in the amount of $1,065,001.29, were presented and read.

It was moved by Council Member Bjerke and seconded by Council Member Weber that these bills and estimates be allowed and that the city auditor be authorized to issue warrants in payment of the same. Upon roll call the following voted "aye": Council Members Bjerke, Grandstrand, Weber, Gershman, Christensen, Sande, Vein - 7; voting "nay": none. Mayor Brown declared the motion carried and the bills ordered paid.

APROVE MINUTES, JUNE 17, 2013

Typewritten copies of the minutes of the city council meeting held on Monday, June 17, 2013, were presented and read. It was moved by Council Member Bjerke and seconded by Council Member Gershman that these minutes be approved as read. Carried 7 votes affirmative.

COMMENTS BY MAYOR AND COUNCIL

1) Council Member Gershman stated that Highway 2 landscaping and mowing beyond the city at 55th Avenue is quite rough, State put in landscaping for $250,000 out there this past year, and number of plants and bushes are dead and that if State is spending that amount of money should be mowed, etc. but not sure if County or State; the City’s portion where our sign is looks beautiful. He stated that the School is building more surface parking and at the time they were asking for the street vacation, etc. they said would do some landscaping in the parking lots, and agreed that it would look nice. Also on Saturday while riding his bicycle in the greenway, was attacked by a dog again, and would hope that the police department would have more policemen there on weekends on bicycles and issue some tickets, etc. because if child, could have been serious issue. Happy 4th of July.

ADJOURN

It was moved by Council Member Weber and seconded by Council Member Grandstrand that we adjourn. Carried 7 votes affirmative.



Respectfully submitted,




Maureen Storstad
City Auditor


Approved:
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Michael R. Brown, Mayor