Volga Council

By: KCTN News
Mar 15th, 2017

The Volga City Council held a Public Hearing for the consideration of the adoption of the FY 17-18 Budget on Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Volga City Hall. Mayor Duff opened the Public Hearing at 6:55pm with council members Carrie Taylor, Dennis Christeleit, Jerome Godson, Elaine Follon and Mike Howard answering Roll Call. Tom Lott was also present. Questions were answered regarding current year spending. Taylor motioned to close the public hearing. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. The Public Hearing was closed at 7:00pm.

Mayor Duff called the regular monthly meeting to order on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Volga City Hall. Council members Carrie Taylor, Dennis Christeleit, Jerome Godson, Elaine Follon and Mike Howard answered Roll Call. Tom Lott, Jesse Osmundson, Steve Bena, and Darren Nading were also present

Jesse Osmundson informed Council he had several loads of rock placed on the alley behind Volga City Lumber Company due to muddy conditions and build up a base so he can maintain it. Osmundson requested the City to pay for half of the rock placed. Follon motioned to pay half of the current bill. Godson seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried. Godson motioned to have the City pay 50% of any rock placed in the future for only that alley. Taylor seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Tom Lott discussed brick that was available for use if a city building/library building project becomes a reality. Twelve loads were originally donated to VCTC Inc by Seedorff Masonry. VCTC would like to keep enough to do the north wall of opera house at some point and the remaining can go to other city projects. Council expressed thanks to VCTC Inc. for the generous offer.

Darren Nading, Fire Chief, was present to inform Council on options to acquire government surplus at no cost. He would like to have an agreement written up for future use and maintenance between the City and Fire Department. Council discussed options to upgrades current equipment through this program. Storage was also discussed. Nading indicated that the Buchanan Street Tower/Building is heated and space would be available on west side for storage of smaller miscellaneous items.

Nading requested approval to dispose of the enclosed Pace Trailer through sealed bids. Follon motioned to approve the request. Taylor seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried. The ad will be published for sealed bids due April 14 to be reviewed on April 17.

Nading reported to Council that the fire department plans to burn the dike yet this spring.

The Consent Agenda was presented with the following items: 1) Minutes, 2) Claims, 3) Treasurer’s Report, 4) Bank Reconciliation Reports – February 2017, 5) Monthly Budget Report, 6) Floodplain Development Permit/Building Permit: Steve Bena, 302 White Street, and 7) Building Permit: Sam Lott - 500 Cass Street. Bena discussed potential permit that will be submitted at a later date following DNR approval. Christeleit motioned to approve the Consent Agenda without item #6. Follon seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Taylor motioned to authorize the Mayor to sign the UERPC contracts to update City Code. Howard second. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Mayor Duff presented Resolution 2017-05: A Resolution to adopt the FY 17-18 Budget and certify the tax levies to the Clayton County Auditor. Godson motioned to approve the resolution. Howard seconded. A Roll Call vote was taken. Ayes-Taylor, Christeleit, Godson, Follon, Howard. Nays: None. Resolution passed.

The Clerk updated Council on a Park Board project to install curtains on the main shelter at the city park, using existing park funds and grants. The Park Board is requesting permission to submit a pre-application to Upper Mississippi Gaming Corp for grant funds. Godson motioned to approve the project and grant applications. Taylor seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council discussed any incentives that would be available to encourage housing construction as part of the Clayton County Housing Assessment –Volga section. Taylor motioned to table the topic. Christeleit seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Follon motioned to authorize the purchase of up to 2 loads of cold patch and 2 loads of road rock for spring street maintenance. Howard seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Taylor motioned to schedule Spring Cleanup days for Tuesday, April 18 (scrap iron and appliances) and April 19 (large items for regular garbage). Godson seconded. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

Council discussed delinquent Utilities and authorized shut offs.

Godson motioned to adjourn. Howard Seconded. All voted in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 8:49pm.



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