City of Colfax – Regular Council Meeting 1/17/2022
The regular January Meeting of the Colfax City Council was called to order by Council Member Wulfekuhle at 7:00pm. Present were Council Members Tom Wulfekuhle, Justin Reiland, Shaun Jacobson and auditor Jen Skoog. Absent was Mayor Jeff Olson and Council Member Kyle Krump. Audience members in attendance were Inis Frankl, Bonnie Gylland, and Bob Stein.
Council Member Wulfekuhle recognized the audience. Bob Stein, with a division of the North Country Trail Association, presented a map of the North Country Trail that goes approx. 5,000 miles from North Dakota to Maine. Bob presented the possibility of having a multi-use loop of the trail around the City of Colfax. To be able to move forward, the City would need to designate a representative from the City to work with Abercrombie on a steering committee. Discussion was held. Wulfekuhle was appointed the city representative to continue working with the North Country Trail Association.
The minutes of the December Regular City Council meeting were reviewed; Reiland moved to approve minutes as presented, seconded by Jacobson. Carried.
Financial report for December was reviewed. Reiland made a motion to approve the financial reports as presented, seconded by Jacobson. Carried.
The January bills and meter reading differences for the month of December were reviewed; Reiland motioned to approve the bills as presented, seconded by Jacobson. Carried.
No update regarding the Savion Project.
No update regarding the Water Loop Project.
No update regarding a tractor for the new snow blower.
No update regarding the Fire Hydrant repair.
No update regarding Grant Street improvements.
Council reviewed the Metro Sports Foundation gaming application. Discussion was held. It was decided to table the application until the February meeting.
Auditor Skoog reported back to the council regarding cost for a new computer. It is difficult to obtain the necessary parts for new computers, therefore cost has significantly risen. A new computer would cost approx. $1,000, plus cost for the Office program package. Reiland motioned to approve up to $1,200 towards the purchase of a new city computer, seconded by Jacobson. Carried.
Multiple Bank of the West locations have closed in the FM area, leaving only one branch open. Skoog requested the council to consider switching banking locations to a bank that has branches in both Wahpeton and Fargo, suggesting Bell Bank as the new city bank. Discussion was held. Jacobson motioned to have the city’s three checking accounts moved to Bell Bank, keeping Jennifer Skoog, Jeff Olson, and Kyle Krump as the primary signers on the account with full account access, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
The Colfax Community Center requested an additional $1,500 from the Darrel Hendrickson funds to help cover some final expenses relating to the Community Center remodel. Jacobson motioned to approve the request, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
There being no further business, Reiland made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Jacobson. Carried. Adjourned at 7:52pm.
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