Regular Council Meeting - 4/19/2021
City of Colfax – Regular Council Meeting 4/19/2021
The regular April Meeting of the Colfax City Council was called to order by Mayor Olson at 7:48pm. Present were Mayor Jeff Olson, Council Members Tom Wulfekuhle, Justin Reiland, Kyle Krump, and auditor Jen Skoog. Absent was Paul Lucas. Audience members in attendance were Sid Berg, Tom Frankl, Inis Frankl, Bonnie Gylland, and Nathan Berseth.
Mayor Olson recognized the audience. Gylland asked about the presence of a construction cone in her yard. Wulfekuhle noted that he noticed an old curb stop or shutoff value needing marking and contacted Chad to check it out. Gylland also asked about stop signs being put up, and asked about construction traffic coming down Grant Street. Wulfekuhle confirmed that the stop signs will be going up soon at 3 intersections in town. Reiland noted he made a call Saturday to one of the construction companies using the road. This issue will be monitored by the Council.
Nathan Berseth requested the board to release Block 3 Lot 2 of Colfax Meadows 3. Motion made by Wulfekuhle, seconded by Krump to approve the release request. Carried.
Sid Berg requested the status on a letter written by the City Council to the County Commission regarding jake breaks and change in speed limit East of town. Berseth confirmed that the letter was received by the County Commission.
The minutes of the March City Council meeting were reviewed; Krump moved to approve minutes as presented, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
Financial report for March was reviewed. Krump made motion, seconded by Reiland to approve financial reports, motion carried.
The bills and meter reading differences for the month of March were reviewed; Wulfekuhle motioned to approve the bills as presented, plus a bill from Richland County Assessor’s Office for $668 and a bill from True North Steel for $696.30, seconded by Krump. Carried.
A community meeting with Savion Energy was held the prior week. Savion provided information to the community at the meeting, and Olson recapped the information provided.
No update or further information from Interstate Engineering at this time regarding the water loop to new addition.
No update at this time regarding the Grant Street Improvement Project. The Council agreed to put the project on hold at this time.
No update from Lucas regarding the New Resident Info Sheet.
The Council reviewed the two mowing bids received. Wulfekuhle motioned to accept the mowing bid received from Adam Skoog for 2021 mowing, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
Only one gravel bid was received. Wulfekuhle motioned to accept the gravel bid received from TJM Trucking, seconded by Krump. Carried.
Wulfekuhle requested that the City purchase 8 stop signs to put up at a few intersection in town. Once received, Wulfekuhle will install them.
Discussion was held regarding the installation of additional street lights, along with when and where new lights should be added. Olson will contact Cass County Electric and order 3-5 lights, depending on the current price.
Discussion was held regarding the Lagoon mowing for 2021. It was suggested that the new DR mower be used to mow the inside lagoon area. The outside lagoon area is more manageable and can be done by a regular mower. Council is now requesting bids for mowing the Lagoon area. Interested parties can contact Kyle Krump or Jeff Olson to discuss parameters, frequency, and special equipment. Bids are due by May 14th.
Olson noted that the generator was serviced last year, however he suggested that it still be serviced on a yearly basis. All members agreed.
A Pet Vaccine clinic will be held April 27th at the Colfax Fire Hall. Questions, contact Dakota Vet Clinic in Wahpeton.
Colfax Clean-up Day will be April 30th. Further information will be posted and email to residents.
Building Permit for Wang (600 Blaine Street) was presented to the Council. Krump motioned to approve the presented building permit, seconded by Wulfekuhle. Carried.
Auditor Skoog presented the ND Insurance Reserve Fund bonding report, requesting $108,000 of bonding. Wulfekuhle motioned to approve the bonding request, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
Snow removal options were discussed and considered for the upcoming winter. Minn-kota may allow the City to use some of their equipment, and Olson has two people interested in running the equipment. Further discussion will be held at the next meeting.
There being no further business, Reiland made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Wulfekuhle. Carried. Adjourned at 9:16pm.
City Equalization Meeting -4/19/2021
City of Colfax – Equalization Meeting 4/19/2021
The Equalization Meeting of the Colfax City Council was called to order by Council Member Krump at 7:00pm. Present were Council Members Tom Wulfekuhle, Justin Reiland, Kyle Krump, and auditor Jen Skoog. Mayor Jeff Olson was few minutes late, and absent was Paul Lucas. Audience members in attendance were Sid Berg, Tom Frankl, Inis Frankl, Bonnie Gylland, Nathan Berseth, and Wendy Matejcek & Rod Romereim with Richland County Assessor’s Office.
Krump recognized the audience and turned the meeting over to Wendy & Rod with the Richland County Assessor’s Office. Wendy talked through the City Equalization numbers on the handouts provided to the council. The Council & Audience members brought forth questions on specific properties and the vacant lot valuations. Krump motioned that all BLB currently owned properties would be applied an even prorated increase over 4 years, unless sold, in lieu of one large increase in 2022 as assessed by the Richland County Assessor’s Office. Seconded by Reiland. Carried. Reiland motioned that Vance Gylland’s 3 undeveloped lots (parcels 38-2010-00349.010, 38-2010-00349.015, 38-2010-00349.020) would also be applied an even prorated increase over 4 years, unless sold, in lieu of one large increase in 2022 as assessed by the Richland County Assessor’s Office. Seconded by Krump. Carried
Wulfekuhle motioned to approve the 2 farm exceptions presented by the Richland County Assessor’s Office. Seconded by Krump. Carried.
Krump motioned to approve the Richland County Assessor’s Office Report as presented, including the two motioned modifications. Seconded by Wulfekuhle. Carried.
Wulfekuhle motioned to adjourn the City of Colfax Equalization Meeting. Seconded by Reiland. Carried.
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