City of Colfax – Regular Council Meeting 6/20/2022
The regular May Meeting of the Colfax City Council was called to order by Mayor Olson at 7:12pm, with delay due to power outage. Present were Mayor Jeff Olson, Council Members Tom Wulfekuhle, Justin Reiland and Kyle Krump, and auditor Jen Skoog. Absent was council member Shaun Jacobson. Audience members in attendance were Bonnie Gylland, Inis Frankl, Sue Bowman, Joshua Boehm, and Mike Freeberg.
Jeff recognized the audience. Joshua Boehm presented his proposal for rezoning various lots within the Wold addition. The Rezoning Request is to rezone the following property to Residential Zoning: Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of Block 1, and Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of Block 2, all in Wold Development Subdivision, Richland County, North Dakota. Lots are currently zoned Agricultural, the proposed rezoning would zone two lots as residential. Reiland asked if the lots will be big enough for septic systems. Boehm said he will contact septic company the next day to verify. Concerns were brought up regarding Broadway and how far North it actually goes on the plat. Olson will contact the County to find out if Broadway still exists going North through Wold Addition or not. To ensure full acre lots in the addition, Boehm indicated that Broadway would need to be removed from the plat. It was noted that if Boehm desires the East/West road to be city maintained, it will need to meet certain specs before the city will maintain. Krump motioned to approve the rezoning of the lots as presented from agricultural to residential, seconded by Wulf, carried.
A building permit was presented by Boehm for one of the houses in the newly rezoned residential lots in the Wold addition. Wulfekuhle motioned to approve the building permit as presented, seconded by Krump. Carried.
Mike Freeberg presented his Special Exception Request for new construction at 34 Main Ave, requesting a variance from the 30-foot back yard requirement to allow for an 18-foot back yard. Krump motioned to approve the request, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
Sue Bowman brought forth concerns regarding various Broadway St. residents who have not mowed their property and have debris sitting in their yard. Some of these residents have been contacted. Discussion was held regarding the various properties. It was noted that a car appears abandoned by the store. Krump will contact a company to have it towed.
The minutes of the May Regular City Council meeting were reviewed. Wulfekuhle moved to approve minutes as presented, seconded by Krump. Carried.
Financial report for April - May was reviewed. Wulfekuhle made a motion to approve the financial reports as presented, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
The June bills and May meter reading differences were reviewed; Krump motioned to approve the bills as presented plus $1200 to John Myers for snow removal and Banyon for $2749, seconded by Reiland. Carried.
No update regarding the Savion project.
Regarding the Waterloop project, the city has been approved for the study and Olson will be signing paperwork to send in.
No update regarding the city snow blower tractor.
No update regarding the fire hydrant repair.
No update regarding the Grant Street improvement project.
Wulfekuhle discussed culvert cleanouts with the Colfax fire department and agreed that they could assist once it slows down. Wulfekuhle put together a map and noted the culverts that need clean out.
Wulfekuhle talked to Cass County Electric and they noted the price of street lights went up to $1500 each. Wulfekuhle told CCE to hold off to see if prices decrease.
Council reviewed the gaming site authorization application provided by West Fargo Rural Fire Department. Wulfekuhle motioned to approve, seconded by Krump. Carried.
City is on Glacier’s Dust Control list, however it most likely won’t be until after July 4th. Gravel needs to be laid down before this happens. Discussion was held regarding where gravel needs to be added.
Wulfekuhle mentioned that the city needs to laser level the elevation behind Kayla Gylland’s home to see if/what elevation is there for drainage.
Three water spickets throughout town that are being used by residents but are not metered. Discussion was held regarding the possible locking of these sources.
Wulfekuhle said that he will continue to mow the lagoon throughout the summer.
Reiland will be filling the sink hole on the south end of town.
Election results were presented. City Council Reorganization will occur at the July meeting.
There being no further business, Wulfekuhle made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Reiland. Carried. Adjourned at 8:33 pm.
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