City of Freeborn    

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

August 21st, 2019



Roll Call: Present:  Mayor: Ed Mosser; Council Members: Jim Beach, Arik Matson, Pat Stenzel; City Clerk: Nicole LaFrance; Maintenance Operator: Bill Guggisberg; Public: Sharon Honstad, Jim Johnson, Andrew Bernau, Robin Pettit, Vic & Gail Savick  Absent: Council Member:  Dale Hedensten


Meeting was called to order by Mayor Mosser at 6:30 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance was said


Motion was made by Stenzel to approve the July 21st, 2019 Regular Meeting Minutes —2nd by Matson—carried.


Public Comment: Jim Johnson from Bargen Corporated was present on Replay Procedure for streets to be sealed. He discussed the product, references from other companies, cities, and organizations and the lasting effects to extend the life of new and existing city streets. Council discussed.


Public Comment: Andrew Bernau was present with the completed 2018 audit and financial statements from Hill, Benda, Skov and Bernau.

Motion was made by Beach to accept the 2018 Audit – 2nd by Stenzel – carried.


Public Comment: Sharon Honstad and Dan from Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground were present. Dan discussed his products, lifetime expectance of 25 years, coloring to prevent fading. Honstad is still working on grant from Worth County and will find out in December if that is received. Playground quote is good until December 1st, for a estimated start date on May 1, 2020.


Public Comment: Resident Robing Pettit was present regarding a strip of land the city owns adjacent to her property. She has been maintaining this piece of land for many years, and would like to see if the city will sell to her. Council discussed, and city attorney Perry Berg will prepare documents and information for city, and proposed sale for $1.00.


Public Comment: Vic and Gail Savick were present to discuss a street that had been vacated (Lake Street), but not through formal resolution and recorded at County Recorder’s Office in the late 1970’s. Savick’s are working with an attorney for legal description of their property, and would like the vacated piece adjacent to their property apportioned to them. City Clerk will contact City Attorney, on formal process on vacation of street. He is will also be in contact with Abby Berg, attorney for Savick’s.


Public Comment: Residents spoke of grass clippings being blown into the road. It is state statute to not blow clippings into road ways.


Council Member Matson motioned to close city council meeting for scheduled Fire/Ambulance Meeting -2nd by Stenzel – motion carried.


Council Member Matson motioned to open city council meeting to finish city council meeting -2nd by Stenzel – motion carried.


Maintenance Report:  Guggisberg gave his monthly maintenance report. Generator for city is in, waiting on Heath Electric to finish proper hookup. Guggisberg discussed the street sealing and company recommended and water shut off’s being repaired before winter. He would like to order a few new signs. Brakes and tires are done on city truck. Lift Station was repaired with a rock inside, float was replaced. His computer went out, and purchased a new one in Wells.


Motion made by Stenzel to approve Bargen Incorporated to reseal city streets. Budget for city is around $24K, and will calculate the square yards for that amount to be resealed. A separate repair of water shutoff’s in road, was approved for $1,500.00 – 2nd by Matson, motion carried.


Unfinished Business: Delinquent water/sewer accounts were discussed.


Unfinished Business: Nuisance Ordinance was discussed regarding unlicensed vehicles and grass. Guggisberg and Beach will go around with list and see if we missed any vehicles moved or licensed prior to assessment that were on the nuisance ordinance list.


Tabled Resolution 2019-8 Ordinance #52-D Revision of Utility Fees (Late Charge)


Motion made by Beach to approve Resolution 2019-9 Donations Park Department for Park Equipment – 2nd by Stenzel -carried.


New Business: 2020 Proposed Budget was tabled.


Motion made by Stenzel to accept and approve the Accounts Payable and Reconciliation Reports –2nd by Matson—carried.


Miscellaneous Items: Garbage containers were discussed, and the residents that have two, how is that handled and charged with Thompson Sanitation. Will receive more information from office manager on Monday.


Motion made by Stenzel to adjourn —2nd by Matson—carried.


-Nicole LaFrance

City Clerk-Treasurer