City of Freeborn

City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

October 17, 2018

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


Pledge of Allegiance was said


Roll Call: Present:  Mayor: Ed Mosser; Council Members: Jim Beach, Pat Stenzel, Arik Mattson; City Clerk: Nicole LaFrance; City Maintenance Operator: Bill Guggisberg; Absent: Council Member:  Kaleb Bjornstad; Public: Frank Thompson-Thompson Sanitation


Oath of Office was said by Council Member Arik Mattson.


Motion was made by Stenzel to approve the September 18th, 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes —2nd by Beach—carried.


Public Comments:  Frank Thompson was present with Thompson Sanitation to renewal the City of Freeborn’s garbage contract. Current contract expires December 31, 2018. This was a three year contract, moving forward as a six year contract. Starting January 1, 2019 rate will increase to $11.50, from $11.00. This in effect for first three years. Starting the fourth year January 1, 2023 it will be a increased to a $11.75 rate. This is through December 31, 2024.


Motion was made by Stenzel to approve the new six year garbage contract with Thompson Sanitation – 2nd by Mattson – carried.


Maintenance Report:  Guggisberg gave his maintenance report. Has started sweeping streets with new sweeper. Since sweeper is split between Hartland, the agreement that the sweeper when returned to each city for use, will be fueled up. Normal ponds discharging. MN Pump is behind schedule with work orders, and will hopefully be able to start soon with repairing lift station. Faucet in kitchen has also been replaced. Rain Garden was discussed.


Unfinished Business: Delinquent water/sewer accounts were reviewed. Employee Reviews were tabled until next city council meeting.


Motion made by Beach to approve Resolution 2018-9 Special Assessment Orders-Certification – 2nd by Stenzel – carried.


New Business: Letters to owners for meter repair will receive a shut off notice if they do not comply with contacting Guggisberg for meter replacement. City Clerk will contact Steve Moline about working on Housing Redevelopment program.


Motion made by Beach to approve Resolution 2018-10 Donations for Playground Equipment – 2nd by Stenzel – carried.


Motion made by Beach to accept and approve the Accounts Payable and Reconciliation Reports –2nd by Stenzel—carried. This includes Fire and Ambulance Department bills and the abatement and refund of special assessments for new Mattson business on purchased property.


Motion made by Beach to adjourn —2nd by Stenzel—carried


-Nicole LaFrance

City Clerk-Treasurer