07/02/2018 City Commission Minutes

Valley City Commission Proceedings
July 2, 2018
5:00 PM Meeting, City Hall

President Carlsrud presided and continued with roll call at 5:00 PM.

Members present: Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Powell, Commissioner Erickson.

Others Present: City Administrator Schelkoph, City Auditor Richter, City Attorney Mertins, Assessor Hansen, Public Works Accountant/Manager Jacobson, Building/Fire Inspector Andersen, Fire Chief Retterath, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ.

Presentation by Fire Department to Retiring Officer

Fire Chief Retterath presented Lieutenant Brad Tipke with a plaque for his 30 years of service to the Valley City Fire Department.

Approval of Agenda  – Remove Consent D, Addition of Consent E, Remove N6, N7

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the minutes from June 19 and 26, 2018 meetings, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. The motion passed unanimously.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Building Inspector, Auditor, Municipal Judge and Public Works Accountant.
  2. Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $1,633,475.65
  3. Approve Raffle Permit for Barnes County Historical Society, CHI Health at Home – Hospice, Red Knights
  4. Approve Carnival License for
  5. Approve alcoholic beverage license for Captains Pub

Commissioner Powell moved to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.


Approve first reading of Ordinance No. 1033, an ordinance repealing and replacing amending Title 11, Zoning
City Attorney Mertins stated the Ordinance No. 1033 is part of the recodification project with the majority of the changes being clerical in nature, however there are some substantive changes. Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing on June 20, 2018 and recommends approval of Ordinance No. 1033.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve first reading of Ordinance No. 1033, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Approve Application to Block off Street on July 28, 2018 by the Thundering Saints on the 200 block of Main Street East, or the 100 block of 3rd Avenue SE if reconstruction has not begun
City Administrator Schelkoph reviewed this application to block off street and recommends no delay of construction project to hold the event. Schelkoph supports the preferred option of 3rd avenue as long as reconstruction has not begun.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the Application to Block off the Street with preference for Third Avenue with Main as the backup option, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve the Visitors Committee recommendation for an extension for completing the installation of replacement interpretive and map panels along the Scenic Byway to December 31, 2018
City Auditor Richter stated Bobby Koepplin has requested an additional extension for the installation of the signs Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the extension until December 31, 2018, seconded by Commissioner Powell. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Public Works Policy on Meter Exception Charges
City Administrator Schelkoph stated there are three proposed changes to current policy that would now require fees to be collected for the following services:


In the case of a Water meter if they shut off valve themselves no charge for disconnect or reconnect but must notify the office when they leave and when they return to have base charges suspended. To have shut off done by Public Works, Disconnect/Reconnect fees will apply.


The fees to turn on and shut off Electric meters for irrigation will be $40.00 to disconnect and a $40.00 to reconnect. This is now by location not account holder.


In the case of an Electric meter that is installed for commercial purposes and is there for under 6 months they will be charged an install fee to include Labor and Equipment.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the meter exception charges, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

Consider “Notice to Award” to Swanberg Construction for the Ultra Filtration Project at the Water Treatment Plant
City Administrator Schelkoph stated the requested numbers have not been received from AE2S. Schelkoph will postpone N4 & N5 until the information is received.

Consider “Notice to Proceed” to Swanberg Construction for the Water Treatment Plant Ultra Filtration Project

N6) Consider Increasing Contract Maximum for Construction Engineering for Paving Improvement District No. 113 by $16,950.00 (KLJ)

N7) Consider Increasing Contract Maximum for Construction Engineering for 2017 Parking Lot Improvement District by $15,500 (KLJ)

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Schelkoph thanked citizens for their patience during road construction.

City Updates & Commission Reports

Fire Chief Retterath stated fireworks sales and usage has begun and reminded the public to be safe and use with permissible hours.

Chad Petersen from KLJ provided a construction update highlighting the mill & overlay on 7th Street will begin next week; 8th Avenue will continue to be a one-way for the next two to three weeks; seal coat for Paving Improvement District No. 117 will begin this week. The revisions to the Permanent Flood Protection staining will be ready for review at the end of the week.

City Administrator Schelkoph clarified that if you see No Parking signs, you can park on there on the 4th but not on the 5th or 6th during daylight hours.

Commissioner Magnuson welcomed Commissioner Erickson to commission.

President Carlsrud thanked members for service.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:28 PM.

Dave Carlsrud, President of the
City of Valley City Commission

Attested to by:
Avis Richter, City Auditor
City of Valley City

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