07/24/2018 Special Commission Budget Meeting Minutes

Valley City Special Commission Proceedings
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
7:00 AM Meeting, City Hall

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 7:00 AM.

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

Others Present: City Administrator Schelkoph, Finance Director Richter, Deputy Auditor Klein, City Attorney Schoenack, Assessor Hansen, Building/Fire Inspector Andersen, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ.

New Business

Consider committee recommendation to hire KLJ for construction engineering on 3rd Avenue SE reconstruction project (UGP-SU-2-990(059)059 PCN 21846).

Commissioner Powell moved to approve hiring KLJ for construction engineering on 3rd Avenue SE reconstruction, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.

Roll Call: Magnuson – aye, Powell – aye, Bishop – nay, Erickson – nay, Carlsrud – aye. Motion carried.

Continue discussing first draft of 2019 Budget

Building Official/Fire Inspector Andersen presented his 2019 budget requests with no major changes from 2018. Clerk of Court, Chris Westerhausen then presented the Municipal Courts 2019 budget. Both were received with no changes from the commissioners.

The commissioners listened to the following requests made by VC organizations:

Sheryl Solberg for the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals requested the same support as in 2018 which is $1,000 plus and revenue for dog license net of the cost of the veterinary bills incurred by the city to impound stray cats and dogs.

Hilde van Gijssel, treasurer for Bridges Art Council requested financial support of $1,000 which is the same as in 2018.

Wes Anderson, Curator of the Barnes County Historical Society requested $4,000 to help support the Museum. The request remained the same as was in 2018.

Hilde van Gijssel, board member of the Public Library requested 8.2 mills for the 2019 budget. The reason for the request is to keep the amount levied for the library above 8 mill. If the amount levied drops below 8 mills, the Library would be negatively impacted by the amount the Library would receive from the State Library Grant. Political subdivisions that levy 8 or more mills for the Library receives 150% of State’s grant allocation. The Commissioners directed Richter to keep the mill levy the same as presented in the draft budget at 8.10 mills.

Police Chief Hatcher presented his department and capital budget to the Commissioners

General operations remains relatively the same as in 2018. Requesting a new position for a Community Support Officer or a code enforcer. The duties would include parking enforcement duties, animal control duties, patrolling parking lots and enforcement of unlicensed vehicles parked on private property, and also be the records manager backup to fill during the absence of the records manager. Currently, the Police Chief or a Police officer/sergeant fills in during the absence. Also looking for a $20,000 right hand drive jeep that would be used by that person.

Also under the capital purchases looking to replace the 2013 Tahoe, three laptop computers for the vehicles and two portable radios.

Requesting $10,000 for two of industrial dehumidifier to place in the basement and to also get a professional evaluation of the basement in the law enforcement center. Places in the basement wall are leaking during heavy rains and at times during the spring. The area is smelly from the humidity and there is concerns of mold and safe air quality. After the evaluation, determine what is needed to improve the air quality in the building.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 AM.

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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