07/23/2019 Special City Commission Minutes

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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 Martineck, Police Chief Hatcher, Fire Chief Magnuson.


Approve second and final reading of Ordinance No. 1046, An Ordinance to Amend and Reenact portions of Title 4 (Alcoholic Beverages) of the Valley City Municipal Code

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve Ordinance No. 1046, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.


Approve Resolution No. 2214 a Resolution Amending the Master Fee Schedule

Attorney Martineck stated that Resolution No 2214 amends the master fee schedule to add a Class H Brewer taproom annual fee of $500. Also added the master fee schedule is a $200 late fee for alcoholic beverage applications that are not received by the first Monday in June for the licensing period of July 1 of that year to June 30 of the following year.

Commissioner Bishop recommended a late fee of $250 for the first day and $100 every day thereafter, until the license fee and complete application is received. Commissioner Magnuson recommended the $100 fee would be for every business day thereby excluding Saturday and Sundays.

Commissioner Bishop moved to charge a $250 late fee for the first day and $100 for every business day thereafter, until the license fee and complete application is received, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.


Continue discussing 2020 Budget

Attorney Martineck and Chris Westerhausen for the Municipal Courts each presented their 2020 budget requests. Both were received with no changes from the commissioners.

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

Jenni Richman for the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals requested the same support as in 2019 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.

Wes Anderson, Curator of the Barnes County Historical Society requested support the Museum as in prior years which was $4,000.

Hilde van Gijssel, board member of the Public Library requested $141,000 equivalent to 8.1 mills for the 2020 budget and an addition $5,000 for signage, fencing, and to establish library branches at other Barnes County locations.

Hilde van Gijssel, treasurer for Bridges Art Council requested financial support of $1,000 which is the same as in 2019.

Hilde also request an additional $1,000 to help support an arts administrator, which would be a new position for ten hours per week. The goal is to combine the Bridges arts Council and the VCSU Community School of the Arts to create a new organization call Bridges Arts Council of Valley City/Barnes County.

Fire Chief Magnuson presented his budget to the Commissioners

Commissioner Bishop stated that he reviewed the fire department’s budget thoroughly and was satisfied with it as presented. The fire hall capital improvements included LED lighting upgrades, furnace and electrical upgrades, $30,000 towards an addition to the fire hall and a homeland security grant to replace access doors and for a video camera security system. Capital budget for equipment included $75,000 towards a new pumper truck.

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

General operations increased by $9,000. Will being at full staff for the first time numerous years, some operational items were increased including vehicle service and repairs. Hoping to see an increase in parking fines with the new position added in 2019. Police commissioner Bishop reviewed the department’s budget and was satisfied with it as presented.

Chief Hatcher will continue with the vehicle replacement schedule and budgeted $40,000 to replace the 2013 Tahoe in 2020. He also budgeted $20,000 for mobile vision body cams and a server. He had been asked to look into adding the body cams for the officers on duty. Attorney Martineck remarked that body cams are very beneficial when it comes to jury trials. It gives the jurors evidence of what was said and occurred. Commissioner Bishop said that it was important to keep up with technology and $20,000 is well worth the protection for both the officers and citizens alike.


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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