12/3/2019 City Commission Minutes

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

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

Others Present: City Administrator Schelkoph, City Auditor Richter, City Attorney Martineck, City Assessor Hansen, Public Works Accountant Jacobson, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher, Deputy Auditor Klein, Chad Petersen from KLJ.

Approval of Agenda – Addition of Consent E.c.; Removed N2, N5

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Powell moved to approve the minutes from the November 19, 2019 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion carried.

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 $ 2,470,469.82
  3. Approve Raffle Permit for VCSU Student Chapter of Wildlife Society
  4. Approve Mechanical Contractor license for Kemen Plumbing & Heating
  5. Approve 6 month (January 1 – June 30, 2020) Liquor license for the following establishments:
    1. Main Street Off Sale, LLC dba Tavern Ninety-Four
    1. Hi-Line Hospitality, LLC dba City Lights
    1. Labor Club
  6. Approve 2020 Vehicles for Hire License for South Central Adult Services
  7. Approve 2020 L.P. Gas Permits for the following establishments:
    1. CHS Inc dba Dakota Plains Ag
    1. Farmers Union Oil Company of Moorhead, MN dba PetroServe USA #071
    1. CBF Oil, Inc. dba Vining Oil & Gas
  8. Approve 2020 Pawn Shop License for Northwestern Industries

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

Public Comments

There were no public comments.


Approve Resolution No. 2226, a Resolution Authorizing Filing Of Application With North Dakota Department Of Environmental Quality For A Loan Under The Clean Water Act And/Or The Safewater Drinking Act for 7th Avenue NW & 2nd Avenue NE Improvements

City Auditor Richter reported the City is working on a loan application for the portion of the project that will be special assessed to property owners. The rate is 2%. Commissioner Bishop moved to approve Resolution No. 2226, seconded by Commissioner Powell. The motion passed unanimously.

Consider Resolution No. 2227, a Resolution accepting Bid and Awarding Contract to KPH Inc. for SU-2-990(059), PCN 22245 – 5th Ave NW from Main St to 12th St NW

Chad Petersen from KLJ stated the NDDOT opened bids on November 8, 2019. Four bids were received which were all over the engineer’s estimate of $3,366,041. The low bidder was KPH with $3,852,699.30 which is 14.5% over the engineer’s estimate. The federal funds were capped at $1.85 million which means the local share will cover the remainder of the project costs. City Administrator Schelkoph stated Valley City Public Works could install street lighting for a reduced cost and recommended approval of the bid with plans to do this change order. Petersen confirmed the Commission needed to take action.

Commissioner Powell moved to accept the bid as presented with a change order to be addressed to have Valley City Public Works install the lighting.

President Carlsrud asked KLJ and City Administrator Schelkoph to provide numbers on this change. Commissioner Bishop seconded the motion.

Commissioner Magnuson inquired about the additional local cost. City Administrator Schelkoph confirmed there would be no additional cost to the property owners as the Prairie Dog bill would cover the overage.

The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Approve the following requests from the Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation:

  1. Valley Development Group Roundtable funds in the amount of $60,000 per year for the next three years beginning October 1, 2019 thru September 30, 2022
  2. Small Projects Funds in the amount of $14,000

Jennifer Feist on behalf of the Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation presented the request for release of the Roundtable funds from the sales tax dedicated to economic development and the small projects fund request.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation requests as presented, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. The motion passed unanimously.

Removed: Review Class B (On and off-sale beer) & Class C (On and off-sale liquor) Licenses for The Club House

Approve Contract for Services with Village Business Institute for Employee Assistance Program 2019 – 2021

City Attorney Martineck recommended approval of the contract. Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the contract, seconded by Commissioner Powell. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve bid for 2020 VCPD patrol vehicle from Miller Motors in the amount of $31,947

Police Chief Hatcher plans to replace the 2012 Chevy Tahoe and recommends the low bid from Miller Motors. Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the bid, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. The motion passed unanimously.

Removed: Approve appointment for Renaissance Zone Authority Board for remainder of three year term expiring June 30, 2022

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Schelkoph thanked Dale Knudson for his 19 years of service to the City. Schelkoph will be attending a State Water Commission meeting on Friday to ask for a low interest loan for the city’s cost share for the Permanent Flood Protection projects that will be constructed over the next two years. Schelkoph reported the new hook truck is here and the new sand truck will arrive soon.

City Updates & Commission Reports

Chad Petersen from KLJ reminded the Commission that PFP Phase IIA & III construction continues.

Commissioner Powell thanked City crews for hanging Christmas décor.

Commissioner Bishop thanked VCPD for their work during the snow storm. Thanks to VCFD for responding during the storm.

Commissioner Magnuson offered condolences for the family of Mark Boom.

President Carlsrud thanked crews for snow removal efforts.

Adjourn at 5:30 PM.

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