At their Tuesday, September 2nd meeting, the Enderlin
City Council, with all members present (Mayor Deon Maasjo,
council members Kevin Bunn, Shelly Hanson, Chris Sandvig,
Dean Torbenson, Duane Skramstad, Tim Michaelson), and city
auditor Cyndee Chesley, city engineer Tom Klabunde,
community affairs advocate Sara Dixson, city attorney Fallon
Kelly, and public works superintendent Rick Gillund present,
they approved on first reading the city’s preliminary budget
Chesley walked the council through the preliminary budget
that had been put together by herself, Maasjo, Bunn and Skramstad.
The budget mirrors the 2014 budget, with few raises. The following
figures were approved on first reading:
Revenue: General Fund, $681,200; Special Revenue Funds,
$79,900; Sales Tax Fund, $123,950; Golf Course, $60,200; Special
Assessment Funds, $806,116; Enterprise Funds, $1,551,276; Trust
and Agency Funds: Airport, 7.22 mills; Municipal Arts, 4.34 mills;
Library, 13.02 mills; Cemetery, 1.84 mills; for a total of $54,410.
Note: One mills = $2,713.10.
Klabunde gave an update on the Center Street Sewer/Street
Project. He told the council that the Quam Construction crew
uncovered lead service lines and estimated that to replace them
would cost $2,000 each. The council, following discussion, felt that
it would be wise to replace these lines; Torbenson made this motion,
it was seconded by Hanson and approved by all.
Should residents wish to get work done, hooking up their homes
to the new lines, they need to contact the city.
The council approved payment of a partial payment to Quam
Construction, $102,114, and Moore Engineering bill for $8,150.
The council also voted to allow Maasjo and Chesley to sign
bond payments in the amount of $365,500.
Dixson was present to answer any questions concerning the
Community Development Committee budget and to also update
them on plans for SunFest on the 19th, 20th and 21st. The city crew
will be working with Dixson in preparing for the event.
Dixson also said that she has received on Renaissance inquiry
and will keep the council in the loop if it develops.
Discussion concerning the city’s police protection contract with
Ransom County. The city in the past has approved paying 31 percent
of the sheriff’s budget, but due to a financial short-fund, in 2014 the
city paid 26 percent. The council pledged to pay the full 31 percent
in their 2015 budget.
Also discussed was the possible raising of both water and sewer
rates in order to bring these funds out of the red. Figures will be put
together and put on the October meeting agenda.
The council approved a revision of 10.10041 “Restricting or
Preventing Use of Railroad Crossings” amendment on first reading.
The council has received numerous complaints from citizens
concerning how long trains block some or all of the public crossings.
The revisions include prohibition of blocking crossings longer
than five minutes, except when necessary to avoid striking any
object or person on the track.
Evidence that a train or portion of a train or any equipment used
in the operation of a railroad system is restricting the crossings
will require proof and cited as a Class B Misdemeanor. Fines for
violation of this ordinance would be $750. Individuals would be
fined $500 minimum sentence, 2 consecutive days in jail and a fine
If detained at a crossing, a call to State Radio, and verifying
the lead locomotive’s number.
Queen Pin (Sparetime Lounge) requested allowing them to
host a special permit license to sell liquor on Wednesday, September
10th at the Enderlin City Auditorium. It will be a wine and cheese
social and will provide the public with information of the Enderlin
Area endowment Fund, benefitting the communities of Enderlin,
Alice, Nome and Sheldon.
The council approved the request.
The council advised Kelly to prepare nuisance ordinance
paperwork to be sent to E. Stenson concerning his commercial
endeavors in a residential area. The city also talked about Maria
Parent’s property and the need for it to be cleaned up. Kelly will
check the legality of the vehicles on this property. Two properties
on Sixth Avenue were also discussed and what could be done
The city has been working with Bernice Utke concerning
widening the corner off of Highway 46 on Broadway Street. The
city’s purchase of the property and removing the fire damaged
house from Utke is being researched.
The council set September 15th for a special hearing to petition
to vacate an alley, allowing the Niedringhaus’ to building a garage.
The Enderlin Housing Authority Governing Board sent a letter
to the city. The board had held their annual meeting on August 14th
and discussed the income and expense, bond debt service and
designated sales tax collection concerning the Crestwood apartments.
Rental rates were discussed according to the board minutes and long
term strategies were suggested to the city council.
The board strongly was urging the sale of the Crestwood
Apartments through a public bidding process to a private part
and the cessation of the designated half-cent city sales tax.
During discussion by the council, it was determined that the
city would like to sell the property but can not sell this property
for less than the balance of the bond, which is currently at $495,000.
Gillund submitted a written report. He told the council that
the crew will continue spraying for mosquitos. The report said that
the tree pile at the landfill had been burnt, most of the curbstops
had been located and worked, a line had been put in the orange
IHC snow plow truck and had been taken in for a check on the
head gasket, painting had been done on all contact basins, a culvert
had been put in across from the water plant, the swimming pool
drained and winterized. Reflectors were put on the deadend of
Fifth Avenue on Roosevelt, and also on 11th Avenue.
Gillund also said that more concrete work at the pool will
be done, was looking at costs to lease a different road grader
with a wing. The computer at the water plant has been taken
in for repair.
Also reported was that the city had received delivery of a
new snow blower and pallet forks.
Building permits were approved from Jerard Ottman for
a storage shed, Chris Iwen for a shed, Lee Karvonen for the
addition of eaves, and Julie Ussatis for repair of steps and railing.
The October city council meeting will be held at 7pm on
Wednesday, October 1st.