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City Council At A Glance

By Staff | Jul 17, 2015

JT Pelt/PCT Chuck Longie, left, sworn in by Mayor Arland Geiszler, Monday, July 6, 2015.

Rugby City Council meeting was held Monday July 7th at 7:30 p.m in the Council Chambers. The Council Members who were present: Rheault, Lotvedt, Kraft, Bednarz, Hoffert, Berg, Longie, and Wentz. Also present were Mayor Geiszler, City Auditor Heisey, and City Attorney Hartl.

Mayor Geiszler called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Council members recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and at that time Mayor Geiszler took a roll call of council members.

The first course of business was the Council reviewed the City of Rugby Canvassing Board results of special Election for Ward 4. Mayor Geiszler announced the returns of the election for City Councilman Ward 4, City of Rugby. There were a total of 29 votes cast out of 455 eligible voters. There were 20 votes cast for Chuck Longie and 9 votes cast for Dave Cichos. Mayor Geiszler announced the declaration of Chuck Longie as the winner of the office of Ward 4 Councilman.

At that time Mayor Geiszler administered the Oath of Office for Councilman-elect Longie. Longie solemnly swore to support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of North Dakota and that he would faithfully discharge the duties of the office according to the best of his ability.

Once the swearing in was concluded and congratulations and welcoming subsided, there was a motion by Councilperson Hoffert to approve the minutes of the June 1, 2015 council meeting, June 8, 2015 special council meeting, and the June 15, 2015 special council meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Bednarz and with all Councilpersons voting yes, the motion carried.

During the meeting the Council considered the resolution discontinuing and vacating the East 133 feet of the alley in Block 6 which is a portion of the alley adjacent to Lots 1, 2, 11, & 12, Block 6, Erickson’s addition to the City of Rugby, North Dakota that was submitted by Randy Deplazes in 2013. Publication of the Notice of Hearing and the hearing took place in 2013. The Council voted to approve the vacation, the motion carried. No resolution was drafted or considered at that time. In order to finalize the vacation, the Council must approve the resolution and file the findings with County. To that conclusion there was a motion by Councilperson Lotvedt to approve the adoption of the resolution discontinuing and vacating the proposed property. Councilperson Kraft seconded the motion; there was a roll call vote taken and the motion carried unanimously.

There was also a hearing scheduled to address the petition submitted by Rugby Public School District # 5 for discontinuing and vacating a portion of the alley adjacent to Lots 1 & 2, E 1/2 Lot 3, E 1/2 Lot 30, Lots 31 & 32, Block 4, Comstock’s First Addition was held. School Superintendent, Dr. McNeff announced that the District has chosen to withdraw the petition. Dr. McNeff explained that the District wanted to come to a compromise with neighboring residents who had been opposed to the vacation. The District would like to join their north and south lots together to create a greenspace for the elementary school children to play on during recess and for physical education courses. The school is located in a land-locked area and does not have adequate space to safely accommodate the current number of students on the playground. Dr. McNeff proposed barricading the alleyway and a small section of street during school hours to allow more space for students to run and play as well as provide safe access to that area. Dr. McNeff noted that the school currently has about 300 students on the playground in mornings from 8:30 to 9 and after lunch. The Council, residents and Dr. McNeff, discussed the traffic concerns, the use of the alley, the lack of playground space and the resident’s concerns. These topics were discussed at length.

With limited time available, no conclusion was reached that all felt was feasible. Dr. McNeff stated that he would arrange for further discussion with the principal and other staff to try to come up with a solution that everyone could agree to.

Then there was a hearing for petition by Timothy J. Bartsch, Cindy Schaan, Daniel Pfeifer, Brandi M.Ebach, and Sandy Wurgler for discontinuing and vacation of the alley adjacent to Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, & 11, Block 2, Bachmeier’s Addition. There was no one in attendance that protested the vacating of the property. The Council then considered a resolution to accomplish the task. Councilperson Lotvedt made a motion for approval of the resolution. It was seconded by Councilperson Hoffert, a roll call vote was taken, all voted yes, and the motion carried.

Then the Council considered the resolution authorizing the Issuance of $400,000 of City of Rugby General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of financing the Fire Hall. Motion by Councilperson Hoffert to approved the resolution authorizing the Issuance of $400,000 of City of Rugby General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of financing the Fire Hall. Second by Councilperson Kraft, a roll call vote, all voted yes, and the motion carried.

Then the Council considered resolution for setting the auditor’s bond coverage limit through the State Bonding Fund for $2,000,000. There was a motion by Councilperson Hoffert to approve the resolution setting the auditor’s bond coverage limit at $2,000,000, it was seconded by Councilperson Berg, there was a roll call vote, all voting yes, and the motion carried.

Then the Council reviewed the Pledge of Securities from Merchants Bank to protect the City’s funds as it pertains to monies held at the bank that exceed the F.D.I.C. deposit insurance limits that are set at $250,000.00

The Council conducted the first reading of the Tall Grass and Weed Ordinance No. 396 submitted for adoption by the Ordinance Committee. Attorney Hartl questioned the penalty clause of the ordinance and the Council discussed striking out the ambiguous portion that was in question by Attorney Hartl. Motion by Councilperson Hoffert to accept the Tall Grass and Weed Ordinance with the recommended changes of striking out part B. of Section 9.30.080 on penalties, motion was seconded by Councilperson Berg, there was a roll call vote, all voting yes, motion carried. It should be noted that the striking of part “B” of the ordinance did not weaken the penalty or enforcement of the said ordinance, striking it made the ordinance more distinct and less ambiguous.

Then the Council considered approval of a special permit for the Rugby Panther Sports Boosters for Football booklets for weekly cash prize of $50.00. Attorney Hartl reviewed the permit application and recommended approval provided that the said applicant provided the total dollar value of all weekly cash prizes. There was a Motion by Councilperson Lotvedt to approve the permit from the Rugby Panther Sports Boosters after submitting a total value of the cash prizes it was seconded by Councilperson Wentz, a roll call vote was taken and the motion carried unanimously.

The then Council reviewed the various committee meeting minutes, during the review Councilperson Wentz the Chairman of the Water/Streets/Sewer Committee reported that the second train (water storage at water plant) will be up and running by July 9th. This was a positive new with water consumption for summer season has been in high demand. It was also reported that the City has used 1500-1600 gallons of tar sealing the cracks on the street.

Then the Council discussed participation in the NDLC Annual Conference in September that will be in Fargo. Then they set Committee Meetings dates for the July 15. With no further business to transact or to come before the council they adjourned.

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