First reading of city budget approved
Donation to Domestic Violence and Abuse Center in Grafton approved
MINTO – Minto residents will not see an increase in their mill levy, after a vote on the first reading of the city’s budget for 2014. Council members Larry Jamieson and Keith Shutt moved and seconded a motion to approve the budget. The vote was unanimous. Council members Jamieson, Shutt and Nice were in attendance.
“People have an easier time paying for fee-oriented services, rather than seeing their property taxes increase to pay for city services,” said Lane Kelley, mayor of Minto.
After the vote to approve the budget, council member Jameison moved to transfer money from the community development fund to the snow removal fund in order to bring that fund into balance. The motion was seconded by Shutt and was passed unanimously.
In response to an ongoing discussion at the council about establishing the capacity for the city to perform their own snow removal services, council member Nice presented some research he had compiled regarding the cost of used equipment and a structure to house the equipment. After some discussion, council member Jamieson moved and Nice seconded a motion to seek bids for snow removal for the upcoming season. The motion passed on a unanimous vote.
“We will continue to look into the costs and benefits of running our own snow removal operation in the next few months,” said Kelley. “If we are going to do this, we can’t just buy equipment and let it sit outside. We need to look at a place to store and maintain the equipment and the people we would need to operate it. We need to consider the grand scheme of things before we move forward,” said Kelley.
In other action, the council approved the sale of a lot in the Stoltman Addition. Nice moved and Jamieson seconded the motion to approve the sale. The motion passed on a unanimous vote.
A storefront rehabilitation project on the Minto Auto Sales property was approved for a 50 percent reimbursement up to $2000. Nice moved, Shutt seconded and the motion to approve the reimbursement passed on a unanimous vote.
In other business, the council discussed what could be done to help enforce the public nuisance ordinances in place. Tammy Ulland, city auditor, has investigated what it would take to establish a city magistrate who would preside over cases involving violations of city ordinances and the application of fines. She also reported that the policing contract in place with the Walsh County Sheriff’s Office must include enforcement of city ordinances for the sheriff’s office to act on any violations.
The next meeting of the council is Monday, Oct. 7th at 7 a.m. at the city office.