Minto City Council provides grant to new café owners
City ordinance updates discussed
MINTO – The Minto City Council, on a unanimous vote, welcomed the new owners of the Minto Café with a grant from the economic development fund to help their new business along.
The Minto Café has been closed since the first of the year. Council member Jim Lobsinger moved and Keith Shutt seconded a motion to provide a start-up grant in the amount of $5000 to the couple. Council members Lobsinger, Shutt, and Larry Jamieson were present.
“Every situation we come across when discussing how to use our economic development fund is unique,” said council member Jamieson. “It is pretty obvious from the comments and feedback I have received that we need a café in town.”
Kevin Boeder and Yvonne Wilson, natives of Brainerd, Minn., have lived in the area since last fall and would like to put down more permanent roots. “We have found incredibly nice and honest people here and we are looking forward to opening the café,” said Boeder. “We are hoping our attitude will contribute to the atmosphere in the café. We want to do more home style cooking instead of using frozen food from a bag.”
Boeder and Wilson have been doing some remodeling in the building and hope to have a soft opening around Jan. 20, with the actual opening on Feb. 1.
Mayor Lane Kelley discussed the status of the ordinance update, indicating the council has completed the review of approximately six chapters of the city’s ordinances and they will continue to work on the process. He stated that they have come across outdated and repetitious ordinances that they have cleaned up.
Minto residents Melvin Tibert and Kevin Schuster addressed the council regarding the updates. Schuster asked the council to consider adding an ordinance to ban engine braking at the city limits and to add signs to the entrances into town regarding the braking rule. Mayor Kelley said the council would address that question once they got to the traffic ordinance section.
Tibert asked how the council intended to deal with ordinances that were initiated by the voters. Tami Ulland, city auditor, stated that she was unaware of any ordinances that had been initiated by city voters, but that the council would probably have to review records of elections to determine which ordinances originated from the voters.
Tibert mentioned the requirement that the city council minutes be published. Ulland stated that N.D. Century Code, not an ordinance, addresses the issue of municipalities publishing their minutes. According to N.D. Century Code, effective in the 1996 municipal elections and every four years thereafter, all N.D. cities must place on the ballet the question of whether the city minutes will be published.
The council received a request from Harriston Township to raise a section of the road that passes by the cemetery. Council member Shutt moved that the city commit $800 to the project, contingent upon the project receiving all appropriate township and water board approvals. Council member Jamieson seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.
In other business, the council named KodaBank as their depository of public funds, approved two special event liquor permits, approved all bills, and approved employee participation in a League of Cities meeting and the Rural Water Expo. All votes were unanimous.
The next meeting of the Minto City Council is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at the city office.