Dodge Center City Council members began their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13 as a canvassing board to certify the results of the general election by city residents returning Cathy Skogen and Matt Dickie to the council and approving the city question on Sunday liquor. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck failed to garner enough votes as write-ins to qualify for seats, having only one vote each among the 27 write-ins.
Five voters had filled in the circle to vote for a write-in but failed to enter a name. The council approved the election results.
The council also held a public hearing on Improvement 2013-1(Main, 1st St. NW, 1st Ave. NW) to determine whether the project should be formally established under MN Statute 429. There were 3D representations of possible improvements to give people some concept of parking, sidewalk, street and lighting changes, although no final plans have been made. City Engineer Neil Britton discussed possible changes and answered questions. Two council members were unable to attend the meeting Tuesday and no action was taken.
City Administrator Lee Mattson presented the council with a garbage licensing draft ordinance he and City Attorney Brian Weber had prepared in consultation with the League of Minnesota Cities. Mattson said the primary goal they tried to achieve in drafting the ordinance was transparency in the process, so the draft does not require only one rate from each hauler but, rather, allows haulers to have a schedule of rates the may vary but must be disclosed and filed with the city. No action was taken on the ordinance as the plan is to have it go into effect when licenses renew in the Spring so the council has time to review and discuss the ordinance fur- ther before voting on it.
The council approved a snow removal contract with Jeremy Gnagey for the side- walk along Highway Street/ County 34 and the new water tower path, sidewalk that con- nects North Park Subdivision with Triton at a flat rate per
incident of $275. PeopleService presented
the council with a completed application to renew the city's Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Sewer Plant Permit, which must be renewed annually, and asked for the council to approve hav- ing Mayor Bill Ketchum sign and submit it to the MPCA, which the council did.
Mattson reported that he had a meeting with Triton Superintendent Bob Kelly about again seeking a Safe Routes to School Grant. The grants are for infrastructure projects to increase pedestrian safety on routes that lead to a school. Mattson had also met with Britton to discuss grant projects. The council gave Mattson approval to look for a grant.
Mattson discussed with the council how he will proceed with drafting an ordinance based on the results of the Sunday liquor question voters approved in the general elec- tion. He said there are no plans to increase the number of licenses. He also asked the council to hold a special meet- ing at 5:30 p.m. just ahead of its regular meeting on Nov. 27 so he can go over the city bud- get.