12/26/2013 3:15:00 PM Dodge Center City Council
Jorgenson joins city council
By Larry Dobson
Josh Jorgenson was sworn in as Dodge Center City Councilman at the council's regular meeting Monday, Dec. 23. Jorgenson replaces Matt Dickey, who resigned from the council earlier this year. He will have to run for the position in the election next November.
Council members approved the applications of Hometown Haulers and Skjeveland Enterprises for Garbage and Refuse Hauler's licenses.
Other business approved by the council included:
hiring two firemen, Ryan Jeche, Kasson, and Jack Boyd, Dodge Center;
transferring $63,410 from the Fire Department Equipment Replacement Fund to the General Fund for the department's new truck;
writing off old fire department invoices;
setting a public hearing Jan. 27, 2014 for a floodplain management ordinance proposed by the MN Dept. of Natural Resources. If the ordinance is approved, city residents will be able to buy flood insurance;
a meeting between Mayor Bill Ketchum, City Administrator Lee Mattson and Triton School District representatives to discuss the pending grant application to the MNDOT TAP grant program;
renewal of the contract with the Dodge County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services in the city;
annual agreement with the Dodge County Assessor for services in the city;
renewal of the Geographic Information System contract with Pro-West at a cost of $750;
fund transfers for debt payment;
reappointment of Sue Welsh to the Dodge Center Library Board;
closure of the library on Jan. 17 and 18, 2014 for an inventory mandated by SELCO;
a resolution certifying nuisance code fines as a special assessment;
a resolution certifying fire invoices as a special assessment;
a resolution certifying utility bills as a special assessment;
staff continuing to draft an agreement with Triton School for Community Ed to hold classes in the Dodge Center Community Center;
signing a contract to continue services with PeopleService with a 1% increase.
Mattson also presented the council with an update on the Minnesota Open Meeting Law and Ex Parte discussion of a quasi-judicial nature.
The Open Meeting Law provides guidelines for elected officials to ensure the public knows when their elected representatives are meeting and what they are doing.
Quasi-judicial nature means when a governmental body is acting in a role like a judge, not making law but interpreting it. This happens with the city council when it is making decisions such as variance or issuance of a license. Ex Parte discussion is when an elected official talks with one party involved in the issue being decided while other parties are not all present. When that happens, any decision ultimately made by the governing body is subject to being voided by a court.