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April 23, 2019

3/21/2019 2:23:00 PM
Stacy City Council discussed Stacy Grill, emergency radio mandate

Stacy City Council met March 12 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.

In public comment, resident Dennis Thieling said he has concerns with the fisnished product on Forest Blvd and where the concrete surface intersects with 311th and 312th Street.  

Next, resident Paul Authier  expressed concerns about events that occurred at the last council meeting. He questioned discussion about  the direction to research the closing of the bar, the amount the bar lost over the last year was way beyond normal and should be investigated. Authier told the council there are a lot of people paying attention to what the council is doing and reminded the council they work for the tax payers.

Mayor Mark Utech told the room that employees of the Sports Grill have been given authority to ask a patron to leave and if they don’t the Sheriff’s Office will be called.  

In staff reports, city finacial advisor Patty Kettles told the council there will be no increase for sewer rates this year, but water rates will see an increase of 3.5 percent.

 The council then discussed the possibilty of enacting a rule that would not allow the “wiping” of a city cell phone of a terminated employee.
Mayor  Utecht made a motion to remove a former employee from all liquor and bank acounts and to add Rod Olson as a new temporary user.  The motion passed unanimously.  

Attorney Amy Schutt stated that she had advised both the Standing Personnel Committee and Personnel Committee on how to address complaints. Her concern is that the nature of the complaints coming up before the Personnel Committee to investigate are not violations of the Personnel Policy. However, this does not mean that the council could not choose to investigate them or direct staff to investigate; it just isn’t proper for personnel committee investigation.

Council member Tony Olivolo speaking on behalf of the Parks Committee said he spoke with Craig Moline from the North Branch Hockey Association regarding the hockey arena. He said Moline is disappointed the cost from Xcel Energy for electric service hook up will be approximately $40,000.

Next the council was told the county radio contract was discussed at the Fire Department Joint Powers meeting.  Lent Town Board and Council agreed “we” being the majority of users group should negotiate with the county to come up with a reasonable decision.

Mayor Utecht attended a meeting of the county Mayors and said they agreed to negotiate with the County. Mayor Utecht will be the representative to speak to the board (Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30p.m.).

Mayor Utecht and council member Chuck Lucia have reviewed applications for the manager at the Sports Grill and have chose four to interview.

Lastly, Mayor Utecht said he has heard some people talking about re-election and how the council does their job. Utecht said that he “doesn’t do the job to get re-elected” he does the job that is “in the best interest of the city in every decision that is made”.  The council agreed.

Council adjourned at 8:54 pm.

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