January 27, 2011 at 8:41 a.m.
City Administrator Craig Mattson said the city can pay itself back at a higher interest rate than the money is making now sitting in the bank, while also funding the purchase at a cheaper rate than the city would have to pay borrowing off the regular market.
The new Freightliner truck is $170,000 and it'll be bought under the state equipment bid package. Mattson assured council that the sewer and water account has no looming demands where this action might leave it short, during the estimated seven year payback period.
Council voted 4-1 with Steve Zerwas opposed, to adopt the new state building permit fees valuation scale and related increases in fees. Council member Steve Zerwas was opposed because he questioned why some fees doubled and others were only nominally increased.
Wyoming budgets about $150,000 to support its building and zoning office and staff, and the fees haven't been increased for 12 years, said Fred Weck, Building Official. Weck said the department is supposed to be self-sustaining to a degree.
The city had zero new single family dwelling permits pulled in 2010. Permits for porches, additions, decks, re-roofing, plumbing, window replacement and other projects numbered about 347.
The city's sub-surface sewer ordinance was updated and approved to match the county's. There are 1,750 individual septic systems that came into the city from the former township area and these are now addressed in the new ordinance, which Weck said is one of the goals of the update.
The vote was 5-0.
The item initially on the agenda for action on a park board recommendation to buy playground equipment, was deleted from a revised agenda, and there was no discussion.
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission (members are Stacy, Wyoming, Chisago City, Lindstrom, the county and Center City) is selling debt to pay for an odor control project at lift stations in the system. The city council voted to okay that sale, as a member of the commission joint powers. The CLJSTC is responsible for the $176,000 financing.
Council directed staff to try to schedule a "retreat" around the end of March. Council hopes to spend a full day, to possibly two days, working with a facilitator on setting goals and crafting a city vision statement.
Police Chief Paul Hoppe informed the city council the police have teamed up with a multi-agency task force investigating the armed hold-up of the Holiday station in Wyoming, earlier this month. The robber is believed to be a suspect in other metro area criminal cases.
Council okayed Chief Hoppe's request to sell a 1997 Sebring forfeited following a driving after revocation and no insurance seizing. It'll be listed on the state's auction site: www.minnbid.org.
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