City of Ely official minutes for November

PUBLIC HEARING November 1, 2016 - City Hall, Council Chambers

Call to Order:
Mayor Novak called the public hearing to order at 5pm.

Roll Call:
PRESENT: Council members Debeltz, Omerza, Polyner, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council members A.Forsman, and Kess

Purpose: This hearing will be held to discuss a remedy for:
1355 19th Ave E
Attorney Klun stated that the property at 1355 19th Ave E is owned by Shirley Bautsch and has two mortgages on the property with Voyager Bank and M & I Bank FSB and all parties have been notified by certified mail.
Attorney Klun questioned Building Official Doug Whitney about the current status of the property at 327 E Chapman St.
Whitney state that he inspected the property on April 20, 2016 and the dwelling has been vacant for several years. The property has been abandoned and the basement has 3 to 4 feet of water and sewage in it. The water has caused extensive damage to the interior of the building. The buildings, dwelling and detached garage has suffered from in adequate maintenance, and overall dilapidation. The property has on abandoned pickup truck.
Attorney Klun asked Whitney what his opinion as a licensed Building Official is the next step for the property.
Whitney stated that the house and garage should be razed. Whitney stated that he went the property today and the house door was open and it smelled like garbage in the house. Whitney stated that he posted the house unhabitable on October 12, 2016.
Attorney Klun asked if Shirley Bautsch was present today. She was not present.
Laurie Young a neighbor across the street from this property stated that the place is a disaster and you can see mold on the windows. She asked the Council if there is anything that they can do to take down the house it would be much appreciated.

Mayor Novak adjourned the meeting at 5:05pm.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

November 1, 2016 - City Hall, Council Chambers

Call to Order:
Mayor Novak called the public hearing to order at 5:15pm.

Roll Call:
PRESENT: Council Members Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Polyner, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council Member A.Forsman

Purpose: This hearing will be held to discuss Ordinance 306 - Point of Sale

Mayor Novak stated that this has to do with point of sale inspections at point of sale residences to ensure there are not collapsed sewer lines going into the City main sewer lines.

Len Katauskas addressed some concerns he had with the Point of Sale Ordinance since he has a property for sale.

Langowski stated that the intent is to reduce the inflow and infiltration. The intent is to find out which properties share sewer services and sewer lines, also to find out if there is a collapsing line, the intent is to try to find and repair these at the point of sale or make the owner aware before the sale happens.

Building Official Doug Whitney stated that today with the plumbing code it is all the same whether it is residential or commercial.

Attorney Klun stated that one of the concerns is if sump pumps are in working order.

Mayor Novak Adjourned the meeting at 5:27pm without objection.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

Council Minutes, November 1, 2016
Regular Meeting Ely City Council – City Hall, Council Chambers

Mayor Novak called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 5:30pm.

PRESENT: Council Members Kess, Debeltz, Omerza, Polyner, D.Forsman and Mayor Novak
ABSENT: Council Member A.Forsman

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the minutes from the Public Hearing on October 4, 2016, the Special Council Hearing from October 18, 2016, the October 18, 2016 Regular Council Meeting, and the Study Session on October 25, 2016. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Addition 6.D Fire Department and Police Department requesting permission to use the vacated space in the Old City Garage previously used for the EUC as a meter repair room, as a workout facility.
Addition 8.A. Park and Recreation Minutes
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to accept Additions A and B. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Friends of the Library Week Proclamation
Mayor Novak stated that Calendar Parking started last night and for the first week they will be handing out warnings.
The Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016; Polls will be open from 7am-8pm at the Ely Senior Center. Early Voting is going on until Monday, November 7, 2016 at 5pm. The Clerk’s Office will also be open on Saturday November 5, 2016 from 10am-3pm for Early Voting.
Congrats to the Cross Country Boys and Girls teams for making it to State.

Motion to waive readings in entirety of all ordinances and resolutions on tonight’s agenda
Approve the Ely Christmas Parade Route for November 26, 2016 at 5pm.
Approve Heidi Omerza to attend the CGMC Board of Directors meeting in Alexandria on November 16 and 17, 2016.
Fire Department and Police Department requesting permission to use the vacated space in the Old City Garage previously used for the EUC as a meter repair room, as a workout facility.
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the Consent Agenda items A-D. Motion Carried Unanimously.


Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to post for the position of Planning and Zoning Administrator as a temporary part time position not to exceed 67 days. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Omerza/Debeltz moved to allow camping in Whiteside Park for the Ely Winter Fest 2017 for educational purposes with the following guidelines: raised fire pits, No Alcohol, Liability Insurance, Names of all individuals camping, No Vehicles in the Park (Including set-up, during, or take down), Removal of own snow, Proper clean-up, and subject to checks. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Omerza/Debeltz moved to recommend the Historical Preservation Commission to take on the Pioneer Mine site as part of their duties. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Omerza stated that the Dementia Friendly Community Group is starting the next phase of their project which is having community interviews and making everyone aware.

D.Forsman/Debeltz moved to allow TAB funds to be used to have Ely TV record and broadcast the Ely Christmas concert. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Mayor Novak stated that the Ambulance board is looking at the replacement for the 1997 ambulance. They are also reviewing the Executive Director.

EUC CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS: The following items of business were recommended for approval at the regular EUC meeting of Wednesday, October 26, 2016:
Authorized City Clerk-Treasurer Harold Langowski and commissioners to attend the CERT Community Solar Gardens: Utility-to-Utility Discussion in Little Falls on Monday, November 21, 2016.
Authorized moving forward with the purchase of a lift station replacement pump for the not to exceed price of $8,534.00.
Approved moving forward with the installation of an electric car charging station from Minnesota Power.
Approved payment of the September EUC Bills List for $330,834.72.
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the EUC Consent Agenda from October 26, 2016 items 1-4. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Fire Chief
Kess/Debeltz moved to designate the funds from the old fire truck to the fire equipment replacement fund. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Library Director
Library Heinrich gave an update of the upcoming events at the library which are located on the Library website.

Police Chief
Reminder Calendar parking is in effect and Boats and Campers should be moved off of the streets.

City Attorney:
Attorney Klun updated on the Note and Mortgage for 29 E. Chapman Street, E. Chapman Properties for $17,500. The correct address for the loan is 29 E Chapman St which was on the signed mortgage and note, but the address that was approved on the original note and mortgage was 31 E Chapman, the mistake was caught before the documents were signed.

City Engineer

Minnesota Department of Health Quarterly Report, TOC/Alkalinity Monitoring for the Control of Disinfection Byproduct (DBP) Precursors
Notification of Receipt of Mediation Petition and Meeting Notice
RAMS Letter and Resolution on the issue of proposed wild rice sulfate standard being processed by the MPCA
Langowski stated that the State Chamber of Commerce put together a study to study the effects of sulfate on wild rice production. The study that the MPCA did with the University of Minnesota they submerged the wild rice completely in their samples but wild rice does not grow completely submerged. The MPCA is looking at posing a limit before they have had RFPs for treatment options as to how much it is going to cost. Langowski stated the impacts could be $40-$100 per customer to meet the sulfate standard. It is a huge impact on the cost for treatment. This is a standard set in law that would affect every utility discharge in the State of Minnesota. Langowski stated that the City will be putting together a resolution about this.
Letter from Mayor Novak supporting the Ely Folk School grant applications

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve the City and EUC claims for November 1, 2016 for $373,197.94. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Debeltz/ D.Forsman moved to cancel the Special Council Meeting on November 9th at 5pm to canvass the vote. We will canvass the vote at the November 15, 2016 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Kess/Omerza moved to approve Ordinance 306 Point of Sale 2nd Reading
Kess addressed some concerns in Subd 4 about who does the inspections and collects the fees.
Langowski stated that he would suggest waiting on the second reading of Ordinance 306.
The intent would be to have a certified person like a licensed plumber or a contractor with adequate credentials do the inspection with a certification form that we would provide them. They would provide the information to the Building Official and he would review it to make sure it meets the requirements of the Ordinance, and then they would get their compliance or list of what corrections would need to be made.
Kess stated that he agrees that we need to do this but is concerned at how this might complicate the selling process.
Omerza stated that St Louis County has an Ordinance similar to this and has been doing Septic Inspections for years.
Langowski stated that we have to do something to get a handle on this, we are replacing millions dollar of infrastructure that is only a small piece to the puzzle.
Polyner asked for clarification as to what a dwelling is versus a house in the wording of the Ordinance.
Attorney Klun stated that it is the intent to have the plumber or independent contractor to do the inspection not the Building Official. We would be charging a nominal fee to process the certification. The owner or buyer would have to hire a licensed plumber or independent contractor to do the scoping.
Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to postpone the 2nd Reading of Ordinance 306 until the November 15, 2016 Regular Council Meeting. Motion Carried Unanimously

Debeltz/D.Forsman moved to approve Walker Giroux & Hahne’s Understanding of Services that they will provide to the City of Ely for the year ending December 31, 2016. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Omerza/Debeltz moved to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Virginia and the Central Iron Range Brownfield Coalition. Motion Carried Unanimously.

John Esse asked if the City of Ely could provide fire extinguisher refills for their citizens.
Fire Chief Erchul stated that the city contracts out for their fire extinguisher maintenance and that would not be a service we could provide.

Mayor Novak moved to adjourn the council meeting at 6:23pm without objection.

Casey Velcheff
Deputy Clerk

Ely Echo 11/19/2016