The Nov. 12 Alexandria City Council began on a memorable note: Four members of Boy Scout Troop 416 in Alexandria were called to the front of the council chambers and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson met with members of the troop, sponsored by First Lutheran Church, before the meeting and asked the scouts to participate.
City leaders who spoke to the council during the meeting – Police Chief Rick Wyffels, Fire Chief Jeff Karrow and Public Works Director Dane Bosl – also introduced themselves to the scouts, who included Carter Athey, Ben Scholten, Bridger Klavetter and Lucas Steimann.
Following are other items from the Nov. 12 meeting not covered in other council stories.
Polling places approved
The council designated polling places within the city for the next election:
Ward 1, precinct 1 – Lake Community Church.
Ward 1, precinct 2 – Lake Community Church.
Ward 2 – Reach Church (formerly Living Waters).
Ward 3 – New Life Christian Church.
Ward 4 – Cornerstone Church.
Ward 5, precinct 1 – Alexandria City Hall.
Ward 5, precinct 2 – Alexandria City Hall.
Lease-purchase plan for public works vehicles
The council agreed to invite financial institutions to submit proposals for the lease-purchase of vehicles in the public works department.
The city is interested in a loader and grader estimated to cost $400,213. Terms would be for monthly installments over a five-year term.
On-call pay policy
The city amended its on-call pay policy for employees in the Public Works Department.
The current policy restricts on-call pay to Street Department workers and refers to a public works coordinator position. This terminology and structure no longer exists.
The new policy will replace the outdated language and provide equity, clarity and consistency among public works staff in both divisions of streets/stormwater and parks/facilities.
The council issued two charitable gambling permits – one to St. Mary’s School to sell raffle tickets on Feb. 28, and one to the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association to sell raffles at the Runestone Community Center on March 21.
The council agreed to close three capital projects funds that completed the purpose for which they were established and transfer the funds to pay off debt. The funds and their amounts include the Energy Project Capital from 2016 ($2,000), the 2016 Street Reconstruction Project ($117,000), and the 2009 Debt Service Fund ($48,000).
The council once again closed the final portion of its meeting to meeting to consider the purchase of the property at 124 7th Avenue West and 713 Fillmore Street – the old office location for Runestone Electric Association.
State law allows councils to close meetings to develop or consider offers or counter-offers involving real estate.
If the city ultimately acquires the property, the capital improvement plan will be the source of the funding, according to City Administrator Marty Schultz.