A multi-family home at 902 Elm Street in Alexandria has been deemed hazardous by the city.
Using a search warrant, the city's building department inspected the property and found several problems.
The council authorized City Attorney Tom Jacobson to proceed with the process that the city uses to clean up properties that are dilapidated or unsafe.
State law allows the city to order the property owner to raze the structure or fix the problems.
If the owner, Ingvald Barsness of Brandon, fails to comply, the city could take action to tear the structure down and assess the owner with the full cost, including court costs and attorney fees.
In its abatement order, the council said the home at 902 Elm Street is inadequately maintained, dilapidated, has physical damage, is unsanitary and is a hazard to public safety and health.
Committee appointments approved
The council approved the 2022 appointments for the city's boards, committees and commissions.
The new and reappointed members include:
Airport Commission -- council member Dave Benson.
Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission -- Matthew Fischer.
Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District -- council member Roger Thalman, Tom Hayes.
Board of Public Works -- Richard Rentz.
Cable TV Commission -- Jeff Meland, Lennie Murray.
Charter Commission -- Margaret Kalina, Matthew Fischer, Jerry Bienias.
Cultural Inclusiveness Committee -- Thalman, Barbara Clauson, Joani Nielson, Karen Meuwissen, Eli Dotts, Levi Wold, Kathleen Mayer.
Deferred Compensation Committee -- Benson, Chris Olson with ALP Utilities, City Administrator Marty Schultz.
Explore Alexandria Tourism -- council member Andrew Wiener.
Housing and Redevelopment Authority -- Nick Heydt, Kathleen Mayer.
Industrial Park Board of Design -- council member Bill Franzen.
Legislative Committee -- Benson, Franzen, City Attorney Tom Jacobson.
Liquor Commission -- Benson, council member Scott Allen, Mayor Bobbie Osterberg.
Park Board -- Eric Karlstad.
Personnel Committee -- Thalman, Osterberg, Schultz.
Planning Commission -- Susan Anderson, Adam Barnett, Shane Schmidt.
Runestone Community Center Commission -- Franzen, Bruce Hanstad, Dean Rudolph, Paul Schwartz.
Storm Water Utility Committee -- James Conn, Tom Klemenhagen, Mark West.
Local Government Coordinating Committee -- Wiener, Franzen.
Building Board of Appeals -- Benson.
Mexican restaurant gets liquor license
The council renewed an on-sale and Sunday liquor license to El Loro Mexican Grill.
The restaurant, which is operating out of the former Tennessee Roadhouse building along Highway 29 South, opened a few months ago. The owner is Marcos Gomez.
Firefighters to attend conference
The council approved a request from the Alexandria Fire Department to have up to four firefighters attend the 2022 Fire Department Instructor Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 26-30.
The cost for each firefighter is about $637 and may be reimbursed through the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education.
The conference draws about 35,000 firefighters and more than 1,000 vendors. They receive hands-on training, classroom lectures from national speakers, and a look at new equipment.
The fire department has money in its budget for the training.
Annexation request finalized
The council gave final approval to an annexation request from Zoey Properties, LLC, represented by Joel Krusemark.
The 2.99-acre commercial property is located along Highway 29 South in Hudson Township. The annexation was requested in order for the property to be served with city water.
Limits not waved on liability coverage
As part of the city’s insurance agreement with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, the council has to take action whether to waive its monetary liability limits.
As it has done in past years, the council voted to not waive the limits on the city’s tort liability coverage.
Council closes out the books
The council voted to transfer funds to reconcile financial records for 2021.
This is an annual resolution that the city does every year to close out the year’s books.
This year, $20,200 was transferred from the employee benefit fund to the general fund; stormwater utility funds were transferred to cover bond payments and capital projects; funds from the capital improvement fund were placed in the city’s share of municipal state aid projects for 2021; and funds from the public works equipment funds were transferred to cover lease payments.
The city administrator and finance director were authorized to make any other transfers to reconcile accounts during the year.