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home : government : cities/towns September 15, 2014

9/24/2013 12:02:00 PM
Dodge Center City Council Council orders citation for painting city property without permission

By Larry Dobson

Dodge Center's city council approved transient merchant licenses permitting two salesmen with Garbage Man of Rochester, one of the waste haulers serving Dodge Center, to go door-to-door soliciting customers for ten days. Garbage Man of Rochester was previously Green Planet. Mayor Bill Ketchum cautioned Garbage Man reps to avoid using sales techniques that might cause citizens to complain. City Administrator Lee Mattson reminded then that any rate changes from those filed with the city must be presented to the city so the city has a record of them. Rate changes are permitted but must be recorded with the city.

Randy Langworthy addressed the council to inquire about whether city code would allow him to build a garage on an adjacent parcel of land he is considering purchasing. The council asked Mattson to research the query and respond to Langworthy.

After taking care of the routine business of approving minutes and paying bills, which totaled $152,225.40, the council approved:

• a resolution of support for legislation authorizing cities to create Street Improvement Districts. The resolution was in response to a League of Minnesota Cities request. The legislation would allow cities to use another means of developing revenue for road maintenance and reconstruction rather than special assessments. If the legislation passes, the city will then have the option of creating Street Improvement Districts if it appears the best method for accomplishing a project. Cities will not be required to create such districts;

• a license to authorize the Dodge Center Foundation to construct the Veteran's Memorial Project at North Park. While the project has already begun, this action was necessary to formally, legally approve the project;

• an Airport Capital Improve-ment Plan CIP). The airport has a couple potential projects that have been postponed, including a dual aviation fuel/jet fuel project and a hangar project. Approving the CIP does not commit the city to do anything but preserves the city's option to do something if it becomes necessary or practical;

• directing city staff to cite Gary and Jeannie Johnson for violating the city code by painting the boulevard sidewalk and driveway approach to their property at 302 SE 3rd St. Council member Cathy Skogen said she thought the painted concrete looked nice, but the council considered the problem that could arise if people start painting without city approval. Ketchum suggested the possibility of pink or polka dot decorations and said people must tell the city their plans and ask permission before decorating city property. The mayor said city staff had authority to have a citation for the violation issued without council action, but Mattson asked the council for a motion directing city staff to act, and the council did;

• reducing rent for the Community Center to $25 for a Rochester Assembly of God event for the pastor;

• certifying ten delinquent city utility accounts to the county auditor for collection by assessing the properties;

• a request from Faith Lutheran Church for approval to hold a Box City event in West Park Oct. 17-18, 2013 with a disk jockey playing music from 7-11 p.m. ;

• setting Oct. 17 at 8 a.m. as the time for a council retreat to discuss the budget and other city business:

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