Beck Heads Council
The Britton City Council re-elected Brian Beck as president and Shane Storley as vice-president when it reorganized for 2020-21 at its regular meeting on Monday.
Four council members who ran without opposition for open seats took the oath of office. Seated for two-year terms were Lindsey Kimber, Ward Satterlee, and Austin Sasker and Cristy Davidson for a one-year term.
Mayor Clyde Fredrickson made annual committee appointments. Those included Marie Marlow and Kim Roehr, cemetery; Brian Beck, law enforcement; Sasker, parks & recreation; Sasker, Ginny Anderson, Maggie Jerde, Roger Furman, Audrey Schuller, Jack Erickson, library; Kimber, sewer and water; streets, Satterlee; airport, human resources, Fredrickson; Storley, Davidson, Kimber, Josh Kraft, Sandy Gresh, economic development; Public Works Director George Flanery and city council, zoning; Beck, Satterlee, Regional Rail Authority; Kimber, NECOG rep; Flanery, safety supervisor; and Davidson, Satterlee, Bev Daberkow, Rhonda Wade, and Bette Haywood, Event Center Advisory Board.
The council approved four ordinance revisions. The changes included making property owners’ responsible for sewer lines up to the property line, the same as for water lines; making the owner and contractor responsible for adhering to rules for concrete installation; providing a $50 per day penalty for construction without a building permit; and allowing no requests for variances to put up fences, hedges, or walls closer than 18 inches to city property.
Approval was given for events to be held on Britton’s Main Street on Saturday, Aug. 1. A special malt beverage license was approved for Snapper’s Dry Bean from noon-10 p.m. to sell beer from the empty lot next to the Strand Theatre. Permission was also granted to block off Main Street from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. for a rib cook-off and car show.
Don Schumaker met with the council to discuss land available for sale adjacent to the city shop on the west edge of the city. Dale Freeman owns two lots located between the shop and a building owned by Schumaker. Flanery will look at the available space to see if the city feels a need to purchase part of that property.
The board approved a resolution for the COVID Cares Recovery Act. The city is eligible for up to $287,795 to pay for extra expenses created by the COVID-19 pandemic including sanitizers, safety equipment, and salaries for law enforcement officers.
Council members discussed complaints they had received about cemetery upkeep and resident Kim Roehr attended the meeting to express concerns. Minimal maintenance has been done for a number of years and Flanery said additional equipment and man hours have been allocated to cemetery upkeep. The city also has funds available from the perpetual cemetery fund to help maintain grave markers and Flanery is checking into possibilities for fixing markers that have been affected by shifting ground or hit by vehicles or mowers.
The board talked about a piece of Y-shaped property owned by the railroad in the area of the old sale barn that is available for sale, and the city will pursue purchasing that property to be included in the economic development area.
Approval was given for the Notice of Award to B&B Contracting for $1,037,238.63 for the storm sewer project. Work is expected to begin this summer.
The council approved the purchase of three new score-boards for the baseball/softball complex. A $3,000 grant and $7,000 donation from former Britton residents Roger and Joan Paulson for the scoreboards will cover $10,000 of the $12,791 cost. The city will pay the balance of $2,791.
In other action Event Center Coordinator Laken Atkinson presented quotes to the council for security cameras, the stage floor, and a sign on the building. No action was taken. She informed the board that a key fob system has been installed for the building.
The board approved an alcohol license for Northern Lights for a wedding on July 25 at the Britton Area Event Center. It approved repaying Rural Development $296,163.80 of funds received but not used for the water project. The council took no action on an application for a peddler’s license from a representative of the Southwestern Company to sell educational books door-to-door, citing COVID-19 concerns.
Discussion was held on the city ordinance prohibiting parking on city property for more than eight hours except for an RV site or special events. Travel approval was given for Marie Marlow to attend a Human Resource Conference in Watertown Aug. 5-7. The public library reported 52 participants participating in its summer reading program. Librarian Rhonda Hardina said that e-book checkouts have increased from 2700 to 3500 over a similar time period a year ago.
Next meeting of the council will be Monday, Aug. 10.