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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Pankratz passes class “C” wastewater exam

  • Maintenance worker Keith Pankratz passed the class “C” wastewater exam which he took about a month ago. After a $45 certification fee is paid, Pankratz will receive his license. He requested a one dollar per hour pay increase upon receiving his class “C” license. During the regularly scheduled Tuesday,...
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  • Maintenance worker Keith Pankratz passed the class “C” wastewater exam which he took about a month ago. After a $45 certification fee is paid, Pankratz will receive his license. He requested a one dollar per hour pay increase upon receiving his class “C” license. During the regularly scheduled Tuesday, April 8 meeting, the Butterfield City Council was unsure whether they would be able to grant that pay raise due to pay equity.
    The Butterfield City Council received a noncompliance notice to inform them that they have a wage that is not in compliance with pay equity standards. The council will have to make an adjustment to the pay scale in order to become compliant. Another option would be to submit a new report for preliminary review to the state. Unsure how to move forward, the council is setting up a conference meeting with the State to weigh their options and gain some insight on what direction they want to go with the noncompliance notice.
    Pankratz reported there was a “single” phasing (under voltage) issue with the new controls for the pond aerators. Bolton and Menk Engineering Inc. is considering this a warranty issue and are working with Pankratz to resolve the problem.
    Pankratz also discussed the creation of a new position for a regular year round part-time maintenance assistant. Pankratz told the board “before we even talked about this I had gotten three applications already.”
    This position would be filled by one individual who worked part-time, year round. Prior to creating this new position, the Butterfield City Council would like to discuss the elimination of an old position with city attorney Steve Sunde.
    The final item on the maintenance report was hydrant flushing, which will be done this week and the following week by Pankratz.
    The Butterfield City Council received a bid for purchase of the no longer used 1980 International Dump Truck and plow in the amount of $510. The city council rejected the bid unanimously and decided to dispose of the truck and save the plow.
    The Butterfield City Council approved the purchase of half of 115 Neptune R900 water meters at $179 each plus tax from Ferguson Waterworks. Pankratz reported that the new meters are “significantly more accurate” when compared to the old meters.
    The money for the new meters will be taken out of the farmland rent income. The price quoted at $179 for the other half of the meters will be available if the council chooses to purchase them within this year. The regular price for the Neptune R900i water meter is $185 when bought individually.
    Council members voted unanimously to raise the liquor license fee from $1,200 collectively to $900 individually. The liquor fee has been set at $1,200 since the ordinance was created in 1981. Council Member Wynette Haler proposed the change in license fee.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I agree with Wynette there should be an increase after 30 years,” said Council Member Doug Meyer. “That’s a very fair fee as far as I’m concerned.”
    The Butterfield City Council rejected a Mayor’s Association street resolution which would have shown they support legislation that would authorize cities to establish street improvement districts to fund municipal street maintenance, construction and reconstruction.
    Council members will seek a variant to allow Jerry Hempeck to add a 12 foot addition on the west end of his garage. The addition would take the garage to the edge of an unmaintained alley running in the middle of the block. Mayor Ken Pankratz said the addition would be an improvement on the space.
    The council will be sending a letter of intent to all neighbors within 300 feet of the home and a public meeting will be held before the variant is approved.
    Individuals who are interested in becoming an EMT and willing to sign a five year contract of service with the city of Butterfield will receive up to $1,500 toward their tuition for the course. If the service limits are not met, an EMT would have to reimburse the tuition at a prorated amount. The city also decided they would not be responsible for refresher courses. Only three EMTs in the course of five years are eligible for this tuition exchange program.
    Other Business:
    Approved a $10 appliance disposal fee for appliances during the April 27 city cleaning day. The deadline to get appliances to the curb will be noon on April 27.
    Council supports the controlled burning of a grain elevator if there is no cost to the city and if it’s disposed of after the burn.
    Approved Summer Sizzler’s application for a temporary gambling license. The license will allow for Cow Pie Bingo at the celebration.
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