LF City Council writes off $100,605 in utility penalties

By LIZ VERLEY, Staff Writer 

The Little Falls City Council on a 6 – 2 vote adopted a resolution which will write off $100,605.05 in penalties which have accrued on a 2009, one month, $22,000 sewer bill that is being disputed.

Acting City Administrator Lori Kasella said the dispute was over meter readings and the City had not been able to answer questions for the business that owes the  bill. Kasella said, “It is a staff error. The business has kept its account current since that time. We are working on the disputed part of the bill.”

Jerry Lochner, acting city administrator said, “There are different meter readings that are in question.”

Council Members Brian-Paul Crowder and Frank Gosiak voted against the resolution.

Little Falls City Council Briefs

Other business that came before the Little Falls City Council Monday included:

• Approving an application from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 46 to conduct bingo at the Morrison  County Fairgrounds Aug. 9 – 12.

• Approving permits for the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau for the annual Dam Festival to be held in and around Maple Island Park Friday to Sunday. Approval was given contingent upon the appropriate paperwork, insurance and fees being provided, they clean up after the event and approval is granted by the police chief;

•Approving an internship for Kenny Coppes with the Little Falls Police Department;

• Accepting the April Morrison County Attorney’s Office report which showed staff had drafted five complaints, attended arraignment court on five occasions; 31 pretrial, motion, restitution and evidentiary hearings; 11 omnibus hearings, 18 plea hearings, sentencing or revocation hearings; and 10 Rule 5 and 8 hearings on behalf of the city. In addition, attorney time was spent reviewing files, preparing for court hearings and discussing cases with law enforcement officers;

• Approving the transfer of audit services from Gary W. Paulson CPA to Schlenner Wenner and Company;

• During the planning meeting the council discussed the picture that had been removed from the library. It was suggested that the proper steps need to be made as stated in city policy toward accepting the picture or not.

• Adopting a resolution to purchase a non-conforming lot on the corner of Second Street and Third Avenue N.E from Vivian and Raymond DeMarre for the sum of $10; and

• Hearing Robin Hensel, encourage residents of Little Falls to attend the variety of meetings held by the City so they are informed of how the city and staff operates.