Royalton approves bonds for industrial park project

The Royalton City Council approved $262,000 in bonds to finance its industrial park project. The Council did so, to ensure the city would be eligible for a Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) grant, which requires financing be in place.

The $228,000 BDPI is a matching grant, paying up to 50 percent of the cost, and  will be awarded by September, said City Engineer Les Mateffy.

The city is adding the $490,000 sewer and water infrastructure along south Birch for the Royalton Industrial Park, to encourage businesses to locate there.

In addition to the $262,000, Mateffy said any additional funding that may be required for unseen expenses, can be taken from the city’s water and sewer funds.

The bonds will be repaid over 15 years, with 3.3 percent interest.

Mateffy said the city will recoup much of the money it is investing as the lots in the Royalton Industrial Park are sold.

Mateffy had three bids for the work to present to the Council Tuesday, but, since no bids could be awarded before the grant funds were received, the Council tabled any action.

Once the grant is received, the Council will award bids.

Royalton City Council Briefs

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, the Royalton City Council:

  • Amended by resolution the lower summer sewer rate to include businesses. In the past, the lower base sewer rate of $50 during the summer months was only given to residential properties;
  • Approved the expenditure of $2,000 from the Fire Department’s budget, to purchase dress uniforms for  three to four members of the Fire Department. These members will attend the Fallen Firefighter ceremony at the state capitol and will be laying a wreath for the family of Joe Holdvogt;
  • Accepted Bruce Retka’s resignation from the Royalton Tree Board;
  • Upon a successful completion of her performance review, approved an increase on the step scale for Deputy Clerk Leah Walberg as recommended by City Clerk/Treasurer Carol Madsen;
  • Approved the renewal of liquor licenses, contingent upon all required paperwork being submitted, for River City Bar and Grill; Scottie’s Log Bar and Ten Spot Bar, all for on-sale, off-sale and Sunday Liquor; The Royalton American Legion for on-sale and Sunday liquor; and Royalton Discount Liquor, off-sale liquor. The licenses are valid Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2018;
  • Approved Police Chief Adam Gunderson attending combative training in Jordan, Sept. 18-22, including the cost of $100 – $125 per day for hotel costs;
  • Approved the agreement with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) to allow Gunderson to work during the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 4, 2018 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Gunderson will use his vacation time to help, with the MPD reimbursing the city at a rate of $55 per hour or $82 per hour (for any hours exceeding an eight-hour day), depending upon the length of the shift Gunderson will be assigned to. The city will submit to the MPD the paperwork outlining the hours Gunderson worked;
  • Approved a gambling permit for Holy Trinity Catholic Church for a bingo/raffle Nov. 5;
  • Set the date for the September Council meeting as Tuesday, Sept. 12, due to the Labor Day holiday;
  • Set the date and time for the budget meeting as Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m.;
  • Approved a $1 per hour raise for Public Works Assistant Preston Zimny, who had obtained his Class D waterworks certification, retroactive to July 11;
  • Heard Tim Majaski report he would make a few wording changes to the city’s property maintenance ordinance, which establishes standards for keeping every residence in town to a minimum code, and bring the updated version to the Council’s September meeting. The Council may set a date for a public hearing at that time;
  • Gave authority to Mayor Andrea Lauer to look into funding offered by the Department of Transportation for local road improvements. She is interested in working with City Engineer Les Mateffy to put together a proposal for funding for the city’s Cedar Street project. Proposals for the funding are due by Dec. 1;
  • Adopted Morrison County’s local water management plan;
  • Invited store owners who would like workers under the age of 18 to be able to sell tobacco products to customers to the Planning and Zoning Board meeting, Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The next Royalton City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.