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FAIRMONT– Fairmont City Council returned to the food truck conversation during its Monday night meeting. The board first had a discussion about food trucks at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Council member Randy Lubenow said he heard a lot of feedback from community members after the last discussion. He therefore requested that the subject also be placed on the agenda for this meeting.

He asked if the subject was something that should be presented to the park board.

“We have a park board for a reason. I was a member of the park board committee, we talk about a lot of different topics,” said Lubenow.

Council member Michele Miller said she was worried about allowing a food truck to come into the park whenever it wants.

“I don’t think we should rush. I think it will be a question of budget when you think of the park staff who come on weekends, ” said Miller.

She said there’s a lot to consider and she doesn’t think they should be rushing into summer 2022, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t think it should be considered.

Council member Wayne Hasek asked if they needed anything for the food trucks regarding insurance. City administrator Cathy Reynolds said she currently issues permits for food trucks during special events, such as Interlaken Heritage Days.

She said they currently don’t have a business licensing structure for food trucks, so when an event permit comes along, they need a license and insurance from the health department.

“If they are moving into the community right now on private property, we have nothing on them and we do not allow or regulate that in any way,” said Reynolds.

Council member Britney Kawecki said she would like to look at an annual fee that food truck owners can pay, or a lottery system that would allow two food truck locations to set up at Gomsrud Park. a weekend.

“We have to come up with these ideas and say, ‘hey, can we test this?'” said Kawecki.

She said that, like Lubenow, she had received feedback from community members saying they would like to see something like this in the parks.

Hasek said what bothers him is that there are restaurants in town that pay property taxes and food trucks wouldn’t. Miller said he’s heard several complaints from companies about it.

Council member Bruce Peters agreed with Miller and said he thought it was an idea worth talking about, but there was more to consider before next summer. He agreed that the subject should be brought to the park board.

Lubenow introduced a motion asking the park board to consider food trucks in city-owned parks.

Reynolds said she agreed this should be presented to the park board, but she pointed out that gathering information to provide to the park board would take some time.

“Unless you tell me you want me to reprioritize the work we have planned for 2022, it’s not going to fall to the top of this list because we have a lot of things going on right now that will take time. “, said Reynolds.

She cited rental records and vacant building records and the new community development software that is being implemented, as well as the zoning code update.

Mayor Deb Foster said the time for this discussion to take place is when council is doing its strategic planning, as this will be a long-term decision.

“I don’t hear anyone saying they want to slam the door on this, but it takes planning and time,” said Foster.

The board approved Lubenow’s motion to bring the matter to the park board.

In other news, Council heard from Economic Development Coordinator Linsey Preuss ahead of a public hearing for Tax Increase Funding District 28. Advanced Drainage Systems is considering an expansion of approximately 30,000 square feet, to 15, $1 million, and had applied for a nine-year TIF.

Preuss said the FEDA board had previously recommended approval. No one spoke against TIF at the public hearing, but council members expressed their support for the project.

The council also heard from Reynolds about new community development software to help with the licensing process. She said it will also touch on engineering and duties within the city clerk’s office.

“We started the reviews by looking at different software that existed and narrowed it down. Some companies came to demo the software. As a result of these demonstrations, we got quotes from a few of them,” said Reynolds.

She said they chose SmartGov developer software as the recommended solution. She said it goes hand-in-hand with Dude Solutions, which is the asset management software the city purchased last year for the organization.

“It will provide a portal for community members to file their permits with the city, and then they can monitor the status of their permits as they progress through the system,” said Reynolds.

She said staff recommended the council move forward with SmartGov. She said it is a three-year contract and the budget contains $15,000 for software and $25,000 for implementation and the product will arrive in 2022 budget.

The board approved to proceed with the purchase of the software.

Moving on to other matters, the board considered submitting names to the Chief Judge of the Fifth Judicial District for consideration during Charter Commission appointments.

The Charter Commission has five members whose term expires on March 16. Three of them re-nominated and the city also received four nominations to consider for appointment to the Charter Commission.

Current members whose terms are expiring and who have reapplied include Robynn Buhmann, Jon Davis and Jay Maynard, III. New nominees include Richard Bradley, Jr., William Cieslinski, Kacey Kasel and Jim Zarling.

Kawecki said she recently heard from a few people interested in applying and asked what the deadline was. Reynolds said they extended the original deadline because they received no applications, but it closed at the end of January.

A motion to submit all seven names passed 3-2 with council members Kawecki and Lubenow voting no.

In other news:

— Council heard from city engineer Troy Nemmers regarding SCADA/server upgrades at the water treatment plant. Nemmers said a quote from a consultant was $105,000 to replace the server system and SCADA system and $115,000 for that was in the budget. The council approved.

–Council approved agricultural leases with Tenhassen Farms, Inc., Mike Gerken, Timothy Maschoff, Kevin Thate for land around the airport and David Shumski for land around Cedar Creek Park and Day Farm.



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