January 2009 Topics - TOWER CITY TOPICS

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January 2009 Topics - TOWER CITY TOPICS ...


    January 2009

    The February 2009 City Council February 2009 City Council Meeting meeting is scheduled for Monday,

    February 2nd at 7:00 PM. Please

    contact Scott Salberg, Mayor, at 749-2679, or Jenni Richman, City Auditor, at 749-2343, if you would

    like to add an item to the agenda.

    To the citizens of Tower City . . . .

    December brought a huge amount of snow fall to Tower City with more snow sure to fall this winter.

    We would appreciate your patience after a snow fall as we try to get the streets cleaned off. The city’s

    snow removal contractor has experienced equipment break downs so snow removal hasn't been

    completed as quickly as normal. Thank you for your patience.

At the January Council meeting the first reading of the Tree Ordinance was heard. We are excited that

    Tower City will have an official Tree Board to maintain, plant and remove trees and shrubs in our

    community. Please plan to hear the second reading of the ordinance at the Monday, February 2nd,


The Council has discussed the issue of junk vehicles over the past several months at the monthly city

    Council meetings with no progress with the issue of removing the vehicles. It was decided by the

    Council at the January meeting that two Council members will visit with the owners of junk vehicles

    on their properties to find out what the plans are for the vehicles before we proceed with an attorney.

    We would like to work through this issue in a peaceful manner and not have to have an attorney

    represent the city to resolve this issue. Please take a few minutes to visit with the Council members

    when they visit your home.

The city currently has one open position available on the City Council. We ask that you take a moment

    to consider filling this term that will end in June 2010. Being on the Council is a lot like working with

    co-workers who all have different personalities and opinions, but are all working towards one goal. In

    our case, it is towards making Tower City a safe, clean, and enjoyable place to live. If you would like

    to see what happens at our Council meetings, please plan to attend the next meeting on February 2nd at

    7:00 PM at the Community Hall.

As always, we appreciate your opinions and suggestions! Please feel free to contact me or one of the

    other Council Members if you have any questions or issues that need to be addressed.

Scott Salberg



     stWater rates will be increasing as of January 1, 2009. Due to st Effective January 1an increase from Cass Rural Water Users, the City Council

    approved a .25 cent rate increase on water usage rates Water Rates Will steffective January 1, 2009. The current rate of $4.60 per

    one thousand gallons will increase to $4.85 per one Increase

    thousand gallons. If you have any questions, please

     contact a City Council member or City Auditor.

    Scott Salberg, Mayor 749-2679

    Ken Wobbema 749-5155

    Contact Jon Unger 749-2741

    Theresa Tallackson 749-2503


    *There is a drop box available on the South side of the Community Hall for water payments.

    *City webpage at

    *City email address is:

    Business Owners Get Your Company Noticed by

    Visitors to Tower City!

    The city is proposing an idea to ALL local business owners! Yes, that’s means all business owner’s whether you run your business from your home or shop! The city would like to purchase a 3’x2’ sign

    for local businesses to put their names on that will be installed near the café. A minimal fee of $10 per

    business would be requested to have your name on this sign. The idea is to make sure visitors to our

    community know about all the businesses that are established in Tower City.

This is a great way to advertise your business! If you are interested, please contact Jenni Richman at

    749-2343 (city office) or email:

    Snow Removal Questions or Complaints

    Please direct ALL city snow removal questions or complaints to Scott Salberg, Mayor, or a City

    Council member. The City Council will notify the snow removal operators of any issues. We

    appreciate your cooperation!

    The City Council is requesting that residents planning a building project in the near

    future please contact a Council member at least ONE MONTH prior to beginning

    work to give residents and the Council an adequate amount of time to inspect

    and/or approve the permit. Thank you for your cooperation!


    Tower City Ordinance 15-0307

    Junk, Junk Automobiles, Building Materials Storage or Accumulation Contrary To

    Public Health and Welfare. It is hereby determined that the storage or accumulation of trash, rubbish, junk, junk automobiles, abandoned

    vehicles, building materials, upon any private property within the City of Tower City, tends to result in blighted

    and deteriorated neighborhoods, the increase in criminal activity, the spread of vermin and disease, and is

    contrary to the public peace, health, and safety and general welfare of the community.

    1. UNLAWFUL TO ACCUMULATE ABANDONED VEHICLES AND JUNK. It shall be a nuisance and offense for any person to store or permit the storage or accumulation of trash, rubbish, junk, junk automobiles, or

    abandoned vehicles on any private property in the City of Tower City except within a completely closed

    building or upon the business premises of a duly licensed junk dealer, junk buyer, dealer in used auto parts,

    dealer in secondhand goods, or junk gatherer.

    2. UNLAWFUL TO DISMANTLE AUTOMOBILE - EXCEPTION. It shall be a nuisance and offense for any person to dismantle, cut up, remove parts from, or otherwise disassemble any automobile, whether or not the

    same be a junk automobile, abandoned vehicle or otherwise, or any appliance or machinery except in a

    completely enclosed building or upon the business premises of a duly licensed junk dealer, junk buyer, dealer

    in used auto parts, dealer in secondhand goods, or junk gatherer.

    3. UNLAWFUL TO STORE BUILDING MATERIALS - EXCEPTION. It shall be a nuisance and offense for any person to store or permit the storage or accumulation of building materials on any private property, except in a

    completely enclosed building or except where such building materials are part of the stock in trade of a

    business located in said property, or except when such materials are being used in the construction of a

    structure on the property in accordance with a valid building permit issued by the City of Tower City, and

    unless said construction is completed within a reasonable period of time.

If you are interested in volunteering your

    time and energy towards our community by Vacant Council Position serving on the City Council, please contact

    Scott Salberg, Mayor, for more information.

    This is a reminder to ALL dog owners within city limits, that ALL dogs are

    Attention: required to be licensed and rabies certified with the city of Tower City.

    Beginning in September 2005, the city Council established that all dogs (6 Dog months and older) within city limits are required to be licensed and have a

    current rabies certificate. For more information about licensing your dog, Owners please contact Jenni Richman, City Auditor, at 749-2343. Thank you!


    The City of Tower City council minutes for the council meeting held Friday, thDecember , 2008 at 7:00 PM. The council meeting was initially scheduled for December 5ndTuesday, December 2, 2008, but was rescheduled due to lack of a quorum of

    2008 council members. Present: Scott Salberg, Jon Unger and Theresa Tallackson.

    Guests: Sid Hinrichs, Vicki Gabriel. Absent: Ken Wobbema. City

    Mayor Scott Salberg called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. City council reviewed the Council minutes from the November 3rd meeting. Jon Unger made a motion to approve the

    minutes as reviewed. Theresa Tallackson seconded. Motion carried. Minutes

Auditor’s Report: November financial statements and bills were reviewed. Theresa Tallackson made a

    motion to approve the November bills. Jon Unger seconded. Motion carried. Past due accounts were

    reviewed with nine accounts past due in the amount of $1215.97.

Bills paid:

    Suzette Trenda $221.64 City of Fargo $14.00

    Fargo Electric Construction $780.95 Jenni Richman $415.57

    John Blaskowski $32.32 ND One Call $1.24

    Inter-Community Telephone $235.32 Xcel Energy $71.72

    Otter Tail Power Co. $1373.50 Xcel Energy $28.63

    Barnes Rural Water $1452.00 Alltel $15.67

    Cass Rural Water $656.00 Avenet $55.00

    Sid Hinrichs $45.00 Kresse & Christl Gravel $2675.00

    Belling Tree Service $1200.00

Department Reports:

    Adopt-A-Community: Two calls were made to Tower City in November.

    Sewer: OK.