November 2009 Another month has come and gone! As each month goes by, winter gets a little closer every day. The
Council would like to remind you to please read through the “Winter Survival Tips” printed in this
newsletter. Hopefully, with all residents cooperating, this winter snow removal season will go
The Council has made the decision to purchase a box blade for use on city streets. We are hoping that
if the box blade is used frequently enough on the roads that the roads will not get into the condition
they have been the last few months. Again, your patience is key. The blade will be operated by one of
the Council members as their schedules allow.
A huge thank you to the group of people who organized and stdecorated for the Halloween Party on October 31! Special
thanks to our local photographers for capturing all the fun on
film! Another thank you to all who brought their favorite apple
recipes to share and for the pumpkin carvers who brought their
pumpkins for all to see! The party was well attended with
plenty of pizza, candy and prizes for all!
Awards went to the following people. Each winner received
Best Costume – Tess Salberg as the “Old Lady Who Lost Her Kitty”
Biggest pumpkin – Colton Wetch Best apple recipe – Sam Richman for his homemade caramel apples
We encourage you to contact a Council Member with your questions or concerns.
Scott Salberg, Mayor 749-2679
Theresa Tallackson 749-2503
Jon Unger 749-2741
Adam Walburn 749-2574
Ken Wobbema 749-5155
All residents are welcome to attend!
The December 2009 City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7th 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.
The city council would appreciate all residents cooperating with the following snow removal
*Be kind to your neighbor. Please do not place your snow on your neighbor’s property
or city owned property. Please keep your snow on your property.
*Please remove vehicles from boulevards within 24 hours of a snow
fall. Proper snow removal cannot be completed with vehicles blocking city boulevards.
*Please take the time now to remove vehicles, trailers and any other
equipment from city boulevards while weather still permits.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!
Saturday, December 12th
Tower City Community Hall
Pizza & pop will be served at 12:00 Noon!
Santa Claus will be arriving at the Community Hall in
(This annual event is hosted by the Tower City Community Club)
ndWednesday, December 2
All Tower City residents are welcome to attend!
Come find out what the Community Club does to support our local
Hunting season is here! The city council would like to take this time to remind all residents that there is
no hunting allowed in the city limits. Please, for the safety of our residents, remind family or
friends who may be hunting in the area and not aware of this ordinance, to stay outside the city limits
while hunting. Thank you very much for your cooperation!
8:00 – 10:00 AM
thWednesday, November 11
Tower City Community Hall
Veteran’s Eat Free!
stWater rates increased on November 1, 2009. The rate was $4.85 per 1000 gallons of water, but has
increased to $5.32 per 1000 gallons. You will notice the difference on your bill you receive towards
the end of November. If you have any questions, please contact a City Council member or the City
Christmas Lighting Contest
The city will be hosting a Christmas lighting contest this year. No registration is necessary. All homes
in Tower City will be in the contest. The council will do the judging on Saturday, December
th12, by driving through Tower City to find who has the best Christmas light display. Did we mention
that there is a $50.00 prize for the winner? Start decorating everyone!
Jenni Richman, City Auditor 749-2343
City email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City website: www.towercitynd.com
Drop box: Water bill payments may be placed in drop box on South side of hall.
(Unofficial minutes will be amended or approved at the next regular City Council meeting held December 7th)
The City of Tower City minutes for the meeting held Monday, November 2nd, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Council
members present: Scott Salberg, Adam Walburn and Theresa Tallackson. Guests: Deputy Dan
Hermann, John Stanley, Brett Besette and Vicki Gabriel. Absent: Ken Wobbema and Jon Unger.
Mayor Scott Salberg called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM.
The city council reviewed the minutes from the October 5th meeting. Adam Walburn made a motion to
approve the October 5th minutes as reviewed. Theresa Tallackson seconded. Motion carried.
Auditor’s Report: October financial statements and bills were reviewed. Adam Walburn made a motion to
approve the October bills. Theresa Tallackson seconded. Motion carried. Council reviewed the ten past due
accounts in the amount of $1368.57.
Cass Rural Water $821.45 City of Fargo $14.00
Valley Auto Parts $23.94 City of Buffalo $58.00
Barnes Rural Water $1252.00 Times Record $84.48
Jenni Richman $11.77 Jenni Richman $415.57
Xcel Energy $30.30 Xcel Energy $43.33
Alltel $15.73 John Blaskowski $54.62
BNSF Railway Co. $1546.94 Otter Tail Power Co. $747.13
Suzette Trenda $138.52 City of West Fargo $140.00
Railroad Management Co. $90.75 Inter-Community Telephone $221.96
Sam Richman $10.00 Tess Salberg $10.00
Colton Wetch $10.00 Matt Hoyt $554.10
Adopt-A- Community: Deputy Dan Hermann reported that three calls were made to Tower City in October.
Sewer: Cell #3 was drained this week after the lagoon sample was approved by the ND Dept. of Health.
Streets: Richard Kresse has bladed the roads once, but the rain has delayed any further blading. Scott bladed
the roads this weekend with a box blade being borrowing from RDO Equipment. Theresa Tallackson made a
motion to purchase the box blade from RDO Equipment in the amount of $2000.00. Adam Walburn
seconded. Motion carried.
Planning & Zoning: Adam Walburn made a motion to approve John Stanley’s request to install a fence on
the east side of his house with the understanding that the fence must be installed the appropriate distance off
the property line. Theresa Tallackson seconded. Motion carried.
Theresa Tallackson made a motion to approve John Stanley’s request to build a 24x28 garage onto his
house. Adam Walburn seconded. Motion carried.
Forestry: Theresa reported that twelve new trees were planted by the Forestry Board. The Forestry Board has
researched the purchase of BINGO equipment, but found it too expensive to purchase at this time.
Junk and abandoned vehicles: The largest offender of junk/abandoned vehicles has complied with the city and cleaned up their vehicles within the stated amount of time.
Severe weather siren: Scott will get information about the existing siren from Mark Johnson at the November
Fire Dept. meeting.
Halloween party: The party was a success! Theresa Tallackson made a motion to give $10.00 each to the winners of the Halloween Party’s best costume, best apple recipe and biggest pumpkin contest winners.
Adam Walburn seconded. Motion carried. Best costume: Tess Salberg. Best apple recipe: Sam Richman. Biggest pumpkin: Colton Wetch.
Veteran’s Day breakfast: Breakfast will be held from 8:00-10:00 AM at the hall. Theresa will contact Joanne
Wetch to see if she would be interested in helping organize the breakfast.
Brett Besette property: Brett has had the basement of the house filled in.
Generator: The generator is installed, but the natural gas has not been hooked up yet.
Bonfires/loud parties in backyards: A resident has a concern about the loud parties/bonfires in their neighbor’s backyard. The council suggested they speak to their neighbor or contact the Sheriff’s Dept. if they
want the issue resolved.
Abandon Church St. at Michigan Ave. hearing: Adam Walburn made the motion to approve the adoption of Resolution No. 09-01 that declares the city of Tower City’s intention to vacate/abandon that portion of stChurch Street located between Block 14 and Block 15 of Ellsbury’s 1 Addition. Theresa Tallackson
seconded. Motion carried.
Loan to purchase generator: Theresa Tallackson made a motion to apply for a $15,000.00 loan from the
First State Bank of North Dakota (Buffalo) to purchase the generator from Hope Electric. Once the loan is
secured, the City Auditor is given permission to pay the bills received from Hope Electric and Keith’s
Heating and Air Conditioning. Adam Walburn seconded. Motion carried.
Bridge inspection: Paul Tinjum has given Scott a name of someone from the County to contact who may be
able to inspect the bridge.
Snow removal: Richard Kresse has agreed to do snow removal for 2009-2010.
Christmas candy for Sleigh Ride: Adam Walburn made the motion to purchase candy, apples and peanuts thfor the Sleigh Ride to be held on Saturday, December 12, in the amount of approximately $200.00-$250.00.
Theresa Tallackson seconded. Motion carried. City Auditor will purchase supplies. Christmas lighting contest: Theresa Tallackson made a motion to host a Christmas lighting contest with a
$50.00 prize for the best Christmas light display. Adam Walburn seconded. Motion carried. No registration thwill be required. The council will judge the lights on Saturday, December 12.
Recycling program: Adam Faul, Valley Radiator, currently has a recycling program in Valley City. Theresa
will find out more details prior to the December meeting.
Treadmill donation: The council would like to thank the person willing to donate the treadmill to the hall, but
the council will have to decline the offer at this time.
Gravel reimbursement: Theresa Tallackson made a motion to refuse Jeff Goehring’s request to be
reimbursed for gravel he had Richard Kresse place on the city street near his home due to the fact that no
prior authorization was given by the city council to purchase the gravel. Adam Walburn seconded. Motion
carried. Theresa will contact Jeff. ndBroadway St. and 2 St. repairs: Richard Kresse will repair. thNext meeting: Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:00 PM.
Adjourn: Adam Walburn made a motion the meeting at 8:30 PM. Theresa Tallackson seconded. Motion
Jenni Richman Scott Salberg
City Auditor Mayor
(Unofficial minutes will be amended or approved at the next Park Board meeting held November 10th)
The minutes from the Park Board meeting held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:00PM.
Pesent: Scott Tichy, Travis Besette, Dawn Schnase and Kathy Walburn.
President Scott Tichy called the meeting to order at 7:05PM.
ththPark Board minutes from September 8 and September 29 were distributed. Dawn Schnase made a
motion to approve minutes. Travis Besette seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Budget update: 2010 Budget was submitted to Cass County.
Grant update: No new update.
Mailing Address: The Park Board mailing address will be PO Box 14, Tower City.
Winterize bathrooms: Lynn Schneekloth will winterize the park bathrooms this fall.
Open position: Amy Milbrandt expressed that she would be interested in joining the Park Board.
Travis Besette made a motion to appoint Amy Milbrandt to the Park Board. Dawn Schnase seconded
the motion. Motion carried. One open position still remains on the Park Board.
Budget: Discussed the need for a computer program to help keep the budget in an organized manner.
Park Board Manual: One new manual will be needed. Travis Besette made a motion to purchase one
new Park Board Manual. Dawn Schnases seconded the motion. Motion carried. Kathy Walburn will
order the additional manual.
Future Planning: The Park Board would like to start discussion on a 5 year plan for the park, that will
include improvements and projects. Input from the public is encouraged. The future planning meeting
is tentatively scheduled for January 12, 2010.
Next Meeting: November 10, 2009 at 7PM
Dawn Schnase made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40PM. Travis Besette seconded the motion.
Kathy Walburn Scott Tichy