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  • Arlington ENTERPRISE

    Serving the Communities of Arlington and Green Isle, Minnesota www.arlingtonmnnews.com Volume 134 • Number 39 • Thursday, April 19, 2018 • Arlington, MN 55307

    Single copy $1.25

    Arlington City Council approves scope of work for housing study By Kurt Menk Editor

    The Arlington City Council, during its regular meeting on Monday night, April 16, voted 4-0 and adopted a resolution to approve the scope of work for a housing study conducted by Streetar Consulting, Min- neapolis, at a cost of $4,734.80.

    City Council members Michelle Battcher, Adam Cowell, Tom Hatlestad and James Jaszewski all voted in favor of the motion.

    City Council member Jim Heiland was unable to attend the meeting.

    The City Council made the move based on a recommen- dation from the Arlington Economic Development Au- thority (EDA).

    The housing study will start immediately and be complet- ed by June 1.

    Lot Acquisition Program

    The City Council voted 4-0

    and adopted a resolution to discontinue the Lot Acquisi- tion Program.

    The City Council, about six or seven years ago, used a majority of the money in the fund to purchase 20-plus acres of land for the Industrial Park on the south end of Arlington. There was only $2,834 left in the Lot Acquisition Fund. The remaining money will be re- tained in the Special EDA Fund.

    The City Council made the move based on a recommen- dation from the Arlington Economic Development Au- thority (EDA).

    Revolving Loan Fund

    The City Council voted 4-0 and adopted a resolution to set the maximum amount for the Revolving Loan Fund.

    The amount will range from $15,000 to $40,000. The max- imum amount was set due to conflicting figures in past documents.

    The City Council made the move based on a recommen- dation from the Arlington Economic Development Au- thority (EDA).

    Child Care Loan Program

    The City Council voted 4-0 and adopted a resolution to approve the terms of a forgiv- able $1,000 loan for Jenny’s Daycare from the Arlington EDA Child Care Loan Pro- gram. The owner of the day- care is Jennifer Otto.

    The purpose of the loan is to help new daycare providers by covering the costs of vari- ous startup expenses.

    The City Council made the move based on a recommen- dation from the Arlington Economic Development Au- thority (EDA).

    The Arlington City Council will hold its next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 7.

    Arlington City Council votes to add an administrative assistant By Kurt Menk Editor

    The Arlington City Council, during its regular meeting on Monday night, April 16, voted 4-0 and approved a motion to authorize administration to re- cruit and hire a 32-hour per week administrative assistant to assist with the increasing workload of administration.

    City Council members Michelle Battcher, Adam Cowell, Tom Hatlestad and James Jaszewski all voted in favor of the motion.

    City Council member Jim Heiland was unable to attend the meeting.

    The starting wage will be $14 per hour.

    In a related matter, the City Council voted 4-0 and ap-

    proved a motion to revise the job description of Police Ad- ministrative Assistant Vicki Pomplun.

    After the hiring of a new administrative assistant at 32 hours per week. Pomplun will then spend 75 percent of her time with the police depart- ment and 25 percent with ad- ministration. Her current job allocation is 50 percent with the police department and 50 percent with administration.

    The ultimate goal is for Pomplun to spend 100 percent of her time with the police de- partment.

    Paving Lot The City Council voted 4-0

    and adopted a resolution to ac- cept a bid of $13,036.50 from

    OMG Midwest, Inc., Belle Plaine, to pave the gravel parking lot located east of the Arlington Fire Hall.

    The low bid came in almost half of the original projected cost. The City Council had budgeted $25,000 for this project.

    There were two bids re- ceived overall.

    Permit The City Council voted 4-0

    and adopted a resolution to approve a conditional use per- mit for a used passenger auto- mobile sales business at 23228 401st Avenue.

    The applicant was Jim Hei- land. The owner of the proper- ty is Allen Scharn.

    Concerned Resident

    In a letter included in the City Council packet, local res- ident John Paulmann voiced his concern about narrow West Chandler Street which is being used as a bus route for the new Sibley East Middle/High School in Ar- lington.

    Paulmann was frustrated that Sibley East Superintend- ent Jim Amsden and Arlington Mayor Rich Nagel have not addressed his previous con- cerns.

    Paulmann, later in his letter, suggested new bus routes for buses coming from the south and west, and from the north and east.

    Other Business • The City Council voted 4-

    0 and approved a motion to authorize Attorney Mickelson to close the file on Johnson Controls due to the City of Ar- lington having exhausted all means to recoup expenses as- sociated with faulty street lighting.

    • The City Council voted 4- 0 and approved a motion to authorize up to $15,000 to be spent toward one third of the cost of a bi-directional anten- na for improving 800 MHz radio communications within the Sibley East Middle School/High School in Arling- ton.

    • The third annual Sibley County Community and Busi- ness Expo will be held at the

    Arlington Community Center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thurs- day, April 19.

    • A Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held at the Sibley County Highway Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

    • The Sibley County ACT on Alzheimer’s Lunch and Learn will be held at the Ar- lington Community Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Katie Roberg, a therapeutic recre- ation specialist, will be the guest speaker.

    • The City of Arlington Clean Up Day will be held at the Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

    By Amy Newsom Correspondent

    The Sibley East School Board, during its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, April 16, voted 5-0 and approved a motion to approve the 2017-2019 teachers’ mas- ter agreement. Language changes are effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

    School Board members Avery Grochow, Laura Reid, Missy Weber, Dan Woehler and Sarah Ziegler all voted in favor of the motion.

    School Board member Brian Brandt abstained from the vote.

    A summary of the changes provided by Sibley East Su- perintendent Jim Amsden in- clude:

    Memorandum of Under- standing added back in for special education teachers al- lowing days for paperwork; district will cap insurance in- creases at 10 percent each year, anything over 10 per-

    cent will be paid by the indi- vidual; entered into a new memorandum of understand- ing to look at the new licens- ing laws with Tiers 1 through 4 licenses and craft language for the contract prior to July 1, 2019; increase extra-cur- ricular schedule 2 percent in 2017-2018 and 1 percent in 2018-2019; rebuilt salary schedule to make all steps even, add step 17+ for indi- viduals who were on Step 17 last year only, increase step 17+ of 1.9 percent for 2017- 2018, increase salary 2 per- cent for 2018-2019 and elimi- nate step 1; the reported con- tract package salary and ben- efit increase over 2 years will be 6.99 percent, (with current staffing, district teaching staff cost for salary and benefits will increase approximately 4 percent).

    Changes to Days Out Of District (DOOD) include in- dividuals receive 12 days down from 15; remaining

    days put into an individual’s bank up to a maximum of 135; when using DOOD for medical, family medical, or bereavement days 1 and 2 come out of this year ’s DOOD, additional days come from the individual’s bank; for non-illness or bereave- ment individuals may only take 5 consecutive days of leave once in a three year pe- riod; only 10 percent of indi- viduals per building may take pre-approved days; people with an excess of 135 DOOD days at the end of the year may sell back up to 8 days at a rate of $100 per day.

    Woehler asked if the changes were something Sib- ley East could afford. Super- intendent Amsden replied yes and said the changes were re- quired to fill spots that would become available because of teacher retirements. He also felt the salary schedule and DOOD were right in line.

    School Board approves the teachers’ master agreement

    Enterprise photo by Kurt Menk

    Will It Ever End? Heavy snow and strong winds caused blizzard like conditions in the Arlington and Green Isle area last weekend. Twelve-plus inches of snow fell during the storm which started Sat- urday morning, April 14 and finally ended Sunday night, April 15. Many activities, in- cluding some church services, were cancelled

    during the snowstorm. Schools had a two- hour late start on Monday morning, April 16. Rich Roepke took to his snowblower along the 200 block of First Avenue Northwest in Arling- ton on Sunday morning, April 15. Additional snow was in the forecast for Wednesday, April 18.

    Emergency meeting held By Kurt Menk Editor

    The Arlington City Council held an emergency meeting at the Arlington Community Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

    The Arlington Enterprise received notification about the emergency meeting via an e-

    mail at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

    The emergency meeting was called to discuss and re- view the requirements for the recently created Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. emer- gency medical technician and existing Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. paramedic posi-

    tion. It was