CITY OF AVON
TO REQUEST AN
AMENDMENT TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
FUTURE LAND USE MAP
Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 5:30 p.m., the Avon Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider amending portions of the future land use map. All persons interested are invited to attend said hearing and be heard on this matter. All meetings of the City of Avon, 140 Stratford St. E. Avon are handicapped accessible.
CITY OF AVON
NOTICE OF TESTING OF OPTICAL SCAN
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 740
(MELROSE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS)
STATE OF MINNESOTA
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Independent School District No. 740 (Melrose Area Public Schools) shall perform a public accuracy test of the optical scan voting system to be used in the School District’s November 7, 2023 special election. The test shall be conducted at Melrose Area Public Schools (High School Library) - 546 5th Ave. NE, Melrose, Minnesota on October 17, 2023 at 10 o’clock a.m. Interested individuals are authorized to attend and observe. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Oliver at 320-256-5613.
Dated: July 24, 2023
BY ORDER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
/s/ Becky Felderwerd
School District Clerk
Independent School District No. 740
(Melrose Area Public Schools)
State of Minnesota
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON PROPOSED ASSESSMENT FOR
UNPAID CITY CHARGES
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Albany City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:30 PM or as soon as thereafter on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, in the Council Room at 400 Railroad Avenue, Albany, MN to consider and possibly adopt the proposed assessment set forth below for unpaid city charges incurred in relation to Ordinance 77. Adoption by the City Council of the proposed assessment may occur at the hearing. The proposed assessment is as follows:
201 1st Street $575.00
121 Par Drive $325.00
Written or oral objections will be considered at the hearing. The unpaid amounts includes a $75 administrative fee as per Resolution 2022-37.
Such assessment is proposed to be payable in one (1) installment. You may pay the entire assessment on such property to the City of Albany on or before November 16, 2023. If not paid by this date, the amount will be certified to the Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer for collection as a special assessment in the year 2024. You may at any time thereafter pay to the Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer the entire amount of the assessment.
An owner may appeal an assessment to District Court pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Sections 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the Mayor or City Administrator of the City within 30 days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the District Court within ten days after service upon the Mayor or City Administrator.
No such appeal as to the amount of an assessment as to a specific parcel of land may be made unless the owner has either filed a signed written objection to the assessment with the City Administrator prior to hearing or has presented the written objection to the presiding officer at the hearing.
Tom Schneider, Interim City Administrator
Published in the Star Post this 4th day of October, 2023.
Regular School Board Minutes - Melrose Area Public Schools Monday, August 28, 2023
Chair Heller called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The following members were present: Chair Heller, Vice-Chair Dufner, Treasurer Heidgerken, Clerk Feldewerd, Director Uphoff & Director Poepping. Also present were: Superintendent Winter, Business Manager Noska, Principal Pearson, Principal Doetkott & Principal Anderson.
Vice-Chair Dufner moved with a second by Treasurer Heidgerken, to approve the agenda. The Motion was unanimously carried.
There were a few community members at Open Forum with concerns. No action was taken.
Board reports were given. No action was taken.
Administrative reports were given. No action was taken.
A first review of Policy 102 - Equal Educational Opportunity was held. No action was taken.
A first review of Policy 614 - Bullying Prohibition was held. No action was taken.
A first review of Policy 613 - Graduation Requirements was held. No action was taken.
A first review of Policy 621 - Literacy & Read Act was held. No action was taken.
Treasurer Heidgerken moved, with a second by Director Uphoff, to approve the following consent agenda items:
➢ July 24, 2023 Regular School Board Minutes
➢ Bills & Wire Transfer in the amount of $1,749,157.80
➢ New Hire - Braden Okerlund - Teacher - District - Long Term Sub - Effective Approx. 10/9/2023
➢ New Hire - Jesicah Miller - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Ashley Frericks - Paraprofessional - Middle School - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Kalee Howe - Paraprofessional - MS/HS - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Kim Schmitz - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Brenda Botello - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Rosie Thell - Paraprofessional - Middle School - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Shelby Sandeen (BA - Step 11) - Nurse - District - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Beth Alipranti - Paraprofessional - Middle School - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ New Hire - Jordan Morgan (Step 1) - Volleyball Coach - Junior High - Part time - Effective 9/5/2023
➢ New Hire - Cassidy Hendricks (Step 1) - Asst. Girls Soccer Coach - High School - Part time - Effective 8/14/2023
➢ New Hire - Mauricio Perez (Step 3) - Boys Soccer Coach - Junior High - Part time - Effective 9/5/2023
➢ New Hire - Jamie Klasen - Girls Tennis Coach - High School - Volunteer - Effective 8/14/2023
➢ New Hire - Sam Heller - Soccer Coach - High School - Volunteer - Effective 8/17/2023
➢ New Hire - Alex Welle (Step 1) - Football Coach - Junior High - Part time - Effective 9/5/2023
➢ New Hire - Zach Thell (Step 1) - Football Coach - Junior High - Part time - Effective 9/5/2023
➢ New Hire - Carina Hernandez - DEC - Community Education - Part time - Effective 8/23/2023
➢ New Hire - Jessica Welle - Paraprofessional - District - Part time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ Retirement - Agues Fuechtmann (26 years) - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8/8/2023
➢ Retirement - Penny Deters - Teacher - Elementary - Full time - Effective 7/28/2023
➢ Resignation - Brenda Lieser - Food Service Assistant - High School - Part time - Effective 8/6/2023
➢ Resignation - Traci Vogel - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective 8/25/2023
➢ Resignation - Cynthia Torres - Food Service Assistant - District - Part time - Effective 8/21/2023
➢ Resignation - Dallas Kalthoff - Track Coach - High School - Part time - Effective 7/1/2023
➢ Resignation - Estefani Raya Park - Danceteam Coach - High School - Part time - Effective 8/7/2023
➢ Resignation - Tony Lieser - Custodian - District - Full time - Effective 9/1/2023
➢ Change of Assignment - Melissa Goebel - Cook - District - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ Change of Assignment - Luann Kalthoff - Cook - District - Full time - Effective 8/28/2023
➢ Change of Assignment - Becky Kaspner (Step 3) - Choreographer - Vocal - High School Part time - Effective 9/5/2023
➢ LOA - Karen Jo Meyer - Paraprofessional - Elementary - Full time - Effective - 8/23/2023
The Motion was unanimously carried.
Vice-Chair Dufner moved, with a second by Director Poepping, to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Director Uphoff moved, with a second by Treasurer Heidgerken, to approve the following donations:
➢ 8/15/2023 - Magnifi Financial - Community Education - Summer Rec Shirts Sponsor - $320.00
➢ 8/15/2023 - Midwest Automatic Products - Community Education - Summer Rec Shirts Sponsor - $684.00
➢ 8/15/2023 - American Family Insurance - Kyle Hoium - Summer Rec Shirts Sponsor - $840.00
➢ 8/15/2023 - Freeport Screen Printing - Community Education - Summer Rec Shirts Sponsor - $161.50
Upon a roll call vote being taken those voting in favor thereof: Chair Heller, Vice-Chair Dufner, Clerk Feldewerd, Treasurer Heidgerken, Director Uphoff & Director Poepping
Those voting against the same: None
The Motion was unanimously carried.
Vice-Chair Dufner moved, with a second by Director Uphoff, to approve the Staff Handbook. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Treasurer Heidgerken moved, with a second by Director Poepping, to approve the Resolution Appointment Election Judges. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Vice-Chair Dufner moved, with a second by Treasurer Heidgerken, to approve Stearns County to Serve as our Mail Ballot and Absentee Ballot Board. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Director Uphoff moved, with a second by Treasurer Heidgerken, to approve the date to Canvas the Special Election for Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 7:00 am in the high school library. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Director Uphoff moved, with a second by Clerk Feldewerd, to approve the following Sub Rates: Teacher sub rate of $140.00/day. Para Sub Rate of $14.00/hour. Custodial Sub Rate of $14.00/Hour. Food Service Sub Rate of $11.75/hour. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Director Uphoff moved, with a second by Vice-Chair Dufner, to close the School Board meeting at 7:21 pm. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Director Uphoff moved, with a second by Vice-Chair Dufner, to reopen the meeting at 9:07 pm. The Motion was unanimously carried.
Director Uphoff moved, with a second by Vice-Chair Dufner, to adjourn the meeting at 9:08 pm.
Becky Felderwerd, Clerk
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF STEARNS
Court File No:
NOTICE AND ORDER OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL UNSUPERVISED PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Beverly Rose Gustafson aka Beverly R. Gustafson,
TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS: It is Ordered, and Notice is given that on November 3, 2023, at 8:45 am., a hearing will be held in this Court at the Stearns County Courthouse, 725 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the Will of the Decedent dated, May 11, 2005, (“the Will”), and for the appointment of Lori Rose Gustafson, whose address is 2316 Lehman Ln NE, Blaine, MN, 55449, as Personal Representative of the Estate of the Decedent, in a formal unsupervised administration.
Any objections to the petition must be filed with the Court prior to or at the hearing. If proper, and if no objections are filed, the Personal Representative will be appointed with full power to administer the Estate, including the power to collect all assets, to pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, to sell real and personal property, and to do all necessary acts for the Estate.
Notice is also given that, subject to Minnesota Statutes section 524.3-801, all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the Personal Representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
/s/ Judge Shan Wang
Attorney for Petitioner: Christopher G. Hudok, Esq. (#0400842)
Hudok Law Office, PLLC
10721 Bechtold Rd. Rogers, MN 55374
(612) 363 5025
CITY OF ALBANY
CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
The City of Albany has approved an Ordinance No. 2023-01 which (1) adopts definitions related to the franchise; (2) grants a 10 year nonexclusive franchise to Albany Mutual Telephone to provide cable services within the City; (3) establishes indemnification and insurance requirements (4) establishes service obligations; (5) defines the service area; (6) establishes construction and technical standards; (7) establishes street occupancy conditions; (8) establishes rules for service and rates; (9) establishes a franchise fee of 5%; (10) establishes rules for transfer; (11) provides obligations for recordkeeping; (12) reserves PEG Access; (13) establishes a procedure to enforce and revoke the franchise.
This material is a summary of the above referenced amendments. The full text of the Ordinance is available for inspection by any person during regular office hours at the office of the Albany City Clerk/Administrator.
This Ordinance was adopted by the City Council of Albany on September 20, 2023, and shall be effective upon publication.
Tom Kasner Tom Schneider
Mayor Interim City Administrator
This amendment was published in the Star Post on October 4, 2023.
Albany Public Works to conduct seasonal
Monday October 16th through Friday, October 20th
Beginning Monday, October 16th through Friday, the 20th of October, the Albany Public Works Department will be performing routine flushing of the City Water System and Fire Hydrants.
This is part of a regularly scheduled maintenance program that removes rust, manganese deposits and sediment from the City’s water lines.
When hydrant flushing is being performed in your neighborhood you may experience rusty water and discoloration along with pressure fluctuation.
Below are some precautions you may take:
• When you notice flushing is occurring in your neighborhood, please check your water coming from your faucet before using your washing machine. You may need to run it for a bit until it runs clear.
• If by accident you do wash a load and rusty looking streaks appear on your laundry, don’t use bleach as this will set the stains permanently. A product called “Iron Out” has been shown to be successful in removing iron stains from fabric.
If you have any questions, please call Albany’s Public Works Supervisor, Joe Mergen at 320.980.2990.
SCHOOL BOARD WORK SESSION
Albany Area Schools – ISD #745
District Office Board Room
September 27, 2023
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chair Kreuzer at 6 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Present: Kreuzer, Hansen, Carbajal, Sands, Dirkes
Absent: Sand, Rueter
3. Student Representatives
The student representatives introduced themselves, shared some information about themselves, what they like about Albany, and something they’d like to focus on as a student representative on the board.
4. Technology Update
• Emergency Connectivity Funding is available through the state for those that apply.
•For Round 1, Albany applied for funding for iPads, MacBooks, Hotspots, and Chromebooks and was awarded $300,702.24.
• For Round 2, Albany applied for funding to purchase iPads and Chromebooks and was awarded $24,000.
• For Round 3, Albany applied for funding to purchase additional Chromebooks and was awarded funding of $130,944.
• Phone System
• Currently using managed services through AlbanyTel.
• Continuing discussions around options to reduce our costs for the phone system.
• Considering a change to a cloud-managed phone system from 3CX which would require a one-time up-front cost to purchase new phones but in the long term would save the district between $12-14K per year and the cost savings would pay for the one-time costs in less than a year.
• Overview of E-Rate reimbursement
• Technology updates completed to date; updates planned for the future
• Overview of tech support ticket counts year-to-year
5. Transportation Update
Support of the Transportation Department through ticketing. Craig Waldvogel, Amanda Grabmeier, and Aubrey O’Malley have done a lot of work to support the changes and work of the transportation department.
6. Teaching and Learning Update
Laura Roelike, Director of Teaching & Learning, took the board through a review of MCA testing results from last year. She also took the board through an overview of the READ Act and how that impacts our district.
7. Open Enrollment Review
Tabled until the October work session.
8. School Board Policies - Second Read
8.1 102 Equal Educational Opportunity
8.2 418 Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
8.3 419 Tobacco-Free Environment; Possession and Use of Tobacco, Tobacco-Related Devices, and Electronic Delivery Devices; Vaping Awareness and Prevention Instruction
8.4 424 License Status
8.5 425 Staff Development and Mentoring
8.6 504 Student Dress and Appearance
8.7 506 Student Discipline
8.8 507 Corporal Punishment and Prone Restraint
8.9 509 Enrollment of Nonresident Students
8.10 513 Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design
A summary of changes to 10 policies was reviewed.
9. Superintendent Report
Superintendent Okerlund covered several topics including updates on the Director of Building Maintenance position that is currently open, updates on the ELC construction, Athletics questions and adjustments and how the looming federal government shutdown may affect our school.
The board work session adjourned by Chair Kreuzer at 7:15 p.m.
Scott Hansen, Vice Chair