Wyoming organizes for 2013

Council appointments, city’s fee schedules announced at organizational meeting


Alice Pickering
Wyoming Reporter

Wyoming’s annual meeting Jan. 9 included organizing for the coming year.

Mayor Eric Peterson continues as an EDA member, Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Fire Relief Association, and Chisago Lake Joint Sewer Commission (CLJSC) alternate.

Roger Elmore was appointed Acting Mayor, liaison with Wyoming Area Business Association, Planning Commission, and Park Board.

Linda Yeager is Library Society liaison, Public Works/Park liaison, EDA member, Rush Line representative, and FLA Chamber of Government Affairs.

Joe Zerwas is liaison with Public Safety and CLJSC. Steve Zerwas is also a liaison with CLJSC and continues on the Highway 8 Task Force. Mark Lobermeier represents the city on the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District board.

Police Chief Paul Hoppe is the Emergency Services Officer. Craig Mattson and JJ Hastings both are members of the Fire Relief Association.

By unanimous vote, Frank Storm was re-appointed to the Wyoming Planning Commission.

There were no expiring terms on the Economic Development Authority (EDA) or the Park and Recreation Board. It was noted, however, that there are three vacant positions on the Park Board.

Council members designated the Forest Lake Times as the official newspaper for 2013.

Official depositories for 2013 were designated. These are First State Bank of Wyoming; The Central Bank, Forest Lake; Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney, Inc., Citigroup; and RBC Wealth Management/Dain Rauscher.

Annual fees for 2013 city services were approved.  Notable changes are some utilities fees. Water charges per-quarter-minimum charge is increasing $1.05 to $36.02. Above 15,000 gallons, the charge for each additional 1,000 gallons is increased to $2.32; up from $2.25.

Quarterly sewer charges for the first 15,000 gallons increase to $92.98. For each additional 1,000 above 15,000, the charge is $4.69. Surface water utility is one unified schedule for the entire city.

Two office administration fees have been added; a non-sufficient fund check fee of $25 and an administrative certification fee of $15 a parcel. Community center rental fees were adjusted downward.

The Park and Recreation Board proposed a fee schedule for field and pavilion reservation.  Bob Beynon and Jeff Allen made the presentation.  Beynon said this to help off-set the park maintenance particularly on heavily used fields.

The fees are modest.  Pavilion rental is $25 for up to four hours for non-residents; no charge for residents.  There is no charge for pick-up games when fields are available. The fee for soccer, football, softball, and baseball fields will be $10 for two hours. For tournaments, the fee would be $150 for each field, per day.

Fees would be collected before reservation confirmation. Council approved the proposed fee schedule unanimously.

Council members approved 2013 appointments of Wyoming Fire Fighters who serve in paid, on-call positions. Officers are JJ. Hastings, fire chief; Dan Dalhager, deputy fire chief; John Hastings, deputy fire chief; Matt Haslack, Joe Kuskey, Phil Niemczyk, and Matt Pikus, captains.

Firefighters, some of whom have additional departmental responsibilities, are Scott Blascyk, Karen Brown, Mark Darwin, Nate Ennis (engineer), Jacque Hastings, Jeremy Hastings, Cheri Jensen (training officer), Mike Jensen (chief engineer), Matt Joesting, Traci Johnson, Eric Lamwers (training officer), Jason May, Jesse Milligram (training officer), Jeff Mueller (engineer), Kathleen Nyquist, Dillon Orth, Alex Palmquist, Travis Parson, Jason Van Tassel (training officer), and Scotty VanWagner (engineer). Three firefighters are on leave: Jay Achenback, Bill Hutchins, and Mike Oslund.

Loader Purchase

Among the year’s first items of business for the council was approval of the purchase of a Caterpillar 924K for the Public Works Department.

Jason Windingstad, Public Works Supervisor, explained the need for the equipment. The Caterpillar 930 loader the department now uses dates from 1969.  Safety is a primary consideration, because much of the overhead work in the city, installing banners and flags is done using this loader.

The Caterpillar 924K is suited to the requirements for the department. Forks make overhead work possible and safer than it is now. In addition, there is a boom for lifting heavy loads.

Three quotes for equipment were obtained. Total purchase price for the new Caterpillar 924K and attachments is $141,380. A trade-in of the 1969 Caterpillar for $15,050 will serve as down payment.

The department will be able to take advantage of the equipment yet this winter to help with snow removal. Council members approved the purchase by a vote of 5-0.

Other business

In other business, Chisago County Commissioner Ben Montzka reported planned mill and overlay project for Forest Blvd. (CR-30) between Stacy and Wyoming in 2013. The county is making cuts of about $1 million to the county budget.

The council approved the appointments of volunteer fire fighters Zachery Fecteau, Jacob Grindeland, Joseph Tener, and Jake Woinarowicz to probationary status for 2013.

The appointments of Aaron Anderson and Brian Bergstrom to the Police Reserve Program were also approved unanimously.