The Clarkfield City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, September 6. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Council members present were Jeff Lobdell, Scott Vold, Sue Fritz, and Paul Anspach. Also present was city administrator Becca Schrupp.


The Clarkfield City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, September 6. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Council members present were Jeff Lobdell, Scott Vold, Sue Fritz, and Paul Anspach. Also present was city administrator Becca Schrupp.         

The first order of business was to administer the oath of office to new council member Emily Bruflat.

Carrie Johnson, a representative of SDN Communications from Sioux Falls, SD, spoke to the council. She gave a presentation about SDN, which is a high-speed broadband fiber transport provider looking to bring broadband service to southern Minnesota, including Clarkfield. SDN is interested in applying for the Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Grant Program. The deadline to apply for the program is October 1.

One provision of the application is to provide evidence of community support for the project, which SDN is seeking through letters, phone calls, emails, or signed petitions. More information will be posted on the City of Clarkfield’s website.

Items on the consent agenda were the approval of minutes from the August 5 and August 16 meetings, and payments made by the city. Both were approved.

The Clarkfield Fire Department’s report was presented. A proposal about the purchase of a new pumper truck for the department was discussed. The cost of the pumper is $400,000. With a downpayment of $100,000, the amount financed would be $300,000. The shorter the term of the loan, the lower the interest rate will be.

A five year payment plan would save the city almost $24,000 on the cost of the loan. A five year loan would cost a little over $23,000 in interest; a ten year loan would cost $47,000 in interest. No action was taken at this time by the council.

The Clarkfield Care Center report was given. It was stated that the biggest challenge facing the Care Center is recruiting and retaining employees. Also of concern is the rising costs of operating the Care Center. The Care Center would like to see an increase in funding from the city. The council will look into the matter. The Auditor’s Report for the City of Clarkfield was presented. Becca Schrupp presented the Administrator’s Report.

The city pay loader was discussed. Public works would like to keep the pay loader for another year and have a grapple extension pur- chased and mounted to its bucket. Schrupp also stated that the city has started a complaint summary log which will be presented to the council at each meeting.

A Small Cities Community meeting was held to discuss the Small Cities Grant Program. The city encourages all residents and businesses to fill out the intent to participate form and return it to the UMVRDC as soon as possible.

In old business, the Cafe Resolution proposal was discussed. The resolution was adopted. A resolution to accept a $25 donation in memory of Louis Coubal was presented and adopted.

The meeting closed at 9:30 for Teather Bliss’ review per state statute 13D.05