REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, August 12, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Jason Howland, Reid Olson, Robert Rasmussen, and Al Brooks. Also present were Acting City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, Public Works Director Steve Jahnke, City Attorney Kelly Martinez and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

PUBLIC FORUM
Gail Levorson, John Baunfiend and Margie Barber of the Albert Lea Pickleball Club are requesting four more courts be added to the Frank Hall Pickleball Courts to total 10 courts and a Pickleball Complex. Levorson estimates over 50 people utilize the courts on any given day. The current Pickleball Club maintains the courts by cleaning and providing minor repairs. The Club also offers Pickleball lessons through Community Ed. In addition, Pickleball has been added to some of the elementary schools curriculum. A permanent storage container was purchased by the Club to store supplies. The Park & Recreation Department has agreed to secure the container as a permanent fixture. The annual Pickleball Tournament brought in 118 people from surrounding communities and States this year. Barber reported attendance has increased by 30% over last year for the annual Pickleball tournament. This group does their own fundraising to contribute to the maintenance costs. Mayor Rasmussen offered to refer their request to the Park and Recreation Board for evaluation of the addition of four courts. The Summer Pickleball Sizzler will be this Saturday and Sunday and the club invited council and the community to attend.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda:

A. Approve Minutes Of The July 22, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The July 22, 2019 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
D. Resolution Accepting Donations Presented To The City Of Albert Lea
E. Resolution Approving A Lot Combination Through A Certificate of Survey
F. Resolution Authorizing An Agreement With Karl S. Milliron d/b/a Thirsty Fox Pub & Grill
G. Resolution Approving Sale of Surplus Equipment

Motion made by Councilor Baker. Motion seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-117 through 19-120 Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. 2019 2nd Quarter Budget Report – Kristi Brutlag, Finance Director

Brutlag provided a brief overview of the 2019 2nd Quarter Budget Report utilizing a PowerPoint slide.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution 19-121 Authorizing Action on Tax Forfeited Properties

Attached for Council review and approval is a resolution to authorize action on tax forfeited properties. In June 2018, the price was set on the previously forfeited properties; this resolution reduces the prices on the previously forfeited properties and sets the price on the new forfeited properties.

Motion made by Councilor Baker. Motion seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, and Mayor Rasmussen. Howland and Brooks voted Nay. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-121 Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 19-122 Authorizing Order For Removal And Repair Of Hazardous Structure – 22276 770th Avenue

Beginning as an enforcement item in May of 2014, the above property has hazardous structure issues with an accessory building and with an addition on the main residence. The residential addition has an approximate 18” diameter hole in the roof, deteriorated roof sheathing, and no siding with compromised wall sheathing. Accessory building was partially removed by the City in 2014, but the remainder of the structure is in imminent danger of collapse. Staff is recommending abatement of the accessory structure by removal and abatement of the hazardous residential addition by repair or possible removal.

Motion made by Councilor Baker. Motion seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-122 Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Working on items with interim City Manager
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting earlier today. He reported the new HRA Director will start in September. The Board also approved a Masonry Stabilization project for Shady Oaks Highrise. Attended an ALEDA Jobs meeting last week and continue working on the Strategic plan.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – Asked if there should be a railing on the Handicapped Fishing Pier that was recently put in. He ask that staff take a look at it.
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting before the work session tonight. Encouraged the community to attend the last WDW event to be held on Wednesday, August 21st. One Watershed, One Plan public kickoff to be held on August 21st from 4-7 p.m. at the Edgewater Bay Pavilion. The public is invited to attend.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – Received several calls with concerns from citizens in this ward regading a variety of items. Thanked Acting City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos for following up with all the items presented. Howland would like to see the speed limit reduced on Hwy. 69 South. Reported he is coach of the Albert Lea Angler’s fishing team and had two teams who qualified for the High School National Championship. He also provided updates on the fishing competitions held recently.
• Committee Update – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Working on Ward items.
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting earlier today.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – Working on Ward items
• Committee Update – None

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting earlier today.

MAYOR’S REPORT:
• Wed, Aug 14th – Wind Down Wednesday – This will be the last Wind Down Wednesday of the summer. This outdoor festival is held on downtown Broadway Avenue from 11AM to 8PM; there are activities for all ages, also various artists and bands performing, arts & crafts vendors, and food & drink from all around the region.

• Aug 17/18 – Summer Sizzler Pickleball Tournament – This is the 3rd annual Pickleball Tournament in Albert Lea, and will be held at the Pickleball courts by Frank Hall Park.

• Sat, Aug 24th – Annual Independence Run – The American Legion Riders sponsor an event that includes a motorcycle ride; silent auction, food and live bands on Broadway Avenue in front of the American Legion building.

• Sat, Aug 24th – Toys for Tots Car Show – The Albert Lea Eagles are having a classic car show and toy drive on Sat, August 24th located in the parking lot behind the Eagles building at 208 S. Washington. The hours are 10AM to 2PM.

• Encouraged the community to participate in a survey at Blue Zones Project.com/real age where the survey will produce real age results for each participant. The survey is free to Albert Lea citizens.

CITY MANAGER REPORT:
Spoke with the group that attended the Public Hearing last council meeting regarding the proposed Marina. Gabrielatos has started a dialogue between the two parties so that the concerns are addressed.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
A. RESOLUTION 19-123 APPROVING CLAIMS
Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report. In addition, Gabrielatos displayed a list of claims over $25,000 for the public’s viewing, transparency and education.

Motion made by Councilor Howland to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #72384 through #72572 in the amount of $1,818,707.07. Seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-123
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:26 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Baker. That there being no further business, the Council meeting adjourn until the next regular meeting of the Albert Lea City Council at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019. On roll call vote, all councilors voted in favor of said motion.

Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed and the meeting adjourned.

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Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr.

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Daphney Maras
Secretary of the Council