REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TELECONFERENCE ZOOM MEETING, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, August 24 2020, 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 Steven Jahnke, Public Safety Director JD Carlson, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, this council meeting was conducted via teleconference as provided by Minnesota Statute 13D.021 Sub(1).

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – None

PUBLIC FORUM – Maras read an email received from the owner of the Aragon Bar, Dawn Gilbertson/Malakowsky.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda, noting the addition of Item F under new business titled “Approve Council Selection of City Manager Candidates of 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10”

A. Approve Minutes Of The August 10, 2020 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The August 10, 2020 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits
D. Resolution Supporting Bonding Bill
E. Resolution Approving Lawful Gambling Permit For Hartland Fireman’s Relief Association

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda as read with the addition of Item F under new business titled “Approve Council Selection of City Manager Candidates of 4,7, 8, 9, and 10” seconded by Councilor Rasmussen On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-139 and 20-140
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. RESOLUTION 20-141 APPROVING PROFESSIONAL AGREEMENT FOR INTERIM CITY MANAGER SERVICES

Gabrielatos said the attached resolution would approve an agreement with Mark Sievert to perform the functions and duties of Interim City Manager as specified. Staff recommends approval to enter into said agreement for the term of August 24, 2020 through October 31, 2020.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-141
Included with these minutes)

B. RESOLUTION 20-142 APPROVING NON-UNION EMPLOYEE SALARIES FOR 2020

Gabrielatos explained the City is in the process of having a compensation and classification study completed. Since the study has not been completed in the timeframe anticipated, the City recommends the non-union employees’ wage scale by 3.00% effective July1, 2020 with the intention of implementing the compensation and classification study in 2021.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-142
Included with these minutes)

C. RESOLUTION 20-143 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH MINNESOTA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (MNPEA) REPRESENTING PUBLIC WORKS, PARKS, ARENA, CITY CENTER AND POLICE-CSO’S

Gabrielatos explained the City has reached a tentative agreement with the Minnesota Public Employees Association representing Public Works, Parks, Arena, City Center and Police CSO’s. The City and Union agreed to a two-year contract, 2020 and 2021, with little change to the existing contract language. The agreement shows a 2.00% general wage adjustment on January 1st and a 3.00% on July 1, 2020. In 2021, employees would be placed on the newly revised wage scale that was completed as part of the compensation and classification study and eligible for step increases. The employee’s contribution toward family health insurance in 2020 would be 15% and 18% in 2021. The employee’s contribution toward single health insurance in 2020 would be 10% and 12% in 2021. MNPEA employees have ratified this contract. Staff is recommending acceptance of the contract as presented.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-143
Included with these minutes)

D. RESOLUTION 20-144 APPROVING 2ND AMENDMENT TO THE USE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY OF ALBERT LEA AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 241

The Albert Lea High School Cross Country team has the opportunity to host three cross country meets during the fall 2020 season. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 these meets will be dual or triangular meets to keep gathering sizes within state and local guidelines. Cross Country races are typically held at golf courses, however, due to the financial strain of shutting down the courses to host a meet, local courses are not an option. Bancroft Bay Park and the Disc Golf course are suitable locations and will meet the needs to host these home meets. Albert Lea Cross Country has not hosted a home meet since 2001. Staff recommends approval of the Agreement.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-144
Included with these minutes)

E. RESOLUTION 20-145 AUTHORIZING FUNDS TRANSFER

The final cost of the Fire Station is approximately $9.4 million. This resolution transfers $1.5 million from the Police Capital Fund and $100,000 from the Sewer Fund to reimburse the Fire Capital Fund for their portion of the Fire Station Project.

Howland requests a presentation at a future meeting outlining the final costs of the new Fire Station including funds used.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-145
Included with these minutes)

F. APPROVE COUNCIL SELECTION OF CITY MANAGER CANDIDATES NUMBERS 4,7,8,9, AND 10

Mayor Rasmussen asked for a motion from council to approve the candidate selection as chosen.
Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the City Manager candidates numbered 4,7,8,9, and 10, seconded by Councilor Olson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Met with new Chamber of Commerce Director. Attended ALEDA board meeting. Thanked Gabrielatos for his enthusiasm and years of service to the community.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – Commended Gabrielatos for his assistance in reconciling the issues on the Clark Street reconstruction. Thanked Gabrielatos for the groundwork he has laid to assist the community to continue to move forward, and wished him well.
• Committee Update – None

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – Asked if the possibility to pro-rate liquor license fees is still being considered. Gabrielatos responded if the fees are pro-rated, those funds will need to be made up in the general fund. Howland requests council reconsider the fees and discuss at a future meeting.
• Committee Update – Reported contractors will be sought to begin building repairs at the aquatic center. Rec On the Go was wrapped up on August 13th. The program provided 2,043 lunches and 846 activity kits that were handed out to children in the community. Ice is anticipated to be ready September 1 at the City Arena. Toured the new Fire Station and was impressed with the facility. Thanked Gabrielatos for his time at the City.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Olson concurred he would like to re-open discussion considering liquor license fees reduction. Supports the Library opening up to the public.
• Committee Update – None

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended a Library Board meeting. He commented he supports the library opening up to the public as soon as possible. Overall, given COVID, the library is doing well. Thanked Gabrielatos for his time at the City.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Received a call from residents in the James Avenue area requesting water testing.
• Committee Update – Supports opening discussion once again to consider offering financial support on the liquor license fees. Wished Gabrielatos well.

MAYOR’S REPORT: Wished Gabrielatos the “pool guy” well in his new job.

INTERIM CITY MANAGER REPORT: – Gabrielatos commended staff for stepping up during the last two summers when he has been the interim City Manager.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 20-146 APPROVING CLAIMS

Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer 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 #76023 through #76165 in the amount of $538,887.22. Seconded by Councilor Olson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-146
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:32 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Olson. 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 September 14, 2020. 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