City Council Agenda

AGENDA FOR THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
ALBERT LEA CITY COUNCIL
City Council Chambers
7:00 p.m. – October 25, 2021

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I. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. CEREMONIAL ITEMS

IV. PUBLIC FORUM

V. CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The October 11, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The October 11, 2021 Work Session
C. License & Permits
D. Resolution Designating Additional Depository Of City Funds
E. Resolution Authorizing Broadway Ridge Renewal Grant Agreement

F. Resolution Authorizing Bond Funds For Food Truck Plaza Project At 804 E. Main Street

G. Resolution Calling A Public Hearing On Proposed Assessments For Delinquent Water/Sewer Accounts And Miscellaneous Accounts Receivable

H. Resolution Waiving Assessments On Property

I. Resolution Authorizing An Interfund Loan For Advance Of Certain Costs In Connection With Tax Increment Financing District No. 5-29

J. Resolution Accepting Donation of Memorial Bench

VI. PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

VIII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution And Public Hearing Authorizing A Housing Tax Abatement On Property
Within the City of Albert Lea For The Purpose of Funding Development Costs For
Construction Of A New Single Family Home – 2358 W. 9th Street
B. Resolution And Public Hearing Authorizing A Housing Tax Abatement On Property
Within the City of Albert Lea For The Purpose of Funding Development Costs For
Construction Of A New Single Family Home – 2366 W. 9th Street
C. Resolution And Public Hearing Authorizing a Housing Tax Abatement On Property Within the City of Albert Lea For The Purpose of Funding Development Costs For Construction Of A New Single Family Home – 1750 Tiger Ridge Drive
D. Ordinance Amending Chapter 26 Housing Articles I, II, III and IV (1st Reading)
E. Resolution Approving Contract For Private Development With Ulland Brothers, Inc.

IX. MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

X. CITY MANAGER REPORT

XI. APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. Resolution Approving Claims
(1). Presentation of Claims Over $25,000

XII. ADJOURNMENT

MEMO

To: Mayor and City Council
From: Administration
Date: October 25, 2021
Re: October 25, 2021 City Council Meeting Report (What’s Behind It)

V. CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

C. Licenses & Permits –
3.2% OFF-SALE
RIDDHESH, LLC dba Korner Mart

D. Resolution Designating Additional Depository of City Funds – The City of Albert Lea is looking to add investment broker, Lynn Cornell – Vice President of Moreton Capital Markets, LLC to our investor pool. Her bio is included in the packet. This additional broker will increase the options for the City to invest funds. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution and bio.

E. Resolution Authorizing Broadway Ridge Renewal Grant Agreement – ‘Man Between the Lakes LLC’ has applied for a matching grant for façade restoration under the Broadway Ridge Renewal Grant Fund. The building is located at 119 Broadway Avenue South in the City of Albert Lea. The project design has been approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission. They are requesting a grant of up to Nine hundred sixty-five and no/100 dollars ($965.00) which is half of their overall improvement costs. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

F. Resolution Authorizing Bond Funds for Food Truck Plaza Project At 804 East Main Street – On September 16, 2021, the City of Albert Lea entered into a service contract with Bolton & Menk, Inc. of Mankato, MN for schematic design services for a potential food truck plaza at 804 E. Main Street. Per the attached service agreement, the estimated fee to complete this work is $7,868.00. The concepts would be used to design and construct a food truck plaza. The estimated cost of the project is $50,000 and will be included in the 2022 – 2026 CIP for design and construction of this plaza. Our intended goal is to complete this while the State DOT project is underway. If the project moves forward, the project would be paid for with tax-exempt bonds. The attached resolution would declare the intent to reimburse itself for the cost of the improvements from the proceeds of tax-exempt bonds. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

G. Resolution Calling Public Hearing on Proposed Assessments For Delinquent Water/Sewer Accounts And Miscellaneous Accounts Receivable – The attached resolution would call a public hearing for November 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM regarding the adoption of assessments for delinquent water/sewer accounts and miscellaneous delinquent accounts receivable per the Code of Ordinances. These assessments are payable with terms of one year at 3.01% interest. This additional public hearing and special assessments will add the items that were not ready to assess during the last assessment process. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

H. Resolution Waiving Assessments on Property – The City assessed a total $11,190.65 to Parcel 34-342-0220 which is the common area within the Campus Drive townhome community. This property is unique and does not meet legal standards for a property that can be assessed. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

I. Resolution Authorizing an Interfund Loan For Advance Of Certain Costs In Connection With Tax Increment Financing District No. 5-29 – The attached resolution would authorize an interfund loan for costs associated with developing TIF District 5-29. The attached resolution allows an advance for transfer of up to $100,000.00 from the General Fund so that the City may reimburse itself for qualified costs in creating the district. Staff recommends approval. (See attached resolution.)

J. Resolution Accepting Donation of Memorial Bench – The family of Judy Werner seeks to give a donation of $800.00 for the placement of a Memorial Bench in Shorewood Hills Park. In this case, the location of the bench does not require a concrete pad, resulting in the cost being lower. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution and Public Hearing Authorizing A Housing Tax Abatement On Property Within The City of Albert Lea For The Purpose Of Funding Development Costs For Construction Of A New Single Family Home – Please review the attached resolution; staff recommends approval.
• Standard application and abatement – 2358 West 9th Street

B. Resolution and Public Hearing Authorizing A Housing Tax Abatement On Property Within The City of Albert Lea For The Purpose Of Funding Development Costs For Construction Of A New Single Family Home – Please review the attached resolution; staff recommends approval.
• Standard application and abatement – 2366 W. 9th Street

C. Resolution and Public Hearing Authorizing A Housing Tax Abatement On Property Within The City of Albert Lea For The Purpose Of Funding Development Costs For Construction Of A New Single Family Home – Please review the attached resolution; staff recommends approval.
• Standard application and abatement – 1750 Tiger Ridge Drive

D. Ordinance Amending Chapter 26 Housing Articles I, II, III and IV (1st Reading) Updates to Chapter 26 of the Housing Code, Albert Lea City Ordinance consists of grammatical changes to include the proper pronouns, cleaning up redundant language, adding Air B&B’s, Vacation Rentals and such to the code for compliance. Removing the Crime Free Rental Housing portion of the ordinance is because the courts do not support, and include all applicable codes to assist with inspection and compliance for clean safe housing. Lastly, it corrects the responsibility between the owner and the occupant when dealing with bugs or nuisance insects. Staff recommends approval of the first reading.
See attached draft ordinance.

E. Resolution Approving Contract For Private Development With Ulland Brothers, Inc. On September 27, 2021 the City established a TIF District to support the redevelopment of the former Freeborn Mower site into Ulland Brothers corporate headquarters. The attached agreement provides up to $760,000 in tax increment financing for eligible costs such as demolition of the existing building, soil corrections and construction of storm water facilities. The agreement also includes the creation of at least five new jobs on the redevelopment property within two years of the date of issuance of a certificate of completion. The new jobs shall pay wages of at least $24.00 per hour. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

XI. APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. Resolution Approving Claims – The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report.

(1). Large Claims Over $25,000 – When applicable, staff will present and display any claims over $25,000 for the public’s viewing, transparency and education.