City Council Agenda

AGENDA FOR THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
ALBERT LEA CITY COUNCIL
City Council Chambers
7:00 p.m. – July 26, 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 July 12, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The July 12, 2021 Work Session
C. License & Permits
D. Resolution Authorizing Additional Repairs To The Marion Ross Theater Elevator

VI. PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

VIII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution Adopting City of Albert Lea Climate Action Plan
B. Water Tower Discussion
C. Resolution Accepting Bid And Awarding Contract For The Central Water Tower Demolition (Job 2056)

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

To: Mayor and City Council
From: Administration
Date: July 26, 2021
Re: July 26, 2021 City Council Meeting Report (What’s Behind It)

V. CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

C. Licenses & Permits
All Licenses Listed Are Located In Albert Lea Unless Otherwise Indicated

TREE SERVICE
Snyder Logging & Tree Service – Jackson, MN
Johnson Ground Clearing & Dirt Work, LLC – Northwood, IA
Johnson Construction & Tree Service, LLC – Austin, MN

ON-SALE LIQUOR LICENSE
Green Mill Albert Lea
Eddies Bar
Crescendo
American Legion, Post #56

OFF-SALE
Liquor Depot
DAE Liquor
One Stop Liquor & Tobacco
A1 Liquor

SIGN HANGER
Tictoc Digital Printing
M&M Signs – Mankato, MN
SLG Graphic & Design

MOBILE FOOD VENDOR
Don’s Crumble Beef – Pine Island, MN

D. Resolution Authorizing Additional Repairs To The Marion Ross Theater Elevator – In May 2021 the Elevator Hydraulic Shaft was replaced at a cost of $59,925 – this was a planned 2021 CIP item. After completion of these repairs, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry performed an inspection and found several areas of non-compliance with state code. The City did seek other quotes, but is recommending the MEI proposal to complete the following plus additional minor repairs:
1. Horizontal Car Clearances – reattach facia to elevator shaft walls
2. Install car door restrictor – new clutch needed to apply the restrictor
3. System to monitor and prevent Auto Operation of the elevator door.
4. Firefighters’ service to comply. New car station and surface mounted hall stations.
The proposed quote for all needed repairs is approximately $75,000. City Staff is recommending funding for the project to be Fund 406 – the Building Maintenance Fund, and is seeking authorization for the City to enter into an agreement with MEI for the above repairs. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution Adopting City of Albert Lea Climate Action Plan – This action plan is the work of many staff members, partnering agencies and consultants. Often the task of climate change seems to be too large for local government to act upon or local government is too small to make a difference. The reality is some of the most impactful public health and environmental improvements started at the local level. The plan is to set attainable goals and give guidance on how to achieve the larger goal of being better stewards of our environment. Even if some are unattainable, falling short of the goal is an improvement over not attempting. This plan will add direction for staff on how we review capital investment, planning, operations, partnerships and more. In the work session Council will have a presentation and discussion on the plan. Staff recommends approval.
See attached resolution and Climate Action Plan.

B. Water Tower Discussion – The City Engineer will present to Council his findings on the benefits and/or difficulties of moving the water tower to the Blazing Star property.

C. Resolution Accepting Bid For The Central Water Tower Demolition (Job 2056) – Engineering and Bolton & Menk have reviewed the bids opened Tuesday, June 8, 2021 for the Central Water Tower Demolition project. This will involve the demolition and removal of the existing 1 million-gallon elevated water tower. This would be in preparation for the construction of a new water tower on the same site, near the intersection of Newton Avenue and Fountain Street. Three bids were received. Engineering and Bolton & Menk recommend the low bid of $93,691.00 as submitted by U.S. SiteWork, Inc. of Elk River, MN. The Engineer’s estimate was $220,000.00.

The bid is connected to the construction of a new water tower. Staff is still evaluating sites for this. Because the bids are only good until August 7th, we are asking the Council to award the bid and give the City Manager discretion to reject the bid if the evaluation determines the Blazing Star property is a better option. 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.