August 22, 2016

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, August 22, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr., Councilors John Schulte V, Larry Baker, George Marin, Reid Olson, Larry Anderson and Al Brooks. Also present were City Manager Chad Adams, Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos and City Attorney Lee Bjorndal.

ABSENT: City Clerk Shirley Slater-Schulte

PUBLIC FORUM

Vicki Lunning, 1887 Paradise Road, thanked Council and let them know that the shelter has been completed and that a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on September 9th.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The August 8, 2016 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The August 4, 2016 Work Session
C. Approve Minutes Of The August 12, 2016 Canvass Board Meeting
D. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List.)
E. Resolution Accepting Donations Presented To The City Of Albert Lea
F. Resolution Accepting Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) Enforcement Grant Award –Minnesota Department Of Public Safety
G. Resolution Rescinding The Sale Of Real Estate From The City Of Albert Lea To Glacier Properties, LLC
H. Resolution Approving Administrative Lot Survey For Lot 1, Block 3, Habben 1st Addition
I. Resolution Amending Resolution #16-116 To Add Legal Description To The Variance For Lots 4 & 5 And Portions Of Lots 3, 6 & 7 Of Block 1, Summerdale 2nd Addition
J. Resolution Approving Administrative Lot Survey For Lots 3 & 4, Block 1, Summerdale Townhomes 5th Addition
K. Schedule Budget Work Session for September 1, 2016 At 5:30 P.M.

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolutions 16-169-16-174
included with these minutes.)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Ordinance 201,6d Opting-Out Of The Requirements Of Minnesota Statutes, Sec. 462.3593 – Temporary Family Health Care Dwellings (2nd reading)

Adams explained that the first reading of this ordinance was held on August 8, 2016. The State of Minnesota recently passed a State Statute requiring municipalities to permit temporary health care dwellings unless the municipality passes an ordinance to opt out of this requirement. Staff recommended opting out of the requirement and approving the second reading of this ordinance. Adams noted that most communities are opting out of the state law.

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

(See Ordinance 201,6d included with these minutes.)

B. Resolution 16-175 Repealing Parking Maintenance District For Downtown Albert Lea

Adams explained that the resolution would repeal all procedures, boundaries, and future assessments to the Parking Maintenance District in downtown Albert Lea. The City Council established this goal following the City’s Annual Retreat/Goal Setting Session. The City’s General Fund will support on-going maintenance to the downtown streets and parking lots with some likely future revenue sources being created in the next year or two. Staff recommended approval. Marin said that he advocated for the repeal for many years; he thanked the Assistant City Manager for his efforts on this endeavor.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-175
included with these minutes.)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Schulte V:

  • Attended a library board meeting; announced that the library was awarded a $72,000 grant to expand the existing hot-spot program for one year.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker:

  • Thanked donors and volunteers for their involvement in the Wind Down Wednesday events.

Third Ward, Councilor Marin:

  • Marin requested an update from the City Manager about a long grass complaint at Spark Avenue and Front Street. Adams responded that the City will likely hire a contractor to mow the grass.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson:

  • Attended the “Movie in the Park” event hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Reminded residents that the City’s Facebook and government websites contain information about these events. Information is also sent in the mail.
  • Announced that school is starting and requested people to be mindful of children.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Anderson:

  • Ward Items – reported that he asked staff to address ward items.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks:

  • Ward Items – reported that the CVB meeting was cancelled. He asked about a home on Virginia Place; Jahnke stated he would follow up with the Councilor.
  • Announced a softball tournament taking place in September.

Mayor Rasmussen: No updates.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

  • Adams announced the dates and times of the community picnics.
  • Also relayed that he is working to host regional and local housing summits to learn how to galvanize more construction in Albert Lea.
  • Noted there apparently will not be a special session of the legislature this year. The Stables project will not move forward, nor will planned improvements at Riverland College, nor will increased local government aid be offered to greater Minnesota. This will affect the upcoming budget. He concluded his remarks by noting that state tax credits are also impacted by the lack of a special session, which could influence the development of the Freeborn Bank Building.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. Resolution 16-176 Approving Contract with Councilmember Schulte

The resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $225.00 on behalf of the City for a claim from Jones, Haugh & Smith and to issue payment for filing the affidavit of official interest by the interested official, Councilor Schulte.
Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed. Councilor Schulte abstained.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-176
included with these minutes.)

B. Resolution 16-177 Approving Contract with Councilmember Brooks

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $162.75 on behalf of the City for a claim from Brooks Safety Equipment and to issue payment for filing the affidavit of official interest by the interested official, Councilor Brooks.
Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed. Councilor Brooks abstained.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-177
included with these minutes.)

C. Resolution 16-178 Approving Claims
(1). Presentation of Claims Over $25,000

The resolution directed the Mayor and City Clerk to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report. Adams highlighted the claims over $25,000.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-178
Include with these minutes.)

CLOSED SESSION – 7:19 PM: Discussion and Negotiation of Labor Union Contracts
Upon re-entering the Open Session, Staff was directed to keep working on the labor union contracts.

ADJOURNMENT – 8:10 PM

Motion made by Councilor Schulte, seconded by Councilor Marin, 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 12, 2016. 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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Jerry Gabrielatos
Council Secretary Pro Tem

Minnesota state law (Chapter 156 of the Session Laws of 2005) requires that "a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees." For the City of Albert Lea, titles and salaries as of Jan. 1, 2019, are: City Manager, $138,375.12; Director of Public Works/City Engineer $110,780.80; and Director of Public Safety $103,646.40. Date of publication: January 23, 2019.