March 12, 2018

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, March 12, 2018 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Jason Howland, Robert Rasmussen, Reid Olson, and Al Brooks. Also present were Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Attorney Kelley Martinez, City Engineer Steven Jahnke and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

ABSENT: City Manager Chad Adams

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – Deputy Chief Jeff Laskowske of the Albert Lea Fire Rescue announced the promotion of Bart Berven to Fire Captain. Mayor Rasmussen administered the Oath of office.

PUBLIC FORUM – No One Spoke

Mayor Rasmussen reviewed the consent agenda:

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The February 26, 2018 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The February 22, 2018 Work Session
C. Approve Minutes Of The March 3, 2018 City Council Annual Retreat
D. Resolution Waiving Blazing Star Trail Joint Powers Board Annual Audit
E. Resolution Authorizing Agreement With Minnesota Department Of Transportation To Perform TH-65 (East Main Street) Flood Mitigation Study (Job 1806)

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda as presented.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-37 thru 18-38 included with these minutes.)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS, AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Resolution 18-39 132 Broadway Avenue South – Status Report, Action and Approval of amended Resolution.

Wayne Sorensen delivered a power point that revealed photos and updates of the inside of the building at 132 Broadway Ave. S. He provided background on how the estimated costs were determined and reiterated the outline he provided at the work session prior to this meeting.

Howland asked if this structure has any shared walls with the adjacent buildings. Sorensen said the architect involved determined, although the walls are not technically shared walls, they are walls butted up to each other and are meant to be there for support. In response to Howland’s next question, Sorensen confirmed the proposed work to be done by Joseph Co. will assure stabilization of all walls involved.

MOTION: Move to approve the amended Resolution.

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, Rasmussen, Olson, Brooks, and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-39 included with these minutes.)

NEWBUSINESS
Resolution 18-40 2018 Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering of Bids – 2018 Neighborhood Improvement Project (Job 1801) Gabrielatos read the WBI providing background to this project. Staff recommends approving the plans and specifications and authorization to bid the project.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-40 included with these minutes)

Resolution 18-41 Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering of Bids – 2018 State Aid Street Project (Job 1802)

Gabrielatos read the WBI providing background to this project. Staff recommends approving the plans and specifications and authorization to bid the project.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-41 included with these minutes)

Resolution 18-42 Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering of Bids for the Downtown Sidewalk Replacement Project (Job 1803)

Gabrielatos read the WBI providing background to this project. Staff recommends approving the plans and specifications and authorization to bid the project.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-42 included with these minutes)

Resolution 18-43 Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering of Bids for the Johnson Street Reconstruction Project (Job 1804)

Gabrielatos read the WBI providing background to this project. Staff recommends approving the plans and specifications and authorization to bid the project.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-43 included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
Ward Items – Referred to staff
• Committee – Attended an ALEDA meeting and also the grand opening of the new addition to the Zumbro River Brand.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee – Attended a Heritage Preservation Commission meeting. He reported the American Legion is proposing to hang new awnings in the patio area. Attended an 8th grade greater education project at the high school.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended an HRA meeting

Fifth Ward, Councilor Robert Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – Referred to staff.
• Committee Update – Attended Library Board meeting.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Mayor Rasmussen report:
Asked for a motion to appoint Steve Guenthner to the Board of Appeals.

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

Mayor Rasmussen reminded the community that there are still openings on the following boards: Planning, Charter, and Human Rights commissions.

He also reported that he attended the grand opening of the new addition to the Zumbro River Brand building.

CITY MANAGER REPORT – Gabrielatos mentioned the City received a grant as part of the City’s involvement with the GreenStep program to study the feasibility of installing solar at City facilities.

Resolution 18-44 Approving Claims with Councilmember Brooks
The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasure to make payment in the amount of $563.15 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 Olson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Howland, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Brooks abstained. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-44 Included with these minutes)

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
RESOLUTION 18-45 APPROVING CLAIMS
Gabrielatos displayed claims over $25,000 providing detail explanation of each. Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and Finance Director to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #67131 through #67281 in the amount of $940,960.02 seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Howland, Baker, Rasmussen, Olson, Brooks, and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-45 Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT – 7:24 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Rasmussen, 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, March 26, 2018. 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

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.