November 27, 2017

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, November 27, 2017, 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 City Manager Chad Adams, City Attorney Lee Bjorndal, City Engineer Steven Jahnke, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – None

PUBLIC FORUM – No one spoke

Mayor Rasmussen reviewed the consent agenda:

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The November 13, 2017 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The November 9, 2017 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
D. Resolution Accepting Donations Presented To The City of Albert Lea
E. Resolution Granting A Variance To Structure Setback On Lot 1, Westcott Subdivision
F. Resolution Granting A Variance To Structure Setback On Lots, 1, 2 & 3, Block 1, Chapeau Shores Addition
G. Resolution Granting A Variance To Structure Setback On Lot 7, Block 13, Home Addition

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda as presented.
Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Howland. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks, and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 17-221 thru 17-222
included with these minutes.)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS, AND COMMUNICATIONS

A. Mayo Hospital Update – City Manager Adams

Adams provided an update on the most recent meeting with Quorum Health Services. He announced a meeting will be scheduled with the City, County, and the Save Our Hospital group. This meeting would allow opportunity for Quorum to provide a presentation revealing their findings and recommendations for the feasibility of a full service acute care hospital in Albert Lea. Adams mentioned he is continuing to attempt to schedule a meeting with Mayo officials for additional dialogue.

B. Freeborn bank Building Update – City Manager Adams

Adams stated the exclusive agreement with a developer of the Freeborn Bank Building expired on November 23rd. The feasibility report is to be delivered tomorrow morning and will be reviewed even though it is beyond the exclusive date. Adams added conversation is open to anyone interested in the building at this point. He suggested interested parties may contact the City for possible consideration.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

Ordinance 211,6d Approving Rezoning from R-2 Zoning District to DCD Zoning District for Property Described as the South 80 feet of Lot 15, Johnson & Fentons Addition (1st Reading)

Adams explained Courtney Drescher has purchased the property at 726 Fountain Street, the location of the old Gas Station. Drescher would like to open a hair salon but the R-2 Zoning does not specifically allow this. The Land Use Plan allows for commercial land use at this location since it is a “key intersection” of a residential area. The Planning Commission and staff are recommending a rezoning to DCD as that designation is already given to the properties across the street.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Ordinance 211,6D – 1st reading
included with these minutes)

Resolution 17-225 Amending Tax Abatement Agreement – Wedgewood Cove Townhomes, LLC.
On July 17, 2015 the City entered into a Tax Abatement Agreement with Wedgewood Cove Townhomes, LLC. This was for the construction of 30 townhomes in Wedgewood Cove Estates. Wedgewood Cove Townhomes, LLC seeks to assign its interest in the Tax Abatement Agreement to Nicollet Business Center, LLC consistent with the assignment provision in the original Abatement Agreement. Staff recommends approval of the assignment.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 17-225
included with these minutes)

Resolution 17-226 Approving an Interim Use Permit to the Shell Rock River Watershed District for Activities in the Removal of Material Dredged from Fountain Lake.

Adams explained an Interim Use Permit granted to Shell Rock River Watershed District would allow for activities on the land associated with the dredging of Fountain Lake. Permitted activities under this IUP would include: Overland piping of dredged material from Fountain Lake to the City Boundary and ultimately to the Confined Disposal Facility north of the City, Access along the water’s edge to allow for the placement or removal of the dredge from different point around the lake, Storage and staging areas for the contractor providing the dredging services on the lake.
Adams provided photos showcasing the staging areas, as well as background information the District is requesting.

Andy Henschel Director of Field Operations for the Shellrock Watershed District was present to answer council questions. Baker had questions regarding permits and the timeline for dredging. Henschel reported staff is working with the DNR to establish the necessary permits. The DNR assured the Watershed they would have permits by December 12, 2017. However, Henschel anticipates receiving them by the end of the year is more realistic. Henschel answered Baker’s questions regarding Edgewater Bay shorelines. To Howland’s question, Henschel explained the boat landings will not be closed other than once to put the dredge in and once to take the dredge out. Howland commented this project is a good example of when government works together to move things forward. Henschel said he hopes the city is open for discussion in the future if additional space for short term storage should arise.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 17-226
included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee – Attended SOH and Quorum Health Service meetings.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:

  • Ward Items –None
  • Committee – Attended a Planning Commission and Board of Appeals meetings. Baker thanked Bjorndal for his assistance over the years, and wished him well.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:

  • Ward Items –None
  • Committee – Commented how helpful Bjorndal has been over the years, and wished him well. Acknowledged the passing of Chamber of Commerce Director, Randy Kehr.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update – Reported he has an HRA meeting tomorrow night. Wished Bjorndal well.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update – Attended a Library board and an Airport board meeting. Reported on seeing the new arrival/departure at the airport. Wished Bjorndal well. Relayed condolences to the Kehr family.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update – None. Wished Bjorndal good luck.

Mayor wished Bjorndal well, and condolences to the Kehr family.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

Adams echoed comments regarding Randy Kehr, and he wished Bjorndal well.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLUTION 17-227 APPROVING CLAIMS
Adams displayed claims over $25,000 providing detail explanation of each.

Adams explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #66021 through #66160 in the amount of $955,104.57, seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Howland, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 17-227
Included with these minutes)

CLOSED SESSION – Land Acquisition Pursuant to Minn. Stat. §13D.05, Subd. 3(c)
Adams explained a motion to go into closed session is requested to discuss the following properties:
702,712,714,716, 801 and 802 East Main St.
310 and 316 East Main St.
309 and 313 E. College St.
319 Elizabeth Ave.

MOTION: Move to enter into closed session at 7:28 p.m.

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, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks, and

Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

Mayor Rasmussen reopened the regular meeting at 7:53 p.m.

Mayor Rasmussen noted staff was provided with direction in the closed session.

ADJOURNMENT – 7:55 PM

Motion made by Councilor seconded by Councilor, 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, December 11th, 2017. 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