REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, December 19, 2019, 5:30 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Jason Howland, and Al Brooks. Also present were City Manager David Todd, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Public Works Director Steve Jahnke, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

Councilor Robert Rasmussen arrived at 5:37 p.m.

CEREMONIAL ITEMS
A. Mayor Rasmussen requested a motion to appoint Cheryl Intahar to the Library Advisory Board.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks to approve the consent agenda, 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.

PUBLIC FORUM
Gary Hagen spoke of an advertisement in the Freeborn County Shopper regarding fundraising for the Marion Ross Bronze statue. This fundraiser indicates the sale of pavers that will replace a section of the sidewalk in front of the Marion Ross Performing Art Center.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda:
A. Approve Minutes Of The December 9, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The December 9, 2019 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (None)
D. Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering of Bids For City of Albert Lea North Water Tower Rehabilitation (Job 1916)
E. Resolution Ordering Preparation of Feasibility Reports For Improvements In 2020
F. Resolution Approving Sale of Surplus Equipment
G. Resolution Approving Donation Policy And Rescinding Streetscape Bench Donation Policy
H. Approve Replacement of Street Department Pickup Truck (Eng. Misc. No. 2019-393)
I. Amend Agreement With School District #241 To Permit A LockBox Or Safe For Securing Money At The Albert Lea City Arena
J. Amend Agreement With Waldorf University To Permit A LockBox Or Safe For Securing Money At The Albert Lea City Arena

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent (arrived at 5:37 p.m.) Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-199 through 19- 202 Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. North Tower Logo – Steven Jahnke, Director of Public Works described the option to add a logo to the north water tower. Since the tower is going to be repainted this summer, this would be the time to do it if council so chooses. The cost is approximately $15,000 for the logo. Baker asked if it would be visible from the interstate, to which Jahnke replied it would not. Brooks suggested reviewing this item after the first of the year to allow time for council to review. Jahnke said the bid opening for the repainting project of the water tower is scheduled in February therefore, the decision would need to be made by the first council meeting in February.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
A. Ordinance 227,19d Amending Article III, Lodging Establishments (2nd Reading)
A first reading of this ordinance was held at the December 9th City Council meeting. Staff seeks to amend this ordinance to regulate the operations of hotels, motels, extended stay hotels and lodging establishments. The amendments clarify the definitions of hotel, motel, extended stay hotels and lodging establishments. The ordinance requires establishment owners to obtain a license every year and to post the license in a conspicuous place. To be licensed, owners are required to allow the Albert Lea Fire Department’s designated inspector(s) to enter and inspect these establishments at least once every three years and to ensure sex trafficking prevention training has been conducted for all employees with access to guest rooms and/or have guest contact. Any owner of these establishments failing to meet the requirements are subject to adverse license action. These changes are required pursuant to state law.

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

(See Secretary’s Second Reading of Ordinance 227,19d Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 19-203 Permitting Publication Of Ordinance Summary Of An Ordinance Amending Article III, Lodging Establishments

Summaries of ordinances may be published if they reasonably inform the public of the effect and intent of the Ordinance. Summaries fulfill all legal requirements as if the entire summarized matter had been published and also directs the public how to obtain the complete Ordinance. This must pass by a four-fifths vote by Council.

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda, 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 Resolution 19-203 Included with these minutes)

C. Ordinance 227,20d Amending Article II, Sec. 58-26 Lodging Tax Definitions (2nd Reading)

The first reading of this ordinance was held at the December 9th City Council meeting. Minn. Stat. § 469.190 authorizes cities to impose a 3% lodging tax on rent for lodging of up to 30 days at a hotel, motel, extended stay hotel or lodging establishments. The definitions in Sec. 58-26 clarify the meaning of lodging so that owners of hotels, motels, extended stay hotels or lodging establishments that provide sleeping accommodations for periods of up to 30 days clearly understand when the lodging tax must be collected.

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

(See Secretary’s Second Reading of Ordinance 227,20d Included with these minutes)

D. Ordinance 227,21d Amending Ordinance 200,6d Adopted on June 27, 2016 Rezoning (2nd Reading)

Ordinance 200,6d was adopted on June 27, 2016 by the City Council amending a re-zoning from R-3 Multi-Family Residential to B-2 Business Zoning District for the property located at 1430 West US Highway 69: identified as Parcel 34-074-0220. This ordinance is amended to add the legal description for recording purposes. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on December 3, 2019 and has recommended the legal description be added for recording purposes.

Motion made by Councilor Howland, seconded by Councilor Baker. 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 Second Reading of Ordinance 227,21d Included with these minutes)

NEW BUSINESS – None

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Received calls from constituents to discuss items.
• Committee Update – Attended an ALEDA meeting. Wished the community safe and happy holidays.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the Heritage Preservation Committee meeting where the guide book is being worked on. Attended a Board of Appeals meeting where a resident is requesting a car port and it was approved. Wished the community safe and happy holidays.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None. Wished all a Happy and safe holidays

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None. Wished all a Happy and safe holidays

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None. Wished all a Happy and safe holidays

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None. Wished all a Happy and safe holidays

MAYOR’S REPORT:
Reminded the community of the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census. He wished everyone Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year.

CITY MANAGER REPORT – Announced City Hall will close at 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. He thanked staff for their support and commitment to the organization.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 19-204 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER AL D. BROOKS

– The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer to make payment in the amount of $390.43 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 to approve payment of claims as presented in the amount of $390.43. Seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Brooks abstained. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-204
Included with these minutes)

B. RESOLUTION 19-205 APPROVING CLAIMS

David Todd explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report. In addition, Todd displayed a list of claims over $25,000 for the public’s viewing, transparency and education.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #73756 through #73900 in the amount of $1,914,203.24. Seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. 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 19-205
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 5:48 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, January 13, 2020. 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