December 28, 2015

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr., Councilors Larry Baker, George Marin, Larry Anderson and Al Brooks. Also, present were City Manager Chad Adams, Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, City Attorney Lee Bjorndal, Library Director Peggy Havener and City Clerk Shirley Slater-Schulte

ABSENT: Councilors Reid Olson and John Schulte V.

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

CEREMONIAL ITEMS

PUBLIC FORUM
Steven Piper, 1329 Garfield Avenue, Coach of the Albert Lea Grizzlies, spoke about the proposed dog park to be installed at Frank Hall Park. Currently, the Grizzles play at the same location. He noted that the Grizzlies team is active in community projects, offer free family-friendly entertainment. Piper spoke in favor of having a dog park, but would still like to find a space in the community where the Grizzlies can play. Mayor Rasmussen noted that the Council was committed to finding a compromise with the team.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The December 14, 2015 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The December 10, 2015 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See attached list)
D. Resolution 15-276 Accepting Donations Presented To The City Of Albert Lea
E. Resolution 15-277 Accepting Bid And Awarding Contract For 2016 Chemical And Fuel Supplies
F. Resolution 15-278 Approving Purchase Of 2016 Cat 12M3 Motor Grader To Replace Unit #766
G. Resolution 15-279 Reinstating Assessments On Certain Properties
H. Resolution 15-280 Authorizing Release Of Original Mortgage Pending Posting Of Sufficient Security And Executing New Mortgage

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda as presented.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-276-280 included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

RESOLUTION 15-281 ADOPTING LIBRARY STRATEGIC PLAN

Library Director Peggy Havener gave a presentation on the library’s strategic plan. The library has five primary goals:

  1. Programming and outreach – more adult programming and expanded resources for pre-teens and teens.
  2. Technology – expand learning opportunities for library users and staff and explore other or alternative technology.
  3. Collection – ensure space is used well and that the library has a collection that the customers want.
  4. Communication – conduct a public awareness campaign to promote library resources.
  5. Building and operations – enhance public space and services.

The council thanked Ms. Havener and library staff for their hard work on the plan.

Motion made by Councilor Marin to adopt the Library Strategic Plan, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-281
included with these minutes)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 15-282 NAMING CITY PARK

City Manager Adams explained that this resolution would name the island off Lakeview Blvd “Dress Island.” The Dress family deeded the island to the city in 1972. The Dress family has requested signage and will pay for the sign and the installation. Staff recommends approval.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-282
included with these minutes)

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 15-283 APPROVING ORDER TO SECURE VACANT BUILDING LOCATED AT 914 NEWTON AVENUE

City Manager Adams explained that the house at 914 Newton has been slated for removal by the City Council. The house is to be razed, but it will take three months for the legal process to conclude. Inspection staff has noted the structure has been broken into, has broken windows on the main floor and at least one door secured only by a hasp. Minnesota law permits the structure to be secured upon a decision by the City Council. Staff recommends the structure be secured for public safety.
Motion made by Councilor Anderson, seconded by Councilor Marin. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-283
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 15-284 ACCEPTING GIFT OF REAL PROPERTY FROM GEORGE DRESS TO THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA

City Manager Adams stated that George Dress owns three parcels in Albert Lea generally located south of Front Street, east of Maplehill Drive, west of 4th Avenue and north of Plainview Lane, an area estimated to be slightly less than six acres of property. Mr. Dress has contacted staff to gift these properties to the City of Albert Lea. The parcels have been identified as a place for storm water retention and green space. Staff recommends accepting the gift subject to proof of clear title.
Motion made by Councilor Marin, seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-284
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 15-285 AUTHORIZING FUNDS TRANSFER

City Manager Adams explained that the attached resolution would authorize the transfer of funds from the General Fund to the Broadway Ridge Grant Fund and the Building Maintenance Fund; the resolution also authorizes commitments from the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance for a Public Works Facility and future pay-down of the debt service levy. Staff recommends approval.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-285
included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Schulte V was absent.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:

  • Ward Items – Attended the Planning Commission meeting; reported the donation of land by George Dress and the East Main Street property, which is proposed for a future fire station; and are consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Committee Update – None

Third Ward, Councilor Marin reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update – None
  • Councilor Marin thanked all of Albert Lea city staff, especially members of the Street Department for their hard work and dedication to the city.
  • Marin wished his wife of 27 years a happy anniversary. He also extended wishes to everyone for a happy, safe and warm new year.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson was absent.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Anderson reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee update – None
  • Anderson extended birthday wishes to his mother.
  • Reminded everyone to stay off the lakes as the ice is unsafe.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update – Reported on the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) meeting and number of events supported by the CVB in 2015.
  • Brooks thanked the Grizzlies for their presentation and involvement in Albert Lea.

Mayor Rasmussen wished everyone a happy new year.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

City Manager Adams provided updates on the following:

  • Discussion continues on the proposed dog park at Frank Hall Park. This item will be referred back to the Park Board in January/February, 2016. City staff will continue working with the Grizzlies Football Team for the upcoming season.
  • Discussion continues with the Watershed District and Lakes Foundation regarding the renewal of the sales tax.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLUTION 15-286 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER SCHULTE V

City Manager Adams explained that the resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment claim to Jones, Haugh & Smith in the amount of $980.65 and to issue payment for filing the affidavit of official interest by the interested official, Councilor Schulte V.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Marin. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-286
Included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 15- 287 APPROVING CLAIMS
City Manager 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 #58300 though #58455 in the amount of $434,940.23, seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Baker, Marin, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 15-287
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT – 7:28 P.M.
Motion made by Councilor Marin, seconded by Councilor Baker, 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 11, 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.
Dated this 28th day of December, 2015

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Secretary to 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.