February 11, 2019

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, February 11, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Robert Rasmussen, Reid Olson and Al Brooks. Also present were City Manager Chad Adams, City Engineer Steven Jahnke, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, and Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos.

ABSENT: Councilor Howland and City Clerk Daphney Maras

CEREMONIAL ITEMS

A. Presentation of Lifesaving Awards – Albert Lea Fire & Rescue.

Public Safety Director JD Carlson presented awards to Albert Lea Fire & Rescue (ALFR) members, Albert Lea Police Department (ALPD) Dispatch employees, and Gold Cross employees describing the superior teamwork performed in lifesaving measures on October 25, 2018. The ALFR members are: Joshua Hall, David Moen, Kurt Wallace, and Jordan DeVries. ALPD Dispatch empoyees: Cheyenne Lundak and Sara Terhune. Gold Cross employees: Sara Berwald, Amy Wollenburg, Jeff Neve, Tim Winkels, and Jenni Golfuff.

Carlson also presented awards to members of the ALFR, Barton Berven, Brian Neve, Christopher Harveaux, Matthew Leverson, Christopher Bergeson, and Andrew Munson describing the work they perforemed together to save the life of a citizen on December 3, 2018.

Mayor Rasmussen thanked all the recipients for their dedication.

PUBLIC FORUM – No one spoke.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda noting Item E under New Business has been removed from this Agenda.

A. Approve Minutes Of The January 28, 2018 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The January 28, 2018 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (None requested)
D. Approve Purchase of Parks Department Wide Area Mower Replacement (Unit No. 575)
E. Approve Purchase of Parks Department Wide Area Mower Replacement (Unit No. 583)
F. Approve Purchase of Parks Department Tractor Replacement (Unit No. 584)
G. Approve Purchase Of Parks Department Mower Replacement (Unit No. 601)
H. Resolution Accepting Feasibility Report and Calling A Public Hearing For March 11, 2019 Regarding Newton Avenue Reconstruction & Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation Project – Pearl Street to 4th Street (Job 1902)
I. Resolution Waiving Blazing Star Trail Joint Powers Board Annual Audit.
Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda and the removal of item E under New Business, seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilors Howland was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-022 and 19-023 included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution 19-024 and Public Hearing Approving Tax Abatement for Certain Property Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 469.1813.

A Public Hearing is being held to consider abatement of property taxes levied by the City on the following properties identified as tax parcel numbers:

Address Parcel Number
1727 Keystone Drive 34-235-0711
Council adopted the Tax Abatement Policy to provide incentives to encourage construction of new owner occupied and rental residential housing units within the City. Persons constructing a single family home, duplex, or multi-family complex that file an application and obtain formal approval from the appropriate local jurisdictions between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019 shall be eligible to receive 100% tax abatement of the City’s share of the increased real estate taxes resulting from the newly constructed housing unit for a period of five (5) years.

Mayor Rasmussen opened the public hearing. He called three times. No one spoke. Public Hearing was closed.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-024 Included with these minutes)

B. Ordinance 221,9d Amending Chapter 22, Article XIII, Sec. 22-502 Tree Service License Requirements And Regulations (1st reading)

The City is seeking to amend its tree service license requirements and regulations. General requirements for licensing would include all persons and businesses to be registered with the Minnesota Commission of Agriculture, provide a certificate of registration issued by the Commissioner of Agriculture and provide a certificate of public liability insurance for coverage concurrent with the license term. All persons and businesses must comply with complete licensing requirements and regulations as listed in Sec. 22-502 License Requirements & Regulations.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilors Howland was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Ordinance 221,9d (1st reading)
included with these minutes)

C. Ordinance 222,9d Establishing Chapter 22, Article XIII, Sec. 22-503 Through 22-506 Regarding Tree Service License Requirements and Regulations (1st reading)

This ordinance addresses requirements and regulations for trees located in the boulevard or on public property in the city. It addresses shade tree pests and disease, damage and trimming trees in the boulevard as well as other violations.

Brooks asked if the Tree Ordinance could be shared with the public to educate them. Adams said it could be put on the City’s social media sites.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Murray. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilors Howland was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Ordinance 222,9d (1st reading)
included with these minutes)

D. Ordinance 223,9d Amending Chapter 22, Article XI, Sec. 22-431 Tobacco License Requirements And Regulations (1st reading)

At the meeting of January 28th, Council directed staff to draft a first reading of an ordinance for potential consideration of raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 years of age in the City of Albert Lea. The City Council has invited community members to participate in a community dialogue at this and future meetings. Adams explained from a timeline perspective, if this first reading is approved tonight, the public hearing and second reading of this ordinance would not be until March 25 in order to allow for public comment. This also allows time for businesses to be notified with the required 30 day notice prior a public hearing and provide the opportunity for feedback.

Ellen Kehr Blue Zones Organization Lead thanked council on behalf of the SHIP Leadership team for bringing Tobacco 21 forward. Lana Howe, State Health Improvement Program Coordinator and Jenny Hendrickson and Liz Heimer all provided updates on the use of tobacco products statewide.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Ordinance 223,9d (1st reading) included with these minutes)

E. Resolution Awarding Contract For The NW Sewer & Water Project – Phase II Stables Area (Job 1702) – REMOVED FROM AGENDA

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – He met with the new ALEDA Director. Attended the HRA Board meeting before this council meeting where the discussion highlighted the direction the HRA should go.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting prior to this council meeting. Attended the One Watershed One Plan meeting at the Watershed office.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland was absent.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting prior to this council meeting.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – Working on ward items.
• Committee Update – None

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting prior to this council meeting.

MAYOR REPORT – Attended the Senior Center Board meeting this week and said the board will be looking at finances at the next meeting.
Mayor Rasmussen asked for a motion to elect Linda Bryan to the Heritage Preservation Commission. Motion made by Councilor Baker. Seconded by Councilor Olson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Howland was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

CITY MANAGER REPORT: Adams provided updates from the Legislative Day at the Capital.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLUTION 19-025 APPROVING CLAIMS

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. In addition, Adams displayed a list of claims over $25,000 for the public’s viewing, transparency and education.

Mayor Rasmussen asked for a breakdown on the monthly payment to Freeborn County Administration. Adams agreed he will gather this information.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #70640 through #70786 in the amount of $1,014,918.73. Seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Howland was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-025 Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT – 7:42 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, 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, February 25, 2019. On roll call vote, all councilors voted in favor of said motion. Councilor Howland was absent.

Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed and the meeting adjourned.

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Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr.

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Jerry Gabrielatos
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.