February 13, 2017

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, February 13, 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 Engineer Steven Jahnke, City Attorney Lee Bjorndal, and City Clerk Shirley Slater-Schulte.

CEREMONIAL ITEMS
Ellen Kehr, Organization Lead of the Blue Zones Project in Albert Lea, spoke, but before she did Mayor Rasmussen presented a National Geographic magazine in which the Blue Zones Project in Albert Lea was featured.

Kehr introduced a video segment from an Irish television show called “Operation Transformation.” Kehr said that the crew from show visited Albert Lea over the winter to acquire footage for the story. Staff then played the video.

PUBLIC FORUM
Victoria McGill and April Jepson of the Splash Pad Committee addressed the Council, providing an update about the project. The pair informed Council of the group’s fundraising effort. They shared a PowerPoint slide indicating the revised location the committee selected, an illustration, the recapture and reuse system that will be employed and a projected timeline.
Murray asked if someone could explain how the reuse of the water will work. Adams answered that the City plans to use 3 million gallons of water for the entire season. Reservoir tanks will capture runoff from the pad. Overflow water will go into a rain garden and discharged into the lake.

Baker wanted to know if an evergreen in the area would need to be removed. Adams replied in the affirmative, clarifying that the tree in question is not one that was donated to the city. He added that the tree that would be removed is one that was relocated there by staff. Adams continued, noting that more trees may be added to the landscape. In response to Councilor Rasmussen, the pair explained how the water jets out of the pad. Adams added more detail about how the jets would work. Mayor Rasmussen said that splash pads are always mentioned as an accomplishment by mayors throughout Minnesota.

MOTION: Move to advance and order this project.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Olson. 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.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The January 23, 2017 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The January 19, 2017 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
D. Resolution 17-14 Authorizing City Staff To Approve Special Event Times Until Midnight At Edgewater Bay Pavilion
E. Resolution 17-15 Authorizing A Lease Agreement Between The City Of Albert Lea And Fisher’s Jewelers And Northland Karate
F. Resolution 17-16 Approving Purchase Of Pelican Elgin Sweeper To Replace Unit #788 Pelican Sweeper
G. Resolution 17-17 Approving A Lot Configuration Through An Administrative Lot Survey For Property Located At 1413 Frank Hall Drive
H. Resolution 17-18 Approving Contract With Minnesota Public Employees Association (MNPEA) Representing Police Officers And Detectives
I. Resolution 17-19 Approving With Minnesota Public Employees Association (MNPEA) Representing Public Employees
J. Resolution 17-20 Authorizing Pay Equity Plan Submission
K. Resolution 17-21 Supporting Grant Application To The Minnesota Department Of Commerce For Auto Theft Grant

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda as presented with an addition of a report on the fundraising update on the Splash Pad.

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 Original Resolution 17-14-17-21 included with these minutes)

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 17-22 ACCEPTING FEASIBILITY REPORT AND CALLING PUBLIC HEARING FOR MARCH 13, 2017 AT 7:00 PM REGARDING SUNSET STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT (Job 1614)

Adams explained that the attached resolution would accept the feasibility report and call a public improvement hearing for March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM regarding Sunset Street Reconstruction Project (Job 1614). The project is from Trunk Highway 13 to Lakeview Boulevard on Sunset Street and on Hillside Avenue from Sunset Street to the dead end. The Sunset Street Reconstruction Project includes the removal of existing pavement, repairs to the existing utility infrastructure, storm drainage improvements, sidewalk construction and reconstructing the roadway to meet State Aid standards. A map showing the project location is attached.

The proposed improvements include reconstructing the existing concrete roadways to a width of 34 feet (face-to-face of curb) with concrete curb and gutter. A 5 ft. concrete sidewalk is proposed along the north side of the street with an average of 3 ft. boulevard between the street and sidewalk. The proposed utility improvements include the replacement of 2,388 feet of watermain, replacement of 1,787 feet of sanitary sewer, the replacement of 818 feet of storm sewer, and the addition of 1,682 feet of storm sewer. Drainage improvements will be completed to meet the State Aid design standards.

Bolton & Menk, Inc. has prepared a preliminary engineering report for the project. It is attached to the feasibility report. The estimated project cost is $1,992,722 and includes Municipal State Aid Funds, Sewer Funds, Water Funds, and Assessable Funds. Assessments will be levied to the benefiting properties based upon constructing a 33 ft. (face-to-face) residential street with 4-inches of bituminous over 8-inches of aggregate base. Fifty percent of the sidewalk costs will be assessed to the properties on the north side of the street.

The proposed street assessment rate is $103.02 per front foot and the proposed sidewalk installation assessment rate is $3.65 per square foot. The proposed assessment rate on Hillside Avenue is $74.92 per foot. Following the assessment policy, the assessments will be over 10 years. The interest rate will be based on bonding in 2017. Staff is recommending approval.
Baker informed the Council that he has heard concern from residents about the location of the sidewalk. Adams responded that the authors of feasibility report explained the rationale for the proposed location.

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 Resolution 17-22 included with these minutes)

ORDINANCE 204,6D AMENDING CHAPTER 6, ARTICLE II, DIVISION 1, SEC. 6-45 – PREMISES LICENSED (1st reading)

Adams reported that City staff seeks to permit alcohol to be served at events at Hayek Park consistent with City Ordinance 6-45. This will require a simple amendment to the Ordinance adding Hayek Park to the list of City facilities where alcohol may be permitted. Hayek Park is approximately 19.1 acres and includes baseball diamonds, play apparatus, a basketball court and restrooms. Alcohol shall not be dispensed to any person attending or participating in a youth athletic event. Staff recommends approval.

Olson commented that a college-level baseball team will be playing at Hayek Field this summer, and that amending this rule can help the team accommodate the audience.
Motion made by Councilor Olson, 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 Ordinance 204,6d included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 17-23 DENYING VARIANCE REQUEST – 1207 SPARTAN AVENUE

Adams explained that Larry and Sandra Fisher would like to build a 30×40 ft. detached garage. Zoning Code Sec. 74-13( b)(1) places a maximum garage size at 24 feet by 36 feet and a maximum aggregate area of all accessory structures of 900 square feet ground coverage. They are requesting a variance from this section of code. The Board of Appeals reviewed this request at their meeting of February 1st and recommended denial.

Baker stated he believed this was a difficult decision for the Board of Appeals.
Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Olson. 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 17-23 included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Referred to staff
• Committee Update – Attended the Greater Jobs regular meeting and annual meeting. He elaborated, saying that there are 400 jobs within the Albert Lea area and commended the ALEAP program.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended a Shell Rock River Watershed Board meeting. He reported that the Watershed received a permit to build capturing ponds (aka confined disposal facility). He also attended a Planning Commission meeting. The Commission is examining portions of the zoning code for potential modifications. Baker went with the Mayor and City Manager to a legislative action day in St. Paul.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee – Thanked staff for the snow removal.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Ward item
• Committee Update – Attended an HRA Board Meeting.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Mentioned he looks forward to attending the Library and Airport Board Meetings.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended a Human Rights Commission meeting.

Baker requested to speak again. He expressed concern about two bills in the legislature that could restrict a municipality’s ability to refuse the installation of cellular equipment in the public right-of-way.
Mayor: Attended a Senior Board meeting. The Senior Center will offer a will clinic and a lifeline screening. He also attended the Port Authority meeting, stating that the group is assisting an employer with an expansion and will soon sell a property. He also expounded about the Legislative Action Day.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

Adams clarified the city’s legislative priorities: advocating for local government aid, a workforce housing bill and the local option sales tax for funding the Watershed. He also said extending sewer and water to the Stables Area and amending the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s standards on wastewater are priorities.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLUTION 17-24 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER BROOKS

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $812.60 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 Murray, seconded by Councilor Howland. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed. Councilor Brooks abstained.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 17-24
included with these minutes.)

RESOLUTION 17-25 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.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #62843 though #63069 in the amount of $2,229,927.46, 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 17-25 included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT – 7:52 PM
Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Brooks, 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 27, 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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Shirley Slater-Schulte
Council Secretary

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.