January 11, 2016

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, January 11, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr., Councilors John Schulte V, Larry Baker, George Marin, Reid Olson, Larry Anderson, and Al Brooks. Also present were Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Engineer Steven Jahnke, City Attorney Lee Bjorndal, and City Clerk Shirley Slater-Schulte.

ABSENT: City Manager Chad Adams

CEREMONIAL ITEMS
PRESENTATION OF PLAQUES TO OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS

Mayor Rasmussen introduced and presented plaques to the outgoing members serving on the following Advisory Boards. Those in attendance were:

Bruce Sauer – Airport Advisory Board
Lynn Krueger – Library Advisory Board

Mayor Rasmussen announced that the following recipients were not present:

Lowell Olson – Housing and Redevelopment Advisory Board
Linda Johnson – Library Advisory Board

Mayor Rasmussen thanked everyone for their dedication and service to the City of Albert Lea. Rasmussen announced that the city still has openings on some of the Boards and Commission and encouraged residents to apply.

PUBLIC FORUM

Mick Delger, 75080 125th Street, Glenville, representative of the Shell Rock River Watershed District, invited the Mayor and City Council, all staff and public to the Shell Rock River Watershed District Annual Meeting to be held in March 2016. The date and time will be released at the monthly meeting to be held on January 12, 2016.

Paul Shea, 1003 Frank Hall Drive, Albert Lea, MN, spoke in regards to the Cell-fi Tours Project. The project would include the installation of a selfie station in New Denmark Park and Fountain Lake Park.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes of the December 28, 2015 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes of the December 28, 2015 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See attached list)
D. Resolution16-01-Establishing 2016 Appointments and Designations
E. Resolution 16-02-Naming Official Newspaper for 2016
F. Resolution 16-03-Designating Depositories of City Funds-Signatories-Wire Transfers
G. Resolution16-04-Accepting State of Minnesota Shared Services Fire Grant
H. Resolution 16-05-Supporting Grant Application to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for Workforce Housing Project – Wedgewood Cove Townhomes LLC
I. Resolution 16-06-Supporting Grant Application to the State Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for Water Filling Stations and Room Renovation at City Hall
J. Resolution 16-07-Acknowledging the Orderly Annexation of Lot 5, Webbers Subdivision – 1805 and 1807 Johnson
K. Approve Public Property Naming and Recognition Policy
L. Call Public Hearing for January 25, 2016 Regarding the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Grant Application

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda as presented.

Motion made by Councilor Anderson, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-01-07
included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS, AND COMMUNICATIONS

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

PUBLIC HEARING AND RESOLUTION 16-08 CONSENTING TO ISSUANCE OF REVENUE BONDS BY THE CITY OF HAYWARD, MINNESOTA ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN BAPTIST HOMES OF THE MIDWEST

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos explained that a public hearing is being held to receive input on the approval of one or more series of Health Care Facilities Revenue Bonds issued by the Colorado Health Facilities Authority on behalf of American Baptist Homes of the Midwest. A portion of the bond proceeds will be used to finance or reimburse the cost of completing the acquisition, construction, improvement, renovation and equipping of the entire campus including the renovation of the skilled nursing facility, an independent living wing as well as construction of a wellness center, theater, fitness center and attached garage with 63 parking stalls at the Thorne Crest Retirement Community. Staff recommends approval.

The Public Hearing was opened by Mayor Rasmussen.

Mayor Rasmussen called three times and no one spoke to this issue.

Mayor Rasmussen closed the Public Hearing.

Motion made by Councilor Marin, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-08
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-09-APPROVING FIRE AND POLICE CAPITAL FUND 2015 EXPENDITURES

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution approves Fire expenditures in the amount of $7,398.51 and Police expenditures in the amount of $85,994.67 to be paid from the 2015 pension funds. 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: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-09
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-10-APPROVING FIRE AND POLICE CAPITAL FUND 2016 EXPENDITURES

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution will approve Fire expenditures in the amount of $616,420.00 and Police expenditures in the amount of $105,718.00 to be paid from the 2016 pension funds. Staff recommends approval.
Motion made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-10
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-11–ESTABLISHING RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE CITY COUNCIL OF ALBERT LEA

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution establishes the rules and procedures for the City Council to follow when conducting business throughout 2016. The resolution addresses a variety of issues including meeting times and places, role of the presiding officer, public hearings, record keeping, voting, ordinances, resolutions, motions, petitions and communications, rules for addressing the council, rules or decorum and maintenance of order. Staff recommends approval.

Mayor Rasmussen stated a correction to this document in Section 7, Subd. 2, item 2 – two minute time limit should be changed to three minute time limit.

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve these resolutions as corrected, seconded by Councilor Marin. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-11
included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Schulte V reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None
• Encouraged everyone to drive safe.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Reported that three downtown businesses have applied for the Broadway Ridge Renewal Grant and were approved at the Heritage Preservation Commission meeting.

Third Ward, Councilor Marin reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Human Rights Commission meeting was cancelled for this evening. Marin reported that the Human Rights Commission received an invitation from the Austin Human Rights Commission inviting our community to attend a free showing of the movie “Selma” at the Historic Paramount Theatre on January 18th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None
• Wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Anderson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None
• Thanked the people that serve on our Boards and Commissions.
• Reminded everyone to be careful on the ice.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Received concerns on the location of the future dog park. Received request for a 4-way stop sign on Clark and Washington intersection.
• Committee Update – None

Mayor Rasmussen reported:
• Update on Port Authority meeting regarding workforce issue, update on the Enger’s building
• Extended New Year’s wishes to everyone

ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER REPORT

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos reported the following:
• Public Meeting regarding the future Dog Park to be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Encouraged the public to attend.
• Follow-up meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., at Southwest Middle School to discuss the Idea Splash. There are three projects competing for funding which are the Bike Sharing Rental Program, Cell-Fi Tours, and the Dog Park. Presentations will be given to a core leadership group, which will decide which projects receive funding. The City applied for a $20,000 grant with the Southern Minnesotia Initiative Foundation. The leadership group will decided how to award these funds.
• Staff will be applying for grant funding to allow the City to host the 2017 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLUTION 16-12-APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $269.00 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 to approve made by Councilor Olson, seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Councilors Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, and Mayor Rasmussen Jr. Councilor Brooks abstained. Mayor Rasmussen Jr. declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-12
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-13-APPROVING CLAIMS

Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos 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 Brooks to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #58456 though #58588 in the amount of $3,635,232.04, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-13
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT

ADJOURNMENT – 7:25 P.M.
Motion made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Schulte V, 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 25, 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.

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Shirley Slater-Schulte
Council Secretary