REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Jason Howland, Reid Olson, and Al Brooks. Also present were City Manager David Todd, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Public Works Director Steve Jahnke, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.
A. Mayor Rasmussen presented the Proclamation Declaring National Mentoring Month to Mary Jo Volkman, Program Coordinator of Success Through Adults Reaching Students (STARS). Volkman thanked the City Council for this declaration. She encouraged community members to become mentors.
B. Mayor Rasmussen acknowledged the Water Flouridation Qualiity awarded to the City of Albert Lea for the year 2018.
C. Mayor Rasmussen read aloud the award recognizing the City of Albert Lea as the winner of the “Transformation in Mobility” by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Voice of the People.
Holly Karsjens and Shane Koepke spoke of their support of the public arts movement in the City of Albert Lea.
Julia Thompson, Susie Petersen and Joyce Nixon are members of the Marion Ross statue committee fundraising for the Marion Ross bronze statue. They are requesting permission regarding their fundraising campaign. Petersen explained they would like to remove the existing bricks in the area where the statue will be located, and replace them with bricks sold and engraved with the buyer’s name or name of choice. Thompson said they have picked a sculptor out of Pensylvania and hope to have the statue completed by July 4th. Nixon described the cost of the bricks and the fundraising process.
Jahnke clarified that he had a discussion with Glen Parsons regarding the removal of the bricks in the sidewalk and replaced with the bricks from the fundraising campaign. Mayor asked Todd of there were any concerns. Todd said he thought it would be a great enhancement to the community and the space.
He supports this project.
Mayor Rasmussen asked council for a motion to approve this project.
Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the fundraising campaign, 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.
CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda:
A. Approve Minutes Of The December 19, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Resolution Establishing 2020 Appointments And Designations
C. Resolution Naming Official Newspaper For 2020
D. Resolution Designating Depositories Of City Funds-Signatories-Wire Transfers
E. Resolution Accepting Minnesota Historic Preservation Certified Local Government Grant
F. Resolution Granting A Variance To Structure Setbacks
G. Resolution Accepting Feasibility Report and Calling A Public hearing For 7:00 PM, February 10, 2020 for the 2020 Neighborhood Improvement Project (Job 2050)
H. Resolution Requesting Relocation of Dynamic Sign Installations on Highway 69 and Highway 13
I. Resolution Approving Agreement For Professional Engineering Services For Design, Bidding And Construction Management Services For Demolition And Replacement Of The Central Water Tower With Bolton and Menk, Inc. (Job 2055). Mayor Rasmussen announced the new water tower will be spheroid and will
J. Resolution Approving State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements With The City of Albert Lea On Behalf Of Its City Attorney and Police Department
K. Resolution Approving Replacement Of Street Department Sander
L. Resolution Approving Non-Union Employee Salaries For 2020
M. Council Letter of Support From The Albert Lea City Council Regarding City Clerk Daphney Maras Application For The Position of Region VI Director Of The Municipal Clerks And Finance Officers Association of Minnesota (MCFOA)
Mayor Rasmussen mentioned the removal of item B – under New Business – Ordinance 228,22d Amending the Zoning and Land Use Map for property annexed from Bancroft Township. He also explained the addition of item C – under New Business – Permitting an Agreement for Loan of City of Albert Lea Economic Development Revolving Fund and Economic Development Loan Fund with Infinite Recycled Technologies LLC.
Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda excluding item B under New Business and the addition of Item C, 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 20-001 through 20-011 Included with these minutes)
PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None
A. Resolution 20-012 Of Bancroft Township And The City Of Albert Lea Designating An Unincorporated Area As In Need Of Orderly Annexation And Conferring Jurisdiction Over Said Area To The Municipal Boundary Adjustments Office Of The Office Of Administrative Hearings Pursuant To Minn. Stat. § 414.0325
Freeborn Mower Electric Cooperative petitioned the City for annexation and connection to City sewer and water of its property located in Bancroft Township. Construction on the property is set to commence spring 2020. A joint Resolution has been prepared setting forth the terms and conditions for annexation and an ordinance has been prepared zoning certain properties I-1. Staff recommends the annexation and zoning of the properties.
Mayor Rasmussen stated he looks forward to this $20 million dollar project by Freeborn Mower Coooperative Service as well as a partnership with Bancroft Township.
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 20-012 Included with these minutes)
B. (THIS ITEM WAS REMOVED FROM THIS COUNCIL AGENDA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE OF BANCROFT TOWNSHIPS APPROVAL OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION/AGREEMENT) Ordinance 228,22d Amending The Zoning And Land Use Map For Property Annexed From Bancroft Township (1st reading)
C. Resolution 20-013 Permitting An Agreement For Loan of City of Albert Lea Economic Development Revolving Fund And Economic Development Loan Fund With Infinite Recycled Technologies LLC
The City has an Economic Development Revolving Fund and Economic Development Loan Fund. The funds are used, among other things, to create and retain good jobs, leverage private investment and increase the local tax base. The City seeks to enter into an Agreement with Infinite Recycled Technologies LLC, contingent upon the project meeting criteria for funding, for:
1. The Economic Development Revolving Fund permanent loan for $100,000 for a term of seven (7) years at three (3%) percent interest per annum; and
2. The Economic Development Loan Fund forgivable loan for $25,000 to create and retain fifteen (15) jobs until June 1, 2025. If the fifteen (15) jobs are created and retained through June 1, 2025, this loan is forgiven. Failure to create and retain the fifteen (15) jobs through June 1, 2025 will require the loan to be paid in full.
Howland requested background about this company. Todd explained Infinite Recycled Technologies LLC specialize in recylclining materials that produce stained glass. The company purchased the previous Bridon Cordage building and plan to add between 15-20 jobs. The owner has identified Albert Lea as a quality area for employees.
Motion made by Councilor Brooks, 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.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-013 Included with these minutes)
MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the ALEDA meeting and reports they continue to work on the stragic plan. Also attended the HRA meeting where two new officers were elected. They also updated some policies and procedures. He commended the enthusiasm of HRA Director, Jeanine Leick.
Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended HRA meeting.
Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – Received a call regarding why Edgewater Park is gated and closed during the winter months. Accessability would be helpful for ice fishermen/women.
• Committee Update – Has a Park & Recreation meeting next week.
Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting earlier today and mentioned the stabilization of the exterior wall on the HRA building has been completed.
Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None
Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Still working on a boat dock assisgnment.
• Committee Update – None
• Mentioned the annual residential contractors training scheduled on January 31st from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club. Registration is due on or before January 24th.
• Reminded community of the upcoming 2020 Census and the importance of being counted.
• An Appreciation Open House for Childcare providers will be held on January 21st 6:30 – 8:30 pm childcare appreciation at Edgewater Pavilion.
CITY MANAGER REPORT :
• Attended a Kiwanis DayBreakers Club meeting last Friday.
• Reported that he and Human Resource Director have been working on the Classification and Compensation Study.
APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
A. RESOLUTION 20-014 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER AL D. BROOKS
– The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer to make payment in the amount of $80.12 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 $80.12. 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 20-014 Included with these minutes)
B. RESOLUTION 20-015 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 Howland to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #73901 through #74095 in the amount of $1,249,575.05. 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 20-015 Included with these minutes)
ADJOURNMENT: 7:38 P.M.
Motion made by Councilor Murray, 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, January 27, 2020. On roll call vote, all councilors voted in favor of said motion.
Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed and the meeting adjourned.
Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr.
Secretary of the Council