January 25, 2016

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, January 25, 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 City Manager Chad Adams, Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Engineer Steven Jahnke, City Attorney Lee Bjorndal, and City Clerk Shirley Slater-Schulte

CEREMONIAL ITEMS

APPOINTMENT TO AIRPORT BOARD

Mayor Rasmussen made the following appointment to the Airport Advisory Board:

• Reappointment of John Schulz and Steve Nesse
• New appointment of Craig Ludtke

MOTION: Move to approve said appointments.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, 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.

PROCLAMATION DECLARING JANUARY “NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH”

Mayor Rasmussen read and presented the Proclamation Declaring January “National Mentoring Month.”

PUBLIC FORUM

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The January 11, 2016 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The January 7, 2016 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See attached list)
D. Resolution 16-14-Accepting Donations Presented To The City Of Albert Lea
E. Schedule Annual Retreat / Staff Goal Setting Session For February 27, 2016
F. Resolution 16-15-Approving Utility Department Purchase of a HIPOWER 90kW Used Generator
G. Resolution 16-16- Approving a Master Service Agreement Between Mead & Hunt, Inc. and City of Albert Lea (Job 1558)
H. Resolution 16-17-Approving Task Order #2016-1 with Mead and Hunt for providing design and bidding services for the Arrival/Departure Facility at the Albert Lea Municipal Airport (Job 1608)
I. Resolution 16-18-Ordering Preparation of Feasibility Reports on Public Improvements
J. Resolution 16-19-Supporting Workforce Housing Grant Application
K. Resolution 16-20-Approving State of Minnesota Joint Powers Agreements with the City of Albert Lea on Behalf of the City Attorney and Albert Lea Police Department

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda as presented.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Olson. 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 16-14-20 included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS, AND COMMUNICATIONS

RESOLUTION 16-21-AUTHORIZING BROADWAY RIDGE GRANT AGREEMENT – HOIUM/MUMMERT

Craig Hoium and Patrick Mummert applied for a matching grant for façade restoration under the Broadway Ridge Renewal Grant Fund. Their building is located at 201-205 South Washington in the City of Albert Lea. The project design has been approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission. They are requesting a grant of up to $2,500.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, 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 16-21 included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-22-AUTHORIZING BROADWAY RIDGE GRANT AGREEMENT – BRAD ARENDS

Arends Properties, LLC applied for a matching grant for façade restoration under the Broadway Ridge Renewal Grant Fund. The building is located at 100 Broadway Avenue North in the City of Albert Lea. The project design has been approved by the Heritage Preservation Commission. The next step is to sign a Construction Award document and an Easement Agreement for the façade and for use of the funds. They are requesting a grant of up to $50,000.
Motion made by Councilor Baker, 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 16-22
included with these minutes)

SHELL ROCK RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT PRESENTATION – BRETT BEHNKE

Brett Behnke, Shell Rock River Watershed Administrator introduced Andy Henschel, Director of Field Operations of the Watershed District. Mr. Henschel highlighted and detailed projects completed each of the last 10 years:

2004 – Door Hanger Awareness and Storm Sewer Program
2005 – Lakeview Rain Garden and Rock Inlets
2006 – Healthy Lakes Video and Leave It on the Lawn
2007 – Pollution Prevention Program, Leaf Vacuum Truck and Surface Water Assessment Grant
2008 – Manchester Sewer System Update, City Beach Project, Mud Lake Electric Fish Barrier, South Industrial Park Stormwater Improvement, City of Albert Lea Storm Water Study
2009 – Pickerel Lake Reclamation Project and Main Street Stormwater Park
2010 – White, Wedge, and Fountain Lake Fish Barriers and Pet waste Stations
2011 – Precision Conservation Project
2012 – Headwaters Restoration Purchase, Total Maximum Daily Load
2013 – Wedge Creek Reach 2 and 4 Restoration, MnDOT Rain Garden and City Street Sweeper
2014 – Albert Lea Lake Dam and Fish Barrier, Goose Lake Fish Barrier, Hanson Property and Rain Barrels
2015 – Stables Area Impound Project, Bonding for Dredging, LSOHC Habitat Restoration Program, and North Industrial Storm Park.

Reviewed the improved water quality on Fountain Lake, Albert Lea Lake and Pickerel Lake beginning in 2005 through 2015.

Councilors had questions regarding the projects completed, the timeline for the future dredging process, and grant dollars. They suggested that the presentation be made available to the public. Questions were asked about where the dredging would begin. Behnke answered that the bays will be the first to be dredged.

Mayor Rasmussen stated that the City Council and the Watershed Board will be meeting during the month of February 2016. The Council will begin advertising for its solicitation of public input on the sales tax renewal at the City Council meetings scheduled for February 8 and 22, 2016. Rasmussen encouraged the public to participate in the upcoming meetings and to contact councilors with questions and concerns.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

PUBLIC HEARING AND RESOLUTION 16-23-AUTHORIZING SMALL CITIES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION

The City is required to hold a public hearing pertaining to our Small Cities grant application to the Department of Employment and Economic Department (DEED) for the downtown commercial and residential rehabilitation. The City has advanced from the preliminary round of application review to final review.

Mayor Rasmussen opened the Public Hearing

City Manager Adams explained the following:

1. Discuss and identify community development and housing needs, including the needs of very low and low income persons and other needs in the community that might be addressed through the CDBG/ Small Cities Development program:

• Unemployment rate dropped to 4.3% in 2014, lowest since 2000 and down to 3.3% as of November 2015 (3.7% within the City last November)
• The percentage of people below the poverty level in Freeborn County has risen from 8.4% in 2000 to 11.8% in 2013 and is currently estimated at 12.5% (15% within the City)
• The majority of employees in Freeborn County work in the services, retail, and manufacturing industries [this may be an indication of more jobs at lower wages]
• Other programs are being used to fulfill the housing needs identified for workforce rate housing (recent grant application) and single family housing rehab (HRA program). This one will focus on downtown redevelopment for both housing and commercial rehab.
• This issue (comprehensive small cities grant program for downtown) was also presented at public meetings with resolutions of support passed August 10, 2015 & October 27, 2014
• Fits within a larger economic development program to strengthen the downtown core of the community to provide mixed use of housing, commercial, and jobs

2. Review the proposed CDBG/SCDP activities:

• The location benefiting from this activity – The target area is a portion of the downtown historic district. The target area was determined:

1. The historic district, providing some assistance to properties who have a community resource and are required to follow design standards
2. North of Main Street only to focus on an area with most viable and cost effective projects,
3. Based on property owner response (properties on East Clark, across from Main Street were removed from target area as no letters of interest were received from them).

• Staff and consultant are continuing to have more in depth conversations with those who have indicated interest in the program to determine a list of strong candidates with viable projects to include in the final application.

• Overall cost and proposed financing – Total project budget that the city is requesting is $1,342,000 of which $425,000 would be leveraged sources which would come from the property owners in terms of their cost-share and potentially some city funds through the city’s existing Minnesota Investment Fund Dollars (MIF), which the city receives from the state.

• Staff is currently working with interested property owners to solidify estimated project costs, verify their private financing availability and determine a list of projects that provide highest level of impact for best chance at receiving grant funds.

Commercial

• Maximum Dollar Amount Available per Project is $40,000
• Minimum Owner Required Match: 20% of eligible project funds.
• Terms: up to 80% of eligible costs of the project may receive funding

• ½ of this (40% of the project) would be provided in the form of a 5 year
forgivable loan which is only repaid if the property is sold, title is transferred or conveyed within the first 5 years of the loan.
• ½ of this (the remaining 40%) would be provided in the form of a low interest loan with an annual 2% interest rate payment deferred for the first five years, due at 10 years after the beginning of the loan.

Rental
• Maximum Dollar Amount Available Per Apartment Unit (eligible expenses)

• $12,000/unit (up to 2 units)
• $10,000/unit (3 units or more)

• Minimum Owner Required Match 30% (of eligible project)

• The implementation schedule:

Grant will be decided in April or May. It will take a month or so to do the initial environmental review and get the administrative program set up. Projects could start as early July. The grant period provides a 30 month timeframe from the City to draw down all funds. Anticipated close out would be October 2017.

3. Past performance of the Applicant in carrying out CDBG responsibilities :

• The city will work in partnership with the Albert Lea HRA and a consultant who is experienced in both commercial and housing rehab projects of this program (Christine Hardert) in its administration. The City, HRA and Ms. Hardert all have a good strong record in administering these program funds

4. Compliance with historic requirements of the CDBG/SCDP program must be discussed, including whether there are/may be any historic or potentially historic buildings in the target area, and how the applicant intends to address compliance with federal regulations governing the “Protection of Historic Properties.”

• Most definitely this will impact historic properties, but in a good way which will meet federal requirements. Any use of federal funds that have an impact on historic sites or properties must receive State Historic Preservation Office approval. This is done through the environmental review process. The consultant City Planner is slated to provide this administrative service for the grant. She is also providing assistance currently to the HPC in their local reviews. She has 15 years of experience in working with the SHPO.
• We are also working with the SHPO to set up a workshop for property owners and contactors should this grant be approved. We have asked them to provide an introduction to the federal standards and requirements and explain to property owners how to design their project in such a way that it will receive approval from their agency.

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

Mayor Rasmussen closed the Public Hearing.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Schulte V. 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 16-23
included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-24- IDENTIFYING “SLUM AND BLIGHTING” CONDITIONS

This resolution identifies the “Slum and Blighting” areas within the city. This resolution is required by the Small Cities Development Program grant application to DEED. A map is attached identifying the target area of “slum and blight.”
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 16-24 included with these minutes)

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN FOR THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA

A motion is needed to authorize the Mayor to sign this document and this will be submitted along with application for DEED.

MOTION: Move to authorize the Mayor to sign the Citizen Participation Plan.
Motion made by Councilor Schulte V, 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.

RESOLUTION 16-25-AUTHORIZING STAFF TO SUBMIT APPLICATION FOR BRIDGE CORRIDOR FUNDING

The City Council and Freeborn County Board met on December 10, 2015 to discuss the Bridge Avenue Corridor. At the meeting, both parties reached a consensus to apply for Federal Funding for the reconstruction of Bridge Avenue from Hammer Road south to Marshall Street. The approximate cost for the project is estimated to be $6,553,850. Federal funding would be for a portion of this and would be 80% federal and 20% local. The deadline for the funding application is February 2016. Federal funding would likely not be received until 2020.
The attached resolution authorizes staff to apply for the Federal Funding.

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 16-25 included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-26-ACCEPTING FEASIBILITY REPORT AND CALLING A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE LAKE CHAPEAU DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT (JOB 1602)

This resolution would accept the feasibility report and call a public improvement hearing for February 22, 2016 for City Job No. 1602, the 2016 Lake Chapeau Drive Improvement Project. The proposed project involves the recycling of the bituminous pavement by reclamation, new bituminous pavement, shouldering, and the installation of a centerline culvert for the main entrance road to the City Arena and the Lake Chapeau residential subdivisions.

The project will involve bituminous reclamation which is a process of pulverizing the existing bituminous pavement and incorporating the material with the underlying aggregate to create a uniform recycled mixture to be used in the new road as base material. This process is used on roads that are beyond their useful life. One of the benefits is the absence of reflective cracking that is inherent on mill and overlay jobs. There will then be new bituminous pavement constructed and the shoulders will be brought up to match. No work is planned in the ditch areas except for minor grading work near field drives to improve drainage. Engineering is proposing to add underdrain to the roadway north of the railroad based on a recommendation by the soils engineer that studied the project.

The City has record of one previous overlay being constructed in 1989. City crews have also done periodic chip sealing and crack sealing to preserve the pavement as long as possible.
The City costs are for side yard credits, work in the intersections, and for work along City-owned property. There is no utility work planned as part of the street improvements. The utilities are all located outside of the roadway and are currently in good condition. The only drainage work planned is the replacement of the centerline culvert near the storm water pond.
Typically Engineering has tried to extend the life of the roadways by performing an overlay between year 20 and 30 and every 15 to 20 years thereafter. Unfortunately, the pavement has deteriorated beyond the point of rehabilitation and needs to be reconstructed.

There are eleven private properties to be assessed for the street improvement work. The assessments depend on the width of the adjoining properties. Engineering is recommending capping the frontage widths at 300 feet for all properties. The City’s assessment policy allows the capping of residential properties at 300 feet. Due to the current zoning, and noncommercial use of Lake Chapeau Drive by the adjoining properties, all properties are proposed to be capped at 300 feet.

Following the Assessment Policy, the assessments will be over 10 years. The interest rate will be based on bonding in 2016.

The estimated project cost is $405,855.50 and would be paid for with assessments and City funds.

Councilor Marin stated that requests have been received for a walking area along these roads.

City Engineer Jahnke informed the council that a dedicated path for bikes and pedestrians off the road is not recommended at this time, but is planned for in the future. At the present time, an area along the new Sunset Street will be identified as the walking area.

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 16-26 included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-27-ACCEPTING FEASIBILITY REPORT AND CALLING A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE EDGEWATER DRIVE AND PARKING LOTS RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT (JOB 1606)

This item would accept a revised feasibility report and call a public improvement hearing for February 22, 2016 for City Job No. 1606, the 2016 Edgewater Drive and Parking Lots Reconstruction Project.

This project involves the reconstruction of the bituminous surfaces on Edgewater Drive from Lakeview Boulevard, through Edgewater Park, to where the new pavement terminates near the west pavilion. Included in this project are reconstructing and/or overlaying the parking lots for the east Edgewater Park pavilion, the Edgewater Park band shell, and the shared user trail from the band shell to the lower Edgewater Park parking lot.

The assessable costs include half of the roadway width on Edgewater Drive from Lakeview Boulevard to the Edgewater Park entrance. All other costs will be City costs.

These bituminous surfaces were constructed in the 1960’s and have not had any major maintenance completed on them. The pavements are in poor condition and warrant reconstruction.
Eleven properties are proposed to be assessed for this project at a preliminary rate of $39.86/front foot. The City will be assessing itself for a portion of the project costs. Staff is proposing that the City of Albert Lea be assessed in the preliminary amount of $119,580.

Following the Assessment Policy, the assessments will be over 10 years. The interest rate will be based on bonding in 2016.
Councilor Marin had questions regarding more space along the area where the Bayside Water Ski Club event is held each year. Jahnke stated that staff will be working with the Park Department and the Ski Club.

Motion made by Councilor Schulte V, 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 16-27 included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-28-ACCEPTING FEASIBILITY REPORT AND CALLING A PUBLIC HEARING FOR 2016 NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (JOB 1601)

This item would accept a revised feasibility report and call a public hearing for February 22, 2016 for City Job No. 1601, the 2016 Neighborhood Overlay Project. The proposed project involves the bituminous overlay, reconstruction, miscellaneous and total curb replacement and miscellaneous sidewalk replacement of streets in the east central area of the City. The streets are as follows:

James Avenue – 2nd Street to Frank Avenue

2nd Street – Broadway Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
3rd Street – Newton Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
4th Street – Frank Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
Frank Hall Drive – 2nd Street to 3rd Street
Frank Hall Drive – 5th Street to 7th Street
Newton Avenue – 4th Street to 7th Street
St. John Avenue – 4th Street to 7th Street
6th Street – James Avenue to Frank Hall Drive

The project will involve milling the existing bituminous street surfacing for a 6-foot width along each concrete gutter line so the new bituminous layer will match with the level of the concrete gutter. A 2-inch thick layer of bituminous would be laid over the entire width of the street. The project would also involve replacing sections of curb & gutter that have settled and are causing drainage issues and replacing sections of sidewalk that are settled or damaged and causing tripping hazards.

Previous overlays on portions of 3rd Street, 4th Street, 6th Street, and St. John Avenue were placed over the existing concrete gutter. Proposed with this project is to replace the entire curb and gutter on these streets prior to placement of the overlay.

The City costs are for side yard credits, work in the intersections, and for work along City-owned property. The Sanitary Sewer Fund costs are for repairs to manholes that will be completed as part of this project and done prior to placement of the overlay.

The average age of these streets is 54 years old. Approximately 1/2 of the streets have been overlaid in the past. The last overlay was placed in 1996. Typically Engineering has tried to extend the life of the roadways by performing an overlay between year 20 and 30 and every 15 to 20 years thereafter. The goal is to extend the life of the roadway to an approximately 75 year life. This is the estimated life of the underground utilities.

There are 262 properties to be assessed for the overlay portion of this project. The assessments depend on the width of the roadway and range from a low of $25.34 per foot to a high of $27.34 per foot. The additional assessment for the total curb and gutter replacement areas is $34.80 per foot.

Following the Assessment Policy, the assessments will be over 10 years. The interest rate will be based on bonding in 2016.

The estimated project cost is $1,326,677.38 and would be paid for with assessments, City funds, and sanitary sewer funds.

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 16-28 included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Schulte V reported:

• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Thanked the Watershed staff for their presentation.
• City Council will be having conversations regarding the extension of the sales tax and encouraged the public to give their comments to the council.
• He attended the Open House regarding the Dog Park. He reported good discussion and that the consensus in the room seemed to be in favor of establishing a dog park in the Brookside area..

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:

• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Third Ward, Councilor Marin reported:

• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Encouraged residents to contact the council regarding the extension of the sales tax. Received comments from residents regarding the Dog Park in favor of the Brookside area.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:

• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Reported on the Dog Park meeting, other items discussed at the Park Meeting where the installation of new bleachers at city arena, new scoreboard to be installed at Hayek Park, possible new park shelter in the Tiger Hills addition. Announced that Parks and Recreation Director Jay Hutchison is retiring at the end of February 2016.
Fifth Ward, Councilor Anderson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None
Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Thanked the Watershed staff for their presentation. Attended the annual Convention and Visitors Bureau meeting. Approved several street projects for 2016 and encouraged the city to complete these projects within the same year.

Mayor Rasmussen reported the following:

• Reminded the community of the “Idea Splash” meeting to be held on January 26th, 2016 at 6:30 pm. at Southwest Middle School.
• Invited the community to the Big Freeze-Winter Carnival to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Edgewater Pavilion and Park.
• Attended the Senior Center meeting and extended an invitation to new members.
• Reported that he accepted an invitation to speak at the Martin Luther King event.
• Announced that he will be starting “Mayor Mondays” beginning February 1st. He will be available the first Monday of every month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

City Manager Adams reported the following:

• Attended the Economic Development Association Minnesota Conference and provided a presentation on the City’s success on Work Force Housing, Senior Housing and past single family rehabilitation projects.
• Freeborn Bank Building – Staff will be soliciting “Requests for Qualifications” (RFQ) for the Bank Building that RFQ’s will be reviewed by the council in March.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLUTION 16-29-APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $1,448.48 on behalf of the City for a claim from Jones, Haugh & Smith, Inc. and to issue payment for filing the affidavit of official interest by the interested official, Councilor Schulte V.

Motion to approve made by Councilor Brooks, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Councilors Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen Jr. Councilor Schulte V abstained. Mayor Rasmussen Jr. declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-29 included with these minutes)

RESOLUTION 16-30-APPROVING CLAIMS

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #58589 though #58727 in the amount of $494,301.17, seconded by Councilor Anderson. 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 16-30 included with these minutes)

CLOSED SESSION – Land Acquisition Pursuant To Minn. Stat. §13D.05, Subd. 3(c)

City Manager Adams stated the purpose for the Closed Session was pursuant to Minn. Stat. §13D.05, Subd. 3(c); the specified parcels to be discussed is 802 Main Street East and 714 Main Street East.

MOTION: Motion to enter into closed session.

Motion made by Councilor Anderson, seconded by Councilor Marin. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Councilors Schulte V, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Baker. Mayor Rasmussen, Jr. declared the motion passed.

MOTION: Motion to reopen the regular meeting.

Motion made by Councilor Anderson, seconded by Councilor Marin. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Councilors Schulte V, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Baker. Mayor Rasmussen, Jr. declared the motion passed.

Mayor Rasmussen Jr. stated that Council discussed potential land acquisition and added that staff was given direction in Closed Session regarding the above properties.

ADJOURNMENT – 9:32 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Marin, seconded by Councilor Olson, 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 8, 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, Secretary of 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.