January 25, 2021

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, January 25, 2021, 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 Ian Rigg, Finance Director Kristi Brutlag, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, Public Safety Director JD Carlson, Jeanne Leick Housing and Redevelopment Director, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, this council meeting was conducted via teleconference as provided by Minnesota Statute 13D.021 Sub(1).

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – None

PUBLIC FORUM – None

Mayor Rasmussen read each item on the consent and approval agenda.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A. Approve Minutes Of The January 11, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The January 11, 2021 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits
D. Resolution Accepting Donations As Presented To The City Of Albert Lea
E. Resolution Approving Replacement of Street Department Pickup (Unit 139)
F. Resolution Approving Replacement of Parks Department Tractor (Unit 587)
G. Resolution Approving Replacement of Parks Department Loader Tractor (Unit 571)
H. Resolution Approving Purchase of Parks Department Mower-Blower Replacement (Units 602 & 603)
I. Resolution Approving Plans and Specifications and Ordering of Bids For The Edgewood Avenue, St. Peter Avenue, Stanley Avenue And Ulstad Avenue Reconstruction Project (Job 2102)

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda as read, 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 21-009 through 21-014
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS
A. Approval of the Recovery Agreement Between Albert Lea Housing & Redevelopment Authority, And The United States Department Of Housing & Urban Development, And The City Of Albert Lea.

City Manager Rigg explained there have been some changes at the HRA. These changes were made to have operations compliant with HUD reporting and standards among other obligations. Current HRA administration is working to gain compliance but complexities with the issues left behind from former administration have delayed necessary reports and action. This is a commitment by the City to continue its oversight of the organization and work with the HRA in completing the action items attached to the agreement.

Mayor Rasmussen asked for a motion to approve this agreement between HRA and the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the City of Albert Lea.

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the agreement as set forth, 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.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting last week. Mentioned the Greater Jobs Annual meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, January 27th. Commented on the public announcement of Vortex Cold Storage bringing their business to Albert Lea and thanked ALEDA and City staff for the work put forth to assist this new company coming to town.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – Working on a couple of ward items.
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting last week.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – Received a voice iMessage from a resident complaining about snowmobiles driving on private property. Howland reminded the community that snowmobiles are not allowed to drive on private property and requests snowmobilers be respectful.
• Committee Update – Attended the Park & Recreation Board meeting. Amy Leach and Tony Segura were introduced as new board members. Discussed the pool opening this summer and the staffing challenges. Snyder Fields were discussed as well as the structural work to be completed at the pool before season opening.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Attended the HRA meeting. They discussed implementing additional security details with law enforcement. Spoke of the challenges resulting from the Governor’s Orders regarding not allowing evictions of current renters.
• Committee Update – None

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Mayor Rasmussen asked for a motion to approve the appointment of Nic Lang to the Heritage Preservation Commission.

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the appointment of Nic Lang to the Heritage Preservation Commission. 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.

• Reminded the community to continue to shop local
• Thanked Vortex Cold Storage for choosing Albert Lea and thanked the partners involved
• Plans to attend Legislative Day via Zoom on Wednesday
• Will attend the annual Greater Jobs meeting this week
• Announced the City of Albert Lea was recognized for 50 years of weather reporting by the National Weather Service. He congratulated Dusty White of the Wastewater Treatment Plant who received an award for 10 years of weather reporting. Mayor went on to explain each day; an operator at the WWTP records the daily maximum temperature, daily minimum temperature, current temperature, rain/melted snow and snowfall in inches. The National Weather Service provides the equipment, such as a temperature recorder, temperature sensor, and rain/snow fall collection tubes.

CITY MANAGER REPORT:
• Rigg reported signed contracts have been obtained to develop bidding documents for the Arena roof. This was budgeted in the 2021 Capital Improvement Plan that was adopted. Staff is moving forward as planned and will keep the Council updated on the progress.
• The Fire Department had an unexpected repair with their ladder/boom truck. The wiring harness that controls the lights and platform is failing and the replacement product has been successful in other rigs. This cost is expected to be $60,000 to $100,000. There are reserves available in the Garage Fund to cover these costs.
• Mentioned the City continues to work on additional development opportunities.
• Will attend Legislative Day on Wednesday via Zoom and encouraged council to attend as well.
• Spoke of the 76 applications received for the COVID Grant program. Review of the applications will begin on Monday.
• Staff is reviewing the current deferment policy regarding special assessments.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 21-015 APPROVING CLAIMS

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

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #77476 through #77605 in the amount of $3,867,362.97. 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 21-015
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:22 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. 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, 2021. 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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Daphney Maras
Secretary of the Council