July 13, 2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TELECONFERENCE ZOOM MEETING, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, July 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 Acting City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Finance Director Kristi Brutlag, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

ABSENT: Councilor Robert Rasmussen

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
CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda. He mentioned there is an addition to the agenda under new business designating the Acting City Manager.

A. Approve Minutes Of The June 22, 2020 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The June 22, 2020 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits
D. Resolution Granting Approval Of A Conditional Use Permit For 1029 Bridge Avenue
E. Resolution Appointing Election Judges For The August 11, 2020 Primary Election
F. Resolution Not Waiving Monetary Limits on Tort Liability
G. Resolution Approving Tree Donation In Edgewater Park

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda as read, seconded by Councilor Howland. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-118 through 20-121
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None
UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None
NEW BUSINESS

A. RESOLUTION 20-122 AWARDING THE SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2020A

Per the City Charter, the City of Albert Lea has the authority to issue General Obligation Improvement Bonds to provide financing for assessable public improvement projects undertaken by the City. Staff recommends the sizing of the bond to be $4,885,000 to finance City improvement projects, including the Bridge Avenue Project, the 2020 Neighborhood and Overlay Project, the Clark Street Project and the Newton and College Parking lot. The proposed bond would have a term of 10 years and be sold competitively. Chris Mickelson from Ehlers & Associates was in attendance and provided a detailed outline of the bond sale and noted the City’s rating affirmation at AA-.

Howland asked for a review of what projects this bond would finance. Jahnke stated the following projects are included in the bonding:

• Neighborhood Mill & Overlay project
• James Avenue Project
• Clarks Street from First Avenue to Ermina Avenue
• Bridge Avenue Project

Howland then asked how the low interest rate the City obtained on the issue of these bonds affect assessments for property owners. Mickelson explained the interest rate on assessments is pegged to the true interest cost and because of the very low interest rate obtained on the sale of these bonds, the result will be a low interest rate on property assessments.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Howland. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-122
Included with these minutes)

B. RESOLUTION 20-123 APPROVING THE SALE OF REAL ESTATE AT 712 MAIN STREET EAST FROM THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA TO JOHN RIEDLINGER

The City owns real property at 712 Main Street East. The property was purchased as part of the consolidation of the Albert Lea Fire Department and the Albert Lea Township Fire Department. The City has no current municipal purpose for this parcel. The sale of the real property is reasonable and would further public purpose within the City. Profits would go towards the new fire hall. The City received a Purchase Agreement from John Riedlinger for $115,000 for the property and found it reasonable.

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, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-123
Included with these minutes)

C. RESOLUTION 20-124 APPROVING THE JULY 13, 2020 EXTENSION OF MARCH 17, 2020 CITY OF ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA PROCLAMATION AND DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY NO. 2020-1 AND ORDINANCE 20-232

The City Council convened a special meeting on March 17, 2020 and adopted the City of Albert Lea Proclamation and Declaration of Emergency No. 2020-1 and the Mayoral Declaration Ordinance 20-232 in response to Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-01 Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19. On July 13, 2020 Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-78 extending the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency issued by Executive Order 20-01 and further extended by Executive Orders 20-35, 20-53, and 20-75 an additional 30 days through August 12, 2020.

Multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 exist in Freeborn County. In light of the ongoing crisis, it is necessary to extend the Declaration and Ordinance. The extension of the Emergency Declaration and accompanying Ordinance allows the terms and conditions contained within to remain in full force and effect through August 10, 2020 unless Governor Walz’s Peacetime Emergency expires or is rescinded by legislative authority. Approval to extend the Declaration and Ordinance requires approval by five members of City Council.

Motion made by Councilor Howland, seconded by Councilor Baker. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-124
Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended ALEDA meeting last week. He encouraged small businesses to apply for the grant program.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None. Met with Gabrielatos and County Administrator Tom Jensen today and discussed the plans for trails at the old Union Pacific rail area. Also offered his condolences to the Brett Behnke family.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – Followed up with staff on some ward items. Thanked Joe Grossman and staff for their continued commitment and work they do. Mentioned the positive comments received from the public on the painting of the water tower by Brookside.
• Committee Update – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Working on a ward item. Thanked the Engineering staff for working on his ward item.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported: ABSENT
• Ward Items –
• Committee Update –

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Asked Jahnke to provide progress on James and Frank Hall project.
• Committee Update – None

MAYOR’S REPORT: Encouraged the community to continue using masks and social distancing.

INTERIM CITY MANAGER REPORT: – None

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 20-125 APPROVING CLAIMS

Gabrielatos 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, Gabrielatos 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 #75590 through #75752 in the amount of $1,983,138.06. Seconded by Councilor Olson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Rasmussen was absent. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-125
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:30 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, 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 July 27, 2020. 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