REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, July 22, 2019, 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 Acting City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, Public Works Director Steve Jahnke, City Attorney Kelly Martinez and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

CEREMONIAL ITEMS:
Oath of Office – Public Safety Director JD Carlson introduced the newest Police Officer, Mitch Preusse. City Clerk Maras administered the Oath of Office.

PUBLIC FORUM:
Susan Carlson and Steven Carlson spoke about protecting the aesthetics feature of Fountain Lake by objecting to the location of the proposed Marina. Mrs. Carlson said this Marina would impose safety issues, increase amount of refuse as well other parking concerns, odors and trespassing. Carlson asked if there has been a study performed as to the need for the Marina. She explained they do not oppose a Marina on the lake, they just oppose the proposed location. She suggested other locations better suited for a Marina. She submitted a petition and a copy of their request.

Robert Fjelbroth asked if the ditch can be cleaned out by his home at 21458 775th Avenue, Albert Lea.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda:

A. Approve Minutes Of The July 8, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The July 8, 2019 Work Session
C. Approve Minutes Of The July 1, 2019 Special Meeting
D. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
E. Resolution Accepting Donations Presented To The City Of Albert Lea
F. Resolution Authorizing South Broadway Urban Renewal Grant Fund Agreement With Lea Development, LLC
G. Resolution Approving Appointment To Board of Soil And Water Resources Wetland Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP)
H. Approve Memorandum of Agreement Between FEMA And City of Albert Lea To Use Airport Cross Wind Runway As An Emergency Staging Area During Local Disasters

Motion made by Councilor Baker. Motion 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 19-108 through 19-110
Included with these minutes)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution 19-111 and Public Hearing Approving Tax Abatement for Certain Properties Pursuant To MINN. STAT. 469.1813 – Ewing

A Public Hearing is being held to consider abatement of property taxes levied by the City on the following properties identified as tax parcel numbers:
Address                              Parcel Number
2379 9th Street West      34-431-0370

Council adopted the Tax Abatement Policy to provide incentives to encourage construction of new owner occupied and rental residential housing units within the City. Persons constructing a single family home, duplex, or multi-family complex that file an application and obtain formal approval from the appropriate local jurisdictions between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019 shall be eligible to receive 100% tax abatement of the City’s share of the increased real estate taxes resulting from the newly constructed housing unit for a period of five (5) years. Staff recommends approval to grant tax abatement.

Mayor Rasmussen opened the public hearing. No one spoke. Mayor Rasmussen closed the public hearing.

Motion made by Councilor Howland. Motion 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 19-111
Included with these minutes)

A1. Resolution 19-112 and Public Hearing Approving Tax Abatement for Certain Properties Pursuant To MINN. STAT. 469.1813 – Heinemann

A Public Hearing is being held to consider abatement of property taxes levied by the City on the following properties identified as tax parcel numbers:
Address Parcel Number
2305 9th Street West 34-413-0070

Council adopted the Tax Abatement Policy to provide incentives to encourage construction of new owner occupied and rental residential housing units within the City. Persons constructing a single family home, duplex, or multi-family complex that file an application and obtain formal approval from the appropriate local jurisdictions between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019 shall be eligible to receive 100% tax abatement of the City’s share of the increased real estate taxes resulting from the newly constructed housing unit for a period of five (5) years. Staff recommends approval to grant tax abatement.
Mayor Rasmussen opened the public hearing. No one spoke. Mayor Rasmussen closed the public hearing.
Motion made by Councilor Howland. Motion 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 19-112
Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 19-113 Awarding the Sale of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019A.

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 $2,565,000 to finance City improvement projects, including the Newton Avenue Reconstruction Project (Job 1902), the Clausen Avenue, High Street, Sheridan Street, Giles Place and Alley west of Clausen Avenue Reconstruction Project (Job 1901) and the Fire Station Furniture and Equipment. The proposed bond would have a term of 10 years for the Street projects and 5 years for the Fire Station Furniture and Equipment and be sold competitively. Chris Mickelson of Ehlers & Associates was in attendance and reviewed the bond sale and the affirmation of the City’s AA- rating.

Mickelson reported the interest rate was significantly below the estimated. He reviewed the Bid Tabulation that included seven bids.

Baker asked if there is a penalty if the City were to pay the bonds down. Mickelson said although there is no penalty, there is the ability to call early. Howland asked if the exceptional interest rate on this bond will have an effect on our debt service levy. Brutlag confirmed that it will help lower it.

Motion made by Councilor Murray. Motion seconded by Councilor Baker. 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 19-113
Included with these minutes)

C. Resolution 19-114 Approving Entering Into a Lease Agreement No. L-269-1101 with State of Minnesota On Behalf of Riverland Community College for Use of J.M. Snyder Softball Fields.

The State of Minnesota Colleges and Universities, on behalf of Riverland Community College, owns 37.62 acres of land in an area known as J.M. Snyder Softball Fields located off Bridge Avenue and Riverland Drive. The land is outfitted with four lighted ball fields, one unlit ball field, four sand volleyball courts, bleachers, concession stand/restroom facility and maintenance building. Improvements of the facilities are needed. The City seeks to enter into a twenty (20) year term lease agreement with the State of Minnesota Colleges and Universities to allow the City continued use of the property for its recreational programs and other related activities. The lease would permit the City to make needed improvements and would provide for reimbursement of the City’s improvement costs on a pro rata basis should the lease be terminated by Riverland prior to expiration of the twenty (20) year term. The use of the property promotes the physical health, welfare, and safety of the community.

Howland pointed out the effective date of this lease is January 1, 2020, which allows some time to decide what improvements will be needed.

Motion made by Councilor Baker. Motion 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.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-114
Included with these minutes)

D. Resolution 19-115 Approving City Manager Employment Agreement

David Todd was the selected candidate.

Motion made by Councilor Howland. Motion seconded by Councilor Baker. 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 19-115
Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Talking with residents in the Stables area regarding the construction.
• Committee Update – Attended an ALEDA meeting as well as ‘Save Our Healthcare’ meeting.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None. However, he asked Gabrielatos about the $20,000 that the City awarded to the Main Street program and commented on the importance of keeping this program focused in the downtown area.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended a Parks & Rec board meeting where they discussed the needed improvements to Snyder Field. He attended the City Manager Meet & Greet last week and participated in the interviews. He welcomed new City Manager David Todd. Commented on the storm damage on Saturday and thanked City staff for all the extra work they have done. Congratulated the Albert Lea High School Angler Fishing Team.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – Working on a couple of Ward items
• Committee Update – Attended an Airport Board meeting where they discussed finishing the Hangar Agreements and the Glider competition that was held.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Will be attending a CVB meeting on Wednesday

MAYOR REPORT
Thanked City Crews for the extra cleanup they had to do after the storm on Saturday as well as the community for helping their neighbors. Mayor Rasmussen announced:

• July 25th – SuperRigs Convoy: A convoy of super rig show trucks will be coming to Albert Lea on July 25th and lining up along the Fountain Street / Fountain Lake Park area. The event organizer chooses one city per year to display the SuperRigs convoy – and this year they chose Albert Lea.

• July 27th – First Lutheran Church is celebrating their Centennial Community Event at Central Park. There will be music and food in the park from 4 to 7PM.

• The ‘Farm Bureau Disc Golf Tournament’ will be held on July 27th at Bancroft Bay Park, using both courses and the Riverland course. There will be tournaments for kids and adults.

CITY MANAGER REPORT – Gabrielatos thanked Brutlag and the Finance staff for the excellent report received from Ehlers.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 19-116 APPROVING CLAIMS
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. In addition, Gabrielatos 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 #72233 through #72383 in the amount of $1,882,384.08. 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 19-116
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:47 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Baker. 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, August 12, 2019. 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