July 8, 2019

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, July 8, 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 Interim City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

ABSENT: Public Works Director Steve Jahnke

PUBLIC FORUM – No one spoke

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda.

A. Approve Minutes Of The June 24, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The June 24, 2019 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
D. Resolution Declaring ‘Wind Down Wednesdays’ As A Community Festival Within The City Of Albert Lea
E. Resolution Approving Purchase of Street Department Wheel Loader Replacement (Unit 773)

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- 105 and 19-106 Included with these minutes)

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS – None

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Working on ward items with interim City Manager
• Committee Update – attended Health Care Meetings over the last two weeks, ALEDA Jobs meeting is scheduled this Wednesday, attended the HRA Meeting prior to this council meeting.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Has some upcoming meetings. Invited community members to share their ideas with himself or a council member to bring to the One Water Shed One Plan board meetings.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – Working on ward items with staff. One item in particular is the speed limit on Hwy. 69S. The speed limit is 60 mph and the residents in that area would like to see that speed limit adjusted. Howland has contacted MnDot and they indicated the City would need to have a study performed by MnDot to determine the proper speed limit.
• Committee Update – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended an HRA meeting and a Senior Center Meeting. The main topic was the poor condition of the Shady Oaks building. An estimate was received for over $1 million from Zenk/Trygstad to replace one section of the wall. Funding options are being reviewed.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – Working on ward items
• Committee Update – None

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting prior to the Work Session meeting.

MAYOR REPORT

• Rock and Roll The Lakes Bike Event on July 13th
• The 112 is hosting a Street Dance with multiple bands on July 13th
• Next Wind Down Wednesday is on July 19th
• Shinefest Tractor Ride on July 20th
• Special Council Meeting to be held on July 17th and July 18th. On July 17th will be to meet the perspective City Manager candidates from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
• Attended a LMC conference last week. Exchanged ideas with other communities.

CITY MANAGER REPORT – Thanked Councilor Howland and ACT for paring him with actors from that organization to work on some social media posts.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 19-107 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 Baker to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #72101 through #72232 in the amount of $1,929,595.82. 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 19-107
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:12 PM

Motion made by Councilor Olson, seconded by Councilor Murray. 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 22, 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