June 10, 2019

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, June 10, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr., Councilors Rich Murray, Larry Baker, Jason Howland, Reid Olson and Al Brooks. Also present were Interim City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

ABSENT Councilor Robert Rasmussen

PUBLIC FORUM – John Elwell currently lives in Minneapolis and was a former City Manager for the City of Albert Lea. He said he appreciates the opportunity to say hello to current staff and council. He described the many projects he was involved with during his tenure as the City Manager.
CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda.

A. Approve Minutes Of The May 28, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The May 28, 2019 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)

Mayor Rasmussen explained a closed session meeting has been added to this agenda to be held following the regular council meeting.

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the Consent agenda with the addition of the closed session at the end of this council meeting. Motion 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. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Bridgeport Marina Project Approval And Authorization To Seek Donations – Bill Howe

Howe was present to provide additional background and requested formal approval from Council for the Bridgeport Marina concept as presented, as well as authorization to fundraise for this project. Howe explained $75,000 is the projected cost of the proposed project. Baker asked if the dock would need to be removed in the winter. Howe stated it would need to be removed due to the type of material it is made from. Howland asked Howe to address the safety issues that may arise to cross the street on Bridge Avenue. Howe deferred to Jahnke. Jahnke said a pedestrian cross walk will not be recommended. He said the two options available would be to either reconstruct the median and the road or to do nothing. Murray asked what the repairs and maintenance would consist of long term. Howe described the commercial grade material he hopes to use for construction of the dock consisting of either galvanized steel or aluminum. However, he does not have the details of this material or warranty information at this time. Howland asked for exact location of the proposed dock location. Howe described the location to be between the dam and the homes to the south of the dam.

Mayor Rasmussen requested a Motion to approve and authorize Bill Howe to seek donations for funding the Marina project. 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, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
A. Ordinance 226,11d Amending City Code Paving Standards, Articles III, V & VI (2nd Reading)

The first reading of this ordinance was held at the May 28, 2019 City Council meeting. The proposed changes would allow for alternative methods for surfacing of parking areas in the B-1, I-1, I-2, I-3, IDD, B-1 and PD districts. Paving standards for parking in the rest of districts would remain the same. Alternative methods would be gravel, limestone, or similar material installed with water drainage, tracking and aesthetics concerns addressed and approved by the Development Review Team.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks. Motion 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. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Ordinance 226, 11d)
Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 19-091 Permitting Publication Of Ordinance Summary Amending City Code Paving Standards, Articles III, V & VI

Summaries of ordinances may be published if they reasonably inform the public of the effect and intent of the Ordinance. Summaries fulfill all legal requirements as if the entire summarized matter had been published and also directs the public how to obtain the complete Ordinance. This must pass by a four-fifths vote by Council.
Motion made by Councilor Brooks. Motion 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. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-091
Included with these minutes)

NEW BUSINESS
A. Resolution 19-092 Of Support To Secure State Bonding To Further Plan And Develop The Blazing Star Landing

The City of Albert Lea and other local partners have committed to the planning and development of the Blazing Star Landing. This resolution voices support for a State appropriation of $20,000,000 from State bonding proceeds for further planning and development of the Blazing Star Landing and Community Center project.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-093
Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 19-093 Of Support To Secure State Bonding To Further Develop The Blazing Star Trail

The City of Albert Lea is requesting State bonding proceeds to further develop the Blazing Star Trail. The estimated cost to complete the trail between Albert Lea and Hayward is $1.75 million dollars and would include embankment and bridge construction to cross Albert Lea Lake and connect trail segments to the lake crossing. It would also cover the costs of wetland/public water mitigation and engineering.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-093
Included with these minutes)

C. Resolution 19-094 Of Support To Secure Flood Mitigation State Bonding Funding For East Main Street (US Trunk Highway 65)

MnDOT is planning to provide road improvements to US Hwy 65 within the City of Albert Lea, however, it does not include flood mitigation. This resolution addresses the negative economic impact of flooding on dozens of businesses in the community and states the City’s continued support for a state appropriation of $3.5 million to mitigate flooding on US Trunk Highway 65.
Howland asked Jahnke to speak about why bonding is requested for this project. Jahnke explained flood mitigation was not included in the funding on behalf of MNDot, therefore bonding is necessary to support the total project cost.
Motion made by Councilor Murray. Motion 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. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-094
Included with these minutes)

D. Resolution 19-095 Providing For The Sale Of $2,875,000 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2019A

Gabrielatos explained 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 $2,875,000 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. Rebecca Kurtz of Ehlers & Associates was in attendance and reviewed the bond sale.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-095
Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Working on items with City Manager
• Committee Update – Attended the Eddie Cochran event over the weekend

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Reported on the Planning Commission meeting last week to review the request for a communications tower. It was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – Received nuisance grass complaints. Reminded the community of the on-line form on the City’s website where nuisance complaints may be reported.
• Committee Update – Attended the Take a Kid Fishing Day where free fishing rods were provided by the Fountain Lake Sportsman’s fishing club.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None.
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting prior to the Work Session tonight. He reported six applicants for the HRA Director position.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen was absent

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

MAYOR REPORT
• Fri, June 14th – HUMANE SOCIETY “BUCKETS ON BROADWAY” – The Humane Society of Freeborn County will be collecting free will donations at the corner of Broadway and Main in the downtown this Friday, June 14th. The event runs from 7AM to 6PM. The Humane Society appreciates every donation to help with local pets in need.

• Wed, June 19th, WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY – This will be the first Wind Down Wednesday of the summer. This outdoor festival is held on downtown Broadway Avenue from 11AM to 8PM; there are activities for all ages, also various artists and bands performing, arts & crafts vendors, and food & drink from all around the region.

• RELAY FOR LIFE – This event is coming up on Friday, June 21st – and for the very first time, it is being held in downtown Albert Lea. Relay for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and includes onsite fundraising, along with many other activities, music, a silent auction, and ceremonies and team events. For more information, contact Firefighter Brett Boss at the Albert Lea Fire Department.

• Thanked everyone involved including City staff for making the Eddie Cochran event another success.

CITY MANAGER REPORT –
Gabrielatos thanked staff for support while transitioning to the interim City Manager position.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
Resolution 19-096 Approval of 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 #71822 through #71931 in the amount of $1,424,489.63. Seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-096
Included with these minutes)

CLOSED SESSION – Pursuant to Minn. Statute §13.39, subd. 2 and §13.44, subd.3

A Closed Session is necessary to discuss real estate property owned by Railroad Properties, LLC.

Motion made by Councilor Baker to go into closed session, 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. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

Mayor Rasmussen reopened the regular meeting noting staff was provided with an update on the real estate property owned by Railroad Properties, LLC in closed session.

ADJOURNMENT: 7:38 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Brooks. 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, June 24, 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