June 11, 2018

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA

Monday, June 11, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

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

CEREMONIAL ITEMS   

  1. Oath of Office – JD Carlson, Deputy Chief of Police introduced the newest Patrol Officer Seth Pederson, as well as two new Reserve Officers Mattie Lestrud and Josh Knutdson. Maras adminisistered the Oath of Office to Officer Pederson and Reserve Officers Lestrud and Knutdson.
  2. Mayor Rasmussen asked for affirmation from Council to appoint Councilor Reid Olson to the HRA Board.

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

PUBLIC FORUM

Lee Wiese – Spoke of the dangers of vehicle traffic on the Lake Shore Drive walkway around Fountain Lake suggesting a solution could be to put up the barricades as the City does in the winter months.  She referenced a Blue Zones report that mentioned the increase in walkers and bicyclists in the community in an effort to improve good health.  She spoke of the importance of taking proactive actions as opposed to being reactive and implored council to consider measures to allow for a safer pedestrian friendly road by closing this road to vehicle traffic. 

Rollie Keyeski – Spoke of the concerns he has with the traffic on the Lake Shore Drive walkway around Fountain Lake as he and his wife enjoy walking this path for the beauty and exercise. He stated, although he appreciates the new lighted walkways, the cars are driving too fast.  Keyeski explained he is hearing impaired and fears not being able to hear cars coming up behind him.  He has had conversation with neighbors nearby who feel the same way. He spoke strongly of the traffic in this area and the safety concern. He asked council to address the issue.

Dirk Seeger – Explained he is a new resident in this Lake Shore neighborhood.  He and his wife have two young children and described the fear they feel as they attempt to cross this road to reach their boat dock.  Seeger asked Council to considered taking measures to prevent vehicle traffic all together on this road.

Teri Stadheim – Reiterated much of what was already said referring to the traffic on the Lake Shore Drive walkway.  She spoke of the Blue Zones Project and its positive affect on the community. Stadheim offered solutions to discontinue traffic on this road such as a non-locking gate and a note stating it is not thorough fare.  She believes this would deter fast traffic.

Mark Stadheim – Commented that it may be a good idea to have a police car parked temporarily to witness the speeding traffic. He also spoke of people who are drinking alcohol and littering the area.

Mayor suggested staff review these concerns.

Mayor Rasmussen noted no one else is present to speak and closed the Public forum.

Adams reviewed each item on the agenda.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

  1. Approve Minutes Of The May 29, 2018 Regular Council Meeting
    1. Approve Minutes Of The May 29, 2018 Work Session
    1. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
    1. Resolution Accepting Grant Award From The Southeast Service Cooperative
    1. Resolution Not Waiving Monetary Limits On Tort Liability
    1. Authorization To Place Message Boards At Boat Landing

Adams mentioned the addition of the item under new business Approving a Grant Agreement with MNDOT.

MOTION:  Move to approve the consent agenda with the addition of the item under new business.

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, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen.  Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-99 thru 18-100

included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS, AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Resolution 18-101 Awarding The Sale Of General Obligation Improvement Bonds Series 2018A

Adams 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 $2,505,000 to finance City improvement projects, including the 2018 Neighborhood Improvement Project, the 2018 State Aid Street Project, the Downtown Sidewalk Project, the Johnson Street Reconstruction Project, the Downtown Parking Project and the Bay Oaks Drive & Sundance Lane Project.  The proposed bond would have a term of 10 years and be sold competitively. 

Rebecca Kurtz of Ehlers & Associates was in attendance and reviewed the bond sale and the affirmation of the City’s AA- rating.  She stated this is a continued testament of the work that council and staff have done to be mindful of the financial liability to the community. Standards & Poors recognized the City’s strong management with policies and practices that the City has in place, strong budgetary performance, as well as the budgetary flexibility. 

Kurtz said Northland Securities was the low bidder at 2.775%.  She addressed the call for bond sale was for $2,505,000, however, ultimately the sale was $2,430,000 and will still fully fund the projects.  Closing date is on June 28th and funds will be available at that time.  Kurtz recommends the council award the bonds to Northland Securities with a true interest cost of 2.775%.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, 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 18-101

included with these minutes)

  • Resolution 18-102 Permitting An Agreement For Loan With Schoolhouse LLC

The City applied for Workforce Housing Development Program deferred loan funds for the development of a market rate residential rental property project. It was awarded $150,000.00 and is required to secure matching funds, one dollar for every two dollars in funding offered through the program. Schoolhouse LLC has been determined to be an eligible recipient with an eligible project area, which is the Ramsey School. The funds will be used to turn the building into 12 market rate units that preserve the original historic character. A Funding Agreement has been prepared setting forth the terms and conditions of the Workforce Housing Development Program loan for the parties. City of Albert Lea seeks to enter into the Funding Agreement with the State of Minnesota to facilitate turning the building into 12 market rate units.

Baker asked what it would cost to turn this old school into Market Rate Rental units.  Adams said he does not have that information in front of him, but offered to provide it at a later time.

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, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen.  Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-102

included with these minutes)

  • Resolution 18-103 Approving Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Aeronautics) – Airport Jet “A” Fuel Cabinet.

Adams said attached for Council review and approval is a resolution to execute the Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant Agreement for Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition. The agreement is for the replacement of the jet fuel cabinet. The grant provides 70% of the funding by the State and 30% of funding by the City. The Jet Fuel Cabinet was damaged in April and is currently inoperable.

Howland asked, if insurance benefits are reimbursed from this accident, will the money be put towards this purchase.  Adams deferred to Jahnke who responded that it would.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, 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 18-103

included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:

  • Ward Items –  Had four constituent items but have already discussed with the City Manager
  • Committee Update – Attended a SOH meeting and an ALEDA meeting.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:

  • Ward Items –  None
  • Committee Update – Attended the kick-off for the dredging of the SRRWSD at Edgewater Park Pavilion. 

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:

  • Ward Items – Mentioned some pot holes on the corner of St. Thomas and Johnson Street and requested the Street Department take a look at them.
  • Committee Update – None

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:

  • Ward Items – None
  • Committee Update –.None 

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:

  • Ward Items – Dealing with nuisance reports on rental property.
  • Committee Update –  None

MAYOR’S REPORT:

EVENTS 

  • Fri, June 15 – HUMANE SOCIETY “BUCKETS ON BROADWAY” – The Humane Society of Freeborn County will be collecting freewill donations at the corner of Broadway and Main in the downtown on Friday, June 15th.  The event runs from 7AM to 6PM.  The Humane Society appreciates every donation to help with local pets in need.
  • Wed, June 20, Wind Down Wednesday – This is the first WDW 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.
  • Sat., June 23, Just Play Festival – from 10AM to 2:00PM is a FREE event for all ages, with activities at the Aquatic Center and Frank Hall Park area.  It is sponsored by the City of Albert Lea.  The event offers sports and fitness opportunities, water activities, the Children’s Bike rodeo, arts & crafts booths, hobbies, music and more.  There will be special rates at the Aquatic Center and Pelican Breeze.  Come out and experience the fun at Albert Lea’s Just Play Festival.

Mayor Rasmussen also mentioned he attended several meetings this week. He spoke of his appreciation to the people in charge of the successful Eddie Cochran weekend.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

Adams encouraged the community to continue calling in nuisance complaints as they will be added to the list. He explained the bids were re-opened for Nuisance Mowing/Trimming due to the sudden passing of the person that was originally awarded the bid.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

Resolution 18-104 Approving Contract with Councilmember Brooks

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $530.50 on behalf of the City for a claim from Brooks Safety Equipment and to issue payment for filing the affidavit of official interest by the interested official, Councilor Brooks.

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, Rasmussen, and Mayor Rasmussen.  Brooks abstained.  Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 18-104

included with these minutes)

Resolution 18-105 Approving Claims

Adams 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.

Motion made by Councilor Howland, to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #68048 through #68172 in the amount of $873,631.57 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 18-105

Included with these minutes)

CLOSED SESSION – Land Acquisition Pursuant To Minn. Stat. §13D.05, Subd. 3(c).  Adams mentioned the properties to be discussed for possible acquisition for the Fire Department are: 

  • 220 and 224 College St.
    • 406, 408, 410, 412 Elizabeth Ave.
    • 213 and 217 Pearl St.
    • 411, 415, and 417 S. Newton
    • PID 34.001.5480

Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Brooks to move into closed session. 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 Rasmussen reopened the regular meeting at 8:00 p.m.  He noted staff was provided with direction in the closed session.

ADJOURNMENT –   8:02 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 25, 2018.  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