REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, June 24, 2019, 7:00 P.M.

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

ABSENT: Councilor Jason Howland

PUBLIC FORUM – Gary Hagen asked if the cost of the repairs at the City Pool bath house was approved by council. He also asked if there were any surprises in excavating the Fire Station property and inquired as to what the pink flags in that area represent. Jahnke explained each flag is marking a drill hole for placement of footings. He also responded that there were no surprises in soil types, but there were some structures they were not aware of and those were removed.
Chad Iverson owner of The Barn of Chapeau Shores – Wedding & Event Center invited council and staff to an open house on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. He reported the first wedding event was held last Saturday without any problems.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:

Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda.

A. Approve Minutes Of The June 10, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The June 10, 2019 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
D. Resolution Approving MnDOT Maintenance Agreement No. 1034626 – T.H. 13 And T.H. 65
E. Resolution Approving Conditional Use Permit For A Communications Tower At The County Fairgrounds
F. Resolution Accepting Alliance Pipeline Grant
G. Resolution Awarding Contract For Sewer and Water Connections For the NW Sewer and Water Extension Improvements – Stables Area Including Country Club Road (Job 1702)
H. Resolution Not Waiving Monetary Limits On Tort Liability

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the Consent agenda with the addition of item H; Resolution Not Waiving Monetary Limits on Tort Liability. Motion seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-097 through 19-101 Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A. 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – Bergen KDV

The 2018 Financial Statements have been audited by Bergen KDV. Included in the Dropbox are the Management Letter and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. These records are also available for public review. Matt Mayer from Bergen KDV presented at this meeting and provided an overview of the 2018 City Financials. He also presented extensive detail at the Work Session before this Council Meeting. Staff is recommending that Council accept the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Mayer answered questions presented by Councilor Baker.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS
A. Resolution 19-102 and Public Hearing Approving Tax Abatement for Certain Property Pursuant to MINN STAT. 469.1813

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
2097 Paradise Rd.          34-413-0120

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 Jr. opened up the public hearing. He called three times. No one spoke. Mayor Rasmussen Jr. closed the public hearing.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-102 Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Working on items.
• Committee Update – Attended Wind Down Wednesday last week.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Third Ward, Councilor Howland was absent

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

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

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Asked about chip sealing on Margaretha Avenue. Thanked staff for assistance in solving an issue. Commented on an open house to be held Sunday for ‘The Barn of Chapeau Shores – Wedding & Event Center.’
• Committee Update – None

MAYOR REPORT
• 3rd of July Parade – the parade starts at the fairgrounds and makes the route down Bridge Ave. and Fountain Street, ending at St. Mary Avenue.
• Attended a Senior Center Board Meeting.
• Albert Lea has, once again, been recognized as a “Tree City.”

CITY MANAGER REPORT – None

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 19-103 APPROVING CLAIM FROM BROOKS

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $60.00 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 Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olsen, Rasmussen, and Mayor Rasmussen. Brooks abstained. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-103 included with these minutes)

B. RESOLUTION 19-104 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 #71932 through #72100 in the amount of $1,650,567.67. Seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Olson, Rasmussen, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-104
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:26 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Rasmussen. 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 8, 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