June 28, 2021

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, June 28, 2021, 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 City Manager Ian Rigg, Finance Director Kristi Brutlag, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Human Resource Director Mike Zelenak, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, Public Safety Director JD Carlson, City Planner Megan Boeck, and City Clerk Daphney Maras

NOTE: This council meeting was conducted via teleconference as provided by Minnesota Statute 13D.021 Sub (1).

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – Mayor Rasmussen read the proclamation proclaiming June 19 as JUNETEENTH.

PUBLIC FORUM:
• Kristi Jacobson stated she does not live in Albert Lea, but spoke of her opposition of the City Manager’s capability to terminate the lease between the Interchange and the City of Albert Lea.
• Christopher Penrod, Jon Wiersma, Debbie Beekman, and Lisa Hanson all spoke of their opposition of the termination of the lease between the Interchange and the City of Albert Lea.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A. Approve Minutes Of The June 14, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The June 14, 2021 Work Session
C. License & Permits
D. Resolution Not Waiving Monetary Limits on Tort Liability
E. Resolution Approving MN/DOT Maintenance Agreement No. 1046448 – T.H. 13 and T.H. 65
F. Resolution Authorizing City of Albert Lea to Enter Into Limited Use Permit No. 2481-0012 with MNDOT – ‘Welcome to Albert Lea’ Sign
G. Resolution Authorizing City of Albert Lea to Enter Into Limited Use Permit No. 2401-0011 with MNDOT – Public Water Access and Parking Area
H. Resolution Authorizing Grant Agreement with State Transportation Fund Local Road Improvement Program for Right-of-Way Purchase – 509 E. Main Street Property (Job 1806)

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda as read, seconded by Councilor Howland. 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 21-101 through 21-105
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Aaron Dahl of Bergen KDV utilized a PowerPoint to present the 2020 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. He noted the City was given an “unmodified” or “clean” opinion on the Independent Auditor’s Reports with no significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in internal control. Dahl detailed the General Fund Balance, Revenues, Expenditures, and Budgetary Comparison Reports. In addition, the Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Fund Operations were reviewed. The presentation concluded with an outline of Governmental Activities Revenue per Capita.

Mayor Rasmussen asked for a motion from council to acknowledge receiving this audit. Motion made by Councilor Howland, seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote all councilors voted in favor of said motion. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS
A. Public Hearing Regarding Mrs. Gerry’s Tax Abatement to Assist with Renovation Expense Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, 469.124 to 469.133 and Sections 469.174 to 469.1799, All Inclusive, As Amended.

A1. Resolution 21-106 Approving Property Tax Abatement for Mrs. Gerry’s

City Manager Rigg explained the attached resolution will provide $50,000 in tax abatement on the City’s portion of the increment generated from their last major remodel. The current TIF is set to expire leaving this option available. Payment will be made over three budget years starting with $12,500 in 2023, $25,000 in 2024 and $12,500 in 2025. Currently Mrs. Gerry’s is investing in their expansion starting with adding critical administrative staff necessary to expand their market and production. This will lead to improvements to their current facility and make use of empty space over approximately 3 years.

Mayor Rasmussen opened the Public Hearing. He called three times. After each call, Clerk Maras reported no raised hands and/or no email comments were received.

Motion made by Councilor Brooks, 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 21-106
Included with these minutes)

A2. Resolution 21-107Authorizing an Agreement with Mrs. Gerry’s

Rigg stated this resolution will allow the City Manager and Mayor to sign an agreement with Mrs. Gerry’s to provide $50,000 in tax abatement incentives as they invest over $1,000,000 in overhead, salaries and equipment costs the next three years. Mrs. Jerry’s must retain these 4 high paying positions they are adding to their team during the term of the agreement.

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

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended an HRA meeting, which included a review of the HRA Director

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended an HRA and Fountain Lake meeting.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the Park & Recreation meeting and reported the Aquatic Center is fully opened and has been very active. Also reported Thursdays on Fountain has maintained high attendance. The Spring Clean-Up date is scheduled July 24th at the Transfer Station.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA board meeting. He reported a review of the HRA Director revealed a high rating and commented on the excellent job she is doing.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the Airport Board Meeting. He reports bids will be obtained for a fencing project to be placed around the airport. This fencing will include relocating three disc golf holes to accommodate the expansion of the airport ground area.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Received calls inquiring the status of the E. 7th Street maintenance.
• Committee Update – Attended the CVB meeting. He reported the reveal of a new map highlighting the events and locations scheduled for this summer throughout the City.

MAYOR’S REPORT:
CALENDAR / EVENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Still need a couple people for the Board of Appeals, this board meets as needed. (Contact Wendy in the City Manager’s office for an application (377-4330.)

• Events coming up in July!
o Marion Ross Statue Unveiling on July 2nd at 5:30 PM – @ the Marion Ross Theater)
o July 3rd Parade and the 4th of July Fireworks
o The 48th Van Nationals on July 10th: The actual ‘Parade of Vans’ starts out from the Fairgrounds at noon on Saturday, July 10th and ends downtown, with final parking in the downtown and Morin Park area. The public is invited to walk around and view their vans. Participants of this NATIONAL VAN SHOW come from all over the country and spend several days in Albert Lea.

CITY MANAGER REPORT
• Has asked staff to continue to search for candidates to serve on the Board of Appeals
• Received calls and or have met with potential business prospects
• A report on property disposal will be presented to council later this week
• The Library continues to work on increasing staffing levels so the Library may resume previous hours of operation
• The Police department continues to fill vacated positions
• Met with the Blue Zones management team and discussed the future of Blue Zones and its management and how the City may play a role with the new Director of Community Engagement Enrichment position which was the former Assistant City Manager position
• Will be meeting with School and County staff to discuss Tax Abatement
• Has met with the Chamber and CVB Directors to discuss how the City, Chamber and CVB can continue to work together.
• Staff has been working hard to ensure the 4th of July events are safe and pleasant. Rigg wishes the community a safe and enjoyable Independence Day.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
A. Resolution 21- 108 Approving Claims
(1). Presentation of Claims Over $25,000

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer 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 #78803 through #78977 in the amount of $1,346,227.00. 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 21-108
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:50 P.M.

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, July 12, 2021. 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