June 8, 2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TELECONFERENCE ZOOM MEETING, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, June 8 2020, 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 Acting City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Public Works Director Steve Jahnke, Public Safety Director JD Carlson, and Council Secretary Pro Tem Wendy Flugum.

ABSENT: City Manager David Todd and City Clerk Daphney Maras

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, this council meeting was conducted via teleconference as provided by Minnesota Statute 13D.021 Sub(1).

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – None
PUBLIC FORUM – None Received
CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda. He mentioned there is an addition to the agenda under new business designating the Acting City Manager.

A. Approve Minutes Of The May 26, 2020 Regular Council Meeting
B. Licenses & Permits (None requested)
C. Resolution Designating Assembly Of God Church, 1540 S. Shore Drive As An Official Polling Place For The City Of Albert Lea – Ward 6
D. Resolution Designating Edgewater Bay Pavilion, 1940 Edgewater Drive As An Official Polling Place For The City Of Albert Lea – Ward 1
E. Resolution Granting A Variance To Airspace Obstruction Zoning

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the consent agenda and the addition of item E under New Business, 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 20-099 through 20-101
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A. 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – Bergen KDV
The 2019 Financial Statements have been audited by Bergen KDV. Included in the Dropbox are the Legal Compliance Letter, Communications 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 2019 City Financials. He also presented extensive detail at the Work Session before this Council Meeting. Staff is recommending that Council accept the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Mayor Rasmussen deferred to Finance Director Brutlag to answer Howland’s question regarding surplus funds

Motion made by Councilor Baker to approve the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as presented, 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.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution 20-102 Calling For A Public Hearing By The City Council On The Proposed Adoption Of The Modification To The Development Program For Development District No. 5 And The Proposed Establishment Of Tax Increment Financing District No. 5-26: Unique Opportunities Therein And The Adoption Of A Tax Increment Financing Plan Therefor

The City of Albert Lea received a request for tax increment financing (“TIF”) from Unique Opportunities, LLC (the “Developer”) for construction of a 48-unit apartment building to be located on a portion of the Blazing Star property. Citing a financial gap in the project, the Developer requested 26 years of tax increment from the City totaling $600,000. This resolution calls the Public Hearing for June 22nd.

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 20-102
Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 20-103 Approving Contract With Minnesota Public Employees Association (MNPEA) Representing Police Officers and Detectives
The City has reached a tentative agreement with the Minnesota Public Employees Association representing police officers and detectives. The City and Union agreed to a two-year contract, 2020 and 2021, with little change to the existing contract language. The agreement shows a 2.00% general wage adjustment January 1 and a 3.00% on July 1, 2020. In 2021 employees would be placed on the newly revised wage scale that was completed as part of the compensation and classification study and eligible for step increases. The employee’s contribution toward family health insurance in 2020 would be 15% and 18% in 2021. The employee’s contribution toward single health insurance in 2020 would be 10% and 12% in 2021. MNPEA employees have ratified this contract.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, 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 20-103
Included with these minutes)

C. Resolution 20-104 Approving Designating Jerry Gabrielatos for Acting City Manager Services

The City Council has accepted the resignation of the City Manager on May 26, 2020; since that day the outgoing City Manager has been transitioning ongoing duties of the City Manager to Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos in order to provide for the continuity of city operations during this period.
Motion made by Councilor Baker, seconded by Councilor Murray. 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 20-104
Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Attended the ALEDA Jobs meeting last Wednesday. He reports they are wrapping up the relief small business funding.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – Currently working with Jahnke on a ward item. Baker asked if a location has been determined for the replacement of the dump station. Jahnke reported it will be put in the Blazing Start Landing area.
• Committee Update – None

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – Responded to calls and emails both for and against the approval of the CUP for the Wedding Barn. He also visited with a homeowner on Seath Drive who has concerns with a retention pond that has been consistently flooding over the last two years. Public Works is working on this situation. Howland asked if there is any update to opening up City Hall. Gabrielatos reported it is being worked on and anticipates to have a plan in place very soon.
• Committee Update – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Working on ward items.
• Committee Update – None

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – None

MAYOR’S REPORT:

Encouraged small businesses to reach out to ALEDA to inquire about the relief fund program.

CITY MANAGER REPORT: – None

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 20-105 APPROVING CLAIMS

Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer 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 #75327 through #75430 in the amount of $1,454,266.95. 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 20-105
Included with these minutes)

CLOSED SESSION – Pursuant to Minn. Statute §13D.05, subd. 3(b) – Land Sale

Motion made by Councilor Baker to move into closed session. 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.

Mayor Rasmussen reopened the regular meeting and said council was provided with direction in the closed meeting.

ADJOURNMENT: 7:41 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Baker. 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 22, 2020. 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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Wendy Flugum
Council Secretary Pro Tem