November 14, 2016

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, November 14, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT: Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr., Councilors John Schulte V, Larry Baker, George Marin, Reid Olson, Larry Anderson and Al Brooks. Also present were Assistant City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, City Clerk Shirley Slater-Schulte and City Attorney Lee Bjorndal. ABSENT: City Manager Chad Adams

ALPD LIFESAVING AWARD PRESENTED TO JACQUELINE CARSTENS

J.D. Carlson, Deputy Director of the Albert Lea Police Department, described an incident in which a resident rescued a boater who capsized. Carlson presented the resident, Jacqueline Carstens, with the ALPD Lifesaving Award.

PUBLIC FORUM

Harold Kamrath, 326 Glenn Road, expressed concern about the 2017 budget. He stated that there was not an increase in social security. He requested that Council take this into consideration when negotiating with city staff.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A. Approve Minutes Of The October 24, 2016 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The October 20, 2016 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See attached list.)
D. Resolution Approving Lawful Gambling Premises Permit – Albert Lea Amateur Hockey Association
E. Resolution Authorizing An Agreement With Albert Lea Lakers Baseball Team For Hayek Field In 2017
F. Reschedule City Council Work Session From November 24, 2016 To November 28, 2016 At 6:00 PM
G. Schedule Special Meeting Budget Work Session For Thursday, December 1, 2016 At 5:30 PM
H. Reschedule City Council Regular Meeting From December 26, 2016 To December 27, 2016 At 7:00 PM

MOTION: Move to approve the consent agenda.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-233 – 16-234 included with these minutes.)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS, AND COMMUNICATIONS

A. 3rd Quarter Budget Report – Kristi Brutlag
Gabrielatos noted that Brutlag was unable to attend the meeting; the report was postponed to the November 28, 2016 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution 16-235 Approving Task Order #2016-2 With Mead And Hunt For Providing Redesign, Rebidding And Construction Oversight Services For The Arrival/Departure Facility At The Albert Lea Municipal Airport (Job 1608)

Gabrielatos explained that bids for the Municipal Airport Arrival/Departure building and the parking lot were rejected at the meeting of July 25, 2016. Since that time, staff and the Airport Advisory Board have worked with Mead and Hunt to develop a project that lowers the overall price of the project yet still maintains the look and feel of the project that was originally bid. Marin asked the City Engineer the cost of approving the task order. Jahnke responded that the cost is $198,134.69. Marin specified that he wanted to know the cost of rebidding the project. Jahnke answered that the amount is $41,091.

Motion was made by Councilor Anderson and seconded by Councilor Brooks. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Marin voted nay. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-235 included with these minutes.)

B. Resolution Approving Removal Of No Parking Signs On The North Side Of Grace Street (TABLED)

Gabrielatos explained that the resolution would approve the removal of the 8AM to 4PM No Parking signage located on the north side of Park Avenue. Baker stated he received phone calls from citizens concerned about the removal of the no parking signs. He requested that the vote be postponed so that he could visit with residents in the area.

Motion to table the resolution approving removal of no parking sign was made by Councilor Baker and seconded by Councilor Anderson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Schulte V, Baker, Marin, Olson, Anderson, Brooks and Mayor Rasmussen. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Schulte V:

  • Attended an HRA Board meeting, where the recovery agreement was closed.
  • Ward Items – forwarded a call regarding fire code issues to staff.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker:

  • Addressing ward item with the City Manager.

Third Ward, Councilor Marin

  • Attended the Human Rights Commission meeting; not enough members present for a quorum.

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson:

  • Staff is addressing a ward item. He congratulated candidates for City Council who won their elections.

Fifth Ward, Councilor Anderson:

  • Ward Items: Will work with staff to address two ward items. He attended a memorial for veterans on Veteran’s Day.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks:

  • Attended a Port Authority meeting. There are a couple of business prospects interested in Albert Lea. Also attended a CVB meeting.

Mayor Rasmussen:

  • Stated that the City is seeking Board and Commission members, as well as volunteers of the year.

CITY MANAGER REPORT

Gabrielatos reported that the Cohen-Esrey did not receive tax credits from the State of Minnesota for the development of the Freeborn Bank and Jacobson Building. He stated that staff would be looking for direction on how to proceed in finding a developer.

Gabrielatos elaborated about a program in which the City is partnering with the Albert Lea Education Foundation, ALEDA, local business and colleges in the area. The intent of the program is for the business community to provide opportunities to college students to intern, shadow or be mentored by employees at local businesses. Gabrielatos said that this mechanism could be used to fill some of the long-time vacant positions at businesses within Albert Lea.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. Resolution 16-236 Approving Claims

(1). Presentation of Claims Over $25,000

The resolution directed the Mayor and City Clerk to issue the payment of claims as presented in the Detail of Claims report. Gabrielatos highlighted the claims over $25,000.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 16-236
Include with these minutes.)

ADJOURNMENT – 7:22 PM

Motion made by Councilor Marin, 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, November 28, 2016. 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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Shirley Slater-Schulte
Council Secretary