November 9, 2020

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TELECONFERENCE ZOOM MEETING, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, November 9, 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, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, Public Safety Director JD Carlson, City Attorney Kelly Martinez, Finance Director Kristi Brutlag, City Planner Megan Boeck, ALEDA Executive Director Phillip Johnson, 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). In addition, anyone wishing to address the City Council and/or Mayor during the Public Forum or Public Hearing have been offered the following options:

• Join the meeting via the following attendee link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85804098175. You will have the option to be called upon during the public comment portion of the meeting via the Zoom raise hand feature.
• Submit comments in writing via email to dmaras@ci.albertlea.mn.us no later than 5:00 p.m., on the day of the council meeting you are addressing. Comments received will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

CEREMONIAL ITEMS
A. Proclamation Declaring November 9-13th As Week United Acts of Kindness

Mayor Rasmussen stated United Way of Freeborn County has proclaimed November 9-13th as United Acts of Kindness Week. Mayor Rasmussen read the proclamation aloud.

PUBLIC FORUM – Maras confirmed there were no raised hands via the Zoom raised hand feature.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mayor Rasmussen read each item on the council agenda and provided background information

A. Approve Minutes Of The October 26, 2020 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The October 26, 2020 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits
D. Resolution 20-197 Approving Lawful Gambling Premises Permit – Albert Lea Amateur Hockey Association
E. Resolution 20-198 Receiving Feasibility Report And Calling A Public Hearing On The 2021 Neighborhood Improvement Project (Job 2101)

Motion made by Councilor Howland to approve the consent agenda with the addition of a resolution noted under approval of claims approving contract with Councilmember Brooks dba Brooks Safety Equipment, 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 20-197 through 20-198 Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
A. Port Authority Budget Presentation – Phillip Johnson, ALEDA Executive Director

Johnson delivered highlights of the 2021 Port Authority budget and community projects. He spoke about the positive impact of ALEDA’s recent move to the centralized downtown location on S. Broadway and the collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce sharing that space with ALEDA.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
A. ORDINANCE 20-250 ADOPTING AND ENACTING A NEW CODE FOR THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES NOT INCLUDED THEREIN; PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR THE MANNER OF AMENDING SUCH CODE; AND PROVIDING WHEN SUCH CODE AND THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE (2ND READING)

Approval of the second reading would adopt and enact the recodification code of ordinances for the City of Albert Lea.

Brooks thanked Maras for calling him after the last council meeting to answer his questions regarding the intention of this ordinance. In response to additional questions by Councilor Brooks, Martinez provided further clarification.

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 Ordinance 20-250 Included with these minutes)

NEW BUSINESS
A. RESOLUTION 20-199 AND PUBLIC HEARING LEVYING SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR MISCELLANEOUS DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

A public hearing is being held to receive input on the miscellaneous accounts receivable. The attached resolution would adopt the assessments per the Code of Ordinances, to be payable with terms of five years at 2.9% interest.

Mayor Rasmussen opened the public hearing. He called three times. Maras confirmed no emails were received and no raised hands via the Zoom raised hand feature. Mayor Rasmussen closed the public hearing.
Motion made by Councilor Howland, 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 20-199 Included with these minutes)

B. RESOLUTION 20-200 AND PUBLIC HEARING ADOPTING A MODIFICATION TO THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT NO. 5; AND ESTABLISHING TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT NO. 5-27 THEREIN AND ADOPTING A TAX INCREMENT FINANCING PLAN THEREFOR

Mayor Rasmussen explained City staff has been working to facilitate the redevelopment of a former retail building into 40 units of market rate rental housing. In order to make the project financially viable in Albert Lea, the City determined that it would be necessary to provide assistance to the project. As such, the City worked with Ehlers to map out a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Plan that will use the increment of new tax dollars to pay down the overall cost of the project. Please note that the City Council did give their political support to this project in September. Rebecca Kurtz from Ehlers was present to provide details and answer questions.

Mayor Rasmussen opened the public hearing. He called three times. Maras confirmed no emails were received and no raised hands via the Zoom raised hand feature. Mayor Rasmussen closed the public hearing.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-200 Included with these minutes)

C. RESOLUTION 20-201 AUTHORIZING LETTER OF INTENT WITH MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (MNDOT)) – TRUNK HWY. 65 FROM NEWTON AVENUE TO BRIDGE AVENUE (JOB 1806)

Recently the City of Albert Lea was awarded $2,682,000 in bond funding for the Trunk Hwy. 65 project to raise the roadway 2 ft. near Godfathers Pizza. This funding makes the project feasible and able to move forward. In order to design this work, MNDOT needs to modify Agreement #1031452 that it entered into with WHKS. This modification is to change the mill and overlay, from the Shell Rock River to Newton Avenue, to a road raise design. MNDOT is asking the City of Albert Lea to approve a letter of intent outlining the responsibilities and cost shares for this work. MNDOT is also asking for approval of a resolution that would authorize the Agreement with WHKS to include the City of Albert Lea in the cost participation of the predesign, design and deliverables for this road raise.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-201 Included with these minutes)

D. RESOLUTION 20-202 APPROVING THE NOVEMBER 9, 2020 EXTENSION OF MARCH 17, 2020 CITY OF ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA PROCLAMATION AND DECLARATION OF PEACETIME EMERGENCY NO. 2020-1 AND ORDINANCE 20-232

Multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 exist in Freeborn County. In light of the ongoing crisis, it is necessary to extend the Declaration and Ordinance. The extension of the Emergency Declaration and accompanying Ordinance allows the terms and conditions contained within to remain in full force and effect through December 14, 2020 unless Governor Walz’ Peacetime Emergency expires or is rescinded by legislative authority. Approval to extend the Declaration and Ordinance requires approval by five members of City Council.

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 20-202 Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:
First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Working with City staff on ward items.
• Committee Update – Attended an HRA meeting last week

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

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – Resolved a ward item working with the Public Safety Department
• Committee Update – Thanked Maras and election judges for a successful election.

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

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Stated his appreciation to Maras for a successful election season.

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee Update – Thanked Maras for calling him to discuss the Ordinance on the agenda this evening. Welcomed new City Manager Ian Rigg

MAYOR’S REPORT:
• Congratulated the re-elected councilmembers
• Welcomed City Manager Ian Rigg

CITY MANAGER REPORT:
City Manager Rigg reported he has several meetings planned with business owners and community members over the next few weeks.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
A. RESOLUTION 20-203 APPROVING CONTRACT WITH COUNCILMEMBER AL D. BROOKS

– The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Treasurer to make payment for $707.89 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 to approve payment of claims as presented for $707.89. Seconded by Councilor Olson. On roll call vote, the following councilors voted in favor of said motion: Murray, Baker, Howland, Olson, Rasmussen and Mayor Rasmussen. Councilor Brooks abstained. Mayor Rasmussen declared the motion passed.
(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 20-203
Included with these minutes)

B. RESOLUTION 20-204 APPROVING CLAIMS

Mayor Rasmussen 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, Mayor Rasmussen 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 #76793 through #76932 for $1,333,543.69. 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 20-204
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:17 P.M.

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Howland. 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 23, 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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Daphney Maras
Secretary of the Council