Public Notices

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE: Bridge Avenue Street and Utility Improvements

Freeborn County and the City of Albert Lea are proposing to reconstruct Bridge Avenue (Freeborn County CSAH 22) between Marshall Street and Hammer Road. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2020. In addition to reconstructing the roadway, the project will include improvements to the underground utility system (water and sewer) and sidewalks along the corridor. County and City staff, along with the consultant engineering team, are currently developing the preliminary design of the road and utility improvements. Initial concept drawings will be presented at a Public Open House to be held:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Albert Lea City Hall, 221 East Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007

Representatives from Freeborn County Public Works, City of Albert Lea, and SRF (design consultant) will be available to discuss the initial preliminary design options and answer questions about the project. This will be an open house setting without a formal presentation. The purpose of the Open House is to share information and encourage public comments (verbal and written) on the project.

If you prefer, written comments may be sent to:
Sue Miller, PE
Public Works Director
Freeborn County Public Works
3300 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007


Notice of Public Comment on Body Worn Cameras

The Albert Lea Police Department will be implementing a body worn camera program and is seeking public input about this purchase. This will be the first opportunity for the public to give comment prior to implementation of this project.

Body worn cameras will be utilized by uniformed officers and detectives. Policy and procedures are being developed based on Minnesota Statute sections 626.8473 and 13.825.

Body worn cameras have the capability to enhance officer safety, document statements and events between police officers and the community, preserve information for current and future investigations, and enhance public trust and transparency, while respecting the privacy and rights of those we serve and those who serve.

The below mail and email addresses can be used to submit written comments about this purchase. Input will be taken until October 19, 2018.

Albert Lea Police Department
Body Worn Camera
221 East Clark Street
Albert Lea, MN 56007

 

ALPDbodycamera@ci.albertlea.mn.us

The next opportunity for public comment will be at the Albert Lea City Council Meeting on October 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune October 3, 2018


SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

September 4, 2018
7:00 PM
City of Albert Council Chambers
221 E. Clark Street
Albert Lea, MN 56007

In accordance with Section 3.01 of the Charter of the City of Albert Lea and with applicable State law, you are hereby notified that Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Jr. has called a Special Meeting for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm. to be held at the City of Albert Lea Council Chambers.

Agenda to include:

Fire Facility Update/Public Forum

The public is invited to attend this meeting.

This notice is served as a requirement of Minnesota Statue 412.191, subd 2.

Daphney Maras
City Clerk/Secretary of the Council


PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF ALBERT LEA
STORM WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION PLAN PUBLIC ANNUAL MEETING

The City of Albert Lea will be holding an annual public meeting to discuss and receive input on the City’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) on July 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 221 E. Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN. This meeting is being held in accordance with the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit to Discharge Storm Water, as issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The intent of this meeting is to present the most recent version of the City’s SWPPP, to educate the public on the SWPPP efforts, and to receive public input regarding the SWPPP. The SWPPP document is available online at https://www.cityofalbertlea.org
or may be viewed in hard copy by contacting the Engineering Department as listed below. Interested persons may make comments at the meeting or prior to the meeting by contacting the Engineering department at:

Engineering Department
City of Albert Lea
221 E. Clark Street
Albert Lea, MN 56007
(507) 377-4325

Dalton Syverson
City Engineering Dept.

DATED: May 18, 2018


Minnesota Utilities Commission
Notice of Public Hearing and Draft Site Permit Availability
Freeborn Wind Energy LLC
February 20, 2018
Albert Lea Armory
Public Hearing Notice


CITY OF ALBERT LEA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday February 6th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible in the City Council Chambers at the Albert Lea City Offices located at 221 E. Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007 to consider the following:

A variance request from Richard Montanye for Parcel 34.104.0650, 805 Stanley Ave, to vary from the side yard corner lot setback distance of 12.5 feet cited in City Code Section 74-219 Subd. 3d, to allow for a detached garage with a 6’ setback from the south lot line bordering Luther Place.
Application materials are on file and available for review at City Hall in the Inspection Department (Lower Level).

Anyone wishing to be heard regarding the above matter will be heard at said time and place. Questions regarding this matter may be referenced to Wayne Sorensen, City Building and Zoning Administrator, at 507-377-4340.

Wayne Sorensen
City Building and Zoning Administrator


CITY OF ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ON DEFERRING ASSESSMENTS FOR 1525 BLAKE AVENUE – JOB 0107

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Albert Lea, Minnesota, will meet at City Hall in Albert Lea, Minnesota, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017, regarding a request to continue deferment of assessments for 1525 Blake Avenue, Job 0107. The property includes:

PIN ADDRESS
34-211-0060 1525 Blake Avenue

Persons wishing to be heard regarding the proposal will be heard at this time. If unable to attend, written testimony may be offered and should be given to the Council Secretary before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing.

THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA

By: ____/s/___________________________
Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk and Secretary of the City Council

Dated: July 26, 2017


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Albert Lea, Minnesota, will meet at 7:00 p.m. on July 24, 2017 in the Council Chamber at City Hall in Albert Lea, Minnesota, to conduct a public hearing to consider financial incentives for equipment acquisition for Zumbro River Brands.

All interested persons may appear at the public hearing and present their views orally or in writing. If unable to attend, written testimony may be offered and should be given to the Council Secretary before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing.

Dated: July 12, 2017

THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA

By: __/s/_____________________________
Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk and Secretary to the City Council


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Albert Lea, Minnesota, will meet at 7:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017 in the Council Chamber at City Hall in Albert Lea, Minnesota, to conduct a public hearing to consider financial incentives for job creation for Intellicents, Inc.

All interested persons may appear at the public hearing and present their views orally or in writing. If unable to attend, written testimony may be offered and should be given to the Council Secretary before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing.

Dated: May 30, 2017

THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA

By: __/s/_____________________________
Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk and Secretary to the City Council

Please publish this Notice by June 1, 2017


NOTICE OF MEETING

The Albert Lea Charter Commission will conduct its annual meeting on Monday, May 1, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 221 East Clark Street, at 4:00 p.m., and immediately following the annual meeting there will be a joint meeting with the City Council. Interested persons are invited to attend. For additional information, please contact the Albert Lea City Clerk at 507-377-4335.

By: Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk

Dated: April 13, 2017

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune on April 19, 2017


QUOTES FOR MOWING AND TRIMMING OF GRASS

The City of Albert Lea will accept quotes for the mowing and trimming of grass, and removal of brush on private and public properties that violate the City’s Ordinance requiring yards to be free of tall grass, weeds and brush.

Quotes will be accepted in the City Clerk’s Office and opened at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017. Quotes must provide a dollar amount to be charged for lots or yard:
Up to 12,000 square feet in area
12,001 to 20,000 square feet in area will be negotiated

Quotes must provide to the City of Albert Lea within 7 days: Certificate of Insurance for public liability insurance for coverage with limits of at least: $50,000 property; $100,000 for injury to one person; and $300,000 for each occurrence. Proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance for every employee.

The City of Albert Lea reserves the right to waive informalities, to reject any or all quotes and to accept any quotes deemed to be in the best interest of the City. Equal Opportunity Employer

Shirley Slater-Schulte, City Clerk
Dated this 21st day of March, 2017
Published in Albert Lea Tribune on March 26, 2017


CITY OF ALBERT LEA
NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT
FOR LAKE AVENUE AND EAST COLLEGE STREET RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
(Job 1607)

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Albert Lea, Minnesota will meet in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 221 East Clark Street, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 to consider the making of Lake Avenue and East College Street Reconstruction Project – Job 1607. The proposed project involves the following:

• Lake Avenue will be reconstructed using the same configuration as the existing roadway with a 31-foot (back-to-back of curb) width bituminous surface, concrete curb & gutter, and sidewalk lining both sides of the street. The watermain, storm sewer and sanitary sewer are all proposed to be replaced.

• East College Street is a wider street which accommodates 45-degree angle parking on both sides. There is curb & gutter and sidewalk lining both sides of the street. It is proposed to reconstruct E. College Street from Newton Avenue to Elizabeth Avenue to match the existing street configuration.

• East of Elizabeth Avenue, Engineering is proposing to reduce the street width of E. College Street to a standard 34-ft wide residential street and to eliminate the sidewalk. The sanitary sewer, watermain, and storm sewer on East College Street are also proposed to be replaced, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429.011 to 429.111.

The streets are as follows:

• Lake Avenue – Clark Street to William Street (342 feet)
• Lake Avenue alley – William Street to Elizabeth Avenue (428 feet)
• East College Street – Newton Avenue to approximately 200 feet east of Elizabeth Avenue (471 feet)

The area proposed to be assessed for such improvements are the streets described above. The estimated cost of the improvement is $1,019,350. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvements will be heard at this meeting.

BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune on March 16th, 2017 and March 23rd, 2017


Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds
Small Cities Development Program
State of Minnesota

July 15, 2016

City of Albert Lea
Attention Jerry Gabrielatos, Assistant City Manager Commercial district
221 E Clark Street Albert Lea MN 56007
(507)377-4300

Molly Patterson-Lundgren, WSB & Associates
(507)218-3387
mollypl@wsbeng.com

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS AND PERSONS:

On or about July 26th, the City of Albert Lea will request the Business and Community Development Division, Small Cities Development Program, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), to release federal funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended (P.L. 98-181) for the following project:

Albert Lea Commercial District Comprehensive SCDP 2016 which will provide funding for rehabilitation of existing residential rental and commercial structures in the following defined target area of the downtown.

The target area is located in Sections 8 & 9 of the originally platted City, census tracts 1806 and 1808. Activities funded by this program will include the rehabilitation of commercial and rental units to improve health & safety, code compliance, accessibility and energy use along with exterior conditions creating blighting conditions.

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act Requirements because: the land use and the footprint of the buildings will not change, and the estimated cost of rehabilitation will be less than 75% of the total estimated cost of replacement after rehabilitation. Environmental Review Record (ERR) respecting this project has been made by the City of Albert Lea that documents the environmental review of the project. This ERR is on file at the address above and is available for public examination and copying, upon request, weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m and 5 p.m.

In accordance with 24 CFR Part 58.15, a tiered review process has been structured for the rehabilitation, whereby some environmental laws and authorities have been reviewed for the target area and other applicable laws and authorities will be complied with, when participating properties have been identified and projects are ripe for review. Specifically, the target area has been studied and compliance with the following laws and authorities has been established: floodplain management, wetland protection, sole source aquifers, endangered species, wild and scenic rivers, coastal zone management, air quality, farmlands protection, airport runway clear zone requirements and environmental justice. In addition, pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act, comments on the identification and treatment of historic properties in the project area are welcome.

A review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services web site shows there is a threatened species that is located within the affected County, the Northern Long-Eared Bat. The Northern Long-Eared Bat has a species range that includes 37 states. No critical habitat rules have been published for the Northern Long-Eared Bat, nor have any conservation plans been created for this species. This species habitat is primarily caves and mines during the winter months and in the summer, these bats roost underneath bark, in cavities or in crevices of trees. Rehab associated with this project is not expected to come into contact with the Northern Long-Eared bat, however, if rehab does encounter the bat, the appropriate Minnesota USFWS agency will be contacted.

Compliance with the following laws and authorities will take place once properties within the target area have been identified, but prior to the commitment of funds: historic properties, and HUD environmental standards for hazards. Compliance documentation on the aforementioned laws and authorities will be in each individual property file, and copies will be available, once established, at the office of the Assistant City Manager listed above.

Public Comments on Request to Release Funds

Any individual, group or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Molly Patterson-Lundgren, Planner at: mollypl@wsbeng.com 221 E Clark Street, Albert Lea, MN 56007. All comments received by July 25th, 2016 will be considered by the City of Albert Lea prior to submission of a Request for Release of Funds.

The City of Albert Lea will undertake the project described above with Block Grant funds from DEED, under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The City of Albert Lea is certifying to DEED that The City of Albert Lea and Vern Rasmussen, Jr, in his official capacity as Mayor, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environmental reviews, decision making and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that with approval, the City of Albert Lea may use the Block Grant funds, and DEED and HUD will have satisfied their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

Objections to Release of Funds

BCD will accept objections to its approval of the release of funds and acceptance of the certification for a period of eighteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only for one of the following reasons: (a) that the certification was not in fact executed by the Chief Executive Officer or other officer of the grantee approved by BCD; (b) that the grantee’s ERR for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding or step applicable to the project in the environmental review process; (c) the grant recipient has incurred costs not authorized at 24 CFR Part 58.22 before approval of a release of funds by BCD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 24 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality.

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58), and may be addressed to Director, Small Cities Development Program, MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development, Business and Community Development Division, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351. Potential objectors should contact DEED at 651-296-7057 to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Vern Rasmussen Jr., Mayor


CITY OF ALBERT LEA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 17th at
5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible at the Albert Lea City Offices located at 221 E. Clark Street,
Albert Lea, MN 56007 to consider the following application:

AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING MAP – Application from Clayton Petersen and Larry Gensmer of
Freeborn Properties, LLC to rezone the property located at 1430 US Highway 69 (tax parcel 34-07402-
20) from R-3 Multi-Family Residential to B-2 Community Business District. Attached is a map of the location and a list of uses allowed in the B-2 zoning district.

Anyone wishing to be heard with reference to the above matter will be heard at said time and place. A
full copy of the application is available in the Assistant City Manager’s Office at City Hall.

Questions regarding this matter may be referenced to Molly Patterson-Lundgren, City Planner, at 507-
218-3387.

Molly Patterson-Lundgren,
City Planner
mollypl@wsbeng.com


NOTICE FOR FILING AFFIDAVITS OF CANDIDACY
FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that affidavits of candidacy will be accepted by the Albert Lea City Clerk beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 and ending at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 for the following municipal offices:

Four-Year Term
Beginning January 1, 2017

First Ward Councilor

Third Ward Councilor

Fifth Ward Councilor

CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Shirley Slater-Schulte City Clerk
Dated: April 25, 2016
Published in Albert Lea Tribune on May 2, 2016


NOTICE OF MEETING

The Albert Lea Charter Commission will conduct its annual meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 221 East Clark Street, at 5:30 p.m. Interested persons are invited to attend. For additional information, please contact the Albert Lea Deputy Clerk at 507-377-4306.

By: Daphney Maras
Deputy Clerk

Dated: April 18, 2016

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune on April 21, 2016


CITY OF ALBERT LEA
NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT
FOR EDGEWATER DRIVE AND PARKING LOTS RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
(Job 1606)
February 4, 2016

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Albert Lea, Minnesota will meet in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 221 East Clark Street, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016 to consider the making of Improvement Job No. 1606, Edgewater Drive and Parking Lots Reconstruction Project.

The proposed project involvesthe reconstruction of the bituminous surfaces on the following:

Bituminous Surface Reconstruction Edgewater Drive –Lakeview Blvd to park entrance

Edgewater Drive – Park entrance to West Pavilion

East Pavilion Parking Lots

Bandshell Parking Lot

Bituminous Surface Installation Shared User Trail

pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429.011 to 429.111. The estimated cost of the improvement is $519,689.90. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvements will be heard at this meeting.

BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune on February 11, 2016 and February 18, 2016


CITY OF ALBERT LEA
NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT
FOR LAKE CHAPEAU DRIVE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
(Job 1602)

February 4, 2016

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Albert Lea, Minnesota will meet in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 221 East Clark Street, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016 to consider the making of Improvement Job No. 1602, Lake Chapeau Drive Reconstruction Project on the following streets:

C.R. 46 (West Main St.) to 1000’ N. of Campus Dr.

pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429.011 to 429.111. The estimated cost of the improvement is $405,855.50. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvements will be heard at this meeting.

BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune on February 11, 2016 and February 18, 2016


CITY OF ALBERT LEA
NOTICE OF HEARING ON IMPROVEMENT
FOR 2016 NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
(Job 1601)

February 8, 2016

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Albert Lea, Minnesota will meet in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 221 East Clark Street, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016 to consider the making of Improvement Job No. 1601, 2016 Neighborhood Improvement Project. The proposed project involves bituminous overlay on the following streets:

James Avenue – 2nd Street to Frank Avenue 2nd Street – Broadway Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
Frank Hall Drive – 2nd Street to 3rd Street Frank Hall Drive – 5th Street to 7th Street
3rd Street – Newton Avenue to Frank Hall Drive 4th Street – Frank Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
6th Street – James Avenue to Frank Hall Drive Newton Avenue – 4th Street to 7th Street
St. John Avenue – 4th Street to 7th Street

Total Curb Replacement will involve the following streets:

3rd Street – James Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
4th Street – Frank Avenue to Frank Hall Drive
6th Street – Frank Avenue to St. Joseph Avenue
St. John Avenue – 4th Street to 5th Street

pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 429.011 to 429.111. The estimated cost of the improvement is $1,326,677.38. A reasonable estimate of the impact of the assessment will be available at the hearing. Such persons as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvements will be heard at this meeting.

BY ORDER OF THE CITY COUNCIL

Shirley Slater-Schulte
City Clerk

Published in the Albert Lea Tribune on February 11, 2016 and February 18, 2016


NOTICE OF HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Albert Lea City Council will conduct a public

hearing at 7:00 p.m. on January 25, 2016 in the City Center Council Chambers, 221

East Clark Street, at which time it will consider a Small Cities Development Program

Grant Application.

Persons wishing to be heard with regard to the above-described application will

be heard at this time. If unable to attend, written testimony may be offered and shall be

given to the Council Secretary prior to 5 p.m. the day of the hearing. The grant proposal

is on file in the City Clerk’s Office and is open for inspection during normal

office hours.

THE CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Shirley Slater-Schulte
Dated: January 12, 2016 City Clerk

 

 

Minnesota state law (Chapter 156 of the Session Laws of 2005) requires that "a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees." For the City of Albert Lea, titles and salaries as of Jan. 1, 2019, are: City Manager, $138,375.12; Director of Public Works/City Engineer $110,780.80; and Director of Public Safety $103,646.40. Date of publication: January 23, 2019.