September 13, 2021

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, September 13, 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 Public Safety Director JD Carlson and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

ATTENDING VIA ZOOM: City Manager Ian Rigg, Public Works Director Steven Jahnke, City Planner Megan Boeck, Human Resource Director Mike Zelenak, Finance Director Kristi Brutlag, City Attorney Kelly Martinez

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

CEREMONIAL ITEMS – None

PUBLIC FORUM
Sherry Ketterling – Asked what is being done about the City Attorney instructing another staff member, in her opinion, to unnecessarily push the panic button during a visit by Lisa Hanson.

Mayor Rasmussen read through the Consent Agenda.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

A. Approve Minutes Of The August 23, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The August 23, 2021 Work Session
C. License & Permits
D. Resolution Calling a Public Hearing on Proposed Assessments for the Delinquent Water/Sewer Accounts and Miscellaneous Accounts Receivable
E. Resolution Calling a Public Hearing on Proposed Assessments for the 2021 Neighborhood Improvement Overlay Project (Job 2101)
F. Resolution Calling a Public Hearing on Proposed Assessments for the Edgewood Avenue, St. Peter Avenue, Stanley Avenue and Ulstad Avenue Reconstruction Project (Job 2102)
G. Resolution Approving Professional Engineering Services Agreement with Bolton & Menk for Construction Management Services – Central Water Tower Construction (Job 2056)
H. Resolution Amending Travel Policy
I. Resolution Approving No Parking Signs – Eberhart Street / Columbus Avenue West to Alley (North Side)

Baker asked if anyone has contacted City staff regarding the proposed assessments. Rigg and Maras confirmed no inquiries have been received.

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.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 21-140 through 21-145
Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

A. Art Walk Presentation and Donation

Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Holly Karsjens, presented via Zoom. She displayed slides and described the Art Walk donation process and future sculpture plans. The details included:
• Project description – Six rock pedestals would be included in the first phase. Followed by the second phase to include the goal of 20 total bases.
• Locations – Two on Broadway, one at the top of Fountain Lake Park, one in the green space at the corner of Fountain & Washington Ave., one at the bottom of the hill on Fountain St., and one at New Denmark park.
• Estimated expense – $4000 would include six Kasota stone baes (18x18x32), cement for three bases, plaques for base sponsors, and engineering prep for the future art installations.

In addition, Karsjens explained expenses would be covered by community sponsorship and a portion of the annual Main Street Project funds granted by Rethos. The bases would be donated to the City with Albert Lea Art Walk/Main Street as the project lead for all aspects of the seasonal sculpture walk each season. Karsjens requests council permission to proceed with accepting donations for this project.

Council spoke of their support of this project. Mayor Rasmussen asked for a motion from council in support of moving forward with the donation process.

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.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. Public Hearing Regarding Ordinance Amendment
Since this is part of the Charter Ordinances, a public hearing on the changes is required.
A1. Ordinance 21-061 of the City of Albert Lea, Minnesota Amending Part 1 Charter – Chapter 1, General Provisions (1st reading)

Rigg explained this amendment resolves an issue our Emergency manager has about the Mayor’s duty to be the emergency manager. After this is passed and published staff expects an appointment of the emergency coordinator.

Motion made by Councilor Olson, 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 21-061
Included with these minutes)

B. Public Hearing Regarding Authorizing a Housing Tax Abatement
Rigg explained a public hearing is being held regarding a housing tax abatement for property located at Parcel #34-476-0400 in the City of Albert Lea for construction of a new single family home.
B1. Resolution 21-146 Authorizing a Housing Tax Abatement on Property within the City Of Albert Lea For The Purpose Of Funding Development Costs for Construction of a New Single Family Home

This housing tax abatement will assist in property improvement and increase tax base for the community. The School District and Freeborn County have also agreed to retain the tax abatement for this project.

Motion made by Councilor Howland, 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 21-146
Included with these minutes)

C. Resolution 21-147 Authorizing an Agreement with Unique Opportunities, LLC
The City of Albert Lea and Unique, LLC have negotiated the terms of a Contract for Purchase and Private Development which includes development of a 48-unit apartment complex at 750 Front Street E (Blazing Star). Included in the Agreement is the sale of 3.64 acres, costs to the developer associated with contamination cleanup and tree removal and the issuance of a pay-go TIF note in a not to exceed amount of $474,000. The TIF plan was previously approved in June of 2020.

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.

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 21-147
Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – City Manager Rigg and staff assisted in taking care of several of his ward items.
• Committee Update – Attended the Greater Jobs/ALEDA meeting and stated they are working on new job developments with current and potentially new employers. Attended the preliminary budget meeting last week. Attended the 9/11 parade last Saturday and spoke of his appreciation to the Police and Fire Department for making this a City wide event.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee – Attended a Planning Commission meeting and reported a CUP was granted for 423 Adams Ave. and a zoning amendment was discussed.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported:
• Ward Items – None
• Committee – No committee meetings. Attended the Preliminary Budget meeting

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

Fifth Ward, Councilor Rasmussen reported:
• Ward Items – Working on a few ward items.
• Committee Update – Attended the Budget meeting

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Asked staff to contact him to discuss the overlay special assessment on S. Shore Drive
• Committee Update – None

Mayor Rasmussen reported:
• Announced the Freeborn County Trail Association invited the community to a discussion regarding the Blazing Star additions on Monday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. at Edgewater Pavilion
• Attended the ALEDA meeting.
• Attended the Airport Master Plan meeting
• Attended the Budget meeting
• New event this year: The ‘Fall Frenzy on Fountain’ is coming up on Sept 28th. There will be food trucks on Fountain during the day and live music at the Gazebo starting at 4:00. Bring a chair or blanket.

CITY MANAGER REPORT
• He and Staff are working on some ordinance changes
• Met with HRA to discuss housing stock improvements
• Working on a couple of Joint Powers agreements
• Interviews coming up for the Director of Community Engagement position

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
A. Resolution 21-148 Approving Contract with Councilmember Al D. Brooks dba Brooks Safety

The attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk to make payment in the amount of $356.82 on behalf of the City for a claim from Brooks Safety Equipment, and issue payment for filing the affidavit of official interest by the interested official, Councilor Brooks.

Motion made by Councilor Baker, 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 21-148
Included with these minutes)

B. Resolution 21-149 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 Baker, 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 21-149
Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:30 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, September 27, 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