September 9, 2019

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY OF ALBERT LEA
Monday, September 9, 2019, 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, and City Clerk Daphney Maras.

PUBLIC FORUM – Robert Fjelbroten inquired about the ditch clean up in his area after the road construction. Jahnke explained it would not be cleaned until the winter. He also commented on the extreme amount of cats on Forest Avenue. Mayor Rasmussen said that he has contacted the Police Department and they will be following up on this complaint.

CONSENT AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Mayor Rasmussen read through each item on the council agenda:

A. Approve Minutes Of The August 26, 2019 Regular Council Meeting
B. Approve Minutes Of The August 26, 2019 Work Session
C. Licenses & Permits (See Attached List)
D. Resolution Approving Purchase Of New Chiller And Condenser System For City Hall (Job 1914)
E. Resolution Accepting Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) Enforcement Grant Award – MN Department of Public Safety
F. Resolution Approving Lawful Gambling Premises Permit – Albert Lea Moose Club
G. Authorization Of Wastewater Treatment Plant Electrical Repairs

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 19-129 through 19-131 Included with these minutes)

PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS – None

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS

A. Resolution 19-132 And Public Hearing Of Albert Lea Township And The City Of Albert Lea Designating An Unincorporated Area As In Need Of Orderly Annexation And Conferring Jurisdiction Over Said Area To The Municipal Boundary Adjustments – Office of Administrative Hearings Pursuant To MINN. STAT. § 414.0325.

Certain residents in Albert Lea Township petitioned the City for annexation and connection to City sewer and water. A joint resolution has been prepared setting forth the terms and conditions for annexation and an ordinance has been prepared zoning properties I-1, Limited Industrial District. City sanitary sewer and watermain extension was installed in 2006. Property owners are requesting to be connected to the sewer and water to allow for commercial development and/or because of failing septic systems on certain properties.

Mayor Rasmussen opened up the public hearing. Called three times. No one spoke. He closed the public hearing.

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

(See Secretary’s Original Resolution 19-132 Included with these minutes)

B. Ordinance 227,12d Amending The Zoning And Land Use Map For Properties Annexed From Albert Lea Township (1st Reading).

This is the first reading of the ordinance amending the Zoning map for those properties in the East Main area being annexed from Albert Lea Township.
Motion made by Councilor Murray, 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 First Reading of Ordinance 227,12d Included with these minutes)

C. Resolution 19-133 Authorizing City of Albert Lea To Execute Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant Agreement For Airport Improvement Excluding Land Acquisition (Job 1911)

On August 26, 2019 the City Council approved a Federal grant to update the Albert Lea Airport Master Plan and complete an Airport Layout Plan. The attached resolution would approve a State grant for the same project. The estimated project cost is $302,400 with the Federal portion being estimated at approximately $272,160 (90%), State portion being estimated at $15,120 (5%), and the City portion being estimated at approximately $15,120 (5%). This resolution approves the state grant agreement.

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 19-133 Included with these minutes)

MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS:

First Ward, Councilor Murray reported:
• Ward Items – Working on constituent items with interim City Manager
• Committee Update – Attended ALED and HRA board Meetings. Also attended a Child Care meeting as well as Health Care meetings.

Second Ward, Councilor Baker reported:
• Ward Items – Working on ward items with interim City Manager
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting and a Planning Commission meeting.

Third Ward, Councilor Howland reported;
• Ward Items – Had phone calls from constituents and appreciated the interim city manager working with him on these issues.
• Committee Update – None

Fourth Ward, Councilor Olson reported:
• Ward Items – Had a complaint of a boulevard tree and this item was referred to staff
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting.

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

Sixth Ward, Councilor Brooks reported:
• Ward Items – Thanked City staff for taking care of the alleys that he reported at the last meeting. He also confirmed that there are an abundance of cats in the Forest Avenue area.
• Committee Update – Attended the HRA meeting. He reported close to $141,000 was collected in lodging tax.

MAYOR’S REPORT:

• Announced the Planning Commission is searching for a board member.
• Attended the ALEDA board meeting. He reported a strategic planning meeting will be set at the end of the year and welcomed the public.
• Sat, Sept. 14th at 6:30 AM – ‘WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – This walk bring about 400+ walkers to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. The event starts at Frank Hall Park, where walkers can have their photo taken, stop by the promise garden and grab a snack.
• Thursdays on Fountain – music by Patchouli

CITY MANAGER REPORT:
No updates

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

A. RESOLUTION 19-134 APPROVING CLAIMS
Gabrielatos explained that the attached resolution directs the Mayor and City Clerk 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 Baker to approve payment of claims as presented for checks #72709 through #72838 in the amount of $1,051,270.90. 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 19-134 Included with these minutes)

ADJOURNMENT: 7:16 PM

Motion made by Councilor Murray, seconded by Councilor Brooks. 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 23, 2019. 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