City Council Meeting Minutes - August 25, 2014 meeting

Date: 
August 25, 2014

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
AUGUST 25, 2014

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Governors' Room of the Community Center on August 25, 2014.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Zieman, Kvamme, Brand, Parras, Grams, Carlin, and Mayor Strand.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt, and City Engineers Domras and Loose.

Approval of Agenda – A motion was made by Brand, seconded by Parras, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2014 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the August 11, 2014 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 18. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Grams, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2014-118 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Parras requested the slope mower purchase be removed from the consent agenda so the purchase could be discussed separately.  City Administrator Prafke indicated the Council policy allowed for any Councilmember to remove an item from the consent agenda and the purchase would be considered at the end of New Business. Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted as modified.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-118 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Nicollet Avenue Electric Materials Bid No. 2 – Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton, appearing in place of Public Works Director Giesking, recommended acceptance of the proposal for switchgear vaults and box pads for the Nicollet Avenue Electric project from WESCO in the amount of $55,190.49.  Moulton reminded the Council that when the electric project was originally bid, the bids for these materials were rejected by the Council for failure to meet bid specifications.  In motion by Zieman, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2014-119 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Purchase Of Switchgear Vaults And Box Pads For Nicollet Avenue Electric Project”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-119 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Veterans Memorial Location Request – City Administrator Prafke introduced a resolution which would provide 3,500 square feet of land in the northeast corner of Minnesota Square Park for a Veteran’s Memorial and provide the framework for consideration of the design of a memorial in the park by the Parks Board and, eventually, by the City Council.  Prafke noted the design must “promote the service of Veterans to the community and promote freedom while desiring peace”.  

Robert Lambert, 36233 Fort Road, addressed the Council to indicate a Veteran’s Memorial Committee’s belief that the recommendation from staff met the goals of the Committee and that the vast majority of the public agrees with putting a memorial in Minnesota Square Park.

Keith Keogh, 718 North Seventh Street, encouraged the Council to put a memorial “where it can be seen” and introduced representatives from several civic organizations in support of a memorial.

Mike Bresnahan, 44135 Valley View Drive, appeared on behalf of the Lions Club.  Bresnahan indicated the Lions were in support of a memorial.

Robert Genelin, 1435 Thomas Street, appeared on behalf of the Knights of Columbus and the All School Reunion Committee to express both organization’s support for a memorial in Minnesota Square Park.

Arlo Lehtinen, 1702 Mission Lane, expressed the support of the St. Peter Ambassadors for a memorial in Minnesota Square Park.

Windy Block, 1019 Old Minnesota Avenue, stated the American Legion and the Last Man Club were firmly behind the project and presented a petition with 329 signatures in support of the project.

Marty Davis, Shorewood, Minnesota, encouraged the Council to allow a memorial in Minnesota Square Park.

Tracy Stuewe, 1719 North Fifth Street, encouraged the Council to put a memorial where people can see it.

Eric Thomas, 715 Fair Street, stated the members of American Legion Post #37 were in total support of a memorial on behalf of “those who never came back”.

Kelly Reese, 1403 Winona Street, demanded the Council “do what those who voted them into office want and put a memorial in Minnesota Square Park.”

Terry Palmer, 305 North Minnesota Avenue, cautioned the Council not to build up the pavilion when it was reconstructed so that it overshadowed a memorial.

Bernie Thieman, 617 North Washington, provided history on his family members who had served in the military and encouraged the Council to allow a memorial.

Dwight Schmidt, 604 North Seventh Street, encouraged the Council to approve a memorial and stated his belief that the Council wanted to hide all veterans and that a memorial would be important for veterans who want to sit and reminisce.

William Shores, 1401 Wilkinson Court, indicated he was in favor of the resolution and stated his belief that veterans deserve recognition in the center of the community.

Michelle Wolfe, 312 West Myrtle Street, questioned why the Council was “dragging their feet” on the project and encouraged them to do the best for the community.

Tuff Miller, 114 North Third Street, asked the Council to question what Minnesota Square Park meant to the community which he felt was a gathering spot.  Miller quoted Mr. William Harvey who previously stated, “We judge a community by how they honor their war dead.”

Keith Keogh spoke again and urged the Council to not “defy the 300 vets who have spoken.”

Mayor Strand indicated his belief that the Council has never been opposed to a memorial and only disagreed on the location.  Strand stated the Council had an obligation to look at the facts of any such request and to take the emotion out of the decision.

In motion by Brand, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2014-120 entitled “Resolution Approving Location Of Veterans Memorial In Minnesota Square Park”, was introduced.  A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Parras, to modify the resolution to allow use of “…3,600 square feet of land located on the east side of Minnesota Square Park….”.  With all in favor, the motion carried.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted as modified.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-120 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

The Council recessed at 8:04 p.m. to allow the crowd to exit the meeting.  The meeting resumed at 8:07 p.m.

North Industrial Park Land Sale –  City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the sale of Lot 4, Block 2 of the North Industrial Park Subdivision to IHN III, LLC, (the real estate holding company of EI Microcircuits), at a price of $1.05 per square foot ($106,603.35.)  Prafke noted the sale proceeds would be used to pay debt service on the project to install public improvements in the subdivision..  In motion by Zieman, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2014-121 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Sale Of Lot 4, Block 2, North Industrial Park To IHN III, LLC”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-121 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Slope Mower Purchase – City Administrator Prafke provided additional information on the proposed slope mower purchase which had been removed from the consent agenda.   In motion by Parras, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2014-122 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-122 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Strand reported he had attended a town-gown meeting with representatives from Gustavus Adolphus College which included the new President.  Strand also reported on the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities annual conference he attended in Rochester.

Highway 169 Detour – City Administrator Prafke encouraged the public to remain vigilant in and around the Highway 169 detour routes and cautioned that more changes will be coming in the next week or so.

Child Care Study Group Update – City Administrator Prafke reported discussion at the last Child Care Study Group meeting included promoting home-based daycares and the City forgiving fire inspection fees to help those considering establishing a home-based daycare.  Prafke also indicated staff would visit with Nicollet County to encourage forgiveness of the application fee to help those considering such businesses.

Washington Avenue Link Project Update – City Administrator Prafke reported the Washington Avenue Link Project is open and work will continue on watering trees, striping, planting bushes, and installation of streetlights.  Prafke also noted that some additional closures along Sunrise Drive, North Fifth Street, and Summit Park will also occur as work is done in those areas.

West Traverse Trail – City Administrator Prafke also reported that City crews had started construction of a bituminous trail in the south ditch along West Traverse Road from Sunrise Drive to Edgerton Street.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Brand, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.