City Council Meeting Minutes - February 10, 2014

Date: 
February 10, 2014

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 10, 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 February 10, 2014.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Grams, Zieman, Kvamme, Brand, Parras and Mayor Strand.  Absent was Councilmember Carlin.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt, and City Engineer Domras.

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2014 regular City Council meeting.  Councilmember Zieman requested modification to the minutes.  Zieman indicated he had received “fewer” deer sighting reports versus the “no” sightings the minutes indicated under reports and asked to have the minutes changed to reflect the same.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved with the requested modification.  A complete copy of the minutes of the January 27, 2014 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 18. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Zieman, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2014-16 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. 2014-16 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Welco West Purchase And Development Agreements – Community Development Director Wille requested authorization for execution of a purchase agreement and development agreement with Michael and Julie Drummer for redevelopment of the tax forfeited portion of the Welco West Subdivision for the purchase price of $468,000 plus $50,000 that would be put into escrow until the requirement for building permit applications was met by the December 31, 2016 deadline.  Wille reminded the Council that following receipt of the property from Nicollet County with the approval of the State of Minnesota, the Council received two proposals for redevelopment of the property and had selected the Drummer proposal.  Wille reported the Drummer proposal included construction of 11 townhome units, 32 single family homes, one 40-unit multi-family apartment building and the option for another 40-unit building which could be built if the City constructs a regional stormwater basin in the area.  Wille also noted the development was expected to generate $240,000 in permit fees for the City and be valued at $9.6 million. 

Councilmembers had extensive discussion related to the details of the proposed single family home and townhome developments including colors, accessibility issues, floor plans, square footage, price, number of bedrooms, custom build requests, and other issues.  City Administrator Prafke pointed out that the proposed development agreement does not include City approval of the actual designs or details of any of the buildings and the developer had proposed accessibility standards that exceed what is required to be provided under the law.

In motion by Zieman, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2014-17 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Purchase And Development Agreements With Mike And Julie Drummer For Redevelopment Of Welco West Subdivision”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-17 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Employee Anniversary Program – City Administrator Prafke recommended the employee anniversary recognition program be modified to provide employees with the option of receiving Chamber bucks that can be spent locally for their recognition award effective retroactively to January 1, 2014.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2014-18 entitled “Resolution Modifying Employee Personnel Policy Section XXVI – ‘Employee Anniversary Recognition Program”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-18 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Strand reported on his recent activities which included attending the St. Paul Winter Carnival and the annual Fire Relief Association dinner with the Volunteer Fire Department.

Office Closure – City Administrator Prafke reported non-emergency City offices would be closed on Monday, February 17th for the President’s Day legal holiday.

Day Care Study Group – City Administrator Prafke reported the first meeting of the day care study group had been scheduled with the goal of researching and acquiring information to determine if there is a need for additional day care services in Saint Peter and if so, how to solve the shortage.

Councilmembers Grams and Parras reported on their attendance at the League of Minnesota Cities Newly Elected Officials Conference which included training on laws, statutes, finances and data privacy regulations.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.