City Council Meeting Minutes - February 11, 2013

Date: 
February 11, 2013

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 11, 2013

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 11, 2013.

(Due to technical difficulties with public access video equipment, the meeting began late.)

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:18 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Eichmann, Pfeifer, Kvamme, Carlin, Zieman, Brand 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 Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes –   A motion was made by Eichmann, seconded by Kvamme, to approve the minutes of the January 28, 2013 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the January 28, 2013 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 18.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2013-22 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. 2013-22 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19.

SMMPA Power Sales Contract Modification –  Public Works Director Giesking requested authorization for execution of an amendment to the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) power sales contract.  Giesking noted that Schedule A of the contract identified the specific points of delivery for electric power and the contract should be updated to include the new point of delivery at the recently completed Sunrise Substation.  Giesking reported that when fully operational, the recent upgrades to the electric system, including the new transmission line and Sunrise Substation, would eliminate the “blinks” that occur in Saint Peter when there are problems along the transmission line outside of Saint Peter.  Giesking stated the remaining portion of the project was installation of a special phone line at the Front Street Substation.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2013-23 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of An Amendment To Schedule A Of The Power Sales Contract Between Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) And The City Of Saint Peter“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-23 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

AT&T Cell Tower Lease Extension –  City Administrator Prafke and Public Works Director Giesking recommended approval of a lease amendment with AT&T Mobility Corporation (dba New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC) that would allow an additional antennae on the City’s Broadway Water Tower and allow for extension of the lease term.  Prafke reported the amendment would increase the rent and result in an additional payment to the City of $300 per month.  Giesking noted that AT&T had paid all costs for consultants to review the impact of having additional antennae on the tower and to ensure there was no adverse impact to the structure, paint surface, other antennae, or the City’s transmission line. In motion by Zieman, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2013-24 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Lease Amendment With AT&T Mobility Corporation (dba New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC) And Execution Of Easement Agreement“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-24 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

2013 Equipment Certificate Purchases – Public Works Director Giesking requested authorization for the purchase of two Polaris Ranger EV electric all-terrain vehicles from Vetter Sales in the amount of $21,244.75.  Giesking indicated an existing all-terrain diesel vehicle was failing and had undergone extensive repairs during the seven years it was in operation.  Giesking reported that investigation of electric all-terrain vehicles indicated the life cycle costs of an electric vehicle were less than the diesel vehicle being used and the electric vehicle had a 15 year projected life expectancy versus ten for the diesel vehicle.   Giesking recommended that the existing Kawasaki Mule all-terrain vehicle be declared as surplus property and staff be authorized to buy the Polaris vehicle to replace it.  Councilmember Brand indicated his online research had shown good reviews for electric all-terrain vehicles.  Councilmember Zieman questioned whether the second Polaris vehicle would be replacing something else.  Giesking noted the recommendation for the second vehicle would be to increase the size of the fleet. In motion by Eichmann, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2013-25 entitled “Resolution Approving 2013 Equipment Certificate Purchase Of Electric All-Terrain Vehicles And Declaring A Vehicle Surplus“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-25 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Reports

Mayor’s Reports - Mayor Strand reported on his recent activities which included attending Region Nine Development Commission meetings, the annual dinner/dance for the St. Peter Ambassadors, and Winterfest activities.

Mayor Strand reminded everyone of the special election on February 12, 2013 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Representative Terry Morrow.

Community Meeting – Hospital CEO Recruitment –  City Administrator Prafke invited the public to attend a meeting on February 21st to provide input on the qualities, education and skill that should be required of the new Hospital CEO.

City Office Closure –  City Administrator Prafke reminded the City Council that all non-emergency City offices would be closed on February 13th until 1:30 p.m. for staff training and all day on February 18th because of the President’s Day holiday.

ISO Rating Update – City Administrator Prafke happily reported that the City’s Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) fire rating had improved from a “5” to a “4” for City properties.  Prafke indicated the rating review occurred every three years and staff did not expect a change in the rating which was based on fire flow rates, review and handling fire alarms, Fire Department services and equipment, and water supply.  Prafke indicated that improvement in the ISO rating oftentimes leads to slightly decreased insurance costs for property owners.

City Administrator Prafke also reported the City’s redesigned website was live and encouraged Councilmembers and the public to take a look.

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