City Council Meeting Minutes of January 26, 2015

Date: 
January 26, 2015

  MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

JANUARY 26, 2015

 

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 January 26, 2015.

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, Carlin, Grams, and Mayor Strand.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt, and City Engineers Loose and Domras.

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 Zieman, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the January 12, 2015 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 12, 2015 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Visitors – Mayor Strand welcomed visiting students from Saint Peter’s Sister City of Petatlan, Mexico.  Petatlan resident and former Gustavus student Chaz Brown, who was accompanying the students on their visit, reported he frequently passes the fire truck Saint Peter donated to Petatlan and stated the truck had been painted to indicate it was donated by the City.  Students Violeta Adame Galicia, Aurora Chavez Orozco, Zaira Fernanda Ambario Aguirre, and Itzel Patricia Arroyo Acosta addressed the Council in English to express appreciation for supporting their visit and their efforts to learn the English language.  The 15-16 year old students stated they didn’t really like the cold, but felt Saint Peter was a beautiful community with beautiful architecture and the people they had met were all very nice.  Mayor Strand thanked the students for attending the Council meeting. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-08 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  With all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-08 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force Joint Powers Agreement – Police Chief Peters requested execution of an updated Joint Powers Agreement for the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.  Peters reported the Police Department had been a member of the Task Force since its inception in 1999 and the action was being requested to reaffirm the City Council’s support for the Task Force.  Peters also noted that the Task Force is funded mostly from grant funds, but $15,000 had been budgeted for the City’s 2015 membership based on an expected, but unrealized, reduction in grant proceeds.  Peters noted the suggested membership fee was $1 per capita which would mean the final cost to the City would be less than $12,000.   In motion by Carlin, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-09 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Updated Joint Powers Agreement For City Of Saint Peter Police Department Membership In The Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-09 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Electrical Mapping Services:  DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company – Interim Public Works Director Moulton recommended DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company be retained to provide electric mapping services for the City for a fee of $15,000.  Moulton indicated the work had been budgeted in 2014, but staff wasn’t able to complete the information gathering needed due to a heavy work load and the 2015 budget included an allocation for the project.  Moulton stated the work would include providing spatially correct mapping of all Electric equipment and lines and would work in conjunction with the GIS mapping being done by Bolton and Menk, Inc.  In response to Councilmember questions, Moulton further stated the process would be ongoing as changes occur to the electric system and would include base map information from Nicollet County and then spot locating using GPS readings.   In motion by Zieman, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2015-10 entitled “Resolution Approving Mapping System Engineering By DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-10 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Revolving Loan Modification Requests:  Exceed/Chippewa Packaging – Community Development Director Wille presented the Economic Development Authority recommendation to approve requests from Exceed Packaging and Chippewa Packaging for modifications to the revolving loan terms on three loans.  Wille noted the Exceed Packaging loan (original amount of $100,000) had an outstanding balance of $4,224.22 and the EDA recommendation was to modify the loan terms to allow the final amount to be paid off on a monthly basis ($1,110.21 per month) until the loan was retired.  Wille further stated the two $100,000 loans provided to Chippewa Packaging had an outstanding balance of $118,493 and the EDA had recommended extending the balloon payment dates for both loans to December 31, 2016.   Councilmember Carlin questioned how many employees were employed by each company.  Wille reported the State JOBZ program called for creation of 24 full-time equivalent employees, but stated Exceed and Chippewa employ a total of 70 mostly full time positions.  Wille also reported the wages for the positions had been raised in an effort to attract qualified individuals and the businesses were continuing to show improvement.   In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2015-11 entitled “Resolution Modifying Terms Of Revolving Loans Previously Provided To Chippewa Packaging, Inc. And Exceed Packaging, Inc.”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-11 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 Region Nine Development Commission meetings and participating in the Public Works Director interview process. 

Public Works Director Recruitment Update – City Administrator Prafke reported he expected to have a recommendation for appointment of a new Public Works Director as part of the next Council agenda.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Parras, seconded by Carlin, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.