City Council Meeting Minutes of July 27, 2015

Date: 
July 27, 2015

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

JULY 27, 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 July 27, 2015.

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

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Grams, seconded by Kvamme, to approve the minutes of the July 13, 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 July 13, 2015 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2015-96 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  With all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-96 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Verizon Wireless Cell Tower Lease On Hospital Property – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by Alltel Communications (dba Verizon Wireless) to lease space on a City owned light pole in the parking lot at River's Edge Hospital and Clinic for a cell antenna.  Prafke noted the lease, which had been negotiated by Hospital CEO Rohrich and recommended for approval by the Hospital Commission, would provide for a $2,000 upfront payment (“initiation fee”) and $600 per year in revenues.  Councilmember Brand questioned who would be responsible should the equipment fail to which Prafke noted the equipment was the sole responsibility of Alltel.  Councilmember Grams asked how the dollar amounts were determined.  Prafke indicated the amounts were based on revenues derived from similar leases already in place for cell equipment.. In motion by Zieman, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-97 entitled “Resolution Approving Lease Agreement With Alltel Communications LLC (dba Verizon Wireless) For Cell Antenna On City Owned Property At River's Edge Hospital and Clinic”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-97 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Preliminary/Final Plat Adoption Magner Farm Subdivision – Community Development Director Wille presented the Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation for approval of both the preliminary and final plats for the Magner Farm Subdivision.  Wille reminded Councilmembers that the Subdivision is the property owned by the City and School District #508 which will be the future location of a new City park and a new high school.  Wille also pointed out that the plats do no address the lot line modifications that will be proposed in the near future and the plats do provide for the required wetland designation.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-98 entitled “Resolution Accepting Preliminary Plat Of Magner Farm Subdivision”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-98 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

In motion by Zieman, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2015-99 entitled “Resolution Accepting Final Plat Of Magner Farm Subdivision”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-99 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Tree Worker License Application – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval be provided for a Tree Worker license for M & S Tree Service and noted nothing had been discovered in the background investigation that would prohibit issuance of the license. In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2015-100 entitled “Resolution Approving Tree Worker License”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-100 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 Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities summer conference in Duluth with Councilmember Brand.  Strand also encouraged residents to participate in the Police Department’s Night To Unite event on August 4th at Veteran’s Memorial Park from 5-8 p.m.  City Administrator Prafke noted the City’s Recreation and Leisure Services Department was also involved in the Night To Unite event.

Annexation Update – City Administrator Prafke reported the State had approved the annexation of the Magner Farm Subdivision property.

City/School Subcommittee Update – City Administrator Prafke stated the subcommittee of the City Council and School Board had met to discuss the site plan for the Magner Farm property and a “memorandum of understanding” that was being developed for use and maintenance of the property.

Candidate Filing Period – City Administrator Prafke reminded the public that the filing period for City Council positions is from July 28th through August 11th and anyone with questions about filing for office should contact the City Administrator’s office.

Seal Coating – Public Works Director Moulton reported the annual seal coating project would begin July 30th.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Grams, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.