City Council Meeting Minutes of March 9, 2015

Date: 
March 9, 2015

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MARCH 9, 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 March 9, 2015.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Zieman, Kvamme, Brand, Grams and Mayor Strand.  Absent were Councilmembers Parras and Carlin.  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 Kvamme, seconded by Brand, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Kvamme, to approve the minutes of the February 23, 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 February 23, 2015 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Public Hearing:  Currency Exchange Business – Mayor Strand opened the public hearing on a currency exchange license for La Mexicana Market #1 LLC at 7:03 p.m.  City Administrator Prafke reviewed the rules for conduct of a public hearing and provided background information on the request from the Department of Commerce for a public hearing and Council action on the proposed license.  Prafke also responded to Councilmember questions regarding currency exchange businesses.  Councilmember Brand indicated he had visited the site of the applicant and watched them do wire transfers to foreign countries.  There being no further speakers, the hearing was declared closed at 7:07 p.m.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2015-23 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  With all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-23 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Registered Land Survey #68/Easements Correction – City Attorney Brandt recommended approval of two resolutions that would replace Resolution No. 2015-13 (adopted by the City Council February 9, 2015), which contained an incorrect reference and which had been deemed un-recordable by the County Recorder.  Brandt recommended Resolution No. 2015-13 be repealed and replaced by one resolution which vacated easements and a second resolution adopting Registered Land Survey #68.  In motion by Zieman, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2015-24 entitled “Resolution Vacating Easements In Lots 5-9, Block 2, Pine Pointe Subdivision No. 3 And Tract B, Registered Land Survey #65, City Of Saint Peter, Nicollet County, Minnesota”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-24 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

In motion by Zieman, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-25 entitled “Resolution Accepting Registered Land Survey No. 68”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-25 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Fire Relief Association Benefit Increase Request – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by the Fire Relief Association to increase the annual retirement benefit from $2,400 to $2,800.  Prafke noted the last increase to the benefit was in 2008 and the fund was sound and well able to support the increase.  Mayor Strand expressed his belief that “the request was very reasonable and the Firefighters are due an increase.” In motion by Brand, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2015-26 entitled “Resolution Approving Fire Relief Association Retirement Benefit Increase”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-26 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Tri-County Mutual Aid Agreement – City Administrator Prafke recommended execution of a renewal mutual aid agreement with the counties of Le Sueur, Blue Earth, and Nicollet and each of the cities within those counties.  Prafke noted the previous agreement expired at the end of 2014 and the new agreement outlined how the parties would work together in the event of a mutual aid request, who would be in command of the scene and provided a basis for reimbursement of City costs from FEMA.  Prafke stated the agreement would be implemented in the event of a natural disaster or any other instances when a party to the agreement needed assistance from the City including, fire, police, and ambulance services.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2015-27 entitled “Resolution Approving Execution Of Updated Mutual Aid Agreement With Le Sueur, Blue Earth, And Nicollet Counties And Cities Within The Tri-County Area”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-27 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

City Assistance Request:  St. Patrick’s Day Parade – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the request from the St. Peter Ambassador’s for City assistance with traffic control and parking restrictions for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-28 entitled “Resolution Authorizing City Assistance For St. Patrick’s Day Parade”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-28 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Currency Exchange Business – City Administrator Prafke recommended the Council consider adoption of a resolution supporting the application of La Mexicana Market #1 LLC for a currency exchange license from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.  In motion by Zieman, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2015-29 entitled “Resolution Supporting Currency Exchange License Application For La Mexicana Market #1 LLC”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-29 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

2015 Street Maintenance Plan – Maintenance Superintendent Mayo requested Council approval of the proposed 2015 street maintenance program in the total budgeted amount of $520,500.  Mayo reported the plan included seal coating, sidewalk installation, full depth asphalt patching, sign replacement, striping, curb and handicap access replacement, alley entrance replacement, weed spraying, screening of millings reclaimed from 2014 street projects and working with the Hospital for sealing of the hospital parking lot.  Councilmember Brand questioned the sidewalk replacement on North Third and Union.  City Administrator Prafke indicated the sidewalk on North Third Street between Ramsey and Union Street had been included at the direction of the Council.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2015-30 entitled “Resolution Adopting 2015 Street Maintenance Plan”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-30 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Spill Prevention Plan Update – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the updated spill prevention plan.  Prafke noted the plan is required by the EPA and had been done by licensed engineers DeWild Grant and Reckert as required by the EPA regulations.   Prafke also pointed out that the plan outlines City owned facilities that have oil products on site in excess of 1,320 and identifies procedures to be followed in the event of a spill.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-31 entitled “Resolution Adopting Updated Spill Prevention Control And Countermeasures Plan (SPCC)”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-31 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Reports

“Women’s History Month” Proclamation- Mayor Strand proclaimed March, 2015 as “Women’s History Month” in the community.

Mayor Strand also thanked Councilmember Zieman for serving as Mayor pro tem during his recent absence.

Interim Water Utilities Superintendent Appointment – City Administrator Prafke reported he had temporarily appointed Infrastructure Technician Jeff Knutson as Interim Water Utilities Superintendent under the authority provided to him in the City Code. 

Street Sweeping – City Administrator Prafke reported spring street sweeping was beginning and the crew would begin in the downtown area.

Home Based Day Cares – City Administrator Prafke reported the City’s program to provide incentives for individuals to establish home based day cares had resulted in one new business opening March 9th and four more expected to open by the end of the month.

 

Councilmember Kvamme asked for an update on Councilmembers Carlin and Parras.  City Administrator Prafke reported the Councilmembers were attending the American Public Power Association legislative rally in Washington D.C. with Public Works Director Moulton and other representatives from SMMPA. 

 

There being no further business, a motion was made by Grams, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.