City Council Meeting Minutes of November 10, 2014

Date: 
November 10, 2014

 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

NOVEMBER 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 November 10, 2014.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Zieman, Kvamme, Brand, Parras, Carlin, and Mayor Strand.  Absent was Councilmember Grams.  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 Brand, seconded by Parras, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the October 27, 2014 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the October 27, 2014 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2014-162 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-162 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Public Works Director Job Description – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of an updated position description for the Director of Public Works.  Prafke reminded Councilmembers that position descriptions are reviewed each time a vacancy occurs to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations and to ensure the description accurately reflects the qualifications and essential functions of the position.  Prafke noted that the most substantial change to the proposed description was the inclusion of a six minute emergency response time to the Public Works administration building.  Councilmember Brand questioned the proposed salary for the position indicated in the memo.  Prafke stated that although the salary might be a little low in the market when compared to cities of similar operations, the salary needed to be considered in comparison to the rate being paid to the current employee.   In motion by Zieman, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2014-163 entitled “Resolution Approving Modification To Public Works Director Job Description”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-163 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

3.2 Off-Sale Beer License Application – City Administrator Prafke reported an application had been received for a 3.2 Off Sale Beer license from the management of Shopko Hometown and that nothing had been found in the background investigation that would prohibit issuance of the license.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2014-164 entitled “Resolution Approving New License”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-164 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Strand thanked Councilmember Brand for serving as Mayor pro tem during his recent vacation.

Veteran’s Day Closures – City Administrator Prafke reminded the public that City offices would be closed in recognition of Veteran’s Day on November 11th.

Curbside Leaf Collection – City Administrator Prafke reported curbside leaf collection would continue for properties north of Broadway Avenue until snow prohibited further collection.

Resolution Calling For Closed Session:  Union Negotiations – City Administrator Prafke requested a closed session as allowed under State law to discuss union negotiations with the Utilities, Streets, and Parks unions.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2014-165 entitled “Resolution Calling For Closed Session” was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-165 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.   

The Council adjourned to closed session in the Traverse des Sioux room at 7:25 p.m.  Discussion on the Utilities Union contract began at 7:25 p.m. and ended at 7:40 p.m.  The discussion on the Parks Union contract began at 7:41 p.m. and ended at 7:48 p.m.  Discussion on the Streets Union contract began at 7:49 p.m. and ended at 7:58 p.m.  The Council returned to open session at 7:58 p.m.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Brand, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.