City Council Meeting Minutes - October 14, 2013

Date: 
October 14, 2013

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 14, 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 October 14, 2013.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Zieman, Pfeifer, Kvamme, Eichmann, Brand, and Carlin.  Absent was Mayor Strand.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt, and City Engineer Domras.

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

Public Hearing – Alley Vacation Request  – Mayor Strand opened the public hearing on a request to vacate a portion of an alley in Block 104 of Patch’s Addition at 7:02 p.m.  City Administrator Prafke reviewed the rules and procedures the Council has adopted for public hearings.  Community Development Director Wille provided an overview of the request to vacate the east-west alley adjacent to Lots 10-12 in Block 104.  Wille noted the other half of the east-west alley was located in the Amended Plat and the adjacent property owners had already agreed to vacate the alley and had recorded the vacation with Nicollet County.  Wille indicated the petitioner Leila Brammer had a deed to her property showing she already owned a portion of the alley, however he had been unable to find a previous Council action vacating the alley.  Wille also requested the proposed resolution be modified to show six feet (6’) of the alley wold be deeded to Ms. Brammer and the remaining ten feet (10’) would be deeded to the other property owners.  Wille noted the Planning Commission recommended approval of the vacation as requested.  Ms. Brammer, 1209 South Seventh Street, addressed the Council to request approval of the vacation request.  There being no further speakers, the hearing was declared closed at 7:07 p.m.

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Eichmann, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the September 23, 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 September 23, 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. 2013-137 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. 2013-137 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19.

Alley Vacation Patch’s Addition – Community Development Director Wille recommended approval of the petition to vacate a portion of the east-west alley in Block 104 of Patch’s Addition with six feet (6’) of the alley deeded to Ms. Brammer and the remaining ten feet (10’) deeded to the other property owners.  In motion by Zieman, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2013-138 entitled “Resolution Approving The Petition To Vacate That Portion Of The East-West Alley In Block 104, Patch’s Addition To The City Of Saint Peter Lying Adjacent To Lots 10 & 11, Block 104, Patch’s Addition”, was introduced with the change suggested by Wille to deed six feet to Ms. Brammer and ten feet to the other property owners adjacent to the alley.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-138 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

T-Mobile Water Tower Lease Modification – Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton presented the negotiated modification to the City’s lease with T-Mobile for cell phone equipment on the City’s water tower.  Moulton reported the amendment would extend the term of the lease through 2031 and would provide an additional $150 per month in revenue.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2013-139 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Amendment To Existing Lease Agreement With T-Mobile For Lease Of Space On Broadway Water Tower”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-139 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

AT&T Easement –  Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton presented the negotiated easement with AT&T for installation of a dedicated fiber line at the Broadway Water Tower which will be put in conduit.  Moulton indicated AT&T would be responsible for all costs related to the easement development and recording.   In motion by Eichmann, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2013-149 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Easement Agreement With AT&T On The Broadway Water Tower Site”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-140 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Public Hearings on Assessment of Unpaid Charges – City Administrator Prafke recommended public hearings be scheduled for assessment of unpaid water, wastewater and miscellaneous improvement projects; unpaid miscellaneous charges such as weed mowing and snow shoveling; and unpaid utility charges. Prafke noted the three public hearings will all be scheduled for Tuesday, November 12th due to the Veteran’s Day holiday.

In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2013-141 entitled “Resolution Declaring The Cost To Be Assessed And Ordering Preparation Of Proposed Assessment Of Water, Wastewater, And Miscellaneous Improvements”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-141 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2013-142 entitled “Resolution Calling For A Public Hearing On Proposed Assessments Of Water, Wastewater, And Miscellaneous Improvements”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-142 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2013-143 entitled “Resolution Declaring Unpaid Charges To Be Assessed And Ordering Preparation Of Proposed Assessment Of Miscellaneous Charges”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-143 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

In motion by Zieman, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2013-144 entitled “Resolution Calling For Public Hearing On Assessment Of Miscellaneous Charges”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-144 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

In motion by Brand, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2013-145 entitled “Resolution Declaring Unpaid Charges For Municipal Utilities To Be Assessed And Ordering Preparation Of Proposed Assessment”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-145 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Councilmembers Brand and Carlin requested further discussion be scheduled at a workshop session on the City’s disconnect policy and landlord obligation policies related to unpaid utility bills.

In motion by Eichmann, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2013-146 entitled “Resolution Calling For A Public Hearing Declaring Unpaid Charges For Municipal Utilities To Be Assessed”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-146 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Hospital Commission Policy Approval – City Administrator Prafke presented the Hospital Commission’s proposed modifications to their policies.  Prafke noted the Commission is required to review the policies on a three-year rotation and recommended approval of the changes.  Councilmember Kvamme requested the language specified in Section 3.2 that members of the Commission be “legal voters” of the City and asked that the language be replaced with “residents”.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2013-147 entitled “Resolution Approving Updated Hospital Commission Policies”, was introduced with the requested change.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-147 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Firefighter Job Description Modification –  City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a position description for Volunteer Firefighter.  Prafke noted the description had never been formally approved by the City Council and staff had worked with the Fire Chief to take the description used by the Department and convert it to the standard format for City employees.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2013-148 entitled “Resolution Adopting Firefighter Position Description”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-148 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Bicycle Trail Authorization – Public Works Director Giesking requested approval of the plan for installation of multi-use recreational trails (bicycles) in Traverse des Sioux Park as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.  Dan Oachs (817 West Evenson), Paul Hanson (748 Valley View Drive); and Dave Newell (826 North Ninth Street), addressed the Council to review the proposed plan and the construction of the trails.  Mr. Newell indicated the trails will be available for use for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and other activities and will be approximately 11-15 miles long and two feet (2’) wide in a one-way loop.  Newell indicated no trees will be removed during construction and funding of the $5-8,000 project will be provided by donations for signs, maps, three bridges and safety provisions. Newell also encouraged those interested in helping with the trail construction to contact him at TraverseTrails@gustavus.edu.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2013-149 entitled “Resolution Approving Bicycle Trail Plan For Traverse des Sioux Park And Authorizing Construction Of Trail”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-149 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Broadway Generation Catalyst Project – Public Works Director Giesking requested authorization be provided for receipt of bids for installation of the carbon dioxide reducing equipment at the Electric Generation Plant.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2013-150 entitled “Resolution Approving Plans For Installation Of Catalysts At The Broadway Generation Plant And Authorizing Receipt Of Bids”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-150 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Strand thanked Councilmember Pfeifer for serving as Mayor pro tem during his recent absence.  Strand also reported on his recent activities which included Region Nine Development Commission meetings, and the groundbreaking ceremony for the Park Row Crossing development at the old hospital site.

Welco West Development –  City Administrator Prafke reported he had discussion with Nicollet County regarding the development proposals received for the tax forfeiture area of Welco West Subdivision.

SMMPA/APPA –  City Administrator Prafke reported the SMMPA annual meeting would take place in Bloomington on October 17-18th and information on the APPA legislative rally in Washington, D.C. would be distributed to Councilmembers as soon as it was available.

Councilmember Brand reminded Councilmembers of the City Council candidates forum which was scheduled for October 22nd.

Executive Session – Union Negotiations – City Administrator Prafke requested a closed session of the Council to discuss union negotiations with the Police Officer and Communications Technicians unions.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2013-151 entitled “Resolution Calling For Executive Session”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2013-151 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

The City Council adjourned to closed session in the Traverse des Sioux room of the Community Center at 8:17 p.m. to discuss the Police Officer Union negotiations.  The closed session ended at 8:21 p.m.

The Council began the closed session to discuss Communications Technician union negotiations at 8:22 p.m.  The Council returned to open session at 8:24 p.m.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.