City Council Minutes of February 22, 2016

Date: 
February 22, 2016

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

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 February 22, 2016.

A quorum present, Mayor Zieman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Parras, Kvamme, Brand, Pfeifer and Mayor Zieman.  Absent were Councilmembers Carlin and Grams.  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.

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2016 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 8, 2016 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Parras, seconded by Pfeifer, Resolution No. 2016-36 entitled, “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.   With all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-36 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Housing Subdivision Annexation – Community Development Director Wille recommended action be taken to annex 62.72 acres of land owned by the City of Saint Peter to be used for a housing subdivision.  Wille noted that as the parcel was owned entirely by the City, the annexation could be done by ordinance and recommended the zoning designation be established as R-3 (Multi-Family Residential).  Councilmember Parras questioned why the little “pigtail” of land on the east side of the parcel was not included in the annexation.  Prafke and Wille noted the small parcel was owned by School District #508 and would become a private drive to a future school building.  Prafke also noted that it could be annexed if the Council wished, but as the parcel was owned by the District and not the City, including it in the annexation would change the process that must be followed as required by Statute. 

Wille also recommended a change in the proposed ordinance to remove the reference to the Planning and Zoning Commission recommending approval.  Wille noted the Planning Commission was not required to consider the annexation as the land was wholly owned by the City.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Pfeifer, Ordinance No. 25, Third Series entitled “An Ordinance Of The City Of Saint Peter, Minnesota Annexing Land Owned By The City Of Saint Peter, Minnesota, Located Within The Town Of Traverse Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota Pursuant To Minn. Statute 414.033, Subd. 1, Permitting Annexation By Ordinance”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Ordinance was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Ordinance No. 25, Third Series is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Ordinances 2. 

Request For City Assistance:  St. Patrick’s Day Parade – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by the St. Peter Ambassador’s for City assistance for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  Prafke noted the assistance would include “no parking” restrictions along South Third Street from Broadway Avenue to Mulberry Street; Police assistance with traffic control during the parade; and Public Works assistance in providing for the parking restrictions and use of traffic cones.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-37 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. 2016-37 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Business License Application –  City Administrator Prafke presented an application submitted by Professor’s 2.0 Tobacco Boutique for a Tobacco License.  Prafke noted that nothing was found in the background investigation of co-owners Jenna Rydeen and Daniel Fischer that would prevent issuance of the license.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-38 entitled “Resolution Approving Business License Application”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-38 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Parks Section Staffing Levels –  City Administrator Prafke recommended modification to the authorized staffing levels in the Parks Section of the Public Works Department to add one additional Groundskeeper position and to not hire for the Parks Maintenance Engineer position which is currently vacant.  Prafke noted the change would result in an extra $1,100 in wages in 2016 but provide more flexibility and efficiency in the Section.  Councilmember Kvamme questioned who would take over the duties of the Maintenance Engineer if the position was not filled.  Prafke noted the duties would be done by the Groundskeepers and Seasonal Laborers in the summer.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-39 entitled “Resolution Approving Modification To Authorized Staffing Levels In The Parks Section Of The Public Works Department”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-39 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Construction Standard Detail #7004 Modification – Public Works Director Moulton recommended a modification to Construction Standard Detail #7004 (Concrete Valley Gutter) to provide additional uniformity in construction as it applies to alley entrances and private driveways only.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-40 entitled “Resolution Approving Standard Detail #7004 Update”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-40 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Executive Session:  Union Contract Negotiations –  City Administrator Prafke recommended an executive session be convened as allowed under State Statute to discuss union contract negotiations with the Streets, Parks, and Utilities unions (International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 70).  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-41 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. 2016-41 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

The Council adjourned to closed session to discuss the Streets Union contract at 7:23 p.m.  The Council concluded the Streets Union contract discussion at 7:37 p.m.

The Council began discussion on the Parks Union contract at 7:38 p.m.  The Council concluded the Parks Union contract discussion at 7:45 p.m.

The Council began discussion on the Utilities Union contract at 7:46 p.m.  The Council concluded discussion on the Utilities Union contract at 8:01 p.m.

The Council returned to open session at 8:03 p.m.

2016-2017 Streets Union Contract –  City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the 2016-2017 contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 70 (Streets) which would provide for a three percent (3%) wage increase in each year of the contract; compression of scales from 91 months to 67 months for the Equipment Operator position; modification to the language related to call-out for snow removal; changes to miscellaneous wages and education provisions; moving the Assistant Forester and Maintenance Engineer to the regular schedule; removal of the Construction Maintenance Worker position; and adding a mediation process to the grievance procedure.  Prafke also noted the contract would be retroactive to January 1, 2016.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-42 entitled “Resolution Approving Contract By And Between The City Of Saint Peter And International Union Of Operating Engineers, Local 70, AFL-CIO (Streets) For Calendar Years 2016-2017”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-42 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

2016-2017 Parks Union Contract – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the 2016-2017 contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 70 (Parks) which would provide for a three percent (3%) wage increase in each year of the contract; compression of scales from 91 months to 67 months for the Construction Maintenance Worker position; modification to the Foreman’s wage related to market conditions; language related to call-out for snow removal; and adding a mediation process to the grievance procedure.  Prafke also noted the contract would be retroactive to January 1, 2016.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-43 entitled “Resolution Approving Contract By And Between The City Of Saint Peter And International Union Of Operating Engineers, Local 70, AFL-CIO (Parks) For Calendar Years 2016-2017”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-43 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

2016-2017 Utilities Union Contract – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the 2016-2017 contract with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 70 (Utilities) which would provide for a three percent (3%) wage increase in each year of the contract; changes to steps for electric, water, wastewater and infrastructure from a 10 step process to nine steps; market rate modifications to the electric employee wages; specific wage changes for the Foremen in year one of the contract; change to the on-call compensation from $185 per week to $195 per week; decreasing the wage for the Utility Operator position; removal of the Construction Operator position; adding a mediation process to the grievance procedure; and specifying who determines when catastrophic leave may be utilized.  Prafke also noted the contract would be retroactive to January 1, 2016. In motion by Brand, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-44 entitled “Resolution Approving Contract By And Between The City Of Saint Peter And International Union Of Operating Engineers, Local 70, AFL-CIO (Utilities) For Calendar Years 2016-2017”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-44 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported on his recent activities which included participating in “St. Peter Day” on KNUJ radio.  Zieman also noted he would be speaking to the Kiwanis Club and reminded the public of the precinct caucuses to be held on March 1st.

Special City Council Meeting – City Administrator Prafke reported a special Council meeting had been scheduled for February 29th at 3:00 p.m. to discuss lease of space at the Medical Office Building.

Goal Session Schedule – City Administrator Prafke also reported the City Council goal session would immediately follow the special Council meeting on February 29th.

Revolving Loan Update – Community Development Director Wille provided an update on the City’s revolving loan funds which had a balance of $3,525,000 of which $2,017,000 was currently outstanding.  Wille noted the loan fund had originally started with private donations from Development Corporation members and had been supplemented through the years with funding from the State of Minnesota which had been provided as loans to residents following natural disasters.  Wille noted the City had been allowed to keep the money as it was repaid by the borrower for economic development purposes.  Wille further noted the loan fund was designed for creation of jobs, creation of new tax value within the community; a means of increasing municipal utility consumption; and to provide for 100% occupancy in the downtown as well as preservation of the downtown historical properties.

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 8:27 p.m.