City Council Minutes July 13, 2015

Date: 
July 13, 2015

 

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

JULY 13, 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 13, 2015.

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

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Grams, to approve the minutes of the June 22, 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 June 22, 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 Zieman, Resolution No. 2015-88 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  With all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-88 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

Replacement Bus Purchase Authorization – Finance Director O’Connell requested authorization for purchase of a replacement bus for the City’s transit system.  O’Connell reported the State of Minnesota grant funds received for 2015 included appropriation for 80% of the cost of the bus replacement with the remaining 20% funded by transit revenues.  O’Connell recommended purchase of the bus from the State bid contract from North Central Bus and Equipment in the amount of $71,798.  O’Connell also noted the model bus was an Elkhart which was similar to the Eldorado’s currently being used, but which offered additional options for internal seating and which included a heated step so that ice and snow doesn’t build up on the step.   In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2015-89 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Purchase Of New Transit Bus”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-89 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

New Business License Application – City Administrator Prafke presented an application for a temporary Show License for the Carson and Barnes circus which would take place at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds on July 28th.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2015-90 entitled “Resolution Approving Temporary License”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-90 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 the Fourth of July activities; annual League of Minnesota Cities conference in Duluth; Region Nine Development Corporation meetings; and a conference call with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.

Goal Session Discussion – City Administrator Prafke presented a memorandum that outlined discussion at the most recent City Council goal session.

City/County Meeting – City Administrator Prafke reviewed discussion at the City/County meeting which included housing development, Gardner Road, diversity training, the Highway 22 bridge work, County purchase of two homes to the east of the Government Center, the planned October 14th grand opening of the new County Social Service building, and the upcoming InterCity Leadership Visit trip being planned by Greater Mankato Growth.  Prafke noted that Mayor Strand has indicated he would be willing to participate in the ICLV along with City Administrator Prafke.

Closed Session:  Land Purchase Negotiations – City Administrator Prafke requested a closed session as provided for under Minnesota Statutes to discuss land purchase negotiations.  Prafke noted the closed session would take place in the Traverse des Sioux Room and when the Council returned to open session the only action would be to adjourn.   In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2015-91 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. 2015-91 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 7:30 p.m.

The Council returned to open session at 7:46 p.m.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Grams, seconded by Carlin, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.