City Council Minutes of October 9, 2017

Date: 
October 9, 2017

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 9, 2017

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 9, 2017.

A quorum present, Mayor Zieman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Carlin, Pfeifer, Brand, Kvamme, Grams, and Mayor Zieman.  Absent was Councilmember Parras.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, Assistant City Attorney Grean, and City Engineers Domras and Loose.

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Brand, seconded by Pfeifer, to approve the minutes of the September 25, 2017 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 25, 2017 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-156 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Grams asked if wages for Bus Drivers were being raised based on difficulty in recruiting applicants.  City Administrator Prafke indicated that no wage change had been made and any wage changes require Council action.  Councilmember Kvamme asked for additional information on the purchase of water nodes.  Public Works Director Moulton explained what the product was and how it is used for the remote meter program.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-156 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

North Third Street Cost Estimate/Assessment Roll Preparation – Public Works Director Moulton requested Bolton and Menk, Inc. be retained to prepare preliminary costs and possible assessments to private property owners for a project to improve roadway and drainage issues along North Third Street in the area north of St. Julien Street at a not to exceed cost of $9,700.  Moulton indicated property owners in the area have been requesting information on the cost of possible improvements.  City Administrator Prafke stated the project has been discussed for many years and the level of assessments to individual property owners is expected to be “significant” which, in the past, led to no further action being taken as property owners were unwilling, or unable, to take on the assessments.

In motion by Carlin, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2017-157 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Bolton and Menk, Inc. To Develop Preliminary Costs And Assessment Rolls For Possible Improvement Project On North Third Street“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-157 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Landscape Architectural Services Agreement – Public Works Director Moulton requested Damon Farber be retained for a fee of $15,500 to provide landscape architectural services for Minnesota Square Park in conjunction with the new pavilion planned for 2018.  Moulton indicated the firm would provide an evaluation of the current park design in relation to the Parks Master Plan.  In response to a question by Councilmember Kvamme, Moulton noted the firm would review the park in light of the changes that are taking place in park planning; how the park space can support community events planned in the park and whether there is a better fit for the park amenities identified in the Parks Master Plan.  City Administrator Prafke indicated the work would be “an outside evaluation within the context of the overall parks plan, the Task Force recommendations and the Parks Board recommendations”.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-158 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Damon Farber To Provide Landscape Architectural Services For Minnesota Square Park” was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-158 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

2017 Equipment Certificate Purchase:  SCBA Tanks – City Administrator Prafke recommended authorization be provided for the Fire Department to replace eight Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) tanks with funding by the 2017 Equipment Certificate in the amount of $8,083.60.  Prafke noted the Department’s fifty tanks expire on a rotating basis and funding was included in the equipment certificate to replace the eight that will expire this year.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-159 entitled “Resolution Approving 2017 Equipment Certificate Purchase:  SCBA Tanks“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-159 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Hospital Equipment Purchases – River's Edge Hospital and Clinic CEO Rohrich addressed the Council to request authorization for purchase of equipment for the Hospital including a Toshiba Aplio 1800 Ultrasound at the cost of $118,100; a Steris Model 4085 surgical table and accessory pack for $80,253.04; and a spine surgery Allen table for $67,527.81.  Rohrich indicted that each of the requested pieces had been recommended by staff or the surgeon who would use the equipment including the ultrasound which was the highest cost quote received.

In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Pfeifer, Resolution No. 2017-160 entitled “Resolution Approving Purchase Of A New Ultrasound For River's Edge Hospital And Clinic“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-160 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

In motion by Carlin, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2017-161 entitled “Resolution Approving Purchase Of Surgical Table For River's Edge Hospital And Clinic“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-161 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Pfeifer, Resolution No. 2017-162 entitled “Resolution Approving Purchase Of Spine Surgery Table For River's Edge Hospital And Clinic“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-162 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

City Assistance Request:  Halloween Fun Run – City Administrator Prafke recommended authorization be provided for City assistance for the Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Fun Run event which will begin and end at the Community Center.  Prafke noted the request is similar to the 2016 request with the additional requests of using a City pickup truck and gator vehicle for setting up the course and having a City Building Supervisor on duty at the Community Center with the wages reimbursed by the Chamber.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2017-163 entitled “Resolution Approving Request For City Assistance For Chamber Of Commerce Halloween Fun Run And Lil Monster Dash“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-163 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Street Vacation Request:  10th Street Patch’s Addition – City Administrator Prafke presented the Planning Commission recommendation for approval of a request submitted by Gustavus Adolphus College for vacation of a portion of Tenth Street that is located under the current Nobel Hall building.  Prafke noted the issue was uncovered during the legal work related to the proposed expansion of Nobel Hall which had originally been built in the 1960’s.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2017-164 entitled “Resolution Vacating Part Of Tenth Street (Platted As Ninth Street), Patch’s Addition To St. Peter“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-164 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Tree Worker License Application – City Administrator Prafke indicated nothing had been found in a background investigation of Ryan Lewis dba L & E Tree Service that would prohibit issuance of a Tree Worker license.  Prafke recommended approval of the license.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2017-165 entitled “Resolution Approving New Tree Worker License“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-165 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Reports

Association Meeting – City Administrator Prafke and Public Works Director Moulton reported on the meeting held with representatives of the various associations using City parks and recreation facilities where scheduling and use of the facilities is discussed on a twice a year basis.

Road Work Update – Public Works Director Moulton reported the 100 block of West Broadway Avenue will be opened in 1-2 days although the Highway 99 bridge would remain closed for further work.

City Administrator Prafke reported City offices would be closed on October 17th until 1:30 so staff could participate in training.

City Administrator Prafke directed Council attention to the memo distributed before the meeting with dates for upcoming joint City Council/Hospital Commission meetings.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.