Minutes of the City Council Meeting

Date: 
January 23, 2012

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 January 23, 2012.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Pfeifer, Eichmann, Carlin, Kvamme, Brand, Zieman, and 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 Eichmann, to approve the agenda as modified.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Brand, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2012 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the January 9, 2012 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 18.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2012-09 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Zieman questioned the value of the tree brush materials that was being declared as surplus property ($9,000-$12,000) and Councilmember Kvamme asked whether the purchase to replace ballasts and bulbs would conclude replacement of ballasts to the T12 size. Prafke indicated that a few older ballasts would remain and would be replaced as they failed.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-09 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 18. 

State Cooperative Purchase Venture Contract – Public Works Director Giesking requested authorization for execution of a joint powers agreement with the State of Minnesota Materials Management Division that would allow the City to participate and purchase under the State bid contracts for thousands of items.  Giesking pointed out that the contract was previously done on an annual basis for a small fee and the State was changing to the ongoing agreement for no cost.  Giesking also noted that the City could opt out of the agreement at any time with thirty days written notice.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2012-10 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of A Joint Powers Agreement With The State Of Minnesota For A Cooperative Purchasing Venture“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-10 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 18. 

Union Street Project ATP Funding Request – Public Works Director Giesking requested adoption of a resolution of support for a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)  District 7 Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) grant program for funds to finance a portion of the City’s cost for improvements to the intersection of Union Street and Highway 169.  Giesking reported the City was seeking opportunities to work with MNDOT to enhance safety along the Highway corridor and this project would work well with the other flood mitigation projects MNDOT has planned along Highway 169 north of Union Street. Giesking indicated the project cost, the actual design of which had not yet been determined, was expected to be $700,000 and ATP funding could be up to $560,000 of that cost with the remainder funded by the City’s Municipal State Aid (MSA) funds.  Giesking also noted the proposed intersection improvements would help with future development along Old Minnesota Avenue and allow the City to keep the Union Street intersection with the Highway open.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2012-11 entitled “Resolution Of Support For An Area Transportation Partnership Grant Application For Improvements Of The Union Street/Trunk Highway 169 Intersection“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-11 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 18.  Giesking also pointed out that it was important to note that should the project move forward, the City would not be required to maintain the improvements as is normally required from joint MNDOT/City projects.

 

Reports

“Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week” Proclamation – Mayor Strand proclaimed February 7-14, 2012 as “Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week” in the City.

Mayor’s Reports – Mayor Strand reported on his recent activities which included attending Region Nine Development Commission meetings, an Ambassador’s meeting and a League of Minnesota Cities Board meeting and holiday event.

Ice Skating Rink Development – City Administrator Prafke reported the ice rinks at Veteran’s Park were open for business.  Prafke thanked all of the volunteers and City staff who worked so hard to make ice during a warm winter.

Advisory Board/Commission Vacancies – City Administrator Prafke reviewed the list of vacancies on City Council advisory boards and commissions and encouraged residents interested in being appointed to a board or commission to contact the City Administrator’s office for an application.

Mayor's Task Force on Minnesota Square Park Pavilion Project – City Administrator Prafke reported that citizens interested in being appointed to the “at large” positions on the Mayor's Task Force should submit a written interest letter to the City Administrator’s office by no later than February 8th.

Winterfest Medallion Hunt – City Administrator Prafke reminded residents who might participate in the hunt for the Winterfest Medallion that the item would be hidden so searchers did not have to enter restricted areas, climbs fences or gates, dig on public property or damage any property.  Prafke asked all who participate to be respectful of the public property they are searching.

 

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, to adjourn the meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m.