Minutes of the City Council Meeting

Date: 
November 26, 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 November 26, 2012.

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

Mayor pro tem Carlin was serving in place of Mayor Strand who was out of town.

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

Approval of Minutes –   A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by ZIeman, to approve the minutes of the November 13, 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 November 13, 2012 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 18.

American Water Works Association (MN) Award – Carol Blommel Johnson and Bert Tracy of the Minnesota AWWA presented Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton with the Association’s George Warren Fuller award in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the water industry.  Moulton thanked the City staff for allowing him to attend AWWA meetings and to further his career in the water industry.  The meeting was recessed at 7:07 p.m. to allow for photos.

The meeting resumed at 7:10 p.m.

Visitors – Jared Skala, 217½ South Minnesota Avenue, addressed the Council to ask for additional information on the proposed project to install sidewalks in front of the Lager’s dealership on Old Minnesota Avenue. Skala indicated he is an employee of Lager’s and stated that taking away space along Old Minnesota Avenue would reduce the amount of cars that can be displayed for sale which would ultimately affect his income. City Administrator Prafke indicated staff was available to visit in-depth with Mr. Skala about the project and asked him to contact the City Administrator’s Office or the Public Works Department.  Prafke also quickly reviewed the City’s policy on installation of sidewalks along collector streets such as Old Minnesota Avenue and noted that the wants and needs of many often must outweigh the wants and needs of a few.  Prafke also reminded the public that the right-of-way is property owned by the City and not by abutting property owners.  Prafke further pointed out that planning for the project continues and the Council would have at least two additional opportunities to discuss and comment on the proposed development.  Prafke stated staff would continue to work with property owners in the area.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2012-162 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. 2012-162 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19.

Greenhill Reservoir Rehabilitation Project Acceptance – Public Works Director Giesking recommended acceptance of the Greenhill Reservoir Rehabilitation Project and that authorization be provided for final payment to the contractor in the amount of $39,878.05.  Giesking noted that the final project cost of $655,061 was $16,375 under budget because the interior quality of the tank was slightly better than expected which reduced the amount of welding needed for the project.   Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton reviewed the Best Value Contracting process which was utilized for the project and reported Classic Protective Coatings had done an outstanding job on the project which was expected to last thirty (30) years.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2012-163 entitled “Resolution Accepting The Greenhill Reservoir Repainting Project And Authorizing Final Payment“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-163 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Polar Bear Plunge Authorization – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request submitted by the Nicollet County Sheriff to utilize Hallett’s Pond for the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge.  Prafke also corrected the resolution to provide the correct date for the event (February 2, 2013).   In motion by Eichmann, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2012-164 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Use Of Hallett’s Pond For Polar Bear Plunge“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-164 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Pool Painting Project – Public Works Director Giesking recommended acceptance of the formal written proposal, in the amount of $38,700, provided by Color Dynamics for painting of the outdoor pool with two-part epoxy paint. Giesking indicated the last time the pool was painted was five years ago.  Giesking indicated the painting work would be done as soon as weather allows in 2013.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2012-165 entitled “Resolution Accepting Quote For Project To Paint The Outdoor Municipal Pool“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-165 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Unbudgeted Purchase Request:  Community Center Water Heater – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request for an unbudgeted purchase from Ryan Plumbing of a replacement water heater for the Community Center in the amount of $6,496.  Prafke indicated the existing unit, which was installed in 2009, was failing and would be replaced by a commercial unit that was expected to last longer due in part to the recent changes in the City’s water quality.  Councilmember Kvamme questioned whether the existing unit had failed due to the level of minerals in the water.  Prafke was unable to identify the cause of the failure, but indicated the old water quality may have been part of the reason.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2012-166 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Unbudgeted Purchase Of A Replacement Water Heater For The Community Center“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-166 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

North Interceptor Sewer Project – First Phase – Public Works Director Giesking recommended accepting the formal written proposal from Insituform Technologies in the amount of $48,020 to complete the first phase of the North Interceptor Sewer Project which would include lining the pipe.  Water Utilities Superintendent Moulton indicated the first phase of the project would begin at the low end of the pipe located at the North Lift Station which is 25’ deep.  Moulton also noted the first phase would most likely be completed in December.  Moulton reviewed the plans for the remaining phases, which totaled 600 of pipe, would have higher costs because the pipe can’t be lined in other sections and which would begin in the spring in an attempt to stay ahead of the proposed MNDOT construction projects on Highway 169.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Eichmann, Resolution No. 2012-167 entitled “Resolution Accepting Proposal For First Phase Of The North Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation Project“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-167 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

 

Reports

Washington Avenue Link Project Open House – City Administrator Prafke reported there had been good attendance at the Washington Avenue Link Project open house and reminded the public that November 26th was the last day to comment on the Environmental Assessment study.  Prafke indicated that staff would continue to provide information to affected property owners as the project progresses.  Prafke also noted the goals of the project which were to improve transportation efficiency; limit cut-through traffic on North Fifth Street; and improve bicycle/pedestrian connections in the area.

 

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