Minutes of the July 23, 2012 City Council Meeting

Date: 
July 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 July 23, 2012.

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

Approval of Minutes –   A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, to approve the minutes of the July 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 July 9, 2012 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 18.

Visitors – Mayor Strand presented retired Firefighter Jerry Conlon with a “Certificate Of Appreciation” in recognition of his service to the community as a twenty (20) year member of the Fire Department.  Fire Chief Quade presented Mr. Conlon with a “Retired Firefighter” plaque and thanked him for his years of service.  Mayor Strand called a recess at 7:04 p.m. to allow Mr. Conlon an opportunity to take pictures with his family.

The meeting resumed at 7:07 p.m.

Consent Agenda –   In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2012-106 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. 2012-106 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19.

Hospital Equipment Purchase – Hospital CEO Colleen Spike addressed the Council to approve a request for $345,445.32 in equipment purchases which will be used for joint replacement surgeries which will take place at the hospital beginning in September.  Spike indicated the Hospital was working collaboratively with The Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic (OFC) of Mankato to allow OFC surgeons to provide joint replacement surgeries at River’s Edge.  Spike indicated the return on investment for the surgeries, if done at the rate of 8-10 per week, would be thirteen months and more than half of the Hospital’s beds would be filled by replacement surgery patients.  Spike also noted that the Hospital’s physical therapy department would be very important to the recovery process for joint replacement patients.  Spike also pointed out that the request for purchase included purchase of a bariatric bed that will accommodate larger patients who receive lap band surgery at the Hospital.   Spike reported the purchases would be funded by Hospital funds.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2012-107 entitled “Resolution Approving Equipment Purchases By 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. 2012-107 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

School District #508 Memorandum of Understanding – Recreation and Leisure Services Director Timmerman requested authorization for execution of a youth development memorandum of understanding with School District #508.  Timmerman indicated the City first entered into the agreement eight years ago when the State cut funding for Community Education programs.  Timmerman reported the City could provide the programs at a lesser cost so an agreement was put in place for the School District to pay the City for providing the services which included after school programs and the Volunteers in the Park community service program.   In motion by Eichmann, seconded by Zieman, Resolution No. 2012-108 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Youth Development Memorandum Of Understanding“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-108 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

Personnel Policy Modifications – City Administrator Prafke recommended modifications be made to the City’s personnel policy to include “members of household” in the definition of immediate family as that phrase relates to sick leave and to change the term “permanent employees” to “regular employees”.    In motion by Brand, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2012-109 entitled “Resolution Modifying Personnel Policy“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2012-109 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 19. 

 

Reports

“Night To Unite Day” Proclamation – Mayor Strand proclaimed August 7th as “Night To Unite Day” in the community and encouraged residents to attend the Night To Unite event at Veteran’s Memorial Park that day.

Mayor's Report – Mayor Strand reported on his recent activities which included attending Region Nine Development Commission meetings; Business After Hours; and the 90th birthday party of a local resident.

Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Anniversary (SWMHP) – City Administrator Prafke and Councilmember Kvamme reported on their attendance at the SWMHP anniversary celebration in Slayton.

City/County Meeting Discussion – Councilmembers Pfeifer and Eichmann and City Administrator Prafke reported on discussion topics at the July 11th City/County meeting which included cooperative efforts to reduce costs; daycare task force; the City’s blighted housing program; Code Red/Nixle notification systems; stormwater issues; road issues including CSAH 20 and Highway 169/Union Street; and the County’s recent tabletop emergency preparedness exercise.

 

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, to adjourn the meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.