City Council Finance Committee Meeting Minutes of October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015



OCTOBER 12, 2015


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a meeting of the City Council Finance Committee was conducted in the Governors’ Room of the Community Center on October 12, 2015.

A quorum present, Committee Chair Kvamme called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Kvamme and Carlin.  Absent was Mayor Strand.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt, and Assistant City Attorneys Lucas and Grean.

2016-2017 Legal Services Contract – City Attorney Brandt reviewed the proposed contract for provision of legal services to the City for the years 2016-2017 which included a five dollar ($5.00) per hour increase.  Brand indicated his firm had represented the City well in relation to the joint City/School District #508 project on the Magner Farm Subdivision and that the rates as proposed are appropriate.  Councilmembers had additional discussion regarding the volume of work done by the City Attorney’s office to which Brandt indicated the volume of work has gone up, but is relatively stable.

City Administrator Prafke provided feedback on staff’s perspective and discussed succession planning.

Councilmember Carlin questioned the use of specialized City Attorneys and Brandt indicated his firm has worked well in the past with those attorneys.

A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Kvamme to recommend approval of the proposed contract to the City Council.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Kvamme, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.