City Council Minutes of April 24, 2017

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April 24, 2017

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MAY 8, 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 May 8, 2017.

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

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Brand, to approve the minutes of the April 10, 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 April 24, 2017 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Carlin, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2017-67 entitled, “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“, was introduced. Councilmember Parras questioned the purchase of street lights to be used at the roundabout intersection near the new High School.  Parras noted the project was a Nicollet County improvement and wondered why the City was funding street lights.  City Administrator Prafke reported that the City provides for street lighting within the City limits even if the roadway belonged to the County or State.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-67 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Nicollet Meadows Block Party Road Closure Request – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by residents in Nicollet Meadows Subdivision to close the entire length of Wettergren Street between 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on May 18th for a community block party.  Prafke noted that all property owners along the roadway would still have access to their homes as garages in the subdivision were located off the alleys.  Prafke also stated the City would provide barricades for the road closure and notify the Police, Fire and ambulance of the activity.  Councilmember Brand questioned if the event was part of the National Night Out activities.  Prafke replied that it was not and was instead simply a neighborhood party.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-68 entitled “Resolution Approving Temporary Roadway Closure of Wettergren Street For Community Block Party“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-68 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Street Maintenance Materials Purchase – Public Works Director Moulton requested authorization to purchase $167,000 in asphalt materials for full-depth and full-block patching as part of the 2017 Street Maintenance Program.  Moulton recommended the quote from Southern Minnesota Construction (SMC) be accepted as the cost of the materials combined with the hauling cost (with SMC being the closest facility) would be the least expensive option.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-69 entitled “Resolution Approving Purchase Of Asphalt Materials“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-69 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Solar Sample Display Purchase – Public Works Director Moulton requested authorization for purchase of a 4kW billboard style solar display to be installed at the southwest corner of the intersection of North Swift Street and West St. Julien Street for public education regarding the solar subscription program.  Moulton indicated the cost of installation ($12,000), would be paid with $7,818.18 due upon installation by MC Power and the remaining amount paid at the end of October, 2018 only if SMMPA does not sell 25% of the 3mw addition.  Moulton also noted that electricity generated by the solar display would be sold to SMMPA as required by the City’s power sales contract.  Councilmember Parras expressed concern regarding the value to be gained by installation of the panels.  Moulton indicated that the electricity generated would offset the cost over a 20 year span.  Councilmember Carlin expressed her belief that while there would be a cost savings for the investment, she felt the risk was minimal and the use of the equipment as an educational tool for utility customers was more important.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-70 entitled “Resolution Authorizing The Purchase Of 4kW Billboard Style Solar Display“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-70 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Reports

“Police Officer Memorial Day/Week” Proclamation – Mayor Zieman proclaimed May 15, 2017 as “Police Officer Memorial Day” and May 14-20, 2017 as “Police Officer Memorial Week” in Saint Peter.

Mayor Zieman also reported on an event he had attended at the Mankato Airport which was sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol and encouraged any young people interested in participating in the Air Patrol to contact the Mankato airport.

Traverse Green Subdivision Open House Event – City Administrator Prafke and Mayor Zieman commented on the well-attended open house event at the spec homes in Traverse Green Subdivision.

Minnesota River Valley Transit Board Meeting - City Administrator Prafke reminded Councilmembers of the upcoming Minnesota River Valley Transit Board meeting to be held on May 10th in Le Sueur.

Hospital Expansion Project Update – City Administrator Prafke noted the upcoming schedule related to proposals for Construction Management services for the River's Edge Hospital and Clinic Expansion Project with the deadline for submission of proposals May 5th; review of the proposals by the sub-Committee on May 17th; and a joint Council/Hospital Board meeting to interview prospective candidates on May 23rd.

City Administrator Prafke reported the May 15th workshop would be relocated to the St. Peter Room of the Community Center as several residents were expected to attend the workshop.

Councilmember Kvamme questioned whether the streetlight replacement portion of the Ameresco proposal could be modified to provide for 3,000 kelvin units (slightly less bright) in residential areas versus the 4,000 kelvin units (extremely bright) installed in downtown.  City Administrator Prafke indicated staff was trying to make it so.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.