City Council Minutes of August 22, 2016

Date: 
August 22, 2016

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

AUGUST 22, 2016

 

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 August 22, 2016.

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the August 8, 2016 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the August 8, 2016 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Visitors – American Legion Post #37 Commander Ron Haugen, accompanied by Heather Redinius Tollefson, Bruce Frey, Greg Witty, and Tom Roessler, presented a ceremonial flag to the City Council.  Haugen stated the flag had flown over the US Capital on August 10, 2016 and was symbolic of more than forty (40) flags that the American Legion donates to the City of Saint Peter each year for poles in City parks and in front of City buildings.  The Legion requested that the specially donated flag be flown at City Hall.  Mayor Zieman accepted the flag on behalf of the City and thanked the Legion for their generous donations and good work members do for the community.

Consent Agenda – City Administrator Prafke requested the inclusion of a part-time Bus Driver (Carly Ballman) appointment on the consent agenda at the wage of $14.93 per hour.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-125 entitled, “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“, was introduced with the inclusion of the employee appointment.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-125 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

North Third Street Land Swap – Community Development Director Wille requested approval for execution of a quit claim deed providing a land swap with Northern Con-Agg for right-of-way property on North Third Street.  Wille noted it was a housekeeping issue related to land Northern Con-Agg dedicated when the roadway was reconstructed in 2013.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2016-126 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Quit Claim Deed Transferring Property To Northern Con-Agg, LLP In Exchange For Dedication Of Lands Within The New North Third Street Right-Of-Way of The Hallett Pond Addition Plat“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-126 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Façade Renovation Fund Close Out – City Administrator Prafke recommended the Façade Renovation Loan Fund (#260) be closed out and any remaining balance be transferred to the Revolving Loan Fund (#230).  Prafke noted the recommendation was based on the changes recently made by the City Council to change the Façade Fund to an expanded loan program with higher loan limits.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-127 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Close Out Of Façade Renovation/Historic Enhancement Loan Fund #260“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-127 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

MVED Joint Use Agreement – City Administrator Prafke recommended execution of a shared use agreement with School District #508 that would outline ongoing costs, access and maintenance issues surrounding Ramsey Park ballfield which is partially on School property and the playground structure at the MVED building on Davis Street which was funded by the City.  Prafke noted that execution of the agreement would eliminate future Council or School Boards from reducing access to either area.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2016-128 entitled “Resolution Approving Execution Of Shared Use Agreement With School District #508 For Facilities At Ramsey Park And School Property On Davis Street“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-128 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Hospital Patient Room Modification – River's Edge Hospital and Clinic CEO George Rohrich addressed the Council to request authorization for modifications to four patient rooms at the hospital to replace the bathtubs with showers at a cost of $49,820.  Rohrich indicated the cost of the project was initially estimated at $13,000, but stated the Hospital Commission and Hospital Finance Committee recommended approval of the project to be done by Met-Con Construction.  Rohrich indicated the reasons for the change were related to safety issues with patient falls and privacy and confidentiality issues for patients who couldn’t step into the bathtub needing to be taken through semi-public hallways to empty rooms to shower.  Mayor Zieman asked if the change to showers was included in the future plans for hospital expansion.  Rohrich indicated the future plans included installation of trench drains, which would have collected all water from the shower area, for this specific wing of the hospital.

In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2016-129 entitled “Resolution Approving Modifications To Rooms At 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. 2016-129 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported on his recent activities which included attending the Nicollet County Fair, the Smithsonian Water Ways exhibit at the Treaty Site History Center and the Business After Hours picnic sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce in Levee Park.

Labor Day Closures – City Administrator Prafke reminded the public of the upcoming Labor Day holiday and closures of City buildings and services related to the legal holiday.

Joint Transit Steering Committee Meeting – City Administrator Prafke encouraged Councilmembers attending the Joint Transit Steering Committee to contact him if they wished to carpool to the meeting.

Boomers and Beyond Expo -  City Administrator Prafke asked Councilmembers if they were interested in participating in the City’s booth at the Boomers and Beyond expo to be held on September 15th at the Community Center.

City Administrator Prafke reminded the public of the Park Naming Contest and reviewed how name suggestions can be submitted.

Prafke also reported that paving had begun in Traverse Green Subdivision; Councilmember Kvamme would be providing a welcome address at the October 5th REDA meeting; and reported that a contest to name the joint Le Sueur/Saint Peter transit system would be announced soon.

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 7:28 p.m.