City Council Minutes of August 24, 2015

Date: 
August 24, 2015

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

AUGUST 24, 2015

 

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 24, 2015.

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

Approval of Agenda – A motion was made by Brand, 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 Parras, to approve the minutes of the August 10, 2015 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 10, 2015 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda –  City Administrator Prafke asked for modification to the consent agenda to include a Show License for the St. Peter Govenaires and Temporary On-Sale Liquor and Temporary 3.2 Beer licenses for the Nicollet County Historical Society.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2015-109 entitled, “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced with the additional license applications.  With all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-109 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20.

MMUA Safety Contract Renewal – Public Works Director Moulton requested authorization for execution of a renewal contract with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to provide safety services for the City at a cost of $22,364.03.  Moulton indicated the contract included specialized training for the City’s Linemen.  City Administrator Prafke reported the City’s experience loss modification number continues to remain below average since MMUA was retained to provide safety training for staff.   In motion by Carlin, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2015-110 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Renewal Safety Contract With Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA)”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-110 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

2016 Transit Grant Applications – Finance Director O'Connell requested authorization to submit two grant applications to the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Transit for funding that will provide 80% of the operational (budgeted at $366,450) and capital (budgeted at $74,000) funding for the Transit system in 2016.  O’Connell noted that the capital grant application may not be funded as it was being submitted during the “off” cycle for capital purchases and if no funding was received, a new bus would not be purchased in 2016.  O’Connell reported transit fares would cover the remaining 20% of the budgeted amounts and if the State did not approve the full grant applications, the budget for Transit would be modified.  Councilmember Brand questioned whether the ridership numbers had recovered from the switch to a route system.  O’Connell stated the numbers hadn’t fully recovered, but were increasing every month.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2015-111 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Submission Of Transit Grant Applications For 2016”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2015-111 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

Reports

Labor Day Closures – City Administrator Prafke reported all non-emergency City offices, including the Library, Community Center and Transit, would be closed on Labor Day and noted the Library and Community Center would also be closed the Saturday before Labor Day.

Goal Session Schedule – City Administrator Prafke reminded the Council the Goal Session would be held on August 31st at 3:00 p.m.

Joint City/School District #508 Show and Tell – City Administrator Prafke reported the City and School District #508 would co-host a “show and tell” event to provide information to the public on plans for the new City Park and High School.  Prafke stated the event will take place on September 9th from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Senior Center and the public was welcome to stop in anytime.

Fire Department Grant Award – City Administrator Prafke announced the Fire Department had been awarded a grant in excess of $69,000 from the Aid To Firefighters grant program through Homeland Security and FEMA.  Prafke noted the money would be used to purchase new turnout gear for the Department.

League of Minnesota Cities Regional Meetings – City Administrator Prafke encouraged any Councilmember interested in attending one of the League Regional Meetings to notify his office.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Carlin, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.