City Council Minutes of August 28, 2017

Date: 
August 28, 2017

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

AUGUST 28, 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 August 28, 2017.

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

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 Parras, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the August 14, 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 August 14, 2017 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Public Hearing:  Tax Increment Financing Redevelopment District – Mayor Zieman provided information on the public hearing process adopted by the City Council and then opened the public hearing on a request to establish a tax increment financing redevelopment district on two properties on the 1100 block of South Minnesota Avenue at 7:05 p.m.  The City’s consultant, Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, reviewed the proposed Tax Increment Financing district which, if approved, would allow for assistance to the property owner for costs associated with demolition and disconnection/reconnection of utilities as the property is being redeveloped.  Sweeney reported the district could last up to twenty-six (26) years, but was expected to be substantially shorter and the draft budget was $800,000.  Sweeney also noted that the actual adoption of the Tax Increment Financing plan would come before the City Council at a future meeting along with a development agreement and the budget for the plan would be established at that time.  Councilmember Brand asked why the district encompassed the City owned right-of-way.  Sweeney indicated the right-of-way is usually included in case there are any utilities that need to be upgraded. 

Edith Thorstensson, 809 South Seventh Street, addressed the Council to ask if taxes to the County and School District #508 are diminished by establishment of a Tax Increment Financing district.  Councilmember Kvamme explained that during the life of the district, the taxing entities will continue to receive the taxes as if the property had not been redeveloped and that only the incremental difference between the old tax and tax after redevelopment occurs would be withheld. 

There being no further speakers, the hearing was declared closed at 7:18 p.m.

Consent Agenda –  In motion by Parras, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2017-133 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Kvamme questioned why there were additional charges for concrete work done by Nielsen Blacktopping and Concrete.  Public Works Director Moulton indicated that as repairs were being made, curbing around the area of the original projects began to crumble which necessitated the additional work.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-133 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Ameresco Guaranteed Energy Savings Project – Finance Director O'Connell requested authorization for execution of a guaranteed energy savings agreement with Ameresco.  O’Connell noted the City had been working with Ameresco on a possible project for two years and the proposed project, in the amount of $2,650,000, was guaranteed to pay for itself in energy savings or Ameresco would refund the difference.  Ameresco Account Executive Kent Wolf addressed the Council to review the proposal which included facility lighting upgrades to LED lights; replacing high pressure sodium street lights with LED lights; replacement of the UV disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant; building envelope improvements like sealing gaps and cracks; and building automation and control replacement for optimum heating and cooling savings during periods when the Community Center was not in use.  Wolf indicated the cost analysis figures included applying for all rebates available through SMMPA and showed a cash flow savings of $138,735 at the end of 20 years.  Wolf also noted that should the City choose not to have Ameresco perform measurement and verification after year three, that the savings amount would increase as that fee would be waived.  Wolf  reminded Councilmembers that should the energy savings not pay for the cost of the improvements, the agreement stipulated that Ameresco could cut a check for the difference or install additional/different equipment to ensure the savings is realized.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2017-134 entitled “Resolution Approving Execution Of Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement With Ameresco“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-134 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Furnishing Padmount Switchgear 2017 Bid Award – Public Works Director Moulton requested award of the bid for two replacement Padmount switchgears and two fiberglass bases to low bidder WESCO in the amount of $83,326.90 to be funded by the Electric Fund.  Moulton noted one of the switches would be used to replace a switch that has failed and the other would be kept in inventory.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2017-135 entitled “Resolution Awarding Bid For Padmount Switchgear 2017 Project“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-135 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Sunrise Water Tower Painting Project Proposals – Public Works Director Moulton recommended acceptance of the lowest cost formal written proposal received from Osseo Construction for repainting the Sunrise Water Tower in the amount of $38,600.  Moulton noted the project would begin after the Broadway Water Tower was completed.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2017-136 entitled “Resolution Accepting Proposal For Sunrise Water Tower Refurbishing“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-136 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

2016 Equipment Certificate Purchase:  Squad Car – Police Chief Peters requested authorization to purchase a 2018 Dodge Charger Special Services squad car from Lager’s Inc. in the amount of $25,493 plus $4,000 per vehicle for transfer of equipment and graphics from the old car to the new car.  Finance Director O'Connell noted the vehicle would be funded with 2016 Equipment Certificate funds.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2017-137 entitled “Resolution Approving 2016 Equipment Certificate Purchase“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-137 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Kid’s Corner Renewal Lease – Finance Director O'Connell presented City Administrator Prafke’s recommendation to execute a renewal lease with Kid’s Corner Child Center for space at the Community Center for the term October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019.  O’Connell pointed out that the new lease includes additional space (Rooms 115 and 110) and the lease amount for #110 is at a lower rate because the room has less amenities than the other rooms.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2017-138 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Renewal Lease For Rooms At The Community Center With Kids’ Corner Child Center“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2017-138 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reminded everyone that Rock Bend Folk Festival was coming up at the beginning of September.

Keeping of Honeybees – Finance Director O'Connell reported Council consideration of modifications to the City Code related to keeping of honeybees would be included on the September 11, 2017 agenda.

Cultural Literacy Training – Finance Director O'Connell reported City staff, along with staff from Nicollet County and the City of North Mankato, had recently completed the third of a series of four cultural literacy training events.

High School Grand Opening-  Councilmembers Carlin and Brand reported on their attendance at the grand opening of the new high school which both felt was a nice asset to the community.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.