City Council Minutes of February 26, 2018

Date: 
February 26, 2018

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 26, 2018

 

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 February 26, 2018.

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

Councilmember Kvamme chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Zieman and Mayor pro tem Carlin.

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Brand, seconded by Johnson, to approve the minutes of the February 12, 2018 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the February 12, 2018 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Pfeifer, to approve the minutes of the February 15, 2018 special City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the February 15, 2018 special City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-25 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-25 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Stormwater 2018 Budget – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the 2018 stormwater fund budget in the total amount of $858,814 and noted no rate increases were being recommended.  Prafke noted the reserve levels would be at 65% under the proposed budget.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-26 entitled “Resolution Adopting 2018 Stormwater Fund Budget“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-26 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Request (St. Peter Ambassadors) – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by the St. Peter Ambassadors for City assistance for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th beginning at 3:00 p.m. (versus the 5:00 p.m. start time indicated in the draft resolution). In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-27 entitled “Resolution Authorizing City Assistance For St. Patrick’s Day Parade“ was introduced with the 3:00 p.m. start time.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-27 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Farm Land Lease (Magner Farm Subdivision) – City Administrator Prafke recommended renewal of a one-year agricultural lease with Brett R. Annexstad for the 11 acres of City owned land in the Magner Farm Subdivision.  Prafke noted there had been a slight rent increase proposed, but the lease was otherwise similar to the previous year’s lease.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-28 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of A One-Year Lease Of Outlot A, Magner Farm Second Subdivision By And Between The City Of Saint Peter And Brett R. Annexstad“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-28 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Seasonal Wage Rate Establishment – City Administrator Prafke recommended increases to the City’s seasonal wage rates for Recreation and Leisure Services Department and Public Works positions to ensure compliance with minimum wage regulations and to be competitive with other seasonal employers in the area.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Pfeifer, Resolution No. 2018-29 entitled “Resolution Establishing Wage Scales For Seasonal Employees“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-29 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

North Third Street Engineering (Broadway To Chatham) – City Engineer Domras and Water Utilities Superintendent Knutson requested authorization for Bolton and Menk, Inc. to provide preliminary engineering for a project to improve North Third Street from West Broadway Avenue to West Chatham Street for a not to exceed fee of $16,400.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-30 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Preliminary Engineering For Project To Improve North Third Street Between Broadway Avenue And West Chatham Street“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-30 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Washington Avenue Link Project MSA Variance Request – City Engineer Domras requested adoption of a resolution seeking a variance from the rules limiting reimbursement for engineering fees for the Washington Avenue Link Project.  Domras indicated the engineering fees were higher than originally projected due to the environmental assessment required, the multiple funding sources, and the need to conduct a noise analysis to gauge the impact of the changed traffic pattern on the mobile home park all of which resulted in higher than normal engineering costs.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-31 entitled “Resolution Requesting A Variance From Standard Municipal State Aid Engineering Allowance Rules For State Aid Operation No. S.A.P. 165-005 Washington Avenue Link Project“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-31 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Donation Acceptance – City Administrator Prafke recommended acceptance of a donation from St. Peter Baseball Association of a new sound system to be used at Veteran’s Memorial Park valued at $9,9661.46.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-32 entitled “Resolution Accepting Donation For Replacement Of Sound System At Veteran’s Memorial Park From The St. Peter Baseball Association“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-32 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Executive Session – Communications Technicians Union Contract 2018 – City Administrator Prafke recommended a closed session be called, as authorized in State Statute, to discuss union contract negotiations with Law Enforcement Labor Services Local No. 242 (Communications Technicians) for the 2018 contract.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-33 entitled “Resolution Calling For Closed Session“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-33 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

The Council adjourned to closed session at 7:40 p.m.  The Council returned to open session at 7:47 p.m.

2018 Communications Technician Union Contract – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the 2018 contract by and between the City and Law Enforcement Labor Services Local No. 242.  Prafke noted the contract was for one year with a 2.5% wage increase. In motion by Brand, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-34 entitled “Resolution Approving Contract By And Between The City Of Saint Peter And Law Enforcement Labor Services Local No. 242 (Communications Technicians) For Calendar Year 2018“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-34 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Councilmember Kvamme noted that Councilmember Carlin and Mayor Zieman were in Washington, D.C. as part of the American Public Power Association Legislative.

Tornado Event Update – City Administrator Prafke provided an update on the 20th anniversary tornado commemoration event which will be held at the High School on March 29th at 5:15 p.m.

City Administrator Prafke also provided information on a City/County meeting on March 1st at 10:30 p.m. and the public meeting being held by the Public Works Department on the City’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) public meeting scheduled for March 1st from 1-4 p.m.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.