City Council Minutes of July 25, 2016

Date: 
July 25, 2016

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

JULY 25, 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 July 25, 2016.

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

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

Public Hearing:  Rezoning Request – 1703 North Third Street – Mayor Zieman opened the public hearing on a request to rezone the property at 1703 North Third Street at 7:01 p.m.  City Administrator Prafke reviewed the process adopted by the City Council for conducting a public hearing.  Community Development Director Wille provided background information on the petition submitted by Lager Land Company (Jesse Lager) to rezone a portion of his property located at 1703 North Third Street to C-4 Highway Service Commercial.  Wille noted that although the entire property was considered one tax parcel, one lot was zoned as I-2 and the petition was to rezone that one lot to match the rest of the property which would allow the property owner to construct a storage building on the property.  Wille stated the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning request.  There being no further speakers, the hearing was declared closed at 7:05 p.m.

Public Hearing:  Revolving Loan Program Modifications – Mayor Zieman opened the public hearing on the proposed modifications to the City’s business subsidy (revolving loan) program at 7:05 p.m.  City Administrator Prafke reminded the audience of the process for conducting a public hearing.  Community Development Director Wille reviewed the Economic Development Authority’s recommended changes to the Revolving Loan Fund Program guidelines and provided specific information on the proposed changes to Sections 3.2, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.3a, 4.3b, 4.4, 4.5 and 9.2.   There being no further speakers, the hearing was declared closed at 7:10 p.m.

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the July 11, 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 July 11, 2016 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. 2016-108 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. 2016-108 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Chicken Regulations – City Administrator Prafke reviewed the proposed regulations for keeping of chickens at residential properties which had been modified after the last Council meeting and workshop discussion.  Prafke noted the proposed ordinance would allow for up to six female chickens; a permitting/inspection process; regulations regarding the construction and maintenance of the coop and run; regulations regarding the placement of the coop and run on the property and shielding the structure from neighboring properties; sanitation regulations; and an effective date of January 1, 2017.  Councilmember Brand requested Section 8-246 be removed as he felt it was unnecessary.  City Administrator Prafke indicated the City Attorney felt it was appropriate to keep that section in the ordinance.

Alicia Newell, 826 North Ninth Street, addressed the Council to request approval of the proposed ordinance.  Newell indicated her belief that it was the Council’s role to have an open government and make decisions on what’s best for most people and be progressive without overbearing regulations.  Mayor Zieman asked Newell if she would support a requirement that neighbor approval must be obtained before a permit is issued.  Newell responded that she did not feel the personal freedom of a neighbor should be put in front of her personal freedom.

Eliza Lynard, 1010 South Front Street, spoke in support of allowing chickens, and stated it was important to know where food comes from and that chickens eat bugs and ticks and protect humans from Lyme disease.  Lynard indicated her chickens would be fed food waste scraps.  Lynard also stated her belief that allowing chickens will attract younger families to Saint Peter.  Mayor Zieman asked Lynard the same question about obtaining neighbor permission.  Lynard stated it was unfair to require neighbor permission to keep chickens when her neighbors don’t ask her permission to spray pesticides on their lawn.

Kelly Karsted, 1011 Willow Drive, spoke in support of allowing chickens and stated her belief that it was good to educate children where food comes from.  Karsted also noted the environmental impact of the farm to table concept and encouraged the Council to consider allowing chicken waste to be composted and used as fertilizer onsite.  In response to the Mayor’s question about neighbor permission, Karsted objected to that provisions being included because she felt neighbor permission is not required for anything else including having dogs and cats.

Kathlyn Alm, 1010 South Fourth Street, spoke in support of the chicken ordinance and stated Saint Peter is an industrial community with no access to fresh food for those below poverty level.  Alm also stated chickens eat ticks which, for those with no health insurance, are food security.  Alm also supported natural composting and stated she did not believe in requiring neighbor consent.  In response to a question by the Mayor as to the cost of keeping chickens, Alm encouraged the City to offer classes in how to raise chickens as is done in Saint Paul.

Councilmember Kvamme proposed further changes to the proposed ordinance including language that the coop/run must be shielded from view of “neighboring properties”; reordering of the permit requirements; and replacement language for the Section on sanitation.   In motion by Carlin, seconded by Parras, Ordinance No. 28, Third Series entitled “An Ordinance Amending Saint Peter City Code Chapter 8, ‘Animals’, Article IV “Farm, Wild, And Exotic Animals’ And Adopting By Reference Saint Peter City Code Chapter 1 Section 1-6, Which, Among Other Things, Contain Penalty Provisions“ was introduced with the proposed modifications.  Upon roll call, Councilmembers Kvamme, Carlin, Parras and Brand voting aye, Councilmembers Pfeifer and Grams and Mayor Zieman voting nay, the Ordinance was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Ordinance No. 28, Third Series is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Ordinances 2.

City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a resolution that would modify the City’s fee schedule effective January 1, 2017 to include a $5 permit fee for keeping of chickens and a $45 initial inspection fee.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-109 entitled “Resolution Modifying Municipal Fee Schedule“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, Councilmembers Grams, Kvamme, Brand, Parras, Carlin and Mayor Zieman voting aye, Councilmember Pfeifer abstaining, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-109 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Ameresco Energy Savings Feasibility Analysis Agreement – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval for execution of an agreement with Ameresco for development of an energy savings feasibility analysis for City facilities and street lights with the goal of reducing overall energy costs for the City.  Prafke noted the proposed language changes had been passed out to the Council for Paragraph 9 of the agreement and suggested an additional minor change to Item 1b(iii).  Prafke noted there would be three steps to the process beginning with assessment of the City’s facilities and an analysis of cost, to develop project(s) for energy savings that could pay debt service costs for any project.  Prafke also noted that Ameresco was able to provide financing for any project(s), but the City would still be allowed to seek financing through other means.  Prafke also pointed out that should the agreement be executed there would be a lot of work and activity involved in analyzing the City’s facilities and that street lights might be out for longer periods of time.

Prafke outlined the risk to the City in entering an agreement which would be a fee of $30,000 should the City not move forward if the Ameresco analysis shows energy savings in an amount that would pay for the recommended project.

Ameresco Account Executive Kent Wolf and Regional Director John Neville addressed the Council to answer questions related to their project and the proposed agreement. Neville also responded to a question from Councilmember Grams related to “blue light” which the human body sees as sunlight. 

In motion by Grams, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-110 entitled “Resolution Approving Execution Of Agreement With Ameresco For Completion Of An Energy Savings Feasibility Analysis For City Facilities And Streetlights“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-110 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Rezoning Request:  1703 North Third Street – Community Development Director Wille presented the Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation for approval of a request by Lager Land Company to rezone the portion of 1703 North Third Street that is currently zoned as I-2 to C-4.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Parras, Ordinance No. 29, Third Series entitled “An Ordinance Amending Saint Peter City Code Chapter 24, ‘Land Use Regulations And Zoning’ And Section 24-6 ‘Official Map’ to Rezone Certain Property as C-4 Highway Service Commercial, And Adopting By Reference Saint Peter City Code Chapter 1, Section 1-6, Which, Among Other Things, Contain Penalty Provisions“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Ordinance was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Ordinance No. 29, Third Series is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Ordinances 2.

Revolving Loan Fund Modifications – Community Development Director Wille presented the Economic Development Authority (EDA) recommendation to modify the City’s Revolving Loan Fund Program guidelines.  Wille pointed out that the Historic Loan Program was not being modified at this time and would be considered at a future meeting.  Councilmember Kvamme, who is one of the Council representatives on the EDA, indicated that all EDA members provided input on the proposed changes to the loan program.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-111 entitled “Resolution Amending The EDA Revolving Loan Fund Guidelines“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-111 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

REDA Agreement – Community Development Director Wille recommended approval be provided for execution of an updated Joint Economic Development Services Agreement with Greater Mankato Growth for the Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA) at a cost of $26,015.70 for 2016.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2016-112 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Joint Economic Development Service Agreement By And Between The City Of Saint Peter And Greater Mankato Growth (Regional Economic Development Alliance)“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-112 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Soccer Association Donation – Public Works Director Moulton recommended acceptance of a donation of $30,000 from the St. Peter Soccer Club which would be paid $22,500 in 2016 and $7,500 in 2017.  Moulton also recommended approval be provided to construct a “soccer rink” with artificial turf and boards to the west of the swimming pool in Veterans Memorial Park.  Moulton indicated any construction costs above the $30,000 donation would be funded by the City.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2016-113 entitled “Resolution Accepting Donation From Saint Peter Soccer Club And Authorizing Construction Of A ‘Soccer Rink’ In Veterans Memorial Park“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-113 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Naming Of City Parks – Public Works Director Moulton presented the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommendation to name the new park at Traverse Green Subdivision as “Traverse Park” and the new park adjacent to the new high school as “Saints Sports Complex”.  Mayor Zieman made a motion to change the name of the Traverse Green Subdivision Park to be “Pyan Park”.  Councilmember Kvamme suggested the park naming request be tabled to provide an opportunity for more discussion at a workshop.  Councilmember Brand indicated he supported the recommendation of the Parks Board and questioned why the Council would have the Board make a recommendation if the Council was not going to accept it.  There was no second to the Mayor’s motion to change the Traverse Green Subdivision park name and the motion died for lack of a second.

A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Pfeifer to table action on the park names until more discussion could be held at a workshop session.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

BENCO Electric Territory Agreement – Public Works Director Moulton requested authorization for execution of an agreement with BENCO Electric Cooperative for an exchange of electric service territory at the site of the new high school and at Traverse Green Subdivision.  Moulton indicated the negotiated settlement for the high school site was for the City to pay BENCO approximately $87,500 over ten years based on actual electric usage at the site during that period.  Moulton also noted that there would be no cash exchange related to the Traverse Green Subdivision site as the City was the developer of the property.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2016-114 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Agreement With Benco Electric To Purchase Service Area In Western Saint Peter And Authorizing Submittal To Minnesota Public Utilities Commission“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-114 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Hospital Anesthesia System Purchase – River's Edge Hospital and Clinic CEO George Rohrich addressed the Council to present the request of the Hospital Commission for purchase of a Mindray A7 anesthesia system from Universal Hospital Services at a cost of $51,000.  Rohrich indicated that the A7 system was not lowest cost system which had been recommended by the Staff, but stated the Hospital Commission had recommended purchase of the slightly higher priced A7 system.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-115 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Purchase Of Anesthesia System By 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. 2016-115 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative Contract Renewal – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval be provided for renewal of a cooperative contract with Traverse des Sioux (TdS) Library System for provision of services to the City in the annual amount of $23,103.93.  Prafke reported the services provided by TdS include online cataloging, data integration, some computer access services, book preparations, interlibrary loans, courier services and access to other library systems.  Prafke also noted that should the City provide those services, the cost would be much higher than the cost to contract with TdS for the provision of services.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-116 entitled “Resolution Approving Execution Of Library Services Contract With Traverse des Sioux Library System“, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-116 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Reports

Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Summer Conference – Councilmember Brand reported the summer conference for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities included discussion with legislators regarding the tax bill, increases in local government aid and the possibility of a special session.

Joint City Council/Hospital Commission Committee Meeting – City Administrator Prafke noted the City Council had met in a joint Committee of the Whole meeting with the Hospital Commission regarding the Hospital’s financial position.

Night To Unite Event – City Administrator Prafke reminded the public of the upcoming annual Night To Unite event that will be held at Veterans Memorial park on August 2nd.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.