City Council Minutes of May 23, 2016

Date: 
May 23, 2016

 MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MAY 23, 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 May 23, 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, Kvamme, Brand, and Mayor Zieman.  Absent was Councilmember Carlin.  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 Brand, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried.

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Pfeifer, to approve the minutes of the May 9, 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 May 9, 2016 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-87 entitled, “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“, was introduced.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-87 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21.

Solace Project Support Request – City Administrator Prafke provided information on a request submitted by Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) for City support for the Solace housing project.  Prafke noted the request was three-fold and included general support for the project; an agreement to establish a Tax Increment Financing housing district to support the project; and to provide for sale of approximately three acres of City owned land at $1.05 per square foot for the project.  SWMHP CEO Rick Goodemann addressed the Council to provide a refresher on the project for construction of a thirty (30) unit “intensive care facility for people in the criminal justice system”.  Goodemann indicated the project, which had come about at the request of local Judge Allison Krehbiel, would cost $7.1 million to construct and would include one, two and three bedroom units.  City Administrator Prafke reminded Council that because the support would include sale of City-owned land, the Councilmembers would have further input on the exterior design of the building if the project moved forward to construction.  Councilmember Brand expressed his opinion that the latest version of the Solace Project, which has previously been before the Council, was the best design for the community.  Mayor Zieman indicated he had a problem with the proposed location, (in the North Industrial Park near the Sunrise Water Tower), but felt the latest proposal was the most appropriate.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-88 entitled “Resolution Supporting Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Proposed Solace Housing Project” was introduced.  Upon roll call, Councilmembers Grams, Pfeifer, Kvamme, Brand, and Parras voting aye, Mayor Zieman voting nay, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-88 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Traverse Green Subdivision Development Services Contract – City Administrator Prafke recommended SWMHP be retained to provide for pre-development services related to Traverse Green Subdivision at a cost of $48,500 to be funded by lot sales.  Prafke noted SWMHP had provided similar services for both Nicollet Meadows and Washington Terrace Subdivisions.   In motion by Grams, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2016-89 entitled “Resolution Approving Execution Of Contract For Pre-Development Services With Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-89 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

2016 Equipment Certificate Proposal Acceptance –  Finance Director O'Connell recommended acceptance of the lowest cost proposal for sale of $365,000 in general obligation equipment certificates from Wells Federal Bank with interest rates ranging from 1.25% to 1.85% for a five year issuance.  Paula noted the interest cost of the issuance would be $18,067.50 and closing would occur on June 1st.  Councilmembers Brand and Parras commented on the Police body camera purchase, which was included in the budget for the 2016 equipment certificate, would be impacted by recent legislative action related to the use of the cameras and privacy rights.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-90 entitled “Resolution Awarding The Sale Of $365,000 General Obligation Equipment Certificates Of Indebtedness Of 2016; Fixing The Form And Specifications Thereof; And Providing For Their Payment”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-90 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

City Assistance Request:  BluesFest –  City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request for City assistance for the St. Peter Ambassador’s BluesFest event to be held in Minnesota Square Park on June 11th.  Prafke recommended approval as outlined in the proposed resolution.  Councilmember Parras indicated he had received comments after last years’ BluesFest event about a lack of handicap parking spaces for the event and that handicap parking had been allowed on the grass in the park.  Prafke indicated parking on the grass by visitors is never allowed and City staff would be assigned to deal with the issue on the day of the event.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2016-91 entitled “Resolution Approving Request For City Assistance For ‘BluesFest”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-91 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

City Assistance Request:  Fourth of July – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the Chamber of Commerce request for City assistance related to Fourth of July events.  Prafke reviewed the proposed assistance and the responsibilities of the Chamber of Commerce.  Councilmember Pfeifer noted the event was the 46th annual celebration.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2016-92 entitled “Resolution Authorizing City Assistance For Fourth Of July Event”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-92 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Tree Worker’s License Applications – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of two tree worker license applications.  Staff noted there should be a correction to the name of the stump removal company which should be Brooks Stump Removal. A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Brand, to introduce Resolution No. 2016-93 entitled “Resolution Approving New License Application”, with the correct to the applicant name.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2016-93 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 21. 

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported he had participated in a welcome for area Firefighters at a training event in Saint Peter.  Zieman also encouraged residents to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at Minnesota Square Park.  Finally, Zieman thanked the members of the City Council for having the ability to get past their differences of opinion and get along as a group.

Bike Rodeo Recap – City Administrator Prafke reported attendance at the first ever bike rodeo included over 300 participants and staffs at the Police Department and River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic were already planning next year’s event.

Transit Update – City Administrator Prafke reported the Counties of Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet had decided to undertake a regional transit system on their own and the City of Saint Peter would focus on joint efforts with the City of Le Sueur.

Hospital Awards – City Administrator Prafke announced River's Edge Hospital and Clinic had been named recipients of the “Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace” and “Patient Safety Improvement” awards by the Minnesota Hospital Association. 

Goal Session Rescheduled – City Administrator Prafke reported the Goal Session originally scheduled for May 31st had been rescheduled for June 6th at 3:00 p.m. 

Mayor Zieman congratulated City Administrator Prafke on receiving his Masters of Business Administration degree from Hamline University.

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 7:40 p.m.