City Council Minutes of October 8, 2018

Date: 
October 8, 2018

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

OCTOBER 8, 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 October 8, 2018.

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

Approval of Agenda – A motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Grams, 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 September 24, 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 September 24, 2018 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Public Hearing:  BHS Bonds Host City Approval – City Administrator Prafke reviewed the City Council’s process for conducting public hearings.

Mayor Zieman opened the public hearing at 7:04 p.m. on a request for the City of Saint Peter to provide host city approval for the issuance of bonds by the City of Bethel for purchase of the Benedictine Health Systems (BHS) nursing home from the City of Saint Peter with bond issuance in the amount of approximately $20,000,000.  City Administrator Prafke indicated that although the requested action seemed odd, it was not the first time the City of Saint Peter had been on either the requesting or action end of such an action and approval would not obligate the City of Saint Peter, either morally or financially, for repayment of the bonds.    There being no further comment, the public hearing was declared closed at 7:06 p.m.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-149 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced. Councilmember Grams questioned the bill for Golder Associates for renewal of an air permit.  City Administrator Prafke indicated the permit was required for operation of the City’s electric generation plant.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-149 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Real Estate Listing Agreement:  Traverse Green Subdivision –  Community Development Director Wille presented a recommendation for execution of an agreement with True Real Estate and indicated the firm had volunteered, at no cost to the City of Saint Peter, to provide services of their agents and listing on the MLS for southern Minnesota for City speculative homes in Traverse Green Subdivision.  Wille indicated True would take no sellers commission on the sale, but if they brought a buyer to the City they would still receive the 2% buyer’s commission.  Wille also noted company executives indicated they hoped to build a presence in Saint Peter and build relationships with both the City and buyers in the community. 

Mayor Zieman expressed concerns that the Economic Development Authority, which had been unable to maintain a quorum to consider the proposed agreement, hadn’t provided input on the recommendation.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2018-150 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Agreement With True Real Estate To Provide For Real Estate Listing Of Traverse Green Speculative Homes And Access To The Multiple Listing Service“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, Councilmembers Grams, Pfeifer, Kvamme, Carlin, Brand and Johnson voting aye, Mayor Zieman voting nay, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-150 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Hospital Purchasing Authorization – City Administrator Prafke reported the Hospital Commission had requested modification to the City Code to increase the threshold for spending on capital purchases from $35,000 to $50,000.  Prafke noted the Council had reviewed the request at a workshop and indicated if approved the change would make the Hospital policy similar to the City’s purchasing policy.  Prafke also pointed out that notice of the proposed City Code change had been posted as per State regulations and noted that any change to the Hospital (alterations, improvements, additions), required City Council approval no matter what the amount.    In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Ordinance No. 38, Third Series entitled “An Ordinance Amending Saint Peter City Code Chapter 2 ‘Administration’, Division 9 ‘Hospital, Nursing Home, Medical Clinic, And Ambulance Commission’, 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. 38, Third Series is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Ordinances 2.

BHS Bond Request – Host City Approval – City Administrator Prafke recommended adoption of a resolution that would provide host city approval from Saint Peter for the issuance of $20 million in revenue bonds by the City of Bethel to finance the Benedictine Health System purchase of the nursing home Saint Peter.  Prafke reminded Councilmembers that the action would not result in any moral or financial obligation for the City of Saint Peter as the City was only serving as a conduit for issuance of the bonds by the City of Bethel.    Councilmember Carlin asked what impact the sale of the nursing home would have on the community.  Prafke noted the employees and residents should not be impacted by the sale and the City Council should still have a seat on the Board of Directors for the nursing home.  Councilmember Kvamme noted that when the agreement with BHS was executed in 2006, it was with the intent of eventually selling the nursing home to BHS at no cost/no profit to the City.    In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-151 entitled “Resolution Consenting To And Approving The Issuance By The City Of Bethel Of Revenue Obligations To Finance And Refinance Projects Located In The City Of Saint Peter And Taking Other Actions With Respect Thereto“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-151 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Warming House Attendant Wage Scale – Recreation and Leisure Services Director Schugel requested adoption of a wage scale for the part-time, seasonal position of Warming House Rink Attendant as had previously been adopted for similar seasonal positions. In motion by Brand, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-152 entitled “Resolution Adopting Wage Scale For Warming House Rink Attendants“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-152 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported he would be attending the annual meeting of the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency in Bloomington.

November Council Meeting Schedule – City Administrator Prafke reminded Councilmembers the first regular Council meeting in November would take place on Tuesday, November 13th because of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Hydrant Flushing – City Administrator Prafke reported hydrant flushing continued to take place during overnight hours to minimize disruption for water utility customers.

Leaf Collection Schedule-  City Administrator Prafke reported the curbside leaf collection would begin, weather permitting, October 22nd for properties south of Broadway Avenue and on November 5th for properties north of Broadway Avenue.

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 7:29 p.m.