City Council Minutes of September 10, 2018

Date: 
September 10, 2018

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 10, 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 September 10, 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, and Mayor Zieman.  Absent was Councilmember Grams.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney randt and City Engineer Domras.

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 Kvamme, seconded by Brand, to approve the minutes of the August 27, 2018 regular City Council meeting.  Councilmember Pfeifer requested two changes to the minutes to show he had voted nay on the Food Coop subordination request and that the new loan was in the amount of $500,000.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved as corrected.  A complete copy of the minutes of the August 27, 2018 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2018-136 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Pfeifer asked for mileage or hours of operation to be included in future requests for declaring vehicles as surplus property.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-136 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

MMUA Safety Contract Renewal – Public Works Director Moulton requested approval for execution of a renewal contract with Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association to provide safety program for Public Works employees.  Moulton noted the one year contract the cost $26,584.89 plus an additional $3,000 for specialized Linemen training.  Moulton stated that over the 20 years the program has been in place, employees have been safer and the City’s costs for safety related issues has declined.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2018-137 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Renewal Safety Contract With Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA)“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-137 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Electric Foreman Position Description – Public Works Director Moulton recommended changes to the job description for Electric Foreman to include AMI and load control duties as well as staff development.  In motion by Brand, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-138 entitled “Resolution Approving Modifications To The Electric Foreman Job Description“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-138 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Beer License Application – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of an application submitted by Nicollet Café for an On-Sale 3.2 Beer license.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-139 entitled “Resolution Approving New Business License Application“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-139 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Executive Session:  2018 Parks Union Contract Negotiations – City Administrator Prafke recommended a closed session be held as provided for under State law to discuss 2018 Parks Union contract negotiations.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-140 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. 2018-140 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

The Council adjourned to closed session at 7:17 p.m.  The closed session was adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

The Council returned to open session at 7:26 p.m.

City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the 2018 Parks union contract which was for a one year term with an approximately 2.4% wage increase and inclusion of incentive pay for members who obtain certain certificates and/or licenses.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-141 entitled “Resolution Approving Contract By And Between The City of Saint Peter And International Union Of Operating Engineers, Local 70, AFL-CIO (Parks) 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. 2018-141 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2018 Equipment Certificate Bid Award – Finance Director Vogel requested award of the bid for $305,000 in equipment certificates to low bidder Hometown Bank of Saint Peter with a total interest cost of $40,260 over the five year issuance.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2018-142 entitled “Resolution Awarding The Sale Of $305,000 General Obligation Equipment Certificates Of Indebtedness Of 2018; 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. 2018-142 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported the Rock Bend Folk Festival had a tremendous crowd and good weather.

City/County Meeting Discussion – City Administrator Prafke reported the City/County meeting agenda had included discussion on the Project 33 Watershed issue, roads, LRIP funding, Library funding, development updates and River's Edge Hospital and Clinic.

Minnesota River Valley Transit Meeting Schedule – City Administrator Prafke reminded Councilmembers of the September 12th Minnesota River Valley Transit board meeting in Le Sueur which would include action to establish fares for 2019.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Johnson, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.