City Council Minutes of September 24, 2018

Date: 
September 24, 2018

 MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 24, 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 24, 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, Assistant City Attorney Grean and City Engineer Domras.

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

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Brand, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the September 10, 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 10, 2018 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Grams, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2018-143 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-143 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Lincoln Drive Street Vacation Correction – City Administrator Prafke reported that Resolution No. 2018-126, which vacated Lincoln Drive at the request of School District #508, contained an incorrect legal description for the roadway and was not recordable.  Prafke recommended the original resolution be rescinded and a resolution with the correct legal be adopted.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-144 entitled “Resolution Rescinding Resolution No. 2018-125 And Affirming The Vacation Of The Lincoln Drive Right-Of-Way Lying Between The Broadway Avenue Right-Of-Way And The West Grace Street Right-Of-Way Within St. Peter School Subdivision, City Of Saint Peter, Nicollet County, Minnesota As Petitioned By Independent School District #508“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-144 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2019 Preliminary Levy – City Administrator Prafke recommended adoption of the preliminary levy based on a gross levy increase of $309,475 (11.4%) which would increase the tax rate to 50.71 and utilize $154,000 in reserves.  Prafke reminded Councilmembers the preliminary levy must be provided to the County by the end of September and that the final levy, to be adopted in December, can only be the same or lower than the preliminary levy.  Prafke also stated the proposed levy was based on a budget that matches the City Council’s priorities for services and highlights the City’s dependence on local government aid to ensure those services are provided to the community.  Finally, Prafke noted that if there was no change in valuation on a $150,000 home, the actual tax increase would be less than $9.00 per year.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2018-145 entitled “Resolution Adopting Preliminary 2018 Tax Levy Collectible In 2019 “ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-145 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Request for City Assistance:  Haunted Hayride/Snowmobile Show – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by the Nicollet County Trails Association for their Haunted Hayride in Riverside Park over two weekends in October and a vintage snowmobile show on October 20th in Municipal Lot #5 which included closure of a portion of Grace Street.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Brand, Resolution No. 2018-146 entitled “Resolution Approving Request For City Assistance For Nicollet County Trails Association Haunted Hayride And Vintage Snowmobile Show“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-146 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Request for City Assistance:  Homecoming Parade – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of the request by the High School Student Council for a Homecoming Parade on September 28th that would utilize Sunrise Drive, Broadway Avenue, South Third Street and West Grace Street with the parade beginning at 4:30 p.m.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2018-147 entitled “Resolution Authorizing City Assistance For High School Homecoming Parade“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-147 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2018 MN Square Pavilion Project Authorization – City Administrator Prafke reported the Best Value Committee assigned to find economies for the construction of the Minnesota Square Pavilion Project had completed their work and, based on Council discussion at the last workshop, staff was recommending authorization be provided for preparation of plans and specifications; receipt of bids in two phases (demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new structure); and initiating the hearing process for issuance of General Obligation abatement bonds.  Prafke noted the Committee recommendations had resulted in a reduced cost from $2.1 million to $1.6 million which included a perimeter lighting reduction; less concrete, purchasing of a portable stage versus a built-in stage; reduction of the overall height; and different roofing materials among other things.  Councilmember Johnson indicated his discussions with members of the public who felt a new structure was needed but also felt the price tag, even at $1.6 million, was too much to spend on this project. In motion by Carlin, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2018-148 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Development Of Plans And Specifications And Receipt Of Bids For 2018 Minnesota Square Park Pavilion Project“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, Councilmembers Grams, Pfeifer, Kvamme, Carlin, Brand and Mayor Zieman voting aye, Councilmember Johnson voting nay, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2018-148 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported he had participated in the Committee of the Whole tour with Hospital Commission members of the new physical therapy space at River's Edge Hospital and Clinic and noted a grand opening celebration of the space was planned for October 4th.  Zieman also stated he would be attending the Regional Economic Development Alliance meeting at Gustavus on September 27th.

Ward 1 Polling Place Change Reminder –  City Administrator Prafke reminded everyone of the change to Johnson Hall at the Fairgrounds as the polling place for Ward 1 voters on November 6, 2018.

Minnesota River Valley Transit Fares – City Administrator Prafke reported the Minnesota River Valley Transit Board had taken action to increase fares effective January 1, 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 7:43 p.m.