Special City Council Meeting Minutes - April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014



APRIL 21, 2014


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a special meeting of the City Council of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Library Meeting Room on April 21, 2014.

A quorum present, Mayor Strand called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Zieman, Kvamme, Grams, Parras and Mayor Strand.  Absent were Councilmembers Carlin and Brand.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt, and City Engineer Domras.

Right-Of-Way Acquisition – St. Julien/Old Minnesota Avenue Intersection – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of an agreement with McDonald’s Real Estate Company for a temporary construction easement and purchase of road right-of-way by the City in the amount of $42,550.  Prafke also recommended that staff be authorized to sign the agreements drafted by City Attorney Brandt so that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MND0T) can begin work on the Highway 169 project. 

Councilmember Brand arrived at 5:31 p.m.

Prafke reported that if the McDonald’s agreement was approved, MnDOT would include work flood mitigation work on the south side of the 100 block of West St. Julien Street in their Highway 169 improvement project which would be paid by MnDOT and save the City money.   Prafke pointed out that if the Council chose not to execute the agreement, the flooding issues at the intersection of West St. Julien Street and Highway 169 would not be solved and the extra traffic issues at Old Minnesota Avenue and West St. Julien Street would not be solved.  Prafke noted that the City’s costs for execution of the agreement would be funded by Municipal State Aid funds.

City Attorney Brandt noted that McDonald’s was in favor of the agreement and had asked for the inclusion of Exhibit A.  Public Works Director Giesking stated staff had worked with McDonald’s to address their concerns and the temporary construction easement had been extended through August 2015 at McDonald’s request. 

Mayor Strand noted that the proposed agreement does not mention development of a roundabout, nor does it authorize construction of a roundabout, and it was cost effective for the City to execute the agreement.

Councilmember Zieman asked if the agreement was being recommended in anticipation of a roundabout.  City Administrator Prafke indicated it was, but it was also being recommended to facilitate the flood improvements in connection with the Highway 169 project which was a big concern for McDonald’s and one of the reasons they were willing to participate.

Zieman also asked who performed the appraisal on the property and what comparables had been used.  Prafke indicated he would get that information to him at a later date.

In motion by Zieman, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2014-53 entitled “Resolution Approving Temporary Construction Easements And Purchase Of Road Right-Of-Way From McDonald’s Real Estate Company”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2014-53 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 20. 

There being no further business, a motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Brand, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 5:44 p.m.