City Council Minutes of February 11, 2019

Date: 
February 11, 2019

MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING

FEBRUARY 11, 2019

 

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 February 11, 2019.

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

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 Parras, seconded by Carlin, to approve the minutes of the January 28, 2019 regular City Council meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the January 28, 2019 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Carlin, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-20 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmembers Johnson and Parras questioned a payment related to Minnesota River Valley Transit, with Parras questioning whether the Minnesota River Valley Transit expenses could be separated from the City’s bill list.  City Administrator Prafke indicated that Minnesota River Valley Transit expenditures, which are processed by the City for the transit system, are actually approved by the Transit system Board and he would see what can be done to remove those expenses from the City’s disbursement list.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-20 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Public Access Production Services Contract 2019-2020 – City Administrator Prafke recommended execution of a renewal contract with Tony Peregrin for provision of public access production services for the City for the years 2019 and 2020.  Prafke noted that Mr. Peregrin works three to four nights a month as a private contractor to record the City Council meetings and School District #508 board meetings. Councilmember Grams asked if the School District pays for a portion of the cost.  Prafke responded the District pays approximately $2,000 per year for the service.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-21 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Production Services Contract Between The City And Tony Peregrin“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-21 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2019 Library Services Contract – City Administrator Prafke recommended authorization be given for execution of a contract with Nicollet County for the City to provide library services to County residents living outside the City limits.  Prafke noted the County was required to pay a “minimum maintenance of effort” amount under State Statute, and the amount being funded through the contract in 2019 was $50,044.  Prafke also noted that while the City’s costs for provision of library services continues to increase and the Library fund reserves continue to decrease ($250,000 in 2016 versus $39,000 expected in 2019), the County contribution remains relatively stagnant.  Councilmember Carlin pointed out that the 2019 amount was similar to that funded in 2011.  Mayor Zieman noted that the increase was only 0.2% per year since 2011 and encouraged the members of the Library Board and Friends of the Library among others to lobby County Commissioners to “pull their weight” on the Library funding.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2019-22 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Execution Of Library Services Contract“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-22 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported Senator Tina Smith had toured the Solace facility over the weekend.

Joint City Council/School Board Committee of the Whole Meeting – City Administrator Prafke reminded Councilmembers of the February 21st joint City Council/School Board Committee of the Whole meeting that would take place in the Governors' Room of the Community Center at 6:00 p.m.

President’s Day Closures – City Administrator Prafke reviewed non-emergency closures for the upcoming President’s Day holiday.

Business After Hours – River’s Edge – City Administrator Prafke encouraged Councilmembers to attend the Chamber’s Business After Hours event on February 19th at River's Edge Hospital.

Hallett’s Pond Shoreland Planting Event – City Administrator Prafke reported the City was partnering with other organizations for a shoreland planting event at Hallett’s Pond on May 18th.

Executive Session:  Land Purchase Negotiations:  Fire Station – City Administrator Prafke requested a closed session as allowed under State law to discuss land purchase negotiations for a future fire station site at the various sites recommended as part of the fire station study.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-23 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. 2019-23 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

The Council adjourned to closed session in the Traverse des Sioux Room at 7:34 p.m.  to discuss land purchase negotiations for different properties recommended for a future fire station as part of the fire station design study completed by Five Bugles Design.  The Council returned to open session at 8:16 p.m.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Parras, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.