City Council Minutes of January 28, 2019

Date: 
January 28, 2019
MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
JANUARY 28, 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 January 28, 2019.

A quorum present, Mayor Zieman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Zieman, Grams, Kvamme, Parras, Johnson, Carlin 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 Johnson, seconded by Pfeifer, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Pfeifer, to approve the minutes of the January 14, 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 14, 2019 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2019-16 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced which included acceptance of an anonymous donation of over $86,000 to be used for youth sports.  Councilmembers asked questions about the disbursement list including payments to the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department and Ameresco.   Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-16 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2018/Payable 2019 Levy Correction – Finance Director Vogel requested adoption of a resolution that would correct the 2018 levy resolution which was adopted in December, 2018.  Vogel indicated while the total amount of the levy was correct, the details of how the levy funds would be expended didn’t add up to that total levy amount and Nicollet County had asked for a correction.  Vogel asked for item #2 to be corrected and for the addition of item #12 which had been inadvertently left off the original resolution.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2019-17 entitled “Resolution Rescinding Resolution No. 2018-182 And Adopting Final 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. 2019-17 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2018C Healthcare Revenue Note Re-Issuance – Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates addressed the Council to recommend adoption of a resolution authorizing issuance of an amended 2018C Healthcare Revenue Note.  Sweeney reminded the Council the original note in the amount of $5,000,000 had been required by the USDA as a private financing component of the Hospital expansion project financing, and was taxable because the City had exceeded the $10,000,000 per year issuance restrictions in 2018.  Sweeney noted the plan had been to re-issue the amount in 2019 as a non-taxable bond at a lower interest rate which would drop the interest rate on the bond from 4.75% to 3.69%.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-18 entitled “Resolution Providing For The Issuance Of An Amended And Restated Healthcare Revenue Note (River's Edge Hospital Project), Series 2018C And Authorizing Execution Of Related Documents“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-18 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Vacation Rental Ordinance – City Administrator Prafke presented the Planning Commission’s recommendation for changes to the City Code related to vacation rental of single family homes.  Prafke reviewed the proposed changes as well as changes requested by the City Council for both owner-occupied vacation rental and vacation rental when the owner does not live on the property.  The changes included limiting the rental to a duration of less than thirty (30) days, and requiring properties whose owner’s aren’t in residence to be registered with the City’s rental housing program.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Parras, Ordinance No. 42, Third Series entitled “An Ordinance Amending Saint Peter City Code, Chapter 24 ‘Land Use Regulations And Zoning’ By The Addition Of Regulations Establishing Vacation Rental By Owner And Adopting By Reference Saint Peter City Code Chapter 1 Section 1-6, Which, Among Other Things, Contain Penalty Provisions“ was introduced with modifications to only make the changes apply to rentals at non-owner occupied properties.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Ordinance was declared passed and adopted as amended.  A complete copy of Ordinance No. 42, Third Series is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Ordinances 2.  Councilmember Carlin asked to have the regulations revisited in the future.

DNR Grant Land Restrictions – City Administrator Prafke recommended the City Administrator and City Attorney be authorized to complete documentation as requested by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), to restrict use of a section of land around Hallett’s Pond to outdoor recreational uses.  Prafke reported the requirement was a stipulation of a recent DNR grant awarded to the City and although the DNR had asked for a deed to be recorded, the property was part of a City owned tract that included the wastewater treatment plant and City Attorney Brandt had suggested different options for providing for the land use restrictions rather than preparing a separate deed for the affected property.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-19 entitled “Resolution Directing The City Attorney And City Administrator To Complete Documentation Placing Restrictions On Use Of Hallett’s Pond Natural Resources Area As Required By The Minnesota Department Of Natural Resources Grant Agreement“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-19 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reminded everyone of the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd at Hallett’s Pond.

Goal Session Report (January 22, 2019) – City Administrator Prafke directed Council attention to his summary report of discussion at the Council goal session held on January 22, 2019.

City/Nicollet County Meeting Discussion – City Administrator Prafke reported a City/County meeting had taken place and Councilmember Kvamme reported discussion included water coming from the west and having a meeting in February to further discuss the issue.

Advisory Board Openings -  City Administrator Prafke reported openings currently exist on the Tourism and Visitors Bureau and Heritage Preservation Commission and encouraged interested residents to apply.

Minnesota Square Park Pavilion Project – Phase 2 – City Administrator Prafke reported bids for Phase 2 of the Minnesota Square Park Pavilion Project would be received on February 21st.

City Administrator Prafke encouraged residents interested in the discussion at Council meetings to access the Council packet online and follow along with the cablecast of the meeting on public access and/or YouTube.

Councilmember Johnson reported approximately fifty youth attended the Fire Department kid’s ice fishing contest at Hallett’s Pond although not a single fish was caught.

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 8:04 p.m.