City Council Minutes of June 10, 2019

Date: 
June 10, 2019
MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
JUNE 10, 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 June 10, 2019.

A quorum present, Mayor Zieman called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  The following members were present:  Councilmembers Johnson, Grams, Parras, Pfeifer, Kvamme, and Mayor Zieman. Absent was Councilmember Carlin.  The following officials were present: City Administrator Prafke, City Attorney Brandt 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 Grams, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the May 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 May 28, 2019 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-65 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Johnson asked for additional information on the $563 FedEx charge.  City Administrator Prafke indicated he would review the fee and provide more information to the Council at a later date.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted as corrected.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-65 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Hospital Network Switch Purchase – River's Edge Hospital CEO Rohrich requested authorization for purchase of an additional computer network switch to be used at the Hospital in the amount of $66,532.04 from Marco.  Rohrich indicated the Marco proposal was the lowest cost.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-66 entitled “Resolution Approving Purchase Of Network Switch For River's Edge Hospital“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-66 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Rohrich provided a report on the public open house for the new patient wings and reported patients had already been moved to the new rooms.

Rohrich also reported the Hospital had been certified as a center of excellence for orthopedic cases and was only the third hospital in the United States to achieve the certification.

City Assistance Request:  Fourth of July – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by the Chamber of Commerce for City assistance for the annual Fourth of July community celebration.  Prafke outlined the requested services and his recommendation for assistance which included the City funding rental of and delivery by City employees of a portable stage for the event from the City of North Mankato.  Councilmember Grams questioned if staff had received any feedback on the BluesFest event which had just occurred in a modified set up in Minnesota Square.  Prafke indicated the temporary setup, due to pavilion construction, had seemed to work well and he had received only positive comments.  Councilmember Kvamme asked for a report on Chamber efforts to make the Fourth of July activities more representative of the diversity in the community.  Councilmember Parras reported some concerns about playground access with reports that Bluesfest attendees had taken down construction fencing to provide a shorter path to the playground during the event.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-67 entitled “Resolution Authorizing City Assistance For Fourth Of July Event“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-67 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

City Assistance Request:  Arrow Ace Hardware Event – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval be provided for the temporary closure of the west one-half of the 100 block of West Park Row on July 27th for a barbeque class event at Arrow Ace Hardware.  Prafke noted 2019 was the second year for the event and this year it would include a fundraiser for the food shelf in partnership with River's Edge Hospital.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-68 entitled “Resolution Approving Request For Temporary Closure Of City Roadway For Arrow Ace Traeger Shop Barbeque Class Event“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-68 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.  Prafke also noted that the event, which didn’t meet all the requirements of community events for which City assistance is provided, did meet the Council’s desire to bring people to downtown.

Peddler License Application – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a six month Peddler’s license application submitted by Dish One Satellite LLC dba Caliber Smart.  Prafke noted background investigations had been completed on all three people who would be going door-to-door in residential neighborhoods and nothing had been found which would prohibit issuance of the license.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2019-69 entitled “Resolution Approving New License”, was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-69 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman reported on the BluesFest event and congratulated the St. Peter High School baseball team for making it to the state tournament.

Food Waste Compost Program – Finance Director Vogel reported 106 customers had signed up for the food waste composting program.

Fire Hall Construction Manager Presentations – City Administrator Prafke reminded the Council of the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for June 13th to hear presentations from the three firms recommended by the Fire Hall Building Committee for consideration as the Construction Manager for the Fire Station.

North Third Street Update - City Administrator Prafke provided an update on the reconstruction of portions of North Third Street.  Prafke noted concrete work is completed and milling would begin soon with turf restoration also scheduled in the near future.  Prafke commended Stormwater Foreman Amy Kamm for her work on the project and for coordinating activities with the abutting property owners.

Councilmembers discussed the continued restoration work being done by subcontractors in areas of the community where CenterPoint Energy had replaced lines.

Executive Session: Land Transaction – City Administrator Prafke recommended a closed session be convened as provided for in State Statutes, to discuss negotiations for a possible land transaction.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-70 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. 2019-70 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.  The Council adjourned to closed session in the Nicollet Room at 7:52 p.m.

The Council resumed open session at 8:05 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 8:06 p.m.