City Council Minutes of March 25, 2019

Date: 
March 25, 2019
MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MARCH 25, 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 March 25, 2019.

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

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 Carlin, seconded by Grams, to approve the minutes of the March 11, 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 March 11, 2019 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Visitors -  Rodney “Chip” Gay, 111 Cedar Street, Mankato and owner of several rental properties on North Third Street north of St. Julien Street, addressed the Council to request repairs and/or improvements to the roadway.  Gay stated the road was flooded and took six days to dry up revealing potholes.  Gay called the roadway the “worst in the City’ and insisted that drainage be provided along the road and the surface be paved.  Mayor Zieman informed Mr. Gay that the Council has discussed the roadway on several occasions and putting an overlay of pavement on the gravel road was not a solution.  Zieman also stated that the large assessments that would be made to abutting property owners might exceed any increase in value to the property.  Public Works Director Moulton indicated that some maintenance would be done this spring to smooth the road.

Gay also expressed concerns about the process the City utilizes for unpaid utilities.

Consent Agenda – In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Johnson, Resolution No. 2019-36 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-36 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

2019 Equipment Certificate Purchase:  Pool Heater – Public Works Director Moulton requested authorization for purchase a replacement pool heater from Horizon Commercial Pool Supplies in the amount of $14,850 to be funded by the 2019 Equipment Certificate.  In response to a question from Councilmember Parras, Moulton noted that installation of the heater will be done by City staff and an electrician.  In motion by Carlin, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-37 entitled “Resolution Authorizing 2019 Equipment Certificate Purchase:  Pentair Powermax Pool Heater“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-37 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

City Assistance Request:  Relay For Life – Mayor Zieman presented the request by the organizers of Relay For Life for City assistance for their June event in Gorman Park and the Community Center which was recommended for approval by City Administrator Prafke.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-38 entitled “Resolution Authorizing City Assistance For Relay For Life Event“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-38 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman proclaimed March, 2019 as “Women’s History Month” in the community.

Flood Update – Public Works Director Moulton provided an update on flood control activities in the community and indicated the river was beginning to recede. 

Moulton also reported the City’s water had been designated as the “best tasting water in Minnesota” by the Rural Water Association and the City’s wastewater treatment plant had been provided with an operational compliance award by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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 7:31 p.m.