City Council Minutes of May 13, 2019

Date: 
May 13, 2019
MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MAY 13, 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 May 13, 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, Kvamme, and Mayor Zieman. Absent were Councilmembers Carlin and Pfeifer.  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 Parras, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Grams, seconded by Kvamme, to approve the minutes of the April 22, 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 April 22, 2019 regular City Council meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Kvamme, to approve the minutes of the April 23, 2019 Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the minutes were approved.  A complete copy of the minutes of the April 23, 2019 Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Proceedings 19. 

Consent Agenda – In motion by Johnson, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-54 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmembers questioned bills for asphalt sealing materials and the pitching mounds and City Administrator Prafke noted a corrected amount for the mower purchase.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted as corrected.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-54 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Minnesota Square Park Pavilion Project Bond Sale Bid Award – Shannon Sweeney of David Drown Associates, presented a recommendation for sale of $1,350,000 in general obligation tax increment bonds to finance construction of the Minnesota Square Park Pavilion project to Northland Securities working with Hometown Bank of Saint Peter at the net interest rate of 2.8264% ($460,310.94) Sweeney noted that both bids received were below the 3.19% projected interest rate resulting in $28,000 in lower debt service payments over the life of the issuance.  Councilmember Grams questioned the statement in the proposed resolution that indicated School District #508 had declined to participate in the issuance.   Sweeney pointed out that State Statutes specify a maximum term of fifteen years for this particular type of bond issuance unless another unit of government declines to participate in the issuance.  Sweeney indicated staff had approached School District #508 with a request to participate and since they declined to do so, the City was free to establish a twenty year term for the bond.

In motion by Grams, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-55 entitled “Resolution Providing For The Issuance And Sale Of $1,350,000 General Obligation Tax Abatement Bonds, Series 2019B, Pledging Tax Abatements And Levying A Tax For The Security And Payment Thereof“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-55 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Revolving Loan Request:  Flame Bar – Community Development Director Wille presented the Economic Development Authority recommendation for approval of a $25,000 central business district accessibility enhancement loan to Mike and Kristen Hobday for a project to install a handicap accessible restroom in the Flame Bar.  Wille indicated the loan would fund the majority of the $31,375 project with the applicants funding the remaining cost and the loan would be amortized over ten (10) years at zero percent (0%) interest and, if all payments were made in full and on time, when the principal reached $5,000, the remaining balance would be forgiven.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Kvamme, Resolution No. 2019-56 entitled “Resolution Approving $25,000 Central Business District/Accessibility Enhancement Revolving Loan To Michael And Kristen Hobday To Partially Finance Handicap Bathroom Construction At The Flame Bar (225 West Nassau Street)“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-56 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Transit Drug and Alcohol Policy Modification – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval for additional changes to the drug and alcohol policy for transit employees as required by the Federal Transit Authority and the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Transit.  Prafke reminded Councilmembers that transit employees are employees of the City of Saint Peter and only Bus Drivers were impacted by this particular policy.  In motion by Kvamme, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-57 entitled “Resolution Adopting Updated FTA Drug And Alcohol Testing Policy For City Of Saint Peter Transit Employees“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-57 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Fire Hall Building Committee Establishment – City Administrator Prafke recommended a five person Building Committee be established to work on the Fire Hall project and that the Committee include himself, two Councilmembers and two representatives from the Fire Department with the last four being formally appointed by the City Council at a future meeting.  Prafke noted the committee process was also used for the Hospital Project and he reviewed the tasks the Committee would be involved in which would include interviews of the Construction Manager at Risk candidates.  In motion by Parras, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-58 entitled “Resolution Establishing Fire Hall Project Building Committee“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-58 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Executive Session:  Fire Hall Land Purchase Negotiations – City Administrator Prafke requested a closed session, as allowed by State Statute, to discuss land purchase negotiations for a future fire hall site.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-59 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. 2019-59 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

The Council adjourned to closed session at 7:28 p.m.  The Council returned to open session at 7:35 p.m.

Fire Hall Land Purchase – Following the closed session, City Administrator Prafke recommended the City Council proceed with purchase of a 4.33 acre parcel of land owned by the Leo Hoffmann Center LLP in the amount of $307,000.  Prafke reported the parcel was located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Sunrise Drive and West Broadway Avenue and was one of the top five sites identified in the location study that had been completed earlier.  Prafke also noted that the purchase would initially be funded by General Fund reserves, but if a building was constructed, it would eventually be funded by debt service proceeds.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-60 entitled “Resolution Authorizing Purchase Of Land For Future Fire Hall“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-60 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman had no reports.

Delinquent Dog Licenses – City Administrator Prafke reminded dog owners who failed to license their pet that the deadline had passed and they were now delinquent and would have to pay a penalty amount.

April 29, 2019 Goal Session Report – City Administrator Prafke directed Councilmember  attention to the goal session report contained in the City Council packet.

Councilmembers questioned the work being done by the CenterPoint Energy contractor (Michels Contracting).  City Administrator Prafke indicated restoration work for the areas disturbed at the end of last year’s construction season was ongoing and Michels had a June 1st deadline to finish up the sidewalk restoration as well as repairing the lawns that were disrupted.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Parras, seconded by Johnson, to adjourn.  With all in favor, the motion carried and the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.