City Council Minutes of May 28, 2019

Date: 
May 28, 2019
 MINUTES OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MAY 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 May 28, 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, Carlin, Pfeifer, Kvamme, 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 Pfeifer, seconded by Grams, to approve the agenda.  With all in favor, the motion carried. 

Approval of Minutes – A motion was made by Johnson, seconded by Parras, to approve the minutes of the May 13, 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 13, 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. 2019-61 entitled “Resolution Approving Consent Agenda“ was introduced.  Councilmember Johnson questioned how many rifles were being purchased for the Police Department.  City Administrator Prafke indicated he would review the invoice and let the Council know the details 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. 2019-61 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Minnesota Pavilion Project Bond Sale Amendment – City Administrator Prafke requested adoption of a resolution that would amend Resolution No. 2019-55, adopted by the Council on May 13, 2019, to correct two issues related to the 2026 interest rate and identification of the resale of $5 million in bonds for the hospital project that were refunded to make them non-taxable earlier in 2019.  In motion by Pfeifer, seconded by Grams, Resolution No. 2019-62 entitled “Resolution Amending Resolution No. 2019-55 Related To The Issuance of The City’s $1,350,000 General Obligation Tax Abatement Bonds, Series 2019B“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-62 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Distributed Energy Resources Policy – Public Works Director Moulton presented the proposed modifications to the City’s distributed energy resources policy which established a process for connection of different energy (solar, wind, etc….) sources to the City’s distribution system.  Moulton noted the City’s policy was originally adopted in 2011, but the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was concerned that various utilities around the state had differing policies and the PUC had established new policies and rules related to the interconnection process to be followed by all utilities.  Moulton stated SMMPA, the City’s power supplier, and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association had worked jointly to develop the policies and rules based on the State guidelines for alternative energy systems generating less than 40 kilowatts.  Councilmember Parras asked for clarification on several components of the documents including the definitions of “apparatus” and “reasonable access” to personal property.  Parras expressed concerns about the policy being “immensely complex” and creating roadblocks to interconnection.  City Administrator Prafke and Moulton both indicated the changes to the language, which would be easily understood by the professionals selling solar energy systems and other types of alternative power, were being introduced to level the planning field across the state and the additional language actually resulted in additional requirements the City must meet including time thresholds for responding to a customer.  In motion by Grams, seconded by Carlin, Resolution No. 2019-63 entitled “Resolution Adopting Saint Peter Municipal Utilities Distributed Energy Resource Interconnection Process“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-63 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

City Assistance Request:  Bluesfest – City Administrator Prafke recommended approval of a request by the St. Peter Ambassador’s for City assistance for the 2019 Bluesfest event in Minnesota Square Park.  Prafke noted staff had met with the organizers, as well as the Fourth of July organizers, to discuss orientation of the event in the park while the pavilion project is underway and the Bluesfest organizers have chosen to orient the portable stage facing the northeast corner of the park with the restroom facility behind it.  Prafke also noted that the City will pay the fee to rent the City of North Mankato’s portable stage for both events and Public Works staff will pick up and return the stage to North Mankato.  In motion by Johnson, seconded by Parras, Resolution No. 2019-64 entitled “Resolution Approving Request For City Assistance For Ambassador’s Bluesfest“ was introduced.  Upon roll call, with all in favor, the Resolution was declared passed and adopted.  A complete copy of Resolution No. 2019-64 is contained in the City Administrator’s book entitled Council Resolutions 22.

Reports

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Zieman commented on the rain delays impacting the Memorial Day event in Minnesota Square Park which also impacted turnout.

Food Waste Compost Program – City Administrator Prafke reported the food waste compost program would begin on June 3rd and indicated over 80 customers were already signed up for the program.

“Toward Zero Death” Enforcement Wave – City Administrator Prafke reminded the public the City’s Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies across the State, were participating in a “Towards Zero Death” enforcement wave focusing on seat belt and child restraint violations.

Hospital Tour-  City Administrator Prafke reported the City Council and Hospital Commission would have a joint committee of the whole tour of the Hospital expansion project on May 31st and a public tour of the patient rooms was scheduled on June 1st.

Curbside Appliance/Furniture Collections – City Administrator Prafke reminded the public of the deadline for signing up for the curbside appliance and furniture collections was June 3rd for the June 6th collection.  Prafke noted pre-registration and payment was required for these collections.

Councilmembers Kvamme and Carlin reported on the Shoreland Planting project at Hallett’s Pond sponsored and funded by a grant from Great River Greening which allowed for over 2,000 small native plants to be planted on the south shore of Hallett’s Pond and planted on floating islands.  Carlin indicated the plants would suck up nitrates in the Pond and eventually serve to purify the water.

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 7:39 p.m.