MANKATO CITY COUNCIL MINUTES November 8, 2004

MINUTES

 

Mankato City Council

Regular Meeting

November 8, 2004 7 p.m.

Minnesota River Room

 

A Regular Meeting of the Mankato City Council was conducted on November 8, 2004, at 7 p.m. with Mayor Jeff Kagermeier presiding. Council Members John Brady, Jack Considine, Mark Frost, Mike Laven, Michael Spellacy and Joe Frederick were present. Also present were City Manager Patrick Hentges, City Engineer Ken Saffert, Community Development Director Paul Vogel, and City Clerk Cheryl Lindquist. Following roll call, the Pledge of Allegiance to Our Flag was given.

21st Annual Landscaping and Beautification Contest Winners

 

Mayor Kagermeier and City Council Members recognized the annual Landscaping and Beautification Contest Winners. Mayor Kagermeier indicated that the City appreciates the efforts made to beautify properties in Mankato. Properties were judged on general yard plan, use of seasons, uniqueness of plantings and gardening techniques. The following winners were recognized:

 

Single Family DwellingThomas and Eunice Swanson, 211 Fulton Street.

 

Multiple Family DwellingHoward and Mary Schmidt, 2229 Marwood Drive.

 

Business CategoryOld Country Buffet, 1861 Adams Street. 

Approval of Agenda

 

Mayor Kagermeier requested any corrections or additions to the Agenda. Mr. Laven requested an addition under Reports of City Council Members. The Council acknowledged memos from staff indicating the additional Resolution under item 7.5 and the removal of the Public Hearing on Improvement No. 02056 and 02069 under item 7.4. Mr. Spellacy moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to approve the agenda as amended. The motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Minutes

Mayor Kagermeier requested any corrections or additions to the minutes from the Regular Meeting of October 25, 2004. Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Considine seconded a motion to approve the minutes. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

Public Open Forum

No one spoke at the first public open forum.

Consent Calendar

Mayor Kagermeier requested any corrections or additions to the Consent Calendar. Mr. Frederick requested to pull item 6.2 for further discussion. Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Spellacy seconded a motion to approve the balance of the Consent Calendar, which included the following:

(6.1) Motion approving Consumption and Display Permit (Bottle Club License) for the Caledonian Curling Club Inc., DBA Mankato Caledonian Curling Club, 600 Hope Street, Mankato.

(6.3) Resolution Approving Wetland Sequencing and Replacement Plan - Wings Over White Oak. By Request of Meridian Land Company (property located south of Stadium Road and east of MRCI).

(6.4) Resolutions Approving Planned Unit Development and Final Plat of Willow Brook Subdivision No. 2. By Request of Bradford Development, LLC.

(6.5) Resolution Approving Final Plat of Freyberg Brothers Subdivision. By Request of Freyberg Brothers (property located adjacent to Mankato Oil and Tire at 1771 Bassett Drive).

(6.6) Resolution Granting Conditional Use Permit to Allow Outside Storage. By Request of Gander Mountain (property located at 1940 Adams Street).

(6.7) Resolution Approving Annexation request of Doug and Vickie Larson, 207 Bermuda Drive 

(6.8) Resolution Adopting Final Assessments for Improvement No. 90083, Reconstruction of Lafayette Street from Broad Street to Seventh Street and on Seventh Street from Lafayette Street to Madison Avenue.

(6.9) Resolution Declaring Cost to be Assessed and Ordering preparation of Proposed Assessment for Improvements, and Set Date of Hearing for December 13, 2004:

Improvement No. 99061, Construction of a holding pond facility north of Trunk Highway #14 and southeast of Thompson Ravine Road.

 

Improvement No. 00078, Necessary sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, curb and gutter, and bituminous street surfacing on South Brook Circle, South Brook Way and Brookside Lane in South Brook Subdivision Phase III.

 

Improvement No. 03041, Necessary sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, holding pond, grading, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Timberwolf Drive from Copper Village Court to Heron Drive and on Heron Drive from Plato Avenue to Timberwolf Drive.

 

Improvement No. 03049, Construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, grading, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Augusta Drive, Doral Drive, Pinehurst Drive, Muirfield Drive, Kingsmill Court Firestone Drive and the Planned Unit Development Area, all within Trail Creek Addition.

(6.10) Motion awarding bids for repair of North side Lift Station Force main. Award to GM Contracting, Lake Crystal with a low bid of $131,758.40.

(6.2) Mr. Frederick stated that there was a discrepancy between the requested action on the agenda and the memo in the Council packet from DPS on this item. Mr. Frederick asked if approval for a Class R was being requested. Mr. Hentges responded the requested motion was on the agenda and a Class R was being requested. Mr. Frederick asked what the Class R fee was. City Clerk Cheryl Lindquist responded that there is no fee for a Class R license. Mr. Frederick asked if a Sunday liquor license was being requested. City Clerk Cheryl Lindquist indicated that a Sunday liquor license was needed because of the Wine license. Mr. Frederick moved and Mr. Spellacy seconded a motion approving a 3.2 Malt Liquor License, Wine License, Sunday Liquor, and Class R License for Happy Chef Systems Inc, DBA Happy Chef Restaurant, Highway 169 North, Mankato. The motion carried unanimously.

Public Hearings

(7.1) Mr. Hentges presented the Resolution Designating Development property under the Mankato City Charter. The property is described as Outlot B, Kensington Hills Subdivision. Mr. Hentges explained that in exchange for Outlot B, the City would receive Outlot C, Rosewood, Phase 2, for storm water holding purposes.

 

Mr. Frost asked what the original purpose of the outlot. Mr. Hentges responded that often times developers may have additional property that they choose not to develop or that isnt feasible to make improvements upon. Mr. Hentges stated that the lot the City owns in Kensington was due to a tax forfeiture situation and is of no use to the City.

 

Mr. Frederick asked if basically the City was trading our parcel for the one we are receiving. Mr. Saffert replied yes and stated that, area wise they are different in size, but are they basically equal in value. Mr. Saffert stated that the property to be sold amounts to approximately 2.16 acres in Rosewood 2 Outlot C. However, the value of the land is probably three times higher, since the City would be releasing hilltop land for the bottom of a ravine, which will have little purpose other than environmental or storm water holding purposes.

 

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Spellacy moved and Mr. Brady seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Designating Outlot B, Kensington Hills as Development property and Authorizing Sale. The motion carried unanimously.

(7.2) Mr. Hentges stated that this was the date of the Project Feasibility Hearing on Improvement No. 02075, Proposed Reconstruction of Pine Street from Third Avenue to First Avenue and on Second Avenue from Mills Street to Chestnut Street.

 

Mr. Saffert explained that the project was originally petitioned for by two property owners and that it has been in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for two years. Mr. Saffert explained that Pine Street would be reconstructed with curb and gutter and a 36-foot wide street. The water main and sanitary sewer would be replaced, more storm drainage installed, and curb and gutter added to Second Avenue with the proposed project.

 

Mr. Saffert explained that the estimated total cost of the project is $493,800 with estimated assessments paying $118,715; City Share (utilities) paying $49,500; and City Share (General Obligation) paying $325,585.

 

Mayor Kagermeier asked if this project would correct the ponding that occurs near the Kato Ballroom. Mr. Saffert replied yes.

 

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Frederick moved and Mr. Considine seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Ordering Improvement 02075, Approving plans and Specifications, Ordering Advertisement for Bids and Declaring Intent to Bond the Improvement and the Resolution Declaring Costs to be Assessed and Ordering Preparation of Proposed Assessment for Improvements and Set Date of Assessment Hearing for December 13, 2004. The motion carried unanimously.

(7.3) Mr. Hentges presented the Resolution Approving the Final Plat of Rosewood Phase II. Mr. Hentges explained that the property is located west of Monks Avenue and south of South Brook Addition. The plat represents the 2nd phase of Rosewood Subdivision development and 46 lots are depicted and street connections provided per approved plan.

 

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Brady moved and Mr. Spellacy seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Approving the Final Plat of Rosewood Phase II. The motion carried unanimously.

(7.4) Mr. Hentges explained this was an Assessment Hearing on various City improvements. Mr. Hentges explained that the following projects are being closed out and the assessments finalized. Mr. Hentges stated that all the property owners have been notified of the assessment hearing this evening and that this was the final step in the process.

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing for the following projects:

 

Project No. 00063, Necessary sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Woodhaven Lane, Parkside Street and Whispering Pines in Parkside Addition. (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 00063).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 01052, Necessary sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Victoria Boulevard, Woodhaven Lane, Kristy Lane, Olivia Court, Ella Court and Brookside Lane in South Brook Subdivision Phase IV. (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 01052).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 01079, Necessary sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Palancar Avenue, Kristy Lane, Ledlie Lane, Ledlie Court, Park Place and Peaceful Place in Parkside Addition No. 2 (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 01079).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 02007, Extension of the Southeast Trunk sanitary sewer and watermain from existing end at UBC easterly along CSAH #83 to Foley Road, then north and easterly into Country Woods Estates. Also Sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, grading base, curb and gutter and surfacing in Country Woods Estates Phase I (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 02007).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 02046, Construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, grading, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Diamond Creek Road and Cameo Lane within Diamond Creek Subdivision, Phase III (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 02046).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 03039, Construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, grading, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Maverick Drive, Timberwolf Drive, Quinion Drive, Cole Court and Copper Village Court with in Copperfield Subdivision, Phase IB (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 03039).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 03040, Construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, grading, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Savannah Court in Coppers Edge Subdivision (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 03040).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 03038, Construction of sanitary sewer, watermain, storm drainage, grading, base, curb and gutter and bituminous street surfacing on Viking Court from Ledlie Lane to south in Kietzer Subdivision (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 03038).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 03042, Grading, base, curb and gutter, sidewalk and bituminous street surfacing on St. Andrews Drive from Thompson Ravine Road (CSAH #3) south 300 feet and west 750 feet (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 03042).

 

Assessment Hearing on Project No. 04002, Miscellaneous Assessment Improvements as petitioned for by individual property owners (Resolution adopting assessment for Project No. 04002).

 

There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Frederick moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to approve the above Resolutions Adopting Assessments. The motion carried unanimously.

(7.5) Mr. Hentges stated that this was a Public Hearing on the Resolution of Requesting Decertification of Certain Properties with the Downtown Key City Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District and Resolution Approving Property Tax Abatement for the City of Mankatos Downtown Hotel Redevelopment.

 

Mr. Hentges explained that property tax abatement is recommended for the new downtown hotel project. The abatement will generate between $277,600 and $619,100 depending on the participation of Blue Earth County. The abatement will be used for parking improvements, skyway construction and other public infrastructure improvements in the Downtown Core.

 

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing:

 

Roger Guenette, Advance Resources, stated he drafted the Resolution and that there was a typo on it. The correct number should be $561,750 rather than $324,300. Mr. Guenette apologized for the error.

There being no one else wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Considine seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Requesting Decertification of Certain Properties with the Downtown Key City Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District and Resolution Approving Property Tax Abatement for the City of Mankatos Downtown Hotel Redevelopment. The motion carried unanimously.

(7.6) Mr. Hentges stated this was the Public Hearing on the Proposed Modification of City County Joint Lime Valley Redevelopment Project and Tax Increment Financing District and the Proposed Adoption of a Redevelopment Program and Tax Increment Financing Plan Relating Thereto.

 

Mr. Hentges outlined that the purpose of the proposed plan modification is to expand the boundaries of the Lime Valley Redevelopment Project Area in order to enable funding of public improvements to promote redevelopment of blighted property and development of marginal land that would otherwise remain vacant. The funds would be used for site and soil corrections, correct drainage problems and utilize funds for parking, skyway and storefront renovation. Mr. Hentges stated that this project is a good step in revitalizing the Lime Valley District and that land that has been undevelopable and/or has been in need of redevelopment will be able to attract private investment resulting in tax base enhancement and the creation of new job opportunities.

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Spellacy moved and Mr. Brady seconded a motion to approve the Resolution Approving City County Joint Lime Valley Redevelopment Project and Tax Increment Financing District No. 1 Modification. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Commission

(8.1) Mr. Hentges presented the Resolution Granting a Conditional Use Permit to Allow a Community Mental Health Center in the B-1, Community Business District. By Request of Michael Aalid.

 

Mr. Hentges explained that the property is located at corner of Caledonia and Pfau Streets. The Plan is to construct a 5,020 square foot mental health facility that will have offices and living space for 10 clients. The purpose of the center is to provide outpatient counseling and inpatient care for up to 7 days; no persons that are exhibiting dangerous behavior will be allowed at the facility. The Planning Commission approved the Conditional Use Permit at their October 27, 2004 meeting.

 

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing:

 

Richard Fisher, 100 Korean Drive, St. Peter, explained he was representing the project and provided an overview to the Council. Mr. Fisher stated that the project has been discussed for two years by mental health professionals, ISJ, Mankato Clinic, etc. Mr. Fisher stated that the facility will be serving people who are having a mental health crisis and would need medication or who are suffering from depression. Mr. Fisher stated that the facility is not a detox center or substance abuse center and that there will be no jail mates or prisoners allowed. The facility would be privately owned but leased to the State of Minnesota. Mr. Fisher stated that the patients living at the facility would be screened and would have to give a 12-hour notice if they wish to leave.

 

Council Member Frost asked what type of security the building would have. Mr. Fisher explained that the facility is not fenced and is not a jail. Patients would have to check out with staff.

 

Ron Wold, 213 E. Liberty St., stated that the facility is needed and that ISJ only has so many beds for this purpose and that if they are full, patients are referred to another facility outside Mankato. Mr. Wold stated it would be nice to get treatment locally.

 

Linda Rosow, 57201 238th Street, Mankato, stated that she works at ISJ and has participated in this project. Mr. Rosow stated that the facility will allow patients at the hospital to go to another facility before going home which will allow ISJ to treat other critical patients. Ms. Rosow stated that there are 30-40 transfers to other facilities each month.

 

Don Megaw, 616 Pfaw Street, Mankato, stated that he does not have a problem with the facility itself but did have some questions. Mr. Megaw asked questions regarding the type of security system the building would have, what counties the facility would serve, staffing on all shifts, who pays for the cost of the care to patients, and if the facility would be tax exempt.

 

Mr. Fisher responded by stating that the building would have alarms and a good lock system. Patients would be screened in advance. Mr. Fisher also stated that the facility would have approximately 17 employees total with two to five staff members on at any given shift. Mr. Fisher responded that the facility would serve a ten-county area but estimated that approximately 60% of the patients would come from Blue Earth County. Mr. Fisher also stated that the facility is a taxable facility because it is owned by private owners and leased to the State of Minnesota. Mr. Fisher stated that whatever cost is not paid for by the individual or insurance is paid by the State of Minnesota.

Mr. Megaw concluded by stating that the area was made up of mostly retired people and that they were concerned about the safety of the facility and the safety of the neighborhood.

 

Sigrid Olson, 101 Parkway Avenue, asked the audience to look at her and see if they were frightened. Ms. Olson stated that I am one of you but I could be one of those in such a facility.

 

Darrin Reed, 121 Winkler Street, stated that all but two of the residents who live on his street are still working and that he supports the project. Mr. Reed stated that he has children and is not concerned that the facility is in his neighborhood. Mr. Reed stated that as a staff member of the yellow ribbon support phone line, he often hears from people who are worried about a loved one who may be turned away locally because of a lack of beds.

 

John Cap, 405 N. 5th Street, #202, thought the project was a good idea and it would be a nice place for someone to go if the need should arise.

 

There being no one else wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Brady moved and Mr. Considine seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Granting a Conditional Use Permit to Allow Community Mental Health Center in B-1, Community Business District.

 

Mr. Spellacy asked Mr. Fisher about similar facilities in other communities. Mr. Fisher discussed facilities in Rochester, St. Paul and Duluth but stated they were different in some ways but in all cases, no complaints were received by the neighborhood. Mr. Fisher explained that the each facility is unique and is developed based on the needs of the area.

 

Mr. Considine stated that he was disturbed that there was an assumption of dangerousness right away with this project and that he has worked in this field in the past. Mr. Considine stated that many times, these types of patients are the victim and that they are just having a problem in their life.

 

Mr. Brady indicated that he supports the project and can understand the concerns from the neighborhood based on unknowns. Mr. Brady stated that has lived in his neighborhood since 1985 and the area has several group homes and there hasnt been any problems. Mr. Brady added to discriminate against people with mental illness is unfair and hopes the project is approved.

 

Mr. Spellacy stated that he reluctantly supports the project but believes his ward in being overpopulated with treatment facilities and feels they should be spread throughout the city.

 

Mr. Laven indicated that he supports the project and that as a regional center we have a responsibility to have this type of facility in the City. Mr. Laven indicated that there are two group homes on his street and doesnt feel a certain area of town is being picked on. Mr. Laven added that more people should stretch their hand out more to their neighbors.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

(8.2) Mr. Hentges presented the Resolution Granting a Conditional Use Permit for Restaurant at 410 South Front Street. By Request of Joshua Covarrubias.

Mr. Hentges stated that the property is located at 410 South Front Street. A

Conditional Use Permit was previously granted for this property as part of proposal for 410 and 408 South Front Street; the current request is from different applicant and represents a new plan.

 

Mr. Hentges explained that the proposal is for restaurant with 32 interior seats and 16 seats outside on a patio. No liquor license application has been submitted. Mr. Hentges added that, considering all uses in the 410 building, 33 off street parking stalls are required and will be assessed per the Downtown Parking Assessment District.

 

The exterior of the building will be altered and renovated. Renovations include recessing main entrance, removing wood siding from the faade, and window replacement.

 

Mr. Hentges stated that the patio was reviewed by Traffic and Safety for clearance issues. The Plan conforms to their recommendation and will be similar to the patio of Blue Bricks. Fire connection and hydrant accessibility are conditions of the permit. The CUP was reviewed and recommended for approval by the Planning Commission at their October 27, 2004 meeting.

 

Mayor Kagermeier opened the public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Kagermeier closed the public hearing.

 

Mr. Frederick moved and Mr. Brady seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Granting a Conditional Use Permit for a Restaurant at 410 South Front Street.

 

Mr. Frederick asked for clarification if the building exterior would be restored similar to the original storefront or if EIFS would also be used. Mr. Hentges stated that for the most part, the upper area would be brick and the lower area may be EIFS material rather than wood material, which was probably used in the 1930s. Mr. Vogel added that until demolition begins, it may not be known what is underneath the current exterior, but if the original glass/brick is found, that may be used and would be acceptable to the City.

 

Mr. Spellacy asked if Mr. Awsumbs concerns have been addressed. Mr. Vogel stated that the Planning Commission reviewed the concerns. Mr. Vogel pointed out that recently the property taxes were brought current and that the trash receptacle issues have also been addressed as well as parking, which Mr. Hentges addressed. Mr. Frederick added that he has recently spoke to Mr. Awsumb and that he no longer has any objections with the project.

 

Mr. Considine stated that he was concerned about the parking issues in the downtown area. Mr. Hentges explained how the downtown parking assessment district works and added that the Mankato Place ramp currently holds 672 spaces plus there are additional parking spaces on the block, Cherry Street lot, and Heco/Bretts Building parking lot.

 

Mr. Considine asked when the City Council would be seeing information on the Cherry Street ramp. Mr. Hentges replied that the design would be coming to the City Council within the next 30 days.

 

The motion carried unanimously.

City Managers Report

(9.1) Mayor Kagermeier presented the Resolution Adopting the Model Subdivision Improvement Policy Amendments. The model agreement format allows the City to more easily assess property owners for the installation costs of public infrastructure. The assessments would be imposed following the procedure set forth in Minnesota Statute Chapter 429.

 

Mr. Hentges clarified that in Exhibit A of the agreement, it should read 20% down payment rather than 25%.

 

Mr. Considine moved and Mr. Frederick seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Adopting Model Subdivision Improvement Policy Amendments. With members Brady, Considine, Frost, Spellacy, Frederick and Mayor Kagermeier voting in favor and Mr. Laven voting against, the motion carried.

(9.2) Mayor Kagermeier presented the Resolution Appointing Members to the Riverfront Park Development Task Force and the Mankato Piece Relocation Task Force.

 

The Mankato Piece Relocation Task Force will identify publicly-controlled preferred sites for the relocation of the Mankato Piece and will submit a recommendation on landscaping and a site development plan for preferred sites. The task force will also present a budget for incidental costs and a budget for footing and foundation costs. Council Members Considine and Frederick will serve as the City Council representatives.

 

The Resolution appoints the following interested citizens to serve on the Mankato Piece Relocation Task Force: Paul Burns, Malda Farnham, Tony Filipovitch, Ann Fry, Jim Johnson, Jordan Kagermeier, Michelle Koppinger, Kevin Kroeber, Steve Oakey, Patricia Palm, Vance Stuehrenberg, Hal Walberg, Ken Saffert, Engineering Director (staff liaison) and Paul Vogel, Community Development Director (staff liaison).

 

The Riverfront Park Task Force will develop a Riverfront Park concept plan to include land use and recommend a theme and budget sufficient enough to give to landscape architect planners for the development of a final landscape plan.

 

The Resolution designates Mayor Kagermeier and Council Member Frost to serve as the City Council representatives and appoints the following citizens to serve on the Riverfront Park Task Force: Joshua Burman, Dennis Dotson, Mary Dowd, Brady Flowers, Mark Halvorson, Brad Martens, Steve Mayer, Steve Meyer, Bryan Paulsen, Carrie Rice, Kristi Schuck, Tom Westlund, Jeff Zabel, Ken Saffert, Engineering Director (staff liaison), Tom Severns, Parks Supervisor (staff liaison) and Paul Vogel, Community Development Director (staff liaison).

 

Mr. Spellacy moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to adopt the Mankato Piece Relocation Task Force Resolution and the Riverfront Park Task Force Resolution. The motion carried unanimously.

(9.3) Mayor Kagermeier presented the Resolution Declaring a Vacancy in the Ward 2 Council Representative Position and Ordering a Special Election.

The Mankato City Charter Section 2.07 requires that the City Council, by resolution, declare a vacancy in a Council representative position when the person elected to that position fails to qualify for the position. Benjamin Bassett has been recently elected but has withdrawn from the position.

Mr. Considine asked if Mr. Spellacy could stay on until a successor is determined and if the Council had to take any action. Mr. Hentges explained that basically the City Charter allows the City to extend Mr. Spellacys term until a qualified successor is named. Mr. Hentges stated that if the City needed to take any action, it could take place in December. Mr. Spellacy indicated he would be willing to remain on the City Council until the Special Election is held.

Mr. Considine moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to adopt the Resolution Declaring a Vacancy in the Ward 2 Council Representative Position and Ordering a Special Election. The motion carried unanimously.

Reports of City Council Members

(10.1) The Planning Commission Minutes from October 27, 2004 were accepted without discussion.

 

(10.2) Mr. Laven stated that he has received several questions on the speed limit on Stadium Road west of Monks Avenue. Mr. Laven stated that it wasnt signed regarding the speed limit until mid block near the athletic field and asked if the speed limit was 40 or 30 mph. Mr. Laven felt that signage posting the appropriate speeds were needed in the area due to the high number of pedestrians around the college.

 

Mr. Hentges explained that the speed limit is 30 mph west of Monks and that he would have staff look at the area and install proper signage.

 

Discussion took place on the speed limit east of Monks on Stadium Road. Mr. Hentges indicated that the County felt the higher speed in that area was acceptable due to sufficient width of the road and adequate turning lanes but that the area west of Monks Avenue on Stadium Road was definitely 30 m.p.h.

Miscellaneous Business

Mayor Kagermeier reminded the City Council of the upcoming meetings:

(11.1) Region Nine Development Committee Meeting, November 10, 2004, 6:30 p.m., Region Nine Office.

(11.2) Budget Work Session, November 15, 2004, 6:00 p.m., Blue Earth River Room.

(11.3) Capital Improvement Work Session, November 16, 2004, 6 p.m., Blue Earth River Room.

(11.4) Environmental Committee Meeting, November 17, 2004, 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Valley Room.

(11.5) City of Mankato/Blue Earth County Intergovernmental Committee Meeting, November 18, 2004, 7:00 a.m., Holiday Inn.

(11.6) Traffic and Safety Committee Meeting, November 18, 2004, 3:00 p.m., Minnesota Valley Room.

(11.7) Regular City Council Meeting, November 22, 2004, 6:00 p.m., Minnesota River Room (followed by work session).

Public Open Forum

(12.1) No one spoke at the second public open forum.

Adjournment

(13.1) There being no further business before the Council, Mr. Considine moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to adjourn. With all members voting in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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Jeff Kagermeier, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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Cheryl S. Lindquist, CMC

City Clerk