Mankato City Council
Regular Meeting
Monday, September 22, 2008 6:00 PM
Minnesota River Room

 
        A Regular Meeting of the Mankato City Council was conducted on September 22, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Pro Tem Laven presiding. Council Members Vance Stuehrenberg, Charlie Hurd, Jack Considine, Mark Frost, and Tamra Rovney were present. Mayor Brady was excused. Also present were City Manager Patrick Hentges, City Attorney Eileen Wells, City Engineer Ken Saffert, and Legal Clerk Renae Kopischke. Following roll call, the Pledge of Allegiance was given.
 
Presentations
 
(2.1) Lifesaver Award presented to Louis King and Alex Huynh.
(2.2) Presentation by Tim Flaherty - Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC).
 
Approval of Agenda
 
(3.1) Mayor Pro Tem Laven requested any corrections or additions to the agenda. Mr. Frost added two items under Reports of Council Members. Mr. Considine moved to approve the agenda as amended. Mr. Frost seconded the motion. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried.
 
Approval of Minutes
 
(4.1) Mayor Pro Tem Laven requested any corrections or additions to the minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 8, 2008. Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Stuehrenberg seconded a motion to approve the minutes as written. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried.
 
Public Open Forum
 
No one spoke at the public open forum.
 
Consent Calendar
 
Mayor Pro Tem Laven requested any corrections or additions to the Consent Calendar. Mr. Frost pulled item 6.7, and requested that it be voted on separate from the Consent Calendar. Mr. Hurd moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to approve the Consent Calendar pulling item 6.7. The motion carried unanimously. The following items were approved on the Consent Calendar:
(6.1) Resolution Approving Additional Election Judges for General Election on November 4, 2008.
 
(6.2) Motion approving Application for Temporary Inclusion of Non-Enclosed Premises in the License Premises for Boomtown, 1600 Warren Street on September 27, 2008.
 
(6.3) Resolution Adopting the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
 
(6.4) Report on Supplemental Agreement No. 1 on Project No. 06020 (S.P. 0702-118) Traffic Signal Systems on Victory Drive at Raintree Road and at Trunk Highway #14 south ramps.
 
(6.5) Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Execute an Intergovernmental Joint Services Agreement with the Metropolitan Council for the Purchase of Transit Buses.
 
(6.6) Recognition of donation by Mary Styndl and Vance Stuehrenberg to assist in the purchase of a TV set for the Department of Public Safety – Fire Bureau.
 
(6.8) Consideration of bids on Project No. 07077, Parking Ramp Repairs at 210 South Broad Street.
 
(6.9) Consideration of bids on Project No. 07056, Reconstruction of Byron Street.
 
(6.10) Motion to reject bids on Project No’s. 08040 & 08044, alley surfacing projects.
 
(6.11) Resolution declaring costs to be assessed and ordering preparation of proposed assessment, and set date of hearing for October 13, 2008, for:
 
(6.12) Set October 13 as date of hearing for the following:
 
(6.7) Motion approving purchase of mobility van for paratransit.
 
Mr. Frost inquired as to whether there were other options for providing paratransit service.
 
Mr. Hentges stated that several options have been reviewed and the purchase of a paratransit van appears to be the most cost effective.
 
Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Considine seconded a motion to approve the purchase of a mobility van for paratransit. The motion carried unanimously.
 
Public Hearing
 
(7.1) Mr. Hentges stated that this was an assessment hearing on Improvement No. 08036, rehabilitation of Madison Avenue from Riverfront Drive to Seventh Street.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven opened the public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Pro Tem Laven closed the public hearing.
 
Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Hurd seconded a motion to approve the assessment hearing on Improvement No. 08036. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried.
 
Licenses
 
(8.1) Mr. Hentges provided a summary of complaints and violations associated with the rental license at 719 North 4th Street. He stated that Ms. Ziegler purchased the property in 2005, and the transfer inspection revealed several items that needed to be repaired or replaced on both the interior and exterior of the property. The property was re-inspected about six weeks later and was approved for rental. Mr. Hentges mentioned that the regularly scheduled renewal inspection was held on February 23, 2007, and again several items were noted by the inspector. These items were all corrected by the date of the follow-up inspection. Mr. Hentges noted that during 2007, building permits were issued for replacing the windows, repairing water damage, and remodeling the lower level and kitchen. The repairs made were valued at almost $62,000. Mr. Hentges indicated that the property owner appears to be responsive to the inspectors and has improved the general condition of the property over the last three years.
 
Mr. Hentges stated that due to the numerous violations, it is recommended that the rental license for the property be revoked.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven opened the public hearing.
Stephanie Ziegler, 2673 Mallard Drive, Woodbury, stated that she wished to take full responsibility for the property. Ms. Ziegler indicated that she entered into a contract for deed with Jeremy Wise who had been serving as the local agent; however, she recently fully acquired the property and plans to obtain a new agent. Ms. Ziegler commented on the work and money that she has invested into the property and asked that the Council give her a chance to turn things around.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven closed the public hearing.
 
Mr. Frost asked Ms. Ziegler if she was aware that in August there were tenants moving in even though the license suspension took effect on August 1. Ms. Ziegler replied that she was unaware.
 
Mr. Hurd asked if Ms. Ziegler was notified regarding issues associated with the property. Mr. Hentges replied that several letters were sent to both Ms. Ziegler and her agent regarding the status of the property.
 
It was noted that the property is currently vacant.
 
Mr. Hurd moved and Mr. Stuehrenberg seconded a motion to approve the revocation of the rental license at 719 North 4th Street.
 
The motion carried 4 to 2, with Mr. Frost, and Ms. Rovney voting against.
 
Reports of Council Members
 
(9.1) Multi-Modal Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes from September 2, 2008.
 
(9.2) Traffic and Safety Committee Meeting Minutes from September 11, 2008.
 
Mr. Frost mentioned two items for discussion: (1) MSU Drinking Policy; and (2) Windpower, wind generated electricity - both items to be discussed at a work session.
 
 
Miscellaneous Business
Mayor Brady reminded the Council of the following upcoming meetings:
(10.1) (Tentative) Council Work Session, October 6, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Blue Earth River Room.
(10.2) Multi-Modal Transportation Committee Meeting, October 7, 2008, 4:30 p.m., Minnesota Valley Room.
(10.3) Regular City Council Meeting, October 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Minnesota River Room.
(10.4) Environmental Committee Meeting, October 15, 2008, 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Valley Room.
 
(10.5) City of Mankato/Blue Earth County Intergovernmental Committee Meeting, October 16, 2008, 7:00 a.m., Holiday Inn.
 
(10.6) Planning Commission Meeting, October 22, 2008, 6:30 p.m., Minnesota River room.
 
(10.7) Regular City Council Meeting (followed by work session), October 27, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Minnesota River Room.
 
Public Open Forum 
 
No one spoke at the public open forum.
 
Adjournment 
 
There being no further business before the Council, Mr. Stuehrenberg moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to adjourn. With all members voting in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:06 p.m.
 
Minutes Approved.
 
 ________________________________                                                            
Mayor Pro Tem Laven
 
ATTEST:
 
 
 ________________________________                                                                       
Renae J. Kopischke
Acting City Clerk