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									                                           Alexandria, Minnesota
                                            November 27, 2006

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the City Council was held in the Council
Chambers with those present reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, after which Mayor Dan Ness called the
meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

The following members were present: Carlson, Weisel, Benson
The following members were absent: Kalpin, Frank
Also present were two news media representatives.


CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Approve Minutes of November 13, 2006 Council Meeting
        B. Approve License Application and Authorize Issuance
              Temporary On-Sale Liquor:     Eagles (sell liquor on December 31, 2006)
              On-Sale Beer License:         Butler’s Pantry

Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Weisel to approve the Consent
Agenda as presented. The motion carried by the following vote:

                       YES:      Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                       NO:       None
                   ABSENT:       Kalpin, Frank


JASON MURRAY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (EDC) DIRECTOR –
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

EDC Director Jason Murray noted the Economic Development Board (EDB) met and recommends
Council approval of the Tax Increment Financing application from Sanibel Investments LLC. Sanibel
Investments proposes removing the former K & K Building to build an 11,200 square foot office/retail
facility and building on the two parcels. The proposed project would increase the market value of the
property to $1,097,400 and generate an increment of $9,536 per year. The EDB recommends a 13-year
increment district with the City retaining 20% for administrative fees.

A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Weisel to adopt Resolution No. 06-80, A
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MODIFICATION OF THE
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT NO. 1 AND THE TAX
INCREMENT FINANCING PLANS FOR TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICTS NO. 4, 6, 7,
9-12 AND 14-35; THE CREATION OF TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT NO. 36, AND
THE ADOPTION OF A TAX INCREMENT FINANCING PLAN. The motion carried by the following
vote:

                       YES:      Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                       NO:       None
                   ABSENT:       Kalpin, Frank

The full text of this Resolution appears in the Resolution file.


PUBLIC HEARING – 2007 LIQUOR LICENSES

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:15 p.m. and opened the public hearing for the 2007 Liquor Licenses.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted the applications have been reviewed and approved by Police Chief
Rick Wyffels, copy of which is attached to and made a part of these minutes. Mr. Taddei noted the
public hearing is for the on-sale liquor license only.

City Attorney John Lervick stated he was unaware of any violations of the applications.

Mayor Ness then called for public comments and hearing none, he closed the public hearing at 7:17 p.m.

Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Weisel to approve the 2007 On-
Sale Liquor Licenses as presented. The motion carried by the following vote:

                       YES:      Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                       NO:       None
                   ABSENT:       Kalpin, Frank
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                                         November 27, 2006

A motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Carlson to approve the 2007 Liquor License Renewals as
presented. The motion carried by the following vote:

                     YES:      Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                     NO:       None
                 ABSENT:       Kalpin, Frank


CITY PLANNER’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

   A.      Planning Commission Recommendations

           1. Old & Other Business

               A. Platting Application – Bud Peterson “Pete’s Point”

                   City Planner Mike Weber stated the preliminary plat was approved in August 2006
                   subject to three conditions, which would carry forward as conditions of the final plat.
                   Staff recommends approval of the final plat as presented.

                   RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the final plat (SA-06-010) of “Pete’s Point”
                   submitted by Bud’s Farm, LLC as presented with the following conditions:

                   1.   Waiver of the City’s park dedication requirements, since the subdivision does
                        not meet the conditions required for contribution or dedication.
                   2.   Connection to public utilities as per ALASD and ALP requirements.
                   3.   A title opinion shall be submitted to the City Attorney for review and approval
                        before plat is released for recording.

                   Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Benson to
                   accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve “Pete’s Point”
                   final plat SA-06-010 with the conditions outlined above. The motion carried by the
                   following vote:

                                     YES:       Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                                     NO:        None
                                 ABSENT:        Kalpin, Frank

               B. Zoning Text Amendment – Bonita Nienaber

                   City Planner Mike Weber noted at the October meeting, the Planning Commission
                   voted to table the zoning text amendment application by Bonita Nienaber. This
                   application would amend Section 10.06, Subdivision 4, which governs conditional
                   uses in the R-1, Single-Family Residential District. She is seeking to add licensed
                   residential facilities serving seven to ten individuals as a conditional use in the R-1
                   zoning district.

                   RECOMMEND DENIAL of the Zoning Text Amendment (TA-06-003) submitted by
                   Bonita Nienaber based upon a finding that more than six (6) residents in a licensed
                   residential facility would be out of character with the stated purpose of the R-1
                   district to “provide for low-density single-family detached residential dwelling units
                   and directly-related, complementary uses.”

                   Following discussion, a motion was made by Benson and seconded by Carlson to
                   accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission to deny Zoning Text
                   Amendment TA-06-003 based upon the finding outlined above. The motion carried
                   by the following vote:

                                     YES:       Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                                     NO:        None
                                 ABSENT:        Kalpin, Frank

   B.      Garbage Bids – City Planner Mike Weber noted the City received quotations from two of the
           five haulers to whom the packet was sent, copy of which is attached to and made a part of
           these minutes. He indicated this would be a three-year contract. They offered all quoters to
           provide decorative containers in the downtown area as an alternative quotation. West
           Central did submit a quote for those containers, however the cost to the City is more than
           what it wants to spend. The Downtowners Association is going to work on this to try and get
           funding for the decorative containers. The following quotations were received:
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                              Alex Rubbish Service, Inc. –     Part “A”               $ 9,779.40/year
                                                                Part “B”                 2,472.00/year
                                                                           Total       $12,251.40/year

                              West Central Sanitation –        Part “A”               $ 6,214.14/year
                                                                Part “B”                 1,435.86/year
                                                                        Total          $ 7,650.00/year

            City staff recommends the contract be awarded to West Central Sanitation in the amount of
            $7650/year for the three-year period beginning on January 1, 2007. Mr. Weber noted the
            previous three-year contract with Waste Management, awarded in January, 2004 was for
            $7206.50/year. Following discussion, a motion was made by Benson and seconded by
            Carlson to accept the low quotation, West Central Sanitation, in the amount of $7,650 per
            year for three years. The motion carried by the following vote:

                              YES:     Carlson, Benson
                              NO:      None
                         ABSTAIN:      Weisel
                          ABSENT:      Kalpin, Frank

            Mayor Ness questioned the vote since there was only two Council Members voting. City
            Attorney John Lervick noted there is a quorum with three of the five Council Member
            present, however, it depends on if the quotation award was dependant on a 2/3 vote. He does
            not see that the abstention is necessary for the passing. Mayor Ness noted according Roberts
            Rules of order a quorum is required to open a meeting, but not for voting purposes, and
            therefore he declared the vote carried.


CITY ATTORNEY’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

City Attorney John Lervick had no items of business.


CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

   1.      Street Commissioner Position – City Administrator Jim Taddei noted that with the pending
           retirement of Street Commissioner Truman Hanson, it is necessary to authorize City staff to
           advertise for his replacement. Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and
           seconded by Benson to authorize City staff to proceed with advertising for the Street
           Commissioner’s position. The motion carried by the following vote:

                      YES:     Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                      NO:      None
                  ABSENT:      Kalpin, Frank

   2.      Nuisance Amendment – Mr. Taddei noted that Bob Bordeaux, who enforces the nuisance
           ordinance, has requested an amendment to the definitions of junk cars, presently Section
           9.55, Subd. 1.E. reads as follows: “Junk Cars. Any unlicensed, unregistered or inoperable
           vehicles stored in the open in a residential area”. Mr. Bordeaux would like to amend the
           definition by changing “Junk Cars to Junk Vehicles” and by adding: “to include but not be
           limited to automobiles, trucks, snowmobiles, trailers, boats, canoes, stock cars, and
           demolition cars”. City Attorney John Lervick suggested the Council adopt a first reading
           and then his office would look at the language. Following discussion, a motion was made by
           Carlson and seconded by Weisel to approve for its first reading an ordinance amending the
           definition of junk cars. The motion carried by the following vote:

                      YES:     Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                      NO:      None
                  ABSENT:      Kalpin, Frank

   3.      Truth In Taxation Hearing – Mr. Taddei reminded the Mayor and Council that they would
           meet on Monday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. to conduct the Truth In Taxation Hearing for the
           2007 Tax Levy and Budget.
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                                         November 27, 2006


OLD AND OTHER BUSINESS

Mayor Ness noted after the Council took action at the last meeting to approve the sale of beer for the
Blizzard, there was an article in the newspaper stating they would be serving for curling and broomball.
City Attorney John Lervick noted the Council’s action was for curling events only. Mayor Ness stated
the organization does not have permission to sell beer during the broomball events.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Virg Batesole, noted he heard on the news that TIF financing did not cover retail development. EDA
Director Jason Murray noted because the population is over 5,000 the City is denied to use TIF for
strictly retail use or new construction. For example the China Buffet cannot be granted TIF. Mayor Ness
noted it is population dependent, and wondered how the City of Rogers got TIF for the Cabelas. It is
likely that project is a redevelopment, not strictly new construction.

John Widmark, 1505 Scenic Heights Road, wondered about the tax increment financing for the old K & k
building. Mr. Murray noted it would be redevelopment by tearing down the existing building.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Benson, and carried
unanimously by those present to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

                                                        _______________________________________
                                                        H. Dan Ness, Mayor

ATTEST: _________________________________
        James P. Taddei, City Administrator

								
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