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					                                         Alexandria, Minnesota
                                            April 24, 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: Kalpin, Carlson, Weisel, Benson, Frank
The following members were absent: None
Also present were two news media representatives.


CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Approve Minutes of April 10, 2006 Council Meeting
        B. Approve License Application and Authorize Issuance
              Heating:       Sentra-Sota Sheetmetal (new)
              Fireworks:     T-n-T Fireworks (renewal – sell fireworks outside at Wal-Mart parking
                             lot)
                             Charles Lee Walker (renewal – sell fireworks inside at Wal-Mart,
                             Target, and County Market)
        C.    Proclamation: Arbor Day – April 28, 2006

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

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

Mayor Ness noted the proclamation declares April 28, 2006 as Arbor Day. A motion was made by
Carlson and seconded by Weisel to authorize the Mayor to sign a proclamation declaring April 28, 2006
as Arbor Day. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


AL CROWSER, ALP GENERAL MANAGER – APPROVE BIDS FOR NOKOMIS STREET
WATER TOWER PAINTING

Al Crowser, ALP General Manager, noted the following bids were received for a major painting and
refurbishment project at the Nokomis Street water tower:

                Name                            Bid Amount

                LeadCon, Inc.                   $298,000
                Odland Protective Coatings      $320,000
                Class Protective Coatings       $380,810
                TMI Coatings                    $470,700

The estimated cost was $325,000. The contractor has thirty-five days to complete the job once it is
started, with the project estimated to start on or about June 25, 2006. Mr. Crowser noted the engineering
firm, KLM, has worked with LeadCon from Wisconsin on many jobs in the past and found them to be a
reputable contractor. Lead paint would be removed to bare metal and various structural modifications
would be done to bring the facility into OSHA compliance. The exterior would be painted to match the
Industrial Park and 3M water towers. The Nokomis Street water tower will be an integral part of the
City’s water system well into the future, which is not the case for the Victoria Heights and Elm Street
towers. Those water towers will be retired within the next few years. The Board of Public Works has
approved the bids and recommends approval. Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and
seconded by Benson to approve the low bid, LeadCon, Inc., in the amount of $298,000 for painting the
Nokomis Street water tower. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

Mr. Crowser reminded the Mayor and City Council of the joint ALP/City meeting on May 1 st at 5:00
p.m. at the Garden Center.
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                                              April 24, 2006

KNUTE NELSON – INITIAL RESOLUTION RELATING TO AN ASSISTED LIVING
FACILITY REVENUE NOTE FINANCING

Mark Anderson, Knute Nelson Administrator, noted they intend to construct an expansion to the existing
36-unit assisted living facility known as Nelson Gables and located at 1220 Nokomis Street. The City in
respect to the Facility previously issued this revenue note in 1995. The facility would include 23
apartment units, a second dining room, a great room, and a wellness center. They are requesting a
revenue note in the amount of $4,500,000 for the purposes of financing the expansion and refunding the
1995 revenue note. The units will complete a “u” on Nokomis Street. A public hearing will be held in a
month to receive public comment. Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by
Frank to adopt Resolution No. 06-28, INITIAL RESOLUTION RELATING TO AN ASSISTED LIVING
FACILITY REVENUE NOTE FINANCING FOR KNUTE NELSON BY THE CITY OF
ALEXANDRIA, MINNESOTA (the “City”). The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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


SANITARY SEWER AND WATER CONNECTION CHARGES REVISIONS

    A.      Resolution Updating Fees – City Administrator Jim Taddei explained the City periodically
            updates its connection charges to the water and sewer in the City Code. He felt it would be a
            good time to update those charges. The charges would be raised to $5,000 for sanitary sewer
            and $4,000 for water. Since the last time the charges were updated it represents about a 3%
            annual increase. Council Member Kalpin wondered about the Phase II water project already
            set at $4,000 and wondered if this was different than what is being proposed. Mr. Taddei
            noted this would be a different charge from that, whereas if no previous charges were on a
            property then the connection charge would go into effect. Council Member Carlson
            wondered when the connection fee would be payable. Mr. Taddei noted it was when a
            property owner connects to City water. Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank
            and seconded by Weisel to adopt Resolution No. 06-29, RESOLUTION UPDATING THE
            SANITARY SEWER AND WATER CONNECTION CHARGES FOR THE CITY OF
            ALEXANDRIA. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

    B.      Ordinance Updating City Code Provisions – 1st Reading – Mr. Taddei noted this basically
            relates to the resolution updating fees as outlined above. The changes are in the capacity
            value and use value. Council Member Benson wondered what capacity value relates to. Mr.
            Taddei noted for example in commercial use is different than retail use. Different sized pipe,
            etc. The money collected is put into the revolving improvement fund. Following discussion,
            a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Kalpin to adopt for its first reading an
            ordinance amending and updating various water and sewer connection charges. The motion
            carried by the following vote:

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


CITY PLANNER’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

    A.      Planning Commission Recommendations

            1. Final Plat – “Oak Street Townhomes”

                RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Final Plat (SA-06-001) of “Oak Street Townhomes”
                by William and Karen Meyer as presented with the following Conditions:

                     1. Connection to sanitary sewer and water per ALASD and ALP requirements.
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       2. Payment of the required park dedication contribution of $1,500 ($500 per unit
          over the existing number of platted lots) prior to the release of the final plat for
          recording.

   Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to accept
   the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve “Oak Street Townhomes”
   Final Plat SA-06-001 with the conditions outlined above. The motion carried by the
   following vote:

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

2. Public Hearing – Platting and Conditional Use Applications – Brian Drown

   The applicant is requesting to allow townhomes in a R-1, “Single Family Residential”
   zone and to re-plat property. The property is located at 902 Quincy St. and is legally
   described as W 136’ of Blk 52 “Holes Garden Park Addn”, Alexandria City (Ward III-1).

   A. RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Preliminary Plat application (SA-06-006)
      “Garden Park Second Addition” from Brian Drown to subdivide property with the
      following Conditions:

       1. A final drainage plat is submitted to and approved by the City Engineer, prior to
          submittal of a final plat.
       2. Connection to public utilities as per ALASD and ALP requirements. (Note that
          there will be water connection charges of $2800/unit, and sanitary sewer
          connection charges of $3200/unit for the townhomes. Additionally, ALASD
          may impose their facility expansion fee.)
       3. Payment of the required park dedication contribution of $1000 ($500 per unit
          over the existing number of units) prior to release of the final plat for recording.
       4. Inclusion of the necessary Quincy Street right-of-way on the final plat.
       5. A Title Opinion to be submitted to the City Attorney for review and approval
          prior to the release of the final plat for recording.

   Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by Carlson to accept
   the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve “Garden Park Second
   Addition” Preliminary Plat SA-06-006 with the conditions outlined above. The motion
   carried by the following vote:

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

   B. RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Conditional Use application (C-06-007) of
      Brian Drown to allow construction of townhomes in a R-1, “Single Family
      Residential” zoning district based on the following Findings of Fact:

       1. The request is consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan, residential.
       2. The request does meet land area, setback, shoreland, floodplain, and wetland
          requirements; land area required = 8000 sq. ft., land area provided = 9900 sq. ft.,
          and all others are not applicable.
       3. The request will not depreciate the surrounding area based on prior City studies.
       4. The request is consistent with the character of the surrounding area, residential.
       5. There are existing or proposed utilities adequate to accommodate the request.
       6. There are existing or proposed streets adequate to handle the request, Quincy
          Street is existing.
       7. The request will not place undue financial burden on the City.
       AND the following Conditions:
       1. A separate building permit is required.
       2. Provide two paved, off-street parking stalls per unit.
       3. Utility connections as per ALASD and ALP requirements.
       4. Any exterior lighting to be hooded and directed away from the public street.
       5. A final drainage plan be submitted to and approved by the City Engineer.

    Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to accept
    the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve Conditional Use C-06-
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                 007 based upon the Findings of Fact and condition outlined above. The motion carried
                 by the following vote:

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

            3. “Le Homme Dieu Villas First Addition”

                 RECOMMEND DENIAL of the Platting application (SA-06-002) of “Le Homme Dieu
                 Villas First Addition” due to the issue with MNDOT regarding the right-of-way and
                 public use easement area.

                 Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to accept
                 the recommendation of the Planning Commission and deny “LeHomme Dieu Villas First
                 Addition” SA-06-002 due to the issue with MnDOT regarding the right-of-way and
                 public use easement area. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

    B.      2nd Avenue Vacation – Mr. Weber noted when this request came about from ALP, who was
            concerned with a transmission pole that they thought might be located within the right-of-
            way of Second Avenue. After reviewing the survey it was found the pole would not be in
            conflict with granting the vacation. ALP wants to maintain an access to the pole as
            development occurs on the property. Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and
            seconded by Benson to adopt for its first reading an ordinance vacating a portion of Second
            Avenue in the plat of “Lakeside Addition to the Town of Alexandria”. The motion carried
            by the following vote:

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


CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

    1.      ALP/City Joint Meeting – City Administrator Jim Taddei reminded the Mayor and City
            Council that the Joint ALP/City meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2006 at 5:00 p.m.
            at Garden Center.

    2.      City Council Work Session – Mr. Taddei asked the Mayor and City Council if perhaps it is
            time to schedule a work session regarding future staffing needs for the City. The Mayor and
            City Council mutually agreed to set the City Council Work Session for Wednesday, May 10,
            2006, at 6:30 p.m.


PUBLIC HEARING - PHASE II ANNEXATION WATER PROJECT

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:30 p.m. and opened the public hearing for the Phase II Annexation Water
Project.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted as part of the annexation agreement with Alexandria Township, one
responsibility the City has is to extend municipal water into that area. This is the first step in that project
and the first hearing receiving public comment concerning that project, after which it will be followed by
an additional assessment hearing. He indicated he sent out mailings to all the property owners involved.
He explained that City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven would give a brief overview of the project, Mr.
Taddei would review the waterline policy, ALP General Manager Al Crowser would give some
information regarding City water, and then the Mayor would receive public comments.

City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven, along with his assistant Jeremy Anderson, stated he would spend a
little time explaining the project. The portion of Phase II that was recently annexed totaled about 1500
acres. In the next three years the City will be extending water to the area in phases. He then described
the area that will be extended in 2006. The project itself is designed primarily in the road with the
exception of Melody Lane, which they will have to take up the entire pavement. Rosewood Circle is a
gravel road and he has talked to the affected property owners about paving that road. Melody Lane
would have to be completely taken apart to install the waterline, but Rosewood Lane’s work would be the
entire left side going under the road to each property so there would not be much disruption. On Hazel
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Hill Road the work will be on the north side of the road, south side of the road, and then basically back
and forth along that stretch. He pointed out it is a tough process, and the construction will be difficult to
do especially where areas are constrained. Melody Lane is particularly tough because there are no alleys,
etc., and it will basically be a large mess for a short period of time. The time frame is 70 days and in
addition, for Melody Lane there is a 21-day timeframe from the time the contractor removes the
pavement. There is another seven days after that to get the rest of the project done including seeding, etc.
The contractor would jack and bore under the railroad tracks and county road. For those on Melody Lane
the contractors would work with the property owners to keep access to their driveways open. They
would put a water service stub to all the property owners and his office would personally meet with them
to find the right place for the stub to make it least disruptive as possible. It would be up to the property
owner whether or not they wish to extend the waterline to their property, which it is not included in the
project.

Ray Dau, corner of Melody Lane, wondered about the sewer and wanted to know that as long as they are
doing water if they could also install sewer.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted he sent out the water policies and then highlighted the Phase II
project is estimated at about $2,700,000. Only about 15-20% of the project would be assessed.
Connection is not required but obviously the City needs to recover some of the cost so it would be
assessed. He then reviewed the assessment amounts in the policy. Also, if there are wells to be
abandoned, the ALP will cap the well at no cost. Property owners would be allowed to use the wells for
irrigation purposes only. He has received a letter from Arlan Johnson, who would prefer to have part one
and not part two done at this time. Mr. Taddei also mentioned he sent out a survey to certain property
owners in the area asking if they want water installed this year or in 2007.

Al Crowser, ALP Manager, noted ALP is the operator of the system. They have a number of wells by the
Eagles Club, which removes all the minerals and adds chlorine, and then it is distributed by 12-16 inch
water mains. The most recent water tower is in the industrial park. There would be water hydrants
because water would be available for fire protection. The charge for using the water would be $15-20 per
month for the community charge. The sewer is a separate entity – ALP does the billing but ALASD does
the charges.

Mayor Ness then called for public comments.

Tom Klemenhagen wondered about the charges, and if there would be an assessment for the installation
and then a separate connection charge for the hookup. Mr. Taddei noted there would only be one
assessment.

Darrell Johnson, who indicated he lives close to the Phase II area, stated most of the property owners
have wells that work and he also feels installing sewer would be the better of the two. He also feels that
perhaps while they are putting in the waterline they should also put in sewer.

Kurt Kluver, stated his folks live near the end of Hazel Hill Road, and wondered if that would be
constituted as one single-family. Mr. Taddei noted if the property is one parcel then it would be one
$4,000 charged.

Orrin Johnson, 2323 Pioneer Road, questioned the property along Rosewood Lane. He has given a 20-
foot easement for the waterline to go through, and he wondered where the hydrants would be located.
Mr. Schoonhoven noted it would likely be on the property line and not the easement line, so it would be
the road right of way easement.

Robert Ruplinger, Rosewood Lane, felt the $4,000 on 10-year assessment with a 7% interest rate is quite
high. Mr. Taddei noted the interest rate was established several years ago and it is up to Council
discretion if they wish to change that rate. He also noted the City is bonding for the project and the
interest rate it receives would be around 4% and the City usually goes a few percentage points higher,
which ends up being 7%. Mr. Ruplinger wondered if there would be a crew also hooking up the water
connection to homes, along with the crew installing the waterlines. Mr. Schoonhoven noted it is not
included in the project right now and is a separate thing the owner would have to contract to have done.

Shirley Kluver, wondered if it is not mandatory to hook up to water. Mr. Taddei stated it was not
mandatory unless the current well is no longer workable. She wondered where the waterline would be
installed by her property. Mr. Schoonhoven noted since it is so steep, the crew would bore and go under
the creek.

Orrin Johnson asked when the water line scheduled for 2007 would be installed. Mr. Taddei pointed out
that if the City gets a request to extend water in the second part they would also do that project. He
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further explained there are not many homes in that area and it would be quite expensive, but if they get a
developer that wishes to extend the water the City would comply.

Maurine Hamelau asked if they were to put in the water hook up, but did not connect until the well was
no longer useable, would they get a bill and what would the cost be at a later date. Mr. Schoonhoven
advised a property owner can run the waterline right to the house, and even if they do not hookup, there
would only be the one time fee of $4,000. The assessment is $4,000 and there would not be any other
charges from the City. The property owner would not be charged to turn the water on. The cost of the
line to the house goes by foot by the person they hire. Mr. Schoonhoven noted it varies and could be
around $10-$15 per foot. Ms. Hamelau wondered about a water softener and iron remover, and if they
have to get rid of them. Mr. Crowser noted she would want to keep the water softener, but the iron
remover would not longer be needed because there would be no minerals to take out of the water.

Ray Dau asked how hard is the City water. Mr. Crowser guessed about 22, but he would check on it.

Mr. Kluver inquired as to when the project would start. Mr. Taddei noted there would be another
assessment hearing and then the project would start shortly thereafter.

Orrin Johnson wondered if his well were to fail within six months, what would be his options. Mr.
Crowser advised Mr. Johnson that he could not drill a well, but if the water was not yet available he
could then get permission to drill a well.

Hearing no further comments, Mayor Ness closed the public hearing at 8:05 p.m.

Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Frank to adopt Resolution No. 06-
30, RESOLUTION DECLARING COST TO BE ASSESSED AND ORDERING PREPARATION OF
PROPOSED ASSESSMENT FOR THE PHASE II, PART I, ORDERLY ANNEXATION AREA
WATERLINE. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

A motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Kalpin to adopt Resolution No. 06-31, RESOLUTION
FOR HEARING ON PROPOSED ASSESSMENT FOR PHASE II ORDERLY ANNEXATION AREA
WATERLINE PROJECT. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted the City contracted with Thomas-Lauren Company, who did an
appraisal on the Phase II annexation area. Mr. Lervick noted that element is very critical in case there are
any subsequent challenges to an assessment, the assessed amount must be less than the increased value.
This is a safety valve check that the court administrators have in the event of an assessment challenge.
This is very important to have this appraisal for procedurally. Due to the scope of this project and the
massive amount of assessments the City had this appraisal done.

Mayor Ness noted the interest rate was timely, and the going rate for loans is in excess of 7% so he feels
this is right in line.


CITY ATTORNEY’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

City Attorney John Lervick had no items of business.


CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

City Administrator Jim Taddei felt with the pending retirements that perhaps the Council might want to
schedule a work session. The Council mutually agreed to Wednesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m.

On another item, Mr. Taddei noted he received a letter from Voyager Elementary concerning on-street
parking for its annual Grandparents Day to be held on Thursday, May 11th, and Friday, May 12th, and the
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School would like restricted parking in that area. A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Frank
to refer this to the County for review and approval. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


OLD AND OTHER BUSINESS

Council Member Kalpin noted the Disability Advisory Committee recommends the City put in a speaker
box for the lights and it would cost between $1,500 and $2,000 for one section of the intersection. It
would be reviewed by the State, and the Committee would like this item considered for the 2007 budget.
The Committee preferences for the speaker box would be at the Sixth Avenue and Broadway
intersection, and also Third Avenue and Broadway intersection, on the west and north side. Council
Member Frank felt Third Avenue would be more critical. He also wondered if the City has ever received
a response back as to why Third Avenue never had the speaker box put in at Third Avenue. Mr. Taddei
indicated MnDOT perhaps overlooked this item in the shuffle of the project.

Mayor Ness reviewed the enforcement of no parking on grass ordinance, and felt now that spring is here
it is the time that it should start being enforced. However, due to the lack of people being informed of
this ordinance he felt the City should authorize funds to advertise this notice. He asked for authorization
for this. City Attorney John Lervick felt this should be referred to City staff indicating that the ordinance
is in full force and effect. Council Member Benson felt it would still be up to the discretion of the officer
whether or not he would give a warning or a ticket.

Mayor Ness noted the Minnesota Mayor’s Conference is April 28-30th and he would be attending the
conference and would be elected as President since he is currently First Vice-President.

Mayor Ness noted the City officials have been invited to attend a ground blessing for the Habitat for
Humanity and due to the traffic situation they would like them to use the parking lot at Shalom Lutheran
Church and will be shuttled. There will be three homes going in that area.

Council Member Weisel noted the LAR meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

An Elks Lodge representative stated they are requesting to block off 15th Avenue from Fillmore to the
alley of Coffee Pot Café on July 22nd, and they would also use the parking lot at the café. The time would
be from Noon until 1:00 a.m. The celebration is for the Elks 60th anniversary. Mr. Taddei advised he
would talk to the Police Department and Street Department. Mayor Ness noted typically with outdoor
events, there will be concerns with things such as music playing, etc. Mr. Taddei noted the code states
there is an 11:00 p.m. curfew for music. Mr. Kelly also stated the organization would go to all the
neighbors to advise them of the event.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Frank, seconded by Benson, and carried
unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 p.m.

                                                          _______________________________________
                                                          H. Dan Ness, Mayor

ATTEST: _________________________________
        James P. Taddei, City Administrator

				
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