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					                                           Alexandria, Minnesota
                                             February 23, 2004

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, Frank
The following members were absent: Benson
Also present was one news media representative.


CONSENT AGENDA

         A. Approve February 9, 2004 City Council Minutes
         B. Approve License Applications and Authorize Issuance
                       Massage:       Body Logic Massage (Rebecca Byrne - new – 418 3rd Avenue
                                      East, Suite 101)
                       Gambling:      The Church of St. Mary’s (bingo and raffles – 9/12/04)
                                      Elks Lodge 1685 (Resolution – Class A for pulltabs, tipboards,
                                      paddlewheels, raffles, and bingo at the Elks; Class B to sell
                                      pulltabs at the Holiday Inn)

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

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

A motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by Carlson to adopt Resolution No. 04-23, RESOLUTION
APPROVING CLASS A AND CLASS B MINNESOTA LAWFUL GAMBLING PREMISE PERMIT
FOR ELKS LODGE 1685. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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


CORRESPONDENCE:

    A.      Al Crowser, ALP – Request Approval to Call for Bids for Painting 3M Water Tower – ALP
            is requesting permission to call for bids for painting the 3M water tower. The Board of
            Public Works met and recommends this project. KLM Engineering did a tower inspection
            and it was determined that the inside of the tower needs to be repainted and structural
            maintenance is needed as well and brought into OSHA compliance. ALP has contracted with
            KLM Engineering to provide engineering, bid documents and inspection services for this
            project. The estimated cost for this project is $358,850. Following discussion, a motion was
            made by Frank and seconded by Weisel to authorize ALP to call for bids for painting the 3M
            water tower. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

    B.      Alexandria Technical College – Request Stop Sign at Jefferson Street and 17th Avenue –
            Council Member Weisel felt this request and the one for the sidewalks should be referred to
            the Highway Committee and ALP, copies of letters are attached to and made a part of these
            minutes. Following discussion, a motion was made Weisel by and seconded by Frank to
            refer this item to the Highway Committee. The motion carried by the following vote:

                                YES:      Kalpin, Carlson, Weisel, Frank
                                 NO:      None
                            ABSENT:       Benson
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    C.      Alexandria Technical College – Sidewalk Lights on 17th Avenue west of parking to Jefferson
            Street – Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to refer
            this item to Alexandria Light and Power. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


PARK DAPARTMENT – FLOWER QUOTATIONS

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted only one bid was received for flowers for the City parks in the
amount of $1,218.27. This item is done annually. Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin
and seconded by Weisel to accept the flower bid from Anderson Florist in the amount of $1,218.27. The
motion carried the following vote:

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


CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

City Administrator Jim Taddei reminded the Mayor and City Council of the workshop with the
consultants from SEH for the storm water utility at 6:00 p.m. on February 24th.


CITY ENGINEER’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

    A. 2004 Street Overlay Project Bids – Three bids were received for this project: 1) Riley Brothers,
       $204,519.80 2) Central Specialties, $215,371.75 and 3) Mark Sand & Gravel, $487,986.00. The
       low bid is Riley Brothers, who has worked on this type of project before. The engineer’s
       estimate is $257,000. This is bid every year in a series of schedules. The projects will be about
       $150,000 this year and the rest will be picked up next year. Following discussion, a motion was
       made by Frank and seconded by Weisel approve the low bidder, Riley Brother, in the amount of
       $204,519.80 for the 2004 Street Overlay Projects. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


PUBLIC HEARING – HERITAGE INDUSTRIAL PARK AREA IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:15 p.m. and opened the public hearing for the Heritage Industrial Park Area
Improvements Project.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted the City received a petition for improvements to this area including
expanding the Airport Industrial Park. However, there are adjoining property owners which would be
affected, and therefore the reason for the public hearing. Informational packets have been mailed to the
property owners. Mr. Taddei received a phone call from Bruce Pohlig, one of the property owners, and
he is opposed to the project on the grounds of the cost, as well as the vacant land he has, would compete
against properties proposed in the industrial park expansion. He is hoping the Iowa Street extension
would be delayed at this time. The City would have to acquire the right of way for Iowa Street, so it
would have to go through that process first.

City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven then reviewed the improvements proposed for the area.

Mayor Ness then called for public comments.

Mayor Ness asked Al Crowser, ALP Manager, about extending Iowa Street for the extension of utilities.
Mr. Crowser noted at some point and time it will be needed. He noted when reviewing a project such as
this, it is always cheaper to do it now rather than later; because when you break a project into two
segments you have mobilization costs, engineering costs, etc. It would be nice to have Iowa Street
extended now.
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Hearing no other comments, Mayor Ness closed the public hearing at 7:25 p.m.

Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Weisel to adopt Resolution No. 04-
24, RESOLUTION ORDERING IMPROVEMENT AND PREPARATION OF PLANS FOR
HERITAGE INDUSTRIAL PARK IMPROVEMENTS. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

Mr. Taddei noted he also had a resolution for bonding purposes, and by doing so the City would receive
better bond rates. The City would receive tax-exempt status on the bonding. This process needs to be
done in advance and cannot be done after the fact when a project is completed. Following discussion, a
motion was made by Frank and seconded by Weisel to adopt Resolution No. 04-25, RESOLUTION
RELATING TO FINANCING OF CERTAIN PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS AND ESTABLISHING
COMPLIANCE WITH REIMBURSEMENT BOND REGULATIONS UNDER THE INTERNAL
REVENUE CODE FOR THE HERITAGE INDUSTRIAL PARK PROJECT. The motion carried by the
following vote:

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

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

Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to approve the
Confirmation of Request for Engineering Services for the Heritage Industrial Park, Phase 1 and 2, in the
amount of $348,530 and $38,784 with Widseth Smith Nolting. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

Mr. Taddei noted it is good to see a private party initiate the expansion of the Industrial Park.


PUBLIC HEARING – PHASE 1, PARTS 1 AND 2, WATERLINE PROJECT

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:30 p.m. and opened the public hearing for the Phase I, Parts 1 and 2 Waterline
Project.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted last year the Orderly Annexation Agreement with Alexandria
Township requires the City to extend water to the newly annexed area. Bids were received for this
project last year but were too high and subsequently rejected. The City decided to rebid in early 2004.

City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven reviewed the proposed areas with the Mayor and City Council, which
include the Caldwell Addition, west of CR 42, Jelsing’s Sunny Acres, Northside Drive area, the area
along McKay by Discovery School, Will O B Lane, Oak Knoll area, and Thomas Drive. This is the first
phase that serves all of the newly annexed area. There will be a stub to each house and restoration of
property.

Mayor Ness then called for public comments.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted he received a letter from Stacy Schmiesing, 905 Geneva Road, who
feels she cannot afford the project and is opposed to the project.

Jerry Stark, 1204 Geneva Road, stated he was opposed to the project. He feels the annexation was forced
on them. The homeowners were promised their taxes would not be raised and now there is the gas fee.
He wanted to know if the cost was a flat $3,500. He feels the whole Council should resign. He does not
feel the Council is representing the people. Mayor Ness advised Mr. Stark he was out of order. Mr.
Stark returned to his seat.

Arlan Trenne, 1221 Northside Drive, spoke in favor of the project. He is concerned about the future
expansion of the annexation area. His property is in Phase IV. He has four parcels that are together, and
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one is served off Nokomis Street and it is zoned commercial at this point. The assessment will not start
until Alexandria annexes the area. Mr. Taddei noted Mr. Trenne’s property is in the last phase. Mr.
Trenne does not feel the price is too high but the City is looking at the future of the area. Mr. Taddei
noted the City would be stubbing out to each lot.

Mayor Ness closed the public hearing at 7:40 p.m.

Mr. Taddei noted he also had resolutions for bonding purposes, and by doing so the City would receive
better bond rates. Some other projects are included in the bidding process but are not part of the Phase I
water project. Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Kalpin to adopt
Resolution No. 04-26, RESOLUTION RELATING TO FINANCING OF CERTAIN PUBLIC
IMPROVEMENTS AND ESTABLISHING COMPLIANCE WITH REIMBURSEMENT BOND
REGULATIONS UNDER THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE FOR THE T.H. 27 WEST (GERIS)
WATERLINE PROJECT. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

Mr. Taddei noted the Resolution ordering the project and advertising for bids had been adopted by the
City Council on January 26, 2004 (Resolution No. 04-18).

Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by Frank to adopt Resolution No. 04-
27, RESOLUTION RELATING TO FINANCING OF CERTAIN PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS AND
ESTABLISHING COMPLIANCE WITH REIMBURSEMENT BOND REGULATIONS UNDER THE
INTERNAL REVENUE CODE FOR THE CSAH 42/SHEPARD ROAD (HILLTOP LUMBER)
WATERLINE PROJECT. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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


CITY ENGINEER’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

    B. The Trails, 1st Addition – Resolution Accepting Bids – The developer felt the first phase went so
       well, he decided to continue with the second phase. Following bids were received for the Trails,
       1st Addition for street paving, curb and gutter, watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and site
       grading:

                Name of Bidder                                     Bid Amount

                Larson Excavating, Holdingford                     $306,937.50
                Lee’s Construction, Alexandria                     $307,291.55
                Kuechle Underground, Kimball                       $316,595.38
                SJ Louis, Waite Park                               $330,517.70
                Zacher Excavating, Alexandria                      $330,869.75
                Randy Kramer Excavating, Watkins                   $332,229.64
                Breitbach Construction, Elrosa                     $334,307.81
                Duininck Brothers, Prinsburg                       $352,419.73
                Quam Construction, Willmar                         $354,963.04
                Northdale Construction, Rogers                     $361,169.94
                Ferguson Brothers, Alexandria                      $375,622.50
                RL Larson, St. Cloud                               $432,146.80

                Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Frank to accept
                the low bid, Larson Excavating, in the amount of $306,937.50 and to adopt Resolution
                No. 04-28, RESOLUTION ACCEPTING BID FOR THE TRAILS, 1ST ADDITION. The
                motion carried by the following vote:
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                       YES:      Kalpin, Carlson, Weisel, Frank
                       NO:       None
                   ABSENT:       Benson

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


PUBLIC HEARING – SUMMER MEADOWS ADDITION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:45 p.m. and opened the public hearing for the Summer Meadows Addition
Improvements Project.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted the owners were notified of this project. According to the City
Code the developer is responsible for installing the necessary improvements within the proposed
subdivision. It is his understanding the developer is making improvements to Ridgeview Terrace west of
Deerwood Drive. The developers have also requested City water be extended in Deerwood Drive, and
since that area is not in the City limits, the Council needs to decide whether or not to make the requested
waterline improvements and then delay the assessment costs to the property owners until they are
annexed into the City. The City will pay for those costs because it cannot assess outside the City.
Therefore, it would be delayed until those property owners are annexed. The City would be doing just
the first phase of the project.

City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven noted the proposed area is located east of the wetland across from the
Cenex on CR 42. The area was annexed last year with a special agreement with Alexandria Township.
They did not want 43 new wells being put in the new development. Sometimes the City has to extend
water outside the City limits to reach an area in the City limits.

Mayor Ness then called for public comments.

Arlan Trenne, 1251 Northside Drive, noted his property is on the west side of Deerwood Drive. He feels
the assessment is quite high. This line is being put into service the Scenic Heights area. There are four
owners that will bear the brunt of the cost. There are 43 lots in the development and they are not sharing
in the cost of getting water there. He does not feel it is fair to the existing property owners to bear the
cost. Mr. Taddei noted perhaps when the City gets into the final phase the City could assessed $3,500
rather than the front footage, but until the amount can be set they have to hold the assessment hearing.
Council Member Weisel noted that when the assessment and/or annexation occurs the dollar amounts
will likely change. Council Member Kalpin asked if the water could be put in from the west side. Mr.
Schoonhoven noted it would be more expensive.

Mayor Ness then closed the public hearing at 7:55 p.m.

Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Kalpin to extend water down
Deerwood Drive with the City picking up the cost, and to adopt Resolution No. 04-29, RESOLUTION
ORDERING IMPROVEMENTS AND PREPARATION OF PLANS FOR SUMMER MEADOWS,
PHASE I, IMPROVEMENTS. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Carlson to adopt Resolution No.
04-30, RESOLUTION RELATING TO FINANCING OF CERTAIN PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS AND
ESTABLISHING COMPLIANCE WITH REIMBURSEMENT BOND REGULATIONS UNDER THE
INTERNAL REVENUE CODE FOR THE SUMMER MEADOWS, PHASE I, PROJECT. The motion
carried by the following vote:

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


The full text of this Resolution appears in the Resolution file.
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Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Weisel to approve the Confirmation
of Request for Engineering Services in the amount of $80,362 with Widseth Smith Nolting for the
Summer Meadows, Phase I, project. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


PUBLIC HEARING – TWF INDUSTRIES JOBZ

Mayor Ness noted it was 8:00 p.m. and opened the public hearing for the TWF Industries JOBZ.

City Assessor Larry Johnson noted this came about last August. The WCI took the initiative and applied
for the JOBZ program.

He noted the Economic Development Board (EDB) met and recommends approving the TWF Industries
application and agreement. This application is for the same project that was approved for a Tax
Increment Financing District. A 50,000 square foot industrial building will be used to retain 21 jobs and
create an additional nine jobs for over 5 years. The JOBZ program was not available at the time of the
TIF application. The TIF District will need to be decertified if the JOBZ application is approved. The
developer and the City will enter into a Business Subsidy Agreement. City Administrator Jim Taddei
noted there have only been a handful of cities approved for the JOBZ program. Mr. Johnson noted Jason
Murray has put a lot of time and effort into this project.

Mr. Johnson noted the agreement spells out what is expected of the City and also the developer. Also, it
spells out some repayment penalties if the developer does not fulfill the terms of the agreement. The
JOBZ program should encourage job creation by designating tax free industrial zones. Mr. Taddei noted
the State of Minnesota is encouraging development of vacant land by making it tax free. The EDB
designates certain areas for this type of development.

Mayor Ness closed the public hearing at 8:07 p.m.

Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Carlson to approve the JOBZ
application for TWF Industries. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

Mayor Ness congratulated the Furrers and felt Mr. Murray and Mr. Johnson did a lot of work on this
project.

Mr. Johnson explained TWF Industries could not receive TIF if they are receiving the JOBZ program.
Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to adopt Resolution No. 04-
31, RESOLUTION DECERTIFYING TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT #28 RELATING
TO THE TWF INDUSTRIES INC. PROJECT. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

Mr. Johnson noted the EDB also recommends a few changes in the policy statement for the JOBZ
program; there are few clarifications and some of the verbiage has changed. He then reviewed those
changes, copy of which is attached to and made a part of these minutes. A motion was made by Weisel
and seconded by Carlson to accept the recommendation of the Economic Development Board and
approve the revised policy statement for the JOBZ program. The motion carried by the following vote:

                       YES:      Kalpin, Carlson, Weisel, Frank
                       NO:       None
                   ABSENT:       Benson
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CITY PLANNER MIKE WEBER – PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Public Hearing – Zoning District Amendment Application – Dick Telkamp

     The applicant is requesting to rezone property from R-2, “Single & Two Family Residential” to
     R-3, “Medium Density Residential”. The property is located at 315 Spruce Street & 319 Spruce
     Street and is legally described as N 125’ of Lots 2 & 3 Blk 2 ex N 47’ of: Lot 2 & E 30’ of Lot 3,
     “Holes 2nd Addn.”, and S 55’ of Lots 2 & 3 Blk 2, “Holes 2nd Addn”, Alexandria City (Ward 3).

     RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Zoning District Amendment application (DA-04-001) of
     Dick Telkamp to rezone property from R-2, “Single & Two Family Residential” to R-3,
     “Medium Density Residential” as presented.

     Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Kalpin to accept the
     recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve for its first reading an ordinance
     authorizing Zoning District DA-04-001. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

  2. Final Plat – “Heritage Industrial Park” – Tim Wagner

     Mr. Weber indicated the preliminary plat was approved in August of 2003. Mr. Weber explained
     this is an industrial subdivision, which will essentially be an extension of the City’s industrial
     park but will be privately owned and is the biggest subdivision the Commission has seen in quite
     a while with 60 acres. Mr. Weber added the developer does intend to construct all improvements
     at the same time and it will not be a phased project. The project could be completed as soon as
     this summer. Mr. Weber noted the conditions from the preliminary plat have been met and
     recommends approval of the final plat subject to the execution of a developer’s agreement before
     the plat is released for recording.

     RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Final Plat, “Heritage Industrial Park”, of Tim Wagner as
     presented and with the condition that the execution of a developer’s agreement between Heritage
     Properties LLC and the City of Alexandria detailing the nature, timing and extent of the public
     improvements to be made, prior to release of the 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 the “Heritage Industrial Park” final
     plat with the condition outlined above. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

  3. Public Hearing – Interim Use Permit Application – Listening Ear Crisis Center

     The applicant is requesting to allow an eight bed homeless shelter in an R-3, “Medium Density
     Residential” zone. The property is located at 119 10th Ave. W and is legally described as W 75’
     of: Lot 1 & S ½ of Lot 2 Blk 62, “Sub of Mill Block”, Alexandria City (Ward 5).

     RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Interim Use Permit application (I-04-001) of Listening Ear
     Crisis Center to allow the property to be used as an overnight shelter for the homeless 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, not applicable.
         3. The request will not depreciate the surrounding area.
         4. The request is consistent with the character of the surrounding area, residential on all
            sides.
         5. There are existing or proposed utilities adequate to accommodate the request, not
            applicable.
         6. There are existing or proposed streets adequate to handle the request, not applicable.
         7. The request will not place undue financial burden on the City, not applicable.
         AND the following Conditions:
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            1. A separate building permit if required.
            2. Provide off-street and off-site parking for up to ten vehicles.
            3. The permit will be valid for six months starting from March 1, 2004 to August 31, 2004.

            Following discussion, a motion was made by Frank and seconded by Carlson to accept the
            recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve Interim Use Permit I-04-001
            based upon the Findings of Fact and conditions outlined above. The motion carried by the
            following vote:

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


CITY ENGINEER’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS (CONTINUED)

    C. Big Ole Park Master Plan – Engineering Agreement – This would be to provide engineering
       service for a master plan exhibit for the proposed development of the State Rail Bank land
       located between 2nd Avenue and the Central Lakes Trail and between Nokomis Street and
       Broadway. There is some grant program available for this project and the project will be cost
       shared with the County. Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by
       Weisel to approve the Confirmation of Request for Engineering Services for the Big Ole Park
       Master Plan in the amount of $7,600. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

    D. Will-O-B Lane – Resolution Accepting Report and Calling for Hearing on Street Improvements –
       Residents have petitioned the City for paving of this street, so it will be an assessment project.
       Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Kalpin to adopt Resolution
       No. 04-32, RESOLUTION RECEIVING REPORT AND CALLING FOR A HEARING ON
       THE WILL-O-B LANE STREET IMPROVEMENTS. The motion carried by the following
       vote:

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

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

    E. The Trails, 1st Addition – Bonding Resolution – Mr. Schoonhoven pointed out this resolution
       was missed earlier in the meeting. A motion was made by Frank and seconded by Weisel to
       adopt Resolution No. 04-33, RESOLUTION RELATING TO FINANCING OF CERTAIN
       PUBLIC       IMPROVEMETNS          AND       ESTABLISHING       COMPLIANCE          WITH
       REIMVURSEMENT BOND REGULATIONS UNDER THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
       FOR THE TRAILS, 1ST ADDITION PROJECT. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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


CITY ATTORNEY’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

Assistant City Attorney Ann Carrott noted her office is working on several ordinances.


OLD AND OTHER BUSINESS

Council Member Weisel noted the State Legislature may allow wine sales in grocery stores. He feels the
City should do something in regard to this issue such as sending a message to its legislators that the City
is not in favor of issuing license to grocery stores to sell wine. The City loses the revenue for its liquor
stores and also it has to police the licenses. Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and
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seconded by Carlson to direct City staff draft a resolution to that effect.    The motion carried by the
following vote:

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

Council Member Kalpin noted the Handicap Advisory Committee would like the Police to enforce the
handicap parking stalls throughout the City. They feel there are too many people parking in the handicap
stalls. Mayor Ness pointed out the Police also have the authority to enforce this on private property if
there are handicap stalls. This matter was referred to staff.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Jennie Hevern, 211 North Park, felt she now knew more about City Government. She thought she would
be able to speak about the Interim Zoning under the Planning Commission items of business. She stated
there was a lot of discussion with the Planning Commission about extending it to 15 months. The
Listening Ear will do all they can for homeless and she expects to be heard by the City. Council Member
Frank noted the public hearing for this item was held at the Planning Commission meeting.

Eileen Fritz, 1010 Douglas Street, stated she is a recipient of Social Security and it only was increased
2.1%. Her cost of living has gone up on everything and now the City puts a fee on Minnegasco and on
the storm water. She felt most of the water runs into her backyard. The City plows the snow from the
alley and all of it goes to her property. She cannot afford to have somebody clean her driveway. Her
neighbors dig holes to drain their water to her property. She does not see how the City thinks she will be
able to hold onto her property. The gas fee is ridiculous and the City went as high as it could go with the
5% fee. She indicated there is 40% of the property in the City that is exempt. She wonders how people
are to pay their bills. On another item, she noted noise from Viking Speedway is unbearable. The noise
is unbearable and now the Council extended the months so there is about 7 months of races. Does the
City get any money for the racetrack? Mayor Ness noted the City has a long- term lease with the Fair
Board that runs the racetrack. She felt the only ones benefiting from the Speedway is the Speedway
itself. She wants answers from the City as to where she can get the money to pay the fees.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Frank and carried
unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 p.m.


                                                         _________________________________
                                                         H. Dan Ness, Mayor

ATTEST:______________________________
       James P. Taddei, City Administrator

				
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