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					                                         Alexandria, Minnesota
                                            April 26, 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, Benson
The following members were absent: Frank
Also present was one news media representative.


CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Approve April 26, 2004 City Council Minutes
        B. Approve License Applications and Authorize Issuance
               Excavating:    Theis Exacavating (renewal)
                              D. Carlson Plumbing and Excavating (new)
               Peddlers:      The Country Stop (renewal – locations at Dairy Queen South and Ollies
                              at Third & Nokomis)
                              Countryside Produce (new – location at Little Dukes)
        C. Proclamation – Arbor Day on April 30, 2004

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
                      NO:      None
                  ABSENT:      Frank


AL CROWSER/SCOTT DEITZ – ALEXANDRIA LIGHT AND POWER (ALP)

   A.      Award Water Tower Paint Bids – The bid opening for the 3M water tower painting was held
           on April 13, 2004 and seven bids were received. Classic Protective Coatings from
           Menomonie, Wisconsin, submitted the low bid in the amount of $271,620. KLM Engineers
           is the firm who did the design and estimate for the water tower and they are completely
           comfortable with the low bidder. The engineer’s estimate for this job is $350,000. The
           following bids were submitted:

           Contractor                                   Bid Amount
           Classic Protective Coatings                  $271,620.00
           LeadCon                                      $305,000.00
           Odland Protective Coatings                   $317,500.00
           Champion Coatings                            $318,750.00
           Abhe & Svoboda                               $345,660.00
           Tenyer Coatings, Inc.                        $422,980.00
           TMI Coatings, Inc.                           $429,800.00

           The Board of Public Works met and recommends accepting the low bidder, Classic
           Protective Coatings. Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by
           Benson to accept the low bidder, Classic Protective Coatings, in the amount of $271,620.00
           for the 3M water tower painting project. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

   B.      Authorization to Call for Bids for Underground Electric Distribution System – ALP is
           requesting authorization to call for bids for the 2004 distribution projects. There are three
           different areas that need to be upgraded, but they will be combining them into one project.
           This project is included in their 2004 budget and was approved by the Board of Public
           Works on April 19th. The third project is on hold at this time due to the timing of the
           approval of the plat. The projects are as follows:

           1. Tenth Avenue – replace cable that runs through a duct system on the east side of
              Broadway, estimated cost $235,000.
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            2. Latoka Circuit – new feeder leaving the southwest substation underground and it will go
               west on T.H. 27 to serve TWF Industries and other developing loads that arise in that
               area, estimated cost $285,000.

            Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Kalpin to authorize
            ALP to call for bids for the 2004 distribution projects outlined above. The motion carried by
            the following vote:

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

    C.      Midwest Consortium of Municipal Utilities (MCMU) – Al Crowser, on behalf of the ALP
            Board, explained the proposal about joining the MCMU. They have been talking about
            forming a bond pool, and the purpose of a bond pool is to save money on bonding projects.
            The bigger share you have in the MCMU the more you save. The process is to first form an
            organization to issue the bonds. It is a non-profit joint venture corporation. The Board of
            Public Works passed a resolution to join the corporation. The organization will determine
            the bond size and then to go to market. There are seven interested groups in the bond pool,
            which would be about $34,000,000. Mayor Ness asked if one of the other parties defaults,
            what happens to the others. Mr. Crowser explained the MCMU will have a credit provider
            and will take care of any defaults. There are 17 bond issuers and if one defaults, the other 16
            are held harmless. It goes back to the credit provider who assumes all the responsibility.
            Council Member Weisel asked how does this impact the City’s overall bond rating if one of
            them defaults. Max Richter, consultant, noted it should not affect the City’s bond rating, and
            with the bond pool it should not have any impact on the City’s rating. Council Member
            Carlson inquired if the resolution is asking to form that corporation and if every other city
            would do the same. Mr. Crowser noted there is currently one but seven are interested. Mr.
            Crowser noted the bond pool would allow for water, storm sewer, electric, and wastewater
            bonding projects. Council Member Benson noted the benefit would be lower interest rates to
            the community. Council Member Kalpin wondered if it would be easier to get grants. Mr.
            Crowser did not think so because this would be organized to finance projects. Following
            lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Kalpin to adopt
            Resolution No. 04-59, RESOLUTION APPROVING MEMBERSHIP TO MIDWEST
            CONSORTIUM OF MUNICIPAL UTILITIES. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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


PUBLIC HEARING – GUADALAJARA RESTAURANT – ON SALE LIQUOR LICENSE
REQUEST

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:15 p.m., the time scheduled for the on-sale liquor license request for
Guadalajara Restaurant.

City Administrator Jim Taddei noted the applicant is present, and they are looking at refurbishing the
restaurant at 401 North Nokomis and are requesting to serve liquor with their food. The only condition
not met is a surety bond and a layout of the floor plan to make sure it complies with the City Code.
There are restrictions for food versus liquor sales -- the ratio has to be at least 55% food.

Mario Alvarez, 1809 30th Street, St. Cloud, MN noted he is the owner and this will be his third restaurant.

Mayor Ness then called for public comments. Hearing none, he closed the public hearing at 7:20 p.m.
Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Benson to approve the on-sale
liquor license request for Guadalajara Restaurant with the condition the site plan and surety bond be
provided. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

    A.       Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) – City Administrator Jim Taddei
             noted this is an informational item. The HRA Board is looking at possibly consolidating
             management services with the County HRA.

    B.       Third Avenue Project Update – This project will be starting May 17th.

    C.       Voyager School – Temporary Parking Request on CR 44 – They are requesting temporary
             parking along CR 44. They have an event going on May 6th and 7th from 9:00 to Noon each
             day and they would like authorization to park on the north side of CR 44.

             Voyager Principal Scott Heckert noted he would like to have possibly a “blanket approval”
             so he would not have to take up the Council’s time for each event. The School has events
             four to five times a year. He wondered if he could possibly arrange this each time with the
             Police Department so when the event happens he could just call the Police Chief, inform him
             of the event and ask if there is any problem with the parking. He feels parking on the grass
             would create problems because you need somebody to manage the parking so there are
             straight lines. Council Member Weisel wondered if there were any problems. Mr. Taddei
             noted he has not heard anything. Mayor Ness felt the Council should consider this request
             tonight and then refer the other request for the blanket approval to the Highway Committee.
             Following discussion a motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by Carlson to authorize
             Voyager Elementary School to park along CR 44 from 9:00 to Noon on May 6 th and 7th, and
             to refer the “blanket approval” to the Highway Committee for further review. The motion
             carried by the following vote:

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


PUBLIC HEARING – TASTEFULLY SIMPLE SMALL CITIES GRANT CLOSEOUT

Mayor Ness noted it was 7:30 p.m. and the time scheduled for the Tastefully Simple Small Cities Grant
Closeout public hearing.

Jason Murray, Economic Development Commission Director, noted a few years ago the City received a
loan for Tastefully Simple. Tastefully Simple has met the requirements of the grant contract, and this
hearing is to formally close the project.

Mayor Ness called for public comments and hearing none closed the hearing at 7:32 p.m. No Council
action is required.


BUDGET COMMITTEE – VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL – PARADE FEES

Council Member Carlson noted the Budget Committee met with representatives from the Chamber of
Commerce to discuss the parade fee charges proposed for the Vikingland Band Festival. The Committee
felt there was little they could do about the Police Department overtime; the second item was volunteers
will pick up and put back the bleachers; the Street Department will clean on Monday; and the Chamber
will contact the HHA for extra expenses. Mayor Ness noted the fee is based upon the estimate of the
Police Department only for the overtime expenses. Chamber Director Coni McKay noted it would put a
little more burden on the VBF volunteers. They are concerned about the street sweeper because they do
not want to leave a bad image from the VBF. Mayor Ness suggested perhaps the Street Department
could use compensation time or something to accomplish this. The following was agreed upon:

        Traffic Control: This will be handled by the Police Department. The Chamber will pay for the
         overtime of off-duty officers (est. $1,500); the City will pay on-duty officers.

        Bleachers: The bleachers at Fillmore Park will be picked up, installed, and returned by the
         Chamber of Commerce. The City will not charge for the bleachers.

        Barricades/Signs: On Friday, prior to the Band Festival, the Street Department will place the
         barricades and signs in a central location to be picked up by the Chamber on the day of the event.
         The Chamber will be responsible for installing and returning the barricades and signs. The City
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       will not charge to use the barricades/signs. The Street Department will clean the street on
       Monday following the parade to avoid overtime charges.

      Alternative Funding: The Chamber will contact the Hospitality and Visitors Bureau to request
       funding for the expenses incurred by the Chamber for the Vikingland Band Festival.

       Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Benson to accept the
       recommendation of the Budget Committee and approve the estimated $1,500 parade fee with the
       Chamber of Commerce for the Vikingland Band Festival with the conditions outlined above.
       The motion carried by the following vote:

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


PARK BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

  A.      Farmers Market at Big Ole Park - Ron Branch, representing the Alexandria Farmers Market
          appeared before the Park Board requesting permission to use Big Ole Park to display and sell
          their products during the summer from mid-May through October (3 days per week). Mr.
          Ranch also requested to display a sign at this location. He was directed to check with the
          City Planner to see if a sign at this location would be allowed. The Board recommended
          approval to allow the Farmers Market to use Big Ole Park for displaying and selling their
          products during the summer and felt this would be good advertisement for the park.
          However, after approving this, the Park Board discovered this is not City property but State
          land and they would have to have a State permit for it. City Administrator Jim Taddei noted
          the first step in the process is to contact MnDOT, since it is a railroad corridor and the State
          has control over it. Council Member Carlson asked if the City would have to get a permit
          every time there is something held there, or could the City get a blanket permit. Mr. Taddei
          was not sure the State would approve a blanket permit but he would contact the them about
          it. Council Member Weisel felt this could set a precedent and how would the City handle the
          working of this issue. City Attorney John Lervick noted it is up to the Park Board to
          establish an identity to look at this and come up with a method of controlling and authorizing
          occupancy. The City should have one department or board in charge so people can go to
          them to make their requests. Mr. Branch noted the Farmers Market has bylaws, liability
          insurance, etc. There could be some special events they would like to consider such as music
          or something of that type to compliment the Farmers Market. Following discussion, a
          motion was made by Benson and seconded by Carlson to accept the recommendation of the
          Park Board and allow the Farmers Market to use Big Ole Park for displaying and selling their
          products during the summer subject to MnDOT’s approval. The motion carried by the
          following vote:

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

  B.      City Park Swim Beach Re-Opening – The Park Board discussed opening the City Park beach
          for swimming. The City Planner, Park Board Member Linda Filler, DiAnn Ness, and
          Superintendent of Parks Gary Martin met with Bruce Nelson, ALASD Director, in March to
          discuss water quality and other concerns. Mr. Nelson reported both the quality and clarity of
          Lake Henry were good. He did have some concerns about the beach re-opening, however,
          they were minimal. All Board Members concurred it was worth pursuing. Mr. Martin laid
          out three options since there are no funds available for this. The Park Board would like to
          look at it and perhaps do it in phases. They would see how well it is received by the public
          before proceeding with trying to raise money for it. There is a Committee that is interested
          in getting it up and going. It would be “swim at your own risk”. The Board directed Mr.
          Martin to proceed with the development of the beach area with the following guidelines: 1)
          establish location and area size, 2) check swim area for drop-offs, 3) testing of water one
          time, 4) apply for a sand blanket permit from the DNR, 5) groom beach shoreline area, and 6)
          check on weed control.

          Council Member Weisel feels this creates a serious issue to invite the public to swim without
          any protection such as lifeguards. City Administrator Jim Taddei noted he has forwarded
          this issue on to the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust staff. City Attorney John
          Lervick noted the City has to have direction from its insurance company as to what it has to
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             do to open this beach. Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by
             Carlson to accept the recommendation of the Park Board and direct the Superintendent of
             Parks to proceed with the development of the beach area with the guidelines outlined above
             and subject to proper insurance coverage. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


CITY ASSESSOR LARRY JOHNSON – ANNUAL REPORT

City Assessor Larry Johnson reviewed his annual report, copy of which is attached to and made a part of
these minutes. The report reflects the Estimated Market Value determined as of January 2, 2003 for
which the real estate taxes payable in 2004 are based. The January 2, 2003 Estimated Market Value
includes new construction that took place during the 2002 calendar year. There were 411 building
permits issued in the City of Alexandria in 2002, which represents a 3.7% increase from 2001. Also
included is $32,239,100 of value, which was added through annexation. Other highlights from the report
included the breakdown of the Estimated Market Value in the City for the 2003 assessment, taxes
payable in 2004; the Estimated Market Value for the 2003 assessment, payable in 2004, for the
neighboring townships; the Estimated Market Value of Douglas County for the 2003 assessment, payable
in 2004; the 2003 Estimated Market Value totals for the computation of the taxes payable in 2004; the
Tax Capacity totals for the computation of taxes payable in 2004; the dollar amount of levy for each
jurisdiction for the last five years; and the Tax Capacity Rates for taxes payable in 2004 for properties
located in the City of Alexandria. The Mayor and City Council thanked Mr. Johnson and concurred the
report was very informative and interesting. Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and
seconded by Carlson to approve the Assessor’s Annual Report. The motion carried by the following
vote:

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


CITY PLANNER MIKE WEBER – PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS

    1. Public Hearing – Conditional Use & Platting Application – Morris Wirth

        The applicant is requesting to allow town homes and plat vacant property. The property is
        located at 824 and 902 N McKay Ave. NE and is legally described as Lot 3 Blk 1 and Lot 4 Blk
        1, “Nelson Discovery Addition”, Alexandria City (Ward II-2).

        A.      RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Preliminary Plat Application (SA-04-001) “Garden
                Homes, Second Addition” of Morris & Evelyn Wirth based on the following conditions:

                1. Connection to public utilities as per ALP/ALASD requirements.
                2. Payment of the $1,000 park dedication fee prior to recording of the final plat.

        Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Carlson to accept the
        recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the preliminary plat of “Garden
        Homes, Second Addition” with the conditions outlined above. The motion carried by the
        following vote:

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

        B.      RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Conditional Use Permit Application (C-04-003) of
                Morris & Evelyn Wirth to allow construction of town homes in an R-1, “Single Family
                Residential” zone 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 = 16,000 square feet, land area provided = 44,965
                   square feet, and all others are not applicable.
                3. The request will not depreciate the surrounding area.
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           4. The request is consistent with the character of the surrounding area; low density
              residential, institutional (school).
           5. There are existing or proposed utilities adequate to accommodate the request.
           6. There are existing or proposed streets adequate to handle the request.
           7. The request will not place undue financial burden on the City.
           AND the following Conditions:
           1. Provide 2.0 paved, off-street parking stalls per unit.
           2. Utility connection as per ALP and ALASD.
           3. Any exterior lighting to be hooded and directed away from the public street.
           4. Final drainage plan to be approved by City Engineer.

   Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by Weisel to accept the
   recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve Conditional Use C-04-003 based
   upon the Findings of Fact and conditions outlined above. The motion carried by the following
   vote:

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

2. Conditional Use Permit Application – Thomas & Cathy Wagner

   Mr. Weber noted this application was tabled at a previous meeting to allow the applicant an
   opportunity to provide additional required information in the form of an engineered submittal.
   This information has been provided and appears to meet the City’s requirements.

   A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Weisel to remove from the table the
   Conditional Use Permit Application of Thomas and Cathy Wagner. The motion carried by the
   following vote:

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

   RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Conditional Use Permit Application (C-04-001) of Thomas
   & Cathy Wagner to allow grading changes to their property on Lake Le Homme Dieu as per the
   plans submitted on April 12, 2004 and based on the following Conditions:

       1. Obtain a separate grading permit from the City’s Building Department prior to the
          commencement of work. Such permit to include the necessary protections for Lake
          LeHomme Dieu (silt fence, bale check, etc.).
       2. Replace vegetation as per engineer plan: first, 6 inches of topsoil to be placed on new
          slope, which will help establish ground cover; second, a fabric mesh with native prairie
          grass seed will need to be placed; third, the seed will need to be watered daily until the
          grass is well established; smaller shrubs and brush would also be a good addition to the
          vegetative cover for slope stabilization.

       Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin and seconded by Carlson to accept the
       recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve Conditional Use C-04-001 based
       upon the conditions outlined above. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

3. Final Plat – “Garden Homes First Addition” – Morris Wirth

   Mr. Weber noted the preliminary plat was approved in August 2003 with two conditions. The
   submitted final plat conforms to the approved preliminary plat and will require the remaining
   $500 park dedication fee to be paid prior to the release of the plat.

   RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Final Plat of “Garden Homes, First Addition” as presented
   with the following condition:

           1. Payment of $500 park dedication fee prior to the release of the final plat.
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        Following discussion, a motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Kalpin to accept the
        recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve “Garden Homes, First Addition” final
        plat with the condition outlined above. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

    4. Final Plat – “Felt-Anderson Second Addition” – Riley Brothers Partnership

        Mr. Weber noted this is the next phase in the “Felt-Anderson Addition” and appears to comply
        with the approved preliminary plat. Mr. Weber noted that construction in Block One, Lots 1 and
        2 would not be allowed until Kinkead Dr. is constructed and this will be addressed in the
        developer’s agreement.

        RECOMMEND APPROVAL of the Final Plat “Felt-Anderson Second Addition” as presented
        with the following condition:

                1. Execution of a developer’s agreement detailing the public improvements to be made,
                   including the placement and timing of such improvements; those improvements
                   being road improvements, municipal water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, street, trees,
                   sidewalks, etc.

        Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and seconded by Kalpin to accept the
        recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve “Felt-Anderson Second Addition”
        final plat with the condition outlined above. The motion carried by the following vote:

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


CITY ENGINEER TIM SCHOONHOVEN – RESOLUTION ACCEPT REPORT AND CALLING
FOR HEARING ON DARLING AVENUE EAST IMPROVEMENTS

City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven noted the project is an extension of Darling Avenue, from McKay
Avenue to Rosewood Lane North approximately 1,300 feet. This is a gravel road that runs straight east
from McKay Avenue across from Henry’s Food. The engineer’s estimate is $285,000. City
Administrator Jim Taddei noted typically this is charged on a per foot frontage basis. Theoretically the
City could charge the benefiting property owners for the street. The question is, is it a justifiable
assessment since the corner lot has access onto McKay? Following discussion, a motion was made by
Benson and seconded by Carlson to adopt Resolution No. 04-60, RESOLUTION RECEIVING REPORT
AND CALLING HEARING ON IMPROVEMENTS FOR DARLING AVENUE EAST. The motion
carried by the following vote:

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

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


CITY ATTORNEY’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

City Attorney John Lervick noted a number of years ago the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the
Runestone Museum Foundation deeded real estate property back to the City to make it tax exempt, in
order to obtain funding, and the City would then lease it back to the Museum. The Museum Foundation
is refinancing and discovered the City is still titleholder of the property. He recommends the City convey
the property back to the museum, which includes Lots 5, 6, 7 Ex. RR, 8, 9 & 12, Block 12, “Sub of
Lumber Yard & Millsite Block”. He is asking for authorization for the execution of deeds and
termination of leasehold to be signed by the City Administrator. This will make it clear the City has no
interest in the ownership. The City is not giving up anything since they did not have. (get lots and
blocks from Larry). Following discussion, a motion was made by Benson and seconded by Kalpin to
authorize the City Attorney to execute the deeds and to authorize the City Administrator to sign the
termination of leasehold. The motion carried by the following vote:
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                       YES:      Kalpin, Carlson, Weisel, Benson
                       NO:       None
                   ABSENT:       Frank


CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S ITEMS OF BUSINESS

    1.      Board of Equalization – The City Council will meet as the Board of Equalization on
            Wednesday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall.

    2.      Downtown Liquor Store Property – The Third Avenue project requires the State to acquire
            property at the Downtown Liquor Store, and MnDOT requires a resolution accepting the
            award and transfer of the property. Following discussion, a motion was made by Weisel and
            seconded by Benson to adopt Resolution No. 04-61, RESOLUTION ACCEPTING
            STIPULATION FOR AWARD FOR THE DOWNTOWN LIQUOR STORE PROPERTY.
            The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

    3.      Storm Water Utility Fee – At the previous meeting the Council adopted for its second
            reading an ordinance establishing the storm water utility. The next step is to set the single-
            family residential monthly charge for the storm water utility. Various options were looked at
            consistent with the annual and five-year expenses. The recommendation was to establish a
            $2.50 per month single-family charge for the storm water utility. The actual charge will be
            implemented once Alexandria Light and Power has developed the billing system. There will
            be some flexibility once the program has been established. The Committee will be the
            review agency and the Council will have the final say. Following discussion, a motion was
            made by and seconded by to adopt Resolution No. 04-62, RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING
            A STORM WATER UTILITY FEE. The motion carried by the following vote:

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

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

    4.      Summer Hours – Each year some employees request working four 10-hour days during the
            summer. It is up to each department head to approve the schedules for their employees. The
            summer hours would begin May 31st and end September 3rd. This has worked well in the
            past but needs Council approval. Following discussion, a motion was made by Kalpin and
            seconded by Benson to authorize departments to work four 10-hour days beginning May 31st
            and ending September 3rd based upon department head approval. The motion carried by the
            following vote:

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


OLD AND OTHER BUSINESS

Mayor Ness noted Mr. Crowser mentioned the storm water utility and in order to get a lower rate the City
needs to have a storm water utility program in place. He also noted he received an article about
Plymouth’s storm water utility and their fee does not include construction for holding ponds. He feels
the City of Alexandria’s rates are modest compared to that.

Council Member Weisel mentioned at the Lakes Area Recreation meeting, Mike Tripp noted the
National Guard is planning to build a simulator on the LAR property. He does not know how this will
work with the five acres the City deeded over to the National Guard and he would like to refer this to
City staff to check on it. City Attorney John Lervick noted the State Statutes states the land will revert
back to the City if nothing is built on it in 7 to 10 years. Mayor Ness noted last fall he talked to a
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Colonel with the National Guard, and they will not deed back the five acres until they have the LAR 10
acres in hand because they do not want to lose their place in line for funding.

Council Member Kalpin inquired about the Tech School building a new ball field to take the place of the
parking lot. City Attorney John Lervick noted it was a three-way swap – the tech school said it would
replace the field when it was eliminated.

Mayor Ness noted the County would be discussing a County water plan at the Commissioner’s meeting.
He feels there should be support from the City.


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Linda Filler, questioned if there was a first and second on the Farmer’s Market request, and if there was a
vote taken. City Administrator Jim Taddei noted there was a vote taken.

Gary, Breber, farmer for the Farmer’s Market, commended passing the Farmer’s Market request. He also
wondered if there is a way the City can promote the Farmer’s Market. He moved here from the state of
Washington and the Farmer’s Market is a large part of the community there. He went to the Twin Cities
last year where sales were five times what they were in Alexandria. What he would like to see is the City
to find ways to support the endeavor of the Farmer’s Market, wherever it may be, by advertising. It could
really be a great potential if they could get excitement about the Farmer’s Market but they need the
support of the City. He felt this is a great opportunity for him to talk to the Council. On May 13 th there
is a Farmer’s Market meeting at Country Kitchen and open membership to the public. Mayor Ness noted
the City could support the Farmer’s Market spiritually, but not financially. Council Member Weisel feels
members of the media should be invited to the Farmer’s Market meeting at Country Kitchen.

Virg Batesole indicated he is in support of the Farmer’s Market. It is a big deal out in California but here
in Alexandria it has almost been looked down on.

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


                                                          _________________________________
                                                          H. Dan Ness, Mayor

ATTEST:______________________________
       James P. Taddei, City Administrator

				
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