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					                                     MINUTES
                                 City Council Meeting
                                    August 8, 2011
                                       7:00 P.M.




PRESENT:                  Mayor Peterson, Council members Kittelson, Newman,
                          Gimbel and Clark



ALSO PRESENT:             City Administrator Jones, Deputy City Clerk Zwiener, City
                          Attorney Henefield, Per Kvalsten of the Blooming Prairie
                          Times, Sherriff Lon Thiele, Police Chief Paul Wayne and
                          Plant Manager of Arkema John Lakenan


ABSENT:                   None




Mayor Peterson called the Regular City Council Meeting to order on August 8, 2011, at
7:00 P.M.

Mayor Peterson presented the City Council Agenda for the Council’s approval. The
Council made the following motion:


Motion by:         NEWMAN                     Seconded by:                GIMBEL

For:               ALL                        Against:                    NONE


Motion approving the City Council Agenda as presented was duly carried.
Mayor Peterson presented the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on July
11, 2011. After review, the Council took the following action:


Motion by:          KITTELSON                   Seconded by:             GIMBEL

For:                ALL                         Against:                 NONE


Motion approving the Minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting held on July 11,
2011, as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented for the Council’s review Accounts Payable and Financial
Reports. After review, the following action was taken:


Motion by:          NEWMAN                      Seconded by:             KITTELSON

For:                ALL                         Against:                 NONE


Motion approving the Accounts Payable and Financial Reports as presented was duly
carried.


Mayor Peterson called for the Committee Reports. Minutes of the Blooming Prairie
Public Utilities Commission Meeting held on July 12, 2011; the Blooming Prairie
Economic Development Authority Meeting held on July 13, 2011; the Planning & Zoning
Board Meeting held on July 26, 2011; the Blooming Prairie Fire Commission Meeting
held on July 12, 2011 and the Blooming Prairie Ambulance Commission Meeting held
on July 19, 2011 were presented. The following action was taken:


Motion by:          NEWMAN                      Seconded by:             CLARK

For:                ALL                         Against:                 NONE


Motion accepting the Committee Reports as presented was duly carried.




City of Blooming Prairie City Council Meeting Minutes August 8, 2011            Page 2
Council Member Newman introduced the new Plant Manager of Arkema to the Mayor,
Council and Administration. Mr. John Lakenan informed the Council that he is excited
to work with the City of Blooming Prairie.

Mayor Peterson presented Pay Request #6 from BCM Construction for the work
completed to date on the Third Street North Street and Utility Improvement Project. The
pay request is in the amount of $287,166.74 and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo is
recommending payment of the request. The Council took the following action:


Motion by:          NEWMAN                      Seconded by:             KITTELSON

For:                ALL                         Against:                 NONE


Motion approving the payment of Pay Request #6 from BCM Construction, Inc. for the
2010 Street and Utility Improvements project in the amount of $287,166.74 as
presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented an Application for Permit to Consume Liquor in the Park
from Matt Wacek for a class reunion in Central Park pavilion on August 20, 2011. The
Council took the following action:


Motion by:          GIMBEL                      Seconded by:             CLARK

For:                ALL                         Against:                 NONE


Motion approving the Application for Permit to Consume Liquor in the Park as received
from Matt Wacek for a class reunion in Central Park pavilion on August 20, 2011 as
presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented an Application for Permit to Consume Liquor in the Park
from Michael G. Jones for a wedding reception in Blooming Prairie Fire Department
Park on September 17, 2011. The Council took the following action:


Motion by:          KITTELSON                   Seconded by:             NEWMAN

For:                ALL                         Against:                 NONE

City of Blooming Prairie City Council Meeting Minutes August 8, 2011            Page 3
Motion approving the Application for Permit to Consume Liquor in the Park as received
from Michael G. Jones for a wedding reception in Blooming Prairie Fire Department
Park on September 17, 2011 as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented a donation from the Senior Center Sunshine Fund in the
amount of $900.00 to assist in the cost to replace the stairs at the Senior Center. The
actual bid received to fix the stairs is $5,100.00. The Council took the following action:


Motion by:           NEWMAN                      Seconded by:                 CLARK

For:                 ALL                         Against:                     NONE


Motion to accept the Sunshine Fund’s donation of $900.00 to assist in the cost to
replace the steps at the Senior Center as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented the proposed 2012 wage grid for all of the City of Blooming
Prairie employees. The Wage Grid reflects a 2% cost of living increase. The Blooming
Prairie Public Utilities employees are also reflected on the pay grid. City Administrator
Jones informed the Council that health insurance premiums are going to go up 25%
again this year. Administrator Jones felt that the 2% increase would cover the
additional withholding from the employees for the insurance. Mayor Peterson called for
discussion. There was none. The Council took the following action:


Motion by:           KITTELSON                   Seconded by:                 GIMBEL

For:                 KITTELSON, GIMBEL, NEWMAN, PETERSON

Against:             CLARK


Motion approving the 2012 Wage Grid for all of the City of Blooming Prairie employees
as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented the Blooming Prairie Fire Relief Association Schedule I & II
Certification. City Administrator Jones explained that the Blooming Prairie Fire Relief
Association Schedule I & II Form SC-11 provides the data to determine the plan’s
liabilities and determines if the City is required to provide a municipal contribution for

City of Blooming Prairie City Council Meeting Minutes August 8, 2011                 Page 4
2012. Administrator Jones also stated that the City’s annual budget includes a
$4,000.00 contribution to the Fire Relief Association, which is already part of the Relief’s
benefit calculation. The Council took the following action:


Motion by:           NEWMAN                      Seconded by:                 KITTELSON

For:                 ALL                         Against:                     NONE


Motion approving the certification of the Blooming Prairie Fire Relief Association’s
Schedule I & II Form SC-11, which reflects a $0 municipal contribution requirement for
2012 as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson called on City Administrator Jones for additional information on the K-9
Police Dog. City Administrator Jones informed the Council that with the media
coverage of the retirement of Crux and Craig Kruckeberg stating that he would donate
funds to the City of Blooming Prairie to support the K-9 Police Dog, Council member
Kittelson felt that the Council should discuss the issue. City Administrator Jones also
informed the Council that Sergeant Lang has indicated his desire to no longer handle a
police dog. Sergeant Lang also thanked Craig Kruckeberg for his support but informed
him that he no longer wanted to handle a police dog. Mayor Peterson called on Sheriff
Thiele. Sheriff Thiele explained to the Council that Steele County would provide the
City of Blooming Prairie with a Police K-9 and handler when assistance for a police dog
was requested.

Mayor Peterson called on City Administrator Jones for additional information on the City
of Blooming Prairie Sign Retroreflectivity Evaluation and Maintenance Policy. City
Administrator Jones informed the Council that the United States Department of
Transportation has recently adopted language requiring cities to adopt a sign
maintenance program to maintain traffic sign retroreflectivity at or above specific levels.
City Administrator Jones explained to the Council that he put a policy together using
examples from the Clerk’s Listserv. The proposed policy includes the necessary
wording to meet the January 22, 2012 adoption date. City Administrator Jones
explained that he felt the Blanket Replacement management plan would work best for
the City of Blooming Prairie. After discussion, the Council took the following action:


Motion by:           NEWMAN                      Seconded by:                 CLARK

For:                 ALL                         Against:                     NONE


City of Blooming Prairie City Council Meeting Minutes August 8, 2011                 Page 5
Motion approving the City of Blooming Prairie Sign Retroreflectivity Evaluation and
Maintenance Policy as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson called on City Administrator Jones for additional information on a Tax
Abatement Request. City Administrator Jones informed the Council that the Blooming
Prairie Economic Development Authority will be discussing a request from a local
manufacturing business about abating the City’s share of the property taxes paid on
their business property in Blooming Prairie. This request will require a Public Hearing.
Mayor Peterson stated that the City has many options and flexibility on how to structure
the abatement. No action was taken at this time.

Mayor Peterson called on City Administrator Jones for additional information on the sale
of the Police Squad Car. City Administrator Jones informed the Council that normally
he would be coming to the Council looking for permission to sell the squad car to the
highest bidder. This situation is a little different in that a local business owner donated
some of the funds to purchase this car. The car then had to be adapted to become a K-
9 car. The changes that were made included no seat in the back, taking the door
panels off to allow for automatic door openers. The car is in poor condition inside due
to being a K-9 car. There is a fairly new engine in this car. City Administrator Jones
explained to the Council that he feels it would be in the best interest of the City to sell
this vehicle for $1.00 to the individual who originally donated some funds to purchase
this vehicle. Police Chief Wayne informed the Council that this individual has donated
time to do other work on the squads as well. After discussion, the Council took the
following action:


Motion by:           GIMBEL                      Seconded by:                CLARK

For:                 ALL                         Against:                    NONE


Motion to offer the 2000 Squad Car, as is, for $1.00 to the individual that had made a
donation towards the purchase of the Squad Car as presented was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson presented an Application for Permit to Consume Liquor in the Park
from the Blooming Prairie Fire Department for clean up after the Brat & Sweet Corn
Feed in the Blooming Prairie Fire Department Park on August 27, 2011. The Council
took the following action:




City of Blooming Prairie City Council Meeting Minutes August 8, 2011                Page 6
Motion by:          CLARK                       Seconded by:                NEWMAN

For:                ALL                         Against:                    NONE


Motion approving the Application for Permit to Consume Liquor in the Park as received
from the Blooming Prairie Fire Department for clean up after the Brat & Sweet Corn
Feed in the Blooming Prairie Fire Department Park on August 27, 2011 as presented
was duly carried.


Mayor Peterson called on City Administrator Jones for the City Administrator’s Report.
City Administrator Jones informed the Council that the first half Local Government Aid
payment was received. It was paid at the 2010 rate. The Local Government Aid for
2011 and 2012 will stay at the 2010 rate. Market Value Credit will be eliminated in
2012.

City Administrator Jones informed the Council that at next month’s meeting the
Proposed 2012 Budget will need to be approved. Administrator Jones extended an
invitation to all Council Members to bring forward their budget thoughts.

Administrator Jones informed the Council that Bonestroo has been purchased by
Spantec. Administrator Jones has been assured that rates will not go up and the
personnel will not change.

City Administrator Jones informed the Council that he is still working on the Tree Policy
and hopes to introduce the policy at the September meeting.

City Administrator Jones informed the Council that he has not gotten a hold of Mike
Johnson in regard to the Emergency Sirens.

Mayor Peterson called on City Attorney Henefield for the City Attorney’s report. City
Attorney Henefield informed the Council that he has attended court four times since the
last meeting and has three court hearings scheduled over the next month.

Mayor Peterson called for Council Member’s Reports. There were none.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the Council took the
following action:




City of Blooming Prairie City Council Meeting Minutes August 8, 2011               Page 7
Motion by:           NEWMAN                     Seconded by:           GIMBEL

For:                 ALL                        Against:               NONE


Motion adjourning the Meeting was duly carried.




Michael G. Jones
City Administrator




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