Council Meeting 8-16-2011

The following are the proposed agenda items for Tuesday evening’s regular City Council meeting.  The agenda and packet can be found on the City Council web page.

Item 3 is considering awarding 2011 City Project No. 2. Transportation Enhancement project for sidewalks and trails along DeMers Avenue, Central Avenue, and 10th Street Northwest.  The City Council tabled this item at the last City Council meeting after bids were higher than anticipated due primarily due to median improvements on Highway 2.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has agreed to increased its funding share for the project because most of the project overruns were due to proposed improvements on Highway 2.  The revised proposal maintains the local share at close the originally proposed budget.

Items 4 and 5 approve the annual agreements with the State of Minnesota for paratransit and fixed route (bus) transit services.

Item 7 acknowledges the retirement of Finance Director Jerry Lucke.  Jerry’s final day with the City is next Friday, August 19.

Item 8 adds 15th Street NW between 5th Street NE and Central Avenue to the State Aid system.  The proposed mileage is within the City’s current allotment of State Aid route designation.  The proposed resolution would make 15th Street eligible for state and federal funds.

Item 9 amends Figure Skating fees as discussed at the previous work session.

Item 10 requests approval to order 1250 copies of the East Grand Forks 125th Anniversary book Everyone Has a Story…Everyone is a Story.  The book will be published in conjunction with next year’s 125th Anniversary celebration.  The book would eligible for presale in the late fall of 2011.  The proposed price for the book will be $25 for presale and $30 at the event in 2012.  The City will retain all revenues from the book proceeds.

Item 11 requests approval of repairs for lift station #1.  A maintenance check at the master lift station showed significant damage to the impeller and other items of the facility that require immediate attention.  The Public Works Director and I believe there is significant room in the Waste Water Budget for this item although it uses most of the annual maintenance budget for Waste Water.

Item 12 is the first reading for the ordinance that extends the Water and Light energy franchise through 2015.

Following the regular Council meeting; the City will adjourn to a closed session in the training room for my annual performance review.  I have worked with the City for three years as August.