Work Session 2-14-2012

The packet and agenda for Tuesday evening’s work session can be found on the City Council web page.


  1. Mark Froemke, local leader of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco, and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 167 would like to address the City Council regarding the ongoing labor dispute at the American Crystal Sugar Plant in East Grand Forks.
  2. The City Engineer will present the proposed assessment roll for 15th Street NE along with an option to include 2nd Ave NE.  Per Council policy, 15th Street would be assessed at 30 percent to property owners as a state aid road.  2nd Avenue NE is not a state aid road.  Therefore, it would be assessed at 100 percent unless Council opts to amend the current policy.  Property owners on 2nd Avenue NE have not petitioned for road improvements.
  3. The City Engineer will present the bid tabulations for the proposed Industrial Park infrastructure expansion project for 13th Avenue NE.  Overall, bids were lower than the engineer’s estimates.  The City has obtained state and federal funding for about 75 percent of the total project.
  4. The City Planner will discuss possible City ward redistricting maps with an included recommendation.  Generally, the northwest and southeast (Point) areas of the City grew the fastest from 2000-2010.  Therefore, the City must realign ward boundaries with population totals.  Wards 2, 3, 4 will likely grow in geographical size whereas Wards 1 and 5 will shrink somewhat to reflect their larger populations.  The City must decide on final boundaries within 60 days from the final state redistricting approval.  The state process is currently in the court system.
  5. The City Planner will also present the final report of the Northwest Corridor Study.  The study generally looked at the intersections of 5th Avenue NW and Highway 2 along with the intersection of 17th Street NW/River Road NW/12th Avenue NW.  The final recommendations from the study committee include to keep the opening intersections of 5th Avenue NW and Highway 2 in the long range plan, but to not complete any signalization work until it is warranted by state and federal guidelines.  The final report also calls for 17th/River Road/12th to be realigned so that it more closely resembles a traditional cross intersection with 90-degree turns.
  6. The Interim Public Works Director will present bids for a 13-foot slope mower for maintaining the city levees. The 2012 budget includes $110,000 for this purchase in the City’s Central Equipment Fund to be repaid with storm water funds over 10 years.
  7. I will request approval to reclassify and fill a vacant position in the Administration Office as an Administrative Assistant.  I will also discuss some realignment of job duties in the office to reflect the vacancy and job reclassification.
  8. Council Member Pokrzywinski will update the Council on the Library Board activities.