Council Meeting 1-22-13

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.

Agenda Items

The consent agenda includes the following:

  • A quotation to repair Storm Lift Station No. 16
  • A resolution to accept a two-year SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • A resolution to change the City’s retiree health insurance policy so that retired employees who choose to maintain coverage with the City must choose a family policy to cover spouses or dependents.
  • A resolution approving the Council appointees to boards and commissions for the 2013-2015 City Council term.

The New Business agenda includes the following:

  • The City Council will consider filing plans and specifications and ordering bids for the 2013 City Project No. 2 – Water Main and Force Main Replacement. As the name implies, the project would replace selected areas of water main on the pre-determined maintenance cycle.  And, the project would make the final waste water connection for force main improvements from Lift Station No 5 (near 5th Avenue NE) to the Master Lift Station (8th Avenue NW).  The force main improvements should improve greatly the ongoing odor issues along 10th Avenue NE. The city will combine the two projects in order to optimize bid quantities.
  • The City Council will consider approving the City’s 2013 Legislative priorities including: Red River State Recreational Area (RRSRA) campground expansion, waste water treatment funding, and a proposed Northwest Regional Wellness and Recreational Center.
  • The Finance Director will present optional City liability coverage in excess of state statutory limits.  By state law, cities are liable only for most claims up to $500,000 per individual or $1,500,000 per occurrence.  Some cities choose to purchase additional coverage to protect its residents in the event of claims against the City that are above and beyond the state limits.  The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) offers excess liability coverage of $1,000,000 per occurrence.  The City has opted to purchase this additional coverage for many years.  The premium increase for the coverage in 2013 is $34,939.  The City Council must approve the additional coverage.
  • The Finance Director will present a proposed Post-Issuance Tax Compliance Procedures Policy as recommended by the City’s bond counsel, Dorsey and Whitney, LLP. The procedures are recommended to assure that debt issued by the city remains non-taxable by state and federal guidelines.