Work Session 2-12-13

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

  1. Andy Magness, of with Extreme North Dakota Racing and Ground Up Adventures, will address the Council and proposed events for the beginning of the 2013 season in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
  2. The Finance Director will readdress the issue of excess liability insurance with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT). The City Council previously authorized excess liability, which is essentially an umbrella insurance policy, of $ 1 million. Previously, the City has waived statutory minimums on liability coverage but has not purchased excess liability.
  3. The City Engineer will discuss the scheduled 2013 downtown project by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to repair various curb cuts along Business Highway 2 (4th Street NW and DeMers Avenue). No city match is required for the project. The project will impact the downtown for a brief period of time. The sidewalks will change slightly for compliance with the Amercans with Disabilities Act (ADA). And, the state will repair the intersection of the 2nd Street and DeMers Avenue.
  4. The City Engineer will discuss alternatives and priorities for improvements to the police building.  There is $400,000.00 that was budgeted for these projects.
  5. The City Attorney will present a proposed updated background check ordinance relating to city employment.
  6. The Police Chief will present a proposed order for a new Police SUV as well as declaring surplus a retired Crown Victoria patrol vehicle. The SUV purchase is included in the 2013 Budget.
  7. The Police Chief also will request declaring surplus seized and forfeited firearms at the Police Department.
  8. The Police Chief will request authorization to recruit and fill a patrol officer to fill a current vacancy.
  9. The Parks and Recreation Director will request approval to authorize a wedding reception at the Civic Center. The City Council must approve the request to allow alcohol consumption at the City Center. The City requires General Liability Insurance by the host plus liquor liability service to be provided by private server. The City also requires at least two security guards for the event.
  10. The Parks and Recreation Director also will request to fill a vacant Parks Maintenance Worker position. The position has been vacant for about two years. If approved, the Parks Maintenance Worker would respond to routine maintenance requests from City Hall and the Library in additional to general parks maintenance work. The position was approved in the 2013 Budget.
  11. The EDHA Director will present a request to continue the New Residential Tax Rebate program through 2015. The program provides for a two-year tax abatement on new single-family residences in the City. One can find other current incentives available including the New Construction Incentive Program and the Construction Landscaping Grant on the EDHA web page.
  12. The Executive Assistant will propose the City’s participation in the state Fire Escrow Account. Participation would allow the City to seek reimbursement for any condemnation or clean up charges on a fire damaged property if the City was forced to intervene. In the event that the City had to remove debris from a damaged property, the City would have a lien on the property owner’s insurance policy via the state program.