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Special Work Plan Meeting

January 31, 2011


1.         Roll Call

Mayor Roe called to order the Roseville City Council special  meeting at approximately 6:00 pm and welcomed everyone. (Voting and Seating Order for January: Willmus; Pust; Johnson; McGehee; and Roe)


Staff Present:          Police Chief Rick Mathwig; Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke; Fire Chief Tim O’Neill; Finance Director Chris Miller; City Engineer Debra Bloom; and Community Development Director Patrick Trudgeon; and City Manager Bill Malinen

2.         Approve Agenda

Several members of the public were in attended and had requested to make public comment at tonight’s meeting.  By consensus, the agenda was approved as amended.

3.         Public Comment

            El-BannaShereif El-Banna, 2015 Pascal Street – cul-de-sac off County Road C-2

Mr. El-Banna addressed an incident that occurred in their cul-de-sac on December 17, 2010 when a City vehicle pushed a transformer off its base and caused a power outage and appliance burnout in their neighborhood.   Mr. El-Banna expressed frustration that, in the neighborhood’s follow-up with staff on damages needing to be addressed, they had subsequently received a letter on behalf of the City from their insurance provider, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) stating that no claims would be paid as there was no evidence of City negligence I the matter.  Mr. El-Banna advised that in subsequent conversations he’d had with the City’s Public Works Director Duane Schwartz over the last few weeks, he was hearing mixed messages.


Mayor Roe noted receipt by Councilmembers of correspondence related to the event, including the letter from Mr. El-Banna; and advised that while the City Council would not have a response to the neighborhood tonight until they had a better understanding of the issues; further discussion and a determination by the City Council would be forthcoming at a future regular business meeting.


In the absence of Mr. Schwartz, City Engineer Debra Bloom advised that the City’s standard practice was to initially route any claims through the LMCIT.  Ms. Bloom advised that staff was in contact with Xcel Energy, since it was their box on City right-of-way, and damages to the homeowners was due to the box’s location in the right-of-way when the City was attempting to move snow back to make room for additional storage following the major snowstorm occurring the weekend before.  Ms. Bloom advised that Xcel was still reviewing their policies related to damage claims; and assured Councilmembers that staff was continuing to investigate the hit.

Mr. El-Banna opined that the City vehicle moving snow was clearing snow around the fire hydrant at the end of his driveway, which he had already accomplished, as was his common practice.  Mr. El-Banna further opined that since those homes were built in the mid 1970’s, the Public Works Department should be aware of the location of utility boxes in order to avoid damaging them.  Mr. El-Banna stated that he found the letter from the LMCIT insulting; and noted that the City at first denied that it was a City vehicle, until another neighbor, Mr. Hermes, provided evidence that it was indeed a City vehicle.  Mr. El-Banna reiterated his concern in the mixed messages being received by the neighbors who had experienced thousands of out-of-pocket expenses in replacing and/or repairing electrical appliances and were seeking resolution.


Councilmember McGehee advised that she had spoken to Mr. Schwartz who had advised her that staff intended to bring the issue to the City Council for their guidance for payment subsequent to denial of the claim by the LMCIT, and given the City’s insurance deductable, seeking payment to residents for their immediate out-of-pocket expenses while the City continued their negotiations with the LMCIT and Xcel Energy.


Councilmember Willmus opined that, regardless of where the LMCIT stood on this, the damage was a result of City action, and in his discussions with Mr. Hermes, the City needed to step up to correct the situation, then continue negotiations, rather than string things along.


Mayor Roe suggested that this should be an item of discussion at the next regular business meeting on February 14, 2011.


Councilmember Pust sought a copy of the LMCIT letter of denial; and additional information from staff. Councilmember Pust sought clarification on the vehicle operator’s use of care and original denial that it was a City vehicle.


Ms. Bloom advised that rationale for the LMCIT denial was that the box was owned by a private utility, not the City of Roseville, and in City right-of-way.  Ms. Bloom clarified that the City did not have a database listing the location of all private utility boxes throughout the City as suggested by Mr. El-Banna, since there were thousands of them throughout the City on City rights-of-way.  Ms. Bloom noted the numerous challenges faced by the City following the major snow event, and continued clean-up for several weeks following, with cul-de-sacs always presented additional challenges.  Ms. Bloom clarified that the City’s regular snow plow vehicles all had GPS, and upon an immediate check of the GPS, there was no indication that a vehicle with GPS was in that area.  Due to this incident, Ms. Bloom advised that staff had now changed their process for investigation of concerns.  Ms. Bloom further noted that this operator was a utility person using a City street vehicle to assist clean up of cul-de-sacs.  At the request of Councilmember Pust, Ms. Bloom advised that crews were cleaning out hydrants and cul-de-sacs.


Councilmember Johnson questioned if postponing the decision until the February 14, 2011 regular business meeting would cause further hardship for residents.


Mr. El-Banna advised that residents could wait, but were seeking clear resolution.


Councilmember Johnson suggested that this meeting be added to the February 7, 2011 Special City Council Works Plan Meeting II if it was held; and that the posted agenda be reflected accordingly.


Councilmember Pust questioned if the amount shown in the referenced letter was a total for all damages or just those of Mr. El-Banna. 


Mr. El-Banna advised that some of the damages were actual and some estimates, as all had not been repaired yet; and noted that he had receipts from other neighbors as well.


Councilmember Pust advised that the City Council could make a policy decision on what they were paying; however, she noted the need to have an accurate accounting of receipted damages before doing so.


Mr. El-Banna advised that he would make those receipts available to City Manager Malinen or City Engineer Debra Bloom by Tuesday, February 1, 2011.   


Mayor Roe noted that the February 7, 2011 Special Meeting may be cancelled depending on the amount of progress made tonight; at which time the City Council would make a decision at the February 14, 2011 regular business meeting.


          Mayor Roe advised that, at the request of several Councilmembers, a viewing would be held of the brief documentary recently aired by a local television station discussing the City of Roseville’s aging community demographics.


3.         Department Briefs – Initiatives and Suggestions

Mayor Roe briefly provided a background for tonight’s discussion in order to outline a City Council and staff work plan for decision- and policy-making. Mayor Roe expressed appreciation to Department Heads for providing written discussion items; allowing for focus on those connections where decision or policy actions from the City Council were needed, but not creating a need for involvement by the City Council in day-to-day operations.


a.         Public Works Department – City Engineer Debra Bloom

City Engineer Bloom reviewed the Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought To Do’s” in 2011-2012, including mandated and regularly scheduled activities or those already in process.  Ms. Bloom elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline.


Discussion among staff and Councilmembers included negotiations with Gibb’s Farm regarding the Fairview Pathway Construction Project for a sidewalk along Larpenteur Avenue, with federal funding requirements for approval by the National Historical representatives, and their reluctance to support the project based on it not adding to the historical nature of the area; temporary easement requirements from Gibb’s Farm for the project; existing sidewalk and lack of feasibility for a proposed location changes; proposed Victoria Street project in 2012 planned as 2-3 miles of mill and overlay, not reconstruction; and estimated staff time spent on mandated items.


Ms. Bloom estimated the staff time spent on various projects; however, she volunteered to provide additional and more precise information to the City Council on staff time spent.

Further discussion included clarification of those City-owned facilities managed by the Public Works Department and those managed by the Parks and Recreation Department; roof maintenance completed and that scheduled in the future; City Council preference expressed to look at all its facilities and determine a clear maintenance schedule through asset management software; more detailed review of the wetland inventory, management, and permitting processes; and an update on the garbage collection issue now at the Public Works, Environment, and Transportation Commission level and any recommendations forthcoming.


b.            Police Department – Chief Rick Mathwig

Police Chief Rick Mathwig reviewed the Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought to Do’s” in 2011, including mandated and regularly scheduled activities or those already in process.  Chief Mathwig elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline.


Chief Mathwig noted the department’s continuing shrinkage over the last few years; and the critical crossroads being realized and addressed in the “Must Do’s” listed.  Chief Mathwig addressed the changing technologies in equipment, providing for major advances in squads, firearms, and computers in the squads and in offices.  Chief Mathwig advised that major CIP advances were included in the Department’s budget to update equipment in accordance with technological changes in the industry.


Chief Mathwig reviewed current staffing levels, and his proposals to restructure command staff to ensure sufficient training and providing recruitment incentives for officers within the department and within existing budget dollars, and through use of part-time law enforcement students working as Community Service Officers (CSO’).


Chief Mathwig addressed “Ought to Do’s” such as additional retail patrols and cost-sharing with the retail community as the department continued to seek ways to enhance its relationship with retailers in the community.


Discussion among staff and Councilmembers included reciprocity of retailers with the department; initiatives of the department to facilitate relationships with retailers and the area school districts; community policing efforts of the department with the City’s diverse population, and specific efforts in developing relationships with the Karen community; and cooperative work with the City’s Human Rights Commission and Fire Department, and area faith communities.


Mayor Roe spoke in support of the New American Forums as a great idea and the department’s partnerships within the community and among departments.  Mayor Roe encouraged developing other relationships with other groups beyond the new immigrant communities to connect them with resources.


Further discussion included staff rationale, based on industry standards and use histories, for the replacement schedule for squads and those items considered affecting officer safety, repair and maintenance costs, climate, and trade-in values for used squads, usually purchased by the taxi industry.


Ms. Bloom interjected that staff mechanics maintained software data available on all City-owned vehicles and repair/maintenance histories of each vehicle, subsequently used to determine which vehicles to replace and when they should be replaced based on that data.


Mayor Roe noted the need for effective asset management software among departments; and upcoming needs addressed in the Public Works and Police Departments for restructuring of staffing to address future needs.


c.            Parks and Recreation Department – Director Lonnie Brokke

Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke reviewed the Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought to Do’s” in 2011.  Mr. Brokke elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline, many as a direct result or associated with the recently-completed Master Plan process and its next phases.


Discussion among Councilmembers and staff included scheduled replacement of the HAVC units for City Hall and the Public Works Maintenance building in 2013; potential acquisition of additional parcels as identified in the Master Plan for future parks within the City; campus geothermal capacity and current excess capacity experienced at the skating center and potential cost savings if and when the entire campus is on the system; existing and expanded geothermal fields and potential for additional wells needed; land long term leases versus city ownership of park properties and related advantages/disadvantages and any financial benefits, similar to estate planning, for property owners and/or the City itself.


Additional discussion included status of the tree survey for city-owned trees; status of playground equipment and anticipated lifespan and replacement schedules and cost-sharing between the City and area parks support groups; asset maintenance program indications within the department; ongoing underfunding of the Parks Improvement Program (PIP) fund; development of a volunteer program and adequate supervision and direction; and recognition of the need to maintain existing parks and facilities before adding more, or factoring their long-term maintenance into their initial cost.


Additional discussion included the status of the Master Plan implementation survey and any potential referendum; development of a Maintenance Trust Fund similar to the City’s Pavement Management Plan (PMP) to generate funds for ongoing maintenance of park equipment and facilities and in tune with asset management perspectives.


Councilmember Pust asked that staff ensure that the survey questions are shaped in a way that gives a clear understanding that the City Council may need to increase taxes for other programs/services during the same timeframe a referendum for implementing the Parks Master Plan initiatives is undertaken.


d.            Fire Department – Fire Chief Tim O’Neill

Fire Chief Tim reviewed the Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought to do’s” in 2011, including mandated and regularly scheduled activities or those already in process.  Chief O’Neill elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline.


Significant discussion among Councilmembers and staff included the existing and projected building needs, currently being finalized by the Building Needs Facility Committee and prepared for recommendation to the City Council in the near future.  Discussion included past needs and those of the next 30-40 years; changes in the department and services provided to the community; equipment changes and reductions in the fleet over the last five (5) years; capital equipment funding needs anticipated in the next 5-8 years, including radios, which were previously replaced with assistance from grant funds; and recommended staffing changes and restructuring similar to that addressed by the Police Department as service needs and training requirements changed.


Chief O’Neill noted that he had inherited the current department structure, and after completing his first year in the role of Chief would be working with City Manager Malinen for potential structure changes in 2012 to restructure personnel.


Chief O’Neill reviewed ongoing and projected shared services opportunities, most specific with the Lake Johanna Volunteer Fire Department (LJVFD), and development within the next few months of a specialized rescue team manned by LJVFD and Roseville Fire Department day-time personnel.  Chief O’Neill reviewed other agreements among the departments for mutual assistance at fires.  Chief O’Neill noted grant funding received for volunteer training and additional outreach in the community; and addressed the changing needs of the community with emergency medical care and services due to the community’s aging population.  Chief O’Neill expressed the departments’ desire to provide the best possible care to that aging population before, during and after medical incidents, and to provide sufficient follow-up allowing them to remain in their homes.


Chief O’Neill noted, similar to other departments, the expanded training requirements, and industry changes with training needed for chemicals and other Homeland Security issues; and the need to address the health and wellness of firefighters in their strenuous jobs.


Discussion ensued regarding recent discussions at the Ramsey County League of Local Governments (RCLLG) on shared service opportunities; interest in expanding those shared services with other communities based on past conversations and future potential; the need to consider if and how any shared services make sense for respective communities and/or fire departments; rationale for location of any future fire station(s); current department response time of a little over three (3) minutes and within the 90th percentile for the nation; timing projections for a potential referendum and other funding options for a new station; and taking into consideration potential school district referendums.


Chief O’Neill noted that in the department’s 67 year history, the Fire Department had never sought a referendum, but other funding had been utilized for construction of two of the last three stations.


Additional discussion included fleet replacement projections; Councilmember Johnson’s experience as City Council Liaison to the Fire Commission and his encouragement to Councilmembers to take time to tour Station #3 and changes in the department and services provided since its construction in the 1960’s; review of the history of current stations and their current disrepair; current limited use of Station #1; and recognizing another example of the need for an asset management program.


Mayor Roe observed that, given the current condition of Station #1, it would probably be prudent to not have any programs or community activities operating from that facility.


Mayor Roe recessed the meeting at approximately 7:59 pm and reconvened at approximately 8:08 pm.

e.            Finance Department – Finance Director Chris Miller

Finance Director Chris Miller reviewed the Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought to Do’s” in 2011, including mandated and regularly scheduled activities or those already in process.  Mr. Miller elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline, emphasizing the need to seriously address the City’s long-term financial sustainability.


Mr. Miller reviewed the changes made to the budget process in an attempt to provide added transparency, with that work continuing as staff channeled resources to reflect the City Council’s priorities and away from those deemed as having less corporate value; dedication of new moneys to eliminate funding gaps in asset replacement programs and the millions of dollars the City continued to be behind in funding asset replacements, opining that every year’s delay only serves to exacerbate that problem, with the exception of the successful PMP program created by previous City Councils.  Mr. Miller noted that the last 8 out of 11 years, City Councils had tapped into its reserves to plug operating gaps, and strongly encouraged Councilmembers to discontinue that practice, while recognizing the reluctance of the public in increased taxes, and the political issues faced by the City Council.


Mr. Miller specifically addressed the City’s current and projected Information Technology (IT) services and the need to effectively manage it for the future through investing in cost-saving equipment.


Discussion among Councilmembers and staff included the need to update the financial savings projections from the 2005/06 study for the entire campus on geothermal energy and related annual budget impacts; and use of reserve funds or asset management funds for IT services similar to the IMP or PIP as needs over the next five years were projected, with current funds primarily from tower rents and Joint Powers Agreements (JPA’s) for IT services with other communities and/or agencies, with increases built into those contracts.


Mayor Roe noted the need to tie in geothermal energy factors short- and long-term and impacts to the annual budget, and as part of CIP projections.


Councilmember Johnson concurred, noting that the same projections were indicated for the City’s IT investments.


Further discussion included changing technologies and required updates to facilitate that change and increase productivity and provide support staff to maintain and service those advances.


Councilmembers McGehee and Willmus requested additional information from Mr. Miller on how much he would reasonably project to begin setting aside going forward to fund asset programs not currently funded over the next ten (10) years; or viable targets for reserve funds if realistically other than the current 50% reserve target for the General Fund.


Additional discussion included past City Council review of reserve funding policies and updating those targets periodically.


Councilmember Johnson opined that the CIP needed to be part of that discussion, noting Mr. Miller’s continuing and emphatic caution if current practices continue in underfunding asset replacement and his projections that a 17% annual tax increase would be needed over a ten year period to get back on track. Councilmember Johnson noted that he strongly supported a serious discussion on finding a compromise or strategy to get the CIP back on track.


Mayor Roe noted that there were some big ticket items on the CIP that were completely unfunded and that those items needed to be addressed by the City Council as well.


Councilmember Johnson noted that the City Council continued to listen to the facts presented by staff, but continued to be reluctant to address the issues.


Councilmember Willmus spoke in support of having the discussion and prioritizing strategies.


Councilmember Pust noted the limitations based on current levy limits of 3.9% annually for cities imposed by the State legislature.


Councilmember McGehee expressed interest in moving beyond priorities from a realistic standpoint; noting that the City Council’s number one job was to effectively manage public monies.  Councilmember McGehee opined that staff was obviously doing its job transparently; and expressed her interest in addressing future steps to correct current trends.


Councilmember Johnson concurred.


It was Council consensus that further discussion was imperative.


Mayor Roe suggested that these items would most likely be revisited as the City Council provided their comments and priorities for follow-up.  Mayor Roe suggested that tonight’s meeting not exceed 9:00 p.m. to avoid loss of productivity by those in attendance and as some of these rather daunting but vital items required further consideration and discussion.  Mayor Roe asked that individual Councilmembers follow the process used by department heads and provide their written comments by submitting them to City Manager Malinen to be included in the next meeting packet.  Mayor Roe noted that discussion of the damages to residents in the cul-de-sac would also be a discussion item at the next Special Council Work Plan meeting scheduled for Monday, February 7, 2011.


f.             Community Development Department – Director Patrick Trudgeon

Community Development Director Patrick Trudgeon reviewed the Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought to Do’s” for 2011, including ongoing land use activities or those day-to-day operations already in process.  Mr. Trudgeon elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline.  In addition to those City Code chapters listed requiring modification and updating, Mr. Trudgeon noted the Subdivision and Adult Use ordinances also.


In the “Ought to do’s,” Mr. Trudgeon brainstormed various strategies related to record management and retrieval by staff and the public; need for field personnel to be able to access technology in the field rather than current inefficiencies; market-driven versus planned economic development; support of existing and future businesses in the community; and limited asset and capital investment needs from his department’s perspective, but enthusiastic support of the department for the overall city investment in those assets as they impacted the need for ongoing infrastructure considerations affecting the vitality of the community.


Discussion among Councilmembers and staff included multi-family properties and current and future projected problems as it related to registration, licensure and inspections; development and/or redevelopment in the community; notice process and practices for major developments or projects in the City and the need to develop an effective e-mail address data file to provide notices, while recognizing the need to provide mailed and/or published notice, along with cable television notices, to those not having access to the internet.


Mayor Roe noted the need for the Mayor and City Council to continue their outreach efforts within the business community.  Mayor Roe questioned how funding sources were allotted to cities for Economic Development Authorities (EDA’s) and how options fit in and which advantages best fit the City’s needs.  Mayor Roe noted the City of St. Louis Park model and how such a model could fund other aspects of the department as well.


Further discussion included the HRA’s expanding role from focusing on single-family residential homes to smaller rentals, and now larger multi-family residential properties; what role the City and/or HRA plays in multi-family properties; and expectations of the multi-family industry for inspections and licensing of their properties.


Councilmember McGehee suggested that the City develop an ordinance requiring condominium or townhome units to maintain a reserve fund to avoid HIA’s from coming forward, with an annual accounting to Mr. Miller of their reserve fund balances to ensure they remained on track and did not become underfunded.


Councilmember Pust advised that, before considering such an action, the City should seek a legal opinion as to whether such an ordinance was allowed.


Mayor Roe concurred, noting that associations were regulated by State Statute with those recent statutory requirements requiring better financial planning by associations; with the HIA in place to cover older associations needing to improve that financial management.


Additional discussion included how to avoid situations with multi-family housing landlords recently evidenced in the news; standards for compliance on the local and state level through effective inspections and well-documented enforcement and abatement procedures; and the need to carry over strong compliance procedures for multi-family housing developments.


Councilmember Johnson spoke strongly in support of establishing strong compliance standards for multi-family housing developments.


Councilmember Pust noted that increasing enforcement-oriented procedures for multi-family housing in the community was part of the HRA’s strategic plan.


Mayor Roe noted the need to tie the need for enforcement at those complexes with the needs of tenants or landlords for resources; identifying frequent Police calls with family crisis issues; and how the City is addressing and facilitating connections between people and resources, recognizing the human side of multi-family housing and related impacts.


Councilmember Pust noted past discussions related to inspections and licensing and the controversy encountered within the community, specifically with landlords.


Mayor Roe noted the need to distinguish between smaller units and multi-family units related to that controversy and how to address their respective situations.


Further discussion ensued regarding unintended consequences for and the need to provide protection to tenants who bring concerns forward and eviction clauses built into lease agreements; fire code inspections only addressing common areas, not individual units; and limitations on the City in getting involved in issues between tenants and landlords; and current cooperative work between the City’s Police Department and HRA in addressing some problems.


g.         Administration - City Manager Bill Malinen

City Manager Bill Malinen briefly reviewed the Administration Department’s “Must Do’s” and “Ought to Do’s” for 2011, as selected form the City’s 2010-2014 Strategic Plan.  Mr. Malinen elaborated on those items provided in staff’s written discussion outline. 


Mr. Malinen noted the shared services currently done by Roseville, more than most communities in Ramsey County according to a recent Chamber of Commerce study; and his personal high priority to improve the City’s record management system to get public documents on line to allow citizens access, even while recognizing the resource-intensive nature of scanning and identifying the documents during that process.


Discussion among Councilmembers and staff included staff’s rationale in processing planning files in their entirety versus incrementally; information sharing through cable television as well as through social media means; and estimated personnel costs globally at approximately 75% of overall costs.


Councilmember McGehee encouraged individual Councilmembers to view the City of St. Louis Park website structure and how it reflected ongoing community involvement and outreach.


Councilmember Pust encouraged staff and individual Councilmembers to consider, prior to the next meeting, how their presentations would have differed as they considered those aging demographics over the next fourteen (14) years as identified in the video viewed tonight, with more seniors than kids anticipated in the nature, which already seemed realistic in Roseville.  Councilmember Pust questioned if that made any difference in how various departments and the City Council did business; and how the community should be planning for the future.


Mayor Roe concurred.  Mayor Roe reviewed the homework assignments between now and next weeks’ meeting:

1)    Individual Councilmembers are tasked with submitting their “Must Do’s” and “Ought to Do’s” to City Manager Malinen by Wednesday, February 2, 2011 end of day, or in a similar format to those submitted by Department Heads tonight.

2)    Everyone to review the comments, and consider tonight’s discussions and notes, as they contemplated the next discussions; with consolidation of similar items; and prioritization of those discussions.  Consideration of what kind of staff and City Council resources it will take to focus on the “Ought To’s” from the City Council level over the next few years, not specifically budget dollars, but staff time required.


Discussion included identifying individual interests over the next two (2) years to be incorporated into a corporate work plan and to facilitate future discussions, and staff input related to overall implications and timing for accomplishing initiatives.


Mayor Roe noted the inclusion of the cul-de-sac issue on that agenda as well.


Councilmember Pust expressed concern that not all neighbors had been contacted or submitted claims; and how claims could be professionally verified and substantiated.


City Manager Malinen advised that this was staff’s challenge; noting that insurance adjusters were able to make that determination; but staff didn’t have much time for that step if the item was to be acted upon at the February 7, 2011 meeting.


Councilmember Pust suggested that Mr. Hermes, and other neighbors be contacted by staff, and advised that the item was pushed back to the February 14, 2011 regular business meeting; which would also allow for additional conversations with LMCIT and Xcel Energy and a more informed decision by the City Council.  Councilmember Pust noted that this delay is in no way indicating that the City Council is taking a position that homeowners blew out an appliance intentionally.

City Manager Malinen expressed concern that this City Council action would also set a precedent for future incidents.


Mayor Roe concurred that additional information and more specific information on the situation was indicated, and directed staff to put this item on the February 14, 2011 meeting agenda.  By consensus, staff was further directed to contact affected residents on the changed date for consideration and to ensure that all receipts and/or other documentation was submitted before that meeting; and that all affected parties were notified and aware of the potential action.


City Manager Malinen advised that staff would continue their discussion with LMCIT and Xcel Energy to hopefully provide updated information to the City Council at that time as well.


Johnson moved, Pust seconded, that the cul-de-sac item be included on the February 14, 2011 City Council agenda.


Roll Call

Ayes: Willmus; Pust; Johnson; McGehee; and Roe.

Nays: None.


Mayor Roe expressed his appreciation to Acting Mayor Pust for taking over the meeting last Monday evening on very short notice, when he became ill during the meeting.

7.         Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:13 pm.