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City Council Meeting Minutes

February 27, 2017


1.         Roll Call


Mayor Roe called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Voting and Seating Order: McGehee; Willmus; Laliberte; Etten; and Roe.


2.         Pledge of Allegiance


3.         Approve Agenda


            Mayor Roe stated that without objection that the agenda for the evening is approved.


4.         Public Comment


Mayor Roe called for public comment by members of the audience on any non-agenda items.  No one appeared to speak.


5.        Commission Interviews


The council interviewed candidates for the Finance Commission, Human Rights Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, and Public Works, Environment, and Transportation Commission; from approximately 6:00 PM to 9:15 PM.


6.         Approve Minutes-February 13


Willmus moved, McGehee seconded, approval of the February 13, 2017 City Council Meeting Minutes as amended.


7.       Council & City Manager Communications, Reports, and Announcements


            City Manager Trudgeon did not have any announcements.


Councilmember Laliberte indicated that she attended the recent Ramsey County League of Local Governments (RCLLG) meeting where the group received updates of the legislative session from Ramsey County legislators. Councilmember Laliberte also distributed the 2017 RCLLG Handbook and Directory.


8.         Councilmember Initiated Future Agenda Items and Future Agenda Review

City Manager Trudgeon noted upcoming items for the March 13 meeting including consideration of amendments to the lawful gambling ordinance, consideration of the pet store ordinance, and appointment of commissioners to fill vacancies.  For the March 20 work session, City Manager Trudgeon noted several issues will be discussed including updates on rental licensing and Fire Department staffing, the draft 2018 Budget calendar, the Finance Commission Scope and Duties, the Metro I-Net strategic plan, and the Cedarholm Golf Course Clubhouse.


Councilmember Laliberte asked for discussion about the commission appointments and whether the City Council should appoint a member to the Human Rights Commission given the fact that it is being transformed into a new commission.


Mayor Roe advised that the topic should be discussed at the March 13 meeting and not at tonight's meeting as it was not listed on the agenda.


Councilmember Laliberte also asked for a future discussion about the timing of election of Commission Chairs. Currently the City Code requires appointment of the Chair at the first meeting after new persons are appointed and Councilmember Laliberte suggested that the better meeting for the Chair to be elected would be at the last meeting of the commission before members rotated off.


It was agreed to have the dissuasion on the timing of election chairs to come back at a future City Council meeting.


9.         Adjourn


Willmus moved, Etten seconded, adjournment at 9:20 p.m.


                                          Roll Call

Ayes: McGehee; Willmus; Laliberte; Etten; and Roe.

Nays: None.