Minutes of a City Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 2:30 PM
City Hall
1750 Maharishi Center Avenue

Present: Mayor Rogers Badgett, Chris Johnson (joined the meeting at 2:50 PM), Steve Boss, Kara Anastasio, Leslee Goldstein, Stellavera Kilcher, all by Zoom due to the pandemic
Absent: None
Present in Addition: Dr. Kent Boyum, Kathy Petersen

Mayor Badgett called the meeting to order.

  1. Public Comments—None received.
  2. Minutes—Anastasio moved, Goldstein seconded, to approve minutes from a meeting held September 22, 2021; Ayes: Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  3. Receipts and Claims—Anastasio moved, Goldstein seconded, to approve the report; Ayes: Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. (Chris Johnson joined the meeting.)
  4. Treasurer’s Report—Anastasio moved, Boss seconded, to approve the report for September 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  5. Resolution to Approve Annual Financial Report (AFR)—Anastasio moved, Boss seconded, to adopt a resolution approving the AFR for Fiscal Year 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Resolution number 20211013A was assigned.
  6. Resolution to Approve Street Finance Report—Anastasio moved, Boss seconded, to adopt a resolution approving the Street Finance Report for Fiscal Year 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Resolution number 20211013B was assigned.
  7. Annual Urban Renewal Report—Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to approve the Annual Urban Renewal Report for Fiscal Year 2021; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  8. Utility Assessment Lien—Anastasio moved, Kilcher seconded, to assess a lien on property in the City for unpaid Sewer Utility bills; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  9. Solar Report—Dr. Boyum reported that local attorney Jay Marcus recommended talking with Access Energy to work out apparent inconsistencies in their presentation to the City about cellular meters ability to be used with solar energy. Leslee Goldstein asked that a business plan on the Solar Project be presented to the council. Dr. Boyum will send an updated version of the plan to the council.
  10. Committees Reports
    1. Finance Committee Report—The report was covered in agenda points 12 and 14.
    2. Public Works Committee Report—Leslee Goldstein reported on revisions to the proposed building permit that include recommendations from Chris Johnson. Jon Lipman will review the Vastu components. The permit will be presented to the City Attorney for review after the next committee meeting.
    3. City Development Committee Report—Steve Boss presented an amendment to the Sewer Ordinance drafted by the committee to address the issue of sewer line responsibility. After discussion Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to present the amendment to the City Attorney for review; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Boss presented an amendment to the Water Ordinance drafted by the committee to address the issue of water line responsibility. Goldstein moved, Kilcher seconded, to present the amendment to the City Attorney for review; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Boss reported on talks with John Danos of Dorsey Whitney about Urban Renewal and Tax Increment Financing (TIF). More than one project may be included an Urban Renewal Plan. A budget reflecting the maximum amount required to fulfill TIF projects is required. The entire City may be included in the Urban Renewal area, and blight and economic development may be included as purposes in the plan.
  11. Personnel Committee—Goldstein moved, Boss seconded, to appoint Kara Anastasio and Chris Johnson to the Staff Coordination (Personnel) Committee; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Kara Anastasio volunteered to chair the committee.
  12. City Clerk Position—Kara Anastasio discussed the two candidates for City Clerk and said the Finance Committee believes the budget will support either candidate. The council discussed resumes, compatibility, compensation, and benefits. Goldstein moved, Kilcher seconded, to offer the appointment for the position of City Clerk to candidate Loraine Przybylski; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none.
  13. Transfer Resolution for American Recovery Act (ARA) Funds—Anastasio moved, Goldstein seconded, to adopt a resolution approving transfer of ARA funds to the General Fund to compensate for loss of income from Hotel Motel Tax during the pandemic; Ayes: Johnson, Boss, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: none. Resolution number 20211013C was assigned.
  14. City Hall Building Debt—Kara Anastasio reported the Finance Committee recommends paying the balance of debt on the City Hall/Community Center using surpluses from General, Special Revenue, and Sewer Funds. This would save the General Fund about $7,000 interest expense annually and free up budgeted principal payments. An amendment to the budget is required.
  15. FAA Response to Crop Duster Incident—Dr. Boyum reported on the response by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a report submitted by the City. Although the City report described a crop duster flying over the City below regulated heights, and photographic evidence was included, the FAA found the pilot not to be at fault. Kara Anastasio suggested contacting federal constituent services.
  16. Resolution to Change Meeting Times—Goldstein moved, Anastasio seconded, to adopt a resolution changing the times of regular City Council meetings to the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 PM; Ayes: Johnson, Anastasio, Goldstein, Kilcher; Nays: Boss; motion carried. Resolution number 20211013D was assigned.
  17. City Hall Report
    1. Water Damage—Kathy Petersen reported on water damage in City Hall from two recent storms.
    2. ICAP Grant—Kathy Petersen recommended using the annual ICAP grant to repair the west lobby doors on the second story of City Hall.
  18. SAM Federal Payment Registration—Dr. Boyum updated the SAMs registration; it is now active for another year.
  19. Welcome Sign—Kathy Petersen reported on damage to the welcome sign and that it is not clear if it is from storms or vandalism.
  20. Committee Outreach Email—Postponed.
  21. Other Business—None reported.

Mayor Badgett adjourned the meeting.

Rogers Badgett, Mayor
Kathy Petersen, City Clerk

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