Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 9:30 a.m.

Council Chamber, Room 317 City Hall

Minneapolis, Minnesota

NOTE: All cellular telephones, pagers and BlackBerry devices to be switched to a non-audible function during Council and Committee meetings.

Present: Council President Johnson, Vice President Lilligren, Majority Leader Benson, Minority Leader Gordon, Council Members Ostrow, Hofstede, Samuels, Goodman, Glidden, Schiff, Remington, Colvin Roy and Hodges
(Majority vote of all members, 7; 2/3 vote of all members, 9)

1. Roll call. 13-0.

2. Adoption of the agenda.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the Special Meeting of July 12, 2007, the Regular Meeting of November 16, 2007, and the Special Meeting of November 26, 2007.

Action Taken: Accepted.

4. Referral of petitions and communications and reports of the City officers to proper Council committees and departments.

Action Taken: Referred.

Committee of the Whole

1. Community Engagement Task Force:

Adopt the Minneapolis Core Principles of Community Engagement, and receive and file the Track 2 Final Report & Recommendations.

Action Taken: Approved.

Community Development

1. Courage Center (3915 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN):

Passage of Resolution giving preliminary & final approval to issue bonds for improvements to & equipping of facility; Refer to Mpls Community Development Agency (MCDA) Board of Commissioners.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Catholic Eldercare (817 Main St NE & 1101 Main St NE):

Passage of Resolution giving preliminary & final approval to issue bonds for remodeling & equipping of nursing home facilities; Refer to MCDA Board of Commissioners.

Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Sumner Library Title Clearance:

Approve conveyance of two parcels at 611 Van White Memorial Blvd to Library Board of the City of Mpls; Refer to MCDA Board of Commissioners.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Land Sales (2814 Knox Ave N & 425 - 20th Ave NE):

Passage of Resolution authorizing sale of properties to a qualified Home Ownership Works Program purchaser.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Land Sale (2732 - 12th Ave S):

Passage of Resolution authorizing sale of property to The Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Mpls Housing Replacement Tax Increment Financing District II:

Passage of Resolution adding 13 parcels to & deleting 10 parcels from the TIF District II.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Northeast Community Development Corporation (re Beltrami MnDOT site, Buchanan St between Winter & Spring Sts NE):

Approve one-year extension of exclusive development rights.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Nokomis Senior Assisted Living Project (3717 - 23rd Ave S):

Authorize continued analysis of proposal.

Action Taken: Approved.

9. 2007 Tax-exempt Revenue Bond Entitlement:

Passage of Resolution authorizing carryforward of unused entitlement for single-family mortgage programs.

Action Taken: Approved.

10. Century Homes Program:

Approve addition of properties at 1600 Penn Ave N & 400 Logan Ave N.

Action Taken: Approved.

11. 2007 Affordable Housing Trust Fund & Non-Profit Development Assistance Fund Project:

Approve AHTF loans & Non-Profit Development Assistance Fund grants.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

12. Coloplast Corporation (1601 W River Rd):

a) Passage of resolution adopting Modification No. 15 to the North Washington Industrial Park Plan, Modification No. 110 to Common Plan & the Coloplast Redevelopment Tax Increment Finance Plan; b) Passage of Resolution authorizing Limited Revenue Pay-As-You-Go Tax Increment Financing Note; c) Approve redevelopment contract business terms; & d) Authorize contracts.

Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

13. Coloplast Corporation (1601 W River Rd):

Authorize application to MN Department of Employment & Economic Development MN Investment Fund for equipment loan; Passage of Resolution increasing appropriation subject to receipt of award.

Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

14. MN Department of Employment & Economic Development:

Accept grants for Longfellow Station & for Minnesota Innovation Center; Passage of Resolution increasing appropriation ( 9 votes).

Action Taken: Approved.

15. African Development Center:

Authorize allocation of funds to extend partnership on business loan activities for 2008.

Action Taken: Approved.

16. Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers:

Authorize allocation of funds to extend partnership on business loan activities for 2008.

Action Taken: Approved.

17. Tax-exempt Revenue Bonds in 2008.

Authorize proper City officers to take certain actions to utilize bond financing for various City industrial/manufacturing projects.

Action Taken: Approved.

18. Ivy Tower (1115 - 2nd Ave S):

Authorize accept donation of open space conservation easement to protect view shed of Ivy Tower.

Action Taken: Postponed.

19. Blighted Buildings Demolition:

Passage of Resolution appropriating funds from Department of Community Planning & Economic Development to Regulatory Services.

Action Taken: Approved.

Health, Energy & Environment - No Reports

Intergovernmental Relations

Referred Report from Public Safety & Regulatory Services

1. Emergency Operations Training Facility:

Authorize staff to a) design a multi-phase Emergency Operations Training Facility that will accommodate the long term needs of the City; b) contract the initial phase of project to meet the daily classroom training needs of the Fire Department, at a total cost not to exceed $5,630,000; c) modify the City’s request for State of Minnesota bonding to reflect a City-only request; d) amend previous Capital Budget requests to reflect a City only project.

Action Taken: Approved.

Public Safety & Regulatory Services

1. Place of Entertainment Requirements:

Passage of Ordinance amending Title 13, Chapter 267 of Code relating to Licenses and Business Regulations: Amusements, exempting certain licensed food establishments providing limited entertainment from place of entertainment licensing requirements.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Off-Sale Liquor:

Return to Author Ordinance amending Title 14, Chapter 362 relating to Liquor and Beer: Liquor Licenses, allowing an exception to the 2000 foot distance requirements for locations zoned C3A (Community Activity Center) and one per block face for establishments that sell wine only; adding prohibited acts for Off-Sale Liquor; including incentives to licensees to provide alcohol awareness training to staff; and Approve license fee increase.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Liquor, Wine and Beer Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Business Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Gambling Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Tugg’s On The River (219 Main St SE):

Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to On-Sale Liquor License.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Camden Liquors (4155 Lyndale Av N):

Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to Off-Sale Liquor License.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Fat Lorenzo’s (5600 Cedar Av S):

Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to On-Sale Liquor License.

Action Taken: Approved.

9. Housing Board of Appeals:

Approve reappointment and accept resignation of David Jordheim, Ward 13; and Appoint Anne Gilbertson-Seeling to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Jordheim.

Action Taken: Approved.

10. Special Assessment Deferment at 1907 14th Av S:

Approve application of Mary Flom to defer rubbish removal and cut vegetation assessment.

Action Taken: Approved.

11. Property at 2131 Penn Av N:

Concur with Nuisance Condition Process Review Panel to uphold Director of Inspections’ Order to Demolish property.

Action Taken: Concurrence.

12. Property at 2223 16th Av S:

Execute Restoration Agreement with property owner, with rehabilitation to be completed by May 29, 2008.

Action Taken: Approved.

13. Property at 3448 20th Av S:

Authorize demolition of property; and Adopt Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Report from Transportation & Public Works

14. Special Assessment Deferments:

Approve applications of

a. Barbara Boughton, 4140 Ewing Av S, to defer new water service line repair assessment.
b. Patricia Colberg and Lorraine Colberg, 948 18th Av NE, to defer new water service line
repair assessment.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

15. Violent Offender Task Force:

Accept grant award of $130,000 and execute agreement with Minnesota Department of Public Safety for overtime surveillance details and equipment; and Passage of Resolution approving appropriation. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

16. Driving While Intoxicated Saturation Program:

Accept "Operation Nightcap" grant award of $9,240 and execute agreement with Minnesota Department of Public Safety for officer overtime costs for increased enforcement targeting impaired drivers, juvenile and young adult violators, and speed violations; and Passage of Resolution approving appropriation. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

17. Police Department Equipment Donations:

Passage of Resolution accepting Apple IBOOK Laptop Computer from First Tech Computer; and T3 Segway-type vehicle from T3 Motion Inc.. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

Transportation & Public Works

1. Communications Lease:

Authorize the execution of a lease agreement with Cricket Communications for the placement of communications antennae and associated equipment on the City-owned 11th and Marquette Municipal Parking Ramp.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

2. Sidewalk Construction Contracts:

Increase sidewalk contracts as follows (no additional appropriation required):

a) Standard Sidewalk, Inc. by $93,953.28;
b) Ti-Zack Concrete, Inc. by $91,863.58; and
c) Concrete Idea, Inc. by $148,245.08.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Capital Project Closeouts:

a) Passage of Resolution receiving and accepting the final costs and adjusting the capital appropriations as necessary to officially close out various Public Works capital projects and reallocate excess funds to other capital projects; and
b) Passage of Resolution requesting concurrence of the Board of Estimate and Taxation in the reallocation of the already issued Net Debt Bonds.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Cedar Lake Trail:

a) Authorize execution of a Cooperative Agreement with Northstar Corridor Development Authority for the acquisition of a Trail Use Permit; and
b) Authorize acquisition of a permanent trail easement from 127 Building Partners, LLC, at a cost of $80,000.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Accessible Pedestrian Signals:

a) Authorize the execution of an agreement with the Metropolitan Council to accept $125,000 in Federal SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) New Freedom Funds for the installation and evaluation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals; and
b) Passage of Resolution increasing the appropriation for the project by $156,250, to be reimbursed in the amount of $125,000 from the Metropolitan Council and by decreasing the appropriation in the Capital Improvements Fund by $31,250. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

Ways & Means/Budget

1. Legal Settlements:

Passage of Resolution, approving the following legal settlements of a) Timothy R. Davison; b) Lisa Young (behalf: Shawn Young); c) Rachel Robinson; and d) Victor H. Sanchez.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Election Services Contract:

Approve execution of a contract with Special School District No. 1, (January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2011).

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Business Process Improvement:

Authorize Request for Proposals for the Business Process Improvement Professional Services.
Early signing by Mayor requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Utility Billing Insert:

Approve the January 2008 utility billing insert announcing the 2008 Utility Billing rates.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Convention Center HVAC Systems:

Approve increasing contract with Honeywell Building Solutions (OP#6567) by $60,000 to provide maintenance and repairs.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Convention Center Food Service and Concessions:

Authorize amending Contract C99-14181 with Kelber Catering, Inc. to extend current contract for an additional 5 years.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Property Insurance for the Minneapolis Convention Center:

Authorize: a) review of options for 2008 coverage;

b) Acceptance of insurance quote of $274,083 by XL Insurance;

c) Acceptance of quote for additional terrorism coverage.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. NRP Phase II Minimum Funding Level Guarantee:

Authorize use of the Legacy (Hilton) Fund to assure sufficient Phase II funds for Neighborhood Action Plans.

Action Taken: Approved.

9. City’s Financial Policies:

Authorize amending the City’s Financial Policies relating to encumbrance of funds by departments.

Action Taken: Approved.

10. Stop on Red:

Authorize allocating up to $100,000 from the Contingency Fund for court-ordered reimbursements; and Approve receipt of revenue funds from Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota.

Action Taken: Approved.

11. 2007 Gift Acceptances:

Passage of Resolution accepting the 3 rd and 4 th Quarter list of donations valued under $15,000. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

12. TANF Consulting Services:

Approve execution of a contract with Minneapolis Public Schools for creation of a referral network for pregnant teens, (January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2009).

Action Taken: Approved.

13. Medica Skyway Senior Center:

Authorize amending agreement #22384 with Medica Health Plan to extend its support for an additional 6 months (December 31, 2008).

Action Taken: Approved.

14. Medica Skyway Senior Center:

Authorize acceptance of revenue from Healthways Health Support, Inc. for the Silver Sneakers Program ($5,000). Passage of Resolutions accepting; and appropriating funds. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

15. Tax Preparation Services:

Authorize acceptance of State Department Revenue funds from the Friends of the Medica Skyway Senior Center ($29,803). Passage of Resolutions accepting; and appropriating funds. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

16. Healthy Start (Infant Mortality Reduction) Program:

Submit four-year federal grant application for up to $685,000 annually to provide infant mortality reduction services in the Minneapolis Latino community.

Action Taken: Approved.

17. Teamster’s Local #320, Driver Unit:

Passage of Resolution approving terms of a 12-month collective bargaining agreement.

Action Taken: Approved.

18. Delegate Experience / Community Fest:

Preliminary approval of use of funds from the Convention Center fund.

Action Taken: Referred to the Budget Adoption meeting of December 12, 2007.

19. 2007 Holidazzle Parade:

Sent forward without recommendation the request to use contingency funds to increase the Downtown Council contract by $125,000.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

Zoning & Planning

1. Wendy’s FourCrown, Inc. (325 E Franklin Ave & 2015 Clinton Ave S):

Deny appeal filed from the decision of the Planning Commission denying applications for a conditional use permit and a non-conforming use expansion in a Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District.

Action Taken: Approved, with adoption of Findings of Fact.

2. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (4655 E 46 th St):

Grant appeal filed from the decision of the HPC denying a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction of a park building in the Wabun Picnic Area of the Minnehaha Fall Park Historic District.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. John Wolf (part of the north-south alley lying south of Lake St and running parallel to and between Chicago and Elliot Aves S):

Passage of Resolution to vacate a public alley.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. The Ackerberg Group (2310-2312 Penn Ave N):

Passage of Ordinance to rezone properties in the vicinity of the "Delisi’s" Building to add the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District to the R4 Multiple-Family District in order to allow for a parking lot.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Olin 4, LLC (5310-5334 Minnehaha Ave and 5329 48th Ave S):

Passage of Ordinance to Rezone properties from the C1 District and R1A District to the OR2 District to allow a multi-family dwelling with 83 units.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Board of Adjustment:

Approve the following applicants:

Re-appointments: Paul Gates, John Finlayson;

Appointments: Chris Koch, Bruce Manning.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Minnesota Urban Ballpark - Site Plan and Design Review:

Sent forward without recommendation the recommendation of the Ballpark Implementation Committee for a new 40,000 seat ballpark, subject to the changes recommended by the City Planning Commission.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

Motions

1. City Payroll:

Motion by Ostrow that regular payrolls of City employees under Council jurisdiction for the month of January, 2008 be approved and ordered paid.

Action Taken: Approved.

Unfinished Business

1. Independent Boards:

Passage of Resolution relating to relationships between the City of Minneapolis and the City's Independent Boards. (IGR Recommendation Postponed 11/16/2007)

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Organized Solid Waste Collection:

Sent forward without recommendation:

a) Adopt findings; and
b) Authorize the issuance of an RFP for the collection of garbage, recyclables, yard wastes, and metal items in the contracted portion of the City. (T&PW Recommendation Postponed 11/16/2007)

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

3. I-35W and Lake Street Design and Access Improvements:

a) Passage of Resolution supporting the development of a fiscally responsible plan and providing a high quality inside lane multi-modal BRT station at Lake Street, a high-quality connection to the Midtown Greenway, and access at Lake Street; and
b) Authorize the negotiation and execution of a cost participation agreement with Hennepin County to develop a new proposal, as outlined in the above-mentioned resolution and including the development of street designs, streetscape designs, bridge designs, visual quality manuals, and facilitating community involvement for the I-35W access improvements and Lake Street Reconstruction. (T&PW Recommendation Postponed 11/15/2007)

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

4. Pursuant to notice (11/16/2007), Schiff moves to introduce the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 14 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Liquor and Beer, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee:

a) Chapter 360 relating to In General (adding the definition of bowling center to Section 360.10).

b) Chapter 362 relating to Liquor Licenses (amending Section 362.395 to exempt bowling centers from the requirement that 60 percent of total gross revenue come from the sale of food and beverage and to impose a lessened requirement of 50 percent).

Action Taken: Referred to Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee.

5. Pursuant to notice (11/16/2007), Schiff moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 249 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Housing: Vacant Dwelling or Building, Nuisance Condition, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee (increasing the fees for vacant building registration).

Action Taken: Referred to Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee.

New Business

1. Gordon gives notice of intent to introduce at the next regular meeting of the City Council the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 15, Chapter 385 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Offenses--Miscellaneous (repealing Section 385.80 entitled Lurking; and amending Section 385.50 entitled Loitering by adding new prohibitions against loitering with the intent to engage in additional criminal acts).

2. Gordon gives notice of intent to introduce at the next regular meeting of the City Council the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code:

3. Ordinance Introduction:

Action Taken: Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee.

4. Ordinance Introduction:

Benson moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 13, Chapter 268 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Licenses and Business Regulations: Lawful Gambling, for first reading and referral to the Health, Energy & Environment and Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committees (amending the designation from Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association to the Department of Health & Family Support for continued support of the child care loan program). ( Unanimous consent required)

Action Taken: Referred to Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee.

Announcements

Adjournment - The Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA) Board of Commissioners will meet upon adjournment of the City Council Meeting.

Adjournment to Room 315, City Hall, for the purpose of discussing the matters of a) Dontay St. James v. City of Minneapolis, Off. Mark Suchta, Sgt. John Rouner and Sgt. Bruce Folkens; and b) City of Minneapolis v. Internet Exposure, Inc.

Action Taken: Approved settlements in both cases.

Adjournment to Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at 5:05 p.m. in the Council Chamber for the purpose of conducting the Truth in Taxation public hearing.

Adjournment to Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 5:05 p.m. in the Council Chamber for the purpose of continuation of the Truth in Taxation public hearing (if needed) and for adoption of the 2008 budget.

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.

Next Regular City Council Meeting: 12/21/2007
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