Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Friday, April 18, 2008 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: Adopted.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the Regular Meeting and the Adjourned Session of April 4, 2008.

Action Taken: Accepted.

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

Action Taken: Referred.

Claims

1. Claims:

Deny the claims of Bonnie Barlage, Shayla Dower, Lamont Mays, Natalie Morrow, Larry Nordos, James Peterson, and Randal Wagner.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Claim of Michael Nelson:

Grant the claim of Michael Nelson in the amount of $522 relating to boat towing and storage charges.

Action Taken: Approved.

Committee of the Whole – No Reports

Community Development

1. 3749 Chicago Ave S:

Approve reserve of Capital Acquisition Revolving Funds for acquisition of property.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. 2007 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Pipeline & Non-Profit Development Assistance Fund:

Approve project recommendations.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Report from Transportation & Public Works

3. 2008 Hennepin County Transit-Oriented Development Program:

Approve recommendations for grant funding.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

4. West Lowry Avenue Redevelopment Plan:

Passage of Resolution adoption Modification No. 1 to Plan, placing properties at 3200 Penn, 2136 Lowry & 3201 Oliver Aves N into acquisition status.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Spring 2008 Environmental Remediation Grants:

Passage of three Resolutions authorizing applications to MN Department of Employment & Economic Development Contamination Cleanup & Investigation Grant Program; Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Livable Communities Fund Tax Base Revitalization Account & Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund.

Action Taken: Approved.

Elections

1. Ranked Choice Voting Ordinance:

Passage of Ordinance amending Title 8.5 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Elections by adding a new Chapter 167 relating to Municipal Elections; Rules of Conduct, establishing rules for counting ranked choice voting elections.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Election Voting Equipment and Services:

Authorize issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP).

Action Taken: Approved.

Health, Energy & Environment – No Reports

Intergovernmental Relations - No Reports

Public Safety & Regulatory Services

1. Musashi Japanese Restaurant (12 S 6th St):

Passage of Resolution granting On-Sale Liquor Class B with Sunday Sales License, subject to conditions.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. U Garden Restaurant (2725 University Av SE):

Sent forward without recommendation application for On-Sale Liquor Class A with Sunday Sales License.

Action Taken: Approved, subject to conditions.

3. Obento Ya Japanese Bistro (1510 Como Av SE):

Passage of Resolution granting On-Sale Wine Class E with Strong Beer License, subject to conditions.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Super America #4378 (2445 Bloomington Av):

Passage of Resolution granting Grocery, Tobacco Dealer, Food Manufacturer, Gasoline Filling Station and Off-Sale 3.2 Beer Licenses, subject to conditions.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

5. Liquor, Wine and Beer Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Business Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Gambling Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. M & S Grill (50 S 6th St):

Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to On-Sale Liquor Class E with Sunday Sales License.

Action Taken: Approved.

9. Johnny A’s (200 W Broadway):

a. Revoke On-Sale Liquor Class E with Sunday Sales and Tobacco Dealers Licenses.
b. Direct City Attorney’s Office to draft Findings of Fact in support of decision.
c. Deny request for stay of decision, in the event of an appeal.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

10. Rental Dwelling License Board of Appeals:

Approve appointments and reappointments of Kerry Hinze; Genevieve E. Gaboriault; M. Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez; Steven C. Schachtman; Daisy Barton; Wayne Jenson; Brian Bushay.

Action Taken: Approved.

11. Regulatory Services Staffing:

Authorize increase 2.0 Full-Time Equivalent positions to support Problem Properties Unit.

Action Taken: Deleted.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

12. Bid for Refurbishing Ambulance Vehicle:

Accept bid of Sartin Services to refurbish an ambulance vehicle for the Fire Department.

Action Taken: Approved.

13. Donation to State of Minnesota:

Action Taken: Approved.

Passage of Resolution authorizing donation of railroad tank car to State.

Transportation & Public Works

1. Areaway Abandonment and Removal:

a) Receive final costs and direct City Engineer to prepare a proposed Areaway Abandonment and Removal Assessment in conjunction with the E Lake St Reconstruction Project (5th Ave S to Hiawatha Ave S) for the benefited property located at 1515 Lake St E / 3016 Bloomington Ave S; and
b) Set a public hearing to be held on May 20, 2008. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Areaway Abandonment and Removal:

a) Receive final costs and direct City Engineer to prepare a proposed Areaway Abandonment and Removal Assessment in conjunction with the W L St Reconstruction Project (Dupont to Blaisdell Aves S and Lyndale Ave S from W 29th St to W 31st St) for the benefited properties located at 701-703 Lake St W, 2922 Lyndale Ave S, and 3001 Lyndale Ave S; and
b) Set a public hearing to be held on May 20, 2008. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Areaway Abandonment and Removal:

a) Receive final costs and direct City Engineer to prepare a proposed Areaway Abandonment and Removal Assessment in conjunction with the E L St Reconstruction Project (Hiawatha Ave S to W River Pkwy) for the benefited properties located at 2709 Lake St E, 2629 Lake St E, and 4301 Lake St E; and
b) Set a public hearing to be held on May 20, 2008. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Limited Use Permit:

Passage of Resolution authorizing the execution of a Limited Use Permit with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) to allow for the use of a landscape and pedestrian area on Mn/DOT property located east of 4th Ave S between 10th and 11th St S.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

5. 54th Street West Reconstruction Project (Upton Ave S to Penn Ave S):

a) Passage of Resolution ordering the City Engineer to proceed with the work and adopt special assessments in the amount of $126,051.64 for the project;
b) Passage of Resolution requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds in the amount of $126,050; and
c) Passage of Resolution ordering the City Engineer to establish parking restrictions to meet State Aid Rules. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Lynnhurst Street Renovation Project (Phase IV):

a) Passage of Resolution ordering the City Engineer to proceed with the work and adopt special assessments in the amount of $493,725.27 for the project; and
b) Passage of Resolution requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds in the amount of $493,725. (9 votes)
Early signature by Mayor requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTP):

Authorize the proper City officers to submit pedestrian and bicycle projects to Transit for Livable Communities for the NTP second round solicitation.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

Ways & Means/Budget

1. Legal Services Contract:

Approve amendment to the contract with the Heltzer & Burg, extending the term to December 31, 2008.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Utility Billing Insert:

Approve the May 2008 utility billing insert announcing the 2008 Minneapolis Mosaic Celebrating Diversity program and kick-off event on June 7, 2008.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Dental Insurance and Minneflex Flexible Spending Account:

a) Authorize issuance of Requests for Proposal (RFP).
b) Enter into contract negotiations with selected vendors.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Deferred Compensation Plan:

Authorize amendments to the City of Minneapolis Deferred Compensation Plan to comply with IRS regulations.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. 2008 Resident Survey:

Authorize execution of contract with National Research Center, Inc. to design and conduct a 2008 Resident Survey for Minneapolis.

Action Taken: Approved.

Zoning & Planning

1. Karmel Village, LLC (2848 Pleasant Ave S & 2825 Grand Ave S):

Deny appeal of a portion of the decision of the Planning Commission requiring a building addition to be constructed of brick.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Locus Development (1401 Central Ave NE):

Grant appeal from the decision of the Board of Adjustment that proposed horizontally hinged doors are substantially similar to exterior security barriers and are therefore prohibited.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Ordinance Corrections (Zoning Code Text Amendments):

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Jacqueline Hamilton (2015 Lowry Ave N):

Passage of Ordinance to rezone property from the OR1 to the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to permit a second store space for lease.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Unity Place (2611 Central Ave NE):

Passage of Ordinance to rezone property from the C1 to the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District to permit an assisted living facility with 33 residents.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Cedar Riverside Small Area Plan/Comprehensive Plan Amendment:

Adopt the Cedar Riverside Small Area Plan as an articulation of and amendment to the policies found in the City’s comprehensive plan.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Heritage Preservation Commission Appointments:

Approve Council appointments of Deborah Morse-Kahn, Meghan Elliott and Ginny Lackovic.

Action Taken: Approved.

Resolutions

1. Dining Out for Life:

Resolution declaring April 24, 2008, as The Aliveness Project’s 2008 Dining Out for Life Day.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Colonel Robert D. Cabana:

Resolution honoring Colonel Robert D. Cabana for his election into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Action Taken: Approved.

Unfinished Business

1. Brighton Nine/Portland LLC (re Washington Live/Work Site and Portland Condos):

a) Consent to assignment of contract & assumption of redevelopment contract between the City and Brighton Nine/Portland LLC to Village Green Companies for redevelopment; b) Authorize execution of documents (CD Committee recommendation postponed 4/4/2008).

Action Taken: Approved.

New Business

1. Ordinance Introduction: (Unanimous consent required)

Colvin Roy moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 3, Chapter 58 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Air Pollution and Environmental Protection: Idling, adding a new Article II regulating motor vehicle idling not otherwise regulated pursuant to Article I, Commercial Motor Vehicles, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee.

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

Announcements

Adjournment to Room 315, City Hall, for the purpose of discussing the matters of Flowers v. Becker, Flowers v. Samuels and Ostrow and Flowers v. City et al.

Action Taken: None.

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: Friday, May 2, 2008
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