Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Friday, February 6, 2009 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.

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
January 23, 2009.

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. Appointments to the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission:

Sent forward without recommendation appointment of seven members to Commission, including two Mayoral Appointments and five Council Appointments:

• Tony Anastasia, Ward 1

• David Crockett, Ward 6

• Crystal Johnson, Ward 5

• Ed Newman, Ward 7

• Doris Overby, Ward 12

• Matthew Perry, Ward 13

• Breanne Rothstein, Ward 11

• Jeffrey Strand, Ward 4

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

Community Development

1. Single-Family Housing Program:

Passage of Resolution approving 2009 Program; Authorize funds to pay for Minneapolis' share of the cost of 2008 audit of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Housing Finance Board.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Entitlement Issuers:

Authorize Finance Officer to sign agreement with other bond entitlement issues re transfer of bonding authority to the City.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Project for Pride in Living:

Authorize City participation in & approval of agreements for Phillips Partnership Second Mortgage Loan Program.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Parking Operations on Parcel A (re northeast side of 2nd St S between 3rd & 5th Aves S):

Authorize Operating Agreement between the City and Standard Parking for operation & maintenance, subject to conditions.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Great Streets Facade Improvement Program Administration:

Authorize contracts with African Development Center, Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Association & South Chicago Avenue Business Alliance & Victory Neighborhood Association.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts & Education Center:

Approve one year extension to Redevelopment Agreement & Promissory Note.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Report with Transportation & Public Works and Ways & Means/Budget

7. 25th Ave SE Extension Construction Project (re 4th St SE to proposed Granary Rd):

Authorize acquisition of portions of certain properties to be used for the 25th Ave portion of SEMI/University Research Park infrastructure; Passage of Resolutions a) Authorizing staff to pursue acquisitions; & b) Appropriating funds.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports with Ways & Means/Budget

8. Metropolitan Council's Livable Communities Demonstration Account Grants & Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Local Housing Incentives Account Grants:

Authorize acceptance & appropriation of grant awards; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds ( 9 votes).

Action Taken: Approved.

9. Minneapolis Advantage Program (MAP) for 2009:

a) Authorize acceptance of grant from Federal Home Loan Bank to support new phase of MAP; b) Approve MAP guideline revisions; c) Authorize amendment to Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation contract to include FHLB funds & UDAG funds to cover program costs; d) Passage of Resolution appropriating funds ( 9 votes).

Action Taken: Approved.

Elections

1. Instant Runoff Voting (IRV):

Approve staff direction to proceed with a dual track; IRV implementation activities while preparing a contingency plan.

Action Taken: Approved.

Health, Energy & Environment

1. Indoor Space Temperature Policy:

Adopt policy for all City of Minneapolis owned and operated facilities.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Xcel Energy’s Midtown High Voltage Power Line Proposal.

Passage of Resolution regarding Xcel Energy’s Midtown High Voltage Power Line Proposal.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

3. Minnesota Family Investment Program:

Execute contract with Hennepin County to receive $466,344 for operation of MFIP Program during calendar year 2009.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Lead Safe Training:

Accept $10,000 grant from Minnesota Department of Health to train property owners and contractors who will be remodeling, rehabilitating and renovating properties built before 1978; and Passage of Resolution approving appropriation.

Action Taken: Approved.

Intergovernmental Relations

1. Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA):

Passage of Resolution withdrawing the City of Mpls from membership.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Restaurant Alma (528 University Ave SE):

Approve amendment to City of Mpls Legislative Agenda to add language relating to special taxes & the Downtown Taxing District.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Mpls Employees Retirement Fund (MERF):

Approve concurrence with Board of Trustees of MERF in their recommendation that action be taken by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2009 legislative session to consolidate MERF into the Public Employees Retirement Association of the State of Minnesota (PERA).

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Closed Mpls Police & Fire Pension Funds:

Approve amendment to City of Mpls Legislative Agenda to include language regarding merger of the Mpls Police Relief Association (MPRA) & Mpls Firefighters' Relief Association (MFRA) into PERA-Police & Fire.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Regional & Cross Jurisdictional Cooperation:

Approve amendment to City of Mpls Legislative Agenda to add language relating to support of regional & cross jurisdictional cooperation.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. State Fiscal Relations:

Approve amendment to City of Mpls Legislative Agenda to add to existing language relating to state fiscal relations.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. State & Local Fiscal Relations:

Approve directions to staff regarding the state/municipal fiscal relationship.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Marriage & Family Protection Act:

Approve amendment to City of Mpls Legislative Agenda to add language in support of Senate File No. 120.

Action Taken: Approved.

Public Safety & Regulatory Services

1. Liquor, Wine and Beer Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Business Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Gambling Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Chapter 249 Property at 1611 22nd Av N:

Execute Restoration Agreement.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Chapter 249 Property at 2440 16th Av S:

Authorize demolition.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

6. Police Emergency Response/Pursuit Training:

Extend agreement with Dakota County Technical College for sworn and non-sworn personnel to attend training; and Issue Request for Proposals for driver training facility rental.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Hennepin County Jail Fees:

Execute 2009 agreement with Hennepin County whereby the City will reimburse the County for actual and legally required cost of detaining inmates arrested by the Police Department at the Hennepin County Adult Detention Facility.

Action Taken: Approved.

Transportation & Public Works

1. Lowry Bridge EAW:

Approve Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) comments, dated January 26, 2009, for submittal to Hennepin County.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Bike Walk Twin Cities Bicycle Sharing Proposal:

a) Authorize submittal of the Bike Share proposal to Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) as part of the NTP Round 3 Solicitation for innovative demonstration capital projects;
b) Reconfirm that the City will serve as fiscal agent for the program; and
c) Direct staff to continue to work toward project development.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

3. Chicago Ave Phase II Reconstruction Project:

Passage of Resolutions:

a) Ordering the work to proceed and adopting special assessments;
b) Requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds for the project;
c) Ordering the installation of parking restrictions; and
d) Ordering the City Engineer to abandon and remove areaways located in the public street right-of-way in conflict with the project. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Postponed parts (a) & (b); Approved parts (c) & (d).

4. 13th Street South Pedestrian Gateway Project:

T&PW:
a) Approve project layout; and
b) Accept Federal Transportation Enhancement Fund grant in the amount of $714,400, and Passage of Resolution increasing the appropriation for the project;

W&M/Budget:
(a) and (b) above, and
c) Passage of Resolution transferring $230,000 from the Capital Projects Fund back to the General Fund; and
d) That staff return to Committee upon project completion and adjust other revenue sources to reflect federal funding that will be available to replace these revenue sources. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved W&M/Budget Committee recommendation.

5. Bids:

a) OP 7062, Accept low bid of Ramsey Excavating Company for the removal of impacted soil;
b) OP 7073, Accept low bid of Fischer Sand and Aggregate, LLP, for fine aggregate; and
c) OP 7074, Accept low bid of Kraemer Mining and Materials, Inc., for Class AAA aggregate.

Action Taken: Approved.

Ways & Means/Budget

1. Legal Settlements:

Passage of Resolution approving settlement of the legal claims of Shaun D. Young ($6,000); and Otieno, Walton and Wong ($169,500).

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Court Reporting Services:

Approve amending contract with Kirby A. Kennedy & Associates, increasing the total compensation by $35,000; extend term until December 31, 2009.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Utility Billing Insert:

Approve the March 2009 utility billing insert providing information regarding the spring "Raingarden Workshops" sponsored by Metro Blooms.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Minneapolis Telecommunications Network (MTN) Board of Directors:

Sent forward without recommendation, one Mayoral appointment; and four Council appointments and reappointment.

Action Taken: Referred back to the Ways & Means/Budget Committee.

Referred Report from Zoning & Planning

5. Federal Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant:

Authorize staff to apply for matching grant funds ($30,000) to complete the ten-year historic resource survey of the city.

Action Taken: Approved.

Zoning & Planning

1. City Planning Commission Appointments:

Approve mayoral reappointments of Alissa Luepke-Pier (Ward 3) and Ted Tucker (Ward 3), for terms to run 2/1/2009 - 1/31/2011.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Cedar and Lake Revival, LLC (1901 E Lake St, 3009-11 – 19th Ave S):

Deny waiver from moratorium on establishment, reestablishment or expansion of principal parking facilities in the area bounded by Chicago Ave, Midtown Greenway/Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way, E 31st St & Hiawatha Ave, in order to file necessary land use applications to construct a new principal parking facility.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Church of the Ascension (1723 Bryant Ave N):

Passage of Resolution vacating the north-south public alley located between Bryant Ave N and Dupont Ave N, and 17th Ave N and 18th Ave N, subject to utility easements.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Daniel Schwartzman (2553 Aldrich Ave S):

Passage of Ordinance rezoning property from R2B to the R3 Multiple Family district to allow conversion of single family dwelling to duplex.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Daniel Schwartzman (2559 Aldrich Ave S):

Passage of Ordinance rezoning property from R2B to the R3 Multiple Family district to allow conversion of single family dwelling to duplex.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment Work Plan:

Approve Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Planning Division's Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment Work Plan as amended.

Action Taken: Approved.

Motions

1. City Payroll:

Motion by Ostrow that regular payrolls of City employees under Council jurisdiction for the month of March, 2009 be approved and ordered paid.

Action Taken: Approved.

Unfinished Business

1. Ordinance Introduction:

Pursuant to notice, Colvin Roy moves to introduce the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 17 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Streets and Sidewalks, for first reading and referral to the Transportation & Public Works Committee (to reflect existing City practices related to oversight and control of repairs and improvements in public right of way):
a. Chapter 429 relating to Right-of-Way Administration.
b. Chapter 430 relating to Right-of-Way Permits.

Action Taken: Referred to Transportation & Public Works Services Committee.

2. Ordinance Introduction:

Pursuant to notice, Samuels moves to introduce the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 3 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, relating to Air Pollution and Environmental Protection, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee:
a. Chapter 46 relating to Hazardous Waste Generation, Handling, Storage and Disposal (Pollution Control Annual Billing – registration of a hazardous waste facility);
b. Chapter 47 relating to Air Pollution (Pollution Control Annual Billing – air pollution);
c. Chapter 48 relating to Minneapolis Watershed Management Authority (Minneapolis Watershed Management Authority permitting and annual fees);
d. Chapter 50 relating to Minneapolis Waste Control and Waste Discharge Rules (Minneapolis Waste Control and Discharge fees);
e. Chapter 54 relating to Storm Water Management (Storm Water Management responsibility following construction/completion).

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

New Business

1. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Goodman moves to introduce the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, for first reading and referral to the Zoning & Planning Committee (requiring buildings to accommodate ground level active functions facing public streets):

a. Chapter 530 relating to Site Plan Review.

b. Chapter 535 relating to Regulations of General Applicability.

Action Taken: Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee.

2. Notice of intent:
Hofstede gives notice of intent to introduce at the next regular meeting of the City Council the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 11, Chapter 227 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Health and Sanitation: Nuisances Generally (prohibiting upholstered furniture not manufactured for outdoor use in any front or side yard or rear yard abutting a street or covered porch).

3. Notice of intent:
Hofstede gives notice of intent to introduce at the next regular meeting of the City Council the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 244 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Housing: Maintenance Code (repealing Article III entitled Registration of Cooperative and Condominium Buildings).

Action Taken: Deleted from agenda.

Announcements

Adjournment

Adjournment to Room 315, City Hall, for the purpose of discussing the matter Melissa Chiodo v. City of Minneapolis.

Action Taken: Approved settlement.

Adjournment to Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber for the purpose of receiving the Mayor’s recommended 2009 Revised 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: February 20, 2009
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