Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Friday, March 27, 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.

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

1. Roll call. 12-0

2. Adoption of the agenda.

Action Taken: Adopted.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the regular meeting and adjourned session of March 6, 2009, and the adjourned session of March 12, 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 - No Reports

Community Development

1. Friends of WISE (re 1501 Aldrich Ave N):

Passage of Resolution giving preliminary approval to issue bonds for Friends of WISE Charter School project.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Land Sale (523 Morgan Ave N):

a) Passage of Resolution approving purchase of tax forfeited land from Hennepin County to facilitate a sale with a conservation easement to Anthony Real Estate Holdings, LLC;
b) Passage of Resolution authorizing sale of property to Anthony Real Estate Holdings, LLC. ( 9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

3. 54th & Riverview Road Development Project (Lot 1 - portions of 5344, 5348, 5352, 5356 & 5360 Riverview Rd):

Passage of Resolution authorizing sale of properties to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc for Riverview Townhomes Project. ( 9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

4. 54th & Riverview Road Development Project (Lot 2 - 5100, 5106, 5110 & 5114 E 54th St and portions of 5344, 5348, 5352, 5356 & 5360 Riverview Rd):

Passage of Resolution authorizing sale of properties to PCNF Acquisition LLC for Apartments Project; Authorize reduction of Good Faith Deposit from 10% to 5% of purchase prices & redevelopment contract. ( 9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Mpls Public Housing Authority Board of Commissioners:

Approve Council appointments/reappointments as follows: Steve Minn, Steve Yanisch, Dawn Davis, Darlene Rogers.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Tax Forfeited Properties in Mpls:

Authorize Memorandum of Understanding between Hennepin County & the City regarding purchase of tax forfeit properties.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. 2008 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Pipeline:

Approve loans for Fremont Flats, Many Rivers East, and Walker Apartments projects.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program:

Adopt target categories for commercial nodes, corridors, activity centers & LRT station areas.

Action Taken: Approved.

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

9. Granary Road Construction Project:

Authorize pursuit of acquisition of properties to be used for Granary Rd & adjacent pond portion of SEMI/University Research Park infrastructure; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

10. KMOJ-FM Center for Communication & Development (re 2119 W Broadway):

Concur with EZ Governance Board approving grant for tenant improvements to Delisi building.

Action Taken: Approved.

11. City Consulting Services Agreements:

Passage of Resolution delegating authority to the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Director to enter into standard form City Consulting Services Agreements to Assist in the Sale of Excess Public Property for Private Development; Direct staff to prepare a Procedure Document consistent with the Minneapolis Contract Monitoring Procedures Manual.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

12. MN Department of Employment & Economic Development Bioscience Business Development Public Infrastructure Grant Program:

Accept & appropriate grant award for SEMI/University Research Park; Passage of Resolution increasing appropriation. ( 9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

13. Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP):

Recommendations to a) Accept award in NSP funds from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; b) Authorize grant agreement with Minnesota Housing for the award and sub-recipient agreements with Minnesota Housings identified local sub-recipients; c) Approve award for development gap financing to 9 of 14 entities which submitted proposals in response to the Citys Foreclosure Recovery Rehabilitation Program RFP; d) Authorize sub-recipient and related agreements with selected proposers; e) Authorize changes to the local sub-recipient awards if necessitated by refinements made to the City of Minneapolis award from Minnesota Housing ( 9 votes):
Comm Dev

W&M/Budget

Action Taken: Approved Community Development Committee recommendation.

14. Mpls Public Schools/Special School District No. 1 (SSD1):

Approve Consulting Services Agreement between the City & SSD1 to assist with the sale of the Howe and Northrop School sites; authorize agreement.

Action Taken: Approved.

Health, Energy & Environment

1. Civilian Police Review Authority:

Approve Mayoral appointment of Vernon Wetternach to fill the unexpired term of Ryan Li Dahlstrom.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities:

Approve Mayoral reappointments of Dorothy Balen, Kenneth Brown, Martha Hage, Jim Ramnaraine, Keith Swanson and Joan Willshire.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Senior Citizen Advisory Committee:

Approve Mayoral and City Council reappointments of Thomas Leavey, Terry Diebold, Marilyn Holm, Mary Ann Blade, Gary Van Winkle, Kenneth Moritz, Herbert Nelson and Elana Gravitz.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Earth Hour:

Passage of Resolution supporting Earth Hour 2009.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

5. Twin Cities Healthy Start Program:

Issue Request for Proposals for provision of infant mortality reduction and improved birth outcome services during period June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2014.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP):

Submit two-year grant from Minnesota Department of Health seeking up to $2,710,932 to reduce tobacco use and prevent obesity in diverse Minneapolis populations.

Action Taken: Approved.

Intergovernmental Relations

1. Mpls Employees Retirement Fund (MERF):

Passage of Resolution in support of a fair & equitable merger of the MERF into the Public Employees Retirement Association.

Action Taken: Approved.

Public Safety & Regulatory Services

1. North East Social Club (355 13th Av NE):

Grant On-Sale Wine Class C-2 with Strong Beer License.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Parkway Pizza (4457 42nd Av S):

Grant On-Sale Wine Class E with Strong Beer License.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Zen Restaurant (3016 Lyndale Av S):

Grant On-Sale Wine Class E with Strong Beer License.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Liquor, Wine and Beer Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Business Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Gambling Licenses:

Passage of Resolution granting applications.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Roundup Beer Hall (201 E Lake St):

Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to On-Sale Beer Class D License.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Cedar Towing & Auction (359 Hoover St NE):

Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to Towing Class A License.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

9. School Patrol Program:

Passage of Resolutions accepting a donation of $24,239 from Minnesota AAA to purchase a school patrol van; and approve appropriation. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

10. Violent Offender Task Force:

Execute contract with Minnesota Department of Public Safety to receive $15,000 to purchase laptop computers; and Passage of Resolution approve appropriation. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

11. K-9 Service Dog Care:

Execute three-year contract with University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine to provide care for K-9 service dogs.

Action Taken: Approved.

12. Prostitution Initiatives:

Passage of Resolution authorizing the acceptance of a gift by Clear Channel for billboard design and space to promote the Citys anti-prostitution message. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

Transportation & Public Works

1. Downtown Business Improvement Special Service District:

Passage of Resolution approving special services, cost estimates, service charges, and lists of service charges for 2009 and directing the City Engineer to proceed with the work. (9 votes)
Early signature by Mayor requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Easement Acquisitions for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Projects:

Authorize execution of easements with private property owners to acquire temporary and permanent easements for CSO Projects #016, #025, and #117.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Van White Memorial Boulevard Project:

Increase contract with Toltz, King, Duvall, Anderson & Assoc. (TKDA) by $40,000 to cover the costs of unanticipated survey requests. No additional appropriation required.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Marquette Ave S and Second Ave S Reconstruction Project:

Passage of Resolution adopting parking restrictions on Marquette Ave and Second Ave S between the limits of 1st St S and 12th St S.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Large Block Event Permit:

Approve application for a large block event permit for the Music as a Weapon Tour Outdoor Festival to be held May 8, 2009.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

6. Minneapolis Water Works Dewatering System Improvements Project:

T&PW - Authorize issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for design and construction of dewatering infrastructure improvements;
W&M/Budget

Early signature by Mayor requested.

Action Taken: Approved Ways & Means/Budget Committee recommendation.

7. Areaway Abandonment Project:

a) Passage of Resolution adopting and levying the assessments for areaway abandonment and removal at 2700-2708 Lake St E (Coliseum Building); and
b) Passage of Resolution requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds for the project. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

8. 35W Corridor Surge Chamber Agreement:

Passage of Resolution authorizing the negotiation and execution of an agreement with Mn/DOT covering cost participation in conjunction with the construction of surge chambers on I-35W near 35th and 39th Streets.

Action Taken: Approved.

9. Coordinated Street Furniture Program:

a) Reject all proposals received for the Coordinated Street Furniture Program RFP;
b) Authorize staff to negotiate with CBS Outdoor to extend existing bus shelter franchise agreement beyond November 9, 2009 expiration date;
c) Passage of Resolution accepting the donation of bus shelter designs from Clear Channel Outdoor for bus shelters along Marquette Ave and 2nd Ave;
d) Direct staff to work with Metro Transit to procure and install bus shelters along Marquette and 2nd Aves using the UPA/FTA funding process; and
e) Direct staff to work with Metro Transit and the Downtown Improvement District to provide for the proper operation of said bus shelters. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

10. Bids:

a) OP 7065, Accept low responsive bid of Bulach Custom Rock, LLC, to complete the Heritage Park - South Park Overlook Construction;
b) OP 7095, Accept low bid of Cemstone Products Company to furnish Ready Mix Concrete; and
c) OP 7101, Accept qualified low bid of Max Steininger, Inc., to accomplish the Marquette Ave and Second Ave Transit Project, Phase II Construction Plan, including Streetscape.
Early signature by Mayor requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

Ways & Means/Budget

1. Restorative Justice Program Contracts:

Authorize execution of contracts with Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc. ($41,850), Midtown Community Restorative Justice ($21,000), and Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership ($8,000).

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Bid:

Authorize acceptance of low responsive bid from Hubb Systems, LLC d/b/a Data 911, to furnish, deliver and install Mobile Data Computers.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Extremetix, Inc.:

Authorize termination of Master Agreement providing ticketing operation services at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Bid:

Authorize acceptance of low bid from Kone, Inc., to provide elevator and escalator maintenance at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. 2010-2014 Capital Process & Capital Long-Range Improvements Committee:

Receive and file the 2009 CLIC Schedule and submission deadline; 2009 Capital Guidelines; and Provision of tax supported resource direction to CLIC, city departments, and independent boards & commissions.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC):

Passage of Resolution approving appointments for a term of February 1, 2009 to January 31, 2011.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Investment Management Services:

Authorize issuance of a Request of Proposal (RFP); subject to approval by the PRC.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grant Award:

a) Accept NSP Grant Award ($5,601,967) from HUD;
b) Authorize proper City officers to sign any necessary award documents;
c) Passage of Resolution approve appropriations. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

9. Minneapolis 311 Contact Center:

Sent forward without recommendation the request to execute contracts with the top 3 selected temporary staffing agencies, upon receiving a hiring freeze waiver.

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

Zoning & Planning

1. Heritage Preservation Regulations (Preservation Code Amendments):

Sent forward without recommendation Ordinance amending Title 23, Chapter 599 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Heritage Preservations Regulations to update regulations related to demolition, designation, and historic resources; to introduce an article on conservation districts; and to clarify language within each article of the chapter.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

2. John Bergin (2301 Elliot Ave & 912 E 24th St):

Passage of Resolution granting the City of Minneapolis a 10 foot by 10 foot corner cut at the southeast corner of 2301 Elliot Ave and application to vacate an alley easement and a portion of the existing alley north of 912 E 24th St.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Lowry Apartments (2500 & 2510 Polk St NE, and 947, 949, 953 & 955 Lowry Ave NE):

Passage of Ordinance rezoning properties from R5 to the C1 district to permit construction of a 4-story, mixed use development with 31 residential units and 6,500 square feet of ground level commercial space.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. 15th Ave SE Urban Design Plan:

Approve the 15th Ave SE Urban Design Plan as an articulation of and amendment to the policies found in The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth,

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Plazas (Zoning Code Text Amendment):

Passage of Ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding establishing regulations and development standards for plazas and to authorize a variance from those development standards, as follows:

a) Chapter 525 relating to Administration and Enforcement; &

b) Chapter 535 relating to Regulations of General Applicability.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Minimum Lot Area Requirements (Zoning Code Text Amendment):

a) Passage of Ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding revising the floor area ratio regulations and minimum residential lot area per dwelling unit regulations in selected zoning districts, as follows:

1. Chapter 546 relating to Residence Districts;

2. Chapter 548 relating to Commercial Districts.

b) Return Chapters 547 and 551 to author.

Action Taken: Approved.

Resolutions

1. 2009 Supplemental Budget (Technical Correction):

Passage of Resolution amending Resolution 2009R-096 entitled "Appropriating Sanitary and Storm Sewer Enterprise Revenues to pay a portion of construction costs for the Public Works Hiawatha Facility, passed March 12, 2009, by correcting the transfer amount from the Sanitary Sewer Fund to the Capital Improvement Fund.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Census 2010:

Passage of Resolution establishing April 1, 2009, as U.S. Census Awareness Day.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Honorary Resolution:

Passage of Resolution honoring the 2008-2009 State Champion South High Lady Tigers Basketball Team.

Action Taken: Postponed to 4/24/2009.

4. Honorary Resolution:

Passage of Resolution honoring all time leading scorer Tayler Hill.

Action Taken: Postponed to 4/24/2009.

Unfinished Business

1. Civilian Police Review Authority:

Passage of Ordinance amending Title 9, Chapter 172 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Fire and Police Protection: Civilian Police Review Authority, adding a vice chairperson to be appointed by the Mayor, with the chairperson and vice chairperson to have two-year staggered terms; and allowing the Board to appoint an acting chairperson in the absence of a chairperson or vice chairperson with full authority to conduct actions (Postponed 3/6/2009).

Action Taken: Approved, as amended.

2. Ethics in Government amendments:

Pursuant to notice (3/6/2009), Ostrow moves to introduce an ordinance amending Title 2, Chapter 15 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Administration: Ethics in Government, for first reading and referral to the Ways & Means/Budget Committee, as follows :

a) Article I, Conflict of interest (correcting a typographical error) and Soliciting or accepting gifts (conforming language to the language of the state gift ban)

b) Article III, Ethical practices board (changing the appointment process and eliminating the requirement to submit a budget request) and Ethics education (requiring ethics education every three years).

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

3. Taxicab Meter Fares:

Pursuant to notice (3/6/2009), Gordon moves to introduce an ordinance amending Title 13, Chapter 341 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Licenses and Business Regulations: Taxicabs, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee (that Section 341.775 relating to Review of Fares shall become effective on March 1, 2010; and prior to March 1, 2010, the maximum meter fare amounts for mileage charges shall be equal to the amounts as were authorized to be charged on February 28, 2009.)

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

New Business

1. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Action Taken: Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee.

2. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Action Taken: Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee.

3. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

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

Announcements

Adjournment

1. Adjournment to Room 315, City Hall, for the purpose of discussing the Initiation of a lawsuit by the City of Minneapolis against Hotels.com; Hotwire.com; Cheap Tickets, Inc.; Expedia.Inc.; Orbitz, LLC; Priceline.com, Inc.; Travelocity.com, Inc.; and/or other online companies.

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: April 10, 2009
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