Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Friday, August 14, 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, Colvin Roy and Hodges
(Majority vote of all members, 7; 2/3 vote of all members, 9)

1. Roll call.

2. Adoption of the agenda.

Action Taken: Approved, as amended to include Resolution No. 2.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the regular meeting of July 31, 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. Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development:

Authorize staff to negotiate a First Look Program Agreement with Twin Cities Community Land Bank LLC & authorize Agreement.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Catalyst Five Points, LLC (re Delisi Buildings, 2119 W Broadway, 2310 & 2312 Penn Aves N):

Authorize Great Streets Gap Financing Loan for redevelopment of properties & authorize agreements; Approve extension of closing date in Redevelopment Contract.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

3. West Broadway Redevelopment Plan:

Passage of Resolution approving Modification No. 8 to Plan & Modification No. 144 to the Common Development & Redevelopment Plan & Common Tax Increment Financing Plan, adding 21 properties to list of property that may be acquired & updating land use map.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Grain Belt Warehouse Buildings (39 - 13th Ave NE):

Accept low bid of Viet & Company for demolition of 1957 & 1963 building additions.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. 2009 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account Grant Funding:

Passage of Resolution authorizing submission & priority ranking of grant applications; authorize agreements.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Milwaukee Depot Project Refinancing:

a) Approve changes to Redevelopment Contract with CSM Depot, LLC; b) Authorize Second Amendment to Redevelopment Contract & Termination & Release of Assessment Agreement; c) Passage of Resolutions - 1) authorizing issuance of General Obligation Tax Increment Refunding Bonds; 2) Appropriating funds.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Environmental Remediation Grant Awards:

Authorize acceptance & appropriation of grant awards from MN Department of Employment & Economic Development Contamination Cleanup & Investigation Grant Program & Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes).

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Mpls Economic Recovery Strategy: Homeless Prevention & Raid Re-Housing Program 2008 Consolidated Plan Amendment 2 Grant Awards:

Authorize allocation of Recovery Emergency Shelter Grants & sub-grant agreement with Hennepin County & necessary agreements; Approve recommendations of joint City and County committee for service providers.

Action Taken: Approved.

Health, Energy & Environment

1. Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee:

Approve Mayoral appointments of Mai Moua Vang and Dale Blyth.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Pregnancy Psychosocial Risk Screening Study:

Execute data sharing agreement with Minnesota Department of Human Services to obtain data from participants in the study who consent to the release of records.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Minnesota GreenCorps:

Authorize write letter of support for an application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for a Living Green Outreach Specialist to work with the Solid Waste/Recycling Division of Public Works, and a Local Food Specialist to assist City staff with the Homegrown Minneapolis Initiative.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred reports to Ways & Means/Budget

4. School Based Clinic Program:

Execute contract with Pat Neska and Associates to provide clinic billing, data management, and consulting/training services for a four-year period.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Environmental Health Services:

Issue Request for Proposals to establish a list of Regulatory Services providers for services over a three-year grant period.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant:

Authorize apply for $2 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to reduce environmental hazards related to children’s health and to resolve problematic deficiencies in housing for the elderly.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. Energy Auditing Services:

Authorize obtain proposals to select a professional consulting firm to provide Energy Auditing Services related to various City owned facilities.

Action Taken: Approved.

8. Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy – Smart Grid Demonstration Grant:

a. Authorize submit necessary documents to support the City being a partner with Xcel Energy in submitting a grant application to the United States Department of Energy to evaluate the ability of battery storage and customer load management to mitigate the variability effect of solar generation on the distribution system.

b. If awarded, authorize negotiate and execute all agreements to receive and execute the grant.

c. If awarded, authorize the use of up to $200,000 to fund the Citys contribution to the project. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

Intergovernmental Relations - No reports

Public Safety & Regulatory Services

1. Gateway Cafe by D’Amico & Sons (200 Oak St SE):

Grant On-Sale Liquor Class A with Sunday Sales License (expansion of premises for outdoor seating on grounds surrounding McNamara Alumni Center).

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Sneaky Pete’s (14 5th St N):

Grant On-Sale Liquor Class B with Sunday Sales License (expansion of premises) and Sidewalk Cafe License, subject to conditions.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Katar River Restaurant & Bakery (2751 Minnehaha Av):

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

Action Taken: Approved.

4. One Stop (3159 Chicago Av):

Passage of Resolution granting Grocery License, subject to conditions.

Action Taken: Approved.

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. Club Spin/Club Cream (10 S 5th St):

Passage of Resolution approving a Consent Decree relating to On-Sale Liquor Class A with Sunday Sales License.

Action Taken: Approved.

9. Rental Dwelling License at 2223 6th St N:

Sent forward without recommendation reinstatement of license to be held by Roberto Rodriguez.

Action Taken: Approved.

10. Rental Dwelling License at 1828 Elliot Av S:

Revoke license held by Charles J. McColgan.

Action Taken: Approved.

11. Demolition Levy for Property at 3245 Nicollet Av:

Authorize change payment on special assessment levy from one-year to five-years; and Direct the Director of Hennepin County Property Taxation Department to place assessments against the property.

Action Taken: Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

12. Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy – COPS Hiring Recovery Program:

Accept $3,213,782 and execute contract with United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to pay the salaries of 13 Community Service Officers from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2012; and Passage of Resolution approving appropriation. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

13. Police and Fire Health Club Memberships for Sworn Employees:

PS&RSSent forward without recommendation contract amendment with LifeTime Fitness for calendar year 2010.
W&M/Budget

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

14. License Fees:

Recommend that license fees contained in Appendix J, Licenses and Annual Billing Fees Schedule, not be increased for calendar year 2010.

Action Taken: Approved.

Transportation & Public Works

1. Lowry Bridge Design Plan Approval:

a) Passage of Resolution approving Hennepin Countys final design plans for the Lowry Avenue Mississippi River Bridge; and
b) Authorize execution of a cooperative agreement with Hennepin County for the construction of the bridge.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Street Lighting Operations Fee:

Sent forward without recommendation ordinances amending Title 17, Chapter 431 of the Code relating to Streets and Sidewalks: Street Lighting:

a) Repealing the current Chapter 431; and

b) Adding a new Chapter 431 updating obsolete language pertaining to street lighting specifications, and creating a street lighting operations fee.

Action Taken: Approved as amended.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget

3. Southbound Hennepin Ave Street Resurfacing Project (Franklin Av to Douglas Av):

a) Passage of Resolution ordering the work to proceed and adopting special assessments; 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.

4. Lyndale Ave S Street Reconstruction Project (31st St to Minnehaha Pkwy):

Passage of Resolution increasing appropriation for the project by $780,000, to be reimbursed by Hennepin County.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Energy Efficient Street Light Pilot Project:

a) Authorize execution of agreement with Hennepin County for installation of energy efficient street lights on E 46th St and on 36th Ave S; and
b) Passage of Resolution increasing appropriation for the project by $375,000, to be reimbursed by Hennepin County.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. Re-Bid:

OP 7173, Accept low bid of Lund Martin Construction, Inc. for Ramp B Improvements.

Action Taken: Approved.

Ways & Means/Budget

1. Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy - Grant Application:

Authorize submittal of application for funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce for broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable broadband adoption projects.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Printing Equipment:

Passage of Resolution accepting donated five-hole punch machine and paper cutter from Hennepin County for use in the Citys Copy Center. (9 votes)

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Utility Billing Insert:

Sent forward without recommendation the September billing insert providing 2009 Minneapolis Voter Information.

Action Taken: Approved as amended.

4. Minneapolis Convention Center - Bids:

a) OP 7158, Accept low bid of John A. Dalsin & Son, Inc., in the amount of $232,890, to repair and remediation of copper domes; and
b) OP 7165, Accept low bid of Natus Corporation d/b/a Hamernick Decorating Center, to replace wall fabric.

Action Taken: Approved.

5. General Obligation Tax Increment Refunding Bonds, Series 2009B:

Passage of Resolution authorizing the finance officer to issue and sell bonds in compliance with applicable Minnesota Statutes.

Action Taken: Approved.

Zoning & Planning

1. Cub Foods (5937 Nicollet Avenue S):

Sent forward without recommendation appeal from the decision of the Planning Commission denying an application for an expansion of nonconforming use to increase the height of an existing freestanding sign from 35 to 50 feet.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Sydney Apartments/Dinky Dome Redevelopment (1500-1506 4th Street SE & 306-316 15th Avenue SE):

Deny appeal filed by Ryan Ahlberg, on behalf of Northwestern Chi Psi Educational Foundation, Inc., from the decision of the Planning Commission granting applications for:

a) Conditional Use Permit to allow 125 dwelling units;

b) Conditional Use Permit to increase the maximum allowed height of a building from 4 stories to 6 stories, and from 56 to 72 feet, subject to conditions;

c) Site Plan Review for the subject properties, subject to conditions; and

d) Minor Subdivision for the subject properties.

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Lake and Knox Apartments (1716, 1720, 1724 Lake Street W & 2915 Knox Avenue S):

a) Deny appeal from the decision of the City Planning Commission granting applications for:

1) Conditional Use Permit to allow 65 dwelling units in the R6 district;

2) Conditional Use Permit to increase the height of the building in the Shoreland Overlay District from 2.5 stories/35 feet to 5 stories/56 feet;

3) Variance to reduce the front yard setback along Knox Avenue S from 23 feet to 5 feet, and to reduce the front yard setback along Lake Street W from 30 feet to 4 feet;

4) Variance to reduce the east interior side yard setbacks from 13 feet to 6 feet;

5) Variance to reduce the north interior side yard setback from 13 feet to 1 foot;

6) Variance to decrease the minimum lot area per dwelling unit from 400 square feet to 289 square feet; and

7) Site Plan Review for a new 65-unit residential building, subject to conditions.

b) Passage of Ordinance rezoning the properties to apply the TP Transitional Parking Overlay District, to allow for the provision of parking for a new mixed-use building at the corner of Lake Street W and Knox Avenue S.

c) Lake and Knox Office-Retail (1728 Lake Street W):

Deny appeal from the decision of the Planning Commission granting applications for:

1) Conditional Use Permit to increase the height of the building located in the C1 and SH Overlay Districts from 2.5 stoires/35 feet to 4 stories/45.5 feet;

2) Variance to reduce the front yard setbacks along Knox Avenue S from 15 feet to 2 feet, and along Lake Street W from 15 feet to 2.5 feet;

3) Variance to increase the maximum floor area ratio from 1.7 to 2.75; and

4) Site Plan Review for a new mixed use building, subject to conditions.

d) Adopt the Findings of Fact and Recommendation prepared by the City Attorney and on file in the office of the City Clerk.

Action Taken: Approved as amended.

4. West Broadway Alive! Zoning Changes (Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment):

a) Passage of Ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding making zoning map and ordinance changes to support the land use guidance in the City Council approved plan, West Broadway Alive!, as follows:

1) Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps;

2) Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps; and

3) Chapter 551 relating to Overlay Districts.

b) Find that obtaining consent signatures for the rezoning of 800 W Broadway, 2329 W Broadway, and 1912 4th Street would be impractical, and approve the proposed zoning changes (9 votes) .

Action Taken: Approved.

5. 1-4 Unit Site Plan Review Standards (Zoning Code Text Amendment):

a) Passage of Ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding enhancing general regulations, permitted encroachments, and incentives related to the administrative site plan review process for 1-4 unit residential structures, as follows:

1) Chapter 530 relating to Site Plan Review; and

2) Chapter 535 relating to Regulations of General Applicability.

b) Return Chapters 520 and 525 to author.

Action Taken: Approved.

6. University Area Overlay District (Zoning Code Text and Map Amendment):

Passage of Ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding adding a University Area Overlay District that acknowledges the demands placed on land uses near major educational centers, as follows:

a) Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps Generally; and

b) Chapter 551 relating to Overlay District.

Action Taken: Approved.

7. University Business Center (2635 4th Street SE):

Passage of Ordinance rezoning the property to add the IL Industrial Living Overlay District, to allow for a martial arts school.

Action Taken: Approved.

Motions

1. City Payroll:

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

Action Taken: Approved.

Resolutions

1. Recognition Resolution:

Resolution recognizing August 22, 2009, as Community Gardening Day in the City of Minneapolis.

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Minneapolis Charter Commission:

Resolution requesting the City Charter Commission to convene a special meeting.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.

Action Taken: Approved.

Unfinished Business

1. Deputy Director, Neighborhood and Community Relations:

Sent forward without recommendation the proposed appointed position allocated to grade 12, 553 points; and Passage of Salary Ordinance approving annual salary, effective July 22, 2009. (Postponed for 2 cycles 7/31/2009).

Action Taken: No action taken.

New Business

1. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Samuels moves to introduce an ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 244 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Housing: Maintenance Code, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee (deleting language to allow a provision to require repair of detached steps leading to the public way).

Action Taken: Approved.

2. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Samuels moves to introduce an ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 244 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Housing: Maintenance Code, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee (deleting the requirement of a 7 ½ foot ceiling height to 7 feet to be consistent with the State Adopted Building Code requirements).

Action Taken: Approved.

3. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Schiff moves to introduce the subject matter of ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, for first reading and referral to the Zoning & Planning Committee (to amend regulations pertaining to on-premise and off-premise signs, addressing errors/deficiencies in a previously adopted amendment):
a) Chapter 543 relating to On-Premise Signs; and
b) Chapter 544 relating to Off-Premise Advertising Signs and Billboards.

Action Taken: Approved.

4. Ordinance Introduction ( Unanimous consent required):

Schiff moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 5, Chapter 109 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Building Code: Signs and Billboards, for first reading and referral to the Zoning & Planning Committee (to amend regulations pertaining to on-premise and off-premise signs addressing errors/deficiencies in a previously adopted amendment).

Action Taken: Approved.

5. Notice of Intent:

Gordon gives notice of intent to introduce at the next regular meeting of the City Council an ordinance amending Title 14, Chapter 362 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Liquor and Beer: Liquor Licenses (increasing the allowable opportunities for on-sale liquor, wine and beer establishments near the University of Minnesota football stadium to temporarily expand their licenses and premises for special events).

Action Taken: Approved.

Announcements

Adjournment.

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, August 28, 2009
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Minneapolis Web Page: MinneapolisMN.gov

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