Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Regular Meeting
Friday, February 8, 2013
9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall

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

Council President Johnson, Vice President Lilligren, Majority Leader Schiff, Minority Leader Gordon, Council Members Reich, Hofstede, Samuels, Goodman, Glidden, Tuthill, Quincy, 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, as amended to include items "3" and "4" under Resolutons.

 3.  Acceptance of minutes of the regular meeting and the adjourned session of January 25, 2013.
Action Taken:  Accepted.

 4.  Referral of petitions, communications, and reports of the City officers to proper committees and departments.
Action Taken:  Referred.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Committee of the Whole

COW agenda of 1/24/2013

 1.  Municipal Building Commission:
      Approve amendment to City's State Legislative Agenda to include language, as a Priority Issue, that retains the MBC and permits the implementation of modern administrative procedures and oversight.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Immigration Reform:
      a) Approve amendments to City's State Legislative Agenda as follows:
          - Support Issue that allows all students graduating from Minnesota high schools to pay in-state tuition to attend Minnesota public colleges and universities, and to apply for scholarships from the U of M and Minnesota State College and University system.
          - Support Issue that modifies the Minnesota driver's license procedures to allow information regarding the applicant to be gathered from an identification card issued by a government other than the United States.
      b) Approve amendment to City's Federal Agenda to add language in the Policy Initiatives section relating to immigration reform.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 3.  Firearms:
      a) Approve amendments to City's State Legislative Agenda as follows:
          - Regroup the current firearms related items into one single unified firearms section to be placed in the Priority section.
          - Include in the Firearms section language as a Priority issue and as a Support issue.
      b) Approve amendment to Federal Agenda by supporting the Obama Administration's plan "Now is the Time:  The President's plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence".
Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  Creative Vitality Index (CVI) Report:
      Approve staff direction to Continue reporting annually on the CVI; Convene stakeholders to develop strategies on how to drive job growth in the bottom five lowest performing creative occupations; Use data to develop a new Minneapolis Plan for Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; and Review the Zoning Code to develop a mechanism that allows small scale production artists and arts organizations to utilize industrial equipment in art making processes. 
Action Taken:  Approved.

Community Development

CD agenda of 1/29/2013

 1.  27th & Penn Ave N Development Site:
      Deny request to grant exclusive development rights to Alliance Housing Incorporated and in lieu thereof, direct staff to initiate a Request for Proposals process.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP):
      Authorize two contracts with Hennepin County for operation of MFIP to receive $215,547 for 2013.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 3.  Great Streets Façade Improvement Program Matching Grant Administration:
      Authorize execution of contracts.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  Plan-It Hennepin:
      Approve recommendations to -
      a) Formally Endorse plan;
      b) Recognize Hennepin Cultural District;
      c) Collaborate with District Alliance; and
      d) Provide directions to staff.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

 5.  Calhoun Place Housing Improvement Area (re Calhoun Place Condominiums, 3131 Excelsior Blvd):
      a) Passage of Ordinance amending Title 16 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Planning and Development, adding a new Chapter 421 authorizing Housing Improvement Areas and establishing Article 1 entitled, "Calhoun Place Housing Improvement Area" in order to facilitate certain improvements to property known as the “Calhoun Place Condominiums;” 
      b) Passage of Resolution authorizing issuance of taxable general obligation housing improvement area bonds;
      c) Passage of Resolution imposing Housing Improvement Area fees for the Calhoun Place Housing Improvement Area project;
      d) Authorize a permanent financing agreement with the Calhoun Place construction lender; authorize a financing agreement and any related agreements with the Calhoun Place Condominium Homeowners Association.
      Early Signature by Mayor Requested.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 6.  2013 Preliminary Planning Fund Allocations:
      Approve.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 7.  African Development Center:
      Authorize allocation of funds to service outstanding portfolio of City Partnership loans & execute contract documents.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 8.  Issuance of Tax-Exempt Revenue Bonds in 2013:
      Authorize staff to take certain actions to utilize bond financing for various City industrial/manufacturing projects.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health

PSCH agenda of 1/30/2013

 1.  Mpls Senior Citizen Advisory Committee:
     Approve Mayoral/Council President reappointments of Roland Minda, Georgia Marinkov-Omorean; Approve Mayoral/Council President new appointments of Jay Ludke, Lola Panschar, Margie Curtis and Ellen Wolfson.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Mpls Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee:
      Confirm Mayoral appointment of Tracine Asberry.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

 3.  Fire Fighter Turnout Clothing Bid:
      Accept low responsive bid of Innotex, Inc, for Fire Department clothing.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Program:
      Accept grant funds from MN Department of Public Safety-Office of Justice Programs & execute a contract for program; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Approved.

 5.  Dog & Cat Food & Supplies: 
      Passage of Resolution accepting in-kind donations (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Approved.

 6.  Home Visiting Services for Women & Young Children:
      Accept grant funds from MN Department of Health & execute contract for services; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes). 
Action Taken:  Approved.

Regulatory, Energy & Environment

RE&E agenda of 1/28/2013

 1.  Commercial Building Energy Rating and Disclosure:
      Passage or Ordinance amending Title 3, Chapter 47 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Air Pollution and Environmental Protection: Air Pollution, amending the chapter title and adding a new section providing for commercial building energy rating and disclosure.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Commercial Pedal Cars:
      Passage of Ordinance amending Title 13 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Licenses and Business Regulations, adding a new Chapter 306 regulating commercial pedal car businesses.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 3.  Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Commission:
      a) Passage of Resolution repealing Resolution 1990R-142 entitled "Creating the Minneapolis Environmental Commission"; and
      b) Passage of Resolution re-establishing the Citizen Environmental Advisory Committee as the Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Commission (CEAC).
Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  Liquor Licenses:
      Passage of Resolution granting liquor, wine, and beer licenses to the following businesses:
      a) The Lounge, 411 2nd Ave N;
      b) Spill the Wine, 901 W Lake Street (including Sidewalk Cafe License);
      c) French Meadow Bakery and Cafe, 2610 Lyndale Ave S; and
      d) Northgate Brewing, 3134 California St NE.
      Early signature by Mayor requested.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 5.  Ultra Wash, 2112 E Lake St:
      Grant Extended Hours License to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 6.  Burch Steak and Pizza Bar, 1934 Hennepin Ave:
     
Passage of Resolution granting application for an On-Sale Liquor Class E with Sunday Sales License, subject to conditions.
      Early signature by Mayor requested. 
Action Taken:  Approved.

 7.  Old Colony EZ Stop, 1717 Broadway St NE:
     
Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to Off-Sale Beer License.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 8.  Union Liquor Store, 3219 Penn Ave N:
     
Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to Off-Sale Liquor License.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 9.  La Colonia Restaurant, 2205 Central Ave NE:
     
Passage of Resolution approving License Settlement Conference recommendations relating to On-Sale Wine Class E with Strong Beer License.
Action Taken:  Approved.

10.  Liquor Licenses:
       Passage of Resolution granting applications.
Action Taken:  Approved.

11.  Business Licenses:
      
Passage of Resolution granting applications.
Action Taken:  Approved.

12.  Gambling Licenses:
       Passage of Resolution granting applications.
Action Taken:  Approved.

13.  Rental Dwelling License at 2431 Chicago Ave:
       Revoke license held by Abdulaziz Sheikh.
Action Taken:  Deleted.

14.  Rental Dwelling License at 2120 Emerson Ave N:
      
Revoke license held by Camisha J. Terry.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Referred Report to Ways & Means/Budget
 
15.  Fire Station No. 4 - Photovoltaic System Installation:
       Authorize increase to contract with Energy Concepts by $1,060 to allow for additional roof preparation work.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Transportation & Public Works

T&PW agenda of 1/29/2013

 1.  Page Area and 54th St E Street Resurfacing Projects:
     
a)  Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project; and
      b)  Receive the cost estimate, direct the City Engineer to prepare proposed special assessments against the benefited properties, and set a public hearing to be held on March 19, 2013.
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 2.  Oak Lake Ave N and 10th Ave N Street Resurfacing Projects:
      a)  Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project; and
      b)  Receive the cost estimate, direct the City Engineer to prepare proposed special assessments against the benefited properties, and set a public hearing to be held on March 19, 2013.
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 3.  Skyway Advisory Committee Appointments:
      Passage of Resolution approving the following appointments to the Skyway Advisory Committee, as recommended by the Downtown Council, for one-year terms expiring December 31, 2013: Katie Bongard; Brent Erickson; Jon Fletcher; Mike Hagen; Andy Hauer; Steve Herron; Bob Jones; Deb Kolar;·Angela McClintick; Beth Molitor; Dale Nelson; Leif Pettersen; Gene Rerat; George Rosenquist; Atif Saeed; Mark Zirbel; Ted Zwieg; Non-Voting Ex Officio Members:  Beth Elliott (CPED); Christopher Dixon (City Attorney’s Office); Tim Blazina (Traffic and Parking Services).
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 4.  University of Minnesota Trail Project, Phase III:
     
Passage of Resolution authorizing agreements with Mn/DOT increasing the federal funding contribution for the University of Minnesota Trail Project and allowing for federal reimbursement of construction engineering costs.
      Early signature by Mayor requested.  
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 5.  Safe Routes to School Grant Solicitation:
     
Authorize submission of grant applications to the Minnesota Department of Transportation for four Safe Routes to School projects.
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 6.  MSP International Airport Proposed 2020 Improvement Project:
     
Approve City's comments on the draft Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the proposed 2020 Improvement Project at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and direct CPED to submit the comments to the FAA.
Action Taken:  Approved, as amended.
 
Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget 
 
 7.  Penn Ave S Street Reconstruction Project:
      Passage of Resolutions:
      a)  Ordering the work to proceed and adopting special assessments for the Penn Ave S Street Reconstruction Project (MN-62 to 100 feet north of 54th St W);
    
  b)  Requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds for the project;
     
c)  Ordering the City Engineer to install parking restrictions on Penn Ave to meet State Aid Rules; and
     
d)  Ordering the abandonment and removal of areaways located in the public right-of-way in conflict with the project.  (9 votes)
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 8.  Penn Ave S Street Lighting Project:
     
Deny street lighting project and related assessments.
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
 9.  Winter St NE Street Reconstruction Project:
     
Passage of Resolutions:
      a)  Ordering the work to proceed and adopting special assessments for the project;
      b)  Requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds for the project; and
     
c)  Ordering the abandonment and removal of areaways located in the public right-of-way in conflict with the project.  (9 votes)
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
10.  The Interchange Project:
       Authorize negotiation and execution of a Cooperative Agreement with Hennepin County to cooperatively participate in public infrastructure improvements related to The Interchange Project as follows:
       a)  Storm drain construction work in the amount of $98,810 will be paid from the Storm Drains and Tunnel Rehabilitation Fund; and
      
b)  Passage of Resolution increasing the appropriation for street lighting and traffic signal installation work for the project by $351,500, to be reimbursed by Hennepin County.
Action Taken:  Approved.
 
11.  Bids:
      a)  OP 7726, Accept low bid of Preferred Electric, Inc. for the LED Light Fixture System and Dimmable Wireless System at the Mill Quarter Ramp.
     
b)  OP 7738, Accept low bid of Marge Magnuson Construction Company, Inc. for concrete slab replacement - activated carbon tank for the Water Treatment and Distribution Division.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Ways & Means/Budget

W&M/Budget agenda of 2/5/2013

 1.  Bid for Duplicating Machine:
      Bid No. HLS07192012, Accept low bid of Canon Business Solutions, Inc., in the amount of $99,000, to furnish and deliver rental of a duplicating machine for 36 months. 
      Early signature by the Mayor requested
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Utility Billing Insert - March 2013:
      Approve insert on behalf of Public Works and Metro Blooms providing information about rain garden workshops.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 3.  Bid for Traffic Management Center Standby Generator Project:
      OP #7733, Accept low bid of Mayer Electric Corporation, in the amount of $96,300, to furnish and install a standby generator at the Traffic Management Center.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  B2Gnow Contract:
      Authorize new agreement with BSGnow/AskReply, Inc. for the remainder of a three-year term, through October 31, 2014, for services related to the Prevailing Wage/Workforce module for use as part of the Civil Rights contract compliance data management system, with a not-to-exceed amount of $50,000.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 5.  St. Stephen's Contract Amendment:
      Authorize Amendment  to extend the contract period to December 31, 2013, and increase the total contract amount by $380,013 for services to be provided in 2013.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 6.  Convention Center Business Center:
      Extend contract with FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc through September 30, 2013, to continue operating the Business Center for an additional eight-month period to ensure a satisfactory timeframe to complete the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 7.  New Appointed Positions:
      a) Approve the following proposed appointed positions:
          1) CPED - Director Long Range Planning, allocated to grade 15, 683 points; 
          2) CPED - Director Development Services, allocated to grade 16, 745 points; and 
          3) Assistant Director Civil Rights - Employment Equity, allocated to grade 10, 483 points.
      b) Passage of Salary Ordinances approving annual salaries for these positions, effective February 10, 2013.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 8.  Collective Bargaining Agreements:
      Passage of Resolutions authorizing execution of agreements between the City of Minneapolis and 
      a) Public Works Engineers Association; and
      b) Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Zoning & Planning

Z&P agenda of 1/31/2013

 1.  Hi-Lake Triangle (2230 E Lake St):
      Passage of Resolution approving application to vacate a public alley located adjacent to the subject property as part of land use approvals associated with a new mixed use development. 9 votes
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Town Talk Diner (2707 1/2 East Lake St):
      Passage of Resolution approving designation as a local historic landmark of the Town Talk Diner.
Action Taken:  Approved.

 3.  Single Family Dwelling at 2380 West Lake of the Isles Parkway:
      a) Deny appeal from the decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment to deny an appeal of the Zoning Administrator's approval of a new single family dwelling on the contention that the front yard setback was improperly determined.
      b) Adopt related Findings of Fact and Recommendation prepared by the City Attorney.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Report from the Audit Committee

Motions

 1.  City Payroll:
      Motion by Hodges that regular payrolls of City employees under Council jurisdiction for the month of March, 2013 be approved and ordered paid.
Action Taken:  Approved.

Resolutions

 1.  Honorary Resolution:
      Passage of Resolution celebrating March 4, 2013 as the Centennial Anniversary of the United States Department of Labor.
       Resolution
Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Honorary Resolution:
      Passage of Resolution honoring Minneapolis' Women and Girls and Proclaiming February 14, 2013 as ONE BILLION RISING DAY.
       Resolution
Action Taken:  Approved.

 3.  Honorary Resolution:
      Passage of Resolution honoring Activist Mahmoud El-Kati.
      Resolution
Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  Honorary Resolution:
      Passage of Resolution honoring the 2013 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Winners.
      Resolution
Action Taken:  Approved.

Unfinished Business

 1.  Ordinance Introduction:
      Pursuant to notice on January 25, 2013, Gordon moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 4, Chapter 64 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Animals and Fowl: Dogs, Cats, Ferrets, and Rabbits, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee (amending various provisions to authorize and regulate trap-neuter-release feral cat programs).
Action Taken:  Referred to Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee.

 2.  Ordinance Introduction:
      Pursuant to notice on January 25, 2013, Gordon moves to introduce  the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 11, Chapter 229 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Health and Sanitation: Pest and Vermin Control, for first reading and referral to the Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee (amending provisions to address the feeding of feral cat communities).
Action Taken:  Referred to Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee.

 3.  Ordinance Introduction:
      Pursuant to notice on January 25, 2013, Gordon 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 (allowing more flexibility regarding the size of commercial uses in certain zoning districts):
      a) Chapter 527 relating to Planned Unit Development;
      b) Chapter 547 relating to Office Residence Districts;
      c) Chapter 548 relating to Commercial Districts; and
      d) Chapter 549 relating to Downtown Districts.
Action Taken:  Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee.

 4.  Ordinance Introduction:
      Pursuant to notice on January 25, 2013, Gordon moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 20, Chapter 551 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code: Overlay Districts, for first reading and referral to the Zoning & Planning Committee (reducing the required parking in the University Area Overlay District).
Action Taken:  Postponed.

 5.  Ordinance Introduction:
      Pursuant to notice on January 25, 2013, Schiff 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 (expanding the requirement to provide bicycle facilities in new development projects):
      a) Chapter 541 related to Off-Street Parking and Loading; and
      b) Chapter 549 related to Downtown Districts. 
Action Taken:  Referred to Zoning & Planning Committee.

New Business

 1. Notice of Intent:
      Gordon gives notice of intent to introduce at the next regular meeting of the City Council the subject matter of an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Minneapolis City Charter relating to Officers - Elections: Filing for Election (specifying the filing fee for candidates for election at any city election).
Notice Given.

Announcements

 

Closed Session

Adjourn to Room 315, City Hall for the purpose of discussing the matter of McLaurin v. City of Minneapolis.
Action Taken:  Approved Settlement.

 

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, February 22, 2013

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