Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Regular Meeting
May 10, 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.

2. Adoption of the agenda.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the regular meeting of April 26, 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 4/25/2013

 1.  Filing Fee for Municipal Elections (Charter Amendment):
      Deny recommended ordinance from the Charter Commission 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.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Community Development

CD agenda of 4/30/2013

 1.  Land Sales (2618 Knox Ave N, 2114 Irving Ave N, 1012 29th Ave N, 2900 Dupont Ave N, 2923 Bryant Ave N and 2956 Bryant Ave N):
      Passage of Resolution authorizing sale of properties to Urban Homeworks, Inc, subject to conditions (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 2.  Minneapolis Housing Replacement Tax Increment Financing District III:
      Passage of Resolution adding 69 parcels to, & deleting 14 parcels from, the District.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 3.  Alliance Housing Inc (re 2600-1606 17th Ave S):
      Approve extension of exclusive development rights, subject to condition.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 4.  Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program:
      Authorize contracts for business district support activities.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 5.  Year 2014 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Procedural Manual and Qualified Action Plan:
      Approve.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 6.  Educational Properties, Inc (re Yinghua Academy, 1616 Buchanan St NE):
      Sent forward without recommendation the resolution giving preliminary & final approval to issue bonds for purchase of property, occupied by Yinghua Academy.
      Early Signature by Mayor Requested.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Referred Report to Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health Committee

 7.  Minneapolis Healthy Housing Policy:
      Approve Policy; Authorize staff directives; Directions to staff.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

 8.  Green Homes North Program:
      a) Authorize reallocation of $500,000 from MN Housing Finance Agency Community Revitalization Fund grant funds from Rehab Support Program to Green Homes North Program;
      b) Authorize application for $500,000 in grant funds from MN Housing Finance Agency for Green Homes North Program Round III;
      c) Authorize application for $200,000 in grant funds from MN Housing Finance Agency for Green Homes North Program Round II.
      Early Signature by Mayor Requested.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 9.  Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development Grant Award:
      Authorize acceptance & appropriation of $140,000 in grant funds for West Broadway Curve project; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Adopted.

10.  Greater Twin Cities United Way Grant Award:
       Authorize acceptance & appropriation of $50,000 in grant funds to support hiring of a consultant to lead a nine-month regional manufacturing sector project; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Adopted.

11.  2013 Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS:
       a) Approve funding from HUD HOPA grant to Metropolitan Council Housing & Redevelopment Authority ($500,000) and MN AIDS Project ($520,000);
       b) Approve $150,000 to be allocated to Clare Lowry NE Minneapolis and $100,000 to Robbinsdale Clare Terrace, subject to conditions;
       c) Authorize necessary contracts.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Public Safety, Civil Rights & Health

PSCH agenda of 5/1/2013

 1.  Recreational Fires:
      Passage of Ordinance amending Title 9, Chapter 178 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Fire & Police Protection: Recreational Fires, prohibiting recreational fires during an air pollution public health advisory for particulate matter.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

 2.  Animal Care & Control Donations:
      Passage of Resolution accepting in-kind donations of dog & cat food & supplies (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 3.  Animal Care & Control Veterinary Services:
      Authorize contract with U of M College of Veterinary Medicine for $50,000. 
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 4.  Meadowlark Institute:
     Authorize acceptance of grant funds, $3,000, for youth violence prevention activities; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes).
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 5.  Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women:
      Authorize acceptance of grant funds, $5,000, for participation in Project Connect; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes). 
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Regulatory, Energy & Environment

RE&E agenda of 4/29/2013 

 1.  Bread & Pickle, 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy:
      Grant On-Sale Wine Class E with Strong Beer License (New Business).
      Early signature by Mayor requested. 
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 2.  Nightingale, 2551 Lyndale Ave S:
      Grant Permanent Expansion of Premises and Sidewalk Cafe Licenses.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 3.  Tangletown Crossfit, 383 W 60th St:
      Grant Extended Hours License to open at 5:00 a.m. daily.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 4.  Zaad Food, 1510 W Broadway:
      Passage of Resolution approving Business License Operating Conditions relating to Grocery License.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 5.  Liquor, Wine and Beer Licenses:
      Passage of Resolution granting license applications.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 6.  Business Licenses:
      Passage of Resolution granting license applications.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 7.  Gambling Licenses:
      Passage of Resolution granting license applications.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 8.  Lure, 725 Hennepin Ave:
      Deny renewal of On-Sale Liquor Class A with Sunday Sales and Tobacco Dealer Licenses due to delinquent taxes owed to the State of Minnesota.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Referred Reports to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

 9.  Healthy Homes Thriving Communities Project:
      Authorize increase to contract with Project for Pride in Living by $350,000 and extension of the contract termination date to December 31, 2014 for funding for the second half of the Healthy Homes Thriving Communities Grant Project.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

10.  Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Grant:
       a)  Authorize execution of a grant agreement in the amount of $19,200 from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to fund two intern positions to assist in erosion control enforcement; and b)  Passage of Resolution approving appropriation.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Transportation & Public Works

T&PW agenda of  4/30/2013

 1.  Sidewalk Repair Special Assessment Cancellation:
     
a)  Passage of Resolution approving cancellation of a sidewalk repair special assessment for the owner of the property located at 5220 3rd Ave S due to full prepayment; and
     
b)   Authorize refund of principal and interest collected in the total amount of $744.99.
      Early signature by Mayor requested.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 2.  Tyler St NE Street Improvement Project:
      a)  Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project;
     
b)  Accept petition and appeal waiver from the assessed property owner; and
     
c)  Receive the cost estimate, direct the City Engineer to prepare proposed special assessments against the benefited properties, and set a public hearing for June 4, 2013.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 3.  2013 Alley Resurfacing Program:
     
a)  Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the 2013 Alley Resurfacing Program; and
     
b)  Receive the cost estimate, direct the City Engineer to prepare proposed special assessments against the benefited properties, and set a public hearing for June 4, 2013.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 4.  46th St W Street Reconstruction Project:
     
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 for June 18, 2013.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 5.  2013 Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant Program:
      Authorize execution of Grant Agreements with ten (10) recipients of the 2013 Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant Program to prevent, eradicate, and provide education on the negative effects of graffiti and gang involvement. 
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 6.  MnDOT Funding Applications:
      Authorize applications to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) through the Corridor Investment Management Strategies (CIMS) and/or the Transportation for Economic Development (TED) programs for the construction of a new 7th St exit ramp from westbound I-94 into Downtown Minneapolis.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 7.  Car Sharing Pilot Program:
     
Authorize negotiation of terms for a two-year agreement with Car2Go N.A., LLC for a city-wide Car Sharing Pilot Program. Staff will return to the Transportation & Public Works Committee with the finalized terms to request authorization to enter into a contract for the pilot program.
      Early signature by Mayor requested. 
Action Taken:  Adopted, as amended to include a staff direction to expand the program to include multiple vendors for use of on-street reserved parking, limiting the vendors to those firms that had recently submitted proposals for the program; further, staff directed to return to the T&PW Committee in June 2013 with recommendations.

Referred Report to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

 8.  Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Grant Agreement:
      a)  Passage of Resolution authorizing execution of a Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) Grant Agreement for water quality improvements included in the Riverside Ave Street Reconstruction Project; and
     
b)  Passage of Resolution increasing appropriation in the Stormwater Fund by $436,512 to be reimbursed by the MWMO grant. (9 votes)
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Ways & Means/Budget

W&M/Budget agenda of  5/7/2013

 1.  Legal Settlement:
      Passage of Resolution authorizing settlement of John Zasada v. City of Minneapolis ($5,000).
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 2.  Bid:
      OP No. 7779: Accept single bid of Finance and Commerce for a three-year contract ($70,000 annually) for legally required official publications for various boards, commissions, and departments, with two one-year extension options.
      Early signature by Mayor requested.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 3.  Homegrown Minneapolis Consulting Services:
      Increase contract C-35480 with Shey Associates by $50,000 for consulting services ($140,000 total revised contract) and extend term of contract through March 1, 2014.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 4.  Gifts for Scholarship and Travel:
      Passage of Resolution accepting a gift from National Resources Defense Council and Institute for Market Transformation of travel and related expenses for an employee to attend the City Energy Project Summit on May 20, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (9 votes)
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 5.  Utility Billing Insert:
      Approve June 2013 insert requesting help with preventing recyclables theft.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 6.  2013 Salary Adjustment - Appointed Employees:
      Approve adjustments to salaries and schedules as follows:
      a) All appointed employees who meet the criteria for step progression will receive a step progression, subject to satisfactory or better performance; and
      b) Increase the salary schedule by 2.4% effective at the start of the pay period that includes April 1, 2013.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 7.  2013 Salary Adjustment - Non-Represented Employees:
      Approve adjustments to salaries and schedules as follows:
      a) Effective January 1, 2013, all non-represented employees eligible for step progression will receive their normal step progression, subject to satisfactory or better performance; and
      b) Increase the salary schedule by 2.3% effective the first day of the pay period that includes April 1, 2013.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 8.  New Appointed Position - Director, Environmental Health:
      Approve the proposed appointed position of Director of Environmental Health; and Passage of Salary Ordinance.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

Zoning & Planning

Z&P agenda of 5/2/2013

 1.  South Quarter (1920 & 1928 Portland Avenue; 1923 & 1925 5th Avenue S; and 500 & 510 E Franklin Avenue):
      a) Passage of Ordinance rezoning the subject properties from the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to the R6 Multiple-family District; and
      b) Passage of Resolution vacating all of the public alley located in the block bounded by E Franklin Avenue, 5th Avenue S, E 19th Street, and Portland Avenue; both applications to allow Phase Four of the Franklin-Portland Planned Unit Development which includes 90 additional dwelling units in two new buildings. (9 votes)
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 2.  Regulations for Blood/Plasma Collection Facilities (Zoning Code Text Amendment):
      Passage of Ordinances amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code, regarding amending regulations for blood/plasma collection facilities, as follows:
      a) Chapter 536 relating to Specific Development Standards;
      b) Chapter 547 relating to Office Residence Districts;
      c) Chapter 548 relating to Commercial Districts;
      d) Chapter 549 relating to Downtown Districts;  and
      Return to author Chapters 522, 541, and 550.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 3.  2635 4th Street SE:
      Passage of Resolution vacating drainage and utility easements on the subject property as part of a Planned Unit Development with 194 dwelling units.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 4.  Planning Commission Appointments:
      Approve the Mayoral appointment of Matthew Brown (Ward 1) to fulfill the balance of a term ending January 31, 2014, and Mayoral reappointments of Alissa Luepke Pier (Ward 3) and Ted Tucker (Ward 3) to new terms ending January 31, 2015.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 5.  301 Walnut (700 Washington Avenue SE):
      a) Deny appeal filed by Juno Investment Corporation from the decision of the Planning Commission granting applications for: 1) a conditional use permit to increase maximum building height from 4 stories, 56 feet, to 6 stories, 81 feet; and 2) a variance to reduce the rear yard requirement adjacent to the east lot line from 15 feet to 9.3 feet; and   
      b) Passage of Ordinance rezoning the property from the C1 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District; to allow for a 6-story mixed use building with 98 dwelling units and ground floor commercial uses.
Action Taken:  Adopted.

 6. 6th Street Northeast Redevelopment (514 1st Avenue NE; 519-523 Central Avenue NE):
      a) Deny appeal filed by Lazaros Christoforides, on behalf of Pontus Properties, from the decision of the Planning Commission granting applications for: 1) a conditional use permit to increase maximum building height; 2) a variance to reduce the interior side yard requirement; 3) a variance to reduce the minimum lot area requirement; and 4) site plan review, subject to conditions; and
      b) Passage of Ordinance rezoning the property from the C2 Neighborhood Commercial District to the C3A Community Activity Center District, maintaining the PO Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District; to allow for a mixed use building with 130 dwelling units and ground floor commercial uses.  
Action Taken:  Postponed one cycle.

Motions

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

Resolutions

 

Unfinished Business

 1.  Rental Dwelling License at 3355 Upton Ave N:
      Approve reinstatement of license to be held by Robert Kramer - GairByat, LLC. (Postponed 4/26/2013)
No Action Taken.

  2. Ordinance Introduction:
      Gordon moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 10, Chapter 203 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Food Code: Grocery Stores and Specialty Food Stores, for first reading and referral to the Regulatory, Energy & Environment Committee (amending various provisions including those related to exemptions and standards).
Action Taken:  Referred to the Regulatory, Energy & Environment Committee.

 3.  Ordinance Introduction:
      Gordon moves to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 13, Chapter 295 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Licenses and Business Regulations: Groceterias and Portable Stores, for first reading and referral to the Regulatory, Energy & Environment Committee (amending provisions including those related to place of sale and permitted foods).
Action Taken:  Referred to the Regulatory, Energy & Environment Committee.

New Business

 

Announcements

 

Closed Session

Adjourn to Room 315, City Hall for the purpose of discussing the matter of State by City of Minneapolis, et al. v. Metropolitan Airports Commission.
Action Taken:  Approved a first amendment to the 2007 Consent Decree in the above-entitled matter; and authorized the City Attorney to sign the decree, on behalf of the City.

Adjournment

 

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