Minneapolis City Council Agenda
 
Regular Meeting
March 7, 2014 – 9:30 a.m.
Room 317, City Hall
 
Members: Council President Barbara Johnson, Vice President Elizabeth Glidden, Majority Leader John Quincy, Minority Leader Cam Gordon, Council Members Kevin Reich, Jacob Frey,
Blong Yang, Abdi Warsame, Lisa Goodman, Alondra Cano, Lisa Bender, Andrew Johnson, and Linea Palmisano
 
(Majority vote of all members, 7; 2/3 vote of all members, 9; quorum 7)
 
Council Committee Coordinator: Jackie Hanson 612-673-2046
1.   Roll Call.
2.   Adoption of the agenda.
Action Taken: Adopted, as amended to include an interim ordinance introduction as New Business #2.
3.   Acceptance of minutes of the regular meeting and adjourned session of February 21, 2014.
Action Taken: Accepted.
4.   Referral of petitions and communications and reports of the City officers to proper Committees and departments.
Action Taken: Referred.
Committee of the Whole
1.   Southwest Light Rail Transit Project:
Passage of Resolution approving submission of comments to the Metropolitan Council on their recent studies related to the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project.
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Community Development & Regulatory Services
1.   Liquor, Business & Gambling License Applications:
Approve Department of Licenses & Consumer Services agenda recommendations for Liquor, Business & Gambling licenses.
Early signature by Mayor requested.
      Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Champions Saloon & Eatery (105 W Lake St):
Deny renewal of On-Sale Liquor Class E license held by Starmac, Inc. and Richard P. Nelson; Adopt Findings of Fact and Recommendation in support of Committee’s decision to deny renewal of license; Deny request for a stay of the adverse license action pending certiorari appeal; Adopt Findings of Fact and Recommendation in support of the Committee’s decision to deny the stay.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Rental Dwelling License Revocation (3511 Colfax Ave N - Owners Scott & Allan Zak-Covenant Line, Inc):
Sent forward without recommendation. 
Action Taken: Adopted, as amended to approve license revocation.
4.   Block E Redevelopment Project (Mayo Clinic Square):
Approve amendments to the applicable Block E documents for reconfiguration of theatre/retail/parking parcel, rebranded as Mayo Clinic Square.
(Refer to MCDA Board of Commissioners)
Action Taken: Adopted.
5.   Rental Dwelling License (3507 Fremont Ave N – Owner Tracy Menk):
Passage of Resolution approving the Stipulated Agreement and Conditions on license.
Action Taken: Adopted.
6.   Housing Board of Appeals:
Approve City Council appointments of Thaddeus Smith and Kevin Gulden (alternate);
Approve reappointments of Sandy Loescher, Dave Fridgen, Steven Leventhal, Anne Gilbertson-Seeling, Karen Barton, Jorge Grauvilardell and Joyce Mason;
Approve appointed departmental designees JoAnn Velde, Perry Ebner, Lisa Smestad, Elfric Porte and Lee Wolf;
Approve waiver from City’s residency requirement for Steven Leventhal.
Action Taken: Adopted.
7.   Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc:
Approve amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. for the acquisition and future development of real property.
Action Taken: Adopted.
8.   DC Group Expansion:
Passage of Resolution supporting the Job Creation Fund application for submittal to the State Department of Employment and Economic Development for the DC Group expansion project.
Early signature by Mayor requested.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
9.   Target Center Arena Design Group:
Approve appointment of Kevin Carpenter to the Target Center Arena Design Group, replacing Jeremy Hanson Willis.
Action Taken: Adopted.
10. Park Committee (PC):
Passage of Resolution amending Resolution 2013R-407, adding the appointment of Mayor Betsy Hodges to the committee.
Action Taken: Adopted.
Referred Reports to Ways & Means Committee
11. Green Homes North Program Round 3 Funding Awards:
a)   Subject to condition that grant funders provide contributions anticipated, approve award up to $1,139,608 for development gap funding for the construction of 20 green homes on City-owned vacant lots in North Minneapolis, submitted by Artspace Green Homes North, LLC, City of Lakes Community Land Trust, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, PPL Homes LLC, PRG, Inc., Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc. and Urban Homeworks, Inc. and Peyser LLC;
b)   Authorize agreements with the selected qualified developers;
c)   Passage of Resolutions:  1) Authorizing sale of properties at 2014 Upton Ave N, 2950 Bryant Ave N and 316 30th Ave N to PPL Homes LLC; 2) Authorizing sale of properties at 4700 Bryant Ave N and 4704 Bryant Ave N to City of Lakes Community Land Trust; 3) Authorizing sale of properties at 3510 Colfax Ave N, 3514 Colfax Ave N and 2635 James Ave N to Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation; 4) Authorizing sale of properties at 3022 Morgan Ave N, 2918 Logan Ave N and 3522 4th St N to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc.; 5) Authorizing sale of properties at 1811 Girard Ave N, 2639 James Ave N and 2727 3rd St N PRG, Inc; 6) Authorizing sale of properties at 3241 Russell Ave N and 4101 James Ave N to Peyser LLC; 7) Authorizing sale of properties at 2822 Bryant Ave N and 2901 Bryant Ave N to Urban Homeworks, Inc; 8) Authorizing sale of properties at 2622 Plymouth Ave N and 1352 Thomas Ave N to Artspace Green Homes North, LLC;
d)   Authorize acceptance of a $250,000 grant from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and authorize agreement for the grant;
e)   Authorize acceptance of a $190,000 grant from the Family Housing Fund and authorize agreement for the grant;
f)    Passage of Resolution appropriating funds (9 votes).
       Action Taken: Adopted.
12. Rehab Support Program:
a) Accept Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Single Family Fall 2013 Community Revitalization Funds award totaling $104,350; Passage of Resolution appropriating funds
b) Authorize grant, sub-recipient and/or disbursement and related agreements;
c) Approve contracts with Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation and Center for Energy and Environment to allow them to administer and originate loans under this program on behalf of the City;
d) Approve the Rehab Support Program (9 votes).
Action Taken: Adopted.
13. Cutting of Nuisance Grass Bid:
Accept low bid of Arbor Barber, Inc, $400,000, for cutting nuisance grass for Minneapolis Regulatory Services.
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Health, Environment & Community Engagement
1.   Public Health Emergency Preparedness:
Authorize execution of a Cooperative Agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington, and the city of Bloomington authorizing a Regional Distribution Node on MAC property of federal stockpiles of medical materials in the event of a public health emergency.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Site Agreement with Minnesota Campus Compact for VISTA Volunteer:
Authorize execution of a site agreement for 2014-2015 with the Minnesota Campus Compact to act as a host site for a College Health Corps AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer to work on Youth Violence Prevention Programming.
Early signature by Mayor requested.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Energy Pathways Study:
a)     Direct staff to pursue Clean Energy Agreements and all necessary franchise agreements consistent with the Energy Pathways Study’s recommendations; and
b)     Direct staff to recommend changes to the City's 2014 Legislative Agenda consistent with the Energy Pathways Study's recommendations.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Minneapolis Climate Action Plan Two-Year Priorities:
Direct Sustainability staff to:
a)     Work with other departments and report back to appropriate Council committees on progress and with future decision points;
b)     Report annually on progress towards emissions reduction goals and implementation of prioritized strategies;
c)     Work with the Community Environmental Advisory Commission to develop a long-term carbon emissions reduction goal to supplement the City’s short- and mid-term goals, and report back to the Health Environment & Community Engagement Committee with a recommendation by April 14, 2014; and
d)     Amend Strategy 4 of the Climate Action Plan Strategies Matrix relating to the topic of Increasing Recycling, to read as follows: “4. Review, enforce, and enhance the commercial recycling ordinance and undertake an educational campaign to expand recycling options in multi‚Äźfamily housing.”
       Action Taken: Adopted.
Referred Report to Transportation & Public Works Committee
5.   MPCA Compost Rule Changes:
Approve comments on the proposed Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Compost Rule changes and direct the Department of Public Works to submit the comments to the MPCA.
Action Taken: Adopted.
Referred Report to Ways & Means Committee
6.   Master Contract Cap Increases:
Authorize increase to the not-to-exceed amounts for the following master contracts to finalize projects through contract termination on December 31, 2015: Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, Neighborhood HealthSource, and The Family Partnership.
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Intergovernmental Relations
1.   FY 2013 Federal Legislative Agenda – Immigration Reform:
Amend the introductory paragraph of the Immigration Reform section to reflect updated language.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   2014 State Legislative Agenda – Cell Phone/Kill Switch:
Amend the agenda by including language relating to cell phone/kill switch as a support item in the Public Safety Section: General Public Safety.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   2014 State Legislative Agenda – E-cigarettes:
Amend the agenda by including language relating to e-cigarettes as a support item in the City Livability Section.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   2014 State Legislative Agenda – Medical Marijuana:
Amend the agenda by including language relating to medical marijuana as a support item in the City Livability Section.
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management
Referred Reports to Ways & Means Committee
1.   School Bus Donation:
Passage of Resolution accepting the donation of a used school bus from the Minneapolis School Board for use by the Fire Department (9 votes).
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Fire Stations 15 & 22 (2701 Johnson St NE & 3025 Market Pl):
Authorize lease with Hennepin Healthcare Systems, Inc for use of space within Fire Stations 15 & 22 for ambulance storage.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   2013 State Homeland Security Grant Program:
Authorize acceptance of grant funds, $27,800, and execution of agreement with the Minnesota Homeland Security & Emergency Management for the Police Department/Bomb Disposal Unit; Passage of Resolution approving appropriation (9 votes).
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Minnesota Timberwolves Bomb Security Services:
Authorize contract agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves, $17,000, for the Police Department to provide bomb security services for basketball at the Target Center; Passage of Resolution approving appropriation.
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Transportation & Public Works
1.   St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over BNSF Northtown Yard Project:
a)     Approve proposed bridge layout and realignment of California St NE and Main St NE;
b)     Passage of Resolution designating the locations and improvements proposed to be made in the project;
c)     Receive the cost estimate and direct the City Engineer to prepare proposed special assessments, at the resurfacing assessment rate, against the benefited properties; and set a public hearing for April 15, 2014.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Lowry Hill East Area Street Resurfacing Project:
a)     Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project;
b)     Receive the cost estimate and direct the City Engineer to prepare proposed special assessments against the benefited properties; and set a public hearing for April 15, 2014.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   6th St S Municipal State Aid Variance Request:
Passage of Resolution requesting a variance from Municipal State Aid Standards for the parking lane width on the south side of 6th St S from Park Ave to 11th Ave S.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar Project:
Authorize amendment to existing contract with URS Corporation to complete additional pre-project development tasks for the Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar Project in an additional amount not to exceed $357,000. Funding is available within the current project budget.
Action Taken: Adopted.
5.   Bridge No 9 Pier 3 Repairs:
Authorize execution of a Temporary Construction Agreement with the University of Minnesota regarding activities and easements on and in the vicinity of Bridge No 9 (over the Mississippi River).
Action Taken: Adopted.
Referred Reports to Ways & Means Committee
6.   51st Ave N St Resurfacing Project:
a)     Passage of Resolution ordering the work to proceed and adopting special assessments for the project; and
b)     Passage of Resolution requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds for the project.
       Action Taken: Adopted, as amended.
7.   Bid:
OP 7901, Accept low bid of Sunram Construction, Inc. for stormwater pond dredging.
Early signature by Mayor requested.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Ways & Means
1.   City Assessor:
Approve Executive Committee’s reappointment of Patrick Todd as City Assessor for a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   City Attorney:
Approve Executive Committee’s reappointment of Susan Segal as City Attorney for a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections:
Execute one-year agreement for a full-time probation officer to provide active supervision of chronic offenders.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Minneapolis Board of Appeal and Equalization:
a)   Passage of Resolution establishing the 2014 Board;
b)   Appoint the following individuals to serve on the Board: Tad Marinac, Paul Grace,
Sandy Loescher, Patricia Werner, Jeffrey Larson, Earl Netwal, and Jimmy Fogel (alternate) for terms from April 28, 2014, to May 2, 2014.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
5.   Statement of Economic Interest:
Approve the list of City positions subject to the Statement of Economic Interest filing requirements.
Action Taken: Adopted.
6.   Travel Donation - 2014 ArtPlace America Grantee Summit:
Passage of Resolution accepting gifts from ArtPlace America for Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and creative Economy, to attend summit. (9 votes)
Action Taken: Adopted.
7.   Travel Donation - Peoria Regional Food Summit:
Passage of Resolution accepting gifts from the University of Illinois for Gayle Prest, Director of Sustainability, to attend the Peoria Regional Food Summit. (9 votes)
Action Taken: Adopted.
8.   Travel Donation - Benchmarking 2.0 Conference:
Passage of Resolution accepting gifts from the Institute for Market Transformation and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network for Brendon Slotterback, Sustainability Program Coordinator, to attend the conference. (9 votes)
Action Taken: Adopted.
9.   Bid for Convention Center Visitor Information Center:
OP 7902, accept low bid of Advance Terrazzo and Tile Company, Inc. to furnish all labor, materials and incidentals necessary for the Terrazzo section at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.
Action Taken: Adopted.
10. Bid for Convention Center Information Center:
OP 7885, accept low responsive bids from Meisinger Construction Company, Inc., KMH Erectors, Empirehouse, Inc., Elliot Contracting Corporation for construction services.
Action Taken: Adopted.
11. Target Center Renovation:
Authorize issuance of Request for Proposals for architect and engineering design services.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested. 
Action Taken: Adopted.
12. Bid for Minneapolis Fire Department Fire Station #5 and #7 Improvement Project:
OP 7897, accept low bid of JPMI Construction Company to furnish and deliver all labor, materials and incidentals necessary for the construction project.
Action Taken: Adopted.
13. 2013 4th Quarter Gift Acceptance:
Passage of Resolution accepting gifts to the City of Minneapolis valued under $15,000. (9 votes)
Action Taken: Adopted.
14. Applicant Tracking Software System:
a)   Execute a three year contract with NEOGOV for software, licensing, maintenance and professional services ($190,000).
b)   Include two options for one year extensions and customize the liability terms and conditions.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
15. Case Management Software System:
a)   Extend contract with Automon, LLC for three additional years, through June 30, 2017.
b)   Increase the contract amount by $115,000 to provide licenses, maintenance and support for Practice Manager software.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
16. Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management System:
a)   Amend contract with Powerteam, Inc. to change the scope of services to allow other City departments to benefit from ongoing customer support for the system.
b)   Increase the contract by $50,000.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
17. Travel Donation - 2014 Education Conference:
Passage of Resolution accepting gifts for Mayor Betsy Hodges and Dianne Haulcy to attend conference. (9 votes)
Action Taken: Adopted.
18. 2014 Salary Adjustment for Appointed Employees:
a)   Approve step progression in 2014 for appointed employees, subject to satisfactory or better performance.
b)   Increase salary schedule by 2.5% effective at the start of the pay period that includes February 1, 2014.
       Action Taken: Adopted. 
19. 2014 Salary Adjustment for Non-represented Employees:
a)   Approve step progression in 2014 for appointed employees, subject to satisfactory or better performance.
b)   Approve 2.36% increase to longevity effective January 1, 2014.
c)   Increase salary schedule by 2.36% effective at the start of the pay period that includes March 1, 2014.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Zoning & Planning
1.   2924 Grand Ave S:
a)   Grant petition filed by Dana Avery on behalf of Maze Properties, LLC, to change the zoning classification for the property located at 2924 Grand Ave S from R2B Two-family District to R3 Multiple-family District to allow for a three-unit, multiple-family residence in an existing structure.
b)   Passage of Ordinance amending the Zoning Code.
       Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Motions
1.   Payroll:
Motion by Quincy that regular payrolls of City employees under Council jurisdiction for the month of April, 2014, be approved and ordered paid.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014:
Motion by Glidden that the 2014 State Legislative Agenda be amended by adding language relating to The Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014 in the Jobs and Economic Development heading, Minneapolis Supports section.
Women's Economic Security Act RCA; Legislation
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Transgender Issues Work Group:
Motion by Glidden to approve the formation of a Transgender Issues Work Group.
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Unfinished Business
1.   Ordinance Introduction:
Motion by Goodman to introduce the subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 18, Chapter 474 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Traffic Code: Vehicle Operation, for first reading and referral to the Transportation & Public Works Committee (prohibiting the practice of motor braking, also known as “engine braking” on Interstate Highway 394 in the City of Minneapolis).
Action Taken: Ordinance was introduced, given its first reading and referred to the Transportation & Public Works Committee.
2.   Ordinance Introduction:
Motion by Glidden 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 additional sale and display of goods outside of business establishments):
a)   Chapter 525 relating to Administration and Enforcement.
b)   Chapter 551 relating to Overlay Districts.
Action Taken: Ordinance was introduced, given its first reading and referred to the Zoning & Planning Committee.
 
New Business
1.   Ordinance Introduction (Unanimous Consent Required):
Motion by Frey to introduce the subject matter of the following ordinances amending Title 13 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Licenses and Business Regulations, for first reading and referral to the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee (providing for recognition and regulation of Peer-to-Peer Network Company Transportation Services):
a)   Amending Chapter 341 relating to Taxicabs.
b)   Adding a new Chapter 343 relating to Transportation Network Companies.
       Action Taken:  Ordinance was introduced, given its first reading and referred to the Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee.
       2.   Ordinance Introduction (Unanimous Consent Required):
Motion by Palmisano to introduce an ordinance amending Title 21 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Interim Ordinances, for first reading and referral to the Zoning & Planning Committee (adding a new Chapter 590 providing for a moratorium on the demolition, new construction, or establishment of single and two-family residential dwellings in the R1, R1A, R2, and R2B zoning districts in neighborhoods of Linden Hills, Fulton, Armatage, Kenny, and Lynnhurst, and authorizing the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development to conduct a study to inform future development of the area and to propose such amendments to the City’s official controls and other regulatory devices).
Action Taken:  Ordinance was introduced, given its first reading and referred to the Zoning & Planning Committee.

Announcements

Adjournment
 
Upon adjournment of the Council Meeting, the Minneapolis Community Development Agency (MCDA) Board of Commissioners will meet.
MCDA Agenda; MCDA Block E Redevelopment Project RCA; MCDA Block E Redevelopment Project Attachment
 
Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to MN Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05
 
Next City Council Meeting: March 28, 2014
 
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