Minneapolis City Council Agenda
 
Regular Meeting
March 28, 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 a Resolution proclaiming April 2014 as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month throughout the City of Minneapolis.
3.   Acceptance of minutes of the regular meeting of March 7, 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
COW agenda of 3/26/2014
1.   City of Minneapolis Vision, Values and Goals:
Adopt the proposed vision, values, goals and strategic direction of the City of Minneapolis for 2014-17; and direct staff from the City Coordinator's office to:
a)   Develop measures for Minneapolis’ adopted Values, Goals and Strategic Directions and report at least annually to the Committee of the Whole or other appropriate reporting committee on goal progress;
b)   Annually review and, if necessary, propose revised strategic directions to the City Council and Mayor;
c)   Seek stakeholder and community perspective on measures to be developed for Values, Goals and Strategic Directions;
d)   Seek stakeholder and community perspective on progress made on strategic directions as reported at least annually;
e)   Provide support to City Council, Mayor, and Department Heads in developing a definition for the value “equity” and other key terms as necessary;
f)    Provide support, together with the City Clerk and relevant Department Heads, to Council Committees and their chairs to develop Committee work plans, which may be periodically refreshed; and
g)   Propose options for creation of a Racial Equity Action Plan, utilizing as examples the city's Climate Action Plan and other city plan documents, that sets a baseline for measurement, includes goals and timelines, references existing city policies and programs that support the goals, recommends new policies and programs for consideration and is developed in cooperation with a range of engaged stakeholders; report to Committee of the Whole in three cycles with a proposed process for developing a Racial Equity Action Plan.
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Community Development & Regulatory Services
CD&RS agenda of 3/18/2014
1.   Cameron Building, LP (756 N 4th St):
Passage of Resolution granting preliminary approval to issue $7.5 million in Tax Exempt Multi-Family Housing Entitlement Revenue Bonds to finance the acquisition & construction of a 44-unit multifamily rental housing facility.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Rental Dwelling Licenses:
Passage of Ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 244 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Housing:  Maintenance Code, amending requirements applicable to holders of rental dwelling licenses to include a duty to attend certain meetings.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Tenant Notification of Environmental Contamination:
Passage of Ordinance amending Title 12, Chapter 244 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Housing:  Maintenance Code, amending provisions related to tenant notification of environmental contamination and associated activities.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   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.
5.   Taxicab Driver License (James Nels Huseby):
Passage of Resolution approving Business License Operating Conditions.
Action Taken: Adopted.
6.   Small Business Loan Program Partnership Contracts:
Authorize contracts with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers ($50,000) & African Development Center ($40,000), to extend partnerships for 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
7.   Downtown East Block 1 Development Rights Designation (728 S 4th St):
Approve designation of Ryan Companies as the developer of the Block 1 Liner Parcel and Air Rights Plane & authorize staff to negotiate redevelopment contract terms; Approve recommendation to encourage Ryan Companies’ hotel operator to negotiate a labor peace agreement with the applicable labor organization(s) in the spirit of Section 422.190 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.
Action Taken: Adopted.
Reports Referred to Ways & Means Committee
8.   2013 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Demonstration Account and LCDA Transit-Oriented Development Grant Awards:
Accept and appropriate LCDA grants of $1,000,000 for the Commons at Penn Project, $1,000,000 for the Hawthorne Eco Village project, & $750,000 for the Mozaic Phase II project and LCDA-TOD grants of $1,000,000 to the 4th Street Infrastructure/Boeser project, and $1,045,000 to the Anishinabe Bii Gii Wiin project; Passage of Resolution approving budget appropriation (9 votes).
Action Taken: Adopted.
9.   Small Business Revolving Loan Programs:
Authorize write-off of a 2% loan made to Kuu Ruay LLC d/b/a Koyi Sushi Too as uncollectable ($53,331.51).
Action Taken: Adopted.
10. Mpls Homeless Street Outreach Funding:
Approve up to $300,000 of funding for St. Stephens Human Services, Inc’s homeless outreach programming & authorize necessary contracts.
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Elections & Rules
E&R agenda of 3/25/2014
1.   2014 Special Election - Appointment of Election Judges & Absentee Ballot Board:
Approve list of election judges to conduct the Hennepin County Special Election to fill the County Commissioner District 3 vacancy within the City of Minneapolis, and authorize the Assistant City Clerk/Director of Elections & Voter Services to appoint additional election judges if required to assure sufficient staffing for all polling places.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   2013 Municipal Election - Analysis & Recommendations:
Direct staff to return to the Elections & Rules Committee after preparing the following proposed Ordinance amendments:
a)     Clarifying the definition of “tabulation center”; and
b)     Amending the process of mathematical elimination to account for greater availability of vote data and the use of automated ballot tabulators.
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Health, Environment & Community Engagement
HE&CE agenda of 3/17/2014
1.   Commissioner of Health/Director of Department of Health:
Approve the charter department head reappointment by the Executive Committee of Gretchen Musicant to the appointed position of Commissioner of Health/Director of Department of Health for a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Public Health Advisory Committee Appointments:
Passage of Resolution approving the following appointments, reappointments, term corrections and updates to the Minneapolis Public Health Advisory Committee: Saeng Kue (Ward 4), Karen Soderberg (Ward 7), Dr. Rebecca Thoman (Ward 13), Linda Brandt (Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health), Tara Jenson (Ward 5), Dr. Happy Reynolds-Cook (Ward 6), Abdullahi Sheikh (Ward 8), and Joseph Colianni (Member At Large).
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Affiliation Agreement for Medical Residents in School Based Clinics:
Authorize execution of a five year affiliation agreement with the University of Minnesota through its Family Medicine Residency Program to provide a medical rotation site through the School Based Clinic Program.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Earth Hour:
Passage of Resolution supporting participation in Earth Hour on March 29, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Action Taken: Adopted.
Referred Report to Ways & Means Committee
5.   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Application.
Authorize application for a 3-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop multi-sector partnerships to promote sexual health and advance community wellness:
HE&E - in an amount not to exceed $750,000.
W&M - in an amount not to exceed $1,050,000, due to an increase in the maximum grant amount available. 
 
Action Taken: Adopted the Ways & Means recommendation.
 
Intergovernmental Relations
IGR agenda of 3/20/2014
1.   2014 Minneapolis Federal Agenda:
Approve amendment to the City’s Legislative Agenda by adding language to the Policy Initiatives Section regarding Federal Role in Affordable and Workforce Housing.
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Public Safety, Civil Rights & Emergency Management
PSCR&EM agenda of 3/19/2014
1.   Fire Chief:
Approve Executive Committee’s reappointment of John Fruetel to the appointed position of Fire Chief for a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Director of the Department of Civil Rights:
Approve Executive Committee’s reappointment of Velma Korbel to the appointed position of Director of Civil Rights for a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014.
 
Action Taken: Adopted. 
 
Motion was adopted to direct the City Coordinator to:  a) Consult with AFSCME representatives to consider the reinstatement or creation of a new Civil Rights Department labor management committee; b) Work with the Mayor's Office, the Civil Rights Director, and, if deemed appropriate, outside management consulting services to evaluate and, as warranted, improve management practices in the Civil Rights Department related to employee satisfaction and maintaining a healthy workplace environment; and c) Report back to the Executive Committee on the status of these efforts by July 1, 2014.
 
Transportation & Public Works
T&PW agenda of 3/18/2014
1.   City Engineer/Director of Public Works Reappointment:
Approve Executive Committee’s reappointment of Steve Kotke to the appointed position of City Engineer/Director of Public Works for a two-year term beginning January 2, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Boulevard Vegetation:
Passage of Ordinance amending Title 17, Chapter 427 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Streets and Sidewalks: In General, to allow certain types of vegetation to be grown within boulevards, incorporating safety parameters, and granting the Department of Regulatory Services authority to enforce violations pursuant to established administrative processes.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   4th Ave S Street Resurfacing Project:
a)     Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project; and
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 May 13, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Hay NW, Franklin Hall, and Lyn Park Areas Street Resurfacing Project:
a)     Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project; and
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 May 13, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
5.   LaSalle Ave Street Resurfacing Project (Grant St 10 12th St S):
a)     Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project; and
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 May 13, 2014.  
Action Taken: Adopted.
6.   LaSalle Ave Street Reconstruction Project (12th St S to 8th St S):
a)     Passage of Resolution designating the location and improvements proposed to be made in the project; and
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 May 13, 2014.
Action Taken: Adopted.
7.   Penn Ave S Street Reconstruction Project Phase 1 - Contract Amendment:
Authorize increase to contract with Meyer Contracting, Inc., by $3,648.43, to allow for construction contingencies provided as part of the original project budget. No additional appropriation required.
Action Taken: Adopted.
8.   St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over BNSF Northtown Yard:
a)     Passage of four (4) Resolutions authorizing the purchase of fee parcels and acquisition of temporary easements to facilitate the realigned roadway and bridge construction activities; and
b)     Authorize execution of an access agreement with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to allow for project-related construction activities on MPRB road right-of-way.
Action Taken: Adopted.
9.   TOMCO2 Lease Agreement:
Authorize execution of a lease agreement with TOMCO2 Systems for the rental of a carbon dioxide pilot unit to be used at the water softening plant at an estimated cost of $24,500 for a maximum duration of ten months. Funding is available within the project budget.
Early signature by Mayor requested.
Action Taken: Adopted.
Referred Reports to Ways & Means Committee
10. Penn Ave S Phase 2 Street Reconstruction Project:
Passage of four (4) 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;
c)     Establishing parking restrictions 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.
Action Taken: Adopted.
11. Riverside Extension Street Reconstruction Project:
Passage of three (3) 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.
Action Taken: Adopted.
12. 5th St N, 8th Ave N, and 5th Ave N and 58th St E and MN-62 Frontage Rd S Street 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.
13. Loring Park Area and South North Loop Area Street 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.
14. 2014 Parkway Paving and Parkway Street Lighting Improvement Agreement:
a)     Passage of Resolution authorizing execution of an agreement with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) regarding 2014 Parkway Paving and Street Lighting Improvement Projects; and
b)     Passage of Resolution adjusting capital appropriations for the projects and authorizing Finance staff to adjust Metropolitan Council Regional Grant Fund appropriations as needed.
Early signature by Mayor requested.
Action Taken: Adopted.
15. Street Construction Assessment Reductions:
Passage of two (2) Resolutions authorizing the Hennepin County Auditor to reduce previously levied assessments against Wagner Partners Limited Partnership and Minnetonka Moccasin Company, Inc.
Action Taken: Adopted.
16. Bids:
a)     OP 7872, Accept low responsive bid of Shafer Contracting Company, Inc. to complete the construction of sidewalks, curb, alley and drive approaches in 2014 for the Paving Division; and
b)     OP 7905 Accept low responsive bid of Dresser Trap Rock, Inc. to furnish and deliver gray/black class “A” aggregate to the Paving Division.
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Ways & Means
W&M agenda of 3/24/2014
1.   Legal Settlements:
Passage of Resolution authorizing settlement in the matter of Jeremy Axel, et al. vs. City of Minneapolis, et al.
Action Taken: Adopted.
2.   Target Center Renovation Project:
a)   Passage of Resolution requiring the use of a Project Labor Agreement with the Minneapolis Buildings and Construction Trades Council for all construction work on the project.
b)   Authorize issue Request for Proposals for Construction Manager at Risk services.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   Bid for Target Center Domestic Water Supply and Sanitary Drain Pipe Replacement:
OP 7890, accept low bid of Northern Air Corporation, d/b/a NAC Mechanical and Electrical  Services, for the Target Center domestic water supply and sanitary drain pipe replacement.
Action Taken: Adopted.
4.   Minneapolis Television Network Board Appointments:
a)   Approve the following City Council appointments: Nancy Brown; Seth Goodlaxson; George Norman; and LaJuana Whitmore.
b)   Extend the Mayoral appointment of Catherine Bishop to Seat 6 for a term to expire January 15, 2018.
Action Taken: Adopted.
5.  COMPASS Financial System Upgrade:
Execute one-year contract with iLynx, Inc. for senior project management services ($220,000); and include an option to renew up to one additional year.
Action Taken: Adopted.
6.  Contract Compliance Software for the Civil Rights Department:
Extend contract with B2GNow/AskReply, Inc. for three additional years through October 31, 2017 and increase the contract amount by $180,000; and update terms and conditions to reflect current standards.
Action Taken: Adopted.
7.  Solid Waste Information System:
Execute three-year contract with Ardent Technologies, Inc. for support, maintenance and enhancement of the City’s application software ($450,000); and include an option to renew up to two additional years.
Action Taken: Adopted.
8.  AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project:
Execute agreement with St. Paul Neighborhood Network for the 2014-2015 program year to enable the City to participate in the Project.
Action Taken: Adopted.
9.   Donation of Telepresence/Video Conferencing Equipment:
Passage of Resolution accepting gift from Cisco Systems, Inc. for the City’s Information Technology Department.
Action Taken: Adopted.
10. Reappropriation of 2013 Fund Balances:
Passage of Resolution approving Department reappropriation requests from 2013 to the 2014 budget.  
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Zoning & Planning
Z&P agenda of 3/20/2014
1.   1100 and 1118 University Ave NE:
a)     Grant appeal, notwithstanding staff recommendation, filed by Robert D. Riskin with, and on behalf of, all property owners immediately adjacent to McDonald’s, of the decision of the Zoning Board of Adjustment granting the following variances for an existing fast food restaurant located at 1100-1118 University Ave NE in the C2 Neighborhood Corridor Commercial District:
1)     A variance to increase the maximum number of freestanding signs from one to four.
2)     A variance to increase the maximum area for freestanding signs from 80 square feet to 330 square feet.
3)     A variance to increase the maximum height of freestanding signs from 8 feet to approximately 10 feet 3 inches and 10 feet 9 inches.
      b)     Adopt Findings of Fact as prepared by the City Attorney’s Office.  
Action Taken: Postponed.
2.   Five15 on the Park (Vacation-1608):
Passage of Resolution approving corrected Vacation-1608, passed by the City Council March 29, 2013, vacating two sidewalk easements, by removing easement language for Centurylink.
Early Signature by Mayor Requested.
Action Taken: Adopted.
3.   On-Premise Roof Signs (Zoning Code Text Amendment):
a)   Passage of Ordinance amending Title 20, Chapter 543 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Zoning Code: On-Premise Signs, amending regulations pertaining to on-premise roof signs.
b)   Return Chapter 520 to author.
 
Action Taken: Adopted.
 
Resolutions
1.   Honorary Resolution:
Passage of Resolution proclaiming April 2014 as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month throughout the City of Minneapolis.
Honorary Resolution
 
Action Taken:  Adopted. 
 
New Business
1.   Ordinance Introductions Report:
a)   Receive and file staff report on Ordinance Introductions.
b)   Direct staff to delete from the Council’s long-range agenda all ordinances previously introduced which lack current authors and to update all relevant legislative files.
Ordinance Introductions Report
 
Action Taken:  Report accepted, as amended to reflect updated authors for Items #5 and #9 through #14 in the Clerk's Report.
 
Announcements
 
Adjournment
1.   Adjourn to Room 315, City Hall, for the purpose of discussing the following legal matters:
City of Minneapolis v. CenterPoint.; Jerry’s Enterprises, Inc. v. CenterPoint, et al.; and
State Farm, et al. v. CenterPoint, et al.
Action Taken:  Approved settlement.
 
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: April 11 , 2014
 
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