Minneapolis City Council Agenda

Adjourned Meeting
December 10, 2014 – 6:05 p.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.

All Council Members present.

2.   Adoption of the agenda.

On motion by Glidden, the agenda was adopted on voice vote.

3.   Explanation of the purpose of the public hearing:

Receive comment on proposed 2015 budget and tax levy.

Receive comment on Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated Plan.

Receive comment on the proposed water and sewer rates.

4.   Motion to suspend Council Rule VIII (2) (D) to allow members of the public to address the Council.

On motion by Glidden, Rule VIII (2) (D) was suspended on a voice vote, to allow for the acceptance of public testimony.

5.   Public Testimony.

Members of the public submitted commentary on the proposed 2015 Budget. The public hearing was closed at 8:01 p.m. Thereupon, the City Council recessed its open public meeting to allow the Board of Estimate & Taxation to meet and transact its business. The City Council reconvened in open session at 8:17p.m., with all Council Members present.

Report of the Ways & Means/Budget Subcommittee

W&M/Budget Subcommittee agenda of 12/1/2014

1.   2014 Tax Levies:

Passage of Resolution approving the 2014 property tax levies, payable in 2015.

Quincy moved adoption of the resolution approving 2014 property tax levies, payable in 2015, as reported by the Ways & Means/Budget Subcommittee.

Warsame moved to amend the pending motion by decreasing the General Fund levy by $174,000 to a total of $153,929,000 and decreasing the total levy for the various funds to $222,814,000.

Glidden moved a substitute to the Warsame amendment, by increasing the General Fund levy by $620,000 to a total of $154,723,000 and increasing the total levy for various funds to $223,608,000 with the intent of using these additional levy resources to mitigate future levy increases by supplementing the property tax stabilization account. On roll call, that motion failed [6-7].

Ayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Nayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

The Warsame amendment carried on a roll call vote [7-6].

Ayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Nayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

The resolution approving 2014 property tax levies, payable in 2015, as amended, carried on roll call [7-6], setting the tax levy at $222,814,000.

Ayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Nayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

2.   2015 General Appropriation Resolution:

Passage of Resolution fixing the maximum amounts to be expended by the various City departments for 2015 for funds under the jurisdiction of the City Council and for which the City Council levies taxes and fees.

Quincy moved adoption of the resolution fixing the maximum amounts to be expended by City departments under the jurisdiction of the City Council for Fiscal Year 2015, as reported by the Ways & Means/Budget Subcommittee.

Yang moved to amend the pending motion by—

  1. Reducing the appropriation in the Communications Department by $174,000 and 2.0 FTEs, and reducing the General Fund property tax revenues by $174,000; and
  2. Utilizing $250,000 in available one-time General Fund resources to:
    1. Reinstate the $150,000 to the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department for the One Minneapolis Fund;
    2. Reinstate the $75,000 to the City Coordinator Department for the Clean Energy Initiative; and
    3. Allocate the remaining $25,000 to the Community Planning & Economic Development Department to reinstate a portion of the 2015 appropriation for homeownership counseling and outreach.
  3. Directing the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department to provide guidelines for expenditures of the consolidated TIF fund for neighborhood revitalization purposes, using existing and previous policies, practices, and precedents, such as special uses like the Affordable Housing/Commercial Corridor Reserve Fund. A key feature that should be included from past guidelines is the requirement for neighborhood review and sponsorship. The guidelines should be specific for intended uses, be they special initiatives or larger scale activities such as Large Tract Development activities. Staff is to present this recommendation to the City Council no later than May 31, 2015.

Gordon moved a substitute to the Yang amendment, to utilize $250,000 in available one-time General Fund resources and reduce the appropriation for the Convention Center marketing enhancement by $200,000 to—

  1. Reinstate $75,000 to the City Coordinator Department for the Clean Energy Initiative;
  2. Reinstate $150,000 to the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department for the One Minneapolis Fund;
  3. Provide $30,000 to the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department for costs associated with Project Lookout, previously directed to be funded from the One Minneapolis Fund;
  4. Reinstate $125,000 to the Community Planning & Economic Development Department for the Homeownership Support and Foreclosure Prevention Program; and
  5. Reinstate $70,000 to the City Coordinator Department to complete an evaluation of the City’s neighborhood and community engagement system.

On roll call, the Gordon substitute amendment failed [6-7].

Ayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Nayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Glidden moved to divide the pending question (Yang amendment); thereupon, the following questions were considered in order:

  1. Amending the resolution fixing maximum amounts for department operating budgets in Fiscal Year 2015 by reducing the appropriation in the Communications Department by $174,000 and 2.0 FTEs, and reducing the General Fund property tax revenues by $174,000. On roll call, that motion carried [7-6].
    Ayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
    Nayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
    Absent/Abstain: (0)
  2. Amending the resolution fixing the maximum amounts for department operating budgets in Fiscal Year 2015 by utilizing $150,000 in available one-time General Fund resources for the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department for the One Minneapolis Fund. On roll call, that motion carried [13-0].
    Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
    Nayes: (0)
    Absent/Abstain: (0)
  3. Amending the resolution fixing the maximum amounts for department operating budgets in Fiscal Year 2015 by utilizing $75,000 in available one-time General Fund resources for the City Coordinator Department for the Clean Energy Initiative. On roll call, that motion carried [13-0].
    Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
    Nayes: (0)
    Absent/Abstain: (0)
  4. Amending the resolution fixing the maximum amounts for department operating budgets in Fiscal Year 2015 by utilizing $25,000 in available one-time General Fund resources for the Community Planning & Economic Development Department to reinstate a portion of the 2015 appropriation for homeownership counseling and outreach. On roll call, that motion carried [13-0].
    Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
    Nayes: (0)
    Absent/Abstain: (0)
  5. Directing the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department to provide guidelines for expenditures of the consolidated TIF fund for neighborhood revitalization purposes, using existing and previous policies, practices, and precedents, such as special uses like the Affordable Housing/Commercial Corridor Reserve Fund. A key feature that should be included from past guidelines is the requirement for neighborhood review and sponsorship. The guidelines should be specific for intended uses, be they special initiatives or larger scale activities such as Large Tract Development activities. Staff is to present this recommendation to the City Council no later than May 31, 2015.

On motion by Gordon, this staff direction was referred to the Health, Environment & Community Engagement (HECE) Committee on a voice vote.

Gordon moved to amend the pending motion by reducing the allocation to the Convention Center marketing enhancement by $30,000 and increasing the allocation to the One Minneapolis Fund by $30,000. On roll call, that motion failed [6-7].

Ayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Nayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Cano moved to amend the pending motion by reducing the appropriation in the Convention Center marketing enhancement by $50,000 and increasing the appropriation in the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department by $50,000 for support services to help implement President Obama’s executive order on immigration. On roll call, that motion carried [13-0].

Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
Nayes: (0)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Glidden moved to amend the pending motion by reducing the appropriation for the Convention Center marketing enhancement by $100,000 to reinstate $100,000 for the Community Planning & Economic Development Department for the Homeownership Support and Foreclosure Prevention Program. On roll call, that motion failed [6-7].

Ayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Nayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Palmisano moved to amend the pending motion to direct the Internal Audit Department to work with the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department and other City Coordinator departments to create a scope of work and then oversee an evaluation of NCR Programs using existing budgeted resources. Staff is directed to report back findings of the evaluation to the Committee of the Whole by August 2015. The motion carried on a voice vote.

Bender moved to amend the pending motion to direct the Public Works, Regulatory Services, and Police departments to provide existing resources to facilitate up to eight (8) Open Streets events in 2015. The motion carried on a voice vote.

A. Johnson moved to amend the pending motion by transferring $55,000 from the Convention Center marketing enhancement to the City Attorney’s Office to increase funding for restorative justice. On roll call, that motion failed [6-7].

Ayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Quincy; Gordon; Cano (6)
Nayes: Reich; Yang; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (7)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Cano moved to amend the pending motion by reducing the appropriation to the Community Planning & Economic Development Department by $200,000 for 2.0 FTEs in construction code services and increasing the appropriation to the Communications Department by $174,000 for 2.0 FTEs to increase collaboration with the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department and non-English media outlets, and increasing the One Minneapolis Fund by $26,000. On roll call, that motion failed [5-8].

Ayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Gordon; Cano (5)
Nayes: Reich; Yang; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (8)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Goodman moved the previous question on the resolution fixing operating budgets for City departments under the jurisdiction of the City Council for Fiscal Year 2015, as amended. On roll call, that motion failed [8-5], since it did not achieve the two-thirds threshold required for passage.

Ayes: Reich; Yang; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; B. Johnson (8)
Nayes: Bender; Glidden; A. Johnson; Gordon; Cano (5)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Following further debate, the question laid before the City Council was as follows—

Adoption of the resolution fixing the maximum amounts to be expended by City departments under the jurisdiction of the City Council for Fiscal Year 2015, as reported by the Ways & Means/Budget Subcommittee, and as further amended by:

  1. Reducing the appropriation in the Communications Department by $174,000 and 2.0 FTEs, and reducing the General Fund property tax revenues by $174,000;
  2. Utilizing $150,000 in available one-time General Fund resources to reinstate the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department for the One Minneapolis Fund;
  3. Utilizing $75,000 in available one-time General Fund resources to reinstate the City Coordinator Department for the Clean Energy Initiative;
  4. Utilizing $25,000 in available one-time General Fund resources to reinstate a portion of the 2015 appropriation for the Community Planning & Economic Development Department homeownership counseling and outreach;
  5. Reducing the Convention Center’s marketing enhancement appropriation by $50,000 and increasing the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department appropriation by $50,000 for support services to help implement President Obama’s executive order on immigration;
  6. Directing the Internal Audit Department to work with the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department and other City Coordinator departments to create a scope of work and then oversee an evaluation of NCR Programs using existing budgeted resources, and to report back to the Committee of the Whole by August 2015;
  7. Directing the Public Works, Regulatory Services, and Police departments to provide existing resources to facilitate up to eight (8) Open Streets events in 2015.

On roll call, that motion carried [12-1].

Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
Nayes: Gordon (1)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

3.   2015-2019 Five-Year Capital Program:

Passage of Resolution adopting the 2015-2019 Capital Program.

Quincy moved adoption of the resolution adopting the City’s four-year Capital Improvement Program, covering fiscal years 2015 to 2019. On roll call, the motion carried [13-0].

Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
Nayes: (0)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

4.   2015 Capital Improvement Bonds:

Passage of Resolutions requesting the Board of Estimate & Taxation to issue and sell City of Minneapolis bonds for various amounts for the 2015 Capital Improvement Program.

Quincy moved adoption of three resolutions related to the issuance of City bonds in various amounts to finance specific projects included in the City’s 2015 Capital Improvement Program. On roll call, the motion carried [13-0].

Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Goodman; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano; B. Johnson (13)
Nayes: (0)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

5.   Utility Rates:

Passage of Resolution designating rates for water, sewer, solid waste and recycling services, effective January 1, 2015.

Quincy moved adoption of the resolution setting rates for municipal utility services, including water, sewer, solid waste, and recycling, all of which become effective January 1, 2015. On roll call, the motion carried [11-2].

Ayes: Reich; Bender; Glidden; Yang; A. Johnson; Quincy; Warsame; Frey; Palmisano; Gordon; Cano (11)
Nayes: Goodman; B. Johnson (2)
Absent/Abstain: (0)

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 11:02 p.m.

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: December 12, 2014

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