Committee of the Whole Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting
August 15, 2013
9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall

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Committee Members Present: Council Members Lilligren (Chair), Glidden (IGR Chair), Reich, Gordon, Hofstede, Johnson, Samuels, Schiff, Tuthill, Quincy, Colvin Roy and Hodges - (quorum 7)

Committee Member Absent:  Council Member Goodman

Council Committee Coordinator:  Jackie Hanson (612) 673-2046

Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee Items

 
IGR Department
 
 1.  Federal/State/Local Update:
       Receive and file federal update provided by IGR staff.
 
Staff Report:  Federal Legislative Update RCA 
 
Action Taken:  Received & Filed report.

Council Member Gordon

 2.  Municipal Utility:
      2012 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 216B Public Utilities

      Consider authorizing the establishment of a municipal electrical utility and authorizing the City to own, operate, construct, and extend electric facilities and to purchase and acquire the property of any existing electrical public utility operating within the City of Minneapolis for the purpose of providing electrical and related services.

      ELECTRIC BALLOT LANGUAGE
      “Shall the City of Minneapolis be authorized to establish a municipal electric utility and to own, operate, construct, and extend electric and similar facilities and to purchase and acquire the property of any existing electrical public utility operating within the City of Minneapolis for the purpose of providing electrical and similar services?”
      draft resolution for electric

      Consider authorizing the establishment of a municipal gas utility and authorizing the City to own, operate, construct, and extend gas and similar facilities and to purchase and acquire the property of any existing gas public utility operating within the City of Minneapolis for the purpose of providing natural gas and similar services.

      GAS BALLOT LANGUAGE
      “Shall the City of Minneapolis be authorized to establish a municipal natural gas utility and to own, operate, construct, and extend natural gas and similar facilities and to purchase and acquire the property of any existing natural gas public utility operating within the City of Minneapolis for the purpose of providing natural gas and providing similar services?”
      draft resolution for gas

Action Taken:  Approved substitute Resolution adopting a framework for reaching City of Minneapolis energy goals.  Deleted from the Agenda Resolutions proposing to set a Special Election on the Question of Authorizing the City of Minneapolis to Acquire the Property of a Public Utility and to Form a Municipal Natural Gas Utility and a Municipal Electric Utility.

      Substitute Resolution

Referred by City Council

 3.  Plain Language Charter:
      a) Direction that the City Attorney and City Clerk provide an analysis and overview of the proposed Plain Language Charter Revision to the Committee of the Whole/Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee; and Develop a voter education plan to inform voters about the Plain Language Charter Revision as a ballot question for the November 5 General Municipal Election.
      b) Plain Language Charter ballot language (Committee of the Whole referral to the City Attorney's Office 6/27/2013). 

Staff Report 8/2/2013:  Plain Language Charter RCACharter Commission Letter of TransmittalCharter Commission Memo to City Council
 
Staff Report 8/15/2013:  Plain Language Charter Revised Ballot Language
 
Action Taken:  Approved Revised Ballot Language and Authorized dual Publication in Star Tribune and Finance & Commerce newspapers.

Reports of Committees


The Reports of Committees portion of the agenda is an opportunity for Council Members to review the recommendations from each committee coming forward to the full Council meeting the following day for consideration. There are no actions taken during this portion of the meeting, and no public comment is allowed.  The agendas for each committee bringing forward a report are linked to this document electronically.

Announcements

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.
 

Next Committee Meeting:  August 29, 2013
Next Council Meeting:  August 16, 2013
Pursuant to Council rules, Committee Actions referred to the Council Meeting on August 30, 2013

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Last updated Aug. 15, 2013