Ways & Means/Budget Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting

Monday, May 7, 2007

1:30 p.m. - Room 317 City Hall

NOTE:  All cellular telephones, pagers and BlackBerry devices to be switched to a non-audible function during Council and Committee meetings.

Committee Members Present: Council Members Ostrow, Schiff, Colvin Roy, Hofstede, Glidden, Hodges (A quorum being present)

Council Committee Coordinator: Anne Roth (612) 673-3130

Consent Items

1. Legal Settlement:

Authorize settlement of Walter Childs v. James Burns, by payment of $75,000 plus post-judgment interest, payable to Walter Childs and his attorneys, Flynn, Gaskins & Bennett; and, approve payment of costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees to be determined by the Court or agreement of counsel. Further, authorize the City Attorney’s Office to execute any documents necessary to effectuate the resolution of this lawsuit.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Walter Childs RCA

2. No-Fault Claim:

Approve initial authorization to submit all current and ongoing bills relating to no-fault claimant Wence Edwards directly to the City Finance Officer for payment following review and signature by the City attorney’s designee.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Wence Edwards RCA

3. Administrative Hearing Officer and Enforcement Panel:

Authorize issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish a new administrative hearing officer and enforcement panel, providing legal services to the Department of Regulatory Services for conducting code enforcement hearings and issuing orders.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Admin Hearing Officer & Enforcement Panel RCA

4. Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS):

Authorize proper City officers to enter into any agreements that are necessary for integration of the City’s systems with MNCIS or that are necessary to give City employees’ access to MNCIS.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: MNCIS RCA

5. Utility Billing Insert - June 2007:

Approve June utility billing insert on behalf of Blooming Gardens (a Committee on Urban Environment program) providing information regarding the special summer "Rain Garden Workshops" and the 2007 Minneapolis Blooms Awards nomination form sponsored by Minneapolis Blooms.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: June Billing Insert RCA; Insert Side 1; and Insert Side 2

6. Midtown Greenway Contract:

Authorize increase in contract with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., in the amount of $5,200 to increase the size of the study area to include one-half block area north of the Midtown Greenway from Blaisdell Ave S to 11 th Ave S. No additional appropriation required.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Midtown Greenway RCA

7. Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC) Appointments:

Approve the following City Council appointments to the Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee for a term, expiring on January 31, 2009: John Bernstein (Ward 7); Mary Watson (Ward 6); and Jennifer Day Anderson (Ward 5).

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: CLIC Appointments RCA

8. General Obligation Taxable Pension Bonds (MERF):

Approve resolutions requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell General Obligation Pension Bonds up to $44,000,000. Bond proceeds will be used to finance a portion of the City’s Minneapolis Employees Retirement Fund (MERF) pension obligations; and Approve appropriation.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: MERF Pension Bonds RCA

9. School-based Clinics Male Reproductive Health Services Grant:

Authorize application for a three-year grant of up to $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate methods to increase the number of young men who take advantage of reproductive health services offered by the school-based clinics operated by the Department of Health and Family Support.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: School Based Clinic Services_RCA

10. Way to Grow Master Contract:

Authorize entering into a Master Contract with Way to Grow for the period of April 1, 2007 to December 31, 2010, for the provision of health and human services, and for a total amount not to exceed $3,000,000.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Way To Grow Contract_RCA

11. Medical Technologist I Position:

Authorize addition of 1.0 FTE Medical Technologist I position for the Public Health Laboratory, to be paid for out of revenue from Hennepin County for lab services. 

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: FTE Medical Technologist I_RCA

12. Minneflex Plan:

Approve adoption of the City of Minneapolis Minneflex Plan, as amended and restated effective January 1, 2007.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Minneflex Plan RCA; and Plan

13. MCDA Retirement Plan:

Approve adoption of the amendment to the Minneapolis Community Development Agency Retirement Plan.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: MCDA Plan RCA ; Amendment; and Resolution

14. Ticketing Service System:

Authorize issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for providing an integrated ticketing system solution for a preferred service ticketing operation at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) for an initial two-year period beginning January 1, 2008 with three one-year renewal options.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: MCC Ticketing Service RCA

15. Donation Funds for Meet Minneapolis:

Authorize acceptance of funds in the amount of $165,000 from the non-profit Convention Events fund; Approve appropriation.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Meet Minneapolis Donations

16. Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades, Inspectors Unit - Labor Agreement:

Authorize execution of a 12-month collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades, AFL-CIO Inspectors Unit, from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.

Executive Committee Action: Approved 5/2/2007

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Mpls Building Trades Inspectors

17. Exercise Equipment:

Accept donation of 17 recumbent bikes, valued at $17,000, from Bally Total Fitness Corporation, to be distributed to the Fire Stations.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Bally’s RCA & Bally’s Equipment List

18. Minneapolis Community Emergency Response Team:

Authorize seek corporate/business donations in Minneapolis and the immediate surrounding metropolitan area cities to assist with financial support of the CERT Program.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Cert Donations Request RCA ; Cert Attachment

19. Parking Ramps:

Subject matter of an ordinance amending Title 5, Chapter 108 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Building Code: Parking Ramps, relating to the registration and review of parking ramp structures and providing for cost recovery for such activities at the next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting (Ostrow; 1st Reading 3/30/2007).

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Parking Ramp Reg RCA , Parking Ramp Hrg Notice , Parking Ramp Ordn & Parking Ramp Reg Proposal

20. Speed Hump Installation:

a) Approve the installation of two speed humps along 15th Av S between 40th and 41st Streets E; and

b) Increase the appropriation for the project by $4,500, to be reimbursed by the Bancroft Neighborhood Association.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Report: Speed Humps

21. Bids:

a) OP 6754, Accept low bids, as estimated below, to furnish all labor, materials, equipment, and incidentals necessary for the construction of sidewalks, alleys, driveways, curbs, and gutters as needed through December 31, 2007:

• District No. 1 Standard Sidewalk, Inc. $699,899.75

• District No. 2 TiZack Concrete, Inc. $725,152.50

• District No. 3 Concrete Ideas, Inc. $780,930.50;

b) OP 6785, Accept low bid of Ace Electrical Contractors, Inc., in the amount of $638,400, to furnish and deliver all labor, materials, equipment, and incidentals necessary to accomplish the installation of standby generators for Minneapolis Water Works Pump Station No. 5; and

c) OP 6791, Accept low responsive bid of Topline Advertising, Inc., in the amount of $82,594, to furnish and deliver new parking ramp signs.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Reports: Bid 6754 ; Bid 6785 ; Bid 6791

22. Making Central Avenue Great Plan (vicinity of Central Avenue from 7th Ave to 37th Ave NE):

Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) for consultant services for development of an update to the "Making Central Avenue Great" Plan, contingent upon approval by the Permanent Review Committee (PRC) (Wards 1, 3).

Z&P Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Making Central Avenue Great Plan RFP

Discussion Items

23. Downtown Safety Beat:

Approve appropriation of $500,000 in contingency funds to provide improved public safety downtown during the summer months. W&M Action Taken 4/23/2007: Postponed 1 cycle

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved $750,000 appropriation from Contingency Fund, with $250,000 to be used in Precincts 2, 3, 4 & 5 to address hot spots identified in community plans.

Action Taken: Concurrence with PS&RS Action

Staff report: MPD Contingency Fund Request RCA ; Buyback RCA Revised ; Buyback PowerPoint

24. Appeal of Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Decision:

Authorize the City Attorney’s office, on behalf of the City of Minneapolis, to join in the appeal being filed by other interested communities across the country of the FCC’s Report and Order.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: FCC Appeal RCA

25. Van Cleve Housing Project (917 - 13 th Ave SE):

a) Consider resolution adopting the Van Cleve Redevelopment Plan, the Van Cleve Redevelopment Tax Increment Finance Plan, the Van Cleve Apartments West Tax Increment Finance Plan, and the Van Cleve Apartments East Tax Increment Finance Plan;
b) Consider resolution authorizing the issuance of a Limited Revenue Pay-As-You-Go Tax Increment Financing Note to Van Cleve Apartments West LLC for Van Cleve Apartments West in a principal amount not to exceed $595,000;
c) Consider resolution authorizing the issuance of a Limited Revenue Pay-As-You-Go Tax Increment Financing Note to Van Cleve Apartments East LLC for Van Cleve Apartments East in a principal amount not to exceed $415,000;
d) Approve the proposed redevelopment contract business terms; and
e) Authorize redevelopment contract documents with Project for Pride In Living or its affiliates, & all other necessary documents.

CD Committee Action: Forwarded without recommendation

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Reports: VanC RCA; VanC TIF RESL; VanC E TIF RESL; VANC W TIF RESL; VanC ELEVATIONS; VanC Redev PLAN; VanC Redev TIF PLAN; VanC TERMSHT; VanC W TIF PLAN; VanC E TIF PLAN; VanC DFC MEMO; and SECIA Letter; VanC CORRECTED WKSHTS

26. Convention Center - Terrazzo Floor:

Receive and file report that addresses the staff direction of (4/9/2007) relating to the Convention Center Terrazzo flooring as to what changes have been made to the management structure for the future contract.

Action Taken: Received and Filed

Staff report: MCC Terrazzo Floor RPT

Upcoming Item

Public Works

5/21/2007 - Public Hearing Nicollet Mall 2008 Operating Budget

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

Next Regular W&M/Budget Meeting: Monday, May 21, 2007

Next City Council Meeting: Friday, May 11, 2007

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