Ways & Means/Budget Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting

Monday, April 14, 2008

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: Council Members Ostrow, Schiff, Colvin Roy, Hofstede,
Glidden, Hodges (quorum 4)

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

Consent Items

1. Legal Services Contract:

Authorize amendment to the current contract with Heltzer & Burg by increasing the total compensation by an additional $50,000 and extending the contract term until December 31, 2008.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: HeltzerBurg RCA

2. Utility Billing Insert - May 2008:

Approve May utility billing insert providing information announcing the 2008 Minneapolis Mosaic Celebrating Diversity program and kick-off event on June 7, 2008.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: May Billing Insert RCA; and Insert

3. Dental Insurance and Minneflex Flexible Spending Account:

a) Authorize issuance of Requests for Proposal (RFP) for dental insurance and for flexible spending account and HRA/VEBA claims administration services; and
b) Authorize proper City officers to enter into contract negotiations with the selected vendors for services effective January 1, 2009.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Dental and Minneflex Account RCA

4. City of Minneapolis Deferred Compensation Plan:

Authorize amendment to the Deferred Compensation Plan to comply with IRS regulations relating to plan payments to non-spouse beneficiaries of deceased participants.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Deferred Comp Plan RCA

5. West Lowry Avenue N Redevelopment Plan (re 3200 Penn, 2136 Lowry & 3201 Oliver Aves N):

Consider resolution approving Modification One to the Redevelopment Plan, placing subject properties into acquisition status.

CD Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Report: W Lowry N Redev Plan RCA; W Lowry N Redev Plan MODIFICATION

6. Spring 2008 Environmental Remediation Grant Applications:

a) Authorize application to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development [DEED] Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Program for environmental remediation and/or investigation at 200 - 1 st St N, 811 - 4 th St SE, Bassett Creek Valley–Linden Yards West, Broadway Plaza, [Former] Electric Machinery/Crown Iron Site, and Standard Heating & Air Conditioning;
b) Authorize application to the Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Livable Communities Fund Tax Base Revitalization Account [TBRA] Grant Program for 200 - 1 st St N, 811 - 4 th St SE, [Former] Acme Tag & Label Site, Broadway Plaza, Dunwoody Flats, and Standard Heating & Air Conditioning;
c) Authorize application to the Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund [ERF] for 200 - 1 st St N, 811 - 4 th St SE, [Former] Acme Tag & Label Site, Bassett Creek Valley–Linden Yards West, [Former] Bennett Lumber Site, Broadway Plaza , Dunwoody Flats, [Former] Electric Machinery/Crown Iron Site, Salem Church, and Standard Heating & Air Conditioning;
d) Approve submission of Highpoint Center’s application to Groundwork Minneapolis for investigation and/or remediation funds;
e) Approve resolutions authorizing staff to submit said applications.

CD Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Report: Spring Environmental Grant Appls RCA

7. OP #6917, Bid for Refurbishing Ambulance Vehicle:

Accept bid of Sartin Services for labor and materials to refurbish ambulance vehicle for Fire Department ($208,505).

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Ambulance Vehicle RCA

8. Donation to State of Minnesota:

Authorize donate railroad tank car to State of Minnesota for emergency preparedness training purposes; and Execute necessary agreement.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Railroad tank car to State RCA

9. 54th Street West Reconstruction Project (Upton Ave S to Penn Ave S):

a) Order the City Engineer to proceed with the work and adopt special assessments in the amount of $126,051.64 for the project;

b) Request the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds in the amount of $126,050, with the bonds to be paid for from special assessments; and

c) Order the City Engineer to establish parking restrictions to meet State Aid Rule 8820.

T&PW Action Taken 3/25/2008: Postponed to April 8, 2008. Public hearing continued.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Report: 54th St W Reconstruction

10. Lynnhurst Street Renovation Project (Phase IV):

a) Order the City Engineer to proceed with the work and adopt special assessments in the amount of $493,725.27 for the project; and

b) Request the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue and sell assessment bonds in the amount of $493,725, with the bonds to be paid for from special assessments.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Report: Lynnhurst Street Renovation

11. Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTP):

Authorize the proper City officers to submit pedestrian and bicycle projects to Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) for the NTP second round solicitation.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff Reports: NTP Solicitation Submittal RCA ; Solicitation Criteria ; Project Map

Discussion Items

12. Benefit Analysis Report:

Receive and file report.

Executive Action 3/26/2008: Approved

W&M Action 3/31/2008: Postpone 1 cycle

Action Taken: Received and filed

Staff report: Benefit Analysis Report RCA; and Summary RPT

13. Assessed Valuations:

Presentation by the City Assessor and Finance staff on the impact of property tax valuations on City property tax.

Action Taken: Received and filed. Staff directed to return in 2 cycles (May 12, 2008) with additional information relating to a) Residential values (lot values vs. structure values); b) a summary of the City’s property tax rates from 2003 to 2008; and c) an overlay of boarded & vacant buildings, foreclosed buildings, and crime statistics.

Staff report: Assessment Presentation

14. Staffing:

Increase 2 Full-Time Equivalent positions to support Problem Property Unit.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Deleted from the agenda

Staff report: Regulatory Services FTE Increases RCA

15. 2008 Resident Survey:

Authorize proper City officers to negotiate and enter into a contract with National Research Center, Inc. to design and conduct a 2008 Resident Survey for Minneapolis.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: 2008 Resident Survey RCA

Postponed Items

16. Fire Department Budget Update Report:

Receive and file.

Action Taken: Postponed to April 28, 2008

17. Police Department Budget Update Report.

Receive and file.

Action Taken: Postponed to April 28, 2008

18. Pet Licensing:

Report detailing the hiring of a staff person dedicated to pet licensing.

PS&RS Committee Action 4/9/2008: Received and filed report, referred to Ways & Means/Budget Committee

Action Taken: Postponed to April 28, 2008

Staff report: Pet licensing RCA

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, April 28, 2008

Next City Council Meeting: Friday, April 18, 2008

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