Ways & Means/Budget Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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 Member Ostrow (Chair),
Schiff, Glidden, Hodges (quorum 4)
Committee Members Absent: Council Member Hofstede, Colvin Roy
Also Present: Council Member Gordon

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

Consent Items

1. Legal Settlement:

Authorize settlement of the legal matter of Symone Taylor v. City of Minneapolis ($15,000).

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Symone Taylor RCA

2. Monthly Budget Status Report:

Receive and file.

Action Taken: Received and filed

Staff report: BIS Budget Report RCA

3. Application Support FTE:

Authorize one additional Emergency Operations and Training Facility (EOTF) FTE position for the Application Portfolio Division of BIS; and Approve appropriations.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: BIS Support Position RCA

4. Qwest Contract:

Authorize amendment to the Qwest Master Network Interstate Service Agreement C-16465, including associated Site Agreements by: a) Extending the agreement for 3 years, with (3) one-year renewal options; and b) Increasing the contract by $1,900,000. No additional appropriation required.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Qwest Contract RCA

5. Utility Billing Insert:

Approve November 2009 utility billing insert providing information about snow plowing, shoveling sidewalks and shoveling path to garbage carts and recycling bins.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Nov Billing Insert RCA; Insert

6. Refunding of General Obligation Bonds:

Approve requesting the Board of Estimate and Taxation to issue General Obligation Refunding bonds in compliance with applicable Minnesota Statutes.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: General Obligation Bonds RCA; Resolution

7. 2009 Health Assessment Incentive:

Receive and file a decision by Human Resource to offer taxable incentives, to be funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Tobacco Settlement fund, to certain employees who complete health assessments from January 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009. Participants will be entered into a random drawing to win one of 150 taxable incentives of $150.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: 2009 Health Assessment Incentive RCA

8. New Horizon Academy Discount:

Authorize execution of contract to renew the discount program with New Horizon Academy. No appropriation required.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: New Horizon Academy Discount RCA

9. Transportation Benefits Plan and Minneflex Plan:

a) Authorize the proper City officers to adopt the City of Minneapolis Transportation Benefits Plan, effective January 1, 2010; and amend the Citys current contract with OptumHealth Financial Services to provide claims administration services for the plan and to increase such contract by an additional $25,000. The Transportation Plan will replace the pre-tax parking program and will incorporate the City of Minneapolis Voluntary Employees Metropass Program.
b) Authorize the proper City officers to execute amendments to the City of Minneapolis Minneflex Plan required to:

• Clarify correction procedures related to debit card transactions.

• Lower the maximum annual reimbursement a participant may receive from the Minneflex medical expense reimbursement plan from $20,000 to $5,000.

• Adopt certain technical changes to comply with proposed IRS regulations governing the operation of cafeteria plans under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Transportation Benefits and Minneflex Plans RCA

10. Mpls Foreclosure Recovery Rehabilitation Program Award:

a) Remove the Mpls Urban League, per their request, as a Developer receiving $675,000 through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) award for the purchase and rehabilitation of 27 foreclosed and/or abandoned properties; b) Award Ethnic Home Housing $350,000 in NSP funds for the purchase and rehabilitation of 10 foreclosed or abandoned properties; d) Authorize contract/related agreements with Ethnic Home Housing; d) Authorize distribution of remaining $325,000 for additional development gap financing on an as needed basis to the non-profit entities participating in the City’s Foreclosure Recovery Rehabilitation Program.

CD Committee Action: Approved revised recommendations: a) Remove the Minneapolis Urban League, per their request, as a Developer receiving $675,000 through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) award for the purchase and rehabilitation of 27 foreclosed and/or abandoned properties; b) Award NH Housing or as approved by the State of Minnesota $350,000 in NSP funds for the purchase and rehabilitation of 10 foreclosed or abandoned properties; c) Authorize the appropriate City officials to enter into a contract and related agreements with NH Housing or as approved by the State of Minnesota; d) Authorize CPED Director to distribute the remaining $325,000 for additional development gap financing on an as needed basis to the non-profit entities participating in the City’s Foreclosure Recovery Rehabilitation Program.

Action Taken: Concurrence with CD action taken

Staff report: Foreclosure Recovery Rehab RCA

11. Taxpayer Assistance Services:

Accept $28,100 from the Medical Skyway Senior Center in State Department of Revenue Grant funds to provide services to low income and disadvantaged Minnesota residents for the 2009 tax season; and Approve appropriation.

HE&E Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Taxpayer Assistance RCA

12. COPS Technology Program:

Accept $300,000 and execute contract with United States Department of Justice to purchase additional mobile digital computers for squad cars; and Approve appropriation increase.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: COPS Technology RCA

13. Domestic Violence - Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies Grant Program:

a. Accept $939,954 and execute contract with United States Department of Justice, to fund City Attorney staff and domestic violence advocates working with investigators and crime victims in the Police Department's Assault Unit.
b. Authorize contract with domestic violence advocacy agencies as stated in the grant proposal.
c. Approve appropriation.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Domestic Violence RCA

W&M Staff report: Budget Detail RPT

14. Minneapolis Economic Recovery Strategy - Strategic Information Center:

Accept tentative award of $330,704 and execute contract with Minnesota Department of Public Safety, to establish a Center, in cooperation with the St. Paul Police Department, to enhance law enforcement state wide by providing real time information services to police departments; and Approve appropriation.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Strategic Information Center RCA

15. Pet Rescue and Resuscitation:

Accept donation of pet oxygen mask kits, valued at $1,140, from Invisible Fence Company of Minnesota.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Pet Rescue RCA

16. Radiological Emergency Preparedness Training:

Accept reimbursement of $1,020.38 from the Hennepin County 2009 Radiological Emergency Preparedness State Grant; and Approve appropriation.

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Radiological Emergency Preparedness Training RCA

17. Bid for Demolition of Three Structures:

OP #7199, accept low bid of Buberl Recycling and Composting, Inc, to accomplish demolition of three structures for Regulatory Services ($49,450).

PS&RS Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Demolition Bid RCA

18. 50th St W and France Ave S Parking Facility:

Adopt and levy special assessments in the total amount of $12,729.81, adopt the assessment roll, and direct the transmittal of the assessment roll to the Hennepin County Auditor.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: 50th & France Parking Facility RCA ; Map

19. LynLake Municipal Parking Lot:

Adopt and levy special assessments in the total amount of $52,905.36, adopt the assessment roll, and direct the transmittal of the assessment roll to the Hennepin County Auditor.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: LynLake Municipal Parking Lot RCA ; Map ; Assessment List

20. Bids:

a) OP 7188, Accept low responsive bid of AIM Electronics, Inc., in the amount of $118,320, for 8 variable message signs; and

b) OP 7190, Accept low bid of Diversified Drainage, LLC, in the amount of $42,878.26, for paver installation.

T&PW Committee Action: Approved

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Bid 7188 ; Bid 7190

Set Public Hearing

21. Minneapolis Cable Communication Franchises:

Subject matter of an ordinance amending Appendix H of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Minneapolis Cable Communication Franchises, by adopting a new Cable Franchise Agreement between the City of Minneapolis and Comcast. (Ostrow)

Action Taken: Set Public Hearing for November 30, 2009 at 1:45 p.m.

Staff reports: Cable Franchise Agreement RCA; DRAFT Ordinance; Cable Agreement; Excess Fiber Agrmt; and Alternative Network Agrmt

Discussion Items

22. Buy American Resolution:

Approve resolution.

Action Taken: Approved

Staff report: Buy American RESL

23. Departmental Budget Status Reports:

Receive and file.
a) Fire Department; and b) Police Department

Action Taken: Received and filed

Staff reports: Fire Department; and Police Department

24. 2008 and 2009 Refunding Savings:

Receive and file report.

Action Taken: Received and filed

Staff reports: 2009 Current Refunding Savings RCA; 2008-2009 Debt Savings DOC

Scheduled Time: 2:00 p.m.

25. 2010 Budget Hearing Presentation:

Receive and File report.

Action Taken: NONE

Staff report: Communications PPT

26. Affirmative Action Plan:

Approve updated plan.

Executive Committee Action: Approved 10/7/2009

Action Taken: Approved

Staff reports: Affirmative Action Plan RCA ; Updated Plan ; PowerPoint Slides

Postponed Items

27. Consolidated Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan for the:

a) Consider approval of a resolution approving the Consolidated Redevelopment Tax Increment Financing District & Plan. Tax increment revenue from the district will be used to help pay Target Center debt and to fund neighborhood revitalization activities;
b) Approve the Basic Tax Increment Allocation Methodology; and

c) Authorize the Finance Officer to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the City & Hennepin County; d) Approve amendment to 2009 General Appropriation Resolution by establishing the Community Planning & Economic Development agency Fund 01CON and appropriating $10,000 to the fund.
CD Action Taken 7/21/2009: Forward without recommendation; W&M Action Taken 7/27/2009: Approved.
Council Action 7/31/2009: Referred back to Ways & Means/Budget Committee
W&M: Postponed 8/10/2009

Staff reports: Con Redev TIF RCA ; Con Redev TIF PLAN ; Ex1 Spec Legs; Ex2 Maps; Ex3 Projected TI 2011; Ex4 Projected TI 2011-2020; Ex5 Parcels List

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, October 26, 2009

Next City Council Meeting: Friday, October 16, 2009

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