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City of Glencoe- Council Meeting

City of Glencoe

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
7:00 P.M.

Mayor Wilson called the regular meeting of the City Council to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present: Alexander, Robeck, Schrupp, Neid and Lemke. Also present: City Administrator Mark Larson, City Attorney Mark Ostlund, Finance Director Trippel, Public Works Director Voigt, Police Captain Padilla and Fire Chief Scheidt.
Motion to approve the consent agenda as presented entered by Councilor Neid with second by Councilor Lemke. All members voted in favor.
Approve the minutes of the regular meeting of September 3, 2019.
Approve the following building permits:
Cynthia Ruiz, 720 Baxter Ave N; Garage move-in
Tri-Valley Head Start; Sign Permit
Kwik Trip, 2600 11th St E; Plumbing Permit
Speedway, 2306 9th St E; Sign Permit
Art Neubarth, 1320 Ford Ave N; Fence
Jacob Carlson, 905 Hennepin Ave N; Mechanical Permit
Dennis Kruschke, 1803 14th St E; Re-roof
Dan Williams, 1303 Fir Ave N; Re-roof
Councilor Schrupp entered the motion to set the public hearing to certify delinquent bills owed to the city for October 21, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. Councilor Robeck seconded the motion. All members voted in favor.
City Administrator Mark Larson presented the 2020 Preliminary Tax Levy which must be certified by September 30th. This levy reflects an increase in the tax rate for 2020.
The $2,773,435.00 proposed levy cannot be increased. Workshops will have further discussions on the final levy amounts.
Councilor Alexander motioned to adopt the Preliminary Levy for 2020 and to set the public hearing for the Truth in Taxation Hearing for December 2, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. and continuation hearing for December 16, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. with the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION NO. (2019-25)
WHEREAS, the Department of Revenue has set September 30th, 2019 as the deadline for certifying 2020 Preliminary tax levies; and,
WHEREAS, the City Administrator has provided the City Council with the preliminary 2020 City General Fund and Debt Service Budgets, which includes a recommended Ad Valorem Tax Levy.
That the following sums of money be levied for the current year, collectable in 2020, upon taxable property in the City of Glencoe, for the following purposes:
General Fund/Ad Valorem Levy $1,600,000.00
Street Overlay $300.000.00
11th Street/Morningside $127,365.00
2010 City Center $150,000.00
2014 Street Improvement $140,000.00
2015 Lincoln Park Project $145,000.00
2016 Armstrong Ave Project $31,070.00
2017 Baxter Avenue Project $140,000.00
Central Storm $140,000.00
TOTAL $2,773,435.00
That the City Administrator is hereby instructed to transmit a certified copy of the levy to the County Auditor of McLeod County, Minnesota by September 30, 2019.
This is an increase over the 2019 tax levy.
That the Truth in Taxation hearing is set for December 2, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.; continuation hearing is set for December 16, 2019 at 7:05 p.m.
Councilor Lemke seconded the motion. Upon a roll call vote all members voted in favor. Where upon said resolution was adopted and approved.
Scott McMahon of Flahrety & Hood presented a power point of the 2019 legislative session update. Outcomes of the session included $30M increase in Local Government Aid. $1.5M for child care initiatives aimed at increasing capacity in Greater Minnesota. $1.8M for Point Source Implementation Grant Program. Failure to pass a bonding bill results in no additional funding for PFA programs and other infrastructure needs.
Captain Padilla presented the policy changes for the Police Department concerning the Sexual Assault Policy as recommended by the POST Board. This was recently an item of discussion at the Council Workshop.
There was no further discussion and Councilor Alexander then entered the motion to approve the policy change as recommended. Councilor Neid seconded the motion. All members voted in favor.
The Charter Commission approved the changes to the charter unanimously. The council must approve this unanimously also for the Charter changes to be effective for the Fire Department’s request for policy changes and officer election changes.
Councilors discussed the needed and recommended changes at length.
Councilor Lemke entered the motion to approve the third reading of Ordinance No. 605 amending the Glencoe City Charter which addresses Fire Department officer election and policy changes. Councilor Neid seconded the motion. Motion failed in a 4 to 1 vote with Robeck entering the no vote.
Planning Commission addressed this at their September meeting. A scope of work will be prepared and brought to a future council meeting for discussion.
Concrete work is finished. Turf restoration underway and seeding will occur by end of the month of September.
Fire Chief Scheidt thanked the council members who were forthcoming with discussion and questions and who supported the Charter amendment for policy changes and officer election changes.
Motion to approve payment of the city bills entered by Member Neid and seconded by Member Lemke. All members voted in favor.
Mayor Wilson called for adjournment at 7:47 p.m. Councilor Alexander entered that motion with Councilor Schrupp seconding the motion. All members voted in favor.
The above minutes are the official actions taken by the city council. The complete minutes are on file and available for review in the office of the city administrator.

(Published in The McLeod County Chronicle October 16, 2019)