CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES OF JUNE 22, 2015
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a special meeting of the Sartell City Council was held on June 22, 2015 in the Council Chambers of Sartell City Hall. Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
COUNCIL PRESENT: Mayor Nicoll, Council members: Braig-Lindstrom, Hennes, Lynch, Peterson
ALSO PRESENT: Mary Degiovanni, City Administrator
Anita Rasmussen, Community Development Director
Mike Nielson, Engineer
Judy Molitor, Recording Secretary
Murray Mack, Community Center Project Architect
Bob Strack, Community Center Project Construction Manager
Lyle Mathiasen, Community Center Project Operations Consultant
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
AGENDA REVIEW AND ADOPTION
A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER LYNCH AND SECONDED BY MEMBER HENNES APPROVING THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED. THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
OPEN FORUM/PUBLIC COMMENT
APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
a. June 8, 2015 – Regular Meeting
A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER HENNES AND SECONDED BY MEMBER LYNCH APPROVING THE MINUTES AS PRESENTED. THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
a. Approval of voucher payments
b. Approval of Resolution for Advance of MSA Funds
c. Approval of Resolution Authorizing Abatement
d. Appointment of Utility Systems Operator
e. Approval to order budgeted Fire Department computer replacements (trucks 22 & 29)
f. Calling public hearing (s) on a Rezoning and Land Use Amendment
g. Calling public hearing for a Subdivision Ordinance Amendment
A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER PETERSON AND SECONDED BY MEMBER BRAIG-LINDSTROM APPROVING CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS A-G. THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
a. Community Center
City Administrator Degiovanni overviewed a power point presentation with background information from past community input as well as the more recent input taken on the community center project. Priorities heard from the input included:
• Community Center that is multi-purpose
• Community Center that serves all ages
• Community Center that is well planned and factors in operational costs and impacts, as well as numerous factors regarding site location
• Explore partnerships between City/School and other partners
• User groups are willing to work together so everyone benefits rather than one group getting 100% of what they want while another priority gets nothing - examples are flexible library/senior/community space; and shared ice arena/fieldhouse space
Sales tax projections and how other City priorities can still be funded with a variety of available funding sources was also reviewed. Murray Mack went over initial programming space options and their estimated costs, including the additional costs that need to be factored into any project like this, such as financing costs and furniture, fixtures and equipment.
City Council members made the following comments, although comments do not reflect entire statements made:
Council member Hennes expressed concern about the amount of gym space compared to senior/library/community space. He thinks there are advantages to having everything under one roof and having the ability to add on to the building at a later date.
Council member Peterson talked about his concern on operating costs as well as making sure the facility is accessible to multiple users. He suggested using the City’s existing land to meet location needs for the facility and agrees with future expandable space. He would like to explore having amenities on multiple sites rather than under one roof.
Council member Lynch is reluctant to approve building something as big as suggested tonight and spending all of the sales tax money for a facility now. Lynch believes the City should be cautious, look to the future and build a conservative center now and add amenities at a later date if space is needed. He is open to having amenities on multiple sites rather than under one roof.
Council member Braig-Lindstrom said she is not an advocate of only one facility, she prefers adding on to Bernick’s Arena as well as City Hall and agrees with member Lynch’s comment about not spending all the money on one location. She mentioned a lighted trail between City Hall and Bernick’s Arena helping to make the two site option workable.
Mayor Nicoll agrees that, even though it would be nice to build a large center, the City cannot afford to build all amenities at one time, so realistically the City needs to scale this version down to an affordable version and add to it at a later date, if the need arises. Nicoll talked about the need for a senior center with a multi generation recreational component and so locating under one roof makes sense to her.
After discussion, consensus of the Council was to have the consultants return with more information on having all amenities under one roof vs split between two sites. There was discussion of keeping the cost limited to $10 million but no decision on that was made yet.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER BRAIG-LINDSTROM AND SECONDED BY MEMBER LYNCH TO ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 8:05 P.M. THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.
Sarah Jane Nicoll