City Council Meeting Recap from December 11 2017

The Albert Lea City Council met in their chamber, at City Hall, at 7pm last night. Councilman Reid Olson was not in attendance.

Under unfinished business the council gave a second reading of ordinance 211, 6d, approving the rezoning of the property described as the South 80 feet of Lot 15, Johnson & Fentons addition, from R-2 to DCD. The council voted 6-0 in approval.

Under new business the 2018 budget was discussed and voted on. Under the 2018 budget were the following;

a. A resolution to establish the tax levy for 2018. The City Council in September approved a preliminary levy of $6,360,771 for 2018. The levy being recommended for final adoption was established at $6,310,770, with $4,758,453 for the General Fund operating levy and $1,552,317 for the debt service levy. It amounted to a 1.19% increase over 2017. The Council voted 6-0 in favor of the 1.19% increase.

b. A resolution was made to approve the Albert Lea housing and Redevelopment Authority Final Property Tax Levy for 2018. The council in September approved the preliminary property tax levy of $109,000. The final amount considered remained at $109,000 and the Council voted 6-0 in favor of the HRA budget.

c. A resolution was made to adopt the 2018 General Fund Budget. The General Fund Budget was set at $15,973,638, which is an approximate 1.32% increase over 2017. The Council voted 6-0 in favor of the General Fund Budget.

d. A resolution was made to adopt the 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan. The projects submitted for 2018 total $14,339,000 and include a new Fire Station, East Water Tower Chlorine Building, street overlay and reconstruction projects, and utility system improvements. The Council voted 6-0 in favor of the 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan.

e. A resolution was made to amend the fee schedule for 2018. The new fee schedule includes the recommendation of a 7% increase to Water rates. Residents dock fees will increase from $100 to $125 and non-residents will increase from $150 to $200. The resolution was passed 6-0.

f. A resolution was made to adopt the Water, Sewer, Solid Waste, Senior Center, and Airport Budgets. Those budgets were passed 6-0.

g. A resolution was made to authorize a funds transfer. The resolution was made to reallocate the $1,500,000 from the Public Works Facility to fund the City’s share of the Airport Arrival/Departure Building and also Building Maintenance Costs. In addition another $500,000 was committed for future pay down of the City’s debt service from 2020-2022. The Council voted 6-0 in favor of the funds transfer.

Also under new business a public hearing was held and a resolution made to adopt a special assessment for delinquent miscellaneous accounts receivable. The assessment is payable with terms of one year at 8% interest. The Council passed the resolution 6-0.

Finally under new business a resolution was made to purchase four single-axel Street Department Trucks for a final cost of $725,708. The resolution was passed 6-0.

The City Council held a listening session in regards to the Quorum Health Resources Report on the Feasibility of a full-service acute care hospital in Albert Lea. Approximately 8 people spoke at the public hearing.

Tune in to AM1450 Tuesday at 11:05AM to hear City Manager Chad Adams break down the meeting. If you have questions please email Paul at AlbertLeaNews@alphamediausa.com and we will ask your questions on-air Tuesday at 11:05AM.