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.
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