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Public Notice City Council Committee-of-the-Whole 1:30 P.M., March 7, 2016 Minutes A Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of the City Council of the City of International Falls, Minnesota, was held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 7th day of March, 2016 at the hour of 1:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Briggs, Droba, Jaksa, and Mayor Anderson. MEMBERS ABSENT: Councilor Kalar. OTHERS PRESENT: Dave Serrano and Charlie LeDuc, Arro of the North; Steve Shermoen, City Attorney (arrived 1:38 p.m.); Chrystal Clance; Paul Nevanen, KEDA; Ken Anderson, City Administrator; and Craig Jarnot, Biologist and Project Manager, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bemidji. Mayor Anderson called the meeting to order at 1:30 P.M. and introduced Mr. Craig Jarnot, Biologist and Project Manager with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers working in the Bemidji Regulatory Field Office. Mr. Jarnot had prepared and presented an extensive PowerPoint presentation on the regulatory framework established in Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), and others that relate to endangered species, historic preservation, and various environmental policies. The laws affect waters of the United States and the activities within such waters that are permitted or regulated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Administrator Anderson pointed out the City Council, staff, and consultants were all interested about the impacts of such regulations on delayed approval processes and extensive timelines necessary to approve any development activity within the City of International Falls and surrounding areas in Koochiching County. Upon conclusion of the presentation, Dave Serrano helped guide and focus the general discussion around three issues identified in his internal memorandum to the City Council, including 1) the Comprehensive Wetland Management Plan status, 2) the Miggins Wetland Bank site and change in approval protocols, and 3) the status of wetland credits for the former Rainy Lake Medical Center project proposed adjacent to the Good Samaritan site on Keenan Drive. Lengthy discussion ensued on the applicable rules, approval timelines, watershed functions, replacement ratios, cost of wetland credits and sequencing/mitigation, varying degrees of wetland quality, alternatives analysis, inverse condemnation, and general permits and/or SAMP. Mr. Jarnot emphasized the benefits of having preliminary discussions about proposed projects with staff of the Corps of Engineers prior to submittal of an application. Mayor Anderson thanked Mr. Jarnot for his presentation and others for their participation in the discussion with the Committee. He adjourned the meeting at 3:56 P.M. ___________________________ Robert W. Anderson, Mayor ATTEST: ___________________________ Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal April 2nd, 2016