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Public Notice January 21, 2020 City Council Minutes A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of International Falls, Minnesota was held in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building on the 21st day of January, 2020 at the hour of 5:30 P.M. MEMBERS PRESENT: Councilors Ditsch, Nelson (arrived at 5:33 P.M.), Krause, Buller and Mayor Droba. MEMBERS ABSENT: None. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the agenda with additions as presented: Consider Planning Commission recommendation to adopt the City of International Falls 2019 Comprehensive Plan (Council action) Consider Recreation Commission recommendation to amend Bylaws/City-members in the Joint Powers Agreement (Council action) Accept letter of retirement from Public Works Director Gary Skallman and authorize process to fill the vacancy (Council action) Public Works Department Annual Report (Council Information) January 8, 2020 - International Falls Public Library Board of Trustees meeting packet January 16, 2020 Minnesota DNR Deer Population Goal Setting Workshop seeking Public Input 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2020, RRCC Theater Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried 4-0. APPROVED minutes of the January 3, 2020 special City Council meetingMOTION by Councilor Ditsch to approve minutes of the January 3, 2020 special City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried 4-0. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve minutes of the January 6, 2020 regular City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried 4-0. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve minutes of the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting of January 13, 2020. Motion passed 4-0-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Krause, Buller and Mayor Droba voting “yea” and Councilor Nelson abstaining. MOTION by Councilor Krause to adopt Resolution No. 07-20 approving transfers, payment of claims and accounts payable for the second monthly City Council meeting. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously. Reni Calder requested that the City Council form a committee to ban the use of single-use plastic in the City. Fort Frances approved a resolution on January 13, 2020 regulating single-use plastics. Duluth and Minneapolis have enacted fees for single-use plastic shopping bags. Mayor Droba stated they would discuss the request at the next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Joan Christenson shared her environmental concern of reducing greenhouse gases. She invited the City Council to attend the film “Paris to Pittsburgh” on January 22, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. at the Trinity Episcopal Church. Mayor Droba stated that the current Comprehensive Plan has been in effect since 1966. The Council and Planning Commission board have been working with the Community Design Group since 2017 to finalize the City of International Falls Comprehensive Plan. On December 2, 2019 a public hearing was held asking for public input and letters were sent to Fort Frances, Rainer, and Koochiching County. Several modifications were suggested and made such as removing the Deer Hunting section. After discussion from the Mayor and City Council the following amendments were made: 1st Amendment Motion by Councilor Krause to change on page 40, the paragraph 'Strengthening coordination with the county' from “City leaders have noted that there are opportunities to increase coordination with the county regarding residential development in areas outside the city. Closely working with the county to adopt a common framework will help reduce potential future requests for provisions of services outside the current service area, and will help protect the area's agricultural and natural assets” back to the original language reading “City leaders have noted that there are opportunities for better coordination with the county regarding limiting residential development in areas outside the city. Closely working with the county to adopt a unified stance will help reduce potential future requests for provision of services outside the current service area, and will help protect the area's agricultural and natural assets.' Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. 2nd Amendment Motion by Mayor Droba to strike on page 38 in section “Opportunity: Annexation of adjacent lands and parcels” the following statement “This plan recommends completing these steps before any annexation actions: 1) Completing a financial cost-benefit analysis on the implications of the proposed annexation. 2) Close coordination with Koochiching County. 3) Communications with the affected land owners.” Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. 3rd Amendment Motion by Mayor Droba to add on page 62, under Goal 4, Strategy 4.1., in the second paragraph ”International Falls HRA”. Second paragraph will state “Work with the ARDC, the Koochiching County HRA, the International Falls HRA, and private developers to ensure that there are sufficient units accessible at a range of price points for all current and future residents.” Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the City of International Falls 2019 Comprehensive Plan with the three amendments as presented. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: Approve quote for Workers' Compensation coverage and deductible premium option through the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) and authorize signatures Approve/allow necessary expenses for Street/Water Commissioner to attend 2020 conferences/trainings, as presented Approve travel and SkillPath training expenses in Brainerd on March 4-5, 2020 for the Fire Chief and City Administrator Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Nelson to approve the Mayoral Proclamation declaring January 26 - February 1, 2020 as Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas Aquinas School. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the Public Works Committee recommendation to install school zone signs on 4th St. at 8th and 9th Ave. for St. Thomas Aquinas School. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson shared that WSN will be preparing and submitting a Business Development Infrastructure application for curb and gutter, bituminous road, and sanitary sewer extension on 22nd Street in the Industrial Park area. No action taken pending completion of the application. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve Resolution No. 09-20 approving application for exempt permit for the Rotary Club of International Falls to conduct bingo and a raffle on February 29, 2020. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause to approve the Mayoral appointment of Julie Ehrman to the Police Civil Service Commission vacancy for the term expiring December 31, 2020. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. Motion seconded by Councilor Krause and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller to approve the 2020 Pay Equity Report. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson. City Administrator Anderson explained that the City was non-compliant in this report. This is due in part to a female position(s) being paid less than comparable male dominated positions. Also, this occurred when the Finance Officer position was vacated by a female and filled with a male. Anderson explained adjustments will need to be made. The report must be submitted by January 31, 2020 and he will research and coordinate with the State of Minnesota. Motion carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Ditsch to appoint Logan J. Hulst as part-time Police Officer effective January 21, 2020. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause approving Resolution No. 10-20, PERA Declaration for part-time Patrol Officer Logan J. Hulst. Motion seconded by Councilor Buller and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Krause approving the Recreation Commission recommendation to amend Bylaws/City-members in the Joint Powers Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilor Nelson and carried unanimously. MOTION by Councilor Buller accepting letter of retirement from Public Works Director Gary Skallman with regrets effective after January 31, 2020. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch. Motion passed 4-1 with Councilors Ditsch, Nelson, Krause, and Buller voting “yea” and Mayor Droba voting “nay”. MOTION by Councilor Krause authorizing filling the Public Works Director vacancy and appointing Street/Water Commissioner Brokaw as the interim Public Works Director until the position is filled. Motion seconded by Councilor Ditsch and carried unanimously. City Administrator Anderson informed the Council of upcoming phone call with Moody's Rating Agency on January 23, 2020 regarding questions on the refunding bond issue for the Voyageurs National Park bonds. City Administrator Anderson also thanked all the departments for submitting their annual reports. City Administrator Anderson shared that Finance Officer Brad Ettestad and he attended the Koochiching County Committee-of-the-Whole meeting to discuss the cash flow deficit for the International Falls Airport operations and improvement projects. The Koochiching County board will set up a sub-committee to discuss how they can move forward. Mayor Droba shared that Koochiching Technology Initiative (KTI) received full funding of $6.5 million for broadband access from Ericsburg to International Falls and from the Junction to International Falls. Mayor Droba thanked the Chamber of Commerce, Public Works Department, and Police and Fire Departments for their work during Ice Box Days. Mayor also stated that the Snow Sculptures were great. Councilor Ditsch reminded the Council that he is still looking for the top five blight items within each Ward identified by the Councilors. Reni Calder explained that he misstated that the United States could ban the use of single-use plastic. Consumers are discouraged from using single-use plastics. Mayor Droba reminded everyone that the next City Council meeting is scheduled for February 3, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 6:52 P.M. ATTEST: Harley M. Droba, Mayor Kenneth R. Anderson, City Administrator The Journal ~ February 8th, 2020

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