2/14/2013 10:44:00 AM Center City Council briefs...
BY COLLEEN KASTANEK Correspondent
The Center City Council addressed a short agenda at its monthly meeting last week. All council members were present to hear brief reports of city business and act on minor motions. Council members had some questions on several Xcel Energy line items for the lift stations and pump houses on the claims list. Although all their questions were answered, the council members asked city staff to review the billing locations with Xcel to be sure all information is accurate and up to date.
In public works reports, the council learned that Scenic Valley Solutions has the pump house #2 reroof scheduled for next week.There were eight applicants for the part time on-call maintenance position. Guy Lehner, Lindstrom, accepted the position. The council unanimously approved an amendment to the city’s parking regulations ordinance. The amendment replaces a complicated, restrictive paragraph pertaining to parking throughout the city with a restriction on parking in downtown Center City.
Parking on Summit Avenue between Highway 8 and CR 9 between hours of 3 am and 7 am is prohibited from November 1 through April 30. Council member Scott Anderson reported that the training he attended for newly elected officials in Fridley last month was interesting and beneficial. The council unanimously approved “early bird” tuition and expenses for Clerks Anderson and Trudeau to attend training sponsored by the Minnesota Clerks and Finance Officers Association in March.
The council unanimously approved a contract with Hennepin Technical College to provide OSHA compliance and safety training training for city employees during 2013. A public hearing for the 2013 fee schedule will be held within the council’s monthly meeting on March 5 at 7:15 pm. Mayor Jill Behnke reported that the Celebration of Lakes was a success. The Parks Committee made $170 on the golf tournament. The council approved a motion to act as the fiscal agent for the Center City Historical Society in the application for a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council. After a brief, informal discussion about possible use of the Porter House, which closed at the end of 2012, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.