Council closes meeting to talk about possible land purchase

Council closes meeting to talk about possible land purchase

State law allows councils to close meetings to develop or consider offers or counter-offers involving real estate.

If the city ultimately acquires the property, the capital improvement plan will be the source of the funding, according to City Administrator Marty Schultz.

Following are other items from the Monday, Aug. 26 meeting not included in other council stories.

Special events

The council approved three special event permits:

  • The Alexandria Fire Department Open House will take place at the fire station Monday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. A portion of Fillmore Street will be blocked off to allow LifeLink helicopter, which displays its aircraft at the event, to land and take off safely.

  • The annual “Feeding of the 5,001” event will take place at Common Ground Coffee house on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to free food, the event also includes a car show and street dance. A portion of Hawthorne Street between Fourth and Sixth Avenue will be blocked off.

  • The annual “Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Awareness Walk” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. It will start at the Douglas County Courthouse and end at Calvary Lutheran Church where there will be refreshments and a program.

Geneva Capital honored

The council approved a resolution proclaiming Tuesday, Oct. 8 as Geneva Capital Day in Alexandria.

The business was selected by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce as this year’s recipient of the Business and Industrial Day Appreciation Day Award.

The resolution noted that with roots grounded in the community since 2000, Geneva Capital has continued a long-standing reputation for service and excellence. “The payment of a living wage with continued growth and expansion creates a ripple effect of economic activity in terms of wages paid, support industries utilized and employee/consumer purchasing power throughout the community,” the resolution stated.

The BIAD event has honored a Douglas County company each year since 1984 and is recognized as one of the largest and longest standing annual events of its type in Greater Minnesota.

A luncheon to honor Geneva Capital will take place Oct. 8 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center.

Assessments for Kinkead Drive, Deerwood Drive

Final assessment amounts for the Kinkead Drive street improvement project received preliminary approval.

The street and drainage work took place on Kinkead Drive from its intersection with Agnes Boulevard to about 420 feet to the west.

The total cost of the project, including engineering, advertising and legal fees, was $80,587. The total assessment costs amount to $28,058. Each parcel will be assessed $3,507.

A hearing on the proposed assessments will take place at the council’s meeting on Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

Also, the assessments for the Deerwood Drive sanitary sewer project, which is about 75 percent complete, were also declared.

The cost of that project is projected to be $282,424.

The city is proposing to assess the three benefitting owners $5,000 each. Any future sewer connections will also be assessed that amount.

A hearing to discuss the assessments is set for Monday, Sept. 23 at 8:15 p.m.

Holiday policy changed

The council updated the holiday personnel policy for city employees.

The updated policy addresses the unique nature or retail environment of the liquor store employees. It also provides holiday work pay for employees who are assigned or required to work on a designated holiday.

In other personnel-related action, the council agreed to amend the overtime and compensatory time policy for city employees.

The new policy revises existing language to provide equity, clarity and consistency. It also addresses IRS’ constructive receipt rules. It requires that if a taxpayer has a current right to receive taxable income, then the taxpayer is taxed on the income at the earliest date the taxpayer could have received it.

Other changes clarify how overtime is determined, outlines the number of hours in a regular workweek and the types and amount of overtime compensation, spells out procedures employees must follow in order to be compensated for overtime, an automatic cash out of compensation time at the end of the year, and caps the accumulation of compensatory time to 40 hours.

Licenses approved

The council approved three licenses — a food truck/vendor license to Edward and Ashley Quinn for D & D Concessions of Garfield; a transient merchant license to Justin Glan for Fabian Seafood (pending final paperwork); and a charitable gambling permit to the Alexandria VFW to conduct bingo on Nov. 3.

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