The Montevideo City Council had a light agenda for their regular meeting on Monday evening. All members were present, but Mayor Jim Curtiss was absent.
There were several items on the evening's consent agenda.
The council considered the payment of verified claims in the total amount of $531,413.06 for the period ending October 4, 2109.
Some verified claims over $1,500 included: $51,687.84 for liquor inventory and sales tax; $2,397.50 fo Alert All for fire prevention material; $1,867.78 to Dan's Shop for Tower 12 repairs; $6,285 to Nelson, Oyen & Torvik for legal services; $11,587.50 to Rodeberg & Berryman for September services; $96,520.96 to Duininck for Estimate No. 4; $28,215.93 to Kodet Architectural Group for September services; $10,340 to Short Elliot Hendrickson for blower replacement; and $176,792.30 to Gridor Construction for aeration blower replacement.
Also considered on the consent agenda was a request from the Montevideo Police Department to sell eight vehicles on MinnBid. The vehicles were either drug forfeiture or abandoned vehicles.
The council considered a date correction for use of city property for the 2020 Fiesta Days parade, from Saturday, June 13, to Saturday, June 20.
An application from St. Joseph Church for an Exemption from Lawful Gambling License was considered. The church wishes to hold bingo activity on November 22, 2019.
An application for an Exemption from Lawful Gambling Requirements was received from Fiesta, Inc., to allow raffle activity on May 31, 2020. The raffle will take place at the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Montevideo.
Also considered was an application from the Chamber of Commerce to use city property for the annual Trick-or-Treat Street/Trunk-or-Treat Halloween event on Thursday, October 31, from 12 noon until 5:30 p.m.
After discussing the items on the consent agenda, the council unanimously approved all items.
Under general business, the council considered a Planning Commission recommendation on a zoning amendment to allow single family dwellings as a permitted use within an R-3 (multiple dwelling) residential district.
Currently, R-3 districts do not allow for single-family dwellings within the district, but due to the housing needs in the city and a shortage of single-family homes, the commission recommended changing the language to allow single-family dwellings in R-3 zones.
The council unanimously approved the Planning Commission's recommendation.
Also considered was a site plan review for CCM Health's Wellness Center, which will be located in the former Coborn's building on East Hwy. 7.
Interior demolition has been completed, and plans are for the project to begin in earnest later this month.
The council approved the site plan with unanimous consent.
A resolution accepting gifts/grants was considered. Public Development, LLC., wished to donate $250 to MAP North Stairs Mural project on behalf of the Fortenberry and Jones families. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the council.
The council next considered the approval of a first amendment to option agreement document in connection with the Montevideo Veterans Home land. The original option with the State of Minnesota terminates at 5 p.m., on November 30, 2019.
The state and city would like to extend the option agreement until March 31, 2020. The council unanimously approved of the amendment to the agreement document.
The city considered purchasing a 16 foot rubber edged snow pusher for the public works department.
Two quotes were received for the piece of equipment, with the low quote provided by Crysteel Truck Equipment at $6,076.69. The council unanimously approved the purchase of the snow pusher.
The final item to be considered by the council was the adoption of Ordinance No. 954, which rezones a 5.1 acre parcel known as Outlet B of the Mills East Side Estates from R-2 to R-3.
The ordinance, which was previously introduced at the last council meeting, was adopted.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.