1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Acting Mayor Bell on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.
Council present: Rob Bell, Don Hall, Rick Ihli, and Maureen Stanley.
Member excused: Jay Bunting.
Staff present: Gary Buysse, Liquor Operations Manager; Jeff Beahen, Police Chief; Stacy Doboszenski, Assistant City Administrator; John Seifert, Public Works Supt.; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; and Bret Weiss, City Engineer.
2. Open Forum
Chief Beahen presented a certificate of commendation to Officer Daniel Ryan. Chief Beahen read the following from the commendation:
On August 14th, 2012 at 11:36 pm, Officer Daniel Ryan was conducting surveillance at the SuperAmerica Station at 21550 South Diamond Lake Road. Officer Ryan was aware of metro area robberies of SA stations that had taken place the night before. Officer Ryan made an independent decision to observe the store from a concealed location to potentially circumvent any robbery attempts. Officer Ryan observed a suspect wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt, and a bandana over his face running from the business with a handgun and bag of apparent money. The suspect was being pursued on foot by a Roger's citizen.
Officer Ryan attempted to call the robbery in by radio, but was unable to do so because the robbery had already been reported by other customers at the store. Officer Ryan drove immediately to the area where the robbery suspect had been tackled and restrained by the pursuing citizen. Officer Ryan was able to take the combative suspect into custody, at the same time recovering the stolen cash and the weapon used to commit the offense.
During his surveillance, he had also observed a suspicious vehicle that had driven by several times. Officer Ryan alerted responding Hennepin County Sheriff's Units of the vehicle description and location. A subsequent stop by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office revealed that this was a second suspect and the getaway car. That suspect was also quickly taken into custody.
Officer Daniel Ryan is recognized for his attention to detail in reviewing crime bulletins and the exemplary performance of his subsequent duties which resulted in the immediate apprehension of two felony robbery suspects. These arrests have led to additional clearance of multiple robberies across the metro area and even into western Wisconsin. Officer Ryan is credited with a job well done, and he is hereby awarded this Departmental Commendation.
Council thanked Officer Ryan for his work.
4. Approve agenda
The agenda was set as submitted.
5. Consent Agenda
5.01 Approval of Minutes from August 16, 2012 Workshop Minutes and August 16, 2012 City Council Meeting Minutes
5.02 Approval of Bills and Claims
5.03 Authorization to Award Waste Water Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency Motor and VFD Upgrade
5.04 Approve Resolution No. 2012-43, A Resolution to Amend Master Parks, Open Space and Trail System Plan to include Edgewater Neighborhood Park
5.05 Authorize Park Final Design Services for South Pointe/King Estates/Fletcher Hills Neighborhood Park
5.06 Award Miscellaneous 2012 Bituminous Repairs
5.07 Set Budget Workshop on Sept. 11, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
5.08 Approve Resolution No. 2012-44, A Resolution Authorizing to Sign and Execute an Agreement with MnDOT Related to Completing the Value Engineering Study for the TH 101 and CSAH 144 Interchange Project
5.09 Approval to Eliminate Shotguns in Police Vehicles
5.10 Request to Purchase Departmental Issued Handguns
5.11 Approval to Waive Community Room Fees for a Rogers Lion's Sponsored Fundraiser for the Twila Bennett Family on September 28, 2012
5.12 Approval of a One Day Temporary On-Sale Liquor License for the Rogers Lions Club, September 28, 2012 for the Twila Bennett Benefit
Ihli moved, Stanley seconded a motion to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried 4-0.
6. Public Hearings
7. General Business
7.01 Accept Bids, Award Project and Authorize Construction Services for the TH 101 and Northdale Boulevard/147th Ave Watermain Loop
Engineer Weiss addressed the Council regarding the TH 101/Northdale Boulevard watermain loop which is in conjunction with the water reservoir. Weiss provided a powerpoint presentation regarding the bids received for the project and the project schedule.
Council asked why there was such a discrepancy in the bid amounts. Weiss stated the mobilization is where the highest discrepancy is.
Hall moved, Ihli seconded a motion to accept bids, award project to Metro Utilities, Inc. in the amount of $118,830.00, and authorize construction services to be performed by WSB & Associates, Inc. in the amount of $19,234 and American Engineering Testing (AET) in the amount of $1,781 for the TH 101 and Northdale Boulevard/147th Avenue watermain loop. Motion carried 4-0.
7.02 Consider Authorizing Design Services for the Downtown Business Sign & Authorize Solicitation of Business Sign Leases
Engineer Weiss provided a presentation illustrating the location of the proposed downtown business sign and a possible sign design. Also discussed were ideas on how to lease the sign space.
Council stated the sign will be a great addition to the downtown area.
Council questioned the payback for the sign; how many years until the rent has paid for the sign construction. Weiss stated the payback would be in approximately five years.
Stanley asked if there was any thought about including an electronic message on this sign for a community sign. Weiss stated there was discussion about doing that type of reader board sign by Industrial Boulevard.
Ihli asked if there was any work being done on the reader board sign. Seifert stated there is a lot of interest by civic organizations to participate in a reader board community sign.
Ihli moved, Stanley seconded a motion to approve up to $2,000 in design services for city staff to select a designer for the downtown business sign and allow city staff to advertise for businesses to lease the available sign slots. Motion carried 4-0.
8. Other Business
9. Correspondence and Reports
9.01 Rogers Park Board Minutes
9.02 Elm Creek Watershed Minutes
Hall moved, Ihli seconded a motion to adjourn at 7:21 p.m. Motion carried 4-0.
Assistant City Administrator/Clerk