1. Call to Order. The budget workshop session of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Acting Mayor Bell on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 6:00 p.m. at Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.
Council present: Rob Bell, Jay Bunting, Rick Ihli, and Maureen Stanley.
Mayor Grimm arrived at 6:15 p.m.
Staff present: Stacy Doboszenski, Assistant City Administrator; John Seifert, Public Works Supt.; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; and Bret Weiss, City Engineer.
2. Brockton Interchange Discussion
Engineer Weiss provided a packet and presentation on the Brockton Interchange proposed locations. Weiss introduced Bob Schunicht with Landform and Jennifer Erickson, representing property owners of Stones Throw.
Weiss reviewed his presentation with Council highlighting the pros and cons of the various interchange designs proposed.
The offset interchange was recommended by the study group and discussed in detail with Council.
Weiss stated if the Council wanted to move forward with the resolution supporting the Offset Interchange proposal, one of the dissenting votes would have to put the resolution back on the table for reconsideration. Weiss provided a list of six reasons for supporting the interchange resolution:
1. Approving the offset alternative does not make this project a higher priority than other projects.
2. A future interchange in this area benefits the south side of Rogers and will provide the highest and best use for development of future tax base.
3. This alternative has the least right-of-way impact to Rogers developable area.
4. This alternative has the best chance of phasing in all of the improvements to lessen the financial burden.
5. An interchange at this location has been a long-term part of the City's transportation plan.
6. The interchange is an important regional improvement that could be negatively impacted if it does not have regional support.
Stanley asked the distance between this interchange and the 610 interchange. Staff stated a mile to mile and a quarter.
Ihli questioned the dollars to build the interchange. Staff commented on the interchange being outside of the City limits. Financially, we may not be asked to participate in the actual interchange, but may possibly be asked to participate in some of the supporting roads up to the interchange.
Ihli asked where we are at with the Stone's Throw project; what is happening with the land.
Staff commented on the land that is under ownership, under option, and land that is no longer included in the proposed development. Staff stating they are still actively marketing the property.
Bunting stated he was pretty vocal when this first came up and still has concerns today. The County Road 117 potential extension playing into this makes this a much more attractive option. At first, it seemed disjointed. The concerns are the $60 million in road improvements that have nothing to do with the interchange itself. This will have an effect on Rogers and the citizens. He is fine putting this on and will lend it his support because he thinks it is important to get the ball rolling. Bunting encouraged Council to state their concerns.
Stanley stated her concern is the amount of money to develop the feeder roads; the $60 million figure being discussed.
Grimm stated if growth comes, we are going to have to develop those roads anyway.
Bunting stated he believes it will draw all of the attention away from other areas and focusing on the interchange location.
Bell stated the original request was just to support the interchange location, not to decide on the feeder roads.
Stahmer stated we have the resolution supporting this as the best regional alternative. Stahmer stated the cover letter that staff will send with the Resolution can indicate the concerns with the downstream impacts.
Bell commented on there being a lot of hurdles that need to be accomplished before we even get to the point of discussing feeder roads.
Stone's Throw representatives were invited to comment. Ms. Erickson stated she appreciates the Council reconsidering the resolution and discussed how they are actively looking for potential developers of their property.
Weiss asked if the Council wants to address this resolution tonight or to consider at a future meeting.
Bunting stated he has no problem bringing up the resolution at the regular meeting tonight.
Stanley moved, Ihli seconded a motion to adjourn at 6:37 p.m.
Assistant City Administrator/Clerk