City Council Meeting – Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Redwood Falls City Council was called to order in the Municipal Chambers on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Roll call indicated Mayor Corey Theis, Council Members Jim Sandgren, Bob Van Hee, John Buckley and Paul DeBlieck were present, constituting a quorum.  Council Member Matt Smith was absent.

Also present were City Administrator Keith Muetzel, City Attorney Amy Busse, Public Works Project Coordinator Jim Doering and Council Secretary Amy Kerkhoff.  Director of Finance & Administrative Services Missi Meyer was absent.

A motion was made by Council Member Van Hee and seconded by Council Member Sandgren approving the agenda with the following amendment:  Add Consent Agenda Item 6.B. “Approve Recommendations from Hospital Credentialing Committee”.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member DeBlieck approving the October 18, 2016, Regular City Council Meeting minutes as presented.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Senior Association Members Marilyn Bratsch, Betty Evers, Don Frank, Doris Neudecker, Bill Schmidt, Chuck Steffensmeier, Marilyn Scott and Marge Dingles were present and expressed their appreciation to the City Council and City staff regarding the Senior Center Expansion project.

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member Van Hee unanimously approving the following items on the Consent Agenda:

1.       Business License Renewal Application.

2.       Recommendations from Hospital Credentialing Committee.

Resolution No. 58 of 2016 – Resolution Establishing Rates for Municipal Electric Utilities was presented by City Administrator Keith Muetzel.

Mr. Muetzel stated the current 2016 residential electric rate is $0.091 per kWh and the proposed 3 percent increase would raise the 2017 rate to $0.094 per kWh.

Public Utilities Superintendent Chuck Heins stated a rate study was performed by DGR Engineering.  The rates developed provide an increase of 3 percent per kWh sold.  The rate increases are recommended by the Public Utilities Commission and staff.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Van Hee to waive the reading of Resolution No. 58 of 2016 – Resolution Establishing Rates for Municipal Electric Utilities.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member DeBlieck and seconded by Council Member Buckley approving Resolution No. 58 of 2016 – Resolution Establishing Rates for Municipal Electric Utilities.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Resolution No. 59 of 2016 – Resolution Adjusting Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer Service Charges was presented by City Administrator Keith Muetzel.

Mr. Muetzel stated a rate study was performed by DGR Engineering.  The water rates developed provide an increase of 5 percent per cubic foot sold and 4 percent per infrastructure base charge.  The sanitary sewer rates developed provide an increase of 5 percent per cubic foot used and 5 percent per infrastructure base charge.  The storm sewer rates developed provide an increase of 4 percent per infrastructure base charge.  Staff is recommending the proposed increases.

A motion was made by Council Member Van Hee and seconded by Council Member Buckley to waive the reading of Resolution No. 59 of 2016 – Resolution Adjusting Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer Service Charges.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member DeBlieck approving Resolution No. 59 of 2016 – Resolution Adjusting Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer Service Charges.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Resolution No. 60 of 2016 – A Resolution Adopting the Proposal of Group Health and Dental Insurance Contract for 2017 and the Employee’s Share of Premium for Health and Dental Insurance Coverage for the Hospital was presented by Redwood Area Hospital CEO Bryan Lydick and Redwood Area Hospital Human Resource Manager Jody Rindfleisch.

Ms. Rindfleisch stated the Redwood Area Hospital offers both group health and group dental insurance benefits to employees.  Plans are scheduled for renewal on January 1, 2017.

Ms. Rindfleisch stated the Hospital Commission approved a proposal from Medica for a fully-insured health plan option that maintains similar coverage for employees with no changes to the deductible, copays, or out-of-pocket maximum amounts.  The Medica plan would increase the medical premiums approximately 4.09 percent.  The employer contribution for 2017 will remain unchanged at 95 percent for single coverage and 72.6 percent for family coverage.  Payroll deductions for family coverage is $468.61 and $34.20 for single coverage.

Ms. Rindfleisch stated the Hospital Commission accepted a renewal proposal from Delta Dental for 2017 with an increase of 20 percent.  Payroll deductions for family coverage is $120.98, $76.36 for single plus-one coverage and $39.16 for single coverage.

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member Sandgren to waive the reading of Resolution No. 60 of 2016 – A Resolution Adopting the Proposal of Group Health and Dental Insurance Contract for 2017 and the Employee’s Share of Premium for Health and Dental Insurance Coverage for the Hospital.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Van Hee and seconded by Council Member Sandgren approving Resolution No. 60 of 2016 – A Resolution Adopting the Proposal of Group Health and Dental Insurance Contract for 2017 and the Employee’s Share of Premium for Health and Dental Insurance Coverage for the Hospital.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Resolution No. 61 of 2016 – Authorization to Execute Agreement between DSI Work Solutions and Redwood Area Hospital was presented by Redwood Area Hospital CEO Bryan Lydick.

Mr. Lydick stated the Rehab Department requested the Redwood Area Hospital begin offering Functional Capacity Exam (FCE) services to local businesses.

Mr. Lydick stated the Hospital Commission approved entering into an agreement with DSI Work Solutions to provide a system for the implementation of a FCE service line for the Rehab Department.  The system includes comprehensive onsite training and consultation, software solutions and assessment tools to provide medical legal credibility.

Mr. Lydick stated the FCE service line will provide objective and evidence based tools for workplace injury management, job function analysis and post offer testing.  This service is used by employers to hire,  place employees or return employees to work early and safely.  It is also used by medical providers for return to work releases and medical management for workplace injuries.  The startup cost is $13,900 with an annual fee of $595.

A motion was made by Council Member Sandgren and seconded by Council Member Buckley to waive the reading of Resolution No. 61 of 2016 – Authorization to Execute Agreement between DSI Work Solutions and Redwood Area Hospital.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member Van Hee and seconded by Council Member Buckley approving Resolution No. 61 of 2016 – Authorization to Execute Agreement between DSI Work Solutions and Redwood Area Hospital.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

City Administrator Keith Muetzel discussed a proposal from LTS Result to design a Donor Recognition Wall at the RACC.

Mr. Muetzel stated one of the contingencies the City Council placed on the Community Center Expansion project was that $400,000 in donations be raised through a capital campaign to fund a portion of the project’s constructions costs.  The City Administrator and two City Council Members were designated to meet with the Capital Campaign Committee and help develop a fund raising plan.  One of the commitments that was made to donors was that their contribution would be recognized with some type of public display in the facility.

Mr. Muetzel stated staff examined multiple concepts for a donor recognition wall but struggled to identify something that would recognize donors in a professional manner.  This struggle was primarily due to the lack of open wall space within the new facility and the shortage of companies that provide this service.

Park and Recreation Director Jackie Edwards stated LTS Results toured the building and has a solid understanding of the concept staff is trying to accomplish, which is to recognize donors while highlighting the Park & Recreation Department and the community as a whole.  LTS Results is located 25 miles from Redwood Falls and would be onsite to help design and oversee the process from start to finish.

Ms. Edwards stated the concept of the new donor wall is to create a display on the hockey concession stand entrance wall.  The new donor wall will incorporate the current donor board that is on display at the RACC, the new donors from the expansion and leave space to expand in the future.

A motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member DeBlieck approving the Donor Recognition Wall Proposal from LTS Results using the building permit and energy star estimated rebates of $15,921 from the Community Center Expansion project to fund the wall.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Resolution No. 62 of 2016 – Authorization to Approve the Development Agreement for the 2016 Rio East Ranch Building was presented by Public Works Project Coordinator Jim Doering.

Mr. Doering stated the development agreement with Everstrong Construction and RIO Land and Cattle would extend the 10-inch municipal water line and install a hydrant within the right-of-way of Northwood Drive.  The 200-foot extension will provide water and fire protection to the new RIO east building.

Mr. Doering stated the City designated Civil Engineer, Bolton and Menk must approve the plan set and be on site during the installation and connection to the municipal system.  The costs incurred during this process will be billed back to the developer as specified in the agreement.

A motion was made by Council Member Van Hee and seconded by Council Member Buckley to waive the reading of Resolution No. 62 of 2016 – Authorization to Approve the Development Agreement for the 2016 Rio East Ranch Building.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

A motion was made by Council Member DeBlieck and seconded by Council Member Sandgren approving Resolution No. 62 of 2016 – Authorization to Approve the Development Agreement for the 2016 Rio East Ranch Building.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

Bill and Claims were presented to the Council for informational purposes.  No questions, comments or concerns were raised.

There being no further business, a motion was made by Council Member Buckley and seconded by Council Member Van Hee to adjourn the meeting at 6:05 p.m.  Motion was carried by unanimous vote.

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