Manhattan Beach City Council Meeting
Web posted March 12, 2013
(Editor’s Note: The following article was written from the approved minutes of the regular monthly meeting of the Manhattan beach City Council on February 5, 2013 available on the city website.)
• Mayor Paul Allen reported that he had received an email from Derek Anderson of Bolton & Menk regarding their interest in working with the City on Engineering and Surveying issues the City may have and a 2013 fee schedule. The agreement states that they would provide engineering services to the City of Manhattan Beach on an as-needed basis. The two primary contacts for the City will be Bryan Drown a project engineer at a rate of $90 per hour and Derek Anderson at a rate of $130 per hr. Janis Allen made the motion to accept the agreement, Clyde Brodt seconded and the motion carried. Not present was council member Marlene Yurek.
• Manhattan Beach resident Larry Wannebo requested that council discuss three items and that they be included the minutes.
One of the items concerned posting of City of Manhattan Beach monthly financial reports on the city’s website. Mayor Allen stated that he had checked with the City of Crosslake and Fifty Lakes and they do not put monthly financial reports on the web sites. Allen added that he did not think it was a good idea that the information is out there because it could be setting the city up for more problems.
The council members agreed not to post the information on the web site. Barb Hanson-Wannebo made a motion to not post the monthly financial reports on the city web site, Brodt seconded and the motion carried.
Wannebo also requested the posting of the Manhattan Beach Planning & Zoning agendas and minutes on the website. Janis Allen stated that she agreed with Larry and that the minutes should be posted. Wannebo noted that the only years currently posted are 2007 and 2008. Allen said she would check with the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) to concerning the duration the minutes should be posted for.
Mayor Allen read emails from residents Peg Boots, Doug Wannebo and Kevin Larson, all in favor of Larry Wannebo’s suggestions concerning the posting of city information online.
Janis Allen made a motion to post any Planning & Zoning meeting minutes from 2009 to present on the web site. Clyde seconded. Mayor Allen suggested that the motion should include, if any Agendas are available that they be included. Janis rescinded her first motion and Clyde rescinded his. Janis Allen made a motion that the P&Z meeting minutes from 2009 to the present as received by the City Clerk be posted to the website included any agendas that may be available. Brodt seconded and the motion carried.
The last issue that Larry Wannebo brought to light was the on-going training for the P&Z members. Janis Allen stated thatWannebo had provided information on online classes Planning & Zoning members could take on their own time at a cost of $95 per year.
Mayor Allen said the LMC has two major training sources available to P&Z members at no cost: Government Training Services, and the American Planning Association. He noted that the council could not make P&Z members take classes, but the city could provide them with the information and training they need.
Mayor Allen stated that the website for the P&Z training webinars was plannersweb.com and had a cost of $95.00 for up to ten users. Janis Allen made the motion to provide P&Z with ongoing training and information on webinars and LMC meetings the city received; included in the motion was the webinar program at $95 per year and any other education opportunities that arise. Barb Hanson-Wannebo seconded and the motion carried.
Mayor Allen questioned whether Council and P&Z members take the same vehicle to training seminars would be considered an open law meeting violation, he would like to check with the City Attorney.
• In other council action: - Approved an agreement with the Bank of North Dakota (Frandsen Bank & Trust) concerning the safe-keeping of pledged securities. It is a government regulation to have this type of agreement to protect public funds.
- Approved the purchase of a new laptop computer for the city with a budget of $1550.
- Approved training for council and P&Z members from the LMC on safety and loss prevention held in St. Cloud on April 23, 2013 at a cost of $20 per person. All who attend will be reimbursed for mileage.
- Larry Wannebo volunteered to write a short story to go on the back of the old plat map that was being framed to explain the red line on the map. He provided council with copies of a story he wrote about the history of Manhattan Beach, a few questions came up about dates and the title. Larry mentioned putting the story on the City web site and approving it by resolution. Mayor Allen wanted to ask the city attorney about a disclaimer for the story, as it is a historical account by a few persons. Wannebo told council he would check some dates and rewrite the story for the next council meeting.
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