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01/26/16 City Council Minutes

1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Mayor Ihli on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.

Council present: Mark Eiden, Bruce Gorecki, Rick Ihli, and Darren Jakel.
Council excused: Don Hall.

Staff present: Jeff Beahen, Police Chief; Gary Buysse, Liquor Operations Manager; Sheila Cartney, City Planner; Jeff Carson, City Attorney; Brad Feist, Fire Chief; Lisa Herbert, Finance Director; Stacy Scharber, Assistant City Administrator; John Seifert, Public Works Supt.; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; and Bret Weiss, City Engineer.

2. Open Forum
None.

3. Presentations
None.

4. Approve Agenda
Mayor Ihli added item 8.01.

5. Consent Agenda
5.01 Approval of Minutes from January 12, 2016 City Council Meeting
5.02 Approval of Bills and Claims
5.03 Approval of Minnesota Lawful Gambling Exempt Permit to Conduct a Raffle for the Full Choke Ducks Unlimited on April 21, 2016 at The Wellstead (The Crown Room) Located at 20500 S. Diamond Lake Rd.
5.04 Approval of Landscape Plan for Thomas and Sons Construction
5.05 Approval of Individual Massage Therapy License Renewals (Massage Envy)
5.06 Approval of Individual Massage Therapy License Renewal and Establishment Renewal for Touch of Heaven
5.07 Approval of Conditional Use Permit for Excalibur Collision and Conversion Center for Outdoor Storage of Vehicles, Located at 14240 James Road
5.08 Approval of Resolution No. 2016-04, A Resolution Granting Site Plan Approval for Elk River School District for the Construction of a 9,750 sq.ft. Early Childhood Addition, Located at 12521 Main Street
5.09 Approval of Resolution No. 2016-05, A Resolution Approving Administrative Lot Split for Shawn and Marlon Weber
5.10 Accept Improvements and Approve Final Payment for Rogers Drive Trail Project
5.11 Approve Plans and Specifications and Authorize the Advertisement for Bids for the 2016 Brockton Lane Utility Extension Project
5.12 Approval of Updated Agreement for Animal Control Services Provided by the City of Monticello
5.13 Approval of Resolution No. 2016-06, A Resolution Extending the Final Plat Approval of French Lake Industrial Center II
Mayor Ihli pulled 5.11 for discussion; Weiss asked that it be discussed immediately preceding 7.01.

Jakel moved, Eiden seconded a motion to approve the consent agenda less 5.11. Motion carried 4-0.

6. Public Hearings
6.01 Public Hearing on the Proposed Modifications to Municipal Development District No. 1 (MDD No. 1) and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plans for TIF District Nos. 12, 13, 14, and 15
● Approval of Resolution No. 2016-07, A Resolution Adopting a Modification to the Development Program for Municipal Development District No. 1 and Adopting Modifications to the Tax Increment Financing Plans for Tax Increment Financing District Nos. 12, 13, 14, and 15 Therein
Finance Director Herbert read from her memo:
It has been one of the City Council’s long term plan goals to continue to look for ways to reinvigorate and enhance our Downtown. The City has undertaken a Downtown Rogers Redevelopment Master Plan to establish a vision that will help elected and appointed officials, and city staff, guide future enhancements as we continue to move forward with identified improvements through land use transitions and infrastructure investments. In the past several months the City Council has held 2 closed sessions in which a parcel of property adjacent to Downtown became available for purchase. The parcel the City Council reviewed is believed to be a piece of property that would assist with such redevelopment. The City Council has previously authorized staff to negotiate with the property owner within a set price range and allow the City Attorney to prepare a letter of intent. At the same time, the City Council is looking for financing options to make such enhancements to the Downtown. The City Council authorized Finance Director Herbert to research the use of eligible TIF funding to assist with the potential property purchase.

TIF#1 is an expired Redevelopment District established in 1985 that was decertified in 2011. This TIF District Plan was modified on December 29, 2011, to amend Appendix A, to incorporate a number of incomplete Traffic/Transportation Improvements supporting Economic Development and Other Economic Development and Redevelopment Activities including land acquisition, site improvements, utilities and streets related to specific economic development or redevelopment where the City determines that such development would not occur but for the use of the tax increment from the TIF District. The remaining tax increment in the TIF#1 Fund has been earmarked for this type of land acquisition and is an allowable use.

TIF#13 is a Renewal and Renovation District which was established in 2002 that currently has available increment which could be legally pooled for the purposes of acquiring property in the Downtown Redevelopment area by the Amendment of the TIF Plan. Pooling for this TIF District is limited to 20% outside the District. Tax increments not exceeding this 20% limitation could be used to acquire the properties currently being considered by the City Council. This District is scheduled to be decertified upon the debt service payments being defeased on 12/31/18. In order to allow consideration for the pooling from TIF#13 for the identified purposes, the Plan must be modified. A requirement of the modification is to call a Public Hearing prior to passing an amendment to the TIF Plan. Rather than identify one or two parcels that the City Council is currently interested in for Downtown redevelopment, the City has identified an area within the Downtown, that available increment in TIF#13 could be pooled to purchase if such intentions of the City Council were approved. The modification to TIF #13 (attached) is identified in Appendix A-1 with the area identified on the map shown in Appendix C-2.

Staff recommends using a combination of both District’s contribution towards potential property acquisition. At this time the negotiations and letter of intent have not been completed regarding the parcel acquisition the City Council is interested in.

Modification to the Development Program for Municipal Development District No. 1 and Tax Increment Financing District Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 15):
Municipal Development District No. 1 (MDD#1), created in 1985, was established in order to encourage development to occur and provide for employment opportunities, rehabilitation and relocation. MDD#1 is not a TIF District but a Development Program which identifies goals and objectives within a set boundary or area, to exercise the City’s authority to develop programs for improving MDD#1 with development and redevelopment. The MDD#1 states that the boundaries of MDD#1 shall be coterminous (equal to) with the corporate boundaries of the City of Rogers. The City of Rogers did not expand the boundaries of MDD#1 after the Final Annexation of Hassan Township, choosing to delay such modification until there was another purpose for a TIF Modification that would allow us to save consulting costs by completing them simultaneously. The modification to MDD#1 will incorporate the full corporate boundaries of the City since annexation of Hassan Township on 12/31/2011. The District will then be coterminous with the corporate boundaries of the City. In addition, each active TIF District is then required to be modified to reflect the amended MDD#1’s boundaries.
Herbert then provided a summation of the purposes of this evenings actions and stood for questions from the Council.

With no questions raised, Mayor Ihli opened the meeting for public comment at 7:15 p.m.
No persons addressed the Council.

Ihli moved, Jakel seconded a motion to close the public hearing at 7:16 p.m. Motion carried 4-0.

Gorecki moved, Jakel seconded a motion to adopt Resolution No. 2016-07, A Resolution Adopting a Modification to the Development Program for Municipal Development District No. 1 and Adopting Modifications to the Tax Increment Financing Plans for Tax Increment Financing District Nos. 12, 13, 14, and 15 Therein. Motion carried 4-0.

5.11
Engineer Weiss addressed the Council stating staff is requesting to add an alternate bid to the project. Weiss provided a map of the project area. The alternate bid would include a watermain crossing at Rogers Drive and Brockton Lane to serve the Dayton/Liberty project. Weiss believes the City will get better bids by combining it with the original project.

Jakel moved, Eiden seconded a motion to approve 5.11 with the addition of the bid alternate as explained by Engineer Weiss. Motion carried 4-0.

7. General Business
7.01 Authorize Preparation of Plans and Specifications and Approve a Proposal for Engineering Services for the Rogers Drive Reconstruction Project
Engineer Weiss started with a PowerPoint presentation of the 2016 pavement management projects; Rogers Drive reconstruction, 147th Ave. street improvements, and Rouillard Boulevard street improvements. Weiss also discussed Justen Circle, stating it will require subgrade improvements in addition to asphalt. Weiss stated this is a priority project for the City. Weiss explained this is the area where the utilities are being extended to serve the Lennar/Stones Throw project. Weiss stated it is not for sure that Lennar is moving forward in 2016. Weiss stated this improvement project may put us outside the $800,000 being anticipated in revenues. If the project does go forward, another method of advancing that project forward is financing it with utility fees for a year until 2017 and using future franchise fees to reimburse utilities. Weiss stated the Transportation Task Force was interested in doing multiple projects in 2016. The total of the three street improvement projects is $814,500 in franchise fees. Weiss provided a funding breakdown on bid alternates and the inclusion of Justen Circle.

Ihli stated, if Justen Circle is a bigger priority than the other ones, why can’t you move another one out and keep that one.

Weiss explained that the option for funding the asphalt portion of Justen Circle is to borrow from utility funds and pay the utility funds back if there is not sufficient funding in franchise fees.

Ihli commented on not really knowing anything until April, when the first quarter franchise fees are in. Weiss stated, possibly in February you may know what is invoiced out.

Gorecki questioned, you factored into all three of these projects that you won’t see extensive subgrade work? Weiss stated yes, except for Justen Circle.
Jakel questioned on Rogers Drive if the $540,000 includes the subgrade? Weiss stated yes.

Weiss stated that no action is necessary tonight on the list of projects being considered. Jakel appreciates getting the information early, and spoke on capturing a ripe bidding environment.

Weiss proceeded through the 2016 projects providing a map of the Rogers Drive reconstruction project area; from Minneapolis Trailer Sales to Ellingsons Car Museum. Weiss talked about the risk of the project being subgrade corrections. Weiss provided a funding breakdown on the project.

Eiden questioned if there was any indication about the condition of the subgrade. Weiss stated some soil borings have been performed. There was continued discussion on how much work is necessary to rebuild the subgrade of Rogers Drive

Gorecki asked what have the soil borings showed. Weiss stated the road is underlined with fill material; gravel and clay soils. Weiss continued to explain that the road was previously constructed as a County Road and it has held up for a number of years without experiencing complete failures.

Jakel commented on the wetland in the shoulder area of I94. Jakel also asked about where the trail connection is for that area and if a pedestrian trail should be considered with the reconstruction of the road.

Seifert stated the regional trail plan is in the south; we will see part of it come in with the Lennar project. The trail is not on the north side of I94. Seifert provided discussion on the subgrade of Rogers Drive stating no utilities have disturbed the area. Seifert stated we don’t have a funding source for subgrade correction.

Weiss proceeded with a project schedule for Rogers Drive. Weiss stated the plan with bidding these projects is to identify number of working days, and the contractor can work within their schedule. This may provide for better bids.

Gorecki moved, Jakel seconded a motion authorizing the preparation of plans and specifications, and accept the proposal for the Rogers Drive Reconstruction Project, to be prepared by WSB & Associates, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $38,600. Motion carried 4-0.

7.02 Authorize Preparation of Plans and Specifications and Approve a Proposal for Engineering Services for the Rouillard Boulevard Street Improvements Project
Weiss provided explanation of the project scope stating it is very straight forward; bituminous removed and repaved. There was a brief discussion on the bid alternate which includes the repaving of the east end of 129th Avenue.

Jakel moved, Eiden seconded a motion authorizing preparation of plans and specifications, and approve a proposal for the Rouillard Boulevard Street Improvements Project, to be prepared by WSB & Associates, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $7,800. Motion carried 4-0.

7.03 Authorize Preparation of Plans and Specifications and Approve a Proposal for Engineering Services for the 147th Avenue Street Improvements Project
Weiss provided a project location map of the 147th Avenue improvement, stating the project is 6710 feet in length; approximately James Road to Frederick Road. Weiss stated the bid alternate is to add an additional 980 feet to project extending east of Frederick Road.

Gorecki moved, Eiden seconded a motion to authorize preparation of plans and specifications and accept the proposal for the 147th Street Improvements Project, to be prepared by WSB & Associates, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $14,100. Motion carried 4-0.

8. Other Business
Mayor Ihli presented a plaque to Jeff Carson in recognition of service as the Rogers City Attorney from March 2004 to January 2016.

Attorney Carson stated it has been his privilege and honor to be here.

All Councilors individually expressed their gratitude for Attorney Carson’s service.

Administrator Stahmer also expressed his gratitude and presented Attorney Carson with an engraved baseball bat illustrating his years of service with the City.

9. Correspondence and Reports
None.

10. Adjourn to Closed Session for Administrator’s Annual Performance Evaluation - Reconvene to Open Meeting
Mayor Ihli adjourned the meeting to closed session at 8:03 p.m.

Council reconvened to open session at 8:29 p.m.

Attorney Carson stated in the closed session City Council reviewed the performance of Administrator Stahmer and the review was a very satisfactory review.

11. Adjourn
Jakel moved, Eiden seconded a motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Motion carried 4-0.

Respectfully submitted,
Stacy Scharber
Assistant City Administrator/Clerk

12/22/15 City Council Minutes

1. Call to Order. The regular meeting of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Mayor Ihli on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Rogers Community Center, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.

Council present: Mark Eiden, Bruce Gorecki, Don Hall, and Rick Ihli.
Council excused: Darren Jakel.

Staff present: Jeff Beahen, Police Chief; Gary Buysse, Liquor Operations Manager; Jeff Carson, City Attorney; Sheila Cartney, City Planner; Brad Feist, Fire Chief; Lisa Herbert, Finance Director; Stacy Scharber, Assistant City Administrator; John Seifert, Public Works Supt.; Steve Stahmer, City Administrator; and Bret Weiss, City Engineer.

2. Open Forum
Jay Bunting, Jessa Place
Bunting addressed the Council regarding the retirement announcement of Jeff Carson, City Attorney. Bunting stated he will not be at the last meeting that Carson will be at, and he wanted to express his gratitude for Carson’s service. Bunting stated Carson is an incredible asset to the City, a friend, and a treasure trove of knowledge. Bunting described Carson as even keeled and an amazing attorney. Bunting stated Carson will be missed and thanks him for all his years of service.

Carson expressed his gratitude for the gesture.

3. Presentations
3.01 Donation Presentation to Rogers Public Safety from Sue Stensrud of the Carrie On 5K
Sue Stensrud, Shelly Lorman and Brooklyn Lorman, Carrie’s daughter addressed the Council. Stensrud stated they had 29 corporate sponsors and over 300 runners in this year’s event. Stensrud expressed their gratitude toward Word of Peace, who continues to be the gracious host and to the Rogers Police and Police Reserves for the time they contribute to the event. Stensrud stated this year they have over $10,000 to give away to the Rogers Police/Fire, Cross, a high school scholarship fund, and the Rogers Lions to help families in need. Stensrud then presented the City with a check for $5000. Stensrud stated it is important to the race and to the family, make sure police and fire have cold water rescue equipment. Stensrud stated that they have given approval to the Chief that enough cold water suits are purchased that the rest of the money be used toward ballistic helmets. Stensrud stated the committee is looking for one more community initiative for 2016. We would welcome anyone’s input. She closed by encouraging all to join the race.

Mayor Ihli and Council thanked them for their work of love and commented on the great event.

Chief Beahen stated last year they purchased four suits and there are currently four on the engines and two in each of the supervisors’ squads. Beahen stated they were able to train in the suits at Commerce Apartments. Beahen commend the family for their thoughtfulness. This family needs to be commended for what they have done. Beahen stated, you are saving lives and there is a legacy brought on through your tragedy to save others.

4. Approve Agenda
The agenda was set as submitted.

5. Consent Agenda
5.01 Approval of Minutes from December 8, 2015 City Council Budget Workshop and December 8, 2015 City Council Meeting
5.02 Approval of Bills and Claims
5.03 Items Relating to Rogers Plastic Center 4th Addition:
● Approval of Resolution No. 2015-103, A Resolution Granting Final Plat Approval of Rogers Plastic Center 4th Addition
● Approval of Developer’s Agreement
5.04 Adopt Ordinance No. 2015-22, An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 82-6 By Amending the Definition of Restaurant and Other Changes of Regulations and Summary Ordinance No. 2015-22
5.05 Approval of Resolution No. 2015-104, A Resolution Denying Scannell Properties for a Conditional Use Permit to Allow 2 acres of Paved Outdoor Storage for Various Building Materials, Located on Outlot C, Kinghorn Industrial Park 2nd Addition (Pulled by applicant)
5.06 Approval of Resolution No. 2015-105, A Resolution Granting Site Plan Approval for the Construction of a 7,856 sq.ft. Office Building on Lot 6, Block 1, Rogers Plaza
5.07 Approval for New Support Vendor for Email Hosting
5.08 Approval of Resolution No. 2015-106, A Resolution Directing Transmittal of Application and Supplemental Information for a State Deed for Tax-Forfeited Land for Property on Brockton Lane, North of CSAH 81 (Hennepin County Parcel #25-120-23-41-0003)
5.09 Accept Improvement and Approve Final Pay App for the 2014 Street Improvements Project
5.10 Approval of Revised Fire Chief Job Description
5.11 Approval of Stormwater Maintenance Agreement with S.O. Rogers Building One, LLC (Kinghorn Industrial Park 2nd Addition)
5.12 Approval of 2016 Liquor Liability Insurance
5.13 Approval of Individual Massage Therapy License Renewals (Massage Envy)
5.14 Approval of Revised Position Description for Recreation Services Coordinator
5.15 Approval of Resolution No. 2015-107, A Resolution Authorizing Acceptance of Donation from Rogers Elementary School for the Veteran’s Memorial
5.16 Approval of a Conditional Use Permit for American Tower for Three (3) Additional Antennas to an Existing Wireless Communications Tower Site and a 10’x10’ Equipment Cabinet on the Ground, Located at 21201 /Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN
5.17 Approval of Landscape Plan for Thomas and Sons Construction
5.18 Approval of Resolution No. 2015-108, A Resolution Granting Final Plat Approval of Malmborg Addition
Gorecki pulled 5.17.
Eiden pulled 5.15.

Hall moved, Eiden seconded a motion to approve the consent agenda less 5.15 and 5.17. Motion carried 4-0.

5.15
Ihli stated this item was pulled to bring recognition to the donation. Seifert addressed the Council on the event that took place on Memorial Day with Rogers Elementary and they did some fundraising on Give to the Max Day to be donated to the Veterans Memorial Park. Eiden moved, Gorecki seconded a motion to approve 5.15. Motion carried 4-0.

5.17
Gorecki stated direction was given to try to get the Thomas and Sons people to have some discussion with the residents behind them and come back with a detailed plan on the landscaping. He would like to have more discussion and some suggestions for that.

Eiden stated his recollection is that he was expecting a better elevation/3D view. We are not seeing that. Cartney clarified that the last packet had an aerial view.

Ihli also commented on having the applicant meet with the neighbors stating we had this situation before where we have had the applicant and the neighbors work together. Ihli, suggested to Mr. Thomas that he reach out to his neighbors and discuss this with them. We did make a promise to them to do this; we want to be able to show the neighbors what it looks like.

Stahmer stated staff will need to extend the 60 day rule to 120 days with a letter to the applicant. Tabling this item will give the opportunity to the applicant to meet with the neighbors and to provide a better elevation of the landscape plan.

Eiden stated, he may find when he meets with the neighbors that additional artwork may not be necessary.

Ihli moved, Eiden seconded a motion to table item 5.17 and to direct staff to contact Mr. Thomas to have him meet with the neighbors. Motion carried 4-0.

6. Public Hearings
None.

7. General Business
7.01 Approval of the Concept Plan – Lennar
Planner Cartney addressed the Council and read from her staff memo:
The Planning Commission reviewed the concept plan at the December 15, 2015 meeting. After staff’s presentation Lennar gave a follow up presentation with details about their company and the proposed housing types. The Commission expressed concern about the additional traffic that will be added to Brockton and two members did not like the reduced lot sizes for the single family development. Overall the concept plan was well received by the Planning Commission.

In November Lennar received City approval for a Comprehensive Land Use Amendment for 300 acres of land from Mixed Use Regional, Mid Density and Commercial to Single Family Residential. The project area is located in the southeast corner of the city previously known as “Stone’s Throw.” The subject area is zoned PUD and was previously part of a master PUD which included housing and commercial development. With the comp plan change commercial is no longer part of this development plan. The applicant is requesting concept review for their potential 300 acre housing development. After concept review if the applicant continues with their project they will need to apply for preliminary and final plat and a Master PUD. The subject site is zoned Planned Unit Development (PUD) and has a pending Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendment of Single Family Development (2-4 units/acre). The applicant is requesting review and comments on their development concept. The concept submitted has a total of 537 housing units for a density of 3.6 units/acre. As proposed there are 264 single family lots along the eastern side of the development area. These single family lots will be 65’x135’ (8,775) secondary single family lots are proposed on the west side of the development, more of a detached townhouse style with 100 lots at 55’x125’ (6,875) in size. Also along the western side of the site there will be 84 6-plex units. In the middle of the development townhouse units are proposed with 89 units. This development provides for a mix of lifecycle housing that is absent on this side of the city. The zoning districts that allow single family require minimum lot sizes from 10,000 square feet and larger with a lot width minimum of 80 feet. The concept plan provides a mix of housing types not just detached housing; the PUD zoning district allows for more flexibility in the application of development code provisions to allow a more creative and effective approach to development. The common areas, and internal private roads in the townhouse portion of the development will be maintained by a master Homeowners Association.

Two school districts service this area, Osseo and Buffalo. Discussions with Elk River School district regarding this development have taken place and the school district has indicated they will allow open enrollment and possibly provide a bus if warranted.

Typically properties that are guided Single Family Residential have access to city sewer and water and contain single family detached development. With the PUD zoning flexibility in housing style and lot sizes may differ from regular residential zoning requirements. The subject site will gain access to sewer from the MCES Elm Creek interceptor that is currently being constructed.

The main entrance into the site will be from Brockton Lane to County Road 117 into the development. A second access should be defined. Additional ROW needs, alignments and connections still need to be worked out with Hennepin County, the City and the Developer. For additional transportation comments please refer to the attached City Engineer memo.

The concept plan is to provide feedback to the developer on the number and size of the lots proposed, housing styles, and general overview of the proposed development. If the concept plan is well received then the applicant and staff will work together on greater detailed plans and prepare for formal subdivision applications.

Joe Jablonski from Lennar Corporation addressed the Council regarding the proposed development and introduced Paul Tabone who provided a PowerPoint presentation including the following topics:
• Who is Lennar
• Stones Throw Location
• History and Background
• Proposed Site Plan
• County Road 117 Alignment
• Housing Types (multiple styles were presented and explained)
• NextGen Homes
• Regulatory Framework

Ihli asked if this is typical of their developments; with all the different home styles.

Tabone stated this development has a little bit more, but it is typical to plan for multiple ages and income levels.

Eiden asked why they are going away from large lots. Tabone stated there is not a market demand for it.

Ihli asked if the houses are stone front. Tabone stated the front materials vary. Some with brick and stone accents.

Hall asked, out of their other neighborhoods, which one will closely resemble this. Tabone suggested the Medina and Corcoran developments.

Gorecki stated, at the Planning Commission meeting, it was offered up to take a bus and visit some of the communities. Council agreed this was a good idea. Tabone stated they can arrange for that.

Hall and Tabone discussed which homes are eligible for a three-car garage.

Ihli stated he appreciates the NextGen concept. Ihli stated it is a nice product and very attractive.

Gorecki stated, as Cartney eluded to, the Planning Commission liked the product and it was very well received. There are always members in the community that prefer larger lots, but he understand this is the way things are going. Gorecki stated, where this is located, it has a little separation from true Rogers. Gorecki commented on items that need to still be worked on, especially traffic and access.

Eiden stated he is one of those people who prefer large lots. Eiden stated he understands that each type of product has its place in a community. Eiden stated he is very interested in putting together a visit to other developments to see what they look like.

Gorecki stated he had one final comment; the size of the park needs to be addressed, it seems too small for a large development.

Tabone stated he did bring a graphic, however the computer was not cooperating.

Eiden asked that a pdf of the graphic and of the presentation be provided to Cartney so that she can distribute to the Council.

Council thanked Lennar for the presentation.

8. Other Business
None.

9. Correspondence and Reports
9.01 Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission Minutes – Nov. 4, 2015
9.02 Rogers Park Board Minutes – Nov. 12, 2015
9.03 Transportation Task Force Minutes – Nov. 23, 2015 and Dec. 14, 2015
9.04 November, 2015 Financial Reports
No action taken.

10. Adjourn
Mayor Ihli adjourned the meeting at 7:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Stacy Scharber
Assistant City Administrator/Clerk

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City of Rogers and State Representative Joyce Peppin Pursue Fiscal Disparities Legislation

The City of Rogers would like to thank State Representative/Majority Leader Joyce Peppin for her strong support of the City's efforts to seek relief from the tax/revenue impacts of the State Fiscal Disparities Program. Specifically, Representative Peppin has again advanced a bill that, if passed into law, would cap tax capacity contributions to the Fiscal Disparities for cities like Rogers which are not part of the Metropolitan Council regional wastewater system.

The Metropolitan Area Fiscal Disparities Program is a mandatory program enacted by the State Legislature in an attempt to address fiscal concerns within the seven‐county Metro area and to equalize tax base by requiring that all communities in the area contribute 40 percent of the growth in their commercial/industrial tax base after 1971 to a regional pool. The tax base is then redistributed to cities based upon a State formula. Rogers is annually one of the largest, if not the largest net contributors/net losers to the program in terms of percentage of tax base lost. Rogers loses between 15-20% of its tax base to the program on an annual basis, resulting in a commensurate loss of more than $1 million dollars in annual revenue/tax relief. Notably, Rogers is the only city within the top 20 net contributors to the program that is not part of the regional wastewater system, and is the only city with its own wastewater treatment plant which is a significant net contributor/net loser to the program.

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