City council preview: What's on Monday's agenda
The next regular meeting of the Farmington City Council will be held Monday, Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. Here's a look at what's on the agenda:
Recognition of public works supervisor Bill Weierke, who is retiring from the city of Farmington.
A proposal to purchase new playground equipment for Rambling River Park will be considered. Farmington Parks and Recreation director Randy Distad has received an offer to purchase playground equipment that will be on display at the National Recreation and Park Association convention this fall. Since it is part of a display, the equipment, which would ordinarily cost $89,881, will be for sale at a discounted price of $59,427. Funds for the equipment would come from the park improvement fund, which currently has a balance of $178,000.
A proposal to adopt new franchise fees for gas and electric utilities in Farmington. Under the terms of the agreements with Minnesota Energy Resources, Dakota Electric Association and Xcel Energy, residents would see the additional charge on their monthly statement. The additional charge would be $1.60 per month, or $19.20 annually. The money generated from the franchise fees would generate an additional $400,000 for the city of Farmington. Those funds would be put to the annual seal coating projects.
Council members will not discuss potential cuts to the 2011 city budget at this meeting, but will schedule their next budget workshop.
The city of Farmington will announce its plans for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena.
The Farmington City Council will go into a closed, executive session to discuss labor relations. According to city administrator Peter Herlofsky, contract negotiations for several of the city's union employees will be discussed.