Transportation & Public Works Committee Agenda

Standing Committee of the City Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular Meeting
December 10, 2013
9:30 a.m. - Room 317 City Hall

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Committee Members Present:  Council Members Colvin Roy (Chair), Reich, Lilligren, Glidden,
Hodges, Quincy (Quorum 4)

Council Committee Coordinator:  Peggy Menshek (612) 673-2287


 1.  Columbia Park Neighborhood Landscaping Improvements on University Ave:
      Authorize execution of a cooperative agreement letter with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to act as the sponsoring unit of government enabling funds to be transferred from the "MnDOT Community Roadside Landscaping Partnership Program" to the Columbia Park Neighborhood for landscaping improvements along University Ave at 36th Ave NE.
      Staff Report:  Columbia Park Landscaping Improvements RCAColumbia Park Landscape PlanColumbia Park Fiscal Agent Request 
      Action Taken:  Approved.

 2.  Triangle Park Landscaping Improvements:
      Authorize execution of a cooperative agreement letter with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to act as the sponsoring unit of government enabling funds to be transferred from the "MnDOT Community Roadside Landscaping Partnership Program" to Friends of Triangle Park for landscaping improvements in Triangle Park.
      Staff Report:  Triangle Park Landscaping RCA Triangle Park Landscaping Plan
      Action Taken:  Approved.

 3. 8th SE Street Reconstruction Project Layout:
     Approve the project layout for the reconstruction of 8th St SE, from 15th Ave SE easterly to the dead-end.
     Staff Report:  8th St SE Project Layout RCA8th St SE Map 18th St SE Map 2
     Action Taken:  Approved.

 4.  Car Sharing Pilot Program Contract:
      Authorize execution of a two-year agreement with Zipcar, Inc. for the Car Sharing Pilot Program.
      Staff Report: Car Sharing Pilot Program RCA
      Action Taken:  Approved.

 5.  Pedestrian Advisory Committee Appointments:
      Appointments and reappointments to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee for terms to expire June 30, 2015.
      Staff Report:  PAC Appointments RCAPAC Appointments REVISED RCA  
      Action Taken:   Approved reappointment of Philip Ailiff, Don Ostrom, and Julia Tabbut; and appointment of Joe Pallansch.

 6.  Central Business District Traffic Signal Timing:
      Authorize amendment to the contract with Alliant Engineering, Inc. extending the termination date of the contract to June 30, 2014 for the retiming of traffic signals located in the Central Business District. No additional appropriation required.
      Staff Report:  Traffic Signal Retiming RCA
      Action Taken:  Approved.

 7.  Traffic Management Center Upgrade and Signal Controller/Cabinet Replacement Project:
      a)  Authorize amendment to the contract with Premier Electrical Corporation extending the contract termination date to July 30, 2014; and
      b)  Approve Supplemental Agreements #2 through #7; Change Orders #2 through #10; and Work Orders #1 through #12 in the sum total of $149,977.39, for a revised contract total of $9,910,372.36, to allow for contingencies provided as part of the original project budget. No additional appropriation required. 
      Staff Report:  Traffic Management Center Project RCA
      Action Taken:  Approved.

 8.  Fridley Filtration Plant Rehabilitation Project:
      Authorize execution of an Engineering Services Agreement with CDM Smith, Inc. in the amount of $965,000 for preliminary design phase services for the rehabilitation of the Fridley Filtration Plant. Funds are available in the Capital budget and no additional appropriation is required.
      (Refer to W&M/Budget)
Staff Report:  Fridley Filtration Plant Rehabilitation RCA
      Action Taken:  Approved.

 9.  Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant Program:
       Authorize amendment to the contract with the Grain Belt Beer Sign and Chris Hage to extend the contract expiration date to December 31, 2014 to allow completion of the Innovative Graffiti Prevention Micro Grant Project. 
       Staff Report:  Graffiti Micro Grant Project RCA
       Action Taken:  Approved.

10.  Bids:
       a) OP 7837, Accept low bid of New Look Contracting, Inc., for an estimated expenditure of $166,835, to complete the 7th St N Pedestrian Crosswalk Enhancements Project;
       b) OP 7859, Accept low bid of Rice Lake Construction Group, for an estimated expenditure of $354,400, to complete the Sodium Hydroxide System Modification Project for the Water Treatment and Distribution Division;
       c)  OP 7868, Accept low bid of Municipal Builders, Inc., for an estimated expenditure of $1,270,700, for furnishing and installing a Sodium Hydroxide Storage and Feed System for the Water Treatment and Distribution Division;
       d)  OP 7871, Accept low bid of Visu-Sewer, Inc., for an estimated expenditure of $460,462.27, for closed circuit inspection of the City’s sanitary sewer system for the Surface Water and Sewer Division; and
       e)  OP 7884, Accept low bid of Waste Management of Minnesota, Inc., for an estimated expenditure of $485,000, for the hauling and disposal of excavation spoils for the Surface Water and Sewer Division.
       (Refer to W&M/Budget)
       Staff Report:  Bid 7837;  Bid 7859Bid 7868Bid 7871Bid 7884
       Action Taken:  Approved.


 11.  Sewer Available Charges (SAC) Workgroup Recommendations:
        a)  Direct staff to implement the following policy and program changes to the City’s administration of the Sewer Availability Charge (SAC) Program:
             • Excess Net Credits: Any excess net (paid) SAC credits will remain in the site-specific fund in an effort to provide additional benefit and incentive for future development on the site(s) which the SAC fees were previously paid
             • Deferral Program: The City of Minneapolis should opt to participate in the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) SAC Deferral Program (including executing a master loan agreement to participate in this program)
             • Transfer of Paid SAC Credits: The City of Minneapolis does not agree to participate in, administer, or facilitate minor (10 credits or less) transfers of paid SAC credits between properties;
        b)  Authorize Public Works to negotiate and execute the master loan agreement to participate in the MCES SAC Deferral Program; and
        c)  Direct staff to return to City Council in one (1) year to report on status and impacts of implementation of the new SAC policies, including staffing and other administrative costs.
        Staff Report:  Sewer Availability Charge RCA
        Action Taken:  Approved.

12.  Minnehaha Ave Reconstruction Layout Approval:
       a)  Approve Hennepin County Transportation Department's Layout 7, dated November 5, 2013, for Minnehaha Ave between E Lake St to 46th St E; and
       b)  Approve formal request from Hennepin County for a variance from Minnesota State Aid Rules for parking lane width for the full length of the project.
       Staff Report: Minnehaha Ave RCA; Minnehaha Ave MAPMinnehaha Ave PowerPoint;  Joint Letter from Minneapolis BAC, Bicycle Coalition, & Sierra Club  
       Action Taken 11/19/2013: Postponed.
       Action Taken:  Approved.

13.  Nawadaha Blvd and Minnehaha Ave Reconstruction Layout Approval:
       a)  Approve project layout; and
       b)  Authorize negotiation with private property owners to acquire and execute easement agreements related to the project, if necessary.
       Staff Report: Nawadaha Blvd/Minnehaha Ave RCA; Nawadaha Blvd/Minnehaha Ave MAP 
       Action Taken 11/19/2013: Postponed.
  Action Taken:  Approved.

14.  Third Avenue Distributor (TAD) Ramp A & Hawthorne Transportation Center Ramp:
       Authorize staff to a) Execute an agreement to grant exclusive rights for a period of two years to Downtown Rooftop Golf, LLC, and/or Downtown Rooftop Youth Center to negotiate airspace leases and other agreements to allow development of a downtown golf and youth center (with all MnDOT fees and third-party costs to be reimbursed by the developer); and
       b)  Execute an agreement with MnDOT granting the City exclusive rights to negotiate an airspace lease with MnDOT for the TAD Ramp A.
       (Also in CD Committee)
       Staff Report:  TAD Ramp A RCA
       Action Taken:  Approved.

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.

Committee actions referred to the next City Council Meeting:  December 13, 2013

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