Council approves revenue note for Brooklyn Center project
At the beginning of the Osseo City Council meeting Monday, June 9, the newest council member Dan Spanier was sworn in.
Spanier will be filling the council seat left vacant after the resignation of Bonnie Heinen from the council. This is a temporary filling of the seat, as the seat will be up for grabs in the November election.
Also during the council meeting, the council had a public hearing on the issuance of health care facility revenue notes for Presbyterian Homes for Maranatha Care Center Project in Brooklyn Center.
There was also discussion on a grant for the North Water Tower.
The council unanimously approved the city issuance and sale of health care facility revenue notes and authorized the execution documents relating to Maranatha Care Center Project in Brooklyn Center.
“We have been asked by the city of Brooklyn Center to help it finance the expansion of a Presbyterian Homes project,” City Administrator Doug Reeder said.
The city will be issuing $7 million in bonds for Brooklyn Center with no obligation to Osseo. Reeder added the city would never have to pay off the bonds if something were to happen.
The city of Brooklyn Center will also be compensating the city of Osseo for its help with $8,750.
Mayor Duane Poppe said of the revenue note, “This doesn’t affect our bond rating.”
Water Tower Grant
Also during the meeting, the council heard from Economic Development Intern Emma Notermann about a Minnesota Historical Society grant award for the city’s North Water Tower next to City Hall.
Back in November 2013, the ultimate goal for the North Water Tower was to preserve it. Steps were taken to have the water placed on the National Historical Register of Historic Places.
The first step in the process was to complete a grant application from the Minnesota Historical Society for funding to determine if the water tower was eligible. Last month the city was awarded a grant. The city can now hire a historical consultant to prepare a report on the historic documentation of the role the water tower played in the city.
“The grant is for $6,564 and will cover the costs of hiring the consultant and writing the report to send to the state,” Notermann added.
Once the report is sent to the Minnesota Historical Society, it can determine if the water tower is eligible to submit an application to the National Register for consideration. If the water tower is listed on the National Register, more grants would be available for rehabilitation and restoration.
Administrator Reeder asked if there was an obligation to the city. Notermann said there was not.
The council approved 4-1 to accept the Minnesota Historical Society Grant and to authorize hiring a historical consultant to prepare a report for the North Water Tower. Councilor Allan Hartkopf voted against.
In other action, the council:
APPROVED the hiring of Public Works Maintenance Worker Mike Boettner in the Public Services Department at a salary of $17.90 per hour with benefits effective June 10.
HIRED Tina Northcutt as the new Finance Officer for the city as a probationary full-time employee effective June 30, at an annual salary of $56,000 conditioned on the successful completion of a background investigation.