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THIRTY-NINTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 20, 2006

STATE OF MINNESOTA THIRTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-FOURTH SESSION

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Mark Olson, Chair of the Local Government Committee, called the thirty-ninth meeting to order at 12:41 P.M. on Monday, March 20, 2006, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The clerk noted the roll.

Members present:

OLSON, Mark (Chair)
LANNING, Morrie (V-C)
ANDERSON, Bruce
CHARRON, Mike
GAROFALO, Pat
HILSTROM, Debra
HOLBERG, Mary Liz
HORNSTEIN, Frank
HOSCH, Larry
LENCZEWSKI, Ann
MARQUART, Paul
PAYMAR, Michael
PETERSON, Neil
POPPE, Jeanne
SAMUELSON, Char
SCALZE, Bev
THAO, Cy
WARDLOW, Lynn


Member excused: CORNISH, Tony

A quorum was present.


POPPE, Jeanne moved the Minutes of March 15, 2006 be approved as prepared by the clerk. THE MOTION PREVAILED

ANDERSON, Bruce moved the Minutes of March 16, 2006 be approved as prepared by the clerk. THE MOTION PREVAILED

THAO, Cy moved the Minutes of March 17, 2006 be approved as prepared by the clerk. THE MOTION PREVAILED


HF3446 (Juhnke) Pennock real estate acquisition, building improvement, and conveyance authorized.

HILSTROM, Debra moved to recommend HF3446 pass.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF3446:

Representative Al Juhnke; Kevin Crowley (PO Box 36, Pennock, MN, 56279), Mayor, City of Pennock, P.O. Box 159, Pennock, MN, 56279; and Gary Crowe (306 1st St S, Pennock, MN, 56279), Minnesota Screen Print & Embroidery Inc., 202 Hwy 12 E, Pennock, MN, 56279.

The Chair called Representative Lanning to the Chair.

ANDERSON, Bruce moved to recommend HF3446 be amended as follows:

Page 1, line 21 after “enactment” insert “and expires December 31, 2016”

The Anderson Motion Prevailed.
There being no further testimony, pro or con, the question reoccurred on the Hilstrom Motion as amended, to recommend HF3446 be amended, and when so amended be recommended to pass. THE MOTION PREVAILED


Representative Olson resumed the Chair.

The Chair noted the presence of 9th graders from St. Louis Park High School and welcomed them to the Committee.


HF3452 (Hilstrom) Aitkin County regulation of certain public land interests repealed.

HILSTROM, Debra moved to recommend HF3452 pass.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF3452:

Representative Debra Hilstrom; Carrie Greene, 4703 Ladyslipper Av N, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55443; Gary DeMars, 6512 Orchard Av N, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55429; and Representative Loren Solberg.

There was no further testimony, pro or con.

Without objection HF3452 and the Hilstrom Motion were laid on the table.


ANDERSON, Bruce renewed his Motion to reconsider the Olson Motion as amended, which was considered March 13, 2006 and did not prevail, to recommend HF2867 be amended and when so amended be recommended to pass. THE MOTION PREVAILED

HF2867 (Vandeveer) Incorporation provided and annexation prohibited in certain circumstances.

The Olson Motion as amended to recommend HF2867 be amended and when so amended be recommended to pass was again before the Committee.

At the request of the Chief Author, HOLBERG, Mary Liz moved to recommend HF2867 be further amended as follows:

(see H2867DE2 attached)

The Holberg Motion Prevailed.

Without objection the following were allowed to provided testimony on, and then responded to the Committee’s questions regarding, HF2867 as amended:

Terry Smith (655 North Shore Dr, Forest Lake, MN, 55025), Mayor, City of Forest Lake, 220 Lake St N, Forest Lake, MN, 55025; and Rhonda Sivarajah, County Commissioner, Anoka County Board of Commissioners, 2100 3rd Av, Anoka, MN, 55303.

The question reoccurred on the Olson Motion as amended to recommend HF2867 be amended and when so amended be recommended to pass. THE MOTION PREVAILED


HF3383 (Solberg) Grand Rapids capital improvement bonds issued.

MARQUART, Paul moved to recommend HF3383 pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Capital Investment.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF3383:
Representative Loren Solberg; Ed Treska, City Administrator/City Clerk, and Stephen Bubul (of Kennedy and Graven, 470 U. S. Bank Plaza, 200 Sixth St S, Minneapolis, MN, 55402), attorney, City of Grand Rapids, 420 Pokegama Av N, Grand Rapids, MN, 55744.

There being no further testimony, pro or con, the question reoccurred on the Marquart Motion to recommend HF3383 pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Capital Investment. THE MOTION PREVAILED


Annexation

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding annexation:

Eric Sorensen, City Manager, City of Winona, 207 Lafayette, P.O. Box 378, Winona, MN 55987; and Jason Phillips, 625 Kerry Dr, P.O. Box 1271, Winona, MN, 55987.

Without objection the Committee recessed to the call of the Chair.

Representative Debra Hilstrom reconvened the thirty-ninth meeting at 5:12 P.M.

HF3477 (Hosch) Credit letter release municipal action timelines established.

Representative Larry Hosch provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF3477.

HOSCH, Larry moved to recommend HF3477 pass.

There being no further testimony, pro or con, the question reoccurred on the Hosch Motion to recommend HF3477 pass. THE MOTION PREVAILED


Annexation (continued)

The following individuals offered comments on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding several documents (see DD147, DD147A1 through A7, and DD148 attached), drafted by House Research and included in the members packets or distributed today, which all related to a possible committee bill regarding annexation:

Kari Thurlow of Flaherty & Hood P.A., 525 Park St, Suite 470, St. Paul, MN, 55103, on behalf of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (same address); and Kent Sulem, Attorney, MN Association of Townships, 805 Central Av E, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN, 55376.

During the comments, Representative Olson resumed the Chair.

There was also considerable discussion regarding possible consensus items which could be included in a draft of a committee bill addressing annexation.


Without objection the meeting was adjourned at 8:28 P.M.


REP. MARK D. OLSON, CHAIR



Dave Easterday
Committee Legislative Assistant