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FOURTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - January 24, 2005

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

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Mark Olson, Chair of the Local Government Committee, called the fourth meeting to order at 12:35 P.M. on Monday, January 24, 2005, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Clerk noted the roll.

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


Member Absent:
PAYMAR, Michael


A quorum was present.

Overview Hearing on Annexation
The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding Municipal Boundary Adjustments:

Christine Scotillo, Director, Municipal Boundary Adjustments Group, State and Community Services Divisions, MN Department of Administration, 658 Cedar St, St. Paul, MN, 55155.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding interim activities on this issue:

Nancy Larson, Executive Director, MN Association of Small Cities, 21950 CSAH #4, Dassel, MN, 55325, and Kent Sulem, Attorney, MN Association of Townships, 805 Central Av E, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN, 55376.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding the cities’ perspective on this issue:

Craig Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations, Representative, League of Minnesota Cities, 145 University Av W, St. Paul, MN, 55103-2044, and 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.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding the townships’ perspective on this issue:

Kent Sulem, Attorney, MN Association of Townships, 805 Central Av E, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN, 55376, Michael Couri and Robert Ruppe, both of Couri, MacArthur & Ruppe, P.L.L.P., 705 Central Av E, P.O. Box 369, St. Michael, MN, 55376-0369, on behalf of the Local Government Alliance.


HILSTROM, Debra moved the Minutes of both January 12 and January 19, 2005 be approved as prepared by the Clerk. THE MOTION PREVAILED


The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 P.M.

REP. MARK D. OLSON, CHAIR



Dave Easterday
Committee Legislative Assistant