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EIGHTH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - February 07, 2005

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

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Mark Olson, Chair of the Local Government Committee, called the eighth meeting to order at 12:34 P.M. on Monday, February 7, 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
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:
HILSTROM, Debra

A quorum was present.

Continuation of the Overview Hearing on Annexation
The following continued their testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding the townships’ perspective on the issue of annexation:

Kent Sulem, Attorney, MN Association of Townships, 805 Central Av E, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN, 55376, and Michael Couri 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.

POPPE, Jeanne moved the Minutes of February 2, 2005 be approved as prepared by the Clerk. THE MOTION PREVAILED

Continuation of the Overview Hearing on Annexation
The following continued her 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.

Committee Discussion of Annexation and Q&A with various stakeholders
The following panel responded to the Committee’s questions regarding annexation:

Michael Couri (information above); Craig Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities, 145 University Av W, St. Paul, MN, 55103-2044; Nancy Larson, Executive Director, MN Association of Small Cities, 21950 CSAH #4, Dassel, MN, 55325; Christine Scotillo (information above); Kent Sulem (information above); 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 meeting was adjourned at 2:15 P.M.


REP. MARK D. OLSON, CHAIR


Dave Easterday
Committee Legislative Assistant