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TWENTIETH MEETING

2005-2006 Regular Session - March 30, 2005

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

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES


Representative Mark Olson, Chair of the Local Government Committee, called the twentieth meeting to order at 12:40 P.M. on Wednesday, March 30, 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
PAYMAR, Michael
PETERSON, Neil
POPPE, Jeanne
SAMUELSON, Char
SCALZE, Bev
THAO, Cy
WARDLOW, Lynn


A quorum was present.


HORNSTEIN, Frank moved the Minutes of March 21, 2005 be approved as prepared by the Clerk. THE MOTION PREVAILED


HF1971 (Nelson, P.) Alternative local government annexation process provided.

ANDERSON, Bruce moved that HF1971 be recommended to pass.

At the request of the Chief Author, ANDERSON, Bruce moved to recommend HF1971 be amended as follows:
(see H1971A1 attached)

The Anderson Motion Prevailed

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF1971 as amended:

Representative Pete Nelson; Kent Sulem, Attorney, MN Association of Townships, 805 Central Av E, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN, 55376; Roger Elmore (7790 250th St, Forest Lake, MN, 55025), Chair, Wyoming Township Board of Supervisors; Larry Parker (28564 Jocelyn Av, Chisago City, MN, 55013), former Chair, Wyoming Township Board of Supervisors, now a resident of the City of Wyoming; and, Brenda Dicken (821 Paxton Rd SW, Rochester, MN, 55902), Supervisor, Rochester Township Board of Supervisors, on behalf of the Local Government Alliance, P.O. Box 369, St. Michael, MN, 55376-0369.

ANDERSON, Bruce moved to recommend HF1971 as amended be further amended as follows:
(see H1971A2 attached)

Without objection HF1971 and the Anderson Motion as amended, including the pending Anderson motion to further amend, were Laid On The Table.
HF2061 (Lanning) Urban development limited on unincorporated property that abuts a municipality in certain cases, and city land use controls extended.

LANNING, Morrie moved to recommend HF2061 be recommended to pass.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF2061:

Representative Morrie Lanning; Kari Thurlow, on behalf of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC), 525 Park St, Suite 470, St. Paul, MN, 55103; Patti Gartland, City Administrator, City of Sartell (125 Pine Cone Rd N, P.O. Box 140, Sartell, MN, 56377), and Co-Chair, Annexation Committee, CGMC (see above); and, Eric Sorensen, City Manager, City of Winona, City Hall, 207 Lafayette, P.O. Box 378, Winona, MN, 55987-0378.

Without objection HF2061 and the Lanning Motion were Laid On The Table.


Without objection the Committee recessed, to reconvene at 6:00 P.M. on March 30, 2005 in Room 500 South of the State Office Building.


Representative Mark Olson, Chair of the Local Government Committee, reconvened the twentieth meeting at 6:16 P.M. on March 30, 2005 in Room 500 South of the State Office Building.


Craig Johnson, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities, 145 University Av W, St. Paul, MN, 55103-2044 provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF1971 as amended.


HF2060 (Liebling) Land use advisory council established, duties provided, certain annexation limits removed, and alternative annexation procedures established for cities in certain cases.

HILSTROM, Debra moved HF2060 be recommended to pass.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF2060:

Representative Tina Liebling; Ardell F. Brede (653 16th St SW, Rochester, MN, 55902), Mayor, City of Rochester, City Hall, 201 4th St SE, Rochester, MN, 55904;

The Chair called Representative Lanning to the Chair.

Gary Neumann, Assistant City Administrator, City of Rochester, (see above); and, Kari Thurlow, CGMC (see above).

Without objection HF2060 and the Hilstrom Motion were Laid On The Table.


The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF1971 as amended, HF2061, and HF2060, and annexation in general:

John Pechman, City Administrator, Chisago City, 10625 Railroad Av, P.O. Box L, Chisago City, MN, 55013; Larry Buboltz (1670 Shore Dr E, Detroit Lakes, MN, 56501), Mayor, City of Detroit Lakes, 1025 Roosevelt Rd, Detroit Lakes, MN, 56501; Dan Buchholtz (2102 Whitetail Run, Buffalo, MN, 55313), City Administrator, City of Hanover, 11250 5th St NE, Hanover, MN, 55341; Christine Scotillo, Director, Municipal Boundary Adjustments Group, State and Community Services Divisions, MN Department of Administration, 658 Cedar St, St. Paul, MN, 55155;

Representative Olson resumed the Chair.

Kent Sulem, MN Association of Townships (see above); Annalee Garletz, Environmental & Natural Resources Policy Analyst, Association of MN Counties, 125 Charles Av, St. Paul, MN, 55103-2108; and, Michael Couri (705 Central Av E, St. Michael, MN, 55376), on behalf of the Local Government Alliance (see above).


GAROFALO, Pat moved to take HF1971 and the Anderson Motion as amended, including the Anderson Motion to further amend, from the table.

HILSTROM, Debra requested a roll call vote.

Those who voted in the affirmative:
ANDERSON, Bruce
CHARRON, Mike
CORNISH, Tony
GAROFALO, Pat
HOLBERG, Mary Liz
LENCZEWSKI, Ann
WARDLOW, Lynn
OLSON, Mark (Chair)


Those who voted in the negative:

HILSTROM, Debra
HORNSTEIN, Frank
HOSCH, Larry
LANNING, Morrie
MARQUART, Paul
PETERSON, Neil
POPPE, Jeanne
SAMUELSON, Char
SCALZE, Bev


Those who did not vote:

PAYMAR, Michael
THAO, Cy


There being 8 ayes and 9 nays, THE MOTION DID NOT PREVAIL.

The Chair called Representative Lanning to the Chair.


HF0865 (Olson) Precinct boundary annexation procedures modified.

OLSON, Mark moved HF0865 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF0865:

Representative Mark Olson; and, Tony Kielkucki, Deputy Secretary of State, Elections, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St. Paul, MN, 55155.

The question re-occurred on the Olson Motion that HF0865 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance. THE MOTION PREVAILED


HF2086 (Beard) Metropolitan Airports Commission appointment senate confirmation required, term limits imposed, aviation knowledge and experience required, and nominating committee created.

HORNSTEIN, Frank moved HF2086 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF2086:

Representative Mike Beard; Bill Dunn, Vice-President, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD, 21701; Ben Seppman, Vice-President, and Ed Mays (19672 Michael Av, Hastings, MN, 55033) on behalf of, MN Business Aviation Association, 3800 70th St E, Minneapolis, MN, 55450.

SAMUELSON, Char moved to recommend HF2086 be amended as follows:

Page 1, line 17, insert ", one" after "governor"

The Motion Prevailed

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF2086 as amended:

Jeff Hamiel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission, 6040 28th Av S, Minneapolis, MN, 55450.

There being no further testimony pro or con, the question re-occurred on the Hornstein Motion as amended to recommend HF2086 be amended, and when so amended be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation. There being 9 ayes and 8 nays, THE MOTION PREVAILED


HF1732 (Blaine) Agricultural loan provisions modified, livestock equipment pilot loan program established, livestock zoning requirements modified, town road repairs funding provided, and money appropriated.

MARQUART, Paul moved HF1732, the first engrossment, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation Finance.

The following provided testimony on and responded to the Committee’s questions regarding HF1732, the first engrossment:

Representative Greg Blaine; Perry Aasness, Assistant Commissioner, MN Department of Agriculture, 90 Plato Blvd W, St. Paul, MN, 55107; and, Kent Sulem of the MN Association of Townships (see above).
Paul Sobocinski (24649 230th St, Wabasso, MN, 56293), Program Organizer, Policy Office, Land Stewardship Project, 2919 42nd St. E, Minneapolis, MN, 55406; Dale Hennen (1380 Arona St, St. Paul, MN, 55108), Member of the Board of Directors, Minnesota Environmental Partnership, 2356 University Av W, Suite 244, St. Paul, MN, 55114; Jeff Kunstleben (30402 Co Rd 10, Albany, MN, 56307), President, MN Citizens Organized Acting Together, 2469 University Av, St. Paul, MN, 55114; Thom Peterson, Director of Governmental Relations, MN Farmers’ Union, 600 Co Rd D W #14, St. Paul, MN, 55112; Peggy Hanson (500 Calhoun Av, Lanesboro, MN, 55949); David Pechulis (516 Pleasant St NE, Preston, MN, 55965); Allene Moesler (29411 Endress Way, Cannon Falls, MN, 55009), on behalf of the MN League of Women Voters, 500 Rice St, St. Paul, MN, 55155; and, Guenther Moesler (29411 Endress Way, Cannon Falls, MN, 55009), Chair, Planning & Zoning Commission, Randolph Township, 4365 292nd St E, PO Box 142, Randolph, MN, 55065.

The time allotted for testimony on HF1732 having expired, without objection HF1732 and the Hilstrom Motion that HF1732, the first engrossment, be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation Finance, were Laid On The Table.


Without objection the meeting was adjourned at 12:11 A.M., Thursday, March 31, 2005.



REP. MARK D. OLSON, CHAIR


Dave Easterday
Committee Legislative Assistant