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FIFTEENTH MEETING - FIELD HEARING - Transportation Finance and Policy Division

2019-2020 Regular Session

STATE OF MINNESOTA FIFTEENTH MEETING: FIELD HEARING - Blaine, MN
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY FIRST SESSION

TRANSPORTATION FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION
MINUTES

Representative Hornstein, Chair of the Transportation Finance & Policy Division, called the Fifteenth meeting to order at 9:06 A.M. on March 1st, 2019 in the Blaine City Council Chambers.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

HORNSTEIN, Frank, Chair
TORKELSON, Paul, Lead
BERNARDY, Connie
ELKINS, Steve
HEINRICH, John
KOEGEL, Erin
MASIN, Sandra
NELSON, Michael
PETERSBURG, John
RUNBECK, Linda
WEST, Nolan

Members excused: TABKE, Brad, HAUSMAN, Alice, KOZNICK, Jon, O’DRISCOLL, Tim, RICHARDSON, Ruth, WOLGAMOTT, Dan, YOUAKIM, Cheryl


Chair Hornstein called the meeting to order at 9:06am. A quorum was present.

Representative Petersburg moved to approve the minutes of February 26th, 2019. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Welcoming Remarks:
State Senator Jerry Newton
Tom Ryan, Mayor of Blaine
Doug Fischer, Anoka County Engineer/Transportation Division Manager


HF1654 (Bernardy, C.) Anoka; relating to transportation; appropriating money for certain safety improvements and engineering evaluations.

Representative Bernardy moved HF1654 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Bernardy introduced her bill.

Dan Buchholtz, City Administrator, Spring Lake Park, testified in support of HF1654.

Scott Lund, Mayor of Fridley, testified in support of HF1654.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF1654 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

HF661 (Heinrich, J.) Anoka/Ramsey; relating to capital investment; appropriating money to construct additional lanes on a segment of U.S. Highway 10; authorizing sale and issuance of trunk highway bonds.

Representative Heinrich moved HF661 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Heinrich introduced his bill.

Representative Heinrich moved the A19-0074 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Doug Fischer, Transportation Division Manager and Anoka County Engineer, testified in support of HF661.

Melody Hesselgrave Shryock, City of Ramsey City Councilmember, testified in support of HF661.

Matt Kuker, CEO, PSD Holdings, testified in support of HF661.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF661 as amended for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF110 (Stephenson) Anoka; relating to capital investment; appropriating money to construct additional lanes on a segment of U.S. Highway 10; authorizing

Representative Stephenson offered an oral amendment H0110A1:
Page 1, lines 8 and 14, delete “$30,000,000” and insert “$17,600,000”
THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Representative Stephenson introduced his bill.

Mike Mulrooney, President of CMDC Business Financing, testified in support of HF110.

Matt Kuker, CEO, PSD Holdings, testified in support of HF110.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF110 as amended for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF362 (Stephenson) Anoka; relating to transportation; appropriating money for I-94/U.S. Highway 10 Mississippi River crossing feasibility study.

Representative Stephenson introduced his bill.

Karen George, Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, testified in support of HF362.

Tim Gladhill, Community Development Director, City of Ramsey, testified in support of HF362.

Tim McNeill, Mayor of Dayton, testified in support of HF362.

Bruce Sayler, Principal, Communication, Connexus Energy, testified in support of HF362.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF362 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1597 (West, N.) Anoka; relating to capital investment; appropriating money for an underpass on marked Trunk Highway 65; authorizing the sale and issuance of trunk highway bonds.

Representative West moved HF1597 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative West introduced his bill.

Doug Fischer, Transportation Division Manager and Anoka County Engineer, testified in support of HF1597.

Brian Podany, Blaine Police Chief, testified in support of HF1597.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF1597 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1408 (Koegel, E.) Anoka; relating to public safety; authorizing peace officers to issue citations based on report from work zone flagger; prohibiting wireless communications device use in work zones; providing penalties.

Representative Koegel introduced her bill.

Tim Worke, CEO, Associated General Contractors, testified in support of HF1408.

David Debevec, Ulland Brothers Construction, testified in support of HF1408.

Representative Koegel moved the H1408A1 Amendment. THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF1408 as amended for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1310 (Koegel, E.) Anoka; relating to transportation; appropriating money for safety improvement and an engineering evaluation on a segment of the marked Trunk Highway 47 corridor in Anoka County, requiring a report.

Representative Koegel introduced her bill.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF1310 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


HF1697 (Koegel, E.) Anoka; relating to transportation; capital improvements; appropriating money for East River Road interchange improvements at marked Trunk Highway 610; authorizing the sale and issuance of state bonds.

Representative Koegel introduced her bill.

Chair Hornstein laid over HF1697 for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.


Public Testimony:

Doug Fischer, Transportation Division Manager and Anoka County Engineer, testified before the committee.

Jerry Koch, Mayor of Coon Rapids and North Metro Mayors Association, testified before the committee.

Lorri Higgins, President, North Metro Chamber of Commerce, testified before the committee.

Julie Jeppson, Blaine City Councilmember and Executive Director of Stepping Stone Homeless Shelter, testified before the committee.

Jess Robertson, Blaine City Councilmember, testified before the committee.

Mary McComber, Mayor of Oak Park Heights and President of League of Minnesota Mayors, testified before the committee.

Frank Loeffler, Training Director, LiUNA!, testified before the committee.

Rob Doar, Blaine Resident, testified before the committee.

Katie Toghramadjan, Blaine Resident, testified before the committee.






The meeting was adjourned at 12:12pm.



Representative Frank Hornstein, Chair



Claire Steven, Committee Legislative Assistant

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Agenda:

FIELD HEARING 9:00 a.m. -- Noon Blaine City Hall 10801 Town Square Drive NE Blaine, MN 55449 Bills may be added. All members of the community are invited to attend, and the committee welcomes public testimony. Individuals and groups that wish to provide testimony to the committee may do so by contacting the committee administrator: John.Howe@house.mn

Bills Added:
  • HF1310 (Koegel) - Anoka County; Trunk Highway 47 corridor safety improvements and engineering evaluation funding provided, report required, and money appropriated.
  • HF1654 (Bernardy) - Traffic safety improvements and engineering evaluations funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF362 (Stephenson) - Dayton and Ramsey; I-94/U.S. Highway 10 Mississippi River crossing feasibility study funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1408 (Koegel) - Peace officers authorized to issue citations based on report from work zone flagger, and penalties provided.
  • HF1597 (West) - Blaine; Trunk Highway 65 underpass funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF661 (Heinrich) - Anoka County; U.S. Highway 10 additional lane construction funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF110 (Stephenson) - Coon Rapids; U.S. Highway 10 addition lanes funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
  • HF1697 (Koegel) - Anoka County; East River Road interchange improvements at Trunk Highway 610 funding provided, bonds issued, and money appropriated.
Hearing Documents: