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1991-07-02 Special City Council Minutes MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EAGAN CITY COUNCIL Eagan, Minnesota July 2, 1991 A special meeting of the Eagan City Council was held in Conference Rooms A and B of the Eagan Municipal Center building on Tuesday, July 2, 1991, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Present were Mayor Egan, City Councilmembers Gustafson, McCrea, Pawlenty and Wachter. Also present were Director of Parks and Recreation Vraa and City Administrator Hedges. The purpose of the meeting was to review a recommendation by the Citizens Recreation Advisory Committee. CITIZENS RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE City Councilmembers Gustafson and McCrea reported on a meeting of the Citizens Recreation Advisory Committee that was held on June 6, 1991, stating that the committee is recommending that capital funds be designated for an ice arena facility and, further, that a bond referendum to consider an outdoor swimming pool be scheduled for a vote of the people as early as August, 1991. Several members of the Citizens Recreation Advisory Committee were present and stated their support for the recommendation. Councilmember Wachter expressed his desire to have the community vote on the entire capital expenditure which includes both the ice arena facility and the outdoor swimming pool. Mayor Egan suggested the City advocate a public process that is accountable for fund raising and promotion of the capital project and further stating that an appropriation of community investment dollars to construct an ice arena facility without a public referendum in a time of budgetary constraints would not be accountable to the community. City Councilmember Gustafson expressed his readiness to proceed with the capital expenditure stating that many decisions have been made to acquire and develop park land for passive and active purposes without a public bond referendum. He further commented that in a city of 50,000 there is no enclosed community building that provides activities for youth such as an ice arena facility and, therefore, suggested acceptance of the Citizens Recreation Advisory Committee's recommendation. City Councilmember Pawlenty expressed his support for the ice arena and outdoor swimming pool, however, he suggested alternatives that include a referendum to determine whether bonds or community investment funds should be used for the project. City Councilmember Gustafson stated that any further review of the process or referendum will delay construction and opening of an ice arena until 1993. City Councilmember McCrea stated that a financial commitment by the City is essential for the success of an ice arena/outdoor swimming pool project. City Councilmembers discussed the feasibility of holding a special election to consider expenditure of public funds and issuance of bonds for the ice arena/outdoor swimming pool project and further expressed concern for the timing and cost of a special election during the month of August. There were also questions raised by the City Council regarding school bond elections that may be held in the month of November for both operating levies and additional schools. There was some additional discussion regarding a potential referendum in November that would authorize the City to spend community investment funds for SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MINUTES JULY 2, 1991 PAGE 2 the ice arena facility and, further, that a bond election be held in the summer of 1992 for the outdoor swimming pool project. After further discussion, the City Administrator was directed to coordinate with the three (3) school districts a schedule of school bond referendums in 1991 and, further, schedule this item for further consideration by the City Council at the next regular meeting scheduled for July 16, 1991. OTHER BUSINESS There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m. TLH July 2, 1991 Date City Clerk