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AMENDED MINUTES <br /> OF THE WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT EDINA PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY <br /> AUGUST 28, 2007 <br /> 11:30 A.M. <br /> Mayor Hovland called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room of <br /> Edina Public Works Building. Answering rollcall were: Members Bennett, Housh, <br /> Masica, Swenson and Mayor Hovland. Staff present included: Gordon Hughes, City <br /> Manager; Heather Worthington, Assistant City Manager; Cary Teague, Planning <br /> Director; Wayne Houle, City Engineer; John Keprios, Park Director; Vince Cockriel, <br /> Park Superintendent; John Wallin, Finance Director; Jennifer Bennerotte, Marketing & <br /> Communications Director; and Debra Mangen, City Clerk. Also present was Jeff Oertel, <br /> Oertel Architects, consultant. <br /> Mayor Hovland said the purpose of the study session was to review the possibility of <br /> the City's Public Works Department moving into the Con Agra building from their <br /> location on Eden Avenue. <br /> Manager Hughes said it has been a long-standing desire to find a location to house the <br /> Edina Public Works facility that better suits the needs of the staff and be able to <br /> adequately house the large fleet of vehicles needed to perform the maintenance for the <br /> City of Edina. He noted that several issues exist with the current facility including air <br /> quality, inadequate space, parking and accessibility. Mr. Hughes explained finding a <br /> new site within a fully-developed City has been a very difficult task. Ideally, the <br /> operations performed at Public Works should be located on a site of ten to twelve acres. <br /> He noted that approximately five sites were reviewed and considered before the one <br /> presently under consideration, the Con Agra site,was considered. <br /> Mr. Hughes, with the aid of Engineer Houle and Architect Oertel, reviewed the <br /> opportunity available to the City. Opus has obtained an option on the Con Agra site <br /> that would eventually house Public Works. If the City were to proceed, Opus would <br /> acquire the existing Public Works site and redevelop the site. The City would acquire <br /> the Con Agra site and refurbish it to house the Edina Public Works staff and rolling <br /> stock. <br /> Pros and cons of the location were reviewed along with proposed methods of funding <br /> the estimated ten million net cost of pursuing the venture. The Council discussed with <br /> staff the advisability of issuing an RFP for the existing Public Works site. Staff was <br /> directed to continue the pursuit of the Con Agra site and to develop an RFP for the <br /> existing Public Works site. The Council and staff toured the existing Public Works site. <br /> Mayor Hovland declared the meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, ima <br /> Debra angen, ty Clerk <br />