HRA Minutes

June 17, 2008

A special meeting of the Hopkins Housing and Redevelopment Authority was held June 17, 2008, at Hopkins City Hall. Present were Chairman Eugene Maxwell, Commissioners Rick Brausen, Kristi Halverson, Bruce Rowan and Cheryl Youakim.  Also present were Executive Director Rick Getschow, Assistant Executive Director Kersten Elverum and City Attorney Jerry Steiner.

  1. Call To Order
    The meeting was called to order at 7 pm.
  2. New Business
    1. ITEM 2008-08 Public Hearing: authorization of eminent domain proceedings—Block 64
      Ms. Everum gave an overview of this item. 
         The public hearing was opened at 7:10 p.m.
          Attorneys Robert Deike of Bradley & Deike and Robert Lindall of Kennedy & Graven were present. Mr. Lindall explained the condemnation process. 
          Jon Morphen, Schnitker & Associates, indicated he is representing the owners of 525 Mainstreet. He stated that his client rejects the purchase offer, is obtaining his own appraisal and that moving would be a financial hardship, due to the client base.
          No one else spoke at the public hearing. 
          Commissioner Brausen moved, Commissioner Youakim seconded, to close the public hearing. The motion was approved unanimously. The public hearing was closed at 7:15 p.m.
          Mayor Maxwell and Commissioners Brausen and Youakim expressed how important the project is and that this decision is not being entered into without a great deal of consideration.
          Commissioner Rowan moved, Commissioner Brausen seconded, to approve Resolution 453, authorizing eminent domain proceedings to acquire certain property for redevelopment purposes.  Mayor Maxwell asked for a roll call.  The vote was Commissioner Halverson, aye; Commissioner Rowan, aye; Commissioner Brausen, aye; Commissioner Youakim, aye; and Mayor Maxwell, aye.  The motion passed unanimously.
  3. Adjournment
    Commissioner Halverson moved, Commissioner Brausen seconded, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.