NOTICE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN SALE

Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on February 5, 2020, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2002 Chry. Town and Ctry., Vin #2C4GP54L12R738605. 

Storage and lien sale fees are due as of December 3, 2019 is $739.60.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s) Shane Lamar Grant

Lienholders: None

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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NOTICE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN SALE

Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on February 5, 2020, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, Vin #1C4PJMBS6FW680560. 

Storage and lien sale fees are due as of December 3, 2019 is $1,950.40.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s) E Surance, Michael Bickford

Lienholders: None

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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NOTICE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN SALE

Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on February 5, 2020, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 1997 Ford F250, Vin #1FTHX26G9VEC71163. 

Storage and lien sale fees are due as of December 4, 2019 is $619.60.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s) Gene C. Silvestrini

Lienholders: None

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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REORGANIZATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 

Albany Area Schools 

ISD #745 

January 8, 2020, 7:00 PM 

District Board Room 

A G E N D A

1. Call to Order

2. Seat New Board Members 

3. Roll Call

4. Agenda -- Additions and Deletions

5. Organization of 2020 Board of Education

5. 1. Election of Officers

5. 2. Establish Remuneration of Board Members

5. 3. Establish Board Meeting Dates

5. 4. Authorize Bank Depositories

5. 5. Authorize Official Signatures

5. 6. Select Official Newspaper

5. 7. Select School District Attorney and Identify Who May Contact Attorney on behalf of the District

5. 8. Select School District Auditor

5. 9. Authorize Business Manager and Superintendent to Invest Excess Funds 

5. 10. Authorize Business Manager and Superintendent to Make Electronic Fund transfers

5. 11. Authorize Superintendent to Expend Funds within Budget Guidelines 

5. 12. Appoint Board Committee Members

6. Public Forum

7. Consent Agenda

8. Superintendent Report 

9. Adjournment

Note: Items may be added to the agenda which have an immediate effect on the operation of the school district. An effort will be made to keep additions to a minimum.

Matt Kreuzer, Clerk

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Notice of Public Meeting for the Disposition of Railbank Property in Stearns County

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has ownership of the railbank corridor, and is proposing the sale of a 34 foot strip of railbank property to the City of Albany.  This notice is published pursuant to State Statute 222.63, and Minnesota rules 8830.5820 and 8830.5840

A public meeting will be held at the Albany City Hall, 400 Railroad Avenue, Albany, MN, 56307 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 5 to 6 pm to afford the public an opportunity to view the proposed sale.

The rail line is 39,607 square feet, or 0.1 miles long.  It is located in Albany, Stearns County.  The line with tracks removed was acquired from the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad in 1994.  The sale property would create an opportunity for economic development to the purchaser, the City of Albany.

If any person objects to the above action, written notification must be received by February 28, 2020 by the Department’s contact for the above matter:

Rebecca Swenson, Real Estate Representative, Office of Land Management, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St Paul MN 55155-1800.  You may also call at 651-366-3462.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance.

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Request for Proposals for Advanced Metering Infrastructure System and Meter Replacement

January 8, 2020

Proposal

The City of Albany, Minnesota will receive proposals from qualified firms to design and provide an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) System for the City of Albany (City).

The City’s primary objective is to have a fixed network Advanced Metering Infrastructure System designed and implemented to work with an expected accuracy of 99% or more for the service area inside the City containing approximately 975 water meters.  It is expected that the system will collect and process meter time of use/rate of use/side data; record operating statistics; report alarms, alerts and exceptions; provide 2-way communication; and enable other advancements in customer services.

The City appreciates the proposer’s expertise and capabilities and does not intend to write a detailed specification to address every feature and component of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure System for the City.  However, the intent of this RFP is to allow vendors to provide the City with the best solution given the requirements set forth by the City.  This approach enables the City to take advantage of the most technologically advanced system available while allowing fair evaluation of all responses and remaining within standard purchasing procedures.

Background Information

The City of Albany has approximately 975 water accounts with water meters ranging in size from 5/8” to 6”.  The City does not have an existing fixed meter reading network.  The majority of the existing metering infrastructure consists of water meters/radio transmitters of various models currently being read on drive-by remote read systems or are being read individually on site.

Project Work Plan

The submittal shall include a description of the approach to accomplishing the Project Work Plan including tasks to be performed, areas of special emphasis and the number and qualifications of staff assigned to accomplish the Work Plan.  The firm must demonstrate an expertise and understanding, the capability to provide the requested services and a commitment to meet the City of Albany’s expectations.

Project Work Plan will include but not limited to the following:

Furnish fixed network AMI system data collection units (DCUs). This Includes installation of the DCUs and required support structures, not supplied by the city (water towers) and electrical power, capable of capturing signals from Radio Transmitter Units (RTUs) 

Mobile radio interrogator units to be used in conjunction with the system in mobile drive-by mode, in the event the DCUs are inoperable.  

Install all meters in sizes and numbers indicated in Estimate Meter Count Chart, furnished by City and install all meters along with RTUs capable of receiving data from said meters, and transmitting this and other relevant information to fixed location DCUs installed as part of this contract. 

Furnish and install the communication or data transfer system and or software capable of transferring data from DCU’s to hosted meter reading network. 

Furnish and install a meter reading system control computer or supply hosted services for data storage into which the data from the RTUs and other information necessary to operate and maintain the AMI system may be input and stored. 

Furnish the software or programming necessary to operate the system and communicate meter reading data to the City’s customer information and billing systems. 

Obtain all Federal, State and local permits required for the installation and operation of the system.

Provide technical support during system deployment and complete installation of all new meters.

Provide documentation adequately describing the operation and maintenance of the AMI and metering system and its components, for use by City employees or agents. 

Provide Training sufficient to enable City personnel to operate and maintain the system efficiently.

Provide technical support for the system over its expected life, including on-site and telephone or email support for City personnel, and patches and upgrades to the system software to ensure that the system continues to perform to design criteria.

Furnish and install any other equipment not specifically described above, but that is needed for the City to efficiently operate the AMI system, for the expected life of the system.

All existing meters shall remain the property of the City of Albany and shall be delivered to the City Public Works Department after the replacement is complete.

Submission Requirements

Proposals (four hard copies) will be accepted until January 31, 2020 at 4:30 PM.  Submit to the Director of Public Services at the following address:Mr. Joe Mergen, Albany City Hall, 400 Railroad Avenue, PO Box 370, Albany, MN 56307

The submittal may be structured in a way that most effectively presents the proposal.  The proposal should be concise and limited to a maximum of 20 single-sided, 8½” x 11” pages with a font size no smaller than 11-point.  Fold-out exhibits may be used but will be included in the 20-page count.  Resumes may be included as an appendix. The submittal elements should be bound into a single document and should contain all the information needed for consideration by the Selection Committee in evaluating the proposal. 

Photos and spreadsheet of the existing commercial meters, and photos of the City water tower and pump house, are available upon request.

Cost Proposal 

The firm’s fee for completing this work is an important consideration, however, qualifications, experience, approach to completing the work, and ability to address the City’s needs are the most important criteria.  The cost proposal will be used with all other elements of the submittal for making a recommendation.  The cost proposal will not be considered a bid; it will be used as the starting point for negotiating a contract for the work.

The City reserves the right to negotiate professional services from the selected firm(s) as deemed necessary to fulfill the project intent.  

Firm Selection Process

A Selection Committee will conduct a firm selection process and will provide a recommendation to the Albany City Council.  In formulating the recommendation, the Selection Committee shall consider the qualifications and experience of the firm, the anticipated cost of services and other appropriate factors (see below).  The Selection Committee shall negotiate contract(s) with the selected firm(s).  

Tentative Schedule

Request for Proposals Advertised January 8, 2020

Proposals Due January 31, 2020

Tentative Selection Announced February 19, 2020

Finalize Work Plan, Fees and Contract March 13, 2020

Additional Information

Submit any questions, in writing, to the City of Albany by January 17, 2020. A written response will be provided to all interested firms.  

Joe Mergen, Public Works Director, 400 Railroad Avenue, PO Box 370, Albany, MN 56307 or jmergen@albanytel.com

Contact Joe Mergen, Public Works Director, at (320) 980-2990, or Gary Winkels, Assistant Public Works, at (320) 908-4894, with questions regarding this Request for Proposal.

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