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stricken= old language to be removed underscored = new language to be added CHAPTER 402-H.F.No. 2375 An act relating to local improvements; requiring a report to show the need and cost-effectiveness of local improvements; prohibiting fees for preparing certain reports from being based primarily on the estimated cost of improvement; amending Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 429.031, subdivision 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 429.031, subdivision 1, is amended to read: Subdivision 1. [PREPARATION OF PLANS, NOTICE OF HEARING.] Before the municipality awards a contract for an improvement or orders it made by day labor, or before the municipality shall have the power tomay assess any portion of the cost of an improvement to be made under a cooperative agreement with the state or another political subdivision for sharing the cost of making suchthe improvement, the council shall hold a public hearing on the proposed improvement following two publications in the newspaper of a notice stating the time and place of the hearing, the general nature of the improvement, the estimated cost, and the area proposed to be assessed. The two publications shallmust be a week apart, and the hearing shallmust be at least three days after the lastsecond publication. Not less than 10 days before the hearing, notice thereof shallof the hearing must also be mailed to the owner of each parcel within the area proposed to be assessed, but failure to give mailed notice or any defects in the notice shalldoes not invalidate the proceedings. For the purpose of giving mailed notice, owners shall beare those shown to be suchas owners on the records of the county auditor or, in any county where tax statements are mailed by the county treasurer, on the records of the county treasurer; but other appropriate records may be used for this purpose. However, as toFor properties whichthat are tax exempt or subject to taxation on a gross earnings basis and are not listed on the records of the county auditor or the county treasurer, the owners thereof shallmay be ascertained by any practicable means, and mailed notice shallmust be given them as hereinprovided in this subdivision. Prior toBefore the adoption of sucha resolution ordering the improvement, the council shall secure from the city engineer or some other competent person of its selection a report advising it in a preliminary way as to whether the proposed improvement is necessary, cost-effective, and feasible and as to whether it should best be made as proposed or in connection with some other improvement. andThe report must also include the estimated cost of the improvement as recommended ; but. No error or omission in suchthe report shall invalidateinvalidates the proceeding unless it materially prejudices the interests of an owner. If the report is not prepared by an employee of a municipality, the compensation for preparing the report under this subdivision must be based on the following factors: (1) the time and labor required; (2) the experience and knowledge of the preparer; (3) the complexity and novelty of the problems involved; and (4) the extent of the responsibilities assumed. The compensation must not be based primarily on a percentage of the estimated cost of the improvement. The council may also take suchother steps prior to the hearing, including, among other things, the preparation of plans and specifications and the advertisement for bids thereon, asthat will in its judgment provide helpful information in determining the desirability and feasibility of the improvement. The hearing may be adjourned from time to time, and a resolution ordering the improvement may be adopted at any time within six months after the date of the hearing by vote of a majority of all members of the council when the improvement has been petitioned for by the owners of not less than 35 percent in frontage of the real property abutting on the streets named in the petition as the location of the improvement. When there has been no such petition, the resolution may be adopted only by vote of four-fifths of all members of the council; provided that if the mayor of the municipality is a member of the council but has no vote or votes only in case of a tie, the mayor shallis not bedeemed to be a member for the purpose of determining sucha four-fifths majority vote. The resolution ordering the improvement may reduce, but not increase, the extent of the improvement as stated in the notice of hearing. Presented to the governor March 29, 1996 Signed by the governor April 2, 1996, 10:18 a.m.