October 16, 2006
Meeting called to order by Mayor Weimerskirch at 5:00 p.m.
Upon Roll Call: Mayor J.P. Weimerskirch, Councilmembers Dennis Meyer, Dick Ledebuhr, Leon Bowman, and Bruce Brinkman
Minute Approval: Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Meyer seconded that the minutes of the October 2, 2006 regular meeting of the Goodview City Council be approved with noted changes. All voted aye, motion carried.
Councilmember Bowman asked what was occurring in the empty lot at the corner of 44th Ave. and Hwy. 61 across from Swenny's Liquor. Mr. Greg Volkart, Director of Public Works, pointed out it was overage of fill being brought over from the blue pond beneath Biesanz Stone. Mayor Weimerskirch thanked the Daily News again for their coverage of City issues.
Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded the off-sale liquor license for Warehouse Wine & Spirits be approved. All voted aye, motion carried.
Mayor Weimerskirch indicated all members of the Council should have received a letter from Mr. Tom Stoa, chairman of Winona's city/county bike trail advisory committee, about a grant the City of Goodview should apply for to build a bike trail from LaCanne Park to Goodview School. The Mayor asked Greg Volkart about the stretch of the current bike path along County Hwy. 32. Mr. Volkart indicated the City already has an easement from the bridge on County Hwy. 32 to Lake Village that runs along the lake side of the trailer court.
Mayor Weimerskirch also told the Council he received a letter from Hiawatha Broadband Communications informing the Council of approximately a $3.00 rate increase. The Mayor pointed out that the City shirt-tails with the City of Winona in negotiations with the cable companies of the area.
The Council was informed of a meeting on Monday, October 30, 2006 at the Green Mill restaurant in Winona of the Southeast MN League of Municipalities. The main agenda topic to be discussed will be the proposed state Constitutional Transportation Amendment. The Mayor asked if anyone wanted to attend to inform the City Administrator, and he will make arrangements with the City picking up the cost of the meeting.
Councilmember Meyer moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded claims in the total amount of $193,275.98 for the following operating funds be approved for payment. All voted aye, motion carried.
General Fund $160,439.62
Revolving Projects Fund 14,344.55
Water Service Fund 7,440.74
Sewer Service Fund 11,051.07
Greg Volkart updated the Council on the status of the Inspection Survey report for Woodhaven I Estates. To date the City has received 30 out of a possible 48 responses, with 24 of those being positive. With the exception of trying to move up the Preferred Project List (PPL), it was noted that with the prospects of receiving a grant being slim, there would be no need to pursue trying to get responses from all 48 residents. Final discussion was tabled until more discussion on the entire Woodhaven project takes place.
Dan Matejka, City Administrator, indicated he had received a copy of the database from the Woodhaven Committee. Greg Volkart reviewed and explained each situation within each segment of the database to the Council. It was pointed out by Councilmember Meyer that this type of review shows each project needs to be reviewed independently of the others, because each project has its own unique characteristics. Also the desirability of living in an area is only enhanced by having City services installed in that area.
Dan Matejka and Greg Volkart shared the latest amounts of the cost-sharing projections for the Woodhaven I Estates project based on the discussion at the October 2 Council meeting. It was noted this latest estimate is approximately $312,000 more than the original $173,830 the City planned to contribute. Councilmember Brinkman asked how the costs in this latest calculation for the City's portion of rock excavation, dewatering, and extra depth compare to those of the Cedar Bay project. Lengthy discussion followed on these individual elements, and how they have been handled on past projects. Mayor Weimerskirch indicated he is both willing and comfortable to review the Cedar Bay project, and thus he directed Greg Volkart to report back to the Council on the cost-sharing breakdown, with explanation, of the project. A resident from Woodhaven, who only would receive sewer service, asked if he would be assessed the whole amount or just the portion for sewer. The Council came to an in-formal consensus of only the part attributable to sewer service would be assessed. A question was asked how the City has handled the cost-sharing of the aggregate base for the streets on past projects. Greg Volkart will investigate and get back to the Council.
Dan Matejka and Greg Volkart presented the first draft of the revised comprehensive assessment policy. The Council identified certain specific points they felt needed to be clarified. These included how long a resident had to hookup to a service that had been installed once the resident's septic system was determined not to meet code. Also, what would happen to the assessment for any new lot that came into existence after the original assessment values had already been determined and potentially paid in some amount. Another point to be clarified was the cost-sharing of turf replacement for private property vs public property. The City Administrator indicated a second draft of the proposed policy will be ready for the next Council meeting on November 6.
A proposed ordinance updating the fees and minimum age for dog licensure within the City was presented for consideration. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded ORDINANCE 26.5, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 26.4, AN ORDINANCE TO THE CONTROL OF DOGS IN THE CITY OF GOODVIEW. All voted aye. The Ordinance was declared adopted.
Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded RESOLUTION NO. 0744, A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE BROM MACHINE AND FOUNDRY DEVELOPMENT (ERIK BROM'S) APPLICATION FOR A CONTAMINATION CLEANUP GRANT TO THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DEED), be adopted. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.
Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded RESOLUTION NO. 0745, A RESOLUTION COMMITTING LOCAL MATCH AND AUTHORIZING CONTRACT SIGNATURE FOR A CONTAMINATION CLEANUP GRANT TO THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DEED) FOR THE BROM MACHINE AND FOUNDRY DEVELOPMENT (ERIK BROM), be adopted. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.
The City Administrator reviewed an updated tax rate projection sheet, along with a spreadsheet comparing the total property taxes for actual 2006 figures to estimated 2007 property tax figures on four different valued homes in Goodview. He indicated once again that the proposed tax levy approved in September cannot increase, but can decrease.
The Mayor told the Council a few members of the Fire Department went last week to review the plans and check on the progress of the new fire truck.
Next meeting is Monday, November 6, 2006, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Office Building.
Adjournment 7:03 p.m