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Goodview City Council - January 22, 2007 (02/07/2007)
Mayor J.P. Weimerskirch, Councilmembers Dick Ledebuhr, Leon Bowman, and Bruce Brinkman were present.

Mayor Weimerskirch recommended Mr. Charlie Andring to replace former Councilmember Dennis Meyer who resigned on January 8, 2007 due to change of residence. This is a two-year term through December 31, 2008. Mr. Andring is a 30-year resident of Goodview, and a former member and President of the Goodview Activity Group. All voted aye, motion carried.

Councilmember Ledebuhr asked Mr. Greg Volkart, City Director of Public Works, who is responsible for inspecting city sidewalks? According to Mr. Volkart the city does the inspecting. Councilmember Ledebuhr also requested if the sidewalk on Sixth Street by the ballpark could be plowed towards 44th Avenue, instead of the other direction as currently being done. He also inquired about the possibility of the Pledge of Allegiance being said at the beginning of each City Council meeting. The Mayor commended Greg Volkart and his crew for the good job plowing the snow after the latest storm. He also informed the Council he had received, and reviewed, five names for the vacant council seat, all of which he felt would have done a tremendous job for the city if they had been appointed.

City Administrator Dan Matejka presented the budget update through December, 2006, for all General, Debt Service, Water, and Sewer revenue and expenditure accounts.

The Mayor pointed out his concerns with the Governor's State of the State address as outlined in the Council packet. Specifically property tax limits, education, and E-85 gasoline.

Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded claims in the total amount of $203,950.71 for the following operating funds be approved for payment. All voted aye, motion carried.

General Fund $118,133.15

Revolving Projects Fund 70,006.99

Water Service Fund 3,612.49

Sewer Service Fund 12,198.08

Mayor Weimerskirch reviewed the 2007 committee assignments and council liaisons with new Councilmember Andring being slotted in the TBD openings. The City Administrator informed the council he is still waiting to hear back from Dr. Paul Grafenberg, but recommended to include the doctor at this time with the understanding if he elects not to serve, those two positions would have to be filled. Motion carried.

Ordinance No. 86.1 (AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE RATES AND CHARGES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF GOODVIEW) was presented to the Council with a slight alteration in Section 5.0 to add language indicating that the water and sewer, and the dog license rates have already been approved by the council at previous meetings and thus they became effective January 1, 2007. Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve Ordinance 86.1 with amendment. The ordinance was declared adopted.

Dan Matejka and Greg Volkart presented rationale to renew the cleaning contract with Dan Brommerich Maintenance effective January 1, 2007. Councilmember Bowman clarified his thoughts on these duties being incorporated into the new Maintenance Laborer I position, with the cost being the major factor. He also suggested the city research this possibility more when the Brommerich contract comes up for renewal again. Councilmember Andring moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to approve the contract with Dan Brommerich Maintenance. All voted aye, motion carried.

Ordinance No. 40.4 (AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE MEETING DATES AND HOURS OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GOODVIEW, MINNESOTA) was presented to the Council reflecting an update in meeting times from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded to approve Ordinance 40.4. The ordinance was declared adopted.

City Administrator Dan Matejka explained the AWAIR Health & Safety Program to the Council noting no changes from the previous year's document. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to approve the City's AWAIR program. All voted aye, motion carried.

An amendment of Ordinance 43 (AN ORDINANCE REGULATING JUNK YARDS, JUNK DEALER, INCLUDING JUNK MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS THEROF) was presented to the council. The amendment clarified the cost of the permit fee from $25.00 to "as prescribed in the City Ordinance establishing the rates and charges for services provided by the City of Goodview at the time of application or renewal." Discussion followed on various topics including who can initially notify the city of a possible ordinance violation to who determines if a business is a junk yard or not. Councilmember Bowman indicated he felt Ordinance 43, with the proposed change, is a good strong ordinance with many good aspects. Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded to approve the amended Ordinance 43. The ordinance was adopted.

Greg Volkart informed the Council the City received nearly 100 applicants for the new Maintenance Laborer I position the city advertised. He, along with the City Administrator and the Maintenance II staff person, will plan to interview 6-8 individuals by the end of January. He also indicated this is a brand new position as the city has never had a Laborer position before. The City Administrator briefly described the job evaluation process the city uses to establish points for each job and its duties. The Mayor informed the Council of the normal process of approving new positions or evaluations of present staff, which include providing a job description along with the job responsibilities. Motion carried.

Dan Matejka presented a rough draft to the Council of a possible newspaper ad the city would publish informing the public of the increased water and sewer rates that went into effect January 1, 2007. Discussion followed with the council directing city staff to do an analysis of costs between the ads and individual mailings to each homeowner who receives one or both of the services, and then following through with whichever course of action was deemed to be most cost effective.

Greg Volkart informed the council he had correspondence with Ms. Julie Carr of the Rail Administration of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT) about the city's application for funding to install railroad crossings at 69th Avenue. Ms. Carr indicated her department should find out more within a couple of months.

Councilmember Bowman informed the council he is going to pursue clarification on some conflicting reports he received from the State Department of Health concerning the city's drinking water in reference to the radium issue facing the city from the Federal Department of Health. He will keep the council updated on his findings.

Councilmember Brinkman inquired on the status of the Woodhaven I Estates project. Greg Volkart indicated the City Engineer is currently working on the plans and specifications of the project, and the goal of the Engineer is to advertise for bids in early March, 2007.

Next meeting is Monday, February 5, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Office Building. 

 

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