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Goodview City Council Minutes (03/21/2007)
March 5, 2007

Meeting called to order by Mayor Weimerskirch at 5:00 p.m.

Upon Roll Call: Mayor J.P. Weimerskirch, Councilmembers Dick Ledebuhr, Leon Bowman, Bruce Brinkman, and Charlie Andring were present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Consent Agenda: Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. The agenda included the minutes of the February 26, 2007 regular meeting of the Goodview City Council.

The entire Council once again complimented the City maintenance staff for the excellent job they did snowplowing after the latest storm.

Mayor Weimerskirch asked if it would be possible to include a Police vehicle report (i.e.; mileage, condition, recent repairs, etc.) in next months Chief of Police administrative report. Councilmember Andring indicated it helped having the names of each officer on the Chief's report. He also asked for clarification on the happenings concerning the two tanker fire trucks and the switching of the chassis. City Administrator Dan Matejka explained the whole process and assured the Council the whole project, including the purchase of the truck from Belgrade, MN, was within the allotted budget. The Mayor inquired on the status of the GIS system for the Maintenance Department. The City Administrator informed the Council the latest software upgrade had arrived and Aaron Lofgren of the Maintenance Department, and Nancy Gaulke from the City office will soon start working on its implementation.

The City Administrator explained the concept of the proposed 50% reduction in water assessments for the households in the Woodhaven I Estates Utility Improvement Project. This could affect up to nine residences in the subdivision. He also conveyed the two major concerns the City would have with installing a booster station to allow the nine households to receive water. The first concern is that of cost. Indicating a booster station would cost in the neighborhood of $110,000, of which all of this cost being the City's.

The other concern is where it would be located so it would provide the most benefit to the entire project. Councilmember Andring suggested the homeowners pick up 40% of the estimated cost. He also asked if there was any potential for any other housing developments in this area. It was pointed out that nothing is in the mix at this time, and because of the terrain, it would be difficult to develop the area in question. Councilmember Brinkman indicated to the best of his knowledge there are no more buildable sites left in Woodhaven I. He strongly expressed his belief that none of the individuals who won't receive any water service should have to pay any of the costs associated with this project dealing with water. It is also his belief there may not be any homeowner insurance savings just because of having hydrant fire protection versus tanker protection. This is a moving variable from insurance company to insurance company. Councilmember Ledebuhr questioned why the project doesn't include installing the infrastructure to get water to these potentially nine houses just in case the City does something in the future to solve this dilemma. Councilmember Bowman expressed what he believes to be the three major questions in solving this issue; (1) What can the City afford?, (2) What does the City need to do to get the job done?, and (3) What will be acceptable to everybody? The Mayor voiced his belief at this time to be whatever amount is not assessed to these potentially nine households will be divided among the other households who actually do receive water service, just as the sewer is divided amongst all the households because they all will actually receive sewer service. He clarified to the Council the proposed percentage options being discussed at this time to be 0%, 20% (his suggestion), 40%, and 50%. Councilmember Bowman expressed it was his belief he couldn't support 0%, because there is at least some insurance benefit to having hydrant fire protection service. Dan Matejka suggested tabling the discussion until the next regular Council meeting on Monday, March 19, 2007, at which time the City should know more on the entire project due to the fact the engineering work should be done, and the project should be out for bids by that time. It was suggested to invite the City Engineer, Mr. Bill Trygstad, to attend the meeting on the 19th to give the Council an update on the entire project. This idea was well received, thus the topic will be discussed further at the next meeting.

City Administrator Matejka gave the Council an overview of meetings he had with Ms. Linda Jacobs of the Community Education Department of ISD #861, and Ms. Julie Fassbender of the Winona Park Recreation (WPR) Department. Mayor Weimerskirch gave the Council a history lesson on where the Goodview Park Rec. program was when it offered activities such as crafts, baseball, and softball to name a few. It disbanded from the lack of participation and funds. Ms. Fassbender gave the Council some ideas on what her department may offer within the City of Goodview. These would basically be a second session of one already being offered to be held within the City of Winona. The overwhelming theme of the sessions will be structured like camps, and not organized leagues of any sort as leagues require a long-term commitment not only on the part of the participants, but their parents/guardians also. These camps work the best because the WPR already has the staff on hand, along with the curriculum of the camp. Getting the word out to potential participants could be done through a variety of methods including "backpack mailings", ads in the local paper(s), or public service announcements on local television stations. Ms. Jacobs indicated they will certainly help with the tasks of informing the public, but also pointed out that Community Education's role is to fill the gaps between the offerings of the WPR and other organizations. Councilmember Brinkman expressed his approval of the "camp" idea, but did voice a concern over the $10 premium Goodview residents pay to participate or use any Winona program or facility. Discussion followed on some potential ideas to deal with this issue, including the City of Winona invoicing the City of Goodview for the $10 fees that were waived to the individual Goodview resident. The Mayor and Councilmember Ledebuhr both expressed concern over the potential cost to the City of Goodview, especially since all of this is currently unbudgeted for in 2007. The Mayor expressed his appreciation of both ladies involvement, and asked Ms. Fassbender to put together, for the next meeting on the 19th of March, a proposal of what was discussed this evening for class offerings and an estimated budget. He will then use the proposal to discuss the topic with the Goodview Activity Group (GAG) for a possible donation for the project.

Winona County Sheriff Mr. Dave Brand attended the meeting to offer his and his departments support to the City of Goodview, and to let the Council know Winona County appreciates the work the Police officers of the City of Goodview do. Discussion followed on various topics including K-9 officers. The Mayor asked Sheriff Brand to make sure the various departments with Police dogs work together with trainings.

Next meeting is Monday, March 19, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. in the City Office Building.

Adjournment 6:27 p.m. 

 

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