June 18, 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 Andring moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. The agenda included the minutes of the June 4, 2007 regular meeting of the Goodview City Council. It also included claims in the total amount of $157,359.87 for the following operating funds;
General Fund $119,316.73
Revolving Projects Fund 437.18
Debt (2007 Utility Project) 84.65
Water Service Fund 23,390.15
Sewer Service Fund 14,131.16
After some discussion concerning the claims for aviation training reimbursements and O'Reilly Auto Parts, all voted aye and the
motion carried. Councilmember Bowman indicated he had a conversation with Mr. Toby Schmidt about the City obtaining an easement for the private road in front of Mr. Schmidt's house in Woodhaven I. According to Mr. Greg Volkart, the Director of Public Works for the City, the City currently has an access easement for the drive and is having the City Attorney incorporate language into the easement for utilities. The Councilmember also mentioned the fact a couple of empty lots in Country Meadows need to be mowed. Mr. Volkart said he will look into it, and get it taken care of. Councilmember Brinkman expressed his pleasure and thanks to the City's Maintenance Department for keeping LaCanne Park in such great shape, especially with the high volume of usage it is now receiving during the summer months.
Concerning the agenda item of permits for owners of three or more dogs, Councilmember Andring questioned if the City had a maximum limit on the number of dogs one person could own. Also, if the City has any language concerning the ownership of dogs like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. Councilmember Brinkman pointed out that the City's Police Department handles all calls on any type of dog on a case by case basis. City Administrator Dan Matejka indicated he wasn't aware of any maximum limits, but would investigate it and get back to Council. The Council decided to table this agenda item until the July 2, 2007 meeting.
Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve the five permits for mobile homes within the City as presented. Councilmember Brinkman asked if all five of these permits were renewals, of which he was told yes. Councilmember Andring questioned if the City issues permits for new mobile homes. The Mayor informed the Council the only new permits issued would be for commercial use. It was pointed out the mobile home near the corner of 41st Avenue and Sixth Street was not listed. The City Administrator indicated he will look into that specific mobile home and report back to Council. All voted aye to approve the list as presented, and the motion carried.
The report on building permits for May, 2007 was reviewed by the Council.
Mayor Weimerskirch informed the Council he received an invitation from the group called PHASED to attend their next meeting on July 17, 2007, at the Rollingstone Elementary School. This group works to look for opportunities for synergy. He plans to attend the meeting. He also mentioned the City has been invited by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) to attend their annual summer conference in Detroit Lakes, July 25-27, 2007. The registration fee will be waived by the CGMC, with the only cost to the City being lodging and mileage. The CGMC is a state organization that works hard to balance the impact of legislation between metro and rural communities. The City has not been a member of this group for about five years, but the Mayor believes it is something the City may want to reconsider because of their strong lobbyist skills among other factors. Councilmember Bowman asked what an approximate annual membership fee is, of which the City Administrator responded with around $4,500. Councilmember Brinkman expressed his belief it may be a good idea to look into joining again, but to make sure the CGMC knows we need their help more now than ever with trying to obtain more Local Government Aid (LGA) and funding for the City's water filtration project. The Mayor indicated he will look over the agenda to determine if either he or the City Administrator should plan to attend the conference.
Councilmember Ledebuhr asked if all the easements for the Woodhaven utility project have been obtained. The Director of Public Works informed the Council the City is still waiting on the final two to be signed, but he believes this will be accomplished by the end of the week.
Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve the liquor license to the Goodview Activity Group (GAG) for Goodview Days. All voted aye, motion carried.
Dan Matejka reviewed what the current Post-Retirement Benefit policy is for the City, and emphasized a couple of points that need to be looked into. He asked the Council to extend the current language until July 31, 2007, in order to give him time to further review the impact of the policy. Councilmembers Ledebuhr and Bowman both questioned the starting age to obtain the benefits at 75 years old. Mr. Matejka said this is one of the different points of the current policy he plans to look into. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to extend the current policy language to July 31, 2007. All voted aye, motion carried.
Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to allow the Lee Herold Construction softball team to conduct a softball tournament at Memorial Park on July 28 and 29, 2007. All voted aye, motion carried.
City Administrator Matejka informed the Council the City has received one application to date for the deferment of assessments for the Woodhaven I utility project. He indicated he will bring all completed applications to the Council for their consideration to the July 16, 2007 regular meeting.
Adjournment 5:33 p.m.