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Goodview City Council Minutes (08/19/2007)

August 6, 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.

Councilmember Ledebuhr expressed his sympathy on behalf of the entire Council for the victims, and their families, of the I-35 Bridge collapse in Minneapolis this past week.

Ms. Julie Fassbender of the Winona Park Recreation office updated the Council on the success of the summer programs offered at LaCanne Park this year. She indicated she and her staff were very satisfied with the success, and they hope to continue to offer the joint venture again next year. Her desire for next year would be to advertise the camps earlier in the season to possibly increase participation.

Consent Agenda: Councilmember Andring moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. The agenda included the minutes of the July 16, 2007 regular meeting of the Goodview City Council. All voted aye, motion carried.

Councilmembers Ledebuhr and Andring asked for an explanation concerning the property at 4745 West Sixth Street. Dan Matejka, City Administrator, explained there are two issues with the property; the storage of a diesel fuel tank, and a conditional use permit. He informed the Council that the lawyers for both sides are discussing the issues at this time. Councilmember Brinkman pointed out there is an excessive amount of trash at the foot of 54th Avenue by the airport lake. Chief of Police Hauschildt informed the Council this was Winona property, and he will talk with the City of Winona to try to take care of it. Councilmember Andring informed the Council he received a call concerning the condition of the property at 820 53rd Avenue. He indicated the yard needed mowing, and various old vehicles and equipment were parked on the property. Once again the Chief said he would contact the owners to try to alleviate the problems.

Administrative Reports: Councilmember Bowman inquired into the nature of the performance evaluation class some of the City staff attended, of which the City Administrator described the make-up of the class and various topics covered. Mayor Weimerskirch questioned Director of Public Works Greg Volkart on the Lead and Copper sampling which will take place in the next few weeks. Mr. Volkart informed the Council this testing has been taking place in the City for about the last five years. He also indicated the same 20 citizens get tested each time to establish a consistent database. Councilmember Bowman asked the Police Chief if his department participated in the County emergency drill this past weekend. The Chief indicated his department had one regular officer, and two reserves involved in the drill.

The report on building permits for June, 2007 was reviewed by the Council.

The August, 2007 Maintenance Department On-Call schedule was reviewed by the Council.

The 2006 Safety and Health Program audit worksheet was reviewed by the Council.

The Council reviewed the response from Winona County to the City's request for permanent 4-way stop signs at the intersections of County Highway 32 & 41st Avenue, and County Highway 32 & 54th Avenue. Mayor Weimerskirch indicated he appreciated the County's detailed response. He also said even though he is disappointed in the County's response, he much rather would have the stoplights at Highway 61 & 54th Avenue stay in place. Councilmember Brinkman, although thanking the County for the response, expressed his displeasure with their outcome and indicated he doesn't believe some of their reasoning. Councilmember Bowman pointed out it would be very difficult for the City to argue with the County, due to the fact the County was using facts and figures compiled by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Ordinance No. 75.2, AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE DEFERRAL OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR PERSONS 65 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, OR RETIRED BY VIRTUE OF A PERMANENT AND TOTAL DISABILITY, was presented by the City Administrator. He explained the major change in this version was the creation of a committee to review all applications. This Ordinance would repeal Ordinance No. 75.1. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded to approve Ordinance No. 75.2 as presented. All voted aye. The Ordinance was declared adopted.

Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to approve the set-back variance requested by Mr. Richard Barnholtz, 4550 West 7th Street. All voted aye, motion carried.

The Director of Public Works gave an update on the progress of the 2007 Utility and Street Improvement project for the Woodhaven I Estates subdivision. He said for the most part Woodland Blvd., Frank Street, and Kingswood Drive east up to Briarwood Court are complete, except additional gravel will be required to prepare for blacktopping. The Grandview Court area will be the next section of the subdivision to be worked on starting next week. Mr. Volkart also mentioned that the contractor has been very good at clean up in the subdivision after the heavy rains which have come through the area since the start of the project. The Woodhaven residents in attendance at this meeting all said the contractor, and its workers, are doing an excellent job communicating with the residents. A couple of issues discussed by the Council included; the service stubs put in the park, the watermain extension east down Woodland Blvd., the hydrant at the foot of that extension, and the procedures to be used for those residents who weren't originally going to be able to receive water service but now can. Concerning issue one; the stubs were put in the park just in case the City ever wanted to put restroom facilities there. This is a City cost item. Issue two; this extension of the watermain, which is approximately 238' of 12" main, and the hydrant were both done in case of future expansion eastward towards Hidden Valley. The extension would also create a loop of the Woodhaven system in the future, which helps provide better quality water. Both of these parts were included in the project right from the start. The project normally pays for an 8" main, with the oversizing to 12" being picked up by the City. The total cost of the 8" main was about $6,000, with an additional $2,000 for the extra size. The cost of the extra hydrant is approximately $2,500. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to have the City cover these costs of approximately $8,500, because it's for future expansion. Councilmember Brinkman abstained from the vote, but pointed out it should be a rule-of-thumb any costs not specifically part of the project should be absorbed by the City. All voted aye, motion carried. On the final issue; Mr. Volkart clarified for the Council there are still two households who won't be able to receive any water service, but the other seven can now only if they invest in individual booster pumps in their houses. This is a change now allowed by the Minnesota Department of Health. The City Administrator informed the Council if any of those seven do hook up to receive City water, they will be assessed the remaining approximately $5,200 at that time. This would bring their total assessments in-line with the other 40 households who are able to receive both services immediately.

The Director of Public Works reviewed the drawings for both new structures which will be built as part of the water filtration project in 2008. The main topic of discussion was the style of roof desired for the building in We Valley. The goal of the City is to make the roof the most pleasing to the residents in the immediate area of the structure. Mr. Volkart also informed the Council the approximate project cost at this point is around $4.5 million, and the targeted start date is still the spring of 2008. City Administrator Matejka suggested to the Council to possibly hold a neighborhood informational session to bring the residents of We Valley up-to-speed on what the project entails for their area. The City could provide pictures and drawings of what the facility possibly will look like. The Council thought this would be a very beneficial effective way of communicating with those involved.

Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded that RESOLUTION NO. 0763, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION - POLICE OFFICERS DECLARATION RESOLUTION, be adopted. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.

Mayor Weimerskirch called for a special Council meeting on Monday, August 13, 2007, at 5:00 p.m., to provide guidance to the development of the 2008 General Fund budget.

Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to adjourn the meeting. All voted aye, motion carried.

Adjournment 6:10 p.m.

 

 

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