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Goodview City Council Minutes (10/03/2007)
Consent Agenda: Mayor Weimerskirch moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. The agenda included the minutes of the September 10, 2007 regular meeting of the Goodview City Council. It also included claims in the total amount of $323,212.15 for the following operating funds;

General Fund $195,033.71

Revolving Projects Fund 2,034.34

2007 Street & Utility Impr. 33,628.75

Water Service Fund 29,209.37

Sewer Service Fund 63,305.98

The Consent Agenda also included Pay Estimate #3 for the 2007 Utility and Street Improvement Project of $218,444.75. All voted aye to approve the Consent Agenda, motion carried.

Mr. Joe Wheeler, Executive Director of the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing & Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA), was present to review with the Council the aspects of the QuickStart Loan program. His agency, who worked with the City of Stockton in 1991, will tag-team with SEMCAC to administer this program for Winona County. This program, which aids homeowners affected by the flood, is funded through the special legislation passed on September 11, 2007. He reviewed the steps involved including making sure all who apply have worked through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the SBA (Small Business Administration) first. This program is driven by income limits for potential recipients. Mr. Wheeler pointed out he believes the State is trying to make the application process as simple as possible, but at the same time be the most cost effective. He also mentioned that it is very possible for individuals who have received initial loan amounts from the SBA to negotiate an amount the victim is more comfortable with, and the fact they don't have to accept the first dollar amount given to them by SBA. State Representative Steve Drazkowski was also present, and he informed the Council the intent of the legislation was not to have income limits, but the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency put them in anyway. Mayor Weimerskirch echoes the thoughts of the Representative. Mr. Wheeler indicated this program reflects the programs from past disasters like floods in Roseau and East Grand Forks. Councilmember Brinkman expressed his belief there should be other ways to form criteria for inclusion in a program like this, instead of it being totally income based. For example; debt to income ratio, percentage of loss to income, and total loss by itself.

Mr. Wheeler also presented a Community Block Grant to be funded through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Small Cities Development Program. The grant being requested is for a maximum allowable amount of $1.4 million for Winona County. These funds would become available early summer of 2008. SEMMCHRA officials will work with local municipalities to facilitate programs for owner-occupied housing projects and commercial rehabilitation projects. He explained Wabasha County received such funds in 2007 for projects in Lake City, Elgin, and Wabasha. Councilmember Andring moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded that RESOLUTION NO. 0767, A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE CITY OF GOODVIEW AS A WILLING PARTICIPANT AND PARTNER FOR THE PROPOSED WINONA COUNTY AND/OR CITY JOINT SCDP COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITIATION PROJECTS CONTAINED IN THE BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION, be adopted. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.

Mr. Dave McCorquodale, owner of Winona Homes located in the Hub Mill business subdivision, presented a petition of 10 business owners to the Council asking to not allow any fill permits that may affect a neighboring property in Hub Mill. One of the main concerns of the group is the property owned by Mr. Pete Feils on Martina Road, as they are asking for Mr. Feils' property to be returned to its original elevation. Mayor Weimerskirch told Mr. McCorquodale the City shares his concerns on what might happen in the event another flood occurred. The fill in question is the material being stored on the property from the Woodhaven I street and utility project across Highway 61. Mr. Greg Volkart, Director of Public Works for the City, reviewed for Council what past practice has been with the fill from previous projects. Initially the fill belongs to the City to do what is necessary. In this case the City has no need for the fill, so the contractor (Griffin Construction) negotiated with Mr. Feils to use his land in return for the fill to be spread at the conclusion of the project. According to Mr. Volkart, the Feils' property is a platted two-acre lot, and Mr. Feils should be allowed to fill it if he seems fit. The Mayor asked if the fill will make the lot a marketable piece of property, of which he was told yes. Mr. Feils would have to obtain a Land Alteration permit to spread the fill, but otherwise the fill should not affect any drainage issues because the property already drains to the street. Councilmember Brinkman asked Mr. McCorquodale if it is the intent of the petitioners to keep anyone from building on the lot in question, of which he was told the concern is for the displacement of water from Goodview Lake, not necessarily to restrict building. Councilmember Bowman indicated he can't understand this displacing of water. Councilmember Andring asked if the City created an outlet for Goodview Lake, which is the intention of the City, would this petitioned topic be a mute point, of which Mr. McCorquodale agreed. The Mayor, along with Councilmember Ledebuhr, suggested they would be in favor of the City creating a "fill" permit to control future fill issues. The Mayor suggested referring this issue to administration to review and come back with a recommended plan for an outlet for Goodview Lake. At the same time, issuing a temporary restraining order for the area around the lake, not including the Feils' property, on fill until an outlet plan is a go. The Council agreed with this recommendation.

Councilmember Ledebuhr indicated he had a conversation with Mr. Volkart concerning the rip-rap on County Highway 32 which the City put in during the pumping of Goodview Lake. Mr. Volkart informed the Council the City plans to use the materials around the pavilion in LaCanne Park. Councilmember Brinkman inquired on the status of the Woodhaven utility and street project, specifically the condition of the surface on Grandview Court. Mr. Volkart indicated the project is basically on schedule, and the initial work on Grandview Court is just about complete. Councilmember Andring indicated he received a complaint about the grounds of American Plumbing. The Mayor informed the Council the City is waiting on the final re-wording of the Public Nuisance Ordinance #87. The City Administrator, Dan Matejka, suggested he sit down with the owner(s) of American Plumbing and talk to them about the issues at hand. Representative Drazkowski told the Council he is willing to work with the City on creating an outlet for Goodview Lake. Mayor Weimerskirch personally thanked the Representative and other local legislators, from both parties, for their willingness to work together during this disaster.

Mayor Weimerskirch informed the Council he had a conversation with an aide for Senator Coleman saying the Senate will take up, and pass, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill soon. It will then go to the President for his signature, then to the Appropriations Committee. The aide indicated there is speculation the President will veto the bill based on overall costs. The Mayor told the aide if this occurred it would be a real embarrassment for not only Senator Coleman, but also Senator Klobuchar because they both basically said the funding for Goodview's radium removal plants was a lock. Councilmember Ledebuhr stressed the City needs to stay on top of all FEMA eligible expenditures, and their reimbursement. Councilmember Andring questioned the air-conditioning in the Police Department, and if it had been fixed yet. Greg Volkart informed him the contractor has agreed to put in a 3-ton unit to replace the original 2.5-ton machine, which was installed based only on the square footage of the downstairs not taking the upstairs into account. Mr. Volkart updated the Council on the dewatering process which will start soon for the Woodhaven project. Councilmember Ledebuhr inquired if the City had any more water test results. Mr. Matejka handed out the latest results, and indicated all test readings were going down.

The City Administrator presented the budget update through August 31, 2007 for all General, Debt Service, Water, and Sewer revenue and expenditure accounts.

Deputy Police Chief Kent Russell and Dan Matejka reviewed for Council the proposed plan of the Goodview Activity Group (GAG) to have a lighted holiday parade on Saturday, December 1, 2007. The event will end with a fireworks display on Memorial Field.

City Administrator Matejka informed the Council that the Deferred Assessment Committee met, and is recommending the special assessments imposed on Parcel No. R24.130.0530 in the Woodhaven I Estates sub-division for the 2007 Street and Utility Improvement Project be deferred. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve the deferment. All voted aye, motion carried.

The City Administrator reviewed the purpose of the request from Mr. Ellefson. The Mayor indicated this has happened before in the City, i.e.; We Valley, and the City doesn't usually object because the City will get its assessment money quicker. Councilmember Bowman questioned if the old split-off lots would be big enough for twinhomes, of which the Director of Public Works informed him they would only be big enough for one single family home. Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve the special assessments originally on Parcels No. 24.033.0150 and No. 24.033.0160 be transferred to new Parcels No. 24.033.0141 and No. 24.033.0142. All voted aye, motion carried.

Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded that RESOLUTION NO. 0766, A RESOLUTION APPROVING OF A POLICE GRANT FOR THE PURCHASE OF DEFIBRILLATORS, be adopted. Councilmember Andring questioned how many devices would be purchased with the grant, of which Police Chief Hauschildt responded only one. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.

Mr. Matejka reviewed the proposed Winona County business recovery loan program. The Mayor indicated that the Mayor of Stockton, MN has an issue with only 50% of the loan being deferred, citing that the monies were intended by the legislature to go to the victims and not back to the City or County administering the program. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded that RESOLUTION NO. 0768, A RESOLUTION DECLARING THE CITY OF GOODVIEW AS A PARTICIPANT FOR THE PROPOSED WINONA COUNTY BUSINESS RECOVERY LOAN PROGRAM FOR FLOOD IMPACTED BUSINESSES, be adopted. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.

Councilmember Andring moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded that RESOLUTION NO. 0769, A PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION - POLICE OFFICERS DECLARATION RESOLUTION, be adopted. All voted aye. The Resolution was declared adopted.

The City Administrator handed out a proof copy of an ad to be run in the local papers, from the City, thanking those who assisted the City during the flood. The Council suggested the Department Heads be included in the ad.

The Mayor informed the Council he has received a few calls from former residents of Lake Side Manor concerning possible contamination which might still exist after the re-building of the units. Mayor Weimerskirch indicated Mr. Hengel of Lake Side Manor will work with Ms. Jill Johnson of the Winona County Environmental Health Department to hire a consultant to test the buildings before re-occupancy.

Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Bowman moved to adjourn.

Adjournment at 7:25 p.m.

 

 

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