October 1, 2007
A public hearing was held for conditional use & set-back variances requested by Mr. Bruce Wittenberg to allow the property at 4980 Service Drive to be used as a D-3 conditional use for multiple apartment dwellings in an M-1 Light Manufacturing Zone. A 40.5 foot set back variance request was also addressed. Wittenberg and Gordon Matthees were in attendance. The apartment complex will have a total of 47 units and 102 parking spaces including 30 garage spaces. There will be two 3 story buildings and two 2 1/2 story buildings. Councilman Brinkman questioned if the construction would be buildings moved to the site. Wittenberg stated this would be new stick built on site. Councilmember Andring brought up concerns regarding the location of the apartment site next to the Xcel Energy equipment parking & building and noise issues. Councilmember Bowman expressed concerns about flood lights. Wittenberg stated that he is willing to include the trees and fencing for a desirable site. Councilman Andring suggested that eight feet fencing should be installed before construction. Greg Volkart, Director of Public Utilities, said there is fencing in place along the site's rear. A buffer area will be in place on the Hoffman Designs side with the construction of the 30 garage spaces. Volkart stated that Hoffman Signs has no problem with either the conditional use or the setback variance. Xcel Energy stated that they had no problem either. Volkart stated that the 30 foot easement is for sewer main to the property, but can be used for parking, trees and fencing. Councilmember Ledebuhr expressed concerns about residential building in an industrial area. Volkart stated that letters were sent to all residents within 500 feet of the site area notifying citizens of the possible construction to take place. To date there has not been any disapproval of the construction by those notified. Volkart also stated that Wittenberg has met all requirements for the D-3 dwelling status. The conditional use and variance was approved.
Mayor Weimerskirch indicated that on Friday, September 28, 2007 Governor Pawlenty was in Winona and that he had a chance to speak with the governor about flood issues and financing. The Mayor also attended a meeting on Saturday with Senator Norm Coleman in Winona regarding many of the same financial concerns. The Water Resources Development Act bill status was discussed. Senator Coleman stated that if vetoed by the president there will be an attempt to override his veto. The Mayor conveyed the City's thanks to both the governor and Senator Coleman.
Greg Volkart reviewed water test results for Goodview Lake, and the Winona Aggregate Pit area. He indicated that the final fall testing is complete and there will be two more tests in the spring. This may change once the MPCA reviews all the results during the week of October 8. Greg Volkart stated that test results have been declining all along and the testing results meet state requirements.
Mayor Weimerskirch reviewed the update for the Lighted Holiday Parade to be held on December 1, 2007, with a fireworks display at the end of the parade at the ball field located on 9th & 44th behind the Elk's Lodge. Clean-up of the fireworks debris would depend on the snow coverage at the time of the event. Contacts for the event were the Goodview Activity Group, Cindy Westby, and Bev Keiper.
Mayor Weimerskirch expressed his and the council's appreciation for the on-call schedule for the City maintenance workers. Volkart indicated that to date Woodhaven construction of water and sewer mains are all in and testing will be either Tuesday or Wednesday of the week of October 1. Street reconstruction in the Grandview area will be completed by the end of Tuesday. Highway crossing and boring is to begin by the end of the week. Dewatering of the highway crossing is not affecting the lake level. The lake is still dropping an average of three-quarters of an inch per day. Water and sewer hookups may be possible before winter but depends on the weather. Curb and gutter will be put in on Tuesday or Wednesday with a cure time of 7-10 days. Once complete, blacktopping can proceed based on weather cooperation. Construction completion date is November 15, 2007.
Councilmember Ledebuhr questioned fill issues on the Pete Feils property in Hub-Mil. Greg Volkart stated that currently the City has no use for the fill and thus it would be available to Mr. Feils. Any remaining fill would have to be removed by the contractor.
The railroad crossing at 69th Avenue was discussed. Volkart stated the project is still in the process, but flood damage to the railroad infrastructure in the area has stopped all progress.
Mayor Weimerskirch stated that Pelzer Street is scheduled for opening on Wednesday. Discussion pursued regarding lights located at Hwy. 61 and 54th Avenue and their removal once construction is complete. The state has not responded to the City Administrator's letter requesting that the lights become permanent.