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City of Goodview City Council Minutes March 17, 2008 (04/09/2008)
Ms. Darlene Luedtke (4730 West 7th Street) questioned why two individuals from Caledonia and Spring Grove, respectively, were allowed to speak at the public hearing for the conditional use permit request for Mr. Hershberger. She also mentioned she has seen more than just Mr. Hershberger working on the machines, as shown in the pictures she presented to the Council in February.

Councilmember Bowman inquired about street sweeping now that the snow is finally melting; the City is in the midst of planning that activity.

The Mayor reviewed the letter from Mr. Aichele and expressed his points are well taken. He also reminded the Council this is what Xcel Energy advised the City would happen referencing snowplowing.

Council approved the 2008 compost site contract with Mr. William Whetstone. Director of Public Works Greg Volkart informed the Council one of his staff (Aaron Lofgren) will create a database of City fire hydrants this spring when he flushes each hydrant. Councilmember Brinkman expressed his desire to possibly send a letter to create a fire hydrant adoption program for the winter months.

At 5:10 p.m., the Mayor suspended the regular meeting to go into closed session to discuss the review of discipline against a City volunteer firefighter.

At 5:40 p.m., the Mayor re-opened the regular meeting.

City of Winona Building Inspector Steve Carson Assistant Winona City Manager Judy Bodway presented a proposal to perform the duties of Building Inspector for the City of Goodview under a joint powers agreement. The split in permit revenue would be 90% to Winona and the remaining 10% to Goodview. Winona would track all record keeping. Winona employs five full-time inspectors, and their usual response time to a call for inspection is less than four hours. Goodview residents would have the same fee schedule as Winona residents. Carson pointed out the City will need to adopt the State Building Code before the actual adoption. Bowman asked if a cost comparison has been completed yet between Construction Management Services (CMS) and the City of Winona. City Administrator Dan Matejka said not at this time. Winona is currently working with just about all the same contractors who work in Goodview, so the process should be very efficient for contractors and homeowners. All contractors who obtain permits through that department have to be licensed by the State of Minnesota. The City Administrator expressed an interest on behalf of the City to listen to Winona County about the possibility of a county-wide building inspector position being created.

The Council reviewed a letter from Police Chief Hauschildt to Mr. Tom Overland concerning excessive number of incidents at his establishment over the last few months on weekend nights, and may be connected to the The Bar not charging a cover charge anymore.

A special meeting will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 15 minutes after the conclusion of the joint informational meeting with the Rollingstone Township Board. The purpose of the meeting is to act on the joint annexation agreement with the Township in regards to the properties within the Saehler-Anderson and Connaughty-Gunderson sub-divisions.

A resolution approving a premise permit for the Goodview Activity Group for lawful gambling at The Bar was approved.

Ordinance 86.2 establishing the rates and changes for services provided by the City of Goodview was adopted.

Council approved changes to the employee benefit package for City employees. Short-term Disability (STD) insurance will be replaced with Long-term Disability (LTD) insurance, the value of Life insurance will go from $25,000 to $50,000. These changes would save the City approximately $2,000 a year.

The Mayor reviewed some revisions suggested by the City's legal council in relation to the "tentative" terms of the joint annexation with Rollingstone Township. The City can't differentiate between flooded and non-flooded annexed properties in respect to the tax rates. Also, the length of abatement is suggested to be reduced. Annexed properties would begin to pay full Goodview taxes in 2012 instead or 2014. Council approved the revised tentative conditions.

The tennis courts between Sixth and Fifth Streets will be removed due to the water treatment plant construction. If they will be replaced, and exactly where, will be discussed at future meetings. The City is receiving quotes to have a new aerial photograph taken of the City of Goodview. The most recent photograph was taken in the early 1990s. Councilmember Ledebuhr asked if anything is being done on creating an outlet for Goodview Lake. The City's application for a grant through the Public Facilities Authority (PFA) was denied, but the City is submitting an application to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a grant to accomplish this task. Ledebuhr also asked if the City plows the snow on a road off of Frank Street in Woodhaven I Estates. He was told no as it is a private road and the responsibility of the residents. Advertisement for bids for the construction of the two water treatment plants started March 17, 2008, and scheduled to be opened at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. Council could possibly approve the bid at their meeting on Monday, April 21, 2008. Mr. Volkart said construction could start mid-May.  


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