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Goodview City Council Minutes (05/07/2008)
April 21, 2008

The Mayor opened the continuation hearing of the Winona County Board of Appeals with Pat Walters and Dave Kohner from the Winona County Assessor's office, and Dwight Lange concerning his property at 3918 West Sixth. Lange clarified for the Council he is currently in litigation proceedings on the validity of his property valuations for taxes payable in both 2007 and 2008, and if the Council doesn't change his payable 2009 valuation to his desired amount, he will probably have to file papers to dispute them also. Mr. Lange believes the County has made a number of errors in their assessment of his property including the total square footage, the percentage of basement completed, amenities, value of land in general, and inaccurate comparison to a beauty shop operated out of a home in Goodview. Lange was happy with the $237,400 2008 valuation, but still felt it should be lower based on comparisons to sale prices, around 89% of valuation amounts. Walters said according to state guidelines market value should be 90% to 105% of sale amount. Lange pointed out when he bought his property; the County was at a sales ratio of 112%. He proposed adjusting the commercial portion to match the comparable beauty shop, or $7,500. Council voted to adjust Mr. Lange's total valuation back to the 2008 rate of $237,400, but not to change anything in relation to the percentage split between commercial and residential.

Council reviewed a spreadsheet from Ms. Walters showing market values of properties in the flooded areas of Sunny Acres, Cedar Bay, and Hub Mill before the flood, immediately following the flood, and finally in January of 2008. The Mayor said he can't understand how any property that went through the flood, except those that were not completely built before but are now, could see any increase. Walters basically agrees with their comments, but stated until the Assessor's Office has documented sales information on flooded properties they don't have the information needed to warrant a decrease in valuation. Council approved no net increases to any Sunny Acres homes that would have been considered complete before the flood, with the exception of parcels 24.122.0130, 24.122.0360, 24.122.0380, and 24.122.0440. Council approved no net increases to any Cedar Bay parcels. Council approved no net increases to any Hub-Mill property that would have been considered complete before the flood, with the exception of parcel 24.065.0040.

Deputy Police Chief Russell indicated he will look into feral cats in the neighborhood of 41st Avenue and Ninth Street.

The City Administrator announced the joint annexation agreement with Rollingstone Township for the Saehler-Anderson and Connaughty-Gunderson sub-divisions was approved and signed by the State Municipal Boundary Adjustments Board on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. The Mayor asked the Director of Public Works to describe to the Council the water ditch situation between the CP railroad and the homes in Sunny Acres, because he has received a few calls from concerned citizens in the area. Mr. Volkart indicated the ditch is a catch basin required by the MPCA to collect water runoff. The City installed the drain system with a pump to take the water away over time. The system, which is a float system, runs automatically, and is running properly.

Council approved a $500 allocation of funds to the Crisis Negotiator Team, and the acquisition of a one-ton truck. Bowman (with Ledebuhr as alternate) was appointed to the Garvin Brook Watershed Committee.

The Council tabled the request for an allocation of funds to the Winona County Dive/Rescue Team.

Police Officer Lehnertz explained the CityWatch Program to the Council. Up front funding for the program is through a Federal Grant, but eventually the City may have to contribute some to the program to cover maintenance costs. The program is a pager system not requiring the end-user to have a pager, but can call cell or home phones. Potential uses of the program are for emergency situations or maybe even meeting reminders. The program is used by the Winona County Jail, City of Winona Police Department and the County's Emergency Response Team.

Weimerskirch distributed copies of the 18-month cumulative job evaluation consistently showing that City Manager Matejka exceeds expectations

Council approved advertising for bids for 2008 water treatment plants 1 and 2 project. The Mayor announced that Wapasha Construction out of Winona, Minnesota submitted the low bid (out of a total of five bids received) for the "base bid" portion of the water treatment facility project. Director of Public Works gave the Council an updated timetable for the Saehler-Anderson and Connaughty-Gunderson sub-divisions project. He indicated the City hopes to bid the project in May, to start in mid-June, working with FEMA and Homeland Security to be able to use an empty lot being bought by FEMA in the Gunderson sub-division for a lift-station for the project. 

 

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