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Goodview City Council News (05/21/2008)
A setback variance of eight feet for the Lee property at 4115 7th Street was approved. Greg Volkart informed the Council that the baseball field in We Valley won't be available to be used this summer due to the construction of the water treatment plant. The area will be a staging area for materials and equipment for the project.

The City will begin testing Lake Goodview and WinAg Pit when the weather warms up, probably closer to swimming season. The Council reviewed the announcement of water main flushing and expressed if any citizen has any complaints about dirty water to call the Maintenance Department.

City Administrator Matejka informed the Council that past history of adjusting the mileage reimbursement rate has been a function of his department. However, he expressed he believes it should be a formal action of the Council, and for that reason is suggesting the Council allow the City to reimburse mileage at whatever the Federal IRS reimbursement rate is (currently 50.5 cents per mile) from the current 40.5 cents per mile.

City staff has researched available records concerning what the body of water at LaCanne Park has been referred to. The conclusion is it "unofficially" has been referred to as Lake Goodview. The extraction pit at LaCanne Park, which had been known by various names over the years, will be officially referred to as Lake Goodview according to council vote.

The Council had a discussion concerning the possibility of the City adopting the State Building Code. A number of Councilmembers, including the Mayor, indicated they have received both positive and negative comments from local contractors on if the City really needs a Building Inspector (an end result if the City adopts the code). The Mayor asked what the status was of Winona County creating a Building Inspector position, of which he was told the County is still about two years away from doing that. Matejka suggested the City arrange to have a person from the State Inspection Department present to Council the pros and cons of adopting the State code, and what it means for the City.

A resolution for adoption of the Winona County All Hazard Mitigation Plan and amendemnt passed. Council adopted a resolution authorizing executionof agreement for the police department to participate in a safe and sober communities grant.

The City Administrator presented to the Council a revision of Section 17 of the City's Personnel Policy handbook concerning Longevity Pay. Under the current language, the last year a long-time employee of the city gets a change in either vacation days or longevity pay is after 25 years of service when they receive a fifth week of vacation. Matejka believes longevity pay is a way of thanking an employee for their loyalty to the city, and the city currently has two employees with over 33 years of service who haven't seen a change in this benefit for over eight years. The proposed revision of Section 17 adds one more level of Longevity Pay for service over 31 years, but also clarifies some language issues on this topic. The revision passed.

Deputy Police Chief Kent Russell said the Winona County Dive/Rescue Team gets about a $7,000 budget each year from the county, and all other funds they obtain are through donations. The main items they wish to purchase this year are diving equipment and suits, air tanks, and a new boat. The Team assists in Goodview no more than twice a year. Council voted to contribute $250 to the Winona County Dive/Rescue Team. The City Administrator distributed a letter from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities giving an update on the Coalition's Phosphorus lawsuit against the MPCA. The Director of Public Works distributed a preliminary punch list from the City Engineer for the Woodhaven Estates I Street & Utility Project.The list will be finalized in the next week, and will be completed by the first part of June, 2008, and all issues on the list are the responsibility of the contractor. 


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