City Council Minutes
June 16, 2008
A public hearing was held for consideration of a 12-foot rear yard variance request submitted by Al and Deb Greenwood at 3863 9th St. No one was in attendance to object, nor did the city receive any objections to the request. Council approved the variance request.
The claims totaled $215,835.82 for the following operating funds:
General Fund $86,091.59
Revolving Projects Fund 2,009.75
2007 Utility & Street Improv. 38,034.57
Water Service Fund 19,031.21
Sewer Service Fund 70,668.70
All voted aye, motion carried.
Councilmember Bowman questioned if the City has checked on the status of a box culvert that runs under the railroad tracks on Old Minnesota City Road past the entrance to Country Meadows. He received a call indicating it had been washed out. Greg Volkart said he will look into it. Councilmember Brinkman pointed out that we should look into whatever we can do to help the people in Iowa. Councilmember Andring indicated he received a call concerning the construction trailer on Service Drive that hasn't been moved in a while. He also received a complaint about the property at the corner of 9th Street and 40th Avenue potentially burning grass clippings and garbage. Deputy Chief Russell will look into both matters.
Bowman and Councilmember Ledebuhr were unable to attend the latest meeting of the Garvin Brook Watershed Committee. He reiterated the City needs to stay involved. Discussion took place concerning any easements behind the properties in the sub-division involving the creek bed.
The Building Permit Summary Report for May, 2008 was reviewed by the Council.
The letter from the MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was reviewed. Brinkman said he had received numerous phone calls on the water quality of Lake Goodview, and is glad to see an official letter from the MPCA showing the good news Lake Goodview is contaminant free.
Mr. Volkart informed the Council the Goodview Business Association donated the funds to have electricity installed in the Lions Pavilion at LaCanne Park. People can reserve the pavilion with a refundable deposit, along with a rental fee of $20 to cover the use of any electricity.
The City Administrator reviewed the proposed changes to the City's fence ordinance. Andring asked if the ordinance shouldn't include vinyl, plastic, composite, and metal as possible materials a fence could be constructed of. Brinkman moved and Andring seconded to approve Ordinance 8.42 amended to include vinyl, plastic, composite, and metal. All voted aye, motion carried. On the same topic, Bowman questioned the concept of putting fences directly on property lines, especially in the case of neighbors who don't get along. How is the owner of the fence suppose to maintain the other side in situations like this? He would like to see the City explore the possibility of requiring fences be at least one foot inside the property line. Volkart asked how the fence owner would be able to maintain the one foot. The City Administrator said he would check on the subject.
City Administrator Matejka reviewed the proposed revision to Section 5.01 of the Personnel Policy Handbook. Brinkman expressed his belief that part-time employees should be required to work at least one year before being offered insurance benefits. Andring and Bowman said such a stipulation could potentially hurt the city in recruiting employees. Bowman moved and Andring seconded to approve the personnel policy as presented. All voted aye, motion carried.
Matejka reviewed policy language on Post-Retirement Benefits. He indicated he checked with the cities of Chatfield and Stewartville on what they offer. Chatfield doesn't offer any form of benefit, and Stewartville only offers payment for 50% of un-used sick days with a requirement of being employed by the city for at least 10 years. Councilmember Andring questioned if only full-time personnel (40 hours per week) would qualify for the benefit, of which he was told yes. The City Administra