September 15, 2008
At 5:01 p.m. the Mayor opened the public hearing on the request from Ms. Judy Ledebuhr for a front-yard setback variance of three feet for the property located at 4558 Sixth Street. There was very little discussion on the topic, and none from anyone notified of the request. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded that the variance be granted. All voted aye (with Councilmember Ledebuhr abstaining), motion carried. The Mayor than reopened the regular meeting at 5:04 p.m.
General Fund $127,259.81
Revolving Projects Fund 222,197.56
Water Service Fund 44,063.16
Sewer Service Fund 68,373.27
Dennis Johnson presented a petition on behalf of the citizens of the Cedar Bay Townhome Association asking the City to consider a claim from the Association for sod restoration in the amount of $5,619.75. It claims the sod on the lake side of the townhomes was killed due to being underwater too long – water from the dewatering process which took place for the Woodhaven I Estates street and utility project last fall. Mr. Johnson was very clear the damage to the sod was not a result of the flood. In fact he stated the flood waters had receded, then the dewatering started, and this is what kept the water level up over the lake front areas for approximately four weeks. Councilmember Brinkman questioned if the Association had specific dates of the high water, and how do those dates compare to the Woodhaven project. Councilmember Ledebuhr also asked how the water level is now compared to where the grass died. Mayor Weimerskirch indicated he believes the City needs to gather more facts, and discuss the matter with Greg Volkart, the City’s Director of Public Works, before any decision can be made one way or the other.
Councilmembers Ledebuhr and Andring both asked what the prospective timeline is for the street and utility project for the Saehler-Anderson sub-division. City Administrator Dan Matejka informed them the pre-construction meeting with Winona Excavating is set for September 17th. The Building Permit Summary Report for July and August, 2008 was reviewed by the Council.
The Council was pleased a dialogue has been established between the neighborhood and Bruce Wittenberg. Ledebuhr said this issue has brought out a bigger issue the City has when it comes to developments – that is of drainage and how it affects the surrounding properties. He asked that Mr. Volkart address this topic at a future Council meeting. Mayor Weimerskirch also asked Wittenberg for an update in the future.
The Council recognized the notice of water main flushing.
Resolution 807, a resolution adopting a proposed property tax levy for taxes payable 2009, adoping a proposed budget for 2009 and calling for a public hearing thereon was declared adopted.
Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to approve the beer, liquor, and wine license applications as follows and as listed in the Council packets;
Off-Sale Beer 3.2%:
Rocco’s Pub & Pizza
On-Sale Beer 3.2%:
Rocco’s Pub & Pizza
On-Sale Club & Sunday:
Winona Elks Lodge
On/Off Sale Liquor & Sunday:
The Bar – Tom Overland
Warehouse Wine & Spirits
All voted aye, motion carried.
Resolution no. 808, a resolution relating to $4,277,500 general obligation water bond, series 2008 authorizing the issuance and sale fixing the form and details thereof was adopted.
Under the Other category of the agenda, the City Administrator distributed a copy of the revised by-laws of the Goodview Volunteer Fire Department to each Councilmember. The Fire Department is asking the Council to review the document, and bring any questions they may have for the Department to the October 6 Council meeting. He also informed the Council his office has been notified that Minnesota City has been awarded a nearly $1.3 million grant from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA). “The funds can only be used for the construction of a publicly owned and operated wastewater collection system to replace the flood impacted and non-compliant septic systems in the City.” He indicated his office has had very preliminary discussions with Minnesota City representation on the matter, and assumes further discussions will take place shortly as the grant funds are only valid through December 31, 2008.
The next regular meeting of the Goodview City Council will be on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at Goodview City Hall.