November 17, 2008
November, 2008 claims (reviewed by Councilmembers Bowman and Brinkman) totaled $750,338.93 for the following operating funds:
General Fund $106,927.01
Revolving Projects Fund 497,949.55
2007 Utility & Street Impr. 22,560.00
Water Service Fund 16,099.26
Sewer Service Fund 106,803.11
Councilmember Brinkman asked if there was going to be a message put on the December utility bills concerning the fire hydrant adoption program he endorses, of which he was told yes. The Mayor questioned if the system testing has been completed for the Saehler-Anderson utility project. The Director of Public Works indicated the final testing should be completed by end of this week.
There was a public hearing on the request from Winona Lighting for a conditional use permit to allow the property located at 3745 Fourth Street to be used for residential rental property in an M-1 Light Manufacturing zone. Mr. Dave Hittner (3655 Fifth Street) spoke about the parking issue in the neighborhood basically caused by the lack of employee parking for Winona Lighting. He showed pictures of those parking problems on 37th and 38th Avenues and 4th Street. He went on to say if the City granted the request they should restrict it to a single family dwelling, something which wouldn’t allow the property to become a college dorm-type situation. City Administrator Matejka pointed out that is exactly what the Council can do by putting restrictions on the granting of the request. The Council also said they understand parking is a major issue in this area, and the Chief of Police has already met with representatives from Winona Lighting to address the concerns. Mayor Weimerskirch indicated he would like to have the City’s Police and Public Utility Departments study the area and come back with recommendations to help alleviate the parking issues. Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Brinkman seconded to grant the conditional use permit as requested, but added the stipulation it can only be rented as a single family dwelling. All voted aye, motion carried.
A group of residents from the Lake Village mobile home park (approximately 218 units) addressed the Council with concerns over the happenings in their sub-division. These concerns basically centered on the lack of on-site management, and the fact sub-division rules and regulations are not being followed and/or enforced. The citizens asked if there is anything the City can do to help the situation. Discussion not only focused on what laws the City can enforce and which ones they can’t, but also the possibility that a current state statute allows cities to pass an ordinance dictating these do and don’ts. One main part of the statute relates to on-site management and the requirements when there are more than 50 units in a park. The City agreed to research these topics, but also to try to gather information on who actually owns the park (an unknown at this time) and try to sit down with them to re-establish the quality of life for the residents of the park it once had. Mr. Jerry Haesig, one of the residents, also mentioned he and Police Chief Russell have started the discussion about establishing a neighborhood watch program for Lake Village. The Mayor stressed the fact the City looks forward to working with the residents of Lake Village on this very important program.
Ms. Julie Fassbender of the Winona Park Recreation Program gave the Council a review of the 2008 summer program held at LaCanne Park. She pointed out no camps were cancelled in 2008, unlike 2007, due to low participant levels.
The City Administrator reviewed the 2008 budget update through October 31, 2008, highlighting some individual areas where significant variances between budget and actual were worth explanation.
Mr. Matejka acknowledged all of the 2009 Councilmembers are registered for the local Board of Appeal & Equalization training being conducted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at Winona County.
Mayor Weimerskirch informed the Council he did deliver this morning at Goodview Elementary School the proclamation (copy enclosed in the Council packet) for American Education Week.
The Council recognized the rate increase letter from Hiawatha Broadband Company (HBC).
The Council acknowledged the thank you note from the Winona County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The Council reviewed the proposed schedule put together by City staff to adopt the State Building Code.
The Council had a lengthy discussion on their thoughts about firearms discharge, bow hunting, and trapping within the City limits – the latter two are not currently addressed in any City ordinance. The question is being raised by City staff due to more and more inquiries on the subject, and the fact the City is growing more into “rural-type settings.” Currently the City has Ordinance #13 which restricts the discharging of firearms in the City, but this ordinance was adopted in 1948 and needs to be updated. However, a portion of Ordinance #8 allows discharging firearms within the City limits if done so in an Agricultural Zone. The topic has been initially discussed with legal counsel, and it has been suggested the easiest way to solve the issue is to make all discharging of firearms illegal within the City limits, no matter what usage zone it occurs. However, this would change current practice in some areas of the City, and potentially could be a hot topic for debate. Councilmember Brinkman suggested investigating what the City of Winona ordinances say on the subject within their city limits, and to attempt to get some guidance on rules and regulations from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). City staff was directed to obtain this information and report back to the Council as soon as possible.
Councilmember Bowman moved and Councilmember Andring seconded to approve Pay Estimate #4 for the Water Treatment Facility Plant No. 1 & No. 2 Project for $341,117.45. All voted aye, motion carried.
Councilmember Andring moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to approve the Final Pay Estimate for the 2007 Utility and Street Improvements Project for the Woodhaven I Estates for $20,000.00. Councilmember Brinkman abstained from voting, but all others voted aye, so the motion carried.
Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded to approve Pay Estimate #2 for the 2008 Utility and Street Improvements Project for the Saehler-Anderson sub-division for $183,987.97. All voted aye, motion carried.
The City Administrator gave the Council an overview of the 2008 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Gunderson Subdivision Bank Stabilization Project. The project, which main purpose is to protect the structures in the sub-division from flooding, will be paid for through a grant with a cost-share agreement of 75%/25% between the federal government and the State of Minnesota. The main area of concentration will be behind the Robert Calvey residence. The City received three quotes, with Winona Excavating as the low-bidder. Councilmember Brinkman moved and Councilmember Ledebuhr seconded to approve Winona Excavating to do the project as described at a cost of $62,040.00. All voted aye, motion carried.
Councilmember Ledebuhr moved and Councilmember Bowman seconded that all City offices, with the exception of the Police Department, are closed on Friday, December 26, 2008. Mayor Weimerskirch informed the Council he plans to be out of town from mid-January, 2009 to mid-April, 2009. He requested the City invite Senator Steve Murphy, Representative Steve Drazkowski, and Winona County Commissioner Dwayne Voegeli to attend either of the two City Council meetings in December, 2008, or the first meeting in January, 2009 to discuss the upcoming legislative session, along with a basic question and answer session with each elected official. The Mayor also asked to include on the agenda of the December 1, 2008 regular meeting, the reimbursement request the City received in September, 2008 from the residents of the Cedar Bay sub-division for sod restoration. City Administrator Matejka also gave the Council an update on the four properties (two each in the Gunderson and Sunny Acres sub-divisions) that were heavily damaged and abandoned after the flood of August, 2007.
The next regular meeting of the Goodview City Council will be on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at Goodview City Hall.