January 5, 2009
the Mayor swore in Mr. Charlie Andring, Mr. Steve Baumgart, and Ms. Sandy Erdman to their respective City Councilmember positions.
Senator Steve Murphy addressed the Council concerning the upcoming legislative session. He stressed all areas of the budget will be cut (at least 50% for LGA). The possibility of putting slot machines in bars may have a chance to pass during this session.
Ms. Christina Peterson and Mr. Chad Schuman of the engineering firm Yaggy Colby gave the Council an update on the various projects they are overseeing for the City. Concerning the Safe Routes to School Grant, the City should hear sometime in March, 2009. Project number two is the bank stabilization project in the Gunderson sub-division. This is a grant through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for $75,000. Due to the weather, the contractor hasn’t gotten as far as liked, but it is progressing. The final project they wanted to update the Council on is the grant (approximately $1.2 million) provided by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This grant the City received gives Yaggy Colby the authorization to prepare preliminary designs and analysis of two areas; (1) to potentially construct a dike between Minnesota City and Goodview, and (2) to create an outlet for Lake Goodview. The sole purpose of both these issues is to try to minimize the impact on the City of Goodview if another flood like that of August, 2007 happens again. The deadline to expend these funds is June 30, 2009; however, the City has asked both Senator Murphy and Representative Drazkowski to author a bill to their respective chambers to get an extension of at least six months to complete the projects. On number one it was determined that anything done now over-and-above everything that has already been done in Minnesota City by either MNDOT or the railroad would be overkill – not to mention very expensive. For the creation of an outlet for Lake Goodview, the company has met several times with City officials and Mr. Steve Kohner who owns the Winona Ag Pit. No matter what kind of system is put into place, it would not prevent the lake from flooding again, but it would allow it to drain quicker. Council voted to go forward with the planning process to accomplish the lake outlet.
Councilmember Ledebuhr asked if more sand could be put on some of the more pertinent intersections within the City. Councilmember Erdman questioned if the City has an ordinance against snowmobiles on City streets, of which she was told yes. She also asked for an update on snowplowing in reference to potentially hitting some garbage containers, and also grass cutting procedures – specifically in the WE Valley Park. She did indicate she believes the parking issues around Winona Lighting are getting better.
The City Administrator corrected his report stating he mistakenly indicated the City received $58,028 of LGA, but in reality that was the amount of the cut in LGA the City received. The actual dollar amount received was $8,478.
City Administrator Matejka reviewed for the Council the changes in the City’s fee structure for 2009. An Ordinance establishing the rates and charges for services provided by the City of Goodview as presented was approved.