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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

November 1, 2001 Council Minutes

CITY OF ZUMBROTA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING         NOVEMBER 1, 2001   6:00 P.M.              TOWN HALL

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Richard Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers David Benson, Betty Jo Grothe, Sue Lewison, Deb Wilkinson.  Others present:  City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Tricia Hinckley, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Jerry Walker, Conway Jacobson, Perian Goranson, Santi Hadler, Maria Campbell, Karen Gadient, Monica McNamara, Larry Pederson, Charles Lemaire, Duane Tupper, Paul Qualy, Judy Lange, Art Werthauser, Dorothea Trelstad.  

 

The meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

 

Motion Benson, second Grothe to adopt the agenda.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

MINUTES

 

Motion Wilkinson, second Lewison to approve the October 18, 2001 regular meeting minutes.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

 

The accounts payable list of $306,604.09 was presented for consideration.  In addition, a pay request of $59,470.18 to Joel Bigelow & Sons Enterprises for the city's portion of water (looping and over-sizing) and storm sewer (on 9th Street E) improvements in Bigelow's Second Subdivision was presented for consideration.

Motion Benson, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $366,074.27.  Carried 5‑0‑0.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

1. There was nothing to report on sidewalk policies.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  Conway and Kathy Jacobson submitted a request for annexation of approximately 2.5 acres in Roscoe Township.  Mayor Bauer and Councilmember Lewison volunteered to meet with Roscoe Township related to said request. 

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (Continued)

 

2.  Mayor Bauer reported that Councilmember Lewison, city staff and he met with Minneola Township, Joel Bigelow & Sons Enterprises Inc., Bigelow‑Lennon Construction, the Zumbrota Golf Course Ass'n, and affected property owners included in the proposed area for annexation to further discuss details of potential compensation to Minneola Township.  The following was proposed and agreed upon, pending City Council approval:  City of Zumbrota- $10,000; the affected property owners, the developers and the Golf Course Association would be responsible for an additional $10,000 (total of $20,000).  The City of Zumbrota would be responsible for the maintenance of 435th Street and the portion of Sugarloaf Parkway utilized by golf course patrons.  The Township would not be responsible for upgrades of these two roadways.  A joint resolution between the City of Zumbrota and Minneola Township, designating the following as in need of orderly annexation:  The North 1/2 of the NE Quarter of the NE Quarter of Section 25, Township 110 N, Range 16 W, and the entire SE Quarter of Section 24, Township 110 N, Range 16 W, was presented for consideration.

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2001-14, a joint resolution between the City of Zumbrota and Minneola Township designating the following as in need of orderly annexation:  The North Half of the NE Quarter of the NE Quarter of Section 25, Township 110 N, Range 16 W, and the entire SE Quarter of Section 24, Township 110 N, Range 16 W.  Carried 4-1-0 (Benson opposed).

 

NEW BUSINESS (Continued)

 

2.  A petition was received requesting a 4-way stop at the intersection of 6th Street West and Warren Avenue.  Currently two yield signs are in place.  Chief Selness didn't feel that four stop signs were needed at that intersection, but recommended that the yield signs be replaced by stop signs.  It was suggested to replace the yield signs with stop signs, and determine later if additional signage is needed.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to replace the two yield signs with stop signs at the intersection of 6th Street West and Warren Avenue.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  As was suggested at the last meeting, local developers were invited to attend this meeting to provide input into proposed SAC (Sewer Access Charge) and WAC (Water Access Charge) and other related charges. The following is a summary of the proposed related Utility Availability and Connection Charges:  SAC Fee-  $750 per connection;  WAC Fee-  $750 per connection; Water Availability Fee-  $1,500 per acre;  Sewer Availability Fee-  $1,500 per acre.  Art Werthauser, A&R Development, presented his concern that 1) the fees are somewhat high, and 2) it may be difficult to obtain financing on a project if the Sewer & Water Availability Fees are payable upon plat approval, rather than charged as special assessments.  Tricia Hinckley, Community Development Director, informed Council that she received a call from Richard Meyerhofer expressing concern that the new fees would make it difficult for smaller developers to complete new development projects.  No other input from developers was received.  An ordinance Amending City Code Chapter IV, Water and Sewer, by Repealing Section 401.03, Charges for Service Connections, and Replacing it With 401.03, Utility Availability and Connection Charges and a resolution adopting charges and fees for same were presented for consideration.   

Motion Benson, second Lewison to adopt Ordinance 2001-05, an ordinance Amending City Code Chapter IV, Water and Sewer, by Repealing Section 401.03, Charges for Service Connections, and Replacing it With 401.03, Utility Availability and Connection Charges.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2001-15, a resolution Setting Water and Sewer Availability Charges and Connection Fees.  Carried 5-0-0.

4.     There was nothing to report related to the Custom Iron request to acquire the city-owned property adjacent to the former City garage on 1st Street East (current site of materials storage and brush site) to accommodate their expansion into the Johnson Equipment Building.

 

5.  Charles Lemaire, owner of real property at 333 Central Avenue, was present to respond to the Notice of Violation of Hazardous and Substandard Buildings Law and Notice of Intent to Proceed With Condemnation of Real Property he recently received.  Mr. Lemaire submitted a letter to City Administrator Johnson inquiring as to whether or not the city would be interested in a multi-apartment development project, owned by Mr. Lemaire and operated by Duane Tupper (developer of the Armory on Main).  He stated that it does not make sense to put money into fixing or rehabilitating the building if the city plans on pursuing condemnation and the potential demolition of.  Council was reminded that the building inspector noted that the building and/or its related contents constitute a fire hazard and a hazard to public safety and health due to inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, physical damage and unsanitary condition.  Mr. Lemaire stated that the city could buy the building for $100,000 with all the contents removed.  He stated he would have a dumpster at the property the following day.  It was suggested to have an appraisal completed on the property.  Mr. Lemaire stated that he would allow an appraisal be made.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to authorize city staff to obtain an appraisal on the 333 Central Avenue property.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  Moratorium

 

Motion Grothe, second Lewison to direct staff to send a Notice of Violation of Hazardous and Substandard Buildings Law and Notice of Intent to Proceed With Condemnation of Real Property to Charles and Lillian Lemaire, owners of real property at 333 Central Avenue.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  In July, Council voted to proceed with civil action against the property owner of 1265 S Main Street to abate a nuisance consisting of the accumulation of automobile parts, unlicensed/inoperable motor vehicles, televisions, tires, furniture and miscellaneous household items in violation of City Code Sections 809.02 and 801.04(13).  The exterior of said property has been cleaned up with the exception of motor vehicles, a snowmobile, a camper and a pontoon with motor.  Staff requested approval to remove said property from the premises, and follow proper procedures for the disposal of same. 

Motion Lewison, second Wilkinson to authorize staff to complete the nuisance abatement at 1265 S Main Street, and follow proper procedures for the disposal of same.  Carried

5-0-0.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1.  A request to waive the subdivision controls ordinance requirements was submitted on behalf of the Wedge Lumber Second Subdivision to allow for lot line adjustments within an already approved plat.  A revised plat was presented and will be recorded with Goodhue County.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to accept the request to waive the subdivision controls ordinance requirements for the Wedge Lumber Second Subdivision to allow for lot line adjustments within an already approved plat.  Carried 5-0-0.  

 

2.  Police Chief Gary Selness requested approval to sell a 1979 Yamaha 750 motorcycle impounded under the DWI forfeiture law.  A proposal for $52 and a proposal for $36 were received. 

Motion Benson, second Grothe to approve the sale, for $52, of a 1979 Yamaha 750 motorcycle impounded under the DWI forfeiture law.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

3.  It was suggested to allow staff to close city hall the morning of Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve afternoon is a holiday) if staff wants to take comp time or vacation for the four hours.  Staff is willing to do so.  The suggestion is being made as Christmas Eve is on a Monday this year. 

Motion Lewison, second Grothe to close city hall the morning of Christmas Eve (Christmas Eve afternoon is a holiday) if staff wants to take comp time or vacation for the four hours.  Carried 5-0-0. 

 

4.  Ed and Leone Nelson submitted a request to obtain a tree from their former North Main Street property.  It was suggested to forward the request to the Park Board for their consideration.

 

5.  Public Works Director Rick Lohmann requested approval to call for quotes, and accept the low quote, to install fencing around the city's water storage structure and the city's elevated water tower.  These items were planned to be completed at a later date, but it is being suggested to complete the work now in response to the terroristic activities taking place in the United States.

Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to authorize staff to call for quotes, and accept the low quote, to install fencing around the city's water storage structure and the city's elevated water tower.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

6.  City Administrator Johnson presented a resolution approving the submittal of a grant application to the State of Minnesota to obtain funding for 50% of the cost of two new ballot counters.  The cost of each counter is $4,450.  Johnson presented information on said equipment. 

Motion Wilkinson, second Lewison to adopt Resolution 2001-13, a resolution approving the submittal of a grant application to the State of Minnesota to obtain funding for 50% of the cost of two new ballot counters.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

REPORTS

 

-City Administrator-

 

 

-City Accountant Mary Rohe-

-Recommended the calling of the GO Improvement Bonds of 1992A.  These bonds became callable on February 1, 2001.  The interest rate on these bonds range from 5.7% to 6.25%.

Motion Grothe, second Benson to call the GO Improvement Bonds of 1992A in full as of December 19, 2001.  Carried 5-0-0.

 

-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-

 

 

Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:58 p.m.

 

 

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Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator

City of Zumbrota; 175 West Avenue; Zumbrota, MN 55992