Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at PRESENT: Mayor Bauer; Councilmembers David Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe, Deb Wilkinson. Others present: City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, City Attorney Matt Rockne, Jim Wedge, Reporter Sandy Hadler, David Drown.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
It was suggested to add agenda item 7c- Final payment approval- KTM Contracting- TH52 Water & Sewer Crossing Project, and 7d- Construction demolition materials- are they covered under refuse license?
1. There was nothing to report on the Sonia Gunhus request.
2. There was nothing to report on the St. Paul Road Public Improvements Feasibility Study.
3. It was noted that Councilmember Benson and Councilmember Grothe (in Mayor Bauer's absence) and staff will meet with
4. Comments were received for the Golf Course Expansion/Residential Development Project Environmental Assessment Worksheet from the following: MN Pollution Control Agency, MN Department of Natural Resources, MN Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bonestroo & Associates prepared a "Response to Comments" and a "Findings of Fact/Record of Decision" for Council review. Most of the concerns would be addressed through the normal approval process. Resolution 2003-09, a Resolution Approving the Findings of Fact for the Environmental Assessment Worksheet Prepared for the Zumbrota Golf Course Expansion and Residential Development Project, was presented for consideration.
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to adopt Resolution 2003-09, a Resolution Approving the Findings of Fact for the Environmental Assessment Worksheet Prepared for the Zumbrota Golf Course Expansion and Residential Development Project. Carried 5-0-0.
5. Administrator Johnson presented a line-item budget showing potential budget cuts totaling $73,900- not including any library cuts (which could total another $30,000 to $40,000). He said he received good input from the public works department employees regarding potential reductions, and attended a Library Board meeting to accept their input into potential cuts. He suggested that more should be known of the extent of the cuts before implementation of all of the potential cuts. No action was taken. The item will remain on the agenda.
1. David Drown, David Drown Associates, was present to discuss an item related to tax increment financing, and to discuss potential legislation that may affect the golf course expansion/residential subdivision project. He informed Council that the City of Zumbrota has pre-existing Tax Increment Financing Districts where tax increments from the Districts are insufficient to pay pre-existing obligations as a result of class rate changes and the elimination of the state-determined general education property tax levy. He said Minnesota Statutes 469.1792 provide special deficit authority to elect that the original local tax rate under Section 469.177 Subdivision 1a does not apply to the district. He said that a public hearing needs to be conducted and notices need to be sent to the school district and the county before exercising this authority.
Motion Wilkinson, second Grothe to adopt Resolution 2003-10, a Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing to Exercise Tax Increment Special Deficit Authority- public hearing to be held at 6:10 p.m., May 15, in city hall. Carried 5-0-0.
Mr. Drown also informed Council that there is potential legislation that would impose levy limits that could prevent the city from utilizing the tax revenues from the golf course expansion/residential development project, but it appears that the initiation date of this legislation, if passed, would be out a ways. Initially, it appeared that some sort of formal agreement needed to be in place prior to April 30 to avoid these levy limits. He said no action is needed, but suggested that Council keep current on the potential legislation.
2. The organizers for the MN Red Ribbon Ride, a non-profit event supporting 9 AIDS service agencies in MN, requested approval for a street route for said ride on Saturday, July 12. Police Chief Selness reviewed the proposed route and recommended approval, with some modifications.
Motion Benson, second Grothe to approve the street route for the July 12 MN Red Ribbon Ride. Carried 5-0-0.
3. KTM Contracting requested approval to receive most of their final payment for the TH52 Water & Sewer Crossing Project. They understand that they still have some finishing work to do.
Motion Wilkinson, second Benson to approve final payment to KTM Contracting- amount to be determined by Yaggy Colby Associates and city staff. Carried 5-0-0.
4. Administrator Johnson informed Council that he has had a number of calls from companies that handle demolition roll-offs as to whether or not the city's refuse hauling license pertains to demolition materials. The city code defines refuse as "garbage" or "rubbish" and, therefore, demolition materials are not likely to be included in the scope of the refuse license.
Motion Benson, second Grothe to confirm that demolition materials are not to be included in the scope of the city's refuse hauling license. Carried 5-0-0.
-Reminded Council that the League of MN Cities is sponsoring Cities Day in St. Paul on April 9. Councilmember Wilkinson stated that she will be attending. Johnson stated that Public Works Director Lohmann, Police Chief Selness and he are registered for the Annual LMC Loss Control Workshop on that day.
-Stated that there have been several requests to fly the flags on Main Street in support of our troops. Keeping the flags up for an extended period of time causes a fairly quick deterioration of the flags. Replacing all the flags would cost approximately $900. Johnson stated that he was uncomfortable ordering the flags up at a time when we are looking to cut over $100,000 from the budget. It was suggested to fly the flags, and solicit new flags, or funding for new flags.
Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to authorize staff to fly the U.S. flags on the Main Street street lights. Carried 5-0-0.
-City Accountant Mary Rohe-
-Distributed the unaudited Annual Financial Report.
-Public Works Director Rick Lohmann-
-Inquired as to whether or not to load wood chips for residents this spring. He said that if the wood chips are not gone by the end of the season, his staff will need to truck them out. He was instructed to organize the loading of wood chips for the city's residents.
Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:19 p.m.
Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator