Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at PRESENT: Mayor Bauer; Council members Dave Benson, Doug Borgschatz, Betty Jo Grothe. ABSENT: Council member Deb Wilkinson. Others present: City Administrator Ron Johnson, City Accountant Mary Rohe, Community Development Director Angie Bersaw, Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Reporter Sandy Hadler, Ward Opitz, Ken Baier, Jim Wedge, Paul Qualy.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
It was suggested to add agenda items
A correction to the minutes related to the vote on Resolution 2003-14 was noted (the vote was
Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve the
1. Paul Qualy commented on the use of Automated External Defibrilators and commented on the city’s
1. There were no public hearings scheduled.
1. There was nothing to report on the 5th Street West/Jefferson Drive Storm Water Study.
2. There was nothing to report on the St. Paul Road Public Improvements Project.
3. There was nothing to report on the agreement with Don and Pat Webster related to the cost of installation of a water line under CSAH 6.
4. There was nothing to report on the brush site usage. It was requested to remove this item as there have been no reported problems this season.
5. There was nothing to report on the Doug and Cindy Matthees request.
6. Public Works Director Rick Lohmann stated that he received a second quote to replace the air handling unit at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, but, as there was a substantial difference between the two quotes received, he will be reviewing further.
1. Kenneth Baier,
Motion Benson, second Grothe to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the variance request of Kenneth Baier to construct an approximate 780 square foot garage at 730 Central Avenue due to the following considerations: (1) The use of the proposed garage seems to be a reasonable use as to how garages are used, (2) The hardship was not caused by the owner,
(3) Requiring the owner to add on to the house in order to meet the square footage requirements would take away from the spirit of the zoning ordinance, (4) The size of the proposed garage is consistent with the size of other garages in the neighborhood. Carried 4-0-0.
2. Ward Opitz, representing Zumbrota Golf Course Properties, LLC, was present to request approval of the amended plat of Highlands of Zumbrota Phase I and the final plat for Highlands of Zumbrota Second Subdivision and the associated Conditional Use Permit (required for a Planned Unit Development). There are approximately 13.86 acres that will consist of approximately 48 townhomes. The amended plat of Phase I includes street and utility vacations due to the realignment of
Motion Grothe, second Bauer to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the the amended plat of Highlands of Zumbrota Phase I and the final plat for Highlands of Zumbrota Second Subdivision and associated Conditional Use Permit (required for PUD) subject to: (1) recommendations of the City Engineer being met, (2) inclusion of two small parks (one on each side of subdivision) as recommended by the Park Board, and (3) inclusion of the necessary street and utility vacations and relocations. Carried 3-1-0 (Borgschatz opposed).
3. Administrator Johnson informed Council that, at the quarterly Cops in Schools grant meeting with
Motion Borgschatz, second Benson to approve the attendance of Police Officer Eugene Leifeld at the Basic School Resource Officer Course in August in
4. Administrator Johnson presented Council with a memo stating that “park/public land dedication for commercial/industrial (C/I) is a new concept for staff, but is included in the city’s Subdivision Ordinance. We have been accepting land or charging a fee in lieu of in residential developments.” Johnson stated, however, that he just recently realized that the park/public land dedication also applies to C/I developments. Johnson realized this when reviewing the subdivision ordinance for Brian Haugen’s project- after the Grover Auto and Page Welding projects (i.e. they were not charged any park/public land dedication fees). According to the subdivision ordinance, commercial developments, if a cash contribution is required, are to be charged a 5% contribution (based on the current value of improved property). In Brian’s case this fee is $6,487, based on 5% of the purchase price and estimated value of water, sewer and street improvements.
Motion Grothe, second Benson to accept a payment in lieu of park/public land dedication from Brian Haugen of $1,000 per gross acre. Carried 4-0-0.
Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to direct the City Attorney to draft a change to the subdivision ordinance related to Commercial/Industrial developments and park/public land dedication to mandate a cash contribution of $1,000 per gross acre in lieu of park/public land dedication. Carried 4-0-0.
5. Administrator Johnson also stated that connect fees for commercial structures are also new to staff. Ordinance 2001-05, the ordinance related to utility connection charges, states that connection fees are charged on a per unit basis. With the residential development that has taken place so far, the connect fees have been one (water and sewer) fee per unit. Ordinance 2001-05 states that computation of units for commercial structures should be based on usage equivalents as outlined in the most recent “Standard Criteria” published by the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission (this has since been replaced by the Service Availability Charge Procedure Manual published by the Met Council Environmental Services). They determine that a “unit” is based on 274 gallons per day. The usage for the Brian Haugen truck wash is yet unknown but could be from 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons. Johnson stated that he charged Mr. Haugen for two connect fees, in that the usage will obviously be more than the 274 gallons per day, but not wanting to charge him 4 or more connect fees as this was not discussed in the review/discussion of his project. Following the Procedure Manual will give us some guidelines but may also make it prohibitive for certain businesses to build in Zumbrota.
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to charge Brian Haugen two water and sewer connect fees for his truck wash project. Carried 4-0-0.
6. Kenneth and Lois Magnuson submitted a preliminary plat for Lots 1-6 in Sugar Loaf Estates. They are proposing six single-family dwellings on 1.1 acre lots. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 8, 2004 to consider the preliminary plan. Mr. Magnuson reviewed the plan and explained that shared driveways are being utilized in all lots in order to save trees. The driveway to
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to accept the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approve the preliminary plat of Sugar Loaf Estates contingent on the recommendations of the City Engineer being met and Minneola Township’s and the State’s approval of the orderly annexation agreement. Carried 4-0-0.
7. Omni Environmental submitted a proposal, with a fee not-to-exceed $750, to provide project management (and some asbestos sampling) for the removal of asbestos and demolition of the former
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to accept the proposal of Omni Environmental, with a fee not-to-exceed $750, to provide project management (and some asbestos sampling) for the removal of asbestos and demolition of the former
8. Administrator Johnson requested that Council authorize Yaggy Colby Associates to conduct a feasibility study for water and sewer improvements through the Conway and Kathy Jacobson property and to the Mona property.
Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to authorize Yaggy Colby Associates to conduct a feasibility study for water and sewer improvements through the Conway and Kathy Jacobson property and to the Mona property. Carried 4-0-0.
9. Administrator Johnson reported that Duke Addicks, League of MN Cities Special Counsel & Codification Attorney, is willing to attend a Council meeting to review the newly drafted city code. Mr. Addicks thought he could go through the major changes of the code in approximately one hour. He is available for the July 8 regular meeting.
Motion Benson, second Grothe to conduct a city code review during the July 8 regular Council meeting. Carried 4-0-0.
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to adopt RESOLUTION 2004-14, a Resolution Recommending Feedlot Regulations, and to direct staff to forward same to the Goodhue County Board of Commissioners. Carried 4-0-0.
-Administrator Johnson requested approval to advertise, interview and hire (at $8 per hour) 1) a person to water and weed the city’s landscaping, and 2) a brush site attendant, as Arnold Groszbach submitted his resignation.
Motion Benson, second Borgschatz to authorize staff to advertise, interview and hire (at $8 per hour) 1) a person to water and weed the city’s landscaping, and 2) a brush site attendant. Carried 4-0-0.
-Informed Council that the “old church” subcommittee will be meeting to discuss potential uses of the site.
-Thanked the Festival Committee (including staff) for their efforts in putting together this year’s Festival.
-Community Development Director Angie Bersaw-
-Reported that the Roscoe Town Board did not act on the joint resolution for the Zumbrota Hills Development Project annexation, as they want to wait to see what happens with the adjacent 83-acre parcel recently listed for sale by Tim Mack.
-City Accountant Mary Rohe-
-Requested approval to close the Capital Projects Fund and to rename the Debt Service Fund as Water Debt Service Fund.
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to close the Capital Projects Fund and to rename the Debt Service Fund as Water Debt Service Fund. Carried 4-0-0.
Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to reclassify the Economic Development Authority Fund and the Swimming Pool Fund as Special Revenue Funds. Carried 4-0-0.
Mayor Bauer adjourned the meeting at 7:02 p.m.
Ronald S. Johnson, City Administrator