ST MARY’S POINT CITY COUNCIL
ST. MARY’S POINT, MINNESOTA
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
April 5, 2016
Call to Order G. Williams, T. Williams, J. Freesmeier and Mayor Roettger, (Councilmember Anderson absent)
Pledge of Allegiance was said
Others Present: Paul Brown, Mike Isensee - MSCWMO
City Attorney Sandstrom recapped the closed session of March 8, 2015 for discussion and no action on the Holmer litigation was taken
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ROETTGER TO APPROVE THE AGENDA WITH CHANGES TO MOVE LMCIT WAIVER to 3A CONSENT AGENDA ROLL CALL/ 4 AYES 1ABSENT
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ROETTGER TO APPROVE WAIVER OF LIABILITY. ROLL CALL/4 AYES, 1 ABSENT
Sheriff’s Report: No report
ART IN PARK: Paul Brown, Art in Park reported approximately $300 in Arts fund and asks for Council support in contingency on Arts in Park. He hopes for no high water and to hold it in July. It was noted that VACTV that provides $300 for staff and equipment in taping for televising the event. Further, it may be that without local support of cable fees then VACTV may not be able to supply support to local events, such as SMP Art In the Park. He continues to put out entertainment feelers and will work with council. Councilmember G. Williams noted $500 plus in budget for Arts in the Park and also that the Cable fees in question should be resolved by June. Mr. Brown spoke to current cable coverage being very broad in lower valley and hopefully will be worked through favorable. He also gave Kudos to added recycle center hours.
MIDS (Minimal Impact Design Standards) Mike Isensee gave a recap of the local ordinance updates for MIDS for storm water practices and erosion control practices in Middle St. Croix area. The goal was to have similar ordinances among the 10 member communities. He noted Lakeland and Lakeland Shores have adopted into code MIDS. He provided information and flyers about both erosion controls. (Keeping your soil on your property) and storm water practices (Keep storm water on property without run off to local water bodies.)
City Attorney Sandstrom asked about other City changes; if changes follow through to other cities. It was in some cities however SMP adopted it into current city ordinances where other cities just added to model code. Councilmember G. Williams asked about who would do the inspection, and Mike noted it is WMO as allowed by a joint powers agreement.
A project that triggers review with WMO then WMO will be notified by City of project and WMO will be inspecting and working with builder of property owners directly. The builder and/or property owner is in control of policing the project. Mike noted there are tools in the City ordinance that can be used but doesn’t have to use. Councilmember Freesmeier asks about penalties being harsh for storm water issues. The City Attorney noted that generally all violations of City Code is a gross misdemeanor and the City has the authority to trigger penalties in code enforcement. But all enforcement level for penalty of criminal prosecution is dictated by the City via direction of City Council. Criminal prosecutions are viable for all city code violations.
Councilmember G. Williams feels the ordinances should be broke apart by various sections for approval. He believes in concept of MIDS but uncomfortable with fees and inspections. Mayor Roettger feels this should be addressed when Councilmember Anderson is present. Perhaps section 505 be addressed separately as 2 different ordinances. The City Attorney noted it could be done but the parts need to relate to each section of the ordinance. Mike Isensee noted he would need pretty clear direction to change the ordinance. He also notes that it is not mandatory to do certain levels of enforcement, as it only provides the provision for city to use it (enforcement). Councilmember G. William notes that this ordinance only applies to penalties incurred each day and doesn’t feel it should. City Attorney to clarify the daily fee in in the city’s code. Mike Isensee. asks that each councilmember let him know their concerns.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FREESMEIER TO TABLE THIS UNTIL THE MAY MEETING. ROLL CALL/4 AYES-1 ABSENT
Portable storage containers: The planning committee felt that many concerns and issues were not addressed in the ordinance as presented and will address this at a future meeting.
METROPOLITAN COUNCIL GOVERNANCE: No one showed up for this presentation.
CITY ENGINEER, JOHN PAROTTI: Itasca Street turn-around: (Councilmember Freesmeier and Engineer Parotti met to review of Itasca Ave cul-de-sac) engineer Parotti presented the issues in this location that it is tight for utility vehicles and emergency vehicles. A diagram of the possible turn around was presented and a memo speaks to potential cost which is a very rough estimate of $23-33,000. Engineer Parotti asks for further Council input. Also, another sketch was presented by Councilmember G. Williams. Councilmember Freesmeier does not believe it is a pressing issue but one to be looked at when future street construction is done. He explained further difficulties to property owners in that area. He also spoke to the sketch Councilmember Williams presented that it be a possible solution. The topic is to be put away for consideration in the future.
Engineer Parotti spoke to upcoming street projects and wanted the City to be aware of soil borings going on. He also spoke to possible grant funding for street projects from MET Council. He offers that Grant be researched to see if that Council would approve however it would push project to 2017. It is a 75% Grant with machining $25%. However it needs to be reviewed more for qualifying criteria. He asks if Council wants him to review further. Also addressed were drainage issues for potential Grant funds. Councilmember Freesmeier asked if safety concerns would be possible criteria which would address the turn around on 25th and perhaps Itasca as well. Councilmember G. Williams noted problem that there may be sticker shock by combining all projects. He also spoke to water service loop. Engineer Parotti noted the projects are not scheduled for that area of Itasca. He would be expanding projects not up for work at this time.
RMC CITY WIDE STREET PATCHING QUOTE (Potholes); Potholes patch is temporary sometimes gone by seasons end. Spray patching has been holding up longer and up to 6 years on some areas surveyed. Cut and Patch process is very expensive. RCM quote city wide is $3,125.00. Councilmember G. Williams inquired about patching done along Itasca and City Engineer Parotti noted it was done by neighbor city contractor to some areas of streets not contracted to do so.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER FREESMEIER AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS TO APPROVE AND ACCEPT BILLFOR $3,125 FOR SPRAY INJECTION BY RCM FOR CITY WIDE PATCHING.
Discussion: Councilmember G. Williams inquired about the patches done that were not requested to do so. Engineer Parotti noted RCM could just go over the patched area. Contract to be done with RCM.
ROLL CALL/4 AYES 1 ABSENT
ST. CROIX RIVER LEVEL. The current level is 674.94 at 10:30 this am with more prediction to drop 8 inches in the next week. Elevation predicted to not be over 680.
SEASON ROAD LIMITS RESTRICTIONS: This is still in play and expect to see them lifted in the next few weeks.
Councilmember G. Williams notes about the low area along Iroquois to St. Mary’s Point has been filled in along the south side of road and perhaps should be cleaned or dug out to facilitate drainage. Engineer Parotti suggested calling Gopher One and have some light soil removed.
VBWD Boundary Changes information and documents are provided for awareness to upcoming changes.
CITY TREASURER: Treasurer Niedzwicki provided an update on MIDS expenses from the City Planner. He spoke to grant dollars available for MIDS from WMO however the Planner expense is up to $4,200 however the grant is only for approximately $1,000. Details of claims are in the packets for approval.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY T WILLIAMS TO APPROVE CLAIMS AS PRESENTED AT $21,757.78. With checks #5451 thru 5466 and EFT 001 – 010. ROLL CALL/4 AYES, 1 ABSENT
Treasurer Niedzwiecki continues to work on the City Insurance renewal. Council members are automatic covered for Workers Compensation.
City Engineer: no report
Building permits: 3 outstanding projects
City Attorney; have nothing until closed session
City Clerk: Seeks $50 budget for used office cabinets and a white board to replace a broken file cabinet. Treasurer Niedzwiecki explained he has key for the file cabinet and will get one for Clerk but file cabinet is full. Carnival at A-L School upcoming with Recycle booth there.
Cable: Nothing until 4/6 and Councilmember G. Williams and T. Williams will go.
Fire Board District: Councilmember G. Williams stated there is a surplus and is to be allocated between 2016 and 2017 for personnel budgets.
Councilmember Gary Williams: Noted the county involvement with the bike trail for overlay 2017.A quote for ADA opening from Stanley Accent Technology for $1,400 and noted HRA has grant dollars available for funding and possibly available by November. The ADA door will be installed by May.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FREESMEIER TO APPROVE THE STANLEY DOOR OPENER INSTALLATION WITH A SIGNED AGREEMENT BY THE MAYOR. ROLL CALL/4 AYES, 1 ABSENT
CITY CLEAN UP: Councilmember Freesmeier to research for cleanup dates and come back with information at the next meeting.
MAYOR Roettger : nothing to report
CLOSED SESSION AT 8:31. Nothing to be decided only updates and discussed with summary of next meeting.
MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:33.
Jay Roettger, Mayor
Attested to by:
Cindie J Reiter, City Clerk