MARY’S POINT CITY COUNCIL
ST. MARY’S POINT, MINNESOTA
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
November 1, 2016
ROLL CALL: N. Anderson, G. Williams, T. Williams, J. Freesmeier,
PLEDGE OF ALLIGENCE:
OTHERS PRESENT: City Clerk Reiter, City Treasurer Niedzweicki ,
City Attorney Kranz, City Engineer Parotti, Jerry &
Kathy Sorenson, Scott Holmer, Chris Bohrer
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILEMBER ANDERSON AND
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS TO APPROVE THE CONSENT
AGENDA ROLL CALLL/ ALL AYES
SHERIFF REPORT; Deputy Sullivan reported there have been tires
slit in both SMP and LSCB so keep your eyes open . There was
no murder in spite of crime truck, was noted illegal dumping in
our parks and the vacant lot next door to City Hall. It was
suggested putting a trial camera in. 12 calls (3 were of LSCB)
RESOLUTION 2016-11-1 APPROVING MASTER SUBSCRIBER AGREEMENT
(Approved September 20160
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER FREESMEIER AD
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS TO APPROVE RESOLUTION
2016-11-1 ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
VISION TRIANGLE. Engineer Parotti presented information on the
vision triangle. 714.02 and 714.03 code of our city providing
dimensions and 503.040 (nuisance ordinance) speaks to actual
obstruction and issues that address safety. References the
diagram provided o September 2014 and on the City’s Facebook site)
which shows tree and brush trimming requirements.
Councilmember Freesmeier inquired if diagram should apply to all
city streets. Engineer Parotti noted that would be up to
council and contingent on the individual street.
HOLMER DRAINAGE ISSUES Engineer Parotti presented tje project as
built concern, which he continues to work with home owner and also
working with issues regarding the floodplain ordinance. Home
owner is also working withFEMA for request of LOMR-f which the
City needs to sign current on. When signed the form is
submitted to FEMA by the property owner. He also addressed
the runoff after a few significant rainfalls as the run off
occurred at multiple locations. The area of run off near
this property is inconclusive that run off occurred as result of
construction. The engineer did not spend a lot of time on it
without Council direction to do so.
Mr. Holmer commented about a retaining wall being placed to save
an old oak tree. Therefore to alleviate a need for a
variance the area has been filled with rock fill to 692
levels. This rock should all the tree roots to be
aerated. Mr. Holmer noted the corner of the garage is to low
by 1 - 1.5 inches so they are elevated by fill. He also
spoke to beach erosion and notes this is not the first time the
erosion has occurred in this area and on his beach as well. He
noted some issues with water coming from the road and across the
L. Allen property which exceed impervious surface. His main
concern is the water, which is contaminated, coming into property
and river from off the street. Thus he proposes a raingarden
be placed near the Allen property to capture the water and
contaminates. He also suggested the City use its ROW to
place a ditch or raingarden, as this has been a long time problem
with heavy rains.
ORDINANCE AMENDMENT-CHAPTER 504 INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE TREATMENT
SYSTEMS. Councilmember G. Williams noted that the 54 page
ordinance is likely too broad for the City to adopt. It is
likely that following the County regulations would have to be done
Councilmember Anderson proposed asking Washington County Public
Health representative attend our Council and explain the County
Councvilmember Freesmeier feels it likely is best to follow
the County’s ordinance for the betterment of the community.
Mayor Roettger noted the Ordinance is in place but just being
Chris Bohrer asked if the City knows how many residents are
affected by the Ordinance. He notes he pumps every two years
and pays the fee for compliance.
Concilmember G. Williams notes that systems that were put in
since 2001 are complaint and oly 10 in our City have this
system. Thus approximately 150 are non-complaint.
Councilmember Frresmeier inquired of our City Attorney if the
Ordinance changes anything from the County requirements.
Attorney Kranz affirmed that to be the case, also noted the County
offer financial aid for non-complaint systems.
Chris Bohrer noted compliant systems are required in a sale
or trust of property to a family member. He also spoke to
variances being done in an equitable fashion.
Attorney Kranz noted the City still has authority to work on
variances requested if not in agreement with the
MOTION WAS MADE BE COUCILMEMBER FREESMEIER AND
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ROETTER TO ADOPT CODE
2016-11-1 CHAPTER 504 AMENDMENTS.
DISCUSSION: Councilmember G. Williams propses to have the
County Representative come to the meeting before adopting this
code. Councilmember T. Williams feels the same. ROLL
CALL/3NAYS AND 2 Ayes MOTION FAILED.
MOTIONS WAS MADE BY COUCILMEMBER G. WILIAMS AND
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO TABLE
THIS DECISION UNTIL OUR DECEMBER 2016 MEETING
AND CHRS LELAIR OR COUTY REP HERE TO EXPLAIN
THE CODE. ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
TREASURER REPORT; Treasurer Niedzwiecki reported he believes
the City will come
close to the end-of- year budget within $1000. Claims to be paid -
please add #5547 to EM for $79.00 and, so checks #5537 thru #5547
and electronic payments 1 to 9 for total $8,933.13.
MOTION MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO PAY
CLAIMS IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,933.13 AS
PRESENTED, ROLLCALL/ALL AYES
CITY ENGINEER; Mr. Parotti noted three terms to aware of in septic
language: Complaint, non-complaint and fail.
Chris Bohrer noted that according to the Ordinance system are
failed systems that are non-complaint.
Mr. Parotti expained some of the difference between flood plain
areas of distinction.
Noting a cesspool is failed and non-complaint and not good for the
environment, however other older systems are non-complaint yet not
Councilmember G. Williams inquired about the City road project and
as LSCB likely not being able to do the project he feels SMP
should move forward with the project alone.
Mayor Roettger feels SMP should hold off until neighboring Cities
are doing their projects. City Engineer Parotti spke to
meeting with 2 coucimembers to review City’s CIP.
Coucilmember G. Williams notes $204k in street und and it should
be spent on projects proposed.
Engneer Parotti spoke for Drainage Project and Hammerhead on 25th
could get a better price if bid early in2017 and also with a
completion date sent out to contractors. He also would like
to bring back a review of the CIP for various projects.
Coucilmember G. Williams feels strongly that the road projects be
BUILDING PERMIT: 8 projects active.
CITY ATTORNEY: Attorney Kranz spoke to Cable
Commission meeting of calling a meeting or special meeting. Also
spoke on the Sex Offender Ordinance, although the State is
reviewing the 3 ordinances passed inWA County and likely
will be challenged.
Vacant Lot Purchase: A proposal for a resolution to purchase
neighboring property to the City Hall as a anonymous donor has
come forward to pay 1/3 of the price. Attorney Kranz noted
that resolution is based on adhering to comprehensive plan.
Councilmember Freesmeier believes if contribution is there then
the City should purchase it.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON AND
SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER FREESMEIER TO ACCEPT RESOLLUTION 11-01-2
TO PURCHASE THE VACANT LOT.
DISCUSSION: Where is the money coming from? treasurer
Niedzwiecki noted there is $8,000 in Parks and Recreation, $5,000
in Building/City Hall improvements, $17,000 in Cable Commission
Fund and $2,500 in undesignated reserve.
Councilmember Freesmeier believes the Cable Funds are meant to be
used for communication but Councilmember Anderson and Treasurer
Niedzwiecki commented that is no longer the requirement.
ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
City Attorney Kranz directed to draft a purchase agreement.
CITY CLERk; Canvass Date is tentatively set for Monday, November
13 at 6:00. Clerk will post notice for final date. Election
is NOVEMBER 8.
FIRE DEPARTMENT Councilmember G. Williams spoke to lack of getting
further FRA increase information and noted they did not post a
CABLE COMMISSION Councilmember T. Williams stated there will be no
meeting scheduled to address the loss of 4 PEG channels. It
was believed that a December meeting would be held. Council
believes the message should be no PEG fees to users but fee should
be paid from Cable funds.
WMO Councilmember Anderson noted the raingardens will be
taken care of by WMO)
approx. $250. cost to city Lakeland City Hall grading and
construction site is approved by WMO.
Gary Williams Councilmember Anderson is still working on the
Monarch Pledge on behalf of the Mayor.
Nancy Anderson Shirley Theede would like to continue
work on the City Hall garden and plantings.
ADJOURNMENT AT 8:30 pm
Attested to by:
Cindie J. Reiter, City Clerk