ST. 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, Mayor Roettger

PLEDGE OF ALLIGENCE:

OTHERS PRESENT: City Clerk Reiter, City Treasurer Niedzweicki , City Attorney Kranz,  City Engineer Parotti, Jerry & Kathy Sorenson, Scott Holmer, Chris Bohrer

CONSENT AGENDA:
    
    MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILEMBER ANDERSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA   ROLL CALLL/ ALL AYES

PUBLIC COMMENTS;

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 anyway

Councilmember Anderson proposed asking Washington County Public Health representative attend our Council and explain the County Ordinance,

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 enforced differently.

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 County

    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 failed.

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 done.

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.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

FIRE DEPARTMENT Councilmember G. Williams spoke to lack of getting further FRA increase information and noted they did not post a meeting.

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.

STAFFF REPORTS

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


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                        Jay Roettger, Mayo


Attested to by:


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Cindie J. Reiter, City Clerk