ST MARY’S POINT CITY COUNCIL
ST. MARY’S POINT, MINNESOTA
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
OCTOBER 6, 2015
Call to Order: Roll call for attendance – All Ayes
Pledge of Allegiance was said.
MOTION MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON, SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA AND SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 MINUTES AS PRESENTED. ROLL CALL/ ALL AYES
Public comments: Paul Brown and Don Jones. Paul Brown presented a report and itemized the expenses of Art In Park. The poor weather kept attendance down, but enthusiastic audience especially the brass band and the city history presented by Don Jones. The cost of $746.40 with a balance of $354.17 remains and asks for continuance funding. Don Jones provided laminated plat map circa 1928 for the city to use. He also provided a book about the St. Croix. He gave information on our local history articles and referenced the sandpiper and thanked Paul Brown for his great efforts.
Sheriff’s report: There were 7 incidents
Charlie Farnam Resident 2564 Itasca, spoke to condition of City trees and addressed oak wilt, noting 6-7 places that need review and believes there is 26-30 dead diseased dying Oak trees, both Red and White likely a spore matt allowing transmission. He had testing done on his trees by University of Minnesota and will share the information. He stated this is a big deal as all local folks will lose their trees. He removes dead and treats diseased trees. Also urges the City Council to act upon the need for the epicenter to have the trees removed. These trees also are spreading the disease. He will leave the U of M information by sending to the clerk via email.
Driveway License Amendment-Wang City Attorney Sandstrom presented issue of driveway at 16634 22nd Street So. Prior approval was granted for driveway to exist in ROW in vacated street area with language to City to resume right to access. The house has now sold and Mortgage Company is not satisfied with the City’s agreement. Attorney Sandstrom has been working with the Wang Attorney to grant a Driveway License so that the mortgage company can be satisfied for the sale. The right of the driveway use will transfer with the property not necessary with the property owners. There happened to be a survey done by the Wang’s that bore out a problem in that the driveway turnaround area was placed too far north. This does not change the need and purpose of the driveway license for what exists.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER T. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO APPROVE THE DRIVEWAY LICENSE AS PRESENTED IN KEEPING WITH RESOLUTION GRANTED IN 2007.
Discussion: Councilmember Freesmeier questioned how 2007 resolution variance granted the added area of turnaround. Attorney Sandstrom read that part of the resolution which addressed this.
MOTION PASSED/ALL AYES
Attorney Sandstrom noted that 2 copies of the License approved to be signed this evening as property is both Torrance and Abstract.
Animal Humane Society Contract (no changes)
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS, SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF OUR AGREEMENT WITH ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY. ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
Snow Plow Bid – Tri-County Issues need to go back to contractor for correct bid documents. Information presented lacked clarity. City council directed the City Attorney to provide a contract for review at the next council meeting.
Afton Septic presented by LSCB resident Jim Golden in lieu of Jim Unker. Mr. Golden presented documents regarding Section 106 review by Afton and Historical Preservation Act. City Attorney Sandstrom provided information in regards to 106 review process which includes option to allow for consulting party. Councilmember Unker has been appointed as liaison to represent LSCB as the consulting party. City Attorney Sandstorm stated he sent a letter requesting Unker be appointed for consulting party status. Attorney Sandstrom also stated he provided comment that appointed Afton to oversee the 106 process was not in the best interest of the process. Jim Golden stated that SMP could also become a consulting party as well. Attorney Sandstorm presented that the costs to date are similar to each City and thus likely Mr. Unker did not attend the meeting tonight. LSCB recognizes the likelihood that the project to go forward and does not want to spend further Attorney fees other than to write a letter requesting LSCB be allowed to be a consulting party. Councilmember Freesmeier asked about the Section 106 time frame. Attorney Sandstrom noted it should be begun but a consulting party request can be submitted. Mr. Golden provided that Indian mounds site that were never mentioned in Afton’s study, at one time it was a tourist attraction and it is in Afton’s history. Many Indian Artifacts have been found in area. The question was why didn’t they do their search process before beginning this?
No action was taken.
Fire Station Illuminated sign Councilmember T. Williams explained he provided earlier agreement to give to cable funds to purchase sign. However, Council sent back a no contribution vote. He said he brought back this and was poo-pooed. He also stated after 4.99 % increases at the Fire Department he is not in favor of this. Councilmember Freesmeier noted he does not feel the direction to distribute is not appropriate, nor up to the cable commission to direct payment to the Fire Department. Councilmember G. Williams explained further the Fire Board wants the message board however the cost has dropped to $12,500 with fewer options. He also noted the closest Fire Department that has an LED sign is Hopkins. Councilmember Anderson noted that the reader board is not necessary in this area.
No action other than NO that Councilmember T. Williams should carry that message back to the Cable Commission.
Comprehensive Plan A heads up from Clerk Reiter that Met. Council has started to send updates to the Cities on a Comprehensive Plan on Transportation and that the information was provided to the city planner.
Treasurer Report Treasurer Niedzwiecki was absent.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS, SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO APPROVE BILLS No. 5381 thru 5395 (except #5394 to the Fire Dept.) and EFT 1-14 FOR TOTAL OF $20,914.12 ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
City Engineer John Parotti provided a map of the current and future re-construction noting shared streets with LSCB. However LSCB has largest segment of street and each City put off doing those streets possible in 2016 or 2017 when other streets are scheduled. He asks for direction or questions if Council as surveys may be done before snow this year. He proposes that the Council could direct the surveys be done if LSCB does theirs. Councilmember G. Williams is concerned over drainage be directed onto Itasca. Engineer Parotti notes no plan to direct drainage onto Itasca and actually the low area is west of Itasca. Mayor Roettger, Councilmembers Freesmeier and Anderson feel the same. He presented that at Baillon & Itasca A pavement drop off remedy with a temporary fix by 1) gravel at $100; 2) asphalt millings at $200; 3) cut dirt, sod and asphalt and replace w/asphalt patch $1,000; 4) concrete curb at $1500-$1800 estimate. If drivers habit is to cut inside corner it will continue and only A curb stops this but may cause water ponding. This corner also has line of sight issues and Engineer Parotti to check on it. Placing asphalt millings by Councilmembers G Williams and T Williams was offered by Councilmember G Williams. Engineer Parotti suggest dig out some gravel first then put down the millings. Councilmember Freesmeier speaks against a councilmember doing it. Councilmember G. Williams agrees but believes it is a small project he and Councilmember T. Williams are willing to do as such a small job. Councilmember T. Williams will check with Tower Asphalt. Councilmember Freesmemeer will talk to property owners about the tall Cedar tree in ROW causing line of sight issues. Councilmember G. Williams and Engineer Parotti reviewed 25th St. for possible turn around. Some trees removal would be needed and survey of area of work. Councilmember G. Williams has spoken to the property owners and they would like a turnaround in lieu of backing up by waste haulers into their driveways. The scrub trees could be removed now. It was noted tree trimming company to be in town soon and can be done then. Engineer Parotti suggested a quote be gotten for City Council on the cost of survey on 25th Street.
Drain Structure Cleaning spoke to the Contractor again and they noted would try to do it this week. Engineer Parotti suggested next spring the City should reach out farther for a bid for drain structure cleaning.
Building Inspector 5 outstanding Permits
City Attorney Attorney Sandstrom stated the Malmgren complaint has no improvement or effort by them. The next step is a citation by Sheriff or to bring a lawsuit. Councilmember G. Williams noted one car is gone, and the property owner said he will get rid of it but he is busy. Council directed Attorney Sandstrom to write another letter noting citation is the next step.
Closed Council Meeting at September meeting on Holmer was just to provide an update and no action was taken. He sees no reason for another closed meeting. Mr. Holmer is working on building permit with the inspector and planner. The outstanding balance due from Holmer before the building permit can be issued it needs to be paid as a condition placed at CUP permit. As far as a lawsuit, we will wait for another month before requesting our Attorney to get a Court date. Attorney Sandstrom will contact Planner Ben Gozola and Treasurer T. Niedzwiecki regarding balance due.
City Clerk Provided reasons for recycling as provided by WA County and noted Shred It Day Friday October 9th in Woodbury at WA County Environmental Center.
Fire Department Councilmember G. Williams reported that the Fire Department has ordered a new truck at $592,000 at low interest of 2.16%. They are continuing to advertising for new fire fighters. Councilmember Freesmeier noted good budget process.
Cable Councilmember Tim Williams – Nothing to report as no meetings.
WMO Councilmember Anderson was not able to attend.
Councilmember T. Williams none
Councilmember Anderson none
Councilmember G. Williams Restored SMP sign at entrance to the City with weather protection on both sides. Sign placed in 1976 and needs to be preserved. We have new City hall chairs that were State and MN surplus purchase. The River is 675.5 and no rise. Councilmember G. Williams asks for late purchase of a “VOTE HERE” sign with an approximate cost of $139.
A Map of tree trimming presented: Near the park along 24th St., 25th scrub trees, on Itasca the Oak is diseased and overhang city streets.
NOTE: Clerk to send tree letter to Councilmember Anderson for website.
Meeting adjourned at 8:42.