ST MARY’S POINT CITY COUNCIL
ST. MARY’S POINT, MINNESOTA
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA
October 4, 2016
Call to Order G. Williams, T. Williams, N Anderson, Mayor Roettger, J. Freesmeier (at 7:04)
Pledge of Allegiance
Others: Joe Dvorak, Gary and Meg Geller, Ron Davidson and Kevin Wall
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER T. WILLIAMS TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA ROLL CALL/ 4 AYES—1 Absent
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
Sheriff Report: 11 incidents by reported by Mayor Roettger
LSCV FIRE DEPT. RELIEF ASSN: Kevin Wall, President FRA returning with information from last month’s meeting. Kevin Johnson was not in attendance and was supposed to provide the fund ratios. Estimate of ratios was presented for $100 increase – 115%, $50 increase – 117% funding rations.
This is the projected raise – until Treasurer Kevin Johnson can present.
SSTS KATIE KRANZ: Provided information on WA Co. letter regarding noncompliance of septic system ordinance. The City can adopt the County’s ordinance for ease of enforcements.
Councilmember G. Williams presented his issues with the criteria the County enforces which are costly. Example having to install a riser to be compliant (as plumbing now needs to be pumped from a riser) The County’s one inspector’s decision to enforces and he feels it is an unfair cost to residents.
City Attorney Kranz stated the City can adopt its own ordinance but needs to be just as restrictive as the County’s. Councilmember Freesmeier asked for clarification for restrictions. City Attorney notes minimum requirements of the State by the City must be met and still have the County provides service to the City.
Councilmember Freesmeier explained what was told to him by his septic service, noting he just paid extra $25 for tank access. Councilmember G. Williams speaks to installation of a riser which costs $1,000 or more.
Mayor Roettger proposes the City Planning Commission to look at ordinances and allow pumping from stack pipe. It was noted by the clerk time is limited with upcoming elections, holidays and the deadline for response to the county thus it was noted the council could hold the public hearing. The City Attorney to draft an ordinance and to hold a public hearing before the next City Council meeting on November 1, 2016 at 6:30.
DRAIN STRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS: : Bid was received and council rejected the bid due to cost.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO REJECT THE BID FOR DRAINANGE STRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AS TOO HIGH IN PRICE. ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
VISION TRIANGLE Council tabled this until next month. Councilmember Anderson will put a diagram on Facebook/website.
HOLMER DRAINAGE Tabled until next month due to Engineer Parotti not in attandence.
MAYOR MONARCH (Butterfly) PLEDGE: Councilmember Anderson will do this on line.
CODE VIOLATION AT 16570 22ND SO. Attorney sent letter owners to have windows and doors boarded up – the structure was boarded up as required. No further action.
NOTARY RENEWAL: Clerk Reiter notary license is up for renewal.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO APPROVE TO PAY $120 NOTARY RENEWAL FEE. ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
TREASURER REPORT: Provided up date of current financials compared current to budget. He does not expect surplus or deficient at year end.
Claims to be Paid.: Added 2 checks, #5537 for $29.04 and check # 5538 for $9.00, so checks #5523 thru #5538 and electronic payments 1 to 13 for total $17,337.53. The US Bank Community Credit card address error (street and zip code) has been fixed.
MOTION WAS MADE BY COUNCILMEMBER G. WILLIAMS AND SECONDED BY COUNCILMEMBER ANDERSON TO PAY CLAIMS IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,337.53 AS PRESENTED. ROLL CALL/ALL AYES
BULDING PERMIT: 7 active permits
CITY CLERK: The Public Accuracy Test date is 10/26/16, Canvas Date is proposed earliest the Monday after the Election. The Workshop on River was very informative. They presented a form that lays out all the stages for getting a zoning permit in the river way with all pertinent people meeting with person requesting permit (pre-application meeting). Importance being that the applicant not get to far into the process before knowing the various criteria required for their project.
FIRE DEPARTMENT Councilmember G. Williams stated there will a personnel change (cost will be additional pay for those on call persons) beginning Jan 2017 and hoped the fire department will stay on budget.
CABLE COMMISSION Councilmember T. Williams stated there will be no meeting until Jan 2017. Councilmember G. Williams notes without a meeting prior to December how can 4 Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels be renewed without a meeting or cancelled without notice to the residents. Councilmember G Williams suggested they hold the meeting before December and City Attorney will investigate current contract.
WMO: Councilmember Anderson stated she was appointed to the Master Stewardship Certification through St. Croix River Association. Councilmember Anderson stated this means a lot of activities and meetings but it will get city some money for projects.
Gary Williams: River level: 681.48 and going down. He proposes to create an ordinance to not allow sex offenders living in the community. Maybe controversy but should be looked at by our Attorney.
City Attorney: This type of ordinances can be struck down, presently three ordinances are being looked into by the court system however, the city attorney can further look into.
City Tree Trimming: Mayor Roettger and Councilmember G. Williams to look at and place signs and have it noted on Facebook/website before the date of activity.
Mayor Roettger noted a For Sale sign on lot next door to City Hall and asks serious consideration for purchase.
Councilmember Freesmeier would like to hear pros and cons of the purchase. Such as need room to update septic system, additional office space etc. Or perhaps the building improvements could be done without purchase.
Councilmember G. Williams doesn’t feel the need but it should be cleaned up. Mayor notes long term vision for the City and what should be done with the building and offices.
ADJOURNMENT at 7:47pm
Attested to by: Jay Roettger, Mayor
Cindie J Reiter, City Clerk