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 COUNCIL MEETING – APRIL 5, 2017

CALL TO ORDER:  7:00 PM

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Mayor Shawn Ruotsinoja, Council Carolyn Brooks,

                                           Mary Bishop, Terrill Anderson, Bob Smestad, Jr.

STAFF PRESENT:  Brenda Fisk, Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer, Sergeant Cummings

OTHERS PRESENT: Fred Keller, Anna Brown, Shane Weber, Eugene Rakow,

                                       Senator Osmek

ADOPT MINUTES:

Anderson clarified he recommended we RESEARCH if it would be a good idea to consider switching to The Laker versus the minute language of recommending to switch.  Motion was made by Smestad and seconded by Anderson to adopt the 3/15/17 Council meeting minutes with the changes.  All Aye 5/0   

Motion was made by Anderson and seconded by Bishop to adopt the 3/22/17 2040 Comprehensive Plan Workshop minutes.  All Aye 5/0

PUBLIC SAFETY GENERAL DISCUSSION:

Sergeant Cummings was pleased to announce the arrest of a 19 yr old male tied to a string of burglaries in the city and other various violations. 

STATE SENATOR DAVID OSMEK:

State Senator Osmek was present to give the Council updates and explain that as a result of the recent election he has become  a member of the majority of the Senate Caucus and Senate Chamber and is now serving on the Transportation Committee, Local Government Committee, Capital Investment Committee and is Chair of the Energy and Utility Committee.  Osmek concluded by giving updates on small cell technology, Met Council reform bill and transportation bill including a year of funding for small cities under 5,000 population for the purpose of street maintenance.      

OBJECTION TO CITY LETTER REQUIRING REMOVAL OF A CARGO CRATE AT 8400 WILDWOOD AVE. – EUGENE RAKOW:

Council acknowledged the letter sent by the Admin/Clk/Trs as a result of a verbal anonymous complaint.  The letter required the crate to be removed by March 21st due to the accessory structure not matching the style and design of the principal structure.  The ordinance has been in effect for at least 20 years with a 2014 minor amendment of the size requirement not affecting the cargo crate.  Council also acknowledged correspondence from the LMC recommending the city treat cargo crates as a public nuisance resulting in a complaint.  Mr. Rakow explained the 160 sq ft. shipping container has been there for 15 years and received approval from the city to be there however the city has no record of it.  Rakow added the only condition was that it is not attached to the garage and is on a concrete slab or footings.  Council Bishop asked the crate being visible from the street to be added to the record.  Council was unsure if they could enforce the nuisance ordinance or the accessory structure ordinance if cargo crates are not specifically listed.  Motion was made by Smestad to direct the property owner to follow the letter that the city sent in regards to cargo shipping

containers.  Motion failed due to lack of second.  Consensus of the Council was to obtain the advice of the City Attorney.  Motion was made by Smestad and seconded by Anderson to extend the deadline of the letter dated 2/21/17 for 60 days for further review.  

Aye 4/Nay 1 (Bishop)

MINNEHAHA WATERSHED DISTRICT – ANNA BROWN:

DRAFT RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT TO ESTABLISH THE SIX

MILE-HALSTED BAY SUBWATERSHED PARTNERSHIP.

Anna Brown detailed the purpose of the resolution focusing on the Watershed changing from

a strictly regulatory agency to more of a planning agency working with the cities of Minnetrista, Waconia, Laketown Township, Victoria, St. Bonifacius, Hennepin County, Carver County,

and Three Rivers Park District in the sub watershed partnership including grant seeking to meet water quality standards.  Council will further review the resolution at the 4/18 and

4/19 meetings and may make changes pertaining to St Boni local needs.   

ST BONI FIRE DEPT – CHIEF SHANE WEBER:

STATION BAY LIGHTS REPLACEMENT QUOTES:

Council acknowledged the Fire Dept quotes from Mikes Electrical Contracting, Sure Electric,

Inc., Egan Company and Ready Watt Electric with Mikes Electrical being the lowest cost. 

Weber informed the Council of a $1,200 Xcel Energy LED rebate available for new or retrofit light fixtures.  Motion was made by Smestad and seconded by Brooks to approve the bid from Mikes Electrical for $4,000 for relighting the fire station garage.  All Aye 5/0.  Funds will be disbursed from the Fire Dept Capital Outlay Fund.

PROPOSAL TO PURCHASE A 2010 PROLINE 25ft BOAT WITH 350 INBOARD OUTBOARD MERCRUISER USING FIRE CONTRACT RESERVE FUNDS:

Council acknowledged correspondence from Minnetrista, Laketown Township and Watertown Township representing a majority vote approving the Fire Chiefs request to use $12,000 from

the Fire Contract Reserve Fund.  Areas also agreed with the Chief to disburse the balance of $6,000 for the boat from the Special Equipment Fund.  Motion was made by Mayor Ruotsinoja and seconded by Anderson to approve the purchase of the 2010 Proline 25 ft boat with the 350 inboard outboard Mercruiser for $18,000, with $12,000 coming out of the Contract Reserve

Fund and $6,000 coming from the Special Equipment Fund.  All Aye 5/0  

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMISSION MINUTES/REPORTS:

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES FORUMS FOR CITY STAFF AND ELECTED OFFICIALS: (FYI)

WECAN 2016 ANNUAL REPORT AND EVENT INVITATION: (FYI)

THREE CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING ST BONI DRONES ORDINANCE.  PRESENTATION TO BE MADE AT THE 4/19/17 COUNCIL MEETING: (FYI)

BUSINESS ITEMS:

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY KENNETH POTTS LETTER OF AGREEMENT: Motion was made by Mayor Ruotsinoja and seconded by Bishop to approve the Letter of Agreement for Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Potts as stated.  All Aye 5/0

STREET SWEEPING QUOTES:

Council acknowledged quotes from Carefree Services, Curb To Curb and Kohls Sweeping.

Admin/Clk/Trs informed the Council of Public Works’ Pete Hilgers recommendation to use

only the elgin machine.  A verbal quote from Curb To Curb was $120.00 per hour for the

elgin therefore Kohls is the lowest quote at $100.00 per hour for the elgin machine.  Motion

was made by Mayor Ruotsinoja and seconded by Anderson to approve the quote from Kohls Sweeping and Striping Services for sweeping the city streets for the 2017 season using an

elgin broom machine  at $100.00 per hour.  All Aye 5/0

RESOLUTION 2017-12; A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CORPORATE AUTHORIZATION RESOLUTION IN REGARDS TO CITY ACCOUNTS AT

KLEIN BANK: 

Motion was made by Mayor Ruotsinoja and seconded by Brooks to approve Resolution

2017-12; A Resolution Approving A Corporate Authorization Resolution In Regards To

City Accounts At Klein Bank with Shawn Ruotsinoja as Mayor, Brenda Fisk as City Clerk, Terrill Anderson as Acting Mayor all put in line 1 under description of powers all the powers

as listed in the Resolution.  All Aye 5/0

4/18 CONSULTANT WORKSHOP AGENDA:

Council added cargo crates under the Planners line items.

UNFINISHED/NEW BUSINESS:

RESIDENT NOTIFICATIONS:

Council Brooks requested the city establish a listing of emails for citizens to be contacted as things come up such as road blocks, flushing hydrants, robberies etc.  Council to further consider during website design discussions.    

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:

Mayor Ruotsinoja expressed his appreciation of the excellent West Hennepin Public Safety Emergency Management Training for government officials and as a follow up, the

Minnetrista police is willing to provide local training.  Council will consider a workshop

date upon the police departments availability.     

GARDEN BEAUTIFICATION GROUP:

Council Bishop informed the Council of the Garden Beautification Groups’ placement of

flowers in front of the city offices and community room and the upcoming fundraisers as

listed in the next newsletter.

CROSSWALK MAINTENANCE:

Council Anderson reported the northern crosswalk at the signal intersection needs to be repainted. 

ADJOURNMENT:

Motion was made by Brooks and seconded by Smestad to adjourn the meeting.

All Aye 5/0

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. 

                                                                        _______________________

                                                                        Shawn Ruotsinoja, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Brenda Fisk, Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

     
   
     

 

   
 

 

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