Mankato City Council
Monday, September 22, 2008
Minnesota River Room
A Regular Meeting of the Mankato City Council was conducted on
September 22, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. with Mayor Pro Tem Laven presiding.
Council Members Vance Stuehrenberg, Charlie Hurd, Jack Considine, Mark
Frost, and Tamra Rovney were present. Mayor Brady was excused. Also
present were City Manager Patrick Hentges, City Attorney Eileen Wells,
City Engineer Ken Saffert, and Legal Clerk Renae Kopischke. Following
roll call, the Pledge of Allegiance was given.
(2.1) Lifesaver Award presented to Louis King and Alex Huynh.
(2.2) Presentation by Tim Flaherty - Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC).
Approval of Agenda
(3.1) Mayor Pro Tem Laven requested
any corrections or additions to the agenda. Mr. Frost added two items
under Reports of Council Members. Mr. Considine moved to approve the agenda as amended. Mr. Frost seconded the motion. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried.
Approval of Minutes
(4.1) Mayor Pro Tem Laven requested any corrections or additions to the minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 8, 2008. Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Stuehrenberg seconded a motion to approve the minutes as written. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried.
Public Open Forum
No one spoke at the public open forum.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven requested any
corrections or additions to the Consent Calendar. Mr. Frost pulled item
6.7, and requested that it be voted on separate from the Consent
Calendar. Mr. Hurd moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to approve the Consent Calendar pulling item 6.7. The motion carried unanimously. The following items were approved on the Consent Calendar:
(6.1) Resolution Approving Additional Election Judges for General Election on November 4, 2008.
(6.2) Motion approving Application
for Temporary Inclusion of Non-Enclosed Premises in the License
Premises for Boomtown, 1600 Warren Street on September 27, 2008.
(6.3) Resolution Adopting the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
(6.4) Report on Supplemental
Agreement No. 1 on Project No. 06020 (S.P. 0702-118) Traffic Signal
Systems on Victory Drive at Raintree Road and at Trunk Highway #14
(6.5) Resolution Authorizing the City
Manager to Execute an Intergovernmental Joint Services Agreement with
the Metropolitan Council for the Purchase of Transit Buses.
(6.6) Recognition of donation by Mary
Styndl and Vance Stuehrenberg to assist in the purchase of a TV set for
the Department of Public Safety – Fire Bureau.
(6.8) Consideration of bids on Project No. 07077, Parking Ramp Repairs at 210 South Broad Street.
(6.9) Consideration of bids on Project No. 07056, Reconstruction of Byron Street.
(6.10) Motion to reject bids on Project No’s. 08040 & 08044, alley surfacing projects.
(6.11) Resolution declaring costs to
be assessed and ordering preparation of proposed assessment, and set
date of hearing for October 13, 2008, for:
No. 07023, Construction of sanitary sewer, water main, storm drainage,
grading, base, curb and gutter, and bituminous surfacing on Sienna
Circle and Sienna Court within Rosewood Subdivisions, Phase 3.
No. 07007, Necessary sanitary sewer, water main, utility services,
storm drainage, grading, base, curb and gutter, and bituminous
surfacing on Firestone Drive from North Victory Drive to 500 feet north.
(6.12) Set October 13 as date of hearing for the following:
Rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Gumo subdivision from T, Transition, to R-1,
One-Family Dwelling District. By request of Thro Company.
Rezoning Block 2, ISD No. 77 Subdivision from T, Transition, to R-1,
One-Family Dwelling District. By request of Edward Goebel.
Rezoning 820 Thompson Ravine Road from T, Transition, to R-1,
One-Family Dwelling District. By request of Terry Sullens and Heidi
request of Steven Meyer from Section 10.45, Subdivision 6A of the City
Code to reduce the required corner-side yard setback from 15 feet to 10
feet and from Section 10.45, Subdivision 8 to increase the maximum
ground coverage from 50% to 59.3%. The variance is being requested in
order to construct a 44’ x 28’ office building. The property is zoned
B-1, Community Business District and is described as the West 90.5 feet
of the South 41 feet of Lot 5, Block 19, City of Mankato (501 North
request of Steven Kleinschmidt from Section 10.63, Subdivision 6A of
the City Code to reduce the required front yard setback to impervious
surface from 15 feet to 6 feet and Section 10.63, subdivision 6A of the
City Code to reduce the required front yard setback any portion of the
building from 30 feet to 0.2 feet. The variance is being requested in
order to construct a driveway and a 24’ x 80’ building The property is
zoned M-1, Light Industrial District and is described as the Lot 132,
Block 32 Dukes Park and Lot 4, Block 1, Dickmeyer Subdivision (200 West
(6.7) Motion approving purchase of mobility van for paratransit.
Mr. Frost inquired as to whether there were other options for providing paratransit service.
Mr. Hentges stated that several
options have been reviewed and the purchase of a paratransit van
appears to be the most cost effective.
Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Considine seconded a motion to approve the purchase of a mobility van for paratransit. The motion carried unanimously.
(7.1) Mr. Hentges stated that this
was an assessment hearing on Improvement No. 08036, rehabilitation of
Madison Avenue from Riverfront Drive to Seventh Street.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven opened the
public hearing. There being no one wishing to speak, Mayor Pro Tem
Laven closed the public hearing.
Mr. Frost moved and Mr. Hurd seconded a motion to approve the assessment hearing on Improvement No. 08036. With all members voting in favor, the motion carried.
(8.1) Mr. Hentges provided a summary
of complaints and violations associated with the rental license at 719
North 4th Street. He stated that Ms. Ziegler purchased the property in
2005, and the transfer inspection revealed several items that needed to
be repaired or replaced on both the interior and exterior of the
property. The property was re-inspected about six weeks later and was
approved for rental. Mr. Hentges mentioned that the regularly scheduled
renewal inspection was held on February 23, 2007, and again several
items were noted by the inspector. These items were all corrected by
the date of the follow-up inspection. Mr. Hentges noted that during
2007, building permits were issued for replacing the windows, repairing
water damage, and remodeling the lower level and kitchen. The repairs
made were valued at almost $62,000. Mr. Hentges indicated that the
property owner appears to be responsive to the inspectors and has
improved the general condition of the property over the last three
Mr. Hentges stated that due to the numerous violations, it is recommended that the rental license for the property be revoked.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven opened the public hearing.
Stephanie Ziegler, 2673 Mallard
Drive, Woodbury, stated that she wished to take full responsibility for
the property. Ms. Ziegler indicated that she entered into a contract
for deed with Jeremy Wise who had been serving as the local agent;
however, she recently fully acquired the property and plans to obtain a
new agent. Ms. Ziegler commented on the work and money that she has
invested into the property and asked that the Council give her a chance
to turn things around.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven closed the public hearing.
Mr. Frost asked Ms. Ziegler if she
was aware that in August there were tenants moving in even though the
license suspension took effect on August 1. Ms. Ziegler replied that
she was unaware.
Mr. Hurd asked if Ms. Ziegler was
notified regarding issues associated with the property. Mr. Hentges
replied that several letters were sent to both Ms. Ziegler and her
agent regarding the status of the property.
It was noted that the property is currently vacant.
Mr. Hurd moved and Mr. Stuehrenberg seconded a motion to approve the revocation of the rental license at 719 North 4th Street.
The motion carried 4 to 2, with Mr. Frost, and Ms. Rovney voting against.
Reports of Council Members
(9.1) Multi-Modal Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes from September 2, 2008.
(9.2) Traffic and Safety Committee Meeting Minutes from September 11, 2008.
Mr. Frost mentioned two items for
discussion: (1) MSU Drinking Policy; and (2) Windpower, wind generated
electricity - both items to be discussed at a work session.
Mayor Brady reminded the Council of the following upcoming meetings:
(10.1) (Tentative) Council Work Session, October 6, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Blue Earth River Room.
(10.2) Multi-Modal Transportation Committee Meeting, October 7, 2008, 4:30 p.m., Minnesota Valley Room.
(10.3) Regular City Council Meeting, October 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Minnesota River Room.
(10.4) Environmental Committee Meeting, October 15, 2008, 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Valley Room.
(10.5) City of Mankato/Blue Earth County Intergovernmental Committee Meeting, October 16, 2008, 7:00 a.m., Holiday Inn.
(10.6) Planning Commission Meeting, October 22, 2008, 6:30 p.m., Minnesota River room.
(10.7) Regular City Council Meeting (followed by work session), October 27, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Minnesota River Room.
Public Open Forum
No one spoke at the public open forum.
There being no further business before the Council, Mr. Stuehrenberg moved and Mr. Frost seconded a motion to adjourn. With all members voting in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 7:06 p.m.
Mayor Pro Tem Laven
Renae J. Kopischke
Acting City Clerk