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City of Brownsdale

                            Garden Spot of Mower County

 

Mayor – David Pike   Council Members –Jerry McCloud, Richard Borcherding, Gene Crabtree and Aronn Oakland

  City Clerk/Treasurer – Theresa Booms

Correspondence: PO Box 336, Brownsdale, MN 55918 (507)567-2177 (507)567-2250-fax email:brownsdale.mn.clerk@frontiernet.net

City web site: ci.brownsdale.mn.us.tripod.com

 

 

City Council Regular Meeting

August 5th, 2013

 

(These minutes are unofficial until approved by the City Council at the next meeting)

 

 

Mayor David Pike called the meeting to order at 7 P.M., everyone stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Present were Mayor David Pike; Council Members: Jerry McCloud, Richard Borcherding and Gene Crabtree.  Absent: Aron Oakland

 

Public in attendance: Loren Swanson, Ken Petzold, Phil Hatten, Dave Donahue, Mark Maas and wife, Julie Clayton, Kevin Purrier, John Troupe, Dave Baumgartner, Jan Ball, Don Peterson, Dale Madison, Gene Tinal, Carol Larick, Carol & Alan Smith, Don Heimer, Leonard and Darlene Darnell, Martha Hauschildt, Janie Mosier, Marilyn Wanous, Brian Gerhart, Al Yates, Steve Nagel, Mark Voyce, Craig Qwin.  If I have omitted anyone I apologize.

 

Minutes from July’s meeting stood approved as written.

 

Floor Opened for Public Comment

 

1.      Comments: Unsightly, vacant health hazard properties in town was the main focus of discussion, specifically: 503 E Main St, 404 SE Pleasant St, 304 E Main St, 308 E Main St, 200 blk of W Main, Vista Village empty trailers, 208 N Mill St.

 

Council’s response: prior practice has been to stop and talk to individuals, most of the time they would come into compliance.  Council will stand behind a more aggressive stance on enforcing the ordinances, but is aware of the added expense of attorney fees and court cost.

           

A motion was made by Council Member Crabtree to send a letter from the City Attorney to property owner of 503 E. Main St. in Brownsdale regarding a public health hazard concern on this property.  Seconded by Council Member McCloud.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

A motion was made by Council Member McCloud to send a letter from the City Attorney to property owner of 208 N. Mill St. in Brownsdale regarding a public health hazard concern on this property.  Seconded by Council Member Borcherding.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

A motion was made by Council Member Crabtree to send a letter from the City Attorney to property owner of Vista Village regarding a public health hazard concern on the empty, vacant trailers in the trailer park.  Seconded by Council Member Borcherding.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

2.      Comments: Parking Ordinance was discussed.

 

Council’s response: Council restated sections of Parking Ordinance 2009-2 amended:

SECTION 9. PARKING HOURS

A)   It is unlawful for any person to stop, park or leave standing any vehicle upon any

street for a continuous period in excess of 48 hours.

D) For the purposed of enforcement of this section, any vehicle moved less than one block in a limited time parking zone shall be deemed to have remained stationary

 

SECTION 10. SNOW REMOVAL PARKING:  From November 1st through May 1st

During these months, it is unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle on any portion of the following streets or parking lots from 1:00am to 8:00am:

1)100 Block of N. Mill St

2) 100 Block of S. Mill St

3) 100 Block of E. Main St

4) 100 Block of W. Main St

5) 100 Block of W. Pleasant St

6) 100 Block of E. Pleasant St

B) Unlawful Acts. During these months it is unlawful to park or leave standing any vehicle on any street or city-owned parking lot listed in Section 10 above during prohibited hours, on any other street between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 am of the succeeding day, bearing odd-numbered United States Post Office address on even-numbered days on the month or on any other street between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 am of the succeeding day, bearing even-numbered United States Post Office address on odd-numbered days of the month.

SECTION 14. VEHICLE REPAIR ON STREET

It is unlawful for any person to service, repair, assemble or dismantle any vehicle parked upon a street, or attempt to do so, except to service the vehicle with gasoline or oil or to provide emergency repairs thereon, but in no event for more than 12 hours.

SECTION 15. PARKING FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADVERTISING OR SELLING MERCHANDISE

It is unlawful for any person to park a vehicle on any street for the purpose of advertising the vehicle for sale, for the purpose of advertising for sale or selling merchandise thereon or therein, or advertising any merchandise for sale or a forthcoming event.

 

3.      Comments: Trimming of boulevard trees was discussed.

 

Council’s response: Council restated the City’s Boulevard Tree Policy:

            PROCEDURES:

            A.  The City will not plant trees in the Public Right of Ways.

B. No person may plant, remove, alter, destroy, cut or disturb any tree within the Public Right-of-way or Public Property in the City of Brownsdale without permission of the City Council.   

C. The Brownsdale Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance and removal of trees located on the Public Right- of-way and Public Property. Stumps shall be removed by a contractor hired by the Brownsdale Public Works, provided they are accessible.

D. When the City removes a tree from the public right-of-way, upon the adjacent property owner’s request the City will select and supply a small tree to plant on that adjacent property.  Cost of planting will be the property owner’s expense.

E. All fallen limbs and leaves are the responsibility of the property owner.

 

At this time, this Council has no problem with people trimming their boulevard trees branches that hang over the sidewalks, as to clear the path of people walking on the sidewalks.  Council will take it under advisement if this policy needs to be updated.

 

4.      Comments: Scrapping Business’ in town was discussed.

 

Council’s response:  This Council is not looking to run businesses out of town or limit what people can do to make money.  With that being said, these business’ would have to follow the Nuisance Ordinance & Parking Ordinance which the Council stated earlier will be more strictly enforced.

 

5.      Comments: The City Whistle at 7am, noon, 6pm & 9:30pm is it a necessity?

 

Council’s response: Council stated this issue was on the agenda from last month’s complaints.  Council spent the last month asking residents they came in contact with and posed the question about it being a necessity any longer or just a nuisance.  Council had a positive reaction from the public about keeping the whistle the same, we had a raise of hands at the Council meeting and majority wanted to keep the whistle the same.  But in the spirit of compromise we will try and decrease the power sent to the whistle.  Hence in theory the whistle won’t be able to get to the loudest volume.  This test would ONLY effect the 7am, noon, 6pm & 9:30pm times.  Council will report the findings at the next meeting.

 

6.   Comments: Painting of the City Curbs was discussed.

 

Council’s response:  Council agreed the application was different from in the past and could use another coat.  Then determination will be made if this practice will be continued.

 

7.      Comments: Condition of the Park playground was discussed.

 

Council’s response: Council stated the Brownsdale Area Business Association has plans to work on the picnic tables.  Martha stated she would spear head a park committee and work with BABA and the Council on getting a plan for the park.

 

8.   Comments: City Wide Clean-up was discussed.

           

Council’s response: Jason spoke on a City Wide Clean Day.  It was the decision of prior councils that the trash that got collected wasn’t what the city was aiming for….more of the items from people’s basements, non-residents, not the junk/trash from the outside of residents’ homes.

 

Floor Closed for Public Comment

 

City Engineer’s Report – N/A

 

City Police Officer’s Report

 

Posted on City’s website.

 

City Public Works Report

 

Reviewed Shut off list for August 14, 2013.

1.      Ehmke,E

2.      Ellis,R (vacant on taxes last year)

3.      Flink,J

4.      Hatten,L (vacant in foreclosure)

5.      Hitchcock,S

6.      Hoppe, M (notice to renter, too)

7.      Mahmoud,K

8.      Marcks,C

9.      Oakland,D (notice to renter, too)

10.   Rumsey,M

11.   Shaw,S

12.   Sprung,B

13.   Vanderploeg,R

14.   Wilmont,W (vacant in foreclosure)

15.   Wollenburg,M (vacant in foreclosure)

Total $2232.76    

 

Godbout Excavating should be here this week to start work on tearing up sidewalk so we can repair street light.  Greg to inform businesses of schedule.

 

Greg informed the Council that no spraying was needed at the settling ponds – dropped.

 

Council Member Crabtree and Greg are to install the flag pole in front of City Hall.

 

Council informed Greg to clean the trash cans on Hwy 56 & the storm drains on a more regular basis.

 

Council discussed the water main break on Hwy 56 over the past weekend.  Swenke’s were called, the break occurred just a few feet from the break a couple of years ago.  Swenke suggested eliminating the fire hydrate at that location or complete a loop so the pressure isn’t strong at the point in the line.  We will add this patch to Ulland Brothers list to be patched.  Greg said it would be approx. 2 months before they come back to town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Old Business

 

Draft of Water Line Maintenance Policy-samples of Hayfield/Austin/Adams were supplied to refer to.  Tabled to review them.

 

5 Certificate of Forfeiture were filed by the County Auditor’s office for properties in Brownsdale. Parcels: 22.040.0120/22.040.0130/22.040.0110/22.040.0050/22.040.0030.  Clerk will stay in contact with County Auditor’s Office as to what/when the next step will be.

 

Library checkbook: Oakland-absent this meeting.  Read an email from Hill,Larson,Walth & Benda, PA.  If the Library wants the checkbook for its auxiliary they should apply for their own federal tax id number and apply to the IRS to become a nonprofit organization.  If not the funds should be transferred into the city account.  Tabled.

 

Second reading of Ordinance 2013-2 Restrictive Floodplain Management Ordinance within the City of Brownsdale, Minnesota.   The legislature of the State of Minnesota in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 103F and Chapter 462 has delegated the responsibility to local government units to adopt regulations designed to minimize flood losses.  This Ordinance is adopted to comply with the rules and regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program codified as 44 code of Federal Regulations Parts 59-78, as amended, so as to maintain the community’s eligibility in the National Flood insurance Program.

 

A motion was made by Council Member Borcherding to adopt Ordinance 2013-2 Restrictive Floodplain Management Ordinance within the City of Brownsdale, Minnesota.   Seconded by Council Member McCloud.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

A motion was made by Council Member McCloud due to the length of Ordinance 2013-2 the presented summary will be published.  Seconded by Council Member Crabtree.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

City Hall Front Door: Two quotes.  Jason Trapp Construction $2254.70 & Old Country Customs, LLC $3,189.64.  Trapp’s quote the measurements didn’t add up to the existing opening, requiring more alterations then the Council wanted.

 

A motion was made by Council Member McCloud to accept Old Country Customs, LLC quote to replace City Hall’s front door at a price $3,189.64.  Seconded by Council Member Borcherding.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

Park Bathrooms: Last month Council wanted to look into different solutions for condition the bathrooms are in: tear down/replace/port-a-potty’s.  Old Country Customs came to the meeting, one of the companies contacted to take a look at them.  He thought it would be $30,000 or more to tear down and rebuild to commercial standards and had issues with utility lines.  He recommended repairs: plumbing fixtures/float floors/new roof with sky light/grab bars approx. $10,000.  Council discussed how/what they wanted/needed to spend money on at the park.  Council would like to have a plan and have something positive happen by Spring. Tabled.

 

Our Savior Lutheran Church’s request to tap into the storm water service lines.  No action taken.  Dropped.

 

Policy: Cleaning/Service of Lift Station Pumps:  to service the 3 pumps at the Lift Station the Council recommends a minimum of cleaning/service every three years. 

 

A motion was made by Council Member McCloud to adopt the City of Brownsdale Cleaning/Service of Lift Station Pumps Policy.  Seconded by Council Member Borcherding.  4 Yeas.  Carried.

 

New Business

 

Council gives Greg permission to call Morem Tree Service for any tree issues.  They do quality work/responsible prices/great response time.

 

MnDOT will be in town Sept. 16th -20th trimming trees on Hwy 56 for maintenance, making sure they don’t hit trucks going thru town.

 

MnDOT will fix curbs on Hwy 56 from Main St. to Pleasant St, they will contact us the day before so we can block off the parking.  MnDOT was informed of the sidewalk south corners of Main St. and Mill St. how they heave in the winter.

 

Permit Applications-N/A

 

Citizen Complaints-During Public Comment Section

Bills

 

Bills were presented to be signed and paid. List is available at Clerk’s office.

 

A motion was made by Council Member Borcherding with no further business to discuss to adjourn the meeting at 9:58 P.M. and set the next Council Meeting for Sep 3rd, 2013, at 7 P.M.  Seconded by Council Member McCloud.  5 Yeas.  Carried.

 

Theresa Booms

City Clerk/Treasurer