Dec 172013
 
CITY OF ST CROIX FALLS
MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL MEETING
JUNE 24, 2013, 7:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Brian Blesi called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 24, 2013, Present were Lori Erickson, Don Anderson, Randy Korb and Loreen Morrell. Also present were Administrator Joel Peck, Clerk Bonita Leggitt, the public and the press.
All joined in Salute to the Flag.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Loreen Morrell moved to approve the Minutes of the June 10, 2013 Regular Council Meeting, second by Lori Erickson, voice vote, motion passed.
REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS, COMMITTEE, COMMISSIONS, AND BOARDS
The Council reviewed Minutes of the June 17, 2013 Plan Commission Meeting.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
General Fund $17,765.19, Library $1,874.06, Water $9,767.90, Sewer $26,657.13, WWTP Replacement Fund $28,000.00, Fire Dept Donation Fund $350.00
Lori Erickson moved to approve claims, second by Don Anderson, roll call vote, 4 ayes, passed.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR VACATING OF STREETS AN ALLES
Those portions of: Monroe Street between Lots 4 through 13, Blk 4 and Lots 6 through 10 Blk 7 to Lots 8 through 11 Blk 5 Resurvey Syndicate Addition; Oak Street between Blk 7 and Blk 5 Resurvey Syndicate Addition; Jackson Street between Lots 1 through 13 Blk 6 and Lots 1 through 5 Blk 7, Lots 1 through 7 Blk 5 Resurvey Syndicate Addition; Alley in Blk 7 Resurvey Syndicate Addition; Alley between Lots 8 through 10 and Lots 4 through 7 Blk 5 Resurvey Syndicate Addition; Alley between Lot 4 and Lot 21, Blk 4 Resurvey Syndicate Addition; Alley along south line of Lots 5 and 6 of Blk 7 Resurvey Syndicate Addition. Requested by Shepherd of the Valley Church.

Lori Erickson moved to open the Public Hearing, second by Don Anderson, voice vote, motion passed.
Brad Runeberg represented the Shepherd of the Valley Church; purpose of request to vacate is to make the properties owned by the church (13 acres) contiguous. There are no plans for construction or development.
Lori Erickson moved to close the hearing, second by Don Anderson, voice vote, motion passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Mike Plaster, Mike Loescher and Beth Worth spoke in support of the Holy Cross Lutheran School.
Croix Management is renting building to school on a two year lease, doing minor remodeling.
Joel Enochs, no objection to school, concern is with bridge that accesses the property, who is responsible for its maintenance?

OLD BUSINESS
Consider Authorizing Fire Dept to Proceed with Putting Together Specs for a New Fire Truck
Loreen Morrell moved to authorize the Fire Dept to proceed with putting together Specs for a new pumper-ladder truck, second by Lori Erickson, voice vote, motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS
Consider Resolution for Vacating of Streets and Alleys in Resurvey Syndicate Addition: Shepherd of the Valley Church
Existing platted streets and alleys gives City a little control over expansion and development, if adjoining property to the south were to be developed in the future unopened Monroe St could be an access point. Once given up a street right of way can be difficult to re-acquire.
Don Anderson moved to Table Vacating of Streets and Alleys in Resurvey Syndicate Addition, second by Randy Korb, voice vote, motion passed with Lori Erickson voting nay.

Consider Approval of 2012 Compliance Maintenance Report – WWTP
The WWTP earned an “A” rating for 2012.
Loreen Morrell moved to adopt Resolution #13-2, Approving the 2012 CMR, second by Lori Erickson, voice vote, motion passed.

Presentation by Shelter Community Action Team: Tanya Borg
Tanya Borg is approaching the various communities in Polk Co to request that they become “no kill” communities. They propose a plan whereby they would be authorized to enforce licensing of dogs and in exchange the funds from licensing fees would go to their organization.

Consider Request for Additional Funds ($1000) for MOTO, and ($1000) for Wannigan Days Fire Works Security and Permits and Electrical Enhancements at the Overlook Kiosk
The Overlook has a history of blowing GFI electrical service, will be handled as a maintenance issue.
Due to crowd control and safety concerns the fireworks will be moved to a barge on the river, there are additional costs to do so, thus the request for $1,000 to fund that move.
A supporter for MOTO has backed out, looking for additional funds to cover that shortage.
Loreen Morrell moved to approve $1,000 for fireworks and to revisit the request for additional funds for MOTO at the next Council Meeting, second by Don Anderson, roll call vote, 4 ayes, passed.

Discuss Upcoming Increase to Sewer Rates
It has been known for some time that with construction of a new WWTP sewer rates would increase. The City has been approved for a “clean water fund” loan with principal forgiveness of $500,000. We are required to have new sewer rates adequate to cover operating costs and debt service in place before we can close on the loan; the deadline to close on the loan is September.
MSA proposed rates as follows: Fixed Fee, currently $10.82 per quarter would go to $37.11 per quarter; Volume Charge, currently $4.19 per 100 cubic feet would go to $7.88 per 100 cubic feet of water use. This would amount to about a 112% overall increase in sewer rates.

Consider Ordinance Rezoning 815 Hwy 8 from B1 to R1
Plan Commission held the public hearing on rezoning and recommends leaving the property zoned B1.
Per the City Attorney the City has wide latitude in how we define a parochial school, if we define it as a business it would be allowed in B1 Zone.
Loreen Morrell: have heard neighbors are opposed to school at that location, also concerned with hwy access safety. Lori Erickson: privacy fence would address some of the concerns.
It was the consensus of the Council that a private school is a business and thus permitted in B1 Zone.

Consider Approval of Alcohol Licenses for 2013-2014 Term
Don Anderson moved to approve the Alcohol Licenses for St Croix Tavern and Rhapsody, second by Randy Korb, voice vote, motion passed.

ADJOURNMENT
Loreen Morrell moved to adjourn, second by Don Anderson, voice vote, motion passed. 9:10 pm.
Brian Blesi, Mayor Bonita Leggitt, City Clerk