June 18, 2012 Council Meeting

1. CALL TO ORDER – Mayor Reinhardt called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
2. ROLL CALL – Widmer, Hughes, Reinhardt, Williamson, Stone excused.
3. INTRODUCTIONS – Mayor Reinhardt introduced the council and staff to the viewing public. Administrator Tolsma, Clerk Lewin, Attorney Beck and Engineer Pearson.
5. ADOPT AGENDA – Williamson makes a motion and Widmer seconds to adopt the agenda. All votes ayes, motion carries.
6. ADOPT CONSENT AGENDA – Hughes makes a motion and Widmer seconds to adopt the consent agenda. All votes ayes, motion carries.
a. City Council Meeting Minutes from June 4, 2012
b. Accept Administration Committee Minutes from June 13, 2012
c. Accept Planning Commission Minutes from June 13, 2012
7. PUBLIC FORUM – No one.
a. Resolution 12-13: MnWARN Agreement – Tolsma said this is essentially a joint powers agreement for cities in MN in the event of disaster where cities need assistance. He said it’s volunteer and no one is required to respond. He said there is no cost and it’s a formal network of cities. Williamson said it seems like a good idea and it is emphasized it isn’t binding and it’s volunteer. However, he said further within the document there is mention of billing procedures. He is concerned about a large liability being created because it’s an unknown. Reinhardt said if there was a situation wherein the city needed help, it might be important. Tolsma said there already are agreements with Mound and Orono to provide assistance. Tolsma said if it comes down to this, it probably would be pretty bad and perhaps FEMA would be involved at that point. Williamson said there’s already an emergency plan with Hennepin County and he wonders why this might be necessary. Williamson wonders what other cities have this and Tolsma said the closest are Excelsior, Mayer, Loretto - smaller cities. Williamson wondered where this came from. Tolsma said Goman has been bringing this up for a while now and has mentioned that this is an option available. Hughes said he would like to compare this to what is already in place and in more detail. He is concerned that Spring Park is small and doesn’t have a lot to dedicate towards helping out. Hughes is looking for some input from our police and fire chiefs. Reinhardt agrees and thinks this is probably just another tool but she would like more input.
b. Draft Illicit Discharge Ordinance – For Review Only – Tolsma said the draft version has been going back and forth between the engineers and staff. He said they’re looking at some small modifications. Engineer Pearson said some may wonder why this is required. He said there is a handout and it is taken from the MS4 Permit. The permit is mandated and an ordinance is required. Pearson said the draft ordinance included in the packet is based on a model ordinance from the MCPA and it’s been modified to fit Spring Park. He said the intent of the ordinance is provide for health and safety through the regulation of non-storm water discharges. Hughes asked about the part that says activity subject to land disturbance of five acres or more. He said there aren’t lots that size in Spring Park other than commercial. He wonders how this complies with existing codes related to construction around the lake. Pearson said he believes the more stringent codes would apply. Tolsma said this will probably come in to play with an after-the-fact illegal discharge. Beck wonders if the code should be compared along with this to determine there isn’t anything in direct conflict with this ordinance. Williamson said this could create uncertainty instead of certainty. He said Spring Park has a storm water management plan developed and it was reviewed and approved by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Hughes wonders if the Watershed should be contacted for their thoughts. Reinhardt asked about violations. She said there is an administrative fine procedure and appeal and she wonders if that process should be referenced. Hughes wonders what chemicals are being used for snow and ice abatement and how that affects flow to the storm sewer. Tolsma said this will be discussed at the staff meeting and will be brought back to the council in July.
a. Mayor and Council – Reinhardt said there is an invitation to council and staff for the Night to Unite at Park Shore Apartments being held on August 7th. She said the Tour de Cure came up at the recent police commission meeting and the Chief Farniok stated it was not a good event and would not be recommended in the future. Reinhardt said there were some complaints regarding the music at Lord Fletchers and the officer stated in the report that the traffic was louder than the music. Reinhardt said seatbelts was discussed and Chief Farniok said citing has to do with if the minor is not seat belted the driver would get the ticket and if the passenger was an adult, the passenger would receive the ticket. She said if there are questions, please call Orono PD for further clarification.
b. City Administrator – Tolsma said he spoke with Brimeyer and he said they are wrapping up some of the small items that remain to be finished.
c. City Engineer – nothing.
d. City Attorney – nothing.
e. Utility Superintendent – nothing.
a. June 20-22, 2012 – LMC Annual Conference – Tolsma will be gone on Thursday and Friday.
b. June 25, 2012 – Work Session – 7:00 PM
c. July 2, 2012 – Council Meeting – 7:30 PM
a. Bills & Payroll – Williamson asked about a radio read for Minnetonka Drive-in and wonders why that was necessary. Lewin said she thought it was for the irrigation meter. Williamson makes a motion and Widmer seconds to approve the bills. All votes ayes, motion carries.
15. MISCELLANEOUS (Information Only)
a. LMCD Bowfishing Information – Hughes said there have been two meetings on this. He said the city is being asked for comments. Hughes would like a few minutes at the workshop and Williamson wonders how many people are trying to do this.
b. Police Report – Reinhardt said county wide there is an increase in crime activity.
16. ADJOURNMENT –Hughes makes a motion and Widmer seconds to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. All votes ayes, motion carries.