Minutes November 19, 2013 Joint Meeting/Public Hearing

Joint Meeting/Public Hearing Olmsted and Wabasha County Boards
Minutes for November 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Ponderosa Bar and Grill, Zumbro Falls, MN

 

Olmsted County Board of Commissioners Present: Podulke, Brown, Wilson, Bier, Flynn, Kiscaden, and Ohly

Wabasha County Board of Commissioners Present: Springer, Hall, Wobbe, Harms, and Roschen

Chairperson Jim Bier called the Olmsted County Board meeting to order.

Vice Chairperson Don Springer called the Wabasha County Board meeting to order.

 

JOINT COUNTY PUBLIC HEARING

Tom Canan, Senior Assistant County Attorney, presented information regarding the proposed Lake Zumbro Lake Improvement District (LID), the LID decision process, a map of the proposed LID boundaries, projected costs and revenues, a proposed schedule, and the County Board action requested.

 

Chairperson Bier opened up the joint meeting for public comment.

 

Michael Plante, Wabasha County Attorney, read into the public comment, the September 27, 2013, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Advisory Report on the Formation of Lake Zumbro Improvement District.

 

The following persons came forward to speak:

David Midthun, 13442 25th Ave NW, Oronoco, MN, Olmsted County, support LID

Tom Swenke, 40536 Ryans Bay Road, Zumbro Falls, MN, Wabasha County, question about LID assessments if owner of multiple parcels, question about decision making process for assessment abatement, question regarding LID continuation after dredging completed

Don McCall, 56340 395 Ave, Zumbro Falls, MN, Wabasha County, question on how LID Board members were selected, be careful on how to proceed

Jason LaPlante, 13144 Lakefront Lane, Oronoco, MN, Olmsted County, experience with dying lakes in Twin Cities area, dredge before filled areas become wetlands

Mary Wulf, 56447 400TH Ave, Zumbro Falls, MN, Wabasha County, lake needs dredging, watershed needs to support dredging, has an outlot that will be assessed

John Opstein, 10978 11th Ave NW, Oronoco, MN, Olmsted County, lives on bluff on Middle Fork, wants to know how his property got mapped in the LID, LID Board members have a conflict of interest, broader public funding is needed

Jay Hodge, 12492 3rd Ave NW, Oronoco, MN, Olmsted County, opposed to including the Zumbro Haven Subdivision parcels in LID, support for including the common open space parcel in LID

Dick Kuehn, 4063 Autumn Lane Ct NE, Rochester, MN, owns property in Wabasha County, 34 year resident, support LID

Mike Hintz, 56804 402nd Ave, Mazeppa, MN, Wabasha County, question regarding setting a maximum cost for the dredging

Jessica Eidem, 40168 Ryans Bay Road, Zumbro Falls, MN, Wabasha County, support LID

Michael Ringler, 739 Zumbro Oaks Lane NW, Oronoco, MN, Olmsted County, doesn't use lake, parcels in the Zumbro Haven Subdivision not be charged the full assessment

Jerry Rahman, 40108 563rd St, Zumbro Falls, MN, Wabasha County, need to have local support for a successful project

Carol Gorman, 5127 Nicklaus Dr NW, Rochester, MN, Olmsted County, seasonal property owner, question about future flooding and the impact on sedimentation

Larry Dwyer, 56912 402 Ave, Mazeppa, MN, Wabasha County, need to work together to support dredging project

Brown moved; Wilson seconded, to close the Public Hearing.

MOTION: Ayes 12, Nays 0

Brown moved; Wilson seconded, that the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners,

Create the Lake Zumbro Improvement District with the following changes to the LID boundaries and LID maps:

1. Removed Parcel Id No. 84.01.42.039580 on eastern side of the lake in Olmsted County owned by David Webster since parcel does not abut the lake and does not have lake access.

2. Removed Parcel Id No. 84.11.11.077195 on eastern side of the lake in Olmsted County owned by Uncle John's Specialty Foods Bar and Grill since parcel does not abut the lake and does not have lake access.

3. Removed Parcel Id No. 84.12.22.052507. on eastern side of the lake in Olmsted County owned by Calantha Klusmann since parcel does not abut the lake and does not have lake access.

4. Classified Parcel Id No. 84.04.11.046545 and Parcel Id No. 09.00362.12 on western side of the lake in Olmsted and in Wabasha County owned by Peter Smars which do abut the lake, but are so shallow they cannot be used for recreational boating and as of now, are not expected to benefit from the dredging project, as not to be assessed for the dredging project.

To set a meeting at least 10 days but not more than 30 days after November 19, 2013, to review and approve proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order creating the LID effective February 1, 2014. The Wabasha County Board will meet on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and the Olmsted County Board will meet on Thursday, December 5, 2013, to approve this document.

To set a deadline when any conforming referendum petitions must be submitted challenging creation of the LID of January 31, 2013.

To designate the Lake Zumbro Joint Powers Board to serve as the "joint county authority" liaison between the County Boards and the LID.

To ratify the updated LID Board Operations Guidelines which had originally been approved by the Joint Powers Board back in 2010,

To reaffirm appointments of individuals who have agreed to serve on the LID Board (Steve Roth, Jason LaPlante, Derek Johnson, Matt Johnson, Dean Albertson, Mark Mathre, and Joe Weis).

To recognize that Wabasha County Board has not approved a change in the manner of measuring the lake levels on Lake Zumbro which has been adopted by Rochester Public Utilities and which was approved by the Olmsted County Board on August 27, 2013, but will approve this change at their meeting on December 3, 2013.

MOTION: Ayes 7, Nays 0

Wobbe moved; Hall seconded, that the Wabasha County Board of Commissioners approve the same motion as previously approved by the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners.

MOTION: Ayes 3, Wobbe, Hall, Springer; Nays 2, Harms, Rochen.

Brown moved; Springer seconded, to adjourn the Olmsted County Board and the Wabasha County Board Joint Meeting/Public Hearing at 8:29 PM.

MOTION: Ayes 12, Nays 0

 

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