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66 <br />MINUTES <br />OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE <br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL <br />AUGUST 29, 1983 <br />Mayor Courtney called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. <br />Members Bredesen, Turner and Mayor Courtney. <br />shortly. thereafter . <br />Answering rollcall were <br />Member Richards entered the meeting <br />J. HERBERT DECKER COMMENDED. Ms. Ceil Smith.commended Mr. J. Herbert Decker for his <br />service to the City of Edina. <br />the City in December of 1965 and that his present position is Park and Recreation <br />Maintenance. Mr. Decker is a professional sign painter and does the sign painting <br />for the City as well as for special events such as Edinamite, Peoplemaking and Expo '83- <br />Ms. Smith noted that his special talent has been a valuable asset to the City and, on <br />behalf of the City Manager, presented Mr. Decker with a silver pen bearing the Edina <br />Logo. Members of the Council expressed their appreciation for his steadfast service. <br />MINUTES of the Regular Meeting of August 15, 1983, were approved as submitted by <br />motion of Member Turner, seconded by Member Bredesen. <br />It was pointed out that Mr. Decker began working for I <br />. <br />Ayes: Bredesen, Richards, Turner, Courtney <br />Nays: None <br />. Motion carried. <br />AMENDMENT TO THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO PERMIT INDOOR SOCCER ARENAS IN PID DISTRICT <br />CONTINUED TO NEXT MEETING. <br />was seconded by Member Turner to continue the hearing on the amendment to the zoning <br />ordinance to permit indoor soccer arenas as a principal use in the Planned Industrial <br />District to the September 12, 1983, meeting. <br />As recommended by Nr. Hughes, Member Bredesen's motion <br />Ayes: Bredesen, Richards, Turner, Courtney <br />Nays: None <br />Motion carried. <br />HEARING DATE SET FOR APPEAL FROM BOARD OF APPEALS DECISION. <br />a petition for an appeal from the decision of the Board of Appeals and Adjustments <br />regarding the property of Kathleen Knutson, 5445 York Avenue So. had been received <br />from Lyall Olson, 5441 York Avenue So. The petitioner for the variance as well as .. . <br />.staff would prefer thata6eptember 12, 1983, be set as.the.hearing date; however.; <br />P.-Olson has asked that this matter be heard on September 19, 1983. <br />moved that September 12, 1983, be set as the hearing date, subject to confirmation <br />that both the petitioner for the variance and the appealer can be present. Motion <br />was seconded by Member Bredesen. <br />Mr. Hughes advised that <br />Member Richards <br />Ayes: Bredesen, Richards, Turner, Courtney <br />Nays: None <br />Motion carried. <br />COUNTRP CLUB RESIDENTS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER CLTY'S FORESTRY PROGRAM. <br />4601 Drexel Avenue, appeared to express the concern of the Country Club community <br />regarding the present City forestry program and presented a petition over <br />250 residents who believe the present program Eo be grossly inadequate'. <br />requested that-a-new program be enacted aqd funds be established to provide for adequate <br />tree trimming, regular inspection and prompt removal of diseased trees to prevent <br />further spread of disease.- Mrs. Lewis explained that after repeated requests toethe-- <br />City Forester to trim the boulevard trees-on Drexel-Avenue of dead branches and--to-i <br />xemove a diseased-elm tree, she had written a letter to Mayor Courtney asking his help <br />-in getting the work done.and had telephoned other Council Members regarding the tree <br />situation. Mrs. Lewis then introduced Tom Prosser, Rainbow Tree Company, and noted <br />that he was an expert in the field of forestry and Dutch Elm. disease. Mr. Prosser <br />explained that a-group of concerned citizens-had asked look ar and evaluate <br />Edina's Dutch elm problem and the forestry program. <br />of the-City!s;tree.program and made a number of recommendations which he felt would <br />slow down and help control the spread of Dutch e& disease. <br />about-the presenr City tree program-were: Jane Hamilton Chaffee, 4527 Drexel Avenue, <br />Katherine Bradbury, 4624 Drexel Avenue, Michael Lewis, 4601Drexel Avenue and Jack <br />Curtis, 4400 West 50th Street. Mayor Courtney explained that up to two years ago the <br />the City's Dutch elm diseaserremoval prograniwas subsidized by the State of Minnesota. <br />He acknowledged that at the present time the City's budget provides for only a <br />limited forestry program and that he had suggested to Mrs. Lewis that she attend the <br />meeting for the 1984 budget when the subject of the tree programwill be considered. <br />In response to the concerns expressed, Robert Kojetin, Director of Parks and Recrea- <br />tion, stated that he felt the present tree program was adequate with regard to inspeet- <br />ion after a call is received and that the City crews try to remove diseased trees <br />within 20 days after they are identified. <br />trimming of boulevard trees for approximately the last 10 years due to lack of funds <br />and that according to a tree inventory conducted in 1978, the City then had 60,000 <br />Mrs. Gail Lewis, <br />The petition <br />. <br />He then summarized his observations I Also voicing their concern <br />. <br />He pointed out that there has been no