<br />i OF THE REGULAR EEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL
<br />NOVEMBER 21, 1983 I
<br />Answering rollcall were Members Bredesen, Schmidt, Turner and:Mayor Courtney.
<br />DISPATCHERS AL HINES AND CARL JOHNSON COMMENDED.
<br />introduced Al Hines and Carl Johnson, both of whom hold the position of Police Dis-
<br />Assistant City Manager Bernhardson
<br />patcher, noting that Mr. Hines has been employed by the City since March of 1963
<br />and that Mr. Johnson began his position in August of 1962. Mr. Bernhardson commended
<br />them both for their long and loyal service for the City and presented them with a
<br />silver pen bearing the Edina Logo. Members of the Council joined in congratulating
<br />and thanking them.
<br />MINUTES of the Regular Council Meeting of November 7, 1983, and the Special Meeting
<br />of November 14, 1983, were approved as submitted by motion of Member Turner, seconded
<br />by Member Schmidt.
<br />Ayes: Bredesen, Schmidt, Turner, Courtney
<br />Motion carried.
<br />PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED/TREE TRIMMING IMPROVEMENT NO. TT-01 AUTHORIZED. Affidavits
<br />of Notice were presented by Clerk, approved as to form and ordered placed on file.
<br />Assistant City Manager Bernhardson recalled that a number of years ago the City
<br />contracted out for trimming of trees located on the boulevard and then in the late
<br />1960's and early 1970's the City undertook the tree trimming. Subsequently, the City
<br />has been unable to keep up with the trimming program due to the invasion of Dutch Elm
<br />disease and storm damage to trees on both the boulevards and City park property.
<br />budget time this year the Council directed the development of a possible tree trimming
<br />program to be done on an assessment basis.
<br />hearing for a proposed tree trimming improvement project is for the first of six areas
<br />in the City. It is proposed that one area will be presented each year over the next
<br />six years and that it would be approximately six years before trees in each area are-
<br />again proposed to be trimmed and assessed. He reported that following the Council's
<br />directive, a tree inventory was taken of the area proposed for assessment, bounded by
<br />Highway 100 on the west, 50th Street on the south, France Avenue on the East and the
<br />northern City boundary line on the north.
<br />improvement project, bids would be awarded with the work being done between now and
<br />Mky 1, 1984, followed by an assessment hearing with the assessment due and payable in
<br />1985. Issues to be addressed by this hearing are: 1) should the project be authorized,
<br />2) if undertaken, should the entire district or only a portion be assessed, 3) if
<br />specially assessed, what portion should be utilized, and 4) the length of the assess-
<br />ment. Mr. Bernhardson then presented proposed estimated assessment costs as follows:
<br />1) all properties (1,535 lots) at $36.00 per lot, 2) all properties with..trees (trim-
<br />mable and non-trimmable-1,025 lots) at $54,00 per lot, 3) all properties with trimmable
<br />trees only (768 lots) at $71.00 per lot, and 4) per trimmed tree basis (1,397 trees) at
<br />$39.00 per tree. He noted that these estimates are considerably less than the estimated
<br />assessment per dwelling of $155.00 as stated in the Notice of Public Hearing and is due
<br />to the fact that bids received for the project came in much lower than anticipated.
<br />Staff's recommendation is that: 1) the project be undertaken, 2) that the project be
<br />done in the entire section this year, 3) that the assessment be on a per tree basis,
<br />and 4) that the assessment be payable in one year (1985).
<br />objected to the tree trimming project as proposed in the notice sent to residents:
<br />Kelsey Smith, 4801 14. 44th Street, Jack Beegle, 4244 Scott Terrace, William Douglas,
<br />4409 Branson Street, Jeff Schlosberg, 4541 Meadow Road, Donald Tuveson, 4300 Branson
<br />Street, Dale Seubert, 4010 MornCngside Rbad, Herbert Knox, 4245 Alden Drive, Paul
<br />Lorenz, 4523 Casco Avenue, Ralph Savage,.,4216 Lynn Avenue, William Obert, 4223 Lynn
<br />Avenue, Glen Eaton, 4328 France Avenue, James Grant, 4604 Bruce Avenue, John Meste-
<br />macher, SO28 William Avenue and Daniel Evans, 4404 Sunnyside Road. Speaking in
<br />support of the project were Jacob Van'T Land, 4021 14. 44th Street and Katherine
<br />Bradbury, 4624 Drexel Avenue.
<br />Mr. Douglas in objection to the proposed tree trimming project as proposed in the
<br />mailed notice to residents.
<br />calls had been received regarding the proposed project and are of record. Member
<br />Bredesen stated he supported the tree trimming project and that the cost should.be
<br />assessed against benefitted property owners,instead of being put on the general tax
<br />been that of users' fees, and she felt. tXe project was necessary-to keep the City's
<br />trees in a healthy condition.
<br />this were important so that citizens could voice their feelings on proposed projects,
<br />and could see the process by which the Council arrived at a decision in a fair way.
<br />No further comments being heard, Nember Bredesen offered the following resolution
<br />and moved its adoption:
<br />Mr. Bernhardson pointed out that this
<br />I If the Council authorizes the tree trimming
<br />The following persons
<br />1 A petition signed by 92 households was presented by
<br />Mayor Courtney noted that numerous letters and telephone
<br />Member Turner commented that in recent years Council's general philosophy-has
<br />Member Scfimidt said that she felt meetings such as