Cottonwood County – Flood Map Open House

 

Flood Map Open House

Cottonwood County – Public Open House Meeting

Wednesday December 18, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement Basement
902 5th Avenue
Windom, MN 56101

ORDINANCE NO. 178, 2ND SERIES

ORDINANCE NO. 178, 2ND SERIES

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, REMOVING CERTAIN
EXISTING SECTIONS OF THE CITY CHARTER AND ADOPTING
REVISED SECTIONS OF THE CITY CHARTER

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:

           WHEREAS
, the original City Charter was formally adopted March 21, 1949, and the existing City Charter was adopted effective on June 20, 1984, and as amended; and  

         WHEREAS, in 2019, the Charter Commission, composed of Windom residents appointed by the Windom City Council and Order of Appointment by the Fifth Judicial District Court of Cottonwood County, dated March 21, 2018, researched the existing City Charter and suggested potential revisions to amend the existing Charter; and

          WHEREAS, the proposed Windom City Charter Amendments have been posted on the City’s website and have also been available for review by the public at the Windom City Office; and

         WHEREAS, the City Council called for a public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Windom City Charter for the City Council Meeting to be held on April 16, 2019; and

         WHEREAS, the public hearing has been held and all relevant public input has been considered, and the City Council now proceeds to formal action on the proposed amendments to the Windom Charter. 

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, HEREBY AMENDS THE CITY CHARTER OF THE CITY OF WINDOM BY:

Removing in their entirety the existing City Charter Sections 1.02, 2.05, 2.06, 3.08, 5.01, 5.02 and 11.08 and replacing those sections with the following:

Charter Section 1.02 – Boundaries and City Territory

BOUNDARIES:  The territory encompassed by the present boundaries of the City of Windom is as follows: Part of the Northeast Quarter of Section 21, part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 22, part of the East Half of Section 22, part of the South Half of Section 23, part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 13, part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 24, part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 24, part of the East Half of Section 24, all of Section 25, the East Half of Section 26, part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 26, part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 26, part of the Northeast Quarter of Section 35, most of the North Half of Section 36, and part of the South Half of Section 36, all in Township 105 North, Range 36 West of the 5th P.M.; and part of the West Half of Section 19, and part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 31, all in Township 105 North, Range 35 West of the 5th P.M. in Cottonwood County, Minnesota.

Charter Section 2.05 – City Council Vacancies

VACANCIES: An elected office becomes vacant when the person elected or appointed thereto dies before taking office or fails to qualify, or the incumbent dies, resigns in writing filed with the City Administrator, is convicted of a felony, ceases to reside in the City, or is adjudged incompetent by a Court of competent jurisdiction.  In each case the council shall by resolution declare the vacancy to exist.

If a vacancy occurs, the mayor shall nominate and the council shall affirm and shall forthwith appoint an eligible person to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term until the next general election.

Charter Section 2.06 – Mayor Powers and Duties

THE MAYOR, POWERS AND DUTIES: The mayor shall be the presiding officer of the council; except that the council member elected at large shall serve as president in the mayor’s absence, and as acting mayor in case of the mayor’s disability preventing performance of duties or in the case of the mayor’s absence from the City.  The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City.  The mayor shall exercise all powers and perform all duties conferred and imposed upon that office by this charter, the ordinances of the City and the constitution and statutes of the State of Minnesota.

In the event of a vacancy in the office of mayor, whether by death, resignation or any other cause, the council forthwith shall order a special election to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term; provided that if such vacancy occurs less than six (6) months from the expiration of the term of said mayor, then no special election shall be held; but the duties of said mayor shall rest upon and be discharged by the council member elected at large serving as president pro tempore of said council as full and to all intents and purposes as if said president pro tempore were the duly elected and qualified mayor.

If a vacancy exists in the office of mayor and council member at large, then the remaining council members shall elect from themselves a chair to conduct the meeting and said person shall retain their voting rights.

Charter Section 3.08 – Proceedings on Resolutions

PROCEEDINGS ON RESOLUTIONS: Every resolution may be presented in writing.  Resolution shall be read in full before adoption, if requested by a majority of the council.

Charter Section 5.01 – Subordinate Officers

SUBORDINATE OFFICERS: There shall be a City Administrator, a Deputy City Administrator, a City Attorney, and other subordinate officers as are designated in this charter or as the council may create, each of whom shall be appointed by the mayor and whose appointment shall be confirmed by the council and shall perform such duties as are required of them by the council.  The duties of the various officers may be altered or combined as the council may see fit.

Charter Section 5.02 – Subordinate Departments

DEPARTMENTS: The City of Windom shall have the following departments: Fire, Planning, Police, Street and Utilities; and the Council may create, in addition, such other departments, boards, commissions, bureaus for the administration of the City’s affairs as may seem necessary.  The Council from time to time may define, alter or combine the powers and organization of departments, boards, commissions or bureaus.

11.08   Effective Date of Charter

This charter becomes effective on August 30, 2019, and as amended.

          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, AS FOLLOWS: 

THE EXISTING CITY CHARTER EFFECTIVE ON JUNE 20, 1984, AND AS AMENDED BY THE WINDOM CITY COUNCIL, IS HEREBY AMENDED EFFECTIVE AUGUST 30, 2019.  

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THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, FURTHER ORDAINS:

This ordinance, or an approved Title and Summary of this ordinance, shall be published in the COTTONWOOD COUNTY CITIZEN.  There shall be a 90-day waiting period following adoption of this ordinance and publication of this ordinance, or an approved Title and Summary of this ordinance, which begins May 29, 2019.  If no citizen petition opposing the proposed amendments is received during the 90-day waiting period, this ordinance shall become effective on August 30, 2019.        

ADOPTED AND PASSED by the City Council of the City of Windom, Minnesota, this 21st day of May, 2019.

                                                                   ______________________________________________
                                                                   Dominic Jones, Mayor

ATTEST:

_____________________________________
Steven Nasby, City Administrator
                                               

1st Reading:     May 7, 2019 

2nd Reading:    May 21, 2019   

Adoption:        May 21, 2019 

Published:       May 29, 2019

Effective:        August 30, 2019

ORDINANCE NO. 179, 2ND SERIES

ORDINANCE NO. 179, 2ND SERIES

 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA,                                     APPROVING THE SALE OF CITY-OWNED REAL ESTATE

            THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDOM ORDAINS:

            WHEREAS, the City of Windom, Minnesota, owns the following described “Real Estate”:

LOT 2, BLOCK 1, WINDOM INDUSTRIAL PARK SUBDIVISION TO THE CITY OF WINDOM, COTTONWOOD COUNTY, MINNESOTA, (“Real Estate”) Parcel #25-839-0015; and

            WHEREAS, the City of Windom is seeking responses from private developers to a Request for Proposals for the purpose of constructing a market-rate multi-family housing project on the Real Estate (hereinafter “the Project”); and

            WHEREAS, the responses from the private developers (“Respondents”) shall also contain the Respondents’ proposals for the Project and the purchase of this Real Estate; and if approved, will result in a binding contract with the terms and conditions covering the sale of this Real Estate with the City of Windom; and

            WHEREAS, Section 8.02, “Sale of Real Property” of the Charter for the City of Windom states: No real property of the City shall be disposed of except by ordinance; and

            WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Windom, after review of the responses to the Request for Proposals and public input, will determine which Respondent’s proposal will be selected for the Project and approve the terms of the sale of the Real Estate to the selected Respondent, which terms shall be in the best interests of the City of Windom and its citizens. 

            NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, APPROVES AND ORDAINS: 

THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS LOT 2, BLOCK 1, WINDOM INDUSTRIAL PARK SUBDIVISION TO THE CITY OF WINDOM, COTTONWOOD COUNTY, MINNESOTA, (the “Real Estate”), Parcel #25-839-0015, shall be sold to the private developer whose response to the Request for Proposals is selected for the Project.  The name of the private developer submitting the selected proposal and the terms of sale will be incorporated into a Revised Ordinance No. 179, 2nd Series to be submitted to the City Council on May 21, 2019.

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THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESOTA, FURTHER ORDAINS:

 EFFECTIVE DATE:  This ordinance, or an approved Title and Summary of this ordinance, shall be published in the COTTONWOOD COUNTY CITIZEN; and this ordinance shall be in full force and effect immediately upon publication. 

 ADOPTED AND PASSED by the City Council of the City of Windom, Minnesota, this 21st day of May, 2019.

                                                                             ________________________________
                                                                             Dominic Jones, Mayor                                          

ATTEST:

_____________________________________
Steven Nasby, City Administrator

1st Reading:     May 7, 2019

2nd Reading:    May 21, 2019

Adoption:        May 21, 2019 

Published:       May 29, 2019   

 

 

Request for Proposal Multi-family Housing

Request for Proposal: Private Developer for Multi-family Housing

Located on Cottonwood Lake Drive and N. Redding Avenue (Overflow Parking Lot south of the Community Center)

This RFP is directed to private developers and development teams interested in the development of a multi-family housing project (the “Project”) south of the Windom Community Center on Cottonwood Lake Drive and N. Redding Avenue.  The undeveloped lot is currently used for occasional surface parking by the Windom Community Center (aka Overflow Parking Lot). 

Project Goal: increase the supply of market rate rental housing within the community. 

The Project site is City-owned property located in the Carl Schneider Industrial Park and is between the City’s Water Treatment Plant (south of the Overflow Lot) and Windom Community Center (north of the Overflow Lot) situated on Cottonwood Lake Drive and N. Redding Avenue. (See location map below). The Project site is also located across Cottonwood Lake Drive from Tegel’s Park and has a good view of Cottonwood Lake.  Industrial\Commercial uses across N. Redding Avenue include warehousing, light manufacturing and office space.  

The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from developers and development teams for the development of this property into market rate multi-family housing.  The City intends to work toward conveying its property to the selected developer\team.  Project goals are consistent with the City’s goals and comprehensive plan.  Generally these goals are described here in as follows:

  • Increasing the supply of market rate rental housing
  • Development of underutilized property
  • Increase the tax base of the community
  • Encouragement of projects that address the housing needs identified in the Housing Study
  • Provide a safe, attractive housing option for residents from a variety of age groups
  • Grow the population of the community

Multi-family and Single Family Housing Planning

The City of Windom has an opportunity to approve a 46-unit market rate apartment.  The City hosted 4 community meetings to discuss multi-family and single family housing in Windom. Multiple locations were identified by the public and discussed at community meetings and City Council meeting.  Below is information regarding these meetings. 

Goal: Find a location that works for the developer and the community.

FAQ (Questions Regarding the Market Rate Apartment Project)

Recap: Multi-family Housing Community Meetings

Meetings:

  • November 20th, 2018
  • December 5th, 2018
  • January 16th, 2019
  • January 22nd, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Attachments (new):

Multi-family Housing Meeting #1

Multi-family Housing Meeting #2

Multi-family Housing Meeting #3

Multi-family Housing Meeting #4

Why Multi-family Apartments

Business Growth & Limited Housing

Planning

Why a large apartment vs a smaller unit rental

Citywide Cleanup, Saturday, May 18th

Citywide Cleanup

Saturday, May 18th Only!

Please do not place any items on the curb until Saturday, May 4th.

For information Click Here! 

Watch for updates on this page and also on the back page of the May 4th Shopper.

 

Small Wireless Facility Aesthetic Requirements and Construction Criteria

CITY OF WINDOM, MINNESTOTA

PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY POLICY

Small Wireless Facility Aesthetic Requirements and Construction Criteria

The installation or attachment of an antenna or other wireless communications equipment utilizing small cell technology (the “wireless equipment”) to poles in the City Of Windom or City-owned facilities shall be subject to the criteria set forth below. In some cases, the existing pole may require replacement with a new combination pole that can accommodate the equipment proposed to be attached and the street light luminaire, signal head/mast arm or other appurtenances (the “replacement pole”). If an existing pole is proposed to be utilized for attachment, detailed engineering calculations shall be submitted by a Licensed Professional Engineer showing that the pole can accommodate the additional loads.

A.  Application Process:

  1. The small wireless facility operator or contractor/installer shall submit a permit application(s) to the Windom Building & Zoning Office detailing the type of equipment to be installed, specs regarding weight and size of equipment, photo of cabinet and other equipment to be attached or placed in the City’s right-of-way, and proposed locations for installation of the equipment. The City may request additional information if deemed necessary.
  2. Any fees for the permit application shall be set by resolution of the Windom City Council.

B.  Pole Criteria: 

  1. Specific Criteria:
    1. Only one installation per pole on a first-come, first-served basis is permitted.
    2. If wireless equipment is to be installed on a City-owned street light pole, the operator, at its expense, shall replace the existing street light pole with a chambered pole to segregate wireless and utility services. The specs of the proposed pole shall be approved by the Windom Electrical Department.
    3. The wireless equipment is not permitted to protrude more than five (5) feet above the streetlight luminaire or mast arm itself.
    4. The mounting height of the luminaire on the streetlight pole shall be no more than thirty-five (35) feet.
    5. The mast arm length of a replacement pole shall match the existing streetlight pole being replaced.
    6. The color and surface treatment of the replacement pole shall match the surrounding area poles. Pole heights shall be the same as all surrounding poles of the same use.
    7. No Company signs are permitted to be placed on a pole, including a replacement pole, except to the extent required by local, state or federal laws or regulations.
    8. All pole-attached wireless equipment must be a minimum of ten (10) feet above the sidewalk elevation.
    9. All ground–based wireless equipment including, but not limited to, equipment cabinets or power pedestals shall be placed at the back of the right-of-way whenever possible.
    10. All pole-mounted equipment shall match the color of the pole or replacement pole.
    11. For each individual pole type or style used to support the wireless equipment, one spare replacement pole shall be provided by the small wireless facility operator to the City at the end of the project so that the pole can be replaced promptly in case of a knockdown.
    12. All plans shall be signed and sealed by a Professional Civil and Electrical Engineer.
    13. All other details in the City Of Windom Street Light Design Standards and Engineering Standards shall apply.
    14. The replacement pole and the wireless equipment attached to the pole shall not increase the diameter of the existing pole that is replaced by more than sixty (60) percent, not to exceed eight (8) inches total, or increase the height of the existing pole by more than ten (10) percent, not to exceed four (4) feet. The distance from the edge of the pole to the street or sidewalk shall meet all setback requirements per the City’s Engineering Standards.
    15. Antenna shall be limited to snug-mount, canister-mount, and concealed antennas and mounted no more than six (6) inches off the pole.
    16. All cables or wires for the attached wireless equipment shall be located inside the pole except where such cables or wires attach to the ports in the antenna.
    17. When wireless equipment is attached to a replacement pole, the primary purpose of the pole shall remain as a pole structure supporting a streetlight luminaire, signal mast arms/heads, or power facilities and related fixtures as originally established within the City right-of-way.

C.  Equipment Cabinets

  1. Equipment cabinet locations shall comply with the height and development standards of the underlying zoning district.
  2. Cooling Fans: In residential areas, the small wireless facility operator shall use a passive cooling system. In the event that a fan is needed, the small wireless facility operator shall use a cooling fan with a low noise profile.
  3. The associated equipment will be reviewed by the City for each location and will be screened wherever the same can be screened in a commercially reasonable manner.
  4. No more than one equipment cabinet and/or power pedestal shall be located at and serve any one pole site.

 D.  Above-Ground Utility Structures

  1. When requesting above-ground structures greater than twenty-four (24) inches in height, they must meet the following criteria and the following information must be submitted:
    1. Evidence or documentation that where the above-ground structure is over thirty-six (36) inches in height, given its proposed location, the structure will comply or be in compliance with applicable City Of Windom Zoning Ordinances.
    2. City will provide documentation that identifies a potential site for replacement within a neighborhood. (The site will be selected on the basis of aesthetics and technical/engineering restrictions.)
    3. Evidence that the structure shall be placed on the same side of the right-of-way as refuse containers or utility poles. (The structure shall not block trash truck access and alley access.)
    4. Verification of sight-triangle compliance.
    5. Three (3) photographs of the proposed structure, one (1) at ninety (90) degrees, the other two (2) at forty-five (45) degrees on either side of the proposed location. (Identify the location of the proposed structure, mark the location with white tape, use an orange traffic cone, etc.)
    6. Evidence or documentation of the dimension of the structure.
    7. Evidence or documentation that the structure shall not exceed thirty-six (36) inches in height in front of the front yard of a residential home.
    8. Information as to the specifications of the structure, if available.

E.  Signage/Lights/Logos/Decals: 

  1. Signage: The small wireless facility operator shall post its name, location identifying information, and emergency telephone number in an area on the cabinet of the small cell facility that is visible to the public. Signage required under this section shall not exceed four (4) inches by six (6) inches, unless otherwise required by law (e.g. RF ground notification signs) or the City. If no cabinet exists, the signage shall be placed at the base of the pole.
  2. Lights: New small wireless facilities and wireless support structures shall not be illuminated, except in accord with state or federal regulations, or unless illumination is integral to the camouflaging strategy such as design intended to look like a street light pole.
  3. Logos/Decals: The small wireless facility operator shall remove or paint over unnecessary equipment manufacturer decals. The color shall match or shall be as approved by the City. Small wireless facilities and wireless support structures shall not include advertisements and may only display information required by a federal, state or local agency. The small wireless facility operator shall utilize the smallest and lowest visibility radio frequency (RF) warning sticker required by government or electric utility regulations. Placement of the RF sticker shall be as close to the antenna as possible.

City Charter Proposed Amendments

Proposed Charter Amendments

City Charter link

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Amendments to the Windom City Charter

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Windom, Minnesota, will meet in the Council Chambers of the City Hall, 444 9th Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to consider proposed amendments to the Windom City Charter.

The proposed Charter Amendments include revisions to Section 1.02, 2.05, 2.06, 3.08, 5.01, 5.02 and 11.08.  The complete text of the proposed amendments is available for review at the City Office at 444 9th Street or on the City website at www.windom-mn.com.  Individuals wishing to be heard with reference to the proposed Windom City Charter Amendments are invited to present oral or written comments at the hearing.

Steve Nasby, City Administrator