Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Dec. 10, 2001

Winsted working on land swap with Waste Management

By Dale Kovar

The idea of a land swap between the City of Winsted and Waste Management was proposed to the Winsted City Council Tuesday and met with general favor.

Waste Management, which purchased Kubasch Sanitation several months ago, has approximately five acres at the corner of Main Avenue West and McLeod County Road 1. Some of that property includes a wetland.

Early discussions brought up the possibility of moving Waste Management's facility to the city's industrial park, with the city then owning and making available for development the current Waste Management site.

Two lots at the northern edge of the industrial park would provide space for Waste Management to erect a new building and handle some outdoor storage.

Mayor Don Guggemos questioned whether the company could use industrial park lots that are away from the highway frontage instead, saving those for other businesses that would depend more on customer visits.

Many details, such as installing utilities and use of tax incrementing financing district funds, are still to be negotiated. That includes getting formal appraisals of both parcels.

A couple other issues figuring into the mix are planned improvements to Main Avenue west of County Road 1, and the city making a final decision on future use of the airport. There are restrictions on building at the north end of the industrial park because of its proximity to the flight path of the airport runway.

The council spoke favorably of the land swap proposal, and city representatives will continue discussions with Waste Management.

Officer resigns

Long-time police officer Gary Schott submitted his resignation for retirement, effective at the end of January.

Schott will be using vacation time most of that month, so he will be done working in late December.

He joined the Winsted Police Department in May 1981, more than 20 years ago.

The council accepted his resignation and began the process of advertising for a replacement.

Tap-in fees

Following up from a previous meeting, the council looked at sewer and water tap-in fees from several area communities.

The council intends to raise the water tap-in fee from $500 to $600, but will conduct a public hearing first.

Here are the tap-in fees for area communities:

City Sewer Water

Winsted $700 $500

Glencoe 500 500

Howard Lake 1,040 1,040

Hutchinson 1,000 750

Lester Prairie 750 750

Montrose 2,900 1,000

Silver Lake 0 0

Watertown 1,750 1,750

Waverly 2,500 2,500

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