Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 26, 2004

Winstock land annexed into city

By Ryan Gueningsman

The land the Winstock Country Music Festival takes place on was zoned as industrial and annexed into the city limits at the Winsted City Council meeting Tuesday.

After excusing himself from the council, Tom Ollig, who serves on the Winstock committee, explained that there are three advantages to the land being zoned industrial.

The first reason was that it makes the permitting process easier, Ollig said. "Also, five to 10 years down the road if country music dies out, the property would be more salable if it's in the city limits."

Because of the size of the event and the costs involved, Ollig also stated there is the possibility of visiting with the city down the road about sewer and water being run to the Winstock grounds.

The land that was annexed is the 66 acres located west of Vitran, and south of the Winsted Airport.

The council voted, with Ollig abstaining, to approve the annexation, and make sure that Winsted Township is presented a copy of the plans.

Metro calling update

Ollig noted that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved the proposed rates for metro calling in Winsted.

With this approval, Ollig estimates that balloting will take place in March. Ollig also noted that each customer will be allowed one vote regardless of the number of telephone lines they have.

"A one-line residential customer will have one vote, and a 10-line business customer will have one vote," he said.

If metro calling is approved by voters in the (320) 485 exchange, the service should be installed before the end of the year, or in the first quarter of 2005 at the latest, Ollig said.

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