Dec. 25 , 2006

Winsted council renames service awards after mayor

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

At the Winsted City Council meeting Tuesday evening a number of community service awards were presented. The meeting was the last council meeting for Don Guggemos as Winsted’s Mayor.

Guggemos was surprised, and those who were in attendance a little emotional, when the resolution was put before the council members asking to rename the Winsted Community Service Award the Don C. Guggemos Community Service Award.

Guggemos has served the City of Winsted as its mayor for 13 terms; a total of 26 years.

According to the resolution, Guggemos has committed his time and shared his talents with the Winsted community through his involvement with the City of Winsted, Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, Holy Trinity Church and School, Winsted Public School, and the Highway 7 Coalition and will forever be an example of service to the community.

Council Member Gerald Boldt has served on the Winsted City Council for four years and received a resolution of appreciation for his service.

According to the resolution, Boldt has made extraordinary efforts to improve the quality of life in Winsted.

By his words and action Boldt has served as an ambassador to the people of Winsted. He has also been an advocate for the betterment of the Winsted Municipal Airport.

The Don C. Guggemos Community Service Award for a group was given out to the Winsted Summer Festival Committee for all of their efforts in providing a successful 2006 summer event.

The Don C. Guggemos Community Service Award for youth was given to Casey Herbolsheimer for all of the volunteer work she has done for the Summer Festival, help with the Winsted Ambassadors, FFA, Good Samaritan Center, the Winsted Fire Department, and for the city.

Dog impound contract

For at least 15 years, dogs found running loose in Winsted have been impounded at the Lester Prairie Veterinary Clinic.

Beginning January 2007, the clinic will no longer allow animals to be housed at their clinic.

Lester Prairie Clinic is willing to remodel its current garage so that impounded dogs could be boarded inside. To do this, the Lester Prairie Veterinary Clinic has requested that the City of Lester Prairie, City of Silver Lake, and the City of Winsted be required to pay a one time $550 initiation fee.

An animal control contract was drafted by Jodi Winters, the Lester Prairie/Silver Lake City Attorney. This contract would allow the city to pay the one time fee, plus normal expenses to board their impounded dogs.

Mike Henrich reported that last year they impounded a total of 15 dogs, and 14 of them were claimed. The dogs would be kept for five business days, no more than seven days.

Odds and ends

In other business the council:

• approved the 2007 budget and tax levy in the amount of $936,736. The 2007 tax levy for the City of Winsted is an approximate 1% decrease from the 2006 adopted levy.

• approved the final plat for Winsted Ponds housing development south of Winsted on McLeod County Road 1.

• authorized the mayor and city clerk to enter into a developer’s agreement with Aho Construction Northwest for Winsted Ponds.

• approved a motion to increase the compensation for the mayor to $3,500 per year, each council member to $3,000 annually, and $45 per special meeting, effective Jan. 1, 2009.

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