By Linda Scherer
As the new Winsted City Hall building goes up, so do unforeseen expenses.
At its Wednesday city council meeting, council members said how exciting it was to see the progress being made on the new city center. However, the council was not as excited to approve dollars above and beyond the dollars set aside for its construction contingency plan.
Many of the expenses had to do with items that were not included in original specifications.
In addition, the winter construction expenses discussed by the council in late October have started coming in.
The council approved:
• additional door hardware not in the original specifications in the amount of $13,513;
• door and hardware changes made to drawings in the amount of $6,286;
• upgrading the grout mix from 300 psi to 6,000 psi in the amount of $8,800;
• masonry heat and shelter for winter conditions through Jan. 6 in the amount of $14,257;
• heat and propane for winter conditions in the amount of $4,012;
• additional testing service to be performed by STS Consultants for the Winsted City Hall in the amount of $7,950.
The city hall construction has progressed to the building’s second level. All of the cement poured on the lower level floor is to be completed today.
City offers extension to repair nuisance roof at 163 Main Avenue
The council discussed Sam Ulland, owner of the building at 163 Main Avenue, missing the deadline of Jan. 29 to respond to an offer made by the City of Winsted to extend the repair of his nuisance roof until April 15. Originally, a deadline of Dec. 17 had been given to repair the roof.
The letter dated Jan. 18 offered the extension if Ulland obtained a building permit from the city and dismissed the case “with prejudice” filed against the City of Winsted and its administrator, Brent Mareck.
Ulland has requested the opportunity to address the council at its Tuesday, Feb. 19 meeting.
The council agreed to let Ulland appear before the council with a 4-1 vote.
Council Member Dave Mochinski voted “no.” According to Mochinski, he did not wish to give Ulland another two-week reprieve after his 20-year history of ignoring city deadlines and ordinances.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• adopted the 2008 fee schedule with the exception of a liquor license fee increase of $300.
The fee for a liquor license will not be increased for one year.
• approved Dostal Electronics to provide and install audio/video equipment for the new city hall council chambers in the amount of $47,721.
• authorized Dostal Electronics to provide and install audio/video equipment for the community room in the new city hall in the amount of $5,246.
• approved a pay request for Greystone Construction in the amount of $197,479 for construction completed on the city hall and lakefront promenade project.
• made a motion to authorize TDS to run media and phone lines for the Winsted City Hall in the amount of $7,756.
• accepted the bid from Greystone Construction for the mill work on the new city hall in the amount of $90,200.
• authorized the issuance of an equipment certificate in the amount of $223,500.
The equipment certificate will be used for furniture and appliances, card reader system, council chamber and community room audio/video equipment, and phone and data systems in the new city hall.
• agreed to have the city send a letter to the county commissioners asking it to reconsider placing a “children at play” sign at Baker Avenue.
• authorized the transfer of .89 acres to facilitate an expansion project for Millerbernd Manufacturing as part of the JOBZ acreage transfer.
• authorized the purchase of three development signs from the Herald Journal for $730. The signs will indicate future developments in the city.
• authorized the City of Winsted to enter into a four-year lease agreement with McLeod County for two in-squad computer systems.
• heard Police Chief Mike Henrich report that Officer Dan Pohl has completed his field training.
Interviews will be complete in the possible hiring of a new officer Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Henrich will be ready to make a recommendation to the council at that time.