Winsted approves another housing development

January 21, 2008

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

It’s another housing development for the city of Winsted. But in addition, there is a commercial development and a 35-unit assisted living and memory care facility included in the plan.

The city council approved the concept plan for the Baird farm submitted by Midwest Capital Properties at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The Baird property is located just north of Westgate housing development.

The plan shows 55 single family lots, and commercial development to the north end of the property (the commercial property is located northwest of where Linden Avenue interects with County Road 1). On the southern part of the property, a single-level, 35-unit assisted living and memory care facility is planned.

The family of Andrew and Marie Riemer, who own a single-family home at 402 6th St. N. offered a number of written questions and concerns to the council regarding the new development.

It had originally been the Riemers’ plan to purchase some of the property behind their home which is now being considered for development.

Council Member Tom Ollig, who is also on the planning commission, complimented the couple on their approach to voicing their concerns saying, “it was professional and eloquent.”

The couple did agree with the plan the council approved.

Winsted looks at a rental housing ordinance

Having a rental housing inspection program is at the top of the council’s list to complete in 2008.

At the council meeting, approval for a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. was given by the council as the next step in approving a new rental housing ordinance.

In October, the council discussed the purpose of the ordinance, which would be to establish minimum standards for rental units in the city of Winsted.

The ordinance will be applicable for all rental units within the boundaries of the city and the age of the building will not exclude the dwelling from the ordinance.

Permits will be required for each unit and will be valid for five years from the date they are issued.

City Administrator Brent Mareck told the council he would put a draft of the ordinance on the city’s web site and place an ad in the newspaper before the hearing to give Winsted residents a chance to review it.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council

• accepted the retirement/resignation of Ken Fitchwell from the Winsted Fire Department after 20 years of service.

• authorized $3,000 to Winsted Senior Dining (2008 budget).

• scheduled a city council and staff goal setting and leadership retreat at 8 a.m. at the Winsted Fire Hall Thursday, Feb. 7.

• approved $2,500 to Don Salverda & Associates to conduct a goal setting and leadership retreat for the City of Winsted.

• approved $2,257 to Don Stodola Well Drilling Company to repair the well at the Winsted Municipal Airport.

• accepted the planning commission’s meeting time change to the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

• adopted a resolution supporting the creation of a McLeod County Economic Development Organization (EDA).

With enough support, the EDA will go to the county board to ask that a committee be formed to explore the idea of forming a McLeod County EDA in more detail.

• agreed to adopt a resolution to support the City of Winsted’s application in the Small Cities Development Program.

• entered into a cooperative agreement with the City of Mayer for participation in the Small Cities Development Program.