By Linda Scherer
After months of waiting, the city council not only got a look at plans for the new Ridgeview Winsted Clinic, but gave its approval so the project can move forward.
The construction for the new clinic is to begin in late June or early July, and Ridgeview is hoping to be operating out of the facility in early 2009, according to Jennifer Kamstra of Living Services Foundation.
The drawings submitted by NOR-SON, Inc. Architects and Construction Services is for the construction of a 7,888 square foot office building.
The building is to be an expansion of the existing St. Mary’s Care Center facility and will accommodate operations for a clinic space for Ridgeview Winsted Clinic.
Access to the site will come from the existing St. Mary’s entrance on 4th St. N. and a new entrance point east of the building site on Linden Avenue.
The plan shows a total of 36 parking spaces.
The city is requiring pedestrian access be created along 4th St. N. and Linden Avenue.
The space presently being used by the Ridgeview Clinic is being considered for a community room and coffee shop area since the current area at the care center will be used in the new expansion, Kamstra said.
The building that once housed the Glencoe clinic is also part of St. Mary’s campus. Living Services is looking at other options for the entire campus including possibly adding assisted living space, Kamstra said.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• authorized the purchase of computers, computer installation and network related equipment for the new Winsted City Hall in the amount of $4,767 budgeted from the cable fund.
• approved the final pay request in the amount of $6,287 to Duininck Brothers for work completed on the 2006 airport improvement project.
• entered into a developer’s agreement with Gehrman (Winsted) Hardware LLC following a public hearing without any comments from those attending.
Gehrman had made a request for assistance through tax increment financing (TIF) to assist in the redevelopment of his property at 161 Main Avenue West.
TIF uses the increased property taxes that a new real estate development generates to finance costs of the development.
• authorized change orders in the amount of $45,141 for the new city hall.
• approved a business subsidy agreement (JOBZ) with Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Systems following a public hearing without any comments from those attending.
• approved amending the tobacco ordinance to allow for a background check to be done on any retail tobacco license application without any comment from those attending.
• approved the City of Winsted’s 2007 audit submitted by Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP.
The auditor said he believed the City of Winsted was doing a “tremendous job,” especially with the large projects the city has been involved in.
• listened to a report from city engineer Jake Saulsbury of Bolton & Menk regarding the storm sewer options by Mill Reserve Park, south of the new city hall.
Saulsbury presented three options to improve stormwater quality entering the lake but the council chose to postpone making a decision until City Administrator Brent Mareck looks into how much grant money will be available for the project.