By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Max Fasching’s first meeting as a Winsted City Council member Tuesday evening included the presence of friends and family, including his wife, Sarah, and son, Leo.
“Both Sarah and I grew up in the community, and our families have been in the area for generations,” Max said after the meeting. “I think it’s important to give back to the community. My hope is that more people from the younger generation will want to get involved. There are plenty of opportunities for them, too.”
Max is employed at Littfin Lumber, and Sarah works at Flagship Insurance and Financial Services. Sarah is also the vice president of the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce.
Before joining the council, Max had served on the Winsted Planning Commission for five years. The remainder of Max’s planning commission term (to the end of 2014) will be filled by Mike Thonvold.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved an agreement with Holy Trinity Church for emergency services to be provided by the city during Winstock June 6-8.
• authorized a lease agreement with McLeod County for in-squad computer systems.
• approved a gambling permit for Crow River Chapter 108 Ducks Unlimited to hold a raffle at The Blue Note Ballroom Monday, April 15.
• approved a software support agreement with Gasboy for $526 for the credit card reader at the airport, effective Saturday, March 2.
• approved another year of operation for MasonAir flight school at the airport. The commercial operator fee is $200, which is the same as in 2012.
• approved an unpaid leave of absence as needed for Clerk Deb Boelter (due to a knee injury), from Dec. 19 until the end of March.
“We’re hoping at this point to have Deb back closer to early March,” City Administrator Brad Martens said.
In Boelter’s absence, administrative assistant Raquel Kirchoff and utility billing clerk Amanda Zeidler have taken on additional duties. Part-time help has also been added to assist with day-to-day operations of city hall.
• approved a solid waste hauler license for Mumford Sanitation expiring the end of 2013, if all application and ordinance requirements are met by Friday, Feb. 15. Licenses for Waste Management and Randy’s Sanitation have already been approved for 2013, but the city has not yet received proper documentation from Mumford Sanitation. According to a memo from Martens, the city has made more than a dozen phone and e-mail attempts to obtain the documentation. The fee for the license is $150.