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Winsted public works helps with ‘oddball’ jobs

Fri., July 14, 2017

By Starrla Cray
Associate Editor

No two days are alike for Winsted Public Works Supervisor Dave Meyer and his crew.

One recent example of this was when an old building foundation was discovered in the expanding industrial park. To remove the foundation using an outside company would have cost about $9,000, according to a quote the city received.

Instead of hiring someone, City Administrator Dan Tienter asked public works if they could take care of it.

“They saved the city and a future industrial park tenant $9,000 – no questions asked,” Tienter said at the July 5 council meeting. “That’s just one example of the oddball things I call Dave about. They do outstanding work.”

In other public works news, the council approved a quote from RAM Buildings for a salt and sand storage shed in the amount of $53,988, with a 5 percent construction contingency, for a total not to exceed $56,687.

Meyer said the shed will increase the department’s efficiency, and likely pay for itself within 10 to 15 years.

“Right now, we pick up all our salt from Hutchinson,” Meyer said, explaining that the shed will allow Winsted to have sand and salt delivered directly (likely at a cheaper rate), and store it year-round. The shed will also prevent waste from sand and salt that becomes unusable from being outdoors.

A few other public works highlights since Meyer last presented to the council in January include: hauled crushed concrete to improve the brush site, repaired a fire hydrant that had been run over, removed old fencing in the Northgate development, and removed trees that had been damaged by storms. A summer worker was hired to help with weeding, dumping park garbages, and other tasks.

Airport update

A special work session to discuss the airport took place Thursday. Coverage of the meeting will be in the Friday, July 21 edition of the Herald Journal.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• appointed Nancy Fasching to the Economic Development Authority (EDA) with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

• scheduled a special closed city council meeting for Tuesday, July 18 at 4 p.m. in the Lewis Room of city hall to conduct the annual performance review for City Administrator Dan Tienter.

• authorized a proposal from WM Mueller and Sons to mill, excavate, and patch certain streets in Winsted for an amount not to exceed $3,150.

• approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce at Mill Reserve Park Friday, Aug. 11 for Bratbusters.

• approved several items relating to the Winsted Summer Festival Aug. 11-13, such as the operation of ATVs on city streets, outdoor music, outdoor food and vendor stands, a fun run, and a parade.

• approved a large assembly permit and a temporary on-sale liquor license for the St. Mary’s Craft Beer Festival Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Winstock Country Music Festival grounds.

• adopted a resolution to accept donations from the Winsted youth baseball/softball organization for various parks in Winsted.

• accepted a $1,000 donation toward the water fountain in Winsted Lake. A donor list is available at city hall.

• authorized an agreement with Minnesota Solar, LLC that provides funds for decommissioning a community solar energy system, pursuant to its interim use permit. Tienter stated that this security deposit is part of the solar garden’s 30-year decommissioning plan.

• heard that Tienter participated in the first of a potential series of meetings regarding strategies to improve water quality in Winsted Lake.

• heard from Tienter that government aid for small cities is expected to increase for 2017-19.

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