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Winsted seeks grants for airport project
June 23, 2017

By Starrla CrayAssociate Editor

WINSTED, MN – Moving forward on their decision to pave the Winsted Municipal Airport runway, Winsted City Council members approved two grant-related items Tuesday.

The first was a resolution authorizing Mayor Steve Stotko and City Administrator Dan Tienter to execute a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) for the airport zoning update.

The zoning update project will not exceed $40,000. The state’s portion is $32,000, and the local share is $8,000.

The second grant-related item was to authorize engineering firm Bolton & Menk to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration for the runway design project and other activities. The local cost participation is not to exceed $23,500.

Lift station talk

At the work session, the council analyzed the impact of a proposed lift station improvement project totaling $800,000.

If paid for with sewer fund revenues, the average homeowner would pay an extra $372 per year throughout the five-year projection. The average commercial/industrial property would pay an additional $1,041.

Council Member Tom Ollig said he would prefer to make a decision on this project later on, while looking at the entire budget. That way, the council can take into account all other expenses, as well.

McLeod Avenue

The council accepted a McLeod Avenue area improvement project feasibility study, as presented by city engineer Jake Saulsbury of Bolton & Menk.

The total project cost – including McLeod Avenue as well as Industrial Boulevard reclamation – is estimated at $1,975,000.

The entire project was initially planned for next summer, but is now being delayed in order to keep the city’s costs down.

Instead, just the Industrial Boulevard portion is moving forward at this time.

Saulsbury noted that a few key issues in the McLeod Avenue area include a high instance of watermain breaks, an undersized watermain, poor pedestrian connectivity, poor condition of existing pavement and drainage, and more.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• authorized Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota to use Hainlin Park as a rest stop during the 2017 Habitat 500 Bike Ride Monday, July 10 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, July 11 from 7 to 10 a.m.

• rescheduled the Tuesday, July 4 work session and council meeting to Wednesday, July 5. The work session will start at 5 p.m., followed by the council meeting at 6 p.m.

• adopted a resolution for a $340,000 general obligation equipment certificate to fund a portion of the cost of a new fire truck. The fixed interest rate is 2.5 percent. Debt service payments will average about $38,000 per year for 10 years.

The total project cost (including the fire truck purchase, finance/legal fees, and capitalized interest) is $576,652.

• accepted the city’s 2016 audit report as presented by Chad Dahlman of Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing accounting firm.

• heard a complaint from a resident on Merganser Avenue in Winsted regarding late-night noise from AZZ Galvanizing. Tienter said city ordinance only allows noise to affect nearby properties from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tienter said he will ask the Winsted Police Department to monitor the area and document any noise that occurs. From there, the city can contact the business and take further action, if needed.

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