WINSTED, MN Winsted’s first city council meeting of 2019 began with the oath of office for Mayor Steve Stotko and councilors Mike Henrich and Bonnie Quast.
Quast, a longtime councilor, returned to the council to fill the seat vacated by Councilor George Schulenberg, who did not seek re-election.
The council authorized City Administrator Adam Birkholz to execute an agreement with Viewpoint Consulting Group to complete an initial demand assessment for 55-plus housing and assisted living at a cost not to exceed $5,000.
Birkholz noted the economic development authority (EDA) recommended the assessment to be used as a tool to determine what type of senior housing project and what size would be the best fit for Winsted.
Councilor Tom Ollig noted the cost of the assessment will be paid by the EDA using grant money, not by city taxes.
If the initial assessment is positive, the council will consider authorizing a full study to gather more information at an estimated additional cost of $5,000.
The next step after that would be designing a possible project.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• adopted the city’s fee schedule for 2019. No input was received from residents during a public hearing on the fee schedule.
• heard a presentation about a project that will highlight some of the history of the nine cities in McLeod County. An exhibit is being planned for May in Hutchinson.
• heard a public works report from Maintenance Supervisor Dave Meyer.
• approved the city’s annual appointments.