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Winsted City Council approves website policy
Feb. 8, 2019

Ivan Raconteur

WINSTED, MN – Winsted City Council, during its Feb. 5 meeting, approved a website policy.

The policy states the City of Winsted provides its website as a convenient and efficient way for the public to access information about the city’s agencies, programs, departments, services, and general information.

One of the sections in the policy addresses a community calendar. It states:

The following items are considered when event or posting requests are received from outside organizations:

• Event is open to the public.

• Held at a City of Winsted facility.

• Hosted by a non-profit/community organization that serves Winsted.

• No posting of events that benefit individuals, families, or a specific group or business.

• No religious or political events.

• Space is limited, and city events take precedence.

• Items will only be considered and/or added on a request basis. City staff is not expected to solicit or spend time searching out events to post.

Another section of the policy addresses copyright. It states:

Trademark/Logo Policy

To the extent permitted by federal and state law, all text and images are copyrighted ©, by the City of Winsted, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Re-use or republishing of city text, images or logo in the website is allowed only by permission from the City of Winsted. For permission to use the city’s text or images, please contact the city administrator at 320-485-2366.

Priorities for 2019

The council adopted the recommended 2019 city council priorities for the City of Winsted. These are:

• Continue design and begin construction of the runway improvement project for the Winsted Municipal Airport.

• Consider programs and strategies to encourage the development of senior housing within the City of Winsted.

• Complete the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Strategic Operations Plan; and begin implementation of the various recommendations, including new service agreements with area townships.

• Continue development of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 5 extension project.

• Develop an infrastructure maintenance and management plan for the public works department.

• Update City of Winsted Comprehensive Plan. Include Park System Master Plan, Sidewalks and Trails Plan, Pavement Management Plan, etc.

• Develop funding strategies and plan for storm water retention pond maintenance.

• Update the 2010 Pavement Management Plan for the City of Winsted.

• Continue development of the industrial park expansion.

• Complete engineering and design for McLeod Ave. reconstruction project in conjunction with the acceptance of LRIP grant.

• Develop a plan and funding strategy to renovate light poles adjacent to County Road 1.

• Remediate the blight and dilapidated structures at 121 Baker Avenue East.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• authorized the city administrator to execute a proposal with Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd., to assist in collecting fee proposals for environmental services, geotechnical investigation, surveying, and coordination of the environmental grant submission at a cost not to exceed $9,000.

• authorized Bolton & Menk, Inc., to update the McLeod Avenue Feasibility Study for the purpose of accepting a Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) grant from the State of Minnesota for the McLeod Avenue Improvements Project.

Cities cannot copyright material

Jan. 22, after reviewing the city’s draft website policy, Herald Journal contacted the city administrator and advised him that cities and other public entities in Minnesota cannot copyright material.

As part of that message, we included comments from the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s attorney regarding the city’s proposed policy. He stated: “Public bodies in Minnesota cannot copyright materials which they create.

“The rule is different where privately copyrighted materials are submitted to a public body for various reasons (architectural drawings, for example). But for the most part, the city of Winsted’s website policy doesn’t really focus on that context, and it’s therefore largely invalid.”

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