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Winsted City Council Minutes


FEB. 6, 2001


7 P.M.

Present: Don Guggemos, Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Tom Wiemiller

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Matt Podhradsky, Betty Zachmann, Mike Henrich

Absent: Gary Lenz

Feb. 6, 2001 Continued

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Wiemiller motioned to approve the minutes as written, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

League of Mn Cities Ins. Agent Dave Sherman was present to discuss the excess liability insurance as part of the renewal package. After review and discussion, Ollig motioned to purchase a $1,000,000 annual excess liability with a premium of $2,519.00, without waiving the statutory limit. Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor then called for the continuation of the assessment hearing from the previous meeting. Podhradsky informed the property owners present that after more discussion with the County, the cost of the per foot was estimated now at $9.50. County Engineer Kjonnas, along with the project engineer, was present for questions and discussion. Kjonnas explained to those present that in order to receive funding for projects, there is specific criteria that must be met, which includes curb and gutter on this improvement. After discussion, those still having questions were given the opportunity to meet with the engineers with concerns. Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No. 353-02-02-01, approving and ordering the Joint Improvement Project of 6th St. No., to the county line, with estimated cost to City of $85,000.00, assessing curb and gutter to abutting parcels, empowering the Mayor and Clerk to sign. Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Members of the fire department were present with specifications for the 2,000 gallon tanker. (The vehicle had previously been approved by the fire board). After discussion, Ollig motioned to approve the plans and specifications, to proceed with advertising for bids, with an opening on Mar. 22, 2001. Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Natural Nutrients, LLC Minnesota, President Bob Solazar; V. Pres.and Gen Mgr. Jerry Roberts and Finance Specialist Brian Nelson were present with a proposal to purchase the former Mid America, DFA building to produce, from ethanol by-product, natural animal feed supplements, and natural glycerin. They have been working with the MN Dept. Of Trade and Economic Development, in securing some financial assistance. The building will need to have additional equipment added and some renovation of the existing equipment to produce their products. They will generate approximately 25 percent of the wastewater that DFA had. After discussion, Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution No. 352-02-06-01, Reciting a Proposal For a Small Issue of Industrial Development Project, taking official Action, Giving Preliminary Approval to the Project, Pursuant to Mn. Municipal Industrial Development Act, Authorizing the Application for Allocation of Bonding Authority (maximum amount of $6,000,000) from the Dept. Of Finance, and Calling for the Public Hearing, to be held on Feb. 27, 2001 at 7:00 P.M. Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Re-design of the city's Web site, and maintenance agreement was discussed. After history, review and discussion, Quast motioned to accept a maintenance agreement of $63.00 per month, and re-design of the site, maximum cost of $650.00, along with the existing hosting and storing of the site. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich was present with quotes for a 2001 squad. He had received three quotes. After Council discussion with the Chief regarding the quote process, Quast motioned to accept the low quote from Waconia Ford, in the amount of $19,414.20 with trade. Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to appoint Mark T. Thiry and Robert N. Carlson as part-time police officers. Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Kendal Kubasch, Limitless, Inc., presented a preliminary design of a senior housing development he wishes to pursue on property at 320 Linden Ave. W. This will be handled through the planning commission, with final approval of the City Council.

The annexation of SJF properties was discussed with Council. The City's Attorney was instructed to pursue the annexation of all land, as marked, with the exception of the south 16 Acres.

Wiemiller motioned to add the following appointment for 2001:

Winsted Airport Commission: Arden Johnson, Kevin Kubasch, Felix Quast

Attorneys Theis & Long

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

With the City promoting the community, and to assist in continuation of the Annual Legion Days Festival, and providing coverage, under the policy, Quast motioned to appoint the following to the Winsted Festival Committee:

Gene Hausladen, Marian Neumann, Lisa Baumann, Michelle Campbell, Bill Norman; Gary Rathmanner, Tony Radtke, Matt Podhradsky and Brad Millerbernd, Chmn., Doug Bebo, Co-Chmn., Dale Maus, Sec., Marian Neumann, Treas. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chk. Nos. 2420-2477

Payroll Chk. Nos. 3706-3726

Fire Dept. Chk. Nos. 3465-3477

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast by motion requested to change the meeting date in March from the 20th to Thursday, the 22nd. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to hold a work session at 6:00 PM, Feb. 20th for Council to work on the Airport plan being proposed. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to allow Matt Podhradsky to sign checks, and withdrawals, in the absence of the Clerk. Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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