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Winsted City Council Minutes

MAY 1, 2001

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Tom Wiemiller, Planning Comm members Ebensperger, Chaulpsky.

Staff: Fran Eggert, Podhradsky, Zachmann

5:00 PM Winsted on the Lake Workshop

Workshop Session was held, for discussion of Winsted On The Lake 3rd Phase design. Owner Gilk and his engineer were present, along with several residents of the Addition, and persons living on Pontas Point. Gilk presented to the council an alternate plan of design, incorporating the original preliminary plan that had been approved and a concept that had been discussed at previous meetings. The alternate has met all the impervious recommendations from the DNR, and other Shore land issues. Council members had questions answered by Gilk. Jack Littfin felt the entrance and exit roads should be changed, so as not to present such a heavy flow of traffic onto 240th Ct. (which is owned by Gilk). After discussion of street changes and house placement, Gilk and his engineer made some minor changes to include an additional exit/entrance off to Zion Ave. There was concern from the council of emergency access, in cluster of 30 twin homes to the east portion of the proposed development. This would also provide another option for traffic flow. Gilk then asked council for direction. Guggemos, Ollig, Quast and Wiemiller were in favor of the alternate plan, with the changes, while Lenz preferred the original plat. Podhradsky noted that Engineer Krass had reviewed some of the plan, and stated that the transitional housing being proposed was good, and would be more positively accepted by the DNR. Gilk then asked for the city to amend the original Developers agreement, to remove the 80% requirement of selling Phase I, in an effort to continue development. Mayor stated the purpose of the 80% requirement was to insure responsibility of the developer for infrastructural costs of Phase I, and that the developer has proven to have met all the expectations. Gilk also stated that the pending trunk line assessments will now be placed onto the final Phase (III) of the development, producing additional revenue for those bonds.

6:00 PM Board of Review was called

Hal Kirchoff, McLeod County Assessor was present for the Board of Review. There were no persons present with requests, nor written comments received from either City or County. Kirchoff reported the building values had increased 6%, to meet the state guidelines for sales. (Since there were no taxpayers requesting to be heard at the Board of Review, discussion was continued with Winsted On The Lake)

Quast motioned to close the Board of Review at 6:50 PM, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

7 PM Regular Meeting

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Ollig motioned to approve the minutes of Apr. 17th as written, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Wiemiller motioned to approve the minutes of Apr. 25th as written, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. After discussion of Limitless, Inc. developers agreement, Ollig motioned to approve the developers agreement for Phase I, to include maintaining the existing easements; and not requiring the public utilities to have to restore or repair to original, should access be needed; and all storm sewer, water and sanitary sewer are private and maintained by Limitless; pending approval review by the City engineer; with a completion date of Dec. 31, 2002, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Mark Hanson made a presentation of the building inspection services he would provide for the city, along with his fees. Recommendations will be given at the next meeting by Quast and Wiemiller.

Interested in purchase of the old city hall, Todd & Kelly Colonna were present, along with several Winsted Preservation. Committee members. Spokesperson for the Preservation group, Dave Sherman, requested the City allow Charlie Nelson, State Historical Society be brought in to give input in the proposed renovation project, should Colonna purchase the building. After discussion, it was determined that Mr. Nelson could be an advisor for renovating the city hall, but Colonna and the City Council would make the final decisions on the building. Lenz then motioned to instruct Attorney Eggert to prepare a preliminary agreement between Colonna and the City of Winsted, with covenants drawn to include a hold harmless waiver by Colonna to the City, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Attorney Eggert will gather information on the sale/purchase of the building since the City still has court restrictions on the building.

In a related item of the old city hall, Ollig motioned to relinquish the library grant that had been offered to the city through Dept. of Children and Family Learning services, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Recognized Gary Schott for 20 years of service as a police officer.

After discussion and a minor change in review dates, and with recommendation from the department supervisors, Lenz motioned to approve the amended Employee Performance Evaluation and Policy Statement as presented, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

RaM partner, Roland Radtke requested the city allow him to bring clay from the north area of the Industrial Park to his site to prepare a base for the additional building he is proposing to build. Ollig motioned to allow RaM to use the clay at the north area, and place topsoil back to original, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich was present requesting replacement of a reserve Officer, and application for grant to purchase long range weapons. After discussion, Ollig motioned to allow Police Dept. to apply for a long range weapons grant (2 rifles), Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller then motioned to appoint Chris Malo as a Reserve Officers, Lenz seconded, unamimously carried

After review from the previous meeting hand out, and questions answered, Quast motioned to call for a public hearing on June 5, at 7:00 PM, to act on the proposed cell tower Ordinance, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to call a public hearing on June 5th at 7:15 PM, to enact stricter enforcement and amendment of the City's current Blight Ordinance, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

A request for city assistance for storm water and foundation drainage at Art Wemhoff residence was discussed. As in the past, council reiterated the policy of not getting involved in storm water, foundation tile, drain tile or sump pump water repairs on private property, and that it is the full responsibility of the property owner, not the city. Wiemiller motioned to instruct Attorney Eggert to send a letter to Wemhoff on the City's position, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to pay the following bills:

General 10388-10391 $6,701.96

2838- $23,189.64

Payroll 3812-3820. $9,285.26

Fire Dept. 3515-3516 $ 326.98

Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to allow $500.00 for painting a park sign at the baseball field, as request from Public Works Supervisor Radtke, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to instruct Attorney Eggert to prepare the necessary easements for constructing a sanitary sewer manhole on Lake Ave. E., in order to service houses from Lake and Fairlawn Ave. E., Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer


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