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Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

June 5, 2001

City Hall

7:00 PM

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Clerk Zachmann Absent: None

Mayor call the meeting to order.

7:00 PM Mayor then called for the Public Hearing related to dealing with wireless communications services in the City. There were no written, nor oral comments received on the issue. Attorney Eggert reviewed the proposed Ordinance with Council. After discussion, Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 01-02, Amending the Municipal Code, by Adding a Section Dealing with Wireless Communication services, towers, and antennas, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Wiemiller then motioned to adjourn the hearing, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

7:15 PM Mayor then opened the Public Hearing for proposed Amendment to the Blight Ordinance. No comments, written or oral, were received. After short discussion, and upon recommendation of the City Attorney and Police Chief, Lenz motioned to adopt Ordinance no. 01-03, Amending the Section of the Municipal Code Dealing with Blight, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Quast then adjourned the Public Hearing, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The proposed purchase agreement with the Colonna's for the city hall was tabled until a later date.

Review of bank collateral information was given, no action at this time, Clerk was instructed to continue to use Treasury bills or certificates of deposit with the local bank.

Several property owners were present to discuss the standing water on a portion of the street of Westgate Drive. For several years the residents have had water standing on the gutter due to flow from a sump pump system in the area. It was noted that the cement used last year for curb and gutter replacement may be defective and will be looked into, along with the elevation of the gutter in that area. Bonestroo Engrs. will be contacted to answer questions. The City will plant some seed in the areas that did not have sod return after last winter.

Over the past years, there has been some issues with Holy Trinity Cemetery encroaching onto city right of way on Andy Ave. W. The City had the land surveyed in order to truly locate the lot lines and right of way. Mayor suggested the City abate a portion of the right of way, as there are grave sites within the right of way. The Council requested the Cemetery Board survey the new portion of the cemetery from 4th St. to 3rd St. on Andy Ave. W., to determine the true lot lines, accurately. A legal description will be attained to draw the necessary documents to abate the right of way from 4th St. No. to 6th St. No. On Andy Ave. W.

Dave Sherman and Jill Hess-Kollasch were present to give a report and recommendation of selecting a new Administrator from the applications received. After completing the interviews of the top four ranked applicants, the committee selected an individual with considerable experience, longevity at the position currently held along with the quality of the candidate, and the immediate impact on the community. The applicant has not given a final answer, and will be meeting with several members of the community before he will make a decision.

Members of the Winsted Watershed Lake Assn. were present requesting the City do something to eliminate the salt sand from going into the lake, and lift station overflow. It was brought to their attention that the overflow has not happened often, possibly twice in 6 years, due to large amount of Rain within a short period of time, or a mechanical failure of the lift station. The city does have the permit from MPCA that, under certain conditions, allows emergency discharge. It was requested the City look into cost of a portable generator that could be housed at the lift station. A small amount may melt and go down the lake bank due to snow from behind the maintenance building, where snow removal equipment is stored.

As for salt from snow/ice removal during the winter going into the lake, it was noted that the city has not dumped snow over the lake bank for the past three years. It is hauled to other sites away from the lake. Salt sand is stored by the maintenance building, as far away from the lake as possible. The Assn. asked the City to use its best practice with salt sand.

It was reported that the Grant applications submitted to the DNR for playground equipment, swim curtain, and aerators was not funded for the City.

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school, for a summer environmental project, has asked permission to stencil the storm drains in Winsted with a fish symbol, and lettering that reminds residents to monitor what goes into the storm drains, and eventually goes to the lake. Lenz motioned to allow the project, which will take place on June 11th through July 19th, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon a request from Chief Henrich, Lenz motioned to appoint Aaron Ward as a part time Officer, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

The city will install a sign "Slow-Watch for Children" on Lake Dr., at the request of residents.

The clerk will get additional information from the League of Mn Cities regarding costs for reviewing the Municipal Code for current and latest federal and state laws, and suggestions to improve the code.

Wiemiller motioned to approve the annual On Sale, Off Sale and Sunday Liquor License for:

Blue Note of Winsted, Inc., The Woods Group, Inc., Thomas Mickolichek J. F. Berger, Inc.

Club and Sunday Liquor: The American Legion, Post 407

Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to approve an annual dance permit for the Blue Note of Winsted, Inc., Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General No. 10396-10904 $38,860.65

No. 2923-2964 $34,818.22

Payroll No. 3836-3846 $9,300.33

Fire Dept. No. 3523-3531 $54,256.66

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

The Recycling of Appliances in May was successful. The city collected 22,300 Ibs of appliances, with a total number of 142.

Lenz motioned to approve bituminous for the taxiway in the amount of $9,039.60, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

The 2001 Squad has arrived and is being completed. It was noted that the cost was approximately $1,200.00 less due to sales tax refund. Chief Henrich requested to purchase a "ProCopper" seat designed for drivers to cut back on back injuries, and safety in the amount of $1,098.18. Wiemiller motioned to approve the purchase, with the understanding that the seat will be moved and used in the next new squad, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig brought up a request by Winstock to revisit the third party dumping of solid waste into the wastewater facility policy, for possible use in 2002. The City currently has a policy that does not allow dumping. Additional information will be gathered.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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