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Winsted City Council Minutes

Budget workshop

Aug. 21, 2001

City Hall

6:00 PM

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Clerk, Administrator, Public Works Director, Police Chief

Absent: Tom Ollig

Mayor called for the workshop to begin.

Mareck had prepared a Budget agenda to follow.

The Library board was present to request additional funds for purchasing books. Administrator Mareck reported three possible lots sales in Ind. Park, and addition of Dental Plan for employees. Clerk Zachmann reported on purchase of new copier in 2002 shared by all departments. Public Works Director Radtke reported on tennis court removal, replace with one court, and possible half basketball court, and request to purchase a used dump truck with a plow for approximately $44,000, also crack sealing of streets. Police Chief Henrich requested a hand held radar, defibulator for squad, portable radios, and computer hook-up with county. General discussion of requests was done, council instructed Clerk to add additional requests to the proposed budget for action at the next council meeting.

Lenz motioned to close the workshop, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Regular Meeting

City Hall

Aug. 21, 2001

7:00 PM.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Lenz motioned to accept the minutes as written, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Steve Mattson, Juran & Moody presented to the council a proposed Refunding Bond for 97 Imp. Bonds, with a savings of approximately $29,400.00. After discussion, Lenz motioned to proceed with the Refunding Issue, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

The proposed contract with Waste Management, Inc. was reviewed by Attorney Eggert, with suggested changes, council will act on contract next meeting.

Bill and Dorothy Gilk were present, with proposing the final grade for the balance of the development, and requesting approval of the 3rd Addition to Winsted on the Lake. Gilk will be paying for all infrastructure, and stated the bituminous will not be done until 2002 for the extension of Lake Drive to Zion. Review of the elevations, utilities, and inspections of project will be done by SEH, City Engineer. Lots will be assessed for trunk line only. After discussion, Quast motioned to approve the Winsted On The Lake, 3rd Addition, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Fire Chief Herbolsheimer was present with a request to purchase a used aerial ladder fire truck from the Hutchinson Fire Dept. for $100.00, with the restriction that the truck be kept and used for five years from purchase. Insurance and Maintenance is estimated at $2,000 per year. A preliminary meeting of the Township representatives was called by the Chief. The Townships present were in favor of the purchase. Quast motioned to accept the aerial ladder fire truck for $100.00, as requested. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. The 1967 Dodge Tanker will be kept for now.

Dave Mochinski, Lake Association representative was present requesting the City help pay for half of the balance of ($3,100.00) the matching grant of $6,200.00 (including freight), given for the new swim curtain. The request of $1,550.00 will be added to the preliminary budget.

Weimiller motioned to approve the purchase of new radar unit for $1,200.00, as per current budget, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Xcel Energy Public Relations Director Jim Rhodes and Tree Supervisor, Fletcher Johnson were present to discuss the outage problem in Pheasant Run, Shady Creek, Linden, and George Avenues. There has been numerous outages, and some for several days to this area, and not all due to storms.

Residents present asked questions. Rhodes and Johnson gave explanation for the causes, majority being trees with continued growth. Trees were trimmed 5 years ago, and for the past year have created shortages to this area again. Several of the same trees are causing the problems that were happening five years ago, because residents did not want the trees removed. The council has committed to Xcel, that if there are trees that should be removed to avoid this problem in the future, these trees will be marked for removal, as they are within the utility easements. Trees will begin be trimmed within the next three weeks for the entire community and problem areas will be done first.

A quote from C.R. Electric in the amount of $1,626.40 was accepted for the fire hall generator.

Jerry Otto parking issue was discussed. Mayor informed council that Otto agreed to two 15 minute parking signs in front of his business.

Quast motioned to allow the 15 minute signs, for a period of 90 days, and revisit at that time, and that strict enforcement be done during this time, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Main Ave. W improvements were discussed, a workshop will be held for abutting property owners at 6:00 PM, prior to next meeting for input.

The old city hall contract had not been received by Attorney Eggert.

Mayor Guggemos stated he felt 25 feet to the east of the building would be sufficient for parking of the proposed upper level apartment.

Colonna was not present, and will be asked to attend a workshop at 6:30 PM, prior to the next meeting to resolve the contingencies. Concerns regarding the land, should a disaster occur, need to be addressed.

After review by Council, Lenz motioned to approve the revised Plat of Pheasant Run 2nd Addition, empowering the Mayor and Clerk to sign, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

Gen. Chks. 10425-10427 $ 5,736.22

3127-3174 $47,978.15

Payroll Chks. 3930-3941 $ 9,449.83

Fire Dept. Chks. 3561-3566 $31,602.08

Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treas.

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