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Winsted City Council Minutes


Sept. 4, 2001

City Hall

6:30 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Tom Wiemiller

Staff: Administrator Mareck, Clerk Zachmann

Absent: Bonnie Quast, Tom Ollig

Workshop-Main Ave. W & Grass Lake Road Extension

Notice had been given to all abutting property owners of the proposed improvement. Approximately six of the eleven owners were present for discussion. Owners had expressed to council members and staff that improvements to the roads be done.

Mayor Guggemos brought information including soil testing, recommendations and estimate costs of the improvements, with three options, to those present. Guggemos gave possible costs for assessment of the street improvements to individuals present, all realizing that the costs could change. Estimates were based on front and/or sq footage of lots. Three options were available for the improvement, with life years of 2-20. Main Ave. W. needing the most improvements. Poor soil needs to be removed, new granular, geotextile fabric be installed, and additional granular be placed over the top, and bituminous sub base be applied, until such time that the entire street has curb, gutter and bituminous wear coat put on.

Questions and discussion followed. The possible assessment process was given to those present. The majority of the owners abutting Main Ave. W., preferred Option II, including bituminous sub base, while those abutting Grass Lake Road preferred nothing be done to Grass Lake Road, due to the large lots and high cost of improvement. It was agreed that the City would look into costs for Option II,on Main Ave. W., estimate of $85,190.00, 5 year life, with sub work done this fall, bituminous next year and to establish refined costs, noting that one large parcel would have deferred assessments. Mayor then closed the workshop (7:30 PM) to begin the regular meeting

Winsted city council

Regular meeting

Sept. 4, 2001

City Hall

7:30 PM

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Mayor called the regular meeting to order, and then called for the public hearing for the purpose of vacating a portion of Andy Ave W. between 6th St. No. and 4th St. No. One comment was received by Dick Genty, representing Gene Hausladen, of the Holy Trinity Cemetery Board, stating they urge the City to vacate the northerly nine (9) feet of Andy as purposed. The hearing was continued for additional comments.

Mayor then went on with the agenda.

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

Attorney Eggert had given the council the revised agreement with Todd & Kelley Colonna for purchase of the old city hall. Mayor and Administrator Mareck had met with Colonna's during the week to arrive at an agreeable purchase agreement. Guggemos noted that the City would grant 30 feet to the east of the building for parking for Colonna, and Lenz requested the City have 1st refusal of the building, should Colonna sell in the future. With that, Lenz then motioned to approve the Purchase Agreement with Colonna as prepared, instructing Attorney Eggert to insert the 1st refusal clause, and empowering the Mayor and Clerk to sign, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to close the Public Hearing, for vacating Andy Ave., since no other comments were received. Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 363- 09-04-01, vacate the north nine (9) feet of Andy Ave. W., between 6th St. No. & 4th St. No. allowing Holy Trinity to continue to use as a cemetery, Wiemiller seconded the motion, unanimously carried.

After review and discussion of refinancing the 1997 GO Improvement Bonds, Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No. 365-09-04-01, providing for the issuance and sale of $1,110,000 GO Improvement Refunding Bonds of 2001 and providing for their issuance, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Review of rate fees from the Administrator regarding the contract for waste disposal with Waste Management of Mn. Inc., completed, Wiemiller motioned to approve the contract for one year, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

In an effort to have a long term solution to avoid continued power outages, Xcel Energy will mark the trees that cause the outages. Lenz then motioned to authorize the marked trees (approximately 14) for removal by Xcel, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

A request by Maintenance to replace the 1977 dump truck with a used 1992 dump truck was discussed. The vehicle cost is a part of the current budget. Wiemiller motioned to purchase the used truck from Boyer Ford, in the amount of $32,046.50, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

A used snow plow for the truck was also discussed. Lenz motioned to purchase a snow plow in the amount of $11,500.00, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Review of the Preliminary Budget for 2002 was done, with a few questions answered. Due to the change in legislation, funding has shifted to a more local responsibility. It was decided to establish the levy for the amount of requests, still keeping the increase to 8.5%, and with the additional tax base and new building, an increase of the general fund of approximately 3.5% over previous year. Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 364-09-04-01, to certify a Preliminary Levy of:

Revenue (General Fund) $394,245

GO Bond & Interest $262,000

Total Levy $656,245

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

Gen. Chks. 10428-10430 $9,932.36

Chks.3175-3200 $26,048.67

Payroll Chks. 3942-3955 $9,684.20

Fire Dept. Chks. 3566-3567 $123.47

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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