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Winsted City Council Minutes

Dec. 18, 2001

City Hall

6:30 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Tom Wiemiller, Staff Mareck, Zachmann and Attorney Eggert

Public Hearing 2002 Budget & Tax Levy

Mayor called for the public hearing, no persons attended, no written comments received. Council discussed salary schedule, changes in personnel, step process, and dental insurance for employees.

After discussion, Lenz motioned to adopting Resolution No. 372-12-1801, Certifying a Final Amount for collectible year 2002 as follows:

General Fund $394,245.00; Bond & Interest $262,000.00; Total Levy $656,245.00

Quast seconded unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to close the public Hearing, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

7:00 PM Public Hearing for Proposed Increase in Tap in Fees

One builder was present, with no objection, another verbally had no objections. Due to time, Mayor kept the meeting running concurrently with the regular meeting, allowing more comments.

7:15 PM Mayor then called for the regular meeting. Ollig motioned to accept the minutes of Dec 4th as written, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Public Works Director Radtke was present with recommendation to hire David Meyer as the full time maintenance person. Meyer was introduced to the Council. Upon recommendation from Radtke and the Personnel Committee, Lenz motioned to hire David Meyer, to begin Jan. 2, 2002 at $12.65 per hour, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to approve Police Dept. to purchase radio, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to approve purchase of a typewriter for Police Dept., Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Mareck reported that the City and Winsted Township are looking into sharing a Scanner for election counting, which will be purchased through the County with a matching 50% state grant. To qualify for state grants, Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 373-12-18-01, Authorizing and Pledging Support for the Voting Equipment Application, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

With no other comments received, Ollig motioned to adopt and approve the increase to water tap in fees from $500 to $600, effective Jan. 1, 2002, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig then motioned to close the Public Hearing for Tap In Fee Increase, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Several members of the Winsted Airport Commission were present to discuss future improvements. Mareck reviewed the information he had gotten, from MnDOT and FAA related to paving and the runway issues, and planning process that needs to take place. Mayor Guggemos accepted comments from the Commission and reasons why the blacktop should take place, and then went on to state several other issues that truly affect the Airport and City, such as the Industrial Park and its land use, future expansion of the Park and surrounding area, bonding capacity for the City, and possible referendum for bituminous for the airport, keeping the existing strip and refurbishing it. There will be a meeting held with representatives from FAA and/or MnDOT, the Commission and City to arrive at options.

Bill Gilk, owner of Winsted on the Lake was present and requested that:

a) The City look into a contractor to service the area with good cell phone reception. Council members agreed, there is a problem with some companies cell phone service in the area. Suggestions were given, and Mareck will check into the issue.

b) Move the speed limit signs to the south on Zion, due to extension of bituminous road that was done.

c) Check into building inspectors job descriptions, zoning issues brought up by inspector, holding of permits and delaying construction, and paying plan review fees for houses that are identical when submitted at the same time.

Mareck stated he had contacted Waldron and was informed that the permits would be brought in tomorrow, (Wednesday morning), since Mareck had sent a letter to Waldron as Waldron had requested.

Mayor stated he and Administrator would meet with Waldron to resolve the issues brought up. Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chks. 3439-3639 $69,939.40

10474-10475 $4,022.94

Payroll Chks. 4053-4064 $9,644.73

Fire Dept. Chks. 3607-3619 $18,809.76

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried. Ollig motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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