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Winsted City Council Minutes

Jan. 15, 2002

City Hall

7:00 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Gary Lenz Staff: Mareck, Zachmann, Henrich, Airp. Commission, Library Board

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Ollig motioned to approve the minutes of Jan. 3rd as written, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Building Inspector Loren Cohnen was introduced as the city's building inspector. The contract for the services was signed and effective immediately, using the same fee schedule.

Airport Commission members were present. Administrator Mareck gave a report after he and Kevin Kubasch attended a meeting with MN DOT, Aeronautics. It was reported that if paving is done, the power lines will be required to be removed, and possible future expansion of runway; if turf remains, some tree removal will be required, with rezoning of the Plan to be eligible for future funding. After discussion, Quast motioned to leave the turf runway, maintain the turf, have it rezoned and deal with the Ind. Park for expansion, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. A Resolution will be adopted at the next meeting, Mareck will expedite the Rezoning of the Airport Plan.

Henrich reported the new Officer finalist have been selected for interviews with a decision after that point. He requested a special Meeting to hire them new Officer.

Dick Genty was present with a request for funding from the city of $1500.00, to continue the Meals on Wheels, and Senior Dining Site, with checks issued mid March & mid Sept., Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

The Library Board was present with recommendations for renewal of the Library Building Lease. It was recommended to enter into a one year lease including some repairs to the building. After discussion, Quast motioned to enter into a one year lease at $685.00 per month, accepting the Agreement, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Election combining was tabled, for additional information is needed.

Discussion centered on providing cell phone coverage to the community and surrounding area. Lack of reception for police, fire and other city operations, and complaints from local residents brought about the issue. VoiceStream has offered to place equipment on the water tower, although more information is needed.

Clerk requested to consolidate some of the fees on the utility bills, which now are line items on the bills, such as state surcharge, sales tax for refuse, and maintenance fees. After discussion, the new "look" on the utility bills will begin with the March 15th, along with a newsletter informing residents of the change.

Ollig motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chks. 3677-3725 $44,977.06

Chks. 10490-10494 $205,770.72

Payroll Chks. 4109-4121 $9,620.93

Fire Dept. Chks. 3626-3629 $511.51

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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