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Winsted City Council Minutes

April 2, 2002

City Hall

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Administrator Mareck, Clerk Zachmann, Chief Henrich

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Quast motioned to amend the minutes of Mar. 19th, Paragraph 4, to include

". . . Mayor and Administrator empowered to sign Resolution No. 379-03-19-02, which will be prepared by SEH." The original motioned was seconded by Tom Ollig.

Wiemiller then motioned to accept the minutes with the above changes, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

7:00 PM Mayor then called for the Public Hearing, as published, for the proposed tax abatement for Waste Management's move to the Industrial Park. Several persons present had no comments. Mayor reviewed the reasons the City was requesting the tax abatement, the process being proposed. The proposed abatement would be a special levy for that parcel, and would allow a development opportunity for the City of Winsted and McLeod County to increase its tax base and employment. Since the proposed building is over the 15,000 sq. ft, and is service oriented, the parcel cannot be qualified in a TIF district, and would have to be decertified from the district. Support for the request has been voiced by residents to Council members, as was support by the Chamber of Commerce.

Commissioner Ray Bayerl was present to participate in some discussion, and hear comments. McLeod County Commissioners will hold their next meeting on Apr. 16, 2002.

After discussion, Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 381-04-02-02, Authorizing a Tax Abatement on Property within the City of Winsted for the Funding of Public Improvements, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast then motioned to close the public hearing, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

With the regular meeting continuing, and the City receiving a signed copy from Winsted Township, of Resolution No. 374A-02-10-02, by Winsted City and Resolution No. 02-01, by Winsted Township that would combined the polling places of the City and Township, Ollig motioned the Mayor and Clerk sign said document that has Township signatures and forward to the Secretary of State and County Auditor.

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution No. 380-04-02-02, Authorizing the City to enter into a Joint Agreement with the State of Minn/ Dept. Of Transportation to change the Airport Layout Plan, project not to exceed $25,000, with 60/40 cost shared and to execute said document, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to enter into an agreement for consulting services for engineering with SEH, not to exceed $25,000, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned the City apply for the 2002 permit to regulate aquatic plants (plankton algae) in Winsted Lake with the Dept. Of Natural Resources, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

A time card policy was discussed. At the direction from Council members, Mareck presented a draft policy. After review and discussion Council made changes to the draft which included mandatory lunch breaks, (deducting 1/2 hour) for 8 1/2 hour work day, citing safety reasons. A County employee was present, along with Commissioner Bayerl, and stated they had just implemented a similar policy. Prior approval by the Administrator in certain circumstances for exception from the policy would be required. The Administrator, shall determine and make discretionary decisions regarding any requests. After discussion, Quast motioned to adopt the time clock policy, effective immediately, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Street sweeper maintenance problems were brought up for discussion. It was determined that the last overhauled had been done in 1992, and was due for maintenance. Council instructed Mareck to get information and estimates for overhaul and bring back to next meeting.

Lenz motioned to grant annual tobacco licenses to:

Blue Note of Winsted, J. F. Burger, Inc., American Legion, Casey's Convenience Store, Tom Thumb Market

and upon submitted application, and with approval of the Chief of Police, The Woods Group, Inc., Glenn's Super Value and Tom's Corner Bar will be issued, Ollig seconded the motion, unanimously carried.

Sanding complaints and policy was discussed. Large amounts of salt sand on sheets and boulevard complaints were brought to council members attention over the past winter season. Council decided to have Maintenance review the process and regulating of controls for sanding and report to Mareck by the next meeting.

Lenz brought up issues from the Winsted Watershed Lake Assn., regarding the snow dumped down the Lake bank. It was decided to find alternate places for snow dumping for next season if possible.

Ollig motioned to hold a closed meeting after the April 16th regular council meeting, to discuss the possible employee performance issues. Requested to be present at the closed meeting is the Mayor, Council persons, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Administrator and employee in question, and that any and all issues regarding this employees performance be open for discussion and interpretation, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to grant permission to Holy Trinity for school games, to use the concession stands at the Baseball and Softball parks for season, notifying the Baseball Club of games, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

The City had received several quotes for lawn care service. It was decided to accept bids, and revisit the seasons' lawn care. Mareck will bring back information.

Mareck brought up proposing an Ordinance for regulation of tattoo and body piercing parlors within the City. Council directed Mareck to work with Plan. Comm. and bring a draft Ordinance for review to Council.

Attorney Eggert brought up the issue of the South Lake outlet(ditch), property owned by Gutzmann. Review of letter and discussion will be at next meeting.

Overtime policy for Maintenance Dept. was brought up by Council request. Some information was given to council by Mareck. Discussion, research and compensation was reviewed. In the mean time, Council directed that overtime should be avoided, unless in an emergency situations, such as excess snowfall, flood, natural disasters, lift station, sanitary sewer or water main malfunctions, or other similar situations where the immediate response of staff is required to avert endangerment of life, home or property. In situations other than emergency situations, preapproval by the City Administrator will be required for overtime, along with a report to council that justifies overtime will be done. Mareck was instructed to gather additional information from the League and other communities and prepare a proposed policy for the next meeting.

Mareck reported that the Wastewater Permit from Minn. Pollution Control Agency had been received with approval including some recommendations for compliance.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chks. 3898-3922 $11,901.69

Chks. 10513-10517 $12,948.44

Payroll Chks. 4209-4217 $11,303.51

Fire Dept. Chks. 3557-3658 $412.78

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

No other business, Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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