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Winsted City Council Minutes

May 7, 2002

City Hall

6:30 PM

Board of review

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

Staff: Dave Easland, McLeod County Assessor, Mareck, Zachmann

Mayor called for the Board of Review

Three persons present inquiring the values of property.

Easland gave a synopsis of the past year, noting that Winsted had the 2nd highest new construction cities values in McLeod County. Values were raised due to low sales ratio of homes.

Parcel No. 21-117-00901; 117-0080;108-0015: After discussion, no values were changed.

Parcel No. 21-050-0110 had review and discussion of values. Ollig motioned to lower the values to 11% increase, as suggested by the Assessor, Quast seconded, Lenz abstained (due to arriving late), motion carried.

Parcel No. 21-002-0900 requesting lowered value due to condition of house. Assessor was instructed to meet with owner, and if there is a change in value, to have approved with the County Board.

No other persons, were present for review, nor had the City received any requests in writing.

Due to shortness of above action Ollig motioned to temporarily close the Board of Review to allow for more time and new arrivals, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

7:00 PM

Mayor called the regular meeting to order.

Quast motioned to accept the minutes of Apr. 16th as written, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to accept the notation of a closed meeting held on Apr. 24th, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to accept the minutes of Apr. 30th meeting as presented, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Staff researched the lawn care bids, applying last years cuts and a not to exceed quote, Lenz motioned to accept the bid from Jan's Lawn Service in the amount of $880.00 per cut, not to exceed $19,360.00, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. It is noted that the quote includes fall and spring clean up.

Clerk researched Ordinance on recreational fire permits to find that the permit issued at a previous meeting and the existing Ordinance were not compatible, Council instructed the City attorney to amend the Ordinance to require a permit, action tabled until next meeting.

Representatives of the Winsted Summer Festival were present with requests for permits, and information on the activities planned for Aug. 10th and Aug. 11th, After discussion, and review, Ollig motioned to grant:

Two Non-Intoxicating Liquor licenses at Hainlin Park, and east side of American Legion Club;

Closing of McLeod Ave. W. between 3rd St. So. and 6th St. So. to hold a water ball tournament on the 10th;

Hold a parade, including horses, using previous year route, on Sunday the 11th;

Holding two dances on the 10th and 11th until midnight, on east side of American Legion;

Provide fireworks display on the 11th, at dusk, providing licensing is approved by the State to administer the fireworks;

Hold a raffle to collect funds for the fireworks.

Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Chamber of Commerce also requested the City provide space at the City offices for displaying events, notices of interest, voice mail line, file cabinet and computer space, as a source of information for the community.

Mareck will bring back recommendation for council.

Ollig motioned to reconvene the Board of Review. With no other requests, Wiemiller motioned to close the Board of Review, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Continuing with the regular meeting. Gordon Kubasch and Jim/Doris Mended were present as Board members of the Winsted Public Cemetery.

The road at the cemetery is a very poor condition and needs work. With limited funds, the City is being requested to improve the road. Mareck will get additional information for council.

Steve Mattson, Juran & Moody, Financial Counsel for the City was present with proposed Bond Issue in the amount of $500,000 for Improvements to Main Ave. W., and the Industrial Park Two. After review and discussion, Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 385-05-07-02, Providing for the Issuance and Sale of $500,000 General Obligation Improvement Bonds of 2002, Pledging Special Assessment for the security thereof, and levying a tax for the payment thereof, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Mareck updated Council on the Re-Platting of the Industrial Park, providing a map of. With approval from the Plan. Commission, Wiemiller motioned to accept the Re-Plat of the Industrial Park, Authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Mareck reviewed with Council the Variance request for the Airport Zoning, and with verbal approval from the State, Ollig motioned to grant a temporary Variance for the Clear Zone until the formal approval process has been completed, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Attorney Eggert had reviewed the Real Estate Exchange Agreement between Waste Management and the City. The final Agreement will be ready for signatures shortly.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chks. 3973-4026 $31,302.43

Chks. 10521-10529 $12,345.78

Payroll Chks. 4239-4252 $9,956.25

Fire Dept Chks. 3663-3670 $931.31

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller reported that the Fire Dept. had held a meeting with Township and City Board members to review the thermal imaging camera quotes.

Attorney Eggert informed Council that the Closed Meeting called for following this meeting would not take place due to lack of information. Lenz then motioned to continue the Closed Meeting for Tuesday, May 14th at 6:00 PM, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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