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Winsted City Council Minutes

Aug. 6, 2002

City Hall

7:00 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Tom Wiemiller Staff: Brent Mareck, Betty Zachmann, Mike Henrich, Scott Rehmann, Danny Salo, Attorney Eggert

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Ollig motioned to accept the minutes as written, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Two Firemen were present to provide hands on use for the council of the thermal imagery camera that was recently purchased. Also brought .to council as a request to appoint a new firemen. Quast motioned to appoint Jeffrey McDowell as a probationary firemen, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Utility shut off notice fees and procedures were reviewed with Council, by Clerk Zachmann. Discussion regarding over due utility bills took place. Wiemiller motioned to charge an additional $5.00 fee for all shut off notices that are posted to delinquent accounts residents, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Darrel Beste, McLeod Cooperative Power Assn. was present to discuss with council the recent increasingly high rates for street lighting within their territory. It was determined by Co-op that they erroneously failed to bill for the street lights since 2000. MCP Assn then developed a street and roadway lighting rate for the City. Winsted was the first City to have street lighting provided by MCP Assn. Beste stated the costs are consistent with that of other utilities rates.

MCP Assn had installed a 3 phase underground power line along the south edge of the Industrial many years ago, which the City was not aware of when purchasing the property. In an effort to keep the extension of 230th street aligned, the power line needs to be moved. An estimate from the Co-op was $20,000, the City negotiated the cost to $10,784.00. After discussion, Ollig motioned to have MCP Assn move the cable, not to exceed $10,784.00, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Work will be done as soon as possible.

Mike Crosby, Landmark Developer, and his engineers were present with a revised development plan. The plan was not received until late Tuesday, with little time to review. The Engineers stated that only approximately 33 Acres would be developed with 73 homes. With purchasing the 33 acres, and 73 homes, an Environmental Assessment Review will not be required. The dedicated Park owned by the Millerbernd's has not been annexed to the City, and needs to be done. Lenz motioned to empower the Mayor and Clerk to sign the necessary documents to annex the 4.1 acres of park, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Other points of concern by the City Engineer and the DNR will be addressed once the City is provided with a complete Plat, showing lot sizes and infrastructure. A Public Hearing will likely be held, due to the change from the original Plat. Lenz then motioned to empower the Staff to call the necessary meetings and act accordingly to hold the hearing, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich was present requesting the 4th Police Officer, as the COPS grant will expire in December of this year. The City would be required to employee the individual for a minimum of four years as part of the grant. No decision was made at this time.

Lenz motioned to enter into a contract with the Herald-Journal, for a purchase option for two years, to purchase Lot 1, Block 1, of the Industrial Park, to include approximately $54,000 in assessments and site preparation, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

With only one quote, Ollig motioned to hire Kubasch Excavating to repair a storm sewer line from Northgate to the retention pond, in the amount not to exceed $5,190.00, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon recommendation from the Planning Commission, Ollig motioned to accept the Winsted Airport Layout Plan as presented, and hold a public hearing on Aug. 21, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The Regulating of Adult Establishments, and Licensing Requirements was reviewed as proposed by the Plan. Commission and City Attorney. Quast motioned to hold a Public Hearing on Sept. 10th to for same, and act accordingly, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to accept a quote for crack sealing of streets in the amount, not to exceed $14,000.00, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to compensate Damon Thompson $500.00 for the additional work and responsibility he has had the past 3 months, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to appoint the following election judges: Arleen Kieser, Bernadette Libor, Imelda Marshall, Karen Schoen, Rosemary Stifter, Irene Weinbeck, Delores Hirsch, Marcella Weibel, Kathleen Schoenfelder, Betty Zachmann, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to approve a Gambling Permit for Ducks Unlimited, on Sept. 10, Blue Note Ballroom, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to purchase 2 "Winsted" signs in the amount of $600.00, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

A 2003 Budget Workshop will be held on Aug. 20th and 6:00 PM, to establish a tax levy for the coming year.

Brent Mareck reported the City had received many applications for the position of Public Works Supervisor, and interviewing will begin shortly.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chks. 4236-4270 $26,333.39

Chks. 10565-10578 $33,336.84

Payroll Chks. 4330-4398 $22,302.67

Fire dept. Chks. 3696-3073 $21,847.97

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

After discussion related to the request of Winsted on the Lake Owner for the City to accept the street lighting, and upon recommendation of the City Attorney, Ollig motioned to deny the request to take over cost of street lighting for Winsted on the Lake on the private streets, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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