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Winsted City Council Minutes
Sept. 3, 2002
Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Tom Wiemiller, Bonnie Quast
Staff: Brent Mareck, Officer Scott Rehmann, Officer Danny Salo
Absent: Tom Ollig
Mayor reviewed staff report on the proposed levy for 2003. The Council was informed that potential cuts to local government aid could significantly change revenues and expenditures for the City. Staff cut 5% from local government aid in preparation of projected cuts by the State.
The Mayor suggested that more planning and research take place before any work is done to the tennis courts. Council discussed the viability of tennis, basketball, and skate board facilities in the area where the tennis courts are currently in place. The Council decided that a skate park for 2003 would not be financially feasible for the City.
Mayor and Council agreed that proposed budget and levy of $461,266 gave the City many options if State cuts were to occur. It was made clear that significant cuts would be made in December, prior to passing the final budget
Quast made a motion to adjourn the workshop, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Lenz made a motion accept the minutes of the August 20th meeting, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.
Lenz made a motion to pass resolution 395-09-03-02 setting the preliminary levy amounts on taxable property
Fund No., EXPENDITURE CATEGORY, FINAL CERTIFIED LEVY TO AUDITOR
01, REVENUE, $461,266.00
02, GO BOND & INTEREST, $266,000.00
Quast seconded, unanimously carried.
Fr. Paul Wolf of Holy Trinity requested the City sign the portion of 1st Street adjacent to the school for faculty parking during school hours. Fr. Wolf had concerns with students parking on 1st St. Quast asked if the faculty could use a voucher/permit system for parking. Fr. Wolf explained that the school would have no way to enforce such a system. Lenz asked about the Legion loading and unloading sign. The Mayor explained that the Legion sign was only temporary. Wiemiller inquired as to how many spots Holy Trinity would need. Fr. Wolf replied that ten spots would be needed. Fr. Wolf sited the City had given a variance to Mid-Am on Andy Ave. The Mayor explained that the City Council wanted to relieve traffic for trucks and busses. Holy Trinity's situation is not a traffic issue, it's related specifically to parking. The Mayor directed the Administrator to check with other communities on how they may regulate parking in school areas and report back to Council.
Fr. Wolf asked if the City would consider building restrooms and a concession stand at the football field. Wiemiller added that the current facilities had a limited amount of electrical power. Lenz stated the concession stand would be at the east end of the park. The Mayor directed City staff to place an additional satellite at the home side of the field. No further action was taken.
Quast motioned to grant Holy Trinity parade and marathon permits for September 27th and 28th, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.
Fr. Wolf asked that the City not allow the football field to be used as grounds for a proposed circus in Winsted. The Council agreed and directed the Administrator to contact the Chamber of Commerce.
Administrator reviewed a payment request made by Ram Builders. Ram requested the City pay for a $4,000 overrun for site improvements at the industrial park. The total cost of the overrun was $9,240 however Ram did not contact the City of the increased cost until the work had been completed. The Council commented that under normal circumstances this request would be denied, but because of the situation the payment would be supported.
Lenz made a motion to pay Ram Builders $4,000 with the following conditions:
1) Payment of $4,000 is considered full and final payment
2) Contractor provide City with documentation of additional work and time completed in conjunction with the overrun.
3) Option agreement for Lot 1, Block 1 be amended to reflect increased costs of site preparation.
Quast seconded, unanimously carried.
Quast made a motion to promote Damon Thompson as the City Public Works Supervisor at a rate of $16.24 per hour, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.
Quast made a motion to promote Dave Meyer as 1st Maintenance at a rate of $13.49 per hour, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.
Lenz made a motion to authorize the City to enter into an assessment agreement with McLeod County, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.
Administrator reviewed potential ordinances to restrict gravel and other debris from entering storm drains. The Mayor directed staff to send a general letter to residents with gravel drives and similar graveled areas to ask them how they propose to solve the problem.
The Mayor directed staff to present criteria for an occupancy permit at the next meeting.
The Administrator announced that there will be a community gathering on September 11th at 6:30 PM at Mill Reserve Park. In the case of the rain the event will be held at the Winsted Fire Station.
Mayor reviewed request by Waste Management for the installation of a 12,000 gallon tank at their new site. The Fire Chief had reviewed the request and was in support of the project. Lenz made a motion to support Waste Management's request to apply for a variance for a 12,000 gallon fuel tank according to standards set forth by the MPCA and the State Fire Marshal, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.
The Council discussed concerns of residents regarding privacy fencing for apartments on the north side of the City. After review of City records, no documentation exists which would allow the City to require such fencing. The Mayor directed staff to meet with interested parties to find a solution.
Mayor directed staff to work with the Planning Commission on establishing an ordinance requiring dumpsters to be screened in the City.
Quast made a motion to pay the bills, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.
Wiemiller made a motion to adjourn, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.
Brent Mareck, City Administrator
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