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Winsted City Council Minutes

Nov. 6, 2002

City Hall

7:00 PM

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Betty Zachmann, Brent Mareck

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Wiemiller motioned to approve the minutes as read, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

The Public Hearing for proposed 2002 Improvements consisting of assessment for curb, gutter, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer was called. The Parcels included in the assessment roll are a portion of Main Ave. West and the Industrial Park. There were no persons present, nor comments received at this time. The hearing was held open to allow more time.

Regular meeting began.

Discussion regarding certificates of occupancy took place. In the past, the city has had to repair water stand pipes due to construction and landscaping contractor damaging. A procedure to reduce costs to the city when this happens was reviewed. Staff will propose options for enforcement. The ordinance will be reviewed also.

Since no other persons came before council for Assessment Improvements, Quast motioned to adopt Resolution No. 401-11-06-02, Assessing certain parcel of land on Main Ave. W., and Industrial Park, allowing 10 years, with an interest rate of 6.5%, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Lenz motioned to close the public hearing, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Canvassing of the ballots for the local Elections was done. The City had 926 ballots cast with the following results:


Don Guggemos, Sr. 713

Write In 56

Under Vote 157

Council (2 Positions)

Tom Wiemiller 495

Gerald Boldt 482

David Mochinski 422

Write In 14

Over Vote 2

Under Vote 437

Lenz motioned to accept the results, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Jennifer Sherman, representing the Chamber of Commerce requested Council assistance in paying for the Horse & Wagon rides during the Winsted winter Festival on Dec. 7, 2002. Ollig motioned Council donate $500 toward cost of rides, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to allow horses within the City Dec. 7th, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Lenz then motioned to grant permission for a parade on Dec. 7th to the Chamber, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon recommendation of the Plan. Commission, Ollig motioned to approve a Variance for 635 Shady Creek, for a garage of 54' X 32' on an open abutting lot, with the condition that the two parcels become one, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Volunteers for Park Commission were discussed. Lenz motioned to allow non-residents of the City to be members, changing the By Laws of the Commission, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Lenz then motioned to appoint the following members to the Park Commission: Bob Mochinski, Gary Schott, Alan Fleischacker, Nancy Fasching, JoLynn Cafferty, and that they established a Chairperson and secretary, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Review of the Grass Lake Farm Final Plat was done. Street names and Outlots were reviewed. The Park still had not been labeled Park, as directed, insets were confusing, and no reference points were included in the Plat. Council requested the Final Plat be re-submitted as requested. The Plan. Commission had approved using North/South with numbering streets, while east/West with names. Lenz motioned to approve the Final Plat, once all requests were done, empowering the Mayor and Clerk to sign, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

It was noted that the 6th St. No. Curb & Gutter assessment (from Resolution No. 397-10-02) will now be a cost to the City since the property is no longer owned by Waste Management but the City.

Council is researching and discussing a dumpster (refuse) placement in Commercial, Industrial Zones, and street exposure to residents. The intent is to protect the area residential properties from viewing dumpsters. Tabled to next meeting.

Attorney Eggert reported that the ATHA (former DAC) is in the process of prepaying the bonds which the City had issued for the Building. The lease for the building is with the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Public School, and would not involve the City.

Mareck reported the Cable Commission had met, with representatives from Winsted, Lester Prairie & Silver Lake. Improving cable access and ability to broadcast educational and civic programming was discussed. It was decided to authorize each City to pay equal share of $5,000.00 to enter into an agreement with Moorehead Media for consulting work. Lenz motioned to authorize hiring of Moorehead Media to operate and maintain public channel access, cost to City along with Lester Prairie to be $1,666.66 each, funds to be taken from Cable Fund, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Silver Lake will contribute $1,666.66 to the project also.

Bids were opened for the sale of the 1992 Ford F150 truck. Bids received were from $505.00 to $2,105.00. Wiemiller motioned to accept a bid of $2,105.00 from Ron Unglaub, sale to be completed within 10 days, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to place Kerri Jones as full time permanent employee, after many positive comments, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to purchase a V Plow for the pick up in the amount of $4,153,84, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Street sweeper repair costs was discussed. An evaluation of the machine and maintenance records will be researched

Wiemiller motioned to place Todd Stejskal as a probationary Volunteer Firemen, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to approve cost of $4,374.00 for valve replacement at Kingsley lift station, Lenz seconded unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to purchase a hand held laser radar unit in the amount of $3,068.55, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Council was informed that there is a party interested in purchasing the lot now owned by the City at 6th St. and Main Ave. W. The grey pole shed will be put for sale-buyer to move, the chain link fence will be removed by the City, removal by the city of the other existing building, a controlled burn will be done for noxious weeds that are growing in the wetland area. Lenz motioned to advertise the pole building for sale for 60 days, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

General chks. 4490-4516 $41,897.99

Chks. 10610-10615 $36,023.42

Payroll chks. 4424-4439 $10,075.02

Fire Dept. Chks. 3739-3749 $2,630.66

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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