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Winsted City Council Minutes
Aug. 5, 2003
Present: Don Guggemos, Tom Ollig, Gerald Boldt
Staff: Damon Thompson, Mike Henrich, Betty Zachmann, Brent Mareck
Absent: Tom Wiemiller, Bonnie Quast
and 2004 Budget
Council and employees went through the proposed Personnel Policy which has been worked on for one year. The Policy will remain as policy no longer having it as an Ordinance. Several portions of the policy have been added, and some removed or revised at recommendation of the League of Mn. Cities. Additional wording will be added and brought back to council.
2004 Budget- a Capitol Equipment Budget will be established, removing the large purchases from the General Fund, setting aside funds for future purchases in Maintenance, Police and Parks. Proposed 2004 Budget will be presented and worked on Aug. 19, 2003 at Aug. 19, 2003 at 6:30 PM.
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Present: Attorney Eggert, City Engr. SEH, Tom Homme, Larry Anderson
Mayor called the meeting to order.
Ollig motioned to approve the minutes of July 15th as written, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
Homme and Anderson presented updates on projects that included, meeting MPDES permit requirements for removing sludge and bio-solids from the pond, possibly relining of pond and tests needed to perform the work; Zion repair, water and arsenic testing and relining of portion of sanitary sewer trunk line.
After Anderson's report, Ollig motioned to move forward with testing of the wastewater pond, authorizing SEH to prepare specifications and begin the bid process for removal of bio solids, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
Boldt motioned to proceed with the test for leaking of pond, determine pond ground water levels, and "barrel tests" (Est. Cost of $3,000), Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Bio-solids removal estimate including engineering is approximately $250,000, and if raising of pond bottom is required, an additional $200,000 could be required.
Homme reported on update of meeting the new arsenic requirements, with removal at a new level. The City has been placed on State revolving loan fund for low interest loan, and application has been made for construction funding in 2004.
Re-lining of the Interceptor line was discussed, Homme stated the previous specifications could be used, but review of the specs needs to be done to determine the standards have not changed. Boldt motioned to approve recertifying the specifications and begin the process of calling for bids at a cost not to exceed $1,000, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Review of a portion of the sidewalk on the corner of Main and 1st. St. So., was discussed. Storm water is not flowing properly, after Homme's suggestion, Ollig motioned to install catch basin, and using piping to get water to run away from that area, with the City removing the concrete, new concrete work done by contractor, at a cost of $1,000, authorizing the Mayor and Administrator to approve additional costs during the project if necessary, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
After meeting with Soils and Water and Conservationist of McLeod County, Homme, reported that the SE corner of the Industrial Park is a wetland. Since the City has an individual interested in purchasing a lot, an extension of the street is needed, 1.5 acres of wetland will be delineated and mitigated with the necessary Public agencies.
Zion Ave. at Winsted on the Lake is in need of repairs, Homme will get a estimate for repair, and possible overlay.
A request for City to extend Liquor hours was discussed. Costs estimated for the additional hours and comparison of neighboring community liquor licenses fees was presented. The majority of the bar owners did not wish to extend hours, Guggemos felt with the majority of the bars not wishing to have the extension, there was not a need. Fees would need to be increased to include additional expense for public safety enforcement. Ollig stated he had received calls that persons felt extending the hours would not help in the Development of the character of the community. Ollig motioned to continue with the 1:00 AM closing, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
A proposed ATV Ordinance was presented, prohibiting use on streets, alley's, parks or other public property, with a few exceptions. Ollig motioned to call for a Public Hearing on Sept. 2, at 7:00 PM, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
A request for the City to share costs with McLeod County for prosecution of a case of animal neglect was discussed. According to Minn. Statutes, the County Treasurer shall pay expenses. After discussion, Boldt motioned to deny the unreasonable claim, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.
After reviewing the applicants for the position of utility clerk, and upon recommendation of staff, Boldt motioned to hire Susan Mueller, as full time utility clerk, at $12.29 per hour, beginning Aug. 18, 2003, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.
Boldt motioned to approve the Pension Plan for the Fire Dept., Schedule I and II, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.
Fire Chief Kirby and firemen Zubrod were present with a request to purchase a used 1975 Ford 9000, pumper, along with hoses, fittings, generator, and other miscellaneous items for $30,000. Financing was discussed, since funds are not available for the purchase at this time. After discussion, Ollig motioned to use all expansion funds ($8,900.), and to make a loan to the Fire Dept. Fund for approximately $21,000 until December, with all proceeds from the sale of our 1975 truck to go to expansion fund, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
Ollig motioned to permit Holy Trinity Schools to hold a parade on Sept. 26th & 27th, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
Boldt motioned to hold a workshop on Aug. 19th at 6:30 PM for the purpose of reviewing the 2004 proposed budget, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.
City Clerk gave a quarterly report of work that has been done, along with future work in the area of utility billing.
Ollig motioned to pay the following bills:
General Chk Nos. 05162-05194
Chk Nos. 10724-10739 $322,220.41
Payroll Chk. Nos. 5255-5265 $9,941.12
Fire Dept. Fund Chk Nos. 3873-3890
Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.
Boldt motioned to adjourn, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.