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Winsted City Council Minutes

Sept. 2, 2003

6:30 PM

City Hall

Present: Don Guggemos, Bonnie Quast, Tom Wiemiller, Gerald Boldt Absent: Tom Ollig Staff: Mareck, Zachmann

Workshop for 2004 Budget

Mayor opened the workshop. Council discussed the budget, and the $107,000 cut from local government aid that occurred this year, and the effect it has had and will have on next year's budget. Council also was made aware 74% of the taxes are raised by residential, 23% by Industrial/Commercial and 3% by Personal Property. Discussion regarding the city's population of 2500, projected to be in 2005, will require levy limits. It was agreed to increase the budget by the $107,000 that was cut by the State.

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn the workshop, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

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City Hall

7:00 PM

Added Staff: Attorney Eggert

Mayor called the meeting to order. Quast motioned to accept the minutes of Aug. 19th as written, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

The first Annual Winsted Pride Award was presented by Mayor Guggemos to Henry and Barb Poshek, for the great improvements to the house they live in on 1st St. So., and to Waste Management for the most improved Commercial business.

Gary Beeman, CEO and Dick Gunderson, founder of Altra Tech Company made a presentation of the product they manufacture, and in the process of needing more space for expansion. Their product relates to high tech collision warning systems for vehicles, especially semi trucks, vans, delivery trucks, etc. The City will be working with them to pursue land in the Industrial Park.

Quast motioned to accept a proposal from SGI, to propose a new designed logo for the City, amount not to exceed $1,200.00, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor called the Public Hearing for action on a proposed ATV Ordinance. There were no written or oral comments. After discussion, Boldt motioned to adopt Ordinance No 03-03, regulating the use of ATV's within the City, prohibiting use on streets, alley, parks or other public property, with some exceptions, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon recommendation of Supervisor Thompson, Quast motioned to accept the bids for the sale of the 1977 Flat bed and 1977 Dump Truck as bid at previous meeting, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Todd Colonna, owner of the old city hall, was not present.

The city received 7 bids for the Hangars at the airport, after reviewing the bids, Quast motioned to accept from Keith Weise the bid for the T Hangars in the amount of $40,000, and from Mike Sorenson for Hangar No. 9, of $12,500, with the current renter being allowed 72 hours to meet the offer, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried. The transactions will occur within 30 days.

The request by the City to McLeod County Highway Dept. for lowering speed on 6th St. (CSAH 1), a four way stop sign, marked crosswalks and turn lanes were all denied. A letter stated that at this time the Highway Dept. believes that the changes in turning lanes will have no impact on the safety of the road.

Estimate cost of sidewalk, curb and gutter and storm sewer alteration on Main and 1st St. was given. It was decided to contact a local contractor to get an estimate for the work.

Larry Anderson, SEH Engr presented the Plans and Specifications for the bio solids removal. After review with council, Boldt motioned to approve Resolution No. 416-09-02-03, approving the plans and specifications and order advertising for bids of bio solids removal, empowering the Mayor and Clerk to execute, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Anderson went through the information collected so far from the water balance tests at the wastewater pond. The pond does not meet the current 4 foot groundwater elevation separation test, which means the city will have to place 4 feet of sand at the bottom of the pond before it could do a relining. Because the water balance test is expensive, it was his recommendation to not proceed further with the test.

Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution 415-09-02-03, the Preliminary Levy for 2004 taxes as follows:

General Fund $566,727.00

Bond & Interest $313,350.00

Total Prelim Levy $880,077.00

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to deduct $38.80 from a utility bill due to city repairs, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Mail boxes and electric car ordinances were tabled.

Wiemiller motioned to hold a public hearing on Oct. 7th at 7:00 PM, to act on a request from Merle Painter for a Kennel permit, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Guggemos and Boldt, along with SEH, and Mareck volunteered to be on a committee to solve a ditch issue.

It was reported street lighting is going in the Industrial Park.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chk Nos. 5244-5263 $15,471.60

Chk Nos. 10740- 10741 $11,363.29

Payroll 5287-5301 $10,699.61

Fire Dept. Chk Nos. 3902-3903


Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

City Clerk-Treas.

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