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Winsted City Council Minutes

SEPT. 16, 2003


7:00 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Tom Wiemiller, Bonnie Quast, Tom Ollig, Gerald Boldt Staff: Attorney Eggert, Brent Mareck, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Mayor called the Public Hearing for adoption of Ordn. 03-03, the State Building Code, repealing previous Ordinances. The Council had no persons present, nor received any written comments, however, held the hearing open.

The current mail box Ordinance was reviewed. After discussion, Ollig motioned to delete the requirement of multiple box sites, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. A public hearing will be scheduled for council adopting an Amended Ordinance.

City Hall issue was tabled.

Moorehead Media was tabled.

Demolition and removal of the restroom Building at Mill Reserve Park was discussed. Estimated cost of disposal and moving electrical work was $4,305.00. Maintenance will remove the structure. Ollig motioned to remove the restrooms, excluding the concrete floor, and after the building has been removed, determine the condition of the floor, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

A letter from Kennedy and Graven with proposal for retainer of legal services was discussed. Terms within the letter and costs for legal services was discussed in connection with the abatement of a nuisance and/or hazardous existing condition of a building within the City. Boldt motioned to enter into the retainer Agreement with Kennedy & Graven, instructing staff to arrive at an estimate cost with the fee basis, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to purchase a jetter hose in the amount of $1,640.00, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to apply for an Aeration permit for Winsted Lake for the coming winter season, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution No., 417-09-16-03 approving an off site Gambling Permit (Class B) for Holy Trinity Church, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Discussion related to repair and extension of bituminous on Zion took place. The council opted to do a repair and extension of biturninous on a lesser level then proposed by the engineers. Quast motioned to amend the Developers Agreement with William & Dorothy Gilk, to allow them to do a 4" patch and repair on several areas of the street, and to extend bituminous to the south entrance of Lake Drive in the amount of $48,000.00, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Boldt motioned to approve a Gambling license for Crow River Ducks Unlimited on Dec. 5th at the Blue Note, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

It was the consensus that the City will continue to explore its own independent cable access, with a goal to provide service by the Holidays.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chk Nos. 5264-5309 $74,256.42

Chk Nos. 10741-10750 $11,481.24

Payroll Chk Nos. 5302-5315 $10,645.50

Fire Dept Chk Nos. 3904-3920 $6,685.08

Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Attorney Eggert had not received payment for the bituminous at a hangar, which Boldt then motioned to instruct the clerk to prepare an assessment in the amount of $987.05, plus 6% interest to Carol Stauter collectable 2003, (Resolution No. 418-09-15-03) Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

7:45 PM Mayor called for any comments for the public hearing of the Building Code adoption, with no other comments, Quast motioned to close the public hearing, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 03-02, the Minnesota State Building code, repealing certain previous Ordinances, creating this Ordinance to perpetually include the most current edition of the Code, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Paul Christianson, rep. Peoples Service was present to discuss with council the timing of the season in order to get the land suitable for bio solids removal and spread from the wastewater pond yet this fall. In an effort to meet the fall conditions, and due to testing and notice totaling 30+ days, Peoples has proposed to acquire the land and get the testing done which is needed for spreading, with city paying the laboratory fees of approximately $500. The City would then hold the permit for bio solids spreading, with the approval of the permit from MPCA which would not contain an expiration date, allowing the City an on going land application process. Boldt motioned to hire Peopleservice to acquire the land application sites, and submit soil samples to a testing firm for the City. Peoples Service rate will be $45.00 per hour, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Utility customer no reads were discussed with council. In researching this issue, there were many customers who have not been reading the water meter on a regular monthly basis, requiring the city to estimate readings. Several ideas from council were talked about, and water shut off for not reading was suggested, along with several processes. The current Ordinance will be amended to include provisions for customers not reading meters. Ollig motioned to have staff work on several options and prepare a process for tagging the house, and turning off water, if the meter is not read. Maintenance employees will be reading these meters, and checking to be sure the meter is in working order, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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