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Winsted City Council Minutes

OCT. 7, 2003


7:00 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Gerald Boldt, Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Tom Wiemiller Staff: Mike Henrich, Betty Zachmann, Brent Mareck, Engr. Tom Homme

Mayor called for the Public Hearings associated with a Kennel Permit, and Mail Box Ordinance changes.

A request from 640 Northgate Dr. for harboring four dogs was discussed. There was some verbal opposition prior to the meeting with concerns of barking, and setting a precedent for more than three dogs, which is allowed under the Ordinance. The hearing was held open for some time, to allow other parties to attend.

The regulating of mail boxes was discussed. One person was present requesting information of placement. It was noted that the post office was in violation of the our current Ordinance, of clustering 4-6 boxes. The post office now provides cluster mail boxes to new developments with no charge. Council discussed language being proposed, placement of mail boxes, etc. Quast motioned to place a moratorium on mail boxes until such time council has additional information, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to close the Public Hearing for mail boxes, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

No other comments, Wiemiller motioned to allow a kennel permit for four dogs at 640 Northgate Dr., with review of the permit in one year, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried. Ollig motioned to close the Public Hearing, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

With recommendation of the planning Commission, Ollig motioned to grant a Variance to St. John's Church for a 1312 sq. ft detached garage, Wiemiller seconded, Quast and Boldt abstained, motion carried.

Tom Homme reported that the bids for Bio solids removal from the ponds had been opened earlier in the day. Three bids were received, one did not meet the specificajions (was bid per gallon). It was determined on Friday that the estimated gallons for removal was 1M gallons more than originally thought, an addendum was prepared and sent to all bidders, requesting acknowledgment to the of notice to SEH. One bidder acknowledged receipt, another bidder had notified SEH verbally, although this needed to be verified. Quast motioned to table a decision until verified, and, if necessary, to call a special meeting to act on bids, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Boldt motioned to accept a proposal from Juul Contracting, in the amount of $3,336.00 to replace the sidewalk and drainage at Main and 151 St. No., Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Estimates for relining the sanitary sewer trunk line from Dairconcepts to Kingsley lift station were discussed. Quast motioned to proceed with the 2nd phase of the relining, and enter into a contract with SEH not to exceed $16,500 to prepare specifications for televising, lining and bidding of the project, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Homme also informed the council that the loan for a new well had been approved through the Public Finance loan. More information will be brought to the council at the Oct. 21st meeting.

A request from Waste Management to increase the rates for rubbish service by 3% was discussed. Ollig motioned to approve the request of 3% effective Nov. 1st, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

The Fence Ordinance was discussed, no action taken.

Brad Millerbernd, representing the Fire Dept. requested Council, after probation had been satisfactorily completed, approve the appointment of Gerald Heinen, Jon Davidson, and Mike Thonvold to the fire Dept. Boldt so moved, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution No. 418-10-07-03, adopting conditions against Mill Reserve Park as part of the city's obtaining Grant No. OR02-01, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. (The dock and swim curtain will remain at the park, only the concession stand will be removed. )

Ollig motioned to hold the first Council meeting in Nov. to Wednesday, Nov. 5, due to election day in the State, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich gave a quarterly report to council.

Wiemiller motioned to hold a workshop on Oct. 21st at 6:30 PM, to discuss and relate to staff the direction of the future home of the city hall and offices, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chk Nos. 5310-5346 $79,068.16

Chk Nos. 10751-10759 $26,582.89

Payroll Chk Nos. 5336-5349 $10,301.60

Fire Dept Chk Nos. 3921-3930 $2,029.51

Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk- Treas.

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