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Winsted City Council Minutes

Special Meeting

Council Chambers

March 1, 2004

5:00 PM

Present: Mayor Don Guggemos, Gerald Boldt, Tom Ollig, and Tom Wiemiller

Absent: Bonnie Quast

Also Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator, Kelly Dohm, City Attorney

Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order.

The City Council went into a closed session.

The City Council adjourned from the closed session.

Mayor Guggemos reopened the meeting.

Mayor Guggemos provided a summary of the closed session.

The closed sessions that have been held on February 19th and 23rd, and March 1, 2004, were held for purposes of conducting an employment investigation regarding Mr. Damon Thompson pursuant to Minn. Stat. Sec. 13D.05, subd. 2(b). Our investigation has now been concluded and a motion was made during the prior closed session today on March 1, 2004, that disciplinary action is warranted as a result of the investigation.

Mayor Guggemos identified two options for Council action; suspension indefinitely without pay with a written warning or termination of employment. Ollig made a motion that based upon Mr. Thompson’s inaccurate answers to questions asked by the City Council during closed sessions relating to an investigation regarding Mr. Thompson, I bring a motion to terminate Mr. Thompson’s employment, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Moore inquired as to the inaccurate answers given to the Council. The Mayor stated those reasons were discussed at a closed meeting. Moore asked that the reasons be given at the meeting. Dohm stated that the City could be held liable under Federal law if they discuss the findings or reasons for the termination at an open meeting. Dohm stated that without Thompson’s consent she would be violating Federal law if the statements made during the closed meeting were disclosed.

The Council directed Dohm to provide Moore with confidential documentation for the request.

Boldt motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Regular Meeting

March 1, 2004

City Hall


Present: Don Guggemos, Gerald Boldt, Tom Ollig, Tom Wiemiller

Staff: Betty Zachmann, Brent Mareck, Mike Henrich

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Boldt motioned to accept the minutes of Feb. 17th, Feb. 19th, Feb. 23rd and Feb. 24th, as written, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Kristy Rice, DNR Trails and Waters was present. She provided information of alternative ways the DNR would like to connect the Luce Line Trail in Winsted. No action was taken.

Doug Kalmmerus, SEH Engr. was present. He provided information to the Council that the test well at Hainlin Park did not reach the aquifer anticipated with the length of the drilling as per the contract. Options were prepared to pursue a water supply that can reduce the arsenic level. SEH was instructed to collect information on an existing well that is within the City by a private firm and return at the next meeting.

Chief Henrich attended, with a request to join the Retailer’s Protection Assn., a non profit organization that collects bad checks. There is no cost to the City and will free up many hours for the department. In reviewing the program, Attorney Eggert recommended the program, as cost to collect bad checks through the court system is not economical. After discussion with council and Chief, Wiemiller motioned to enter into a three year contract with Retailer’s Protection Assn., to collect bad checks, on behalf of the Winsted Police Dept., according to the contract, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

After recommendation from the Park Board, Ollig motioned to adopt the fee of $150 per multiple unit, and $250 per single family unit for new developments, allowing the City to retain the right to choose land rather than cash for development, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The Council reviewed information on the Jobz program established by the State. After review of information, Boldt motioned to authorize David Drown Assoc., to prepare the necessary documents for the Jobz Application to the State, for a cost of $1,250.00, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. The program provides a tool for incentive of companies for economic development within the City.

Mareck requested an Intern to work for the City this summer. After discussion, Wiemiller motioned to adopt the City Internship Program presented to Council, allowing a temporary position, (3 months) , with no benefits, compensated at up to $8.00 per hour, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to purchase three doors for the Maint. Building from Hegle Door Sales in the amount of $2,984.00, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The Plan. Comm. had refined the Dumpster Ordinance, therefore, Boldt motioned to hold a Public Hearing for Screening of Dumpsters, on April 6, 2004 at 7:00 PM, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to appoint Bill Fisk and Brent Mockolichek to the Fire Dept., Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to pay the following bills:

General Chk. Nos. 10809-10816


Chk. Nos. 006461- $13,856.07

Payroll Chk. Nos. 5479-5491


Fire Dept. Chk. Nos 4101-4106


Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal March 29, 2004.

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