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Winsted City Council Minutes


April 6, 2004

City Hall

6:30 p.m.

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

Staff: Brent Mareck, Betty Zachmann, Mike Henrich, Attorney Eggert

Peopleservice Robison & Christianson

SEH Engineers Anderson & Homme

Mayor opened the workshop. Larry Anderson gave an update of the WW correction plan, stating that MPCA had received it. Council reviewed the options for storage at the facility. Anderson stated a letter had been sent to MPCA regarding the bio solids report deadline of April 1st. Relining of the pond being the most economical, after discussion Ollig motioned to direct SEH to prepare plans and specifications for an earthen basin. Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Anderson stated the work will be done this year. Peopleservice gave council information related to equipment replacement issues at the plant, and problems with storing sludge through another winter.

Homme reported the test well had gotten to an aquifer, and water sampling will be done, report to follow.

Ollig motioned to close the work session, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.


7:00 p.m.

Mayor called the meeting to order. Boldt motioned to accept the minutes of March 16th as written, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Peopleservice, Phil Robison and Paul Christianson gave council an update of operations through the winter, using the oxidation ditch for holding and problems incurred due to cold weather. They also informed council of replacement of screens that is needed, and heater for that room. Kingsley lift station and the need for increased pumping capacity for operating the lift station was discussed. The capacity when rainfall occurs does become an issue, as bypass may be required, upgrading and increased size of the trunk line to the plant were noted for future expansion.

Henrich requested licensing of a part-time police officer, costs being shared with Lester Prairie. After discussion, Ollig motioned to proceed with licensing Brenda Conzet, and hiring her as a part-time Police Officer, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Homme reported that the relining of the sanitary sewer line had been completed from Andy Ave. to Kingsley lift station, and a report will follow.

Lawn bids were opened, with Mathew’s Lawn Service being the lowest at a bid of $11,000. Boldt motioned to accept the bid of Mathews, pending he provides proper liability and workman’s compensation insurance according to law, in a reasonable time, or give the bid to next low bidder, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to reschedule a public hearing to amend a tax abatement agreement of the City for May 4, 7:00 PM, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to reschedule a public hearing to amend the dumpster screening ordinance for May 4, 7:00 PM, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to adopt the Radio Read Policy, that new meters, including second meters will cost $200 each, Boldt seconded, unanimously carried.

Driveway and parking lot restoration was reviewed. Quast motioned for staff to prepare an ordinance regulating driveway and parking lot surfaces, as well as driveway widths, and bring back for review, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No. 424-04-06-04, authorizing the City to prepare an application to the MN Jobz program, designating 11 acres of land within the Industrial park, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Mareck submitted to council the proposed Appliance Recycling Policy established by McLeod County Solid Waste Director. After review of the proposed policy, Council discussed limiting of appliances, fees for disposal, changes to advertising and contracting, and townships allowed to participate in the cities programs. Council stated sharing all costs of this program with the Townships. Also discussed is where the fees that are collected for use of the landfill by haulers goes. Fees being proposed are $10.00 per appliance. Ollig motioned to prepare a letter to Solid Waste with oppositions which will be relayed to the Director, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

The local public access channel is up and running through the cable, after review, Quast motioned to adopt the Local Access Channel Policy as presented, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to apply to the DNR for an Aquatic Plant Control Permit for Winsted Lake for 2004, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The lease of a hangar owned by Carol Stauter was reviewed. The hangar does not have airworthy aircraft stored in it, which is a violation of the lease. This issue was discussed at the Winsted Airport Commission meeting last week, and upon recommendation from the Commission and with opinions from council, Wiemiller motioned to deny Stauter’s request under restrictions of the lease, instructing the Administrator and City Attorney to prepare a findings report and forward to Stauter. Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to approve tobacco license for the following:

J. F. Burger, Inc.; Blue Note of Winsted; Casey’s Gen Store; American Legion, Post 407; The Woods Group; G & J, Inc.; Thomas Mickolichek

Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to approve an agreement with Bergen, Inc. to do crack sealing within the City in the amount of $14,000 and an additional amount of $2,300, should staff approve, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General No. 10822-10827 $8,298.57

No. 006520-006565 $41,003.00

Payroll No. 5510-5527 $13,144.79

Fire Dept. No. 4132-4150 $2,974.88

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Boldt motioned to accept a letter of resignation from Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer, effective July 6, 2004, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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