Winsted City Council Minutes
October 5, 2004
Present: Mayor Don Guggemos, Council Member Tom Wiemiller, Council Member Bonnie Quast, Council Member Tom Ollig, 7:15 p.m. Council Member Gerald Boldt
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Fran Eggert, City Attorney; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer
1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
2) Wiemiller motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.
a) Accept the Regular City Council Meeting minutes of September 21, 2004.
b) Approve a Gambling Permit for a Raffle to be held December 3, 2004 at the Blue Note Ballroom, 320 South 3rd Street, Winsted, Minnesota 55395, for Crow River Ducks Unlimited Chapter.
c) Approve the Claims List for October 5, 2004 as presented.
3) No Special Presentations.
4) Quarterly Reports
Boelter reported on the following:
• Banyon Data Systems, Inc. software
• Water/Sewer Billing
- Reviewing all past due accounts
- Changed past due notification procedures
- Working with Public Works Department on implementing the Radio Read program
-Reviewing reporting procedures, such as move ins and outs, work orders, etc.
• Updating Forms
- Reviewing leases
- Updating forms
- Working with Homeland Security Representatives
• Bank Accounts
• Training Opportunities
• Filing System
- Developing a plan
- Cleaned closets and donated old paper, envelopes
• Fire Department
5) No Public Hearings.
6) Old Business
a) Ollig asked if Mareck had contacted Watertown, Minnesota regarding the Geotube. Mareck reported that the first step will be to meet with People Service. With the assistance of People Service, staff will meet with representatives from Watertown, Minnesota.
b) Guggemos asked for update on MN Design Team. Mareck reported that planning is near completion and the implementation stage is ready to begin. Mareck reported that the friends for a Winsted Skate Park will be distributing flyers referencing the “Spotlight on Winsted” schedule as a community service project.
The MN Design team is looking forward to being here and providing guidance to the Community.
7) New Business
a) Tax Increment Agreement Eldron Hecksel 135-1st Street North
Mareck presented a Tax Increment Agreement with Eldron Hecksel for 135-1st Street North. The terms of the agreement would include the removal of the tin shed, remodel the lower level of the building into a commercial/retail space, and finish the exterior east facing wall of the building in a brick or stone.
The agreement caps increment payments at $5,000 over 10 years or 90% of the increments over that period. The City assumes no risk, as the agreement is set-up as a “pay as you go.” Meaning as new taxes are collected on the property (90% new tax) they are collected and paid back to the property owner.
Increments are estimated based on a formula used by the McLeod County Assessor to calculate expected tax value.
Ollig asked if the work of the MN Design Team would effect Hecksel’s proposal. Mareck reported that it would not.
Quast motioned to enter into a tax increment financing agreement with Eldron Hecksel for the property located at 135-1st Street North. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
a) Mareck presented the Winsted Fire Department’s request to solicit bids for the sale of two used trucks. The Winsted Fire Department at their Monday, October 4, 2004, business meeting decided to sell the two trucks that were replaced with the purchase of the used truck last year from the City of Eden Prairie. The Fire Department has submitted an advertisement that indicates that sealed bids will be accepted until November 16th at 12:00 noon.
Ollig motioned to authorize the advertisement of bids for the specified Fire Department trucks. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Ollig asked about the yield sign located at the intersection of Main Avenue East and First Street North. Public Works lowered the sign and shifted it.
c) Ollig asked about the progress on determining the lot lines at the airport. The landowner involved has been contacted but has not replied.
d) Mareck reported that there is no longer an airplane in Carol Stauter’s hangar. The City will be sending her a letter informing her that she is required to have an airworthy aircraft in her hangar 9 months of the year. The letter will ask for clarification on what her plans are for the hangar.
Quast motioned to adjourn. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter