Winsted City Council Minutes

October 19, 2004

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

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Fran Eggert, City Attorney

1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

2) Ollig motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

a) Accept the Regular City Council Meeting minutes of October 5, 2004.

b) Schedule a Budget Workshop for November 16, 2004 at 6 p.m.

c) Approve an amendment to the agreement between the City of Winsted and People Service for operation of the wastewater plant from $12,881 per month to $13,280 per month.

d) Adopt Resolution 435-10-19-04 entering into a grant agreement with MN DOT Aeronautics to install power line markers on the east side of the Winsted Municipal Airport. Project cost $5,000 – State $3,500 – City of Winsted - $1,500.

e) Establish a Canvassing Board with the following members: Tom Wiemiller, Gerald Boldt, Brent Mareck, and Deb Boelter.

f) Establish a Canvassing Board meeting on November 3, 2004 at 6:45 p.m. to review the November 2, 2004 General Election results.

g) Approve Claims List for October 19, 2004 as presented.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Quarterly Reports – Winsted Police Department

Chief Henrich reported there had been a slight rise in domestic cases in the City. Chief Henrich also reported one business failed a tobacco compliance check. In addition, there was a theft at Scherping Systems.

A new design for the Winsted Police Department patch was presented to the City Council.

The Police Department was awarded a $2,500 grant from CenterPoint Energy for a computer.

Chief Henrich informed the City Council that the department is giving away gun locks.

The Department’s annual safety drill was conducted, with a mock domestic assault and a mock Public Works accident.

Chief Henrich informed the City Council that McLeod County will not mark fog lines on county roads in city limits.

Ollig asked Chief Henrich if there was any progress to the theft at The Pantry. Chief Henrich indicated there was none at this time.

Ollig asked if the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department was fully staffed. Chief Henrich indicated that the Sheriff’s Department was fully staffed.

5) Public Hearings

a)Ordinance 04-05 Driveway and Parking Area Regulations

Mareck presented a proposed ordinance to regulate driveway and parking lots in the City. The proposed ordinance requires all new construction to have a hard surfaced driveway or parking lot and existing construction to provide erosion control. In addition, the ordinance calls for all driveways and parking lots to be setback two feet from the property line.

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance 04-05 establishing driveway and parking area regulations in the City of Winsted, Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Wiemiller motioned to close the public hearing, Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

6) Old Business

a) Pontas Point Feasibility Study

The City Council reviewed a draft of a feasibility study to bring water and sewer service to Pontas Point. At this time the residents of Pontas Point will discuss the plan and inform the City of their intentions at a later date.

7) New Business

a) Police Department Reserve Officer Program

Chief Henrich indicated there was a vacancy in the Police Reserve Program. The cost to uniform an officer is about $250. The City has two people that are interested in joining the reserve program.

Boldt asked if Reserve Officer’s are given firearms. Chief Henrich responded that Reserve Officer’s are not issued firearms.

Boldt motioned to allow the Police Department to fill the open Reserve Officer position, Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Quast motioned to allow the Police Department to add a fourth Reserve Officer position, Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

8) Other

The City specifically thanked City staff, Peggy Lenz, Mary Neff, Petie Littfin, Helen Guggemos, Herald Journal Publishing, Bridegeman’s, The Blue Note and Holy Trinity for their work on “Spotlight on Winsted.” The City is currently preparing an implementation strategy.

9) Adjourn

Quast motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.


Brent Mareck

City Administrator

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