Winsted City Council Minutes

Nov ember 16, 2004

7:00 P.M.

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, Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Others Present: Scott Zubrod, Winsted Fire Department Chief

1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting 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 November 3, 2004.

b) Accept the November 2, 2004 General Election Canvassing Board meeting minutes of November 3, 2004.

c) Establish a workshop for December 7, 2004 at 6:15 to discuss Winsted Police Department Personnel.

g) Approve the Claims List for November 16, 2004 as presented.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Quarterly Reports

a) Winsted Fire Department – Chief Scott Zubrod

Zubrod reported that the Winsted Fire Department received a $87,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) to update turn-out gear. FEMA pays 90% of the grant and 10% is paid by the Winsted Fire Department. The total amount of the grant paid by FEMA will be $78,300.

The Council discussed recruitment of firefighters with Zubrod. Currently the Winsted Fire Department has 21 members and will be interviewing 5 possible candidates. Council members recommended that an advertisement be placed in the local newspaper and the City of Winsted newsletter. The advertisement should detail the application process. Wiemiller stated that the general public does not understand the time commitment to be a firefighter.

The Council discussed reimbursement to firefighters for emergency calls that they respond to. Zubrod stated that several fire departments do reimburse their firefighters who respond to calls.

Zubrod reported on the firefighters who were running for the Winsted Fire Department officer positions for 2005. Zubrod stated that he will not be running for Chief.

5) No Public Hearings.

6) Old Business

a) Engineering Report – Generator – Larry Anderson(SEH)

Tabled to a future Council meeting.

b) Opening Bids – Fire Trucks – Winsted Fire Department

Guggemos opened the bids for the 1963 Ford 700 and the 1975 Ford F700 3208 Caterpillar Diesel Fire Trucks:


Dirk Anderson; None; $1,995.00

Steve Barfknecht; $426.00; $601.00

Trevor Berg; $400.00; $1,200.00

Tyr Gustafson; $328.65; $756.85

David Heldt; $466.66; $333.33

Jim Martinson; $306.22; $303.68

Richard Neubarth; None; $205.00

The Council directed Zubrod to review the bids with the Winsted Fire Department and bring a recommendation to the Council.

c) 2:00 A.M. Bar Closings

Mareck presented a request from Bailey’s Tavern & Grill to amend the Intoxicating Liquor Ordinance to permit sales to 2:00 A.M. Mareck explained that the State of Minnesota approved a bar closing time of 2:00 A.M. and it is up to each City what they wan . Mareck included the staff report the City Council considered during a previous request in 2003.

Jeff Fuerstenberug of Bailey’s Tavern & Grill was present at the meeting to discuss his request. Fuerstenberug stated that the Hollywood Ranch House located in New Germany, Minnesota is open until 2:00 a.m. and is costing him business.

Ollig stated that the citizens he has discussed the issue with would like to see the bar closing time remain at 1:00 A.M.

Ollig requested that staff prepare information on what the additional costs would be to the Winsted Police Department if the bar closing time was extended to 2:00 A.M.

Quast motioned to establish a Public Hearing to consider amending the Intoxicating Liquor Ordinance and directed staff to provide additional research on the issue to bring back to a future Council meeting. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) No New Business.

8) Other

a)Ollig presented a scrapbook to the City of Winsted from the 1987 City of Winsted Centennial.

b) Boldt motioned to have staff write a proclamation declaring November 19, 2004 as “Chief Mike Henrich Day” to be presented at the 25 Years of Service celebration. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Boldt informed the Council and staff that he is retiring from the ministry and the Council, and will be moving to Texas in January, 2005.

9) Adjourn

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


Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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