Winsted City Council Minutes

February 1, 2005

7:00 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Tom Ollig

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Danny Salo, Patrolman; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

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

2) Boldt motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of January 18, 2005.

b) Approve the amended Claims List of January 18, 2005 Regular City Council Meeting.

c) Approve the Hangar Land Lease Application for the Winsted Municipal Airport for Malcolm Roderick MacCharles.

d) Approve the License to Sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices Application for J & N Schlagel Enterprises II for the Blue Note Ballroom and Bar, 320 – 3rd Street South, Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota.

e) Approve the Application for Exempt Gambling Permit for Raffles to be conducted by the Crow River Ducks Unlimited at the Blue Note Ballroom and Bar, 320 – 3rd Street South, Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota on April 12, 2005.

f) Approve a One Day Liquor License for Holy Trinity Spring Fling on April 23, 2005.

g) Approve the Claims List for February 1, 2005 as presented.

3) Special Presentations

a) FFA Road Signs – HLWW FFA – Jackie Koch

Koch Proposed that the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW) Future Farmers of America (FFA) install signs on County Road 1 at the north and south entrances to the City of Winsted. The signs would identify the HLWW FFA.

Quast motioned to approve the installation of signs by the HLWW FFA at the north and south entrances to the City of Winsted on County Road 1. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) County Septic Ordinance/Policy – Winsted Lake Association

Petie Littfin, president of Winsted Lake Watershed Association, presented a draft letter from the Winsted Lake Watershed Association addressing the McLeod County Commissioners requesting that the McLeod County Ordinance regarding Septic systems be amended to include:

1. Certified inspections and septic system updates are required when any property is sold, or a building permit is issued.

2. A time frame is established for updating of the septic system, depending upon the time of year.

3. The Ordinance would apply to all property transfers and building permits issued within McLeod County, not just shore land.

The Winsted Lake Watershed Association feels the benefit of amending the Ordinance would be:

1. Protection of ground and surface water.

2. Reduce the amount of health issues.

3. Halt the pollution of lakes and rivers.

4. Improve water quality for everyone.

Littfin requested that the City of Winsted be a signature on the proposed letter. Guggemos stated that the City of Winsted will write a letter of their own.

Wiemiller motioned to have the City of Winsted draft a letter to the McLeod County Commissioners requesting that they amend their Ordinance regarding septic systems. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

4) Quarterly Reports

a) Waste Management

Sheldon Swensen presented statistics representing the number of sanitation companies and surrounding cities that are currently offering residents a single-sort recycling system, and those that will offer future use of a single-sort recycling system.

Swensen stated that the purpose of encouraging cities to go to a single-sort recycling system is because whenever programs are made easier, the residents are more apt to actively participate in them.

Swensen stated that McLeod County Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) is looking to the haulers to take on the cost of the seven-sort recycling.

Swensen requested the opportunity to clarify statements made by McLeod County Solid Waste Management:

1. Tonnage for the City of Winsted has not drastically decreased over the past 5 years, but actually has plateaued and remained steady.

2. On average, pounds per month per home picked up from homeowners serviced out of the Winsted District is:

Single-sort 59 pounds

Two-sort 27 pounds

Seven-sort 19 pounds

3. There is very little contamination when using a single-sort recycling system. Ninety-five percent of the materials collected are recycled in one form or another.

Swenson reported that representatives from Waste Management will continue discussions with McLeod County officials in the near future and they remain optimistic that a favorable solution will be reached for everyone involved.

Quast stated that after the article was published in the newspaper regarding the proposal for a seven-sort recycling program ninety-five percent of the residents she talked to stated that they will not recycle if the City agrees to seven-sort recycling.

Guggemos asked for input from the audience. Mary Wiemiller, 620 Shady Creek Drive stated that it becomes a space issue for storing recyclables when you seven-sort. Wiemiller has discussed the issue of seven-sort recycling with some other City of Winsted residents and the majority stated that they are not interested in seven-sort recycling.

Tom Wiemiller asked about recycling programs in townships. Swensen stated that rural residents have the option to drop off recycling at any of the five township buildings located throughout McLeod County.

Swensen stated that one-sort recycling is more efficient and cost effective when it comes to pick up by haulers. Pick up does not require hauling trucks with divided recycling bins and haulers do not have to take the extra time to distribute the recycling to each bin.

Guggemos requested that Swenson keep the City of Winsted informed of negotiation progress and outcomes.

5) No Public Hearings.

6) No Old Business.

7) New Business

a) Small Cities Development Program – David Drown Associates – Shannon Sweeney

Sweeney reviewed the “Small Cities Development Program” with the Council and staff. The funding can assist small communities in the rehabilitation of housing, public facilities and commercial buildings. This program could potentially provide financial assistance as well as incentive to spur redevelopment in downtown Winsted.

There are approximately eighty to one hundred applications submitted each year and one-third of them are funded through the Small Cities Development Program.

The pre-application process is about $1,500. This process would determine the feasibility of the City of Winsted applying for the grant.

The pre-application is due by March, 2005.

If it would be proven to be feasible to submit an application, Sweeney would write the application for $9,000. The application would then be administered by another entity such as the Southwest Housing Finance Agency.

Sweeney reviewed the City of Watertown’s “Small Cities Development Program.”

Boldt requested a project scope. Sweeney said the scope is determined in the preliminary stage.

Mareck stated that the motive is to have Sweeney work with the Winsted Downtown Renewal Committee to determine projects. Sweeney stated that applications are successful when you have a planning process in place such as the one the City of Winsted does due to “Spotlight on Winsted.” Sweeney is confident that the proposals from the Minnesota Design Team would be beneficial in the grant application.

Mareck reported that Sweeney will be attending the Downtown Renewal Committee meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2005.

Boldt motioned to authorize David Drown Associates to prepare the necessary application materials for a grant application to the Small Cities Development Program at a cost not to exceed $10,500. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Electrical Work Civil Defense Siren – Police Department

Salo reviewed the bids for the installation of the Federal 2001 civil defense siren and pole.

Quast motioned to accept the bid of $3,205 by CR Electric, Inc., for the installation of a Federal 2001 Civil Defense siren and pole in the Lake Drive area. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 2-0. Wiemiller abstained.

c) Reserve Officer Hiring – Police Department

Salo presented the applications received for two Reserve officer positions with the City of Winsted Police Department. Salo reported that background checks have been done and approved on each applicant.

Salo reviewed the responsibilities of the Reserve officers and the costs that would be incurred with each officer.

Wiemiller motioned to appoint Jeff Stotko and Steve Ebert to the Winsted Police Reserve Unit. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

d) Computer Purchase – Fire Department

Mareck reviewed the Winsted Fire Department’s proposal for a computer and projector. It is a budgeted expenditure for 2005.

Quast motioned to authorize the purchase of computer equipment from Dell, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $2,600. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

8) No Other.

9) Quast motioned to adjourn. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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