Winsted City Council Minutes

February 15, 2005

7:00 p.m.

Present: Mayor Don Guggemos, Council Member Tom Wiemiller, Council Member Tom Ollig, Council Member Bonnie Quast, Council Member Gerald Boldt, 7:20 p.m.

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Fran Eggert, City Attorney; Mike Henrich, Chief of Police; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

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 3-0.

a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of February 1, 2005.

b) Establish a public hearing for March 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider Winsted’s application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Grant Program.

c) Establish a public hearing for March 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider adopting an Ordinance regulating the clean up of clandestine drug sites in the City of Winsted.

d) Approve a $2,250 donation to the Winsted Senior Dining program to assist in operational expenses.

e) Authorize a step increase for Officer Danny Salo to $16.94 based on the satisfactory review and recommendation of Chief Mike Henrich.

f) Establish a special City Council meeting for March 3, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. to consider the hiring of a new Police Officer.

g) Approve the Claims List for February 15, 2005 as presented.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Quarterly Reports

a) Police Department – Chief Mike Henrich

• Reviewed the bid for the new squad car.

• Updated Council on the hiring process for the new police officer.

• DARE Graduation is scheduled for March 16, 2005.

• April 4, 2005 there will be a presentation on drug awareness by the Army National Guard. Arrive in a Cobra Helicopter at Weinbeck Field.

• Updated Council on the process of the installation of the Civil Defense siren at Winsted on the Lake.

• Discussed his participation in the Effective Management Program.

• Attending the Minnesota Chief of Police’s Annual Conference in April, 2005.

• March 15, 2005 Council workshop at 6:30 p.m. regarding Taser operation

• Officer Strom is conducting an Identity Theft Safety Class on February 16, 2005 in the Council Chamber.

• Discussed issues regarding alarms and the metro line.

5) Public Hearings

a) Ordinance O-05-01 Pontas Point Annexation

Guggemos reviewed the Ordinance.

Ollig stated the purpose of the Annexation is to provide water/sewer service to the residents. Ollig asked if the Pontas Point area property owners had agreed to the Annexation. Mareck verified that they have.

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-05-01 annexing the Pontas Point area into the City of Winsted. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Resolution R-05-04 Pontas Point Improvement Project – SEH

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-04 approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisement for bids for the Pontas Point Improvement Project. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

6) Old Business

a) Award of Bid – Police Squad Car – Chief Henrich

Quast motioned to accept the bid submitted by Waconia Ford of $16,805.51 for the purchase of the 2005 squad car. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Generator Project – SEH – Larry Anderson

Anderson reviewed the proposal for the standby generator for the Kingsley Lift Station. Anderson presented draft photographs of how the fencing and area surrounding the generator will look after installation. Anderson stated that the plans and specifications prepared for bidding included a fence or railing and steps for safety reasons due to the 36-inch drop. Guggemos asked if the code requires the installation of the fencing and steps. Anderson verified that it is not code required.

Guggemos stated if there are no code requirements for the retaining wall, fencing, and steps, he would prefer to have the project bid with and without these items. Guggemos would prefer to have the Public Works Department install the retaining wall and possibly a fence that surrounds the generator.

Guggemos recommended that the generator be moved as close to the electrical box as possible and have the contractor dig deeper for installation of the generator.

Quast motioned that they approve the plans and specifications as presented by SEH. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Historic City Hall Project – Todd Colonna

Mareck presented a timeline which outlined the work schedule and communications between Colonna and the City of Winsted for the Historic City Hall Project.

Ollig addressed Colonna regarding the City of Winsted’s expectations when he approached the City three years ago asking for the opportunity to rehabilitate the Old City Hall. Ollig stated that Colonna has not followed through with the proposed rehabilitation project that was approved by the Council and asked him why the City should believe him now.

Ollig asked Eggert if the delinquent property taxes were a major issue in whether or not Colonna should be allowed to proceed with the project. Eggert reviewed McLeod County’s procedure for delinquent property taxes. Ollig asked Colonna when he planned on paying the delinquent taxes. Colonna stated that he would pay them immediately.

Quast asked Colonna if he purchased a Building Permit for re-roofing the Old City Hall. Mareck stated that a total re-roof of the building did require a Building Permit and the City of Winsted Building Inspector did verify that in a meeting attended by Colonna, Mareck, and the Building Inspector. Guggemos stated that the Building Inspector was informed by Colonna that he was going to patch the roof not complete a total re-roof. Colonna stated that once he began to do patch work on the roof, he realized that it needed a new roof.

Quast stated that all residents are required to get a Building Permit for a re-roof and Colonna should be charged the same as any other contractor would be. Boldt stated that the contractor is responsible for obtaining the Building Permit.

Ollig asked Colonna his anticipated time of completion. Colonna stated that he plans to have the main floor finished this summer, 2005.

Guggemos reminded Colonna that the purchase agreement he signed required that he keep the Council informed of his progress. Guggemos stated that the Council would like to see Colonna:

1. Keep the Council informed with monthly progress reports.

2. Provide a best estimate of when the project will be completed.

3. A written report detailing where he is at with the project.

Mareck stated that Colonna told him last week that he did not feel it was in his best interest to provide the Council with monthly progress reports. Mareck also shared some concerns about Colonna not responding to communication requests.

Guggemos stated that if Colonna would just simply call and check in with Mareck many of these issues would have been solved.

Quast asked Colonna to establish a timeline for the Historic City Hall Project and present it to the Council.

Boldt asked Colonna to have a timeline and other progress reports available for the Council at their March 1, 2005 regular scheduled meeting. Boldt stated that the timeline should be in agreement with staff.

Quast would like Colonna to invite a Council member each month to tour the building and review the progress.

Colonna asked if he could be on the Downtown Renewal Committee. The committee has been established. Guggemos stated that the meetings are open to the public and Colonna can attend.

Guggemos asked for comments from the audience. Mary Wiemiller, 620 Shady Creek Drive, a member of the Winsted Historical Preservation Committee, contacted the State Office of Historic Preservation and she expressed the concerns that their staff has with Colonna’s progress with the project. Wiemiller stated that the State Office has concerns about public perception. Wiemiller stated that the committee has received criticisms due to Colonna’s limited progress with the Old City Hall project. Wiemiller shared the State Office of Historic Preservation’s request to work more closely with Colonna to make sure the rehabilitation of the Old City Hall follows state requirements. They want the façade restored properly. Colonna stated that he will work to change the negative perceptions and contact the State Office of Historic Preservation.

Guggemos stated that not returning phone calls to the staff is rude. Guggemos stated that the Council wants to see Colonna succeed but he needs to understand what the City is requiring of him.

Wiemiller asked Eggert what the City should do in regards to the Building Permit for the re-roof. Eggert recommended that Colonna apply for a Building Permit and he be charged accordingly.

Ollig asked Colonna to pay the delinquent property taxes before March 1, 2005. Colonna agreed to do so.

Boldt requested that Colonna provide the City with a copy of the Certificate of Insurance for the project by March 1, 2005.

Steve Stotko, 372 South Shore Drive, stated that he does not agree that the Old City Hall should be preserved; however, many of these issues could have been avoided if Colonna had completed the exterior work first.

Guggemos recommended that Mareck send a letter to Colonna detailing tonight’s meeting and should include the following:

1. The delinquent property taxes are to be paid by March 1, 2005.

2. Colonna will provide staff with a project timeline by February 24, 2005 for presentation at the March 1, 2005 Regular Council meeting.

3. Colonna will provide a copy of the Certificate of Insurance for the project.

4. Colonna will purchase a Building Permit for the re-roof of the Old City Hall.

5. The completion of the exterior of the building, in accordance with the State Office of Historic Preservation’s guidelines, should be made a priority.

7) New Business

a) Mill Reserve Park/Lakefront Promenade – SEH

Mareck reviewed the proposal from SEH to assist the City in planning a lakefront promenade for the downtown and adjacent Mill Reserve Park.

Ollig motioned to authorize SEH to work with the City to develop a sketch plan and cost estimate for the Mill Reserve Park – Lakefront Promenade not to exceed $4,500 and survey work not to exceed $3,500. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

8) No Other.

9) Ollig motioned to adjourn. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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