Winsted City Council Minutes

March 1, 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

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead; Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

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

2) Guggemos removed e) Approve Resolution R-05-05 – Resolution of Support for the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted(HLWW) School System from the Consent Agenda to be discussed under 7) e) New Business

Wiemiller motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of February 15, 2005.

b) Schedule Board of Review for Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.

c) Reschedule City Council Meeting for Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

d) Authorize the closing of City Offices on Friday, March 25, 2005 at 12:00 noon.

f) Establish a Police Department Workshop on Wednesday, March 15, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. for a Taser presentation.

g) Approve a Large Assembly Permit for Winstock Country Music Festival on June 3 and 4, 2005.

h) Approve a Large Assembly Permit for High Ground Festival on August 19 and 20, 2005.

i) Approve the Claims List for March 1, 2005 as presented.

Bernie Lueck, 643 Shady Creek Drive, gave an overview of the High Ground Festival:

• Christian Music Festival

• An alcohol and tobacco free event

• Preparing for attendance of 3,000 to 5,000 people

• Activities for families – Family oriented event

• Targeting age group of 13 years to 30 years

• Working with City of Winsted Police Department and McLeod County Sheriff’s Department regarding security issues

• Will also have private security

• Will be working with the same stage set-up crew that prepares Winstock stage

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Quarterly Reports

a) Public Works

• Holiday decorations removed and placed in storage

• Did some remodeling at the Public Works building

• Installation of Radio Read meters near completion

• Attended aeration workshop in Bloomington

• Snow plowing

• Clearing storm drains of snow and ice

• Maintenance of snow plowing equipment

• Maintenance of skating rink at Mill Reserve Park

• Assisted with bidding for airport credit card gas pump

• Trimming trees

• Repaired water service lines

• Repaired sewer line

5) No Public Hearings.

6) Old Business

a) Historic City Hall – Timeline and Monthly Progress Report

Mareck reviewed Colona’s letter dated February 22, 2005 detailing the improvements that he has completed in the Historic City Hall project and his proposed Work Plan to be completed by October 2005.

Quast questioned Colonna about his hesitation to provide a timeline for the completion of the second floor.

Colonna stated that he has provided a timeline for completion of the first floor, window replacement, exterior painting of trim, and replacement of doors. Colonna stated that the original contract with City did not specify that he had to provide a timeline. Colonna requested that if he completes the work he specified by October 2005, would the Council then negotiate a timeline for completion of the second floor. Mareck stated that the scope of work in the contract requires completion of the second floor.

Guggemos recommended that Colonna provide a timeline to create some credibility with the Council and staff. Guggemos asked if they can expect to have the exterior of the building repaired and updated by October 2005. Colonna stated that cosmetic repair of the brick is included in the timeline.

Quast asked Colonna if he had paid the past due property taxes. Colonna stated that he had paid them.

Quast stated that Colonna should have to pay for the building permit to reroof the building. Colonna wrote a check for the building permit.

Wiemiller asked Colonna when he would be putting the new windows in. Colonna stated in May 2005.

Ollig told Colonna that when the first floor is finished the Council will discuss completion of the second floor at that time.

Guggemos asked Colonna to add exterior maintenance of brick to his proposed Work Plan to be completed by October 2005. Colonna agreed.

Boldt recommended that Colonna generate some interest in the remodeling of the Winsted Old City Hall by inviting Council members and the Herald Journal newspaper to come and see the progress of the project. Colonna agreed to do so. Boldt asked that pictures be taken and included with the written report. Mareck asked Colonna to call next time he is in Winsted and staff will take some pictures. Colonna agreed.

Guggemos recommended that Colonna meet with building inspector before he does any work on the building truss.

7) New Business

a) Concept Plan – Lueck Farm Development – Trail Head Development

Mareck reviewed recommendations from the Planning Commission, Park Commission, and staff in regards to the Lueck Farm Concept Plan.

Lynn Caswell of John Oliver & Associates, Inc. was present at the meeting.

Caswell reviewed the meeting he had with the developers and verified that they were willing to implement the changes recommended by the commissions and staff.

Ollig asked about the proposed Community Area. Caswell stated that it may be removed from the Concept Plan.

Caswell stated that he anticipates that streets will be built to City standards, and the road located in the area of the town homes will be private and have no parking.

Boldt asked if there will be a need for a lift station in the development. Caswell stated that the City engineer has reviewed the plan and a lift station will be needed.

Boldt asked if the City will have to extend the water main. Guggemos stated that there is one located within a quarter mile of the development.

Boldt asked when the first home is scheduled to be built. Caswell stated by fall 2005.

Ollig asked if the City has communicated with Winsted Township regarding the proposed development. Guggemos has gone to the Winsted Township meetings and informed them that the City will be presenting an Annexation agreement at their March 10, 2005 meeting.

Guggemos reminded Caswell that there will be a lighted sign located at southwest corner of the development and this space should be included in the plan. Caswell verified that space will be designated.

Boldt asked if noise abatement has been considered along County Road 1. Caswell has been working with a landscaper to develop a plan for noise abatement.

Ollig motioned to accept the Concept Plan for the Lueck Farm Development. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Lift Station Repair – Littfin Lift Station – People Service

Mareck reviewed a memo from People Service proposing that the Littfin Lift Station pump be rebuilt.

Boldt motioned to authorize Quality Flow Systems to rebuild the Littfin Lift Station pump at a cost not to exceed $3,018.49. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Communication Equipment Placement – McLeod County

Mareck reviewed a request from McLeod County Sheriff’s Department to install a communication antenna and equipment on the Winsted water tower.

The City of Winsted would be responsible for paying the electricity to run the equipment, which has been projected to be less than $100 annually.

Boldt asked who benefits from the equipment. Winsted Police and Fire Departments will benefit from the equipment, as well as McLeod County Sheriff’s Department.

Guggemos directed staff to verify the electrical requirements for the communication equipment.

Quast motioned to allow the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office to place a communications antenna on top of the water tower and a radio cabinet in the base of the water tower to upgrade the public safety radio system. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

e) Winsted Industrial Park – Future Use

Mareck proposed discussion regarding future use of the Winsted Industrial Park to streamline the process for potential businesses to expand or relocate there. Specific guidelines would assist City staff in appropriately representing the objectives of the City Council.

Mareck reviewed Winsted Industrial Park Two Plat Map.

Ollig stated that there are standards that can be put on the Industrial Park. Ollig is currently a member of the Monticello Industrial Development Committee and they have put standards on proposed developments.

Guggemos stated that guidelines should be established and asked Ollig to obtain a copy of Monticello Industrial Development Committee’s guidelines.

Boldt recommended that staff check with the League of Minnesota Cities to see if they have guidelines for Industrial Park development.

Guggemos recommended that the City also establish guidelines for the downtown district for new construction and renovations.

Ollig recommended that he schedule a meeting with Mareck, the Monticello City Administrator, and the director of the Monticello Industrial Development Committee.

f) Resolution R-05-05 – Resolution of Support for the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School System

Boldt motioned to approve Resolution R-05-05 a Resolution of Support for the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School System. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

g) Mayors Support for the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School System

Guggemos reviewed the draft letter of support for the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School System from the mayors of Winsted, Waverly, and Howard Lake, and asked for the Council’s permission to sign.

Quast motioned to authorize Mayor Guggemos to sign a letter of support for the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School System from the mayors of Winsted, Waverly, and Howard Lake. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

8) Other

a) Ollig asked how the well project is progressing. Mareck stated that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has asked to keep the original well open to monitor it. The City Attorney is reviewing the contract and it will be brought to a future meeting.

b) Mareck reminded the Council of the Special Meeting on Thursday, March 3, 2005.

c) Mareck met with a consultant regarding video equipment for the Council Chambers.

d) Mareck reminded the Council that he will be on vacation March 4, 2005 through March 14, 2005.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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