Winsted City Council Minutes

City Council Workshop

Council Chambers

March 15, 2005

6:30 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Bonnie Quast

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Michael Henrich, Chief of Police; Glen Strom, Police Officer; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Mayor Guggemos called the workshop to order at 6:30 p.m.

Guggemos stated that the purpose of the workshop was to listen to a taser presentation facilitated by the Winsted Police Department.

Officer Greg Sullivan of the Annandale, Minnesota Police Department and Officer Mark Maloney of the Spring Lake Park, Minnesota Police Department conducted the workshop. The workshop consisted of the following:

1. Discussed the purpose and necessity of tasers.

2. Demonstrated how the taser works.

3. Demonstrated the taser’s effectiveness as opposed to other uses of force.

4. Gave a physical demonstration of the taser.

Ollig asked how many tasers the City of Winsted Police Department has. Henrich replied that they have four.

Ollig motioned to adjourn. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

March 15, 2005

7:00 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Bonnie Quast

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Fran Eggert, City Attorney; 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. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

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

b) Accept the minutes of the Special City Council Meeting of March 3, 2005.

c) Authorize the City of Winsted Police Department to enter into a mutual-aid agreement with the Minnesota State Patrol and McLeod County Sheriff’s Department, in regards to preplanned traffic saturations.

d) Appoint Brad Millerbernd and Steve Bahr to the position of probationary firefighter.

e) Approve the Claims List for March 15, 2005 as presented.

3) Redistricting McLeod County – Doug Krueger

Krueger was present at the meeting to ask the City Council for a letter of support requesting that McLeod County be redistricted.

After the 2000 census, Krueger filed a lawsuit against McLeod County that alleges that the current districting of McLeod County is discriminatory. Krueger’s purpose of the redistricting is to create fair representation of the County Commissioners. Currently, the City of Hutchinson holds 68% of the vote among the County Commissioners. Krueger stated that Hutchinson’s interest is not the same as other cities and townships in McLeod County so he would like to see more representation for these other cities and townships.

Ollig asked Krueger if he has visited other cities and townships in McLeod County.

Krueger stated that he had and at present has received fifteen letters of support.

Ollig stated that he was unaware of Winsted’s misrepresentation on the McLeod County Board until Krueger started the lawsuit.

Ollig asked Eggert if the City Council would be legally bound to the lawsuit if they motioned to authorize a letter of support.

Krueger stated that from what he has been told the Winsted City Council would not be legally bound to the lawsuit if they authorized a letter of support.

Mareck stated that staff would like to have the opportunity to review the letter of support and would like to contact McLeod County.

Ollig motioned to authorize the Mayor to sign a Letter of Support for the redistricting of McLeod County pending research by staff, discussions with the Mayor, and review of the letter by the City Attorney and Council Members. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

4) Quarterly Reports

a) City Clerk

• Reported on conversion of information to the new accounting program

• Preparing Budget Books/Staff Coding Books/Monthly Financial Reports

• Reported on new payroll program

• Audit scheduled for the first week in April

• New Utility Billing program was implemented January, 2005

• The software is in place for the Radio Reads

• Will be presenting future proposals for Utility Billing, Airport improvements, and updating of Airport listing and leases

• Filing System

• Reported on Training opportunities

Guggemos recommended staff discuss with the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Chief fire hazard issues in regards to items stored in the airport hangars.

5) Public Hearings

a) Resolution R-05-06 – Hainlin Park Improvement – DNR Grant

Mareck presented a grant proposal for improvements to Hainlin Park. The grant is primarily focused on the construction of a skate park. The grant also provides dollars for accessibility within the park, which includes financing for pathways to all park amenities and replaces the pea rock in the playground area with wood fiber soft step. Mareck noted that the City of Winsted will be responsible for providing matching funds of up to $ 5,000.

Ollig asked if the Park Commission has had an opportunity to review the grant. Mareck stated that they did not have a quorum at the March 15, 2005 meeting so they were unable to pass a Resolution of support; however, they have been involved in the grant process.

Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-06 supporting the City of Winsted’s application to the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Recreation Grant Program for the Hainlin Park Improvement Project. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Ordinance O-05-02 – Clandestine Drug Site Clean-up

Boelter presented Ordinance O-05-02 which regulates the cleanup of clandestine drug lab sites. The Ordinance is a guideline to cleanup procedures and agency contacts. The Ordinance also empowers the City of Winsted to make the property owner responsible for all cleanup costs.

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-05-02 regulating the cleanup of clandestine drug sites in the City of Winsted. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

6) Old Business

a) CR 1 Street Light Project – Advertisement for Bids

Mareck presented the proposal for the City of Winsted County Road 1 light project.

Wiemiller asked what the anticipated completion date would be. Mareck stated that the project would be completed in 2005. Wiemiller recommended that the advertisement for bids be rewritten to include a completion date within six months and no construction during Winstock.

Ollig asked if the funding for the project had been determined. Mareck asked for recommendations from the Council. Mareck reviewed the possible funding options. Guggemos asked if an inner fund loan would be available. Ollig recommended that the City of Winsted advertise for bids and after review of the bids, the Council would then decide on funding options.

Ollig motioned to authorize the advertisement of bids for the County Road 1 Street Light Project. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Guggemos discussed Mark J. Traut Wells, Inc. and SEH’s concerns about the water test well located near the water tower. Both the drilling company and SEH recommended that the test well be closed. Guggemos directed SEH to have Mark J. Traut Wells, Inc. close the well.

7) New Business

a) Resolution R-05-07 – Lueck Farm Annexation

Ollig asked staff if landowners from both the Lueck Farm and Baird Farm had approached the City of Winsted requesting annexation of their property, and that the City did not solicit these landowners to sell. Mareck stated that the landowners from both the Lueck Farm and Baird Farm had approached the City of Winsted requesting annexation of their property.

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-07 accepting petition of owners to annex certain lands located in section 14, township 117 north of range 27 west. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Resolution R-05-08 – Baird Farm Annexation

Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-08 accepting petition of owners to annex certain lands located in section 3, township 117 north of range 27 west. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

8) Other

a) Boldt asked if staff has received any progress reports from Colonna in regards to the Historic City Hall project. Mareck stated that the building inspector has scheduled a walk through inspection with Colonna. Boldt recommended that the City staff contact the local newspaper to have a representative take pictures and write an article about the progress.

b) Ollig asked staff if they have heard from anyone regarding the Sterner Building. Mareck stated they have been working with the realtor, have been on walk throughs with prospective buyers, and have agreed to assist in any way needed with the sale of the building.

c) Guggemos stated that he has received several complaints about dog owners not cleaning up pet waste. Guggemos recommended that staff address the issue in the City’s newsletter and the local newspaper.

d) Guggemos recommended that staff check with the legislature regarding the elimination of sales tax on the City of Winsted’s well and sewer plant projects.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal April 11, 2005.



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