Winsted City Council Minutes

April 19, 2005

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

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

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

a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of April 5, 2005.

b) Establish a workshop for May 17, 2005 at 6:15 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing potential goals, projects and budgets regarding Administration for 2006.

c) Approve the Claims List for April 19, 2005 as presented.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Department Reports

a) People Service

Paul Christensen of People Service reported on the following:

• Kingsley Lift Station

• Pretreatment rotating screens

• Biosolids (Sludge) Storage Facility

• Influent Sampler Room door

• Northgate Lift Station repairs

• Litfin Lift Station rebuild kit

• Westgate Lift Station repairs

• Oxidation ditch aerator paddles

• U.V. System spare parts

Christensen recommended that the City of Winsted Council and SEH’s engineers schedule future workshops to discuss the Waste Water Treatment Facility project.

5) Public Hearings

a) Ordinance O-05-03 – Lueck Annexation

Bruce and Charlene Anderson, 22174 Babcock Avenue, expressed their concern with the Lueck Annexation. They operate a dog boarding business and are concerned about dog barking complaints from the residents in the future Lueck development.

Guggemos explained that their dog boarding business is subject to McLeod County regulations.

Mareck stated that their concerns will be brought to the attention of the developer.

Paul Gatz, 22711 County Road 1, expressed concern about the maintenance of the ditch.

Eggert asked if it is a private ditch. Darrill Telecky, 22599 Babcock Avenue, stated that the ditch is privately owned by Alice Lueck.

Guggemos stated that the maintenance of the ditch will be the developer’s responsibility.

Gatz and Telecky expressed concerns with increased water run off due to the additional homes.

Guggemos stated that the developer is responsible for planning a pond that will adequately hold increased water run off. The State of Minnesota dictates what the developer is required to do for drainage.

Telecky expressed concerns about the increased traffic on County Road 1. The road is currently in poor condition and does not have fog lines painted on it.

Guggemos stated that the maintenance of County Road 1 is the responsibility of McLeod County Highway Department.

No action taken on Ordinance O-05-03.

b) Ordinance O-05-04 – Baird Annexation

Harold Entinger, 320 Westgate Circle, expressed concerns about water drainage.

Guggemos and Mareck stated that the only planning that has been completed for both the proposed Lueck and Baird developments is the lot layout. There has been no engineering done. The concerns expressed during the Public Hearing will be forwarded to the developers for future planning.

No action taken on Ordinance O-05-04.

Ollig motioned to close the Public Hearing. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

6) No Old Business.

7) New Business

a) Airport Improvement Projects – Clerk-Treasurer

Boelter presented a proposal to submit the Winsted Municipal Airport Capital Improvement projects to the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT), Office of Aernautics for funding approval to be completed in 2005.

Boldt motioned to authorize the submission of a credit card reader, crowning and seeding of the runway, and crack filling the apron and taxiway at the Winsted Municipal Airport for approval from the FAA and MN DOT, Office of Aeronautics. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

8) Other

a) Guggemos reported that AWI Manufacturing, Inc. has approached the City for an acre of land from the Jobz program.

Ollig motioned to have a Resolution drawn up to transfer one acre of land from the Jobz program to Winsted Township to be used by AWI Manufacturing, Inc. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Tony Hausladen, Winsted Township Chairman addressed the Council regarding an orderly annexation agreement with the City. Hausladen suggested the following step be taken to establish an orderly annexation agreement between the City of Winsted and Winsted Township:

1. Have a joint committee that is comprised of two Winsted Township Board members, two City Council members and one local McLeod County Commissioner.

Ollig asked how negotiations for an orderly annexation agreement would affect the ninety day window for the Lueck and Baird annexations. Mareck stated that it would not affect completed annexations. The committee would establish guidelines to be used for future annexations.

Guggemos stated that park land and property that does not pay taxes should not have an annexation fee. Hausladen concurred that this was a good point for the proposed committee to discuss.

Mike Laxen, Winsted Township Supervisor recommended that the City of Winsted and Winsted Township should discuss orderly annexation options with their individual attorneys and then have joint discussions. Hausladen recommended that the City and Township look at area township orderly annexation agreements for models. Hausladen believes that there will be very few points that need to be discussed. Hausladen stated that Winsted Township wants an orderly annexation agreement to monitor growth and leave farm land available to township residents.

Ollig asked Hausladen if the Township wants more compensation then outlined in the normal orderly annexation agreement. Hausladen stated that the Township is looking for compensation of the taxes they will be losing with the annexations. The Township still has roads to maintain.

Guggemos discussed fire protection costs. The City of Winsted would be assuming more of the fire protection costs with the annexations.

Guggemos stated that the City of Winsted does not want to be put in a position where developers continue to expense money into developing proposed annexed properties that are being contested by Winsted Township. The City and developers cannot afford to be put on hold waiting for an orderly annexation agreement.

The Council expressed interest in annexing by Ordinance. Ollig stated that Winsted Township has a commitment to their residents and some of those residents have petitioned the City to be annexed in. Putting their proposed annexations on hold is not fair to them.

Quast reminded Hausladen and Laxen that the City of Winsted did not solicit Lueck and Baird to annex. They came to the City.

Guggemos and Wiemiller stated that the City of Winsted has no problem working with Winsted Township on establishing an orderly annexation agreement but not on the Lueck and Baird parcels. The City does not want to risk having the developers back out due to delays.

Laxen asked if developers will be advised of an orderly annexation agreement in the future. Guggemos verified that they would be made aware of an orderly annexation agreement and that any new developers would be subject to a potential orderly annexation agreement.

Guggemos recommended that Council members and Township Board members review orderly annexation agreements from surrounding Townships and Cities.

Guggemos proposed that the Winsted City Council and Winsted Township Board meet jointly on May 10, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Ollig motioned to schedule a Special Joint Meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 to discuss annexation issues. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Mareck will send a draft agenda to Winsted Township Clerk, Sue Goebel for approval.

Guggemos directed Mareck to provide the Council with a copy of Belle Plaine’s orderly annexation agreement for review.

Ollig motioned to schedule a Special Meeting on April 26, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the Baird and Lueck annexations. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Guggemos asked Mareck to have the Public Work’s Department inspect City streets for “alligatoring.”

d) Wiemiller asked where the City is on Blight issues. Mareck reviewed the process for Blight checks.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal May 16, 2005.


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