Winsted City Council Minutes
City Council Meeting
May 4, 2005
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; Michael Henrich, Police Chief; Danny Salo, Police Officer; Jeremiah Jessen, Police Officer; 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 4-0.
a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of April 19, 2005.
b) Accept the minutes of the Special City Council Meeting of April 26, 2005.
c) Authorize a step increase for Officer Glenn Strom based on the satisfactory review and recommendation of Chief Mike Henrich.
d) Accept the resignation of Officer Tim Langenfeld from the Part-Time Officer list for the Winsted Police Department.
e) Accept a bid of $8,350 from Bargen Incorporated to crack seal Lake Drive, Lake Court, Zion Avenue and the new Main Avenue West extension.
f) Accept a bid of $1,440.31 to purchase one hundred twenty-five (125) cotoneaster lucidus (hedges) from Bachmanns to landscape the western property line of Northgate Park.
g) Appoint Tim Kosek as a probationary Fire Department member.
h) Appoint Brent Mickolichek as a regular Fire Department member.
i) Approve the Claims List for May 4, 2005 as presented.
Boelter requested approval from the City Council to allow the Howard Lake Waverly Winsted (HLWW) School District to use the City of Winsted’s ballot scanning equipment for the School Board election in fall, 2005. Boelter stated that the HLWW School District has been instructed that they would be responsible for costs associated with an initial inspection of the machine, the computer card for their election, and the final inspection of the machine at the completion of the election. The HLWW School District agreed to the three requirements.
Ollig motioned to allow the HLWW School District to use the ballot scanning equipment for their fall, 2005 School Board election pending approval from Winsted Township. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
3) No Special Presentations.
4) Department Reports
a) Winsted Volunteer Fire Department
Paul Herbolsheimer, Fire Chief reported on the following:
Service calls to date
• 482 volunteer man hours to date, including meetings and drills
• Interviewed prospective applicants
• Updating mutual aid agreements
• Updating contracts for township fire protection
• McLeod County is in the process of updating the fire frequency to a repeater system
• Working with Chief Henrich on National Incident Management System (NIMS)
• Working on a Fire Inspection policy for buildings located on City property
• Training that will be conducted at the Winsted Fire Station
• Active in the McLeod County Fire Chiefs Association and the Minnesota State Fire Department Association
• Daycare inspections are going well
• Have obtained some of the equipment ordered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant
Wiemiller extended gratitude to the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department for all they do.
5) No Public Hearings.
6) Old Business
a) Authorization of Bid CR 1 Street Lighting Project
Mareck reviewed the CR 1 Street Lighting Project. The plan calls for lights to run from Baker Avenue to Linden Avenue.
The City put the project out for bids and received one bid from CR Electric for the installation of the street lights. The bid called for bidders to separate costs for preparing holes for the project, as the Public Works may complete this phase of the project.
Mareck reviewed funding options for the project.
Ollig clarified that staff was looking for Council approval to accept CR Electric’s bid contingent on the funding source.
Ollig motioned to accept the bid from CR Electric for the CR 1 street lighting project at a cost not to exceed $67,832.50, and the City Administrator and Mayor should investigate ways to finance the project. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Historic City Hall Monthly Progress Report
Mareck reviewed Colonna’s April Progress Report for the Historic City Hall project. There is an error in the report. The Roof Rafter has not been installed.
Quast asked if the windows will be replaced on the second story of the building. Mareck stated that the windows have been replaced on the first story and Colonna has purchased windows for the second story.
7) New Business
a) Liquor License Violation Blue Note Bar and Ballroom
Henrich reviewed three violations of the City of Winsted’s Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance at the Blue Note Bar and Ballroom. An officer of the Police Department was not allowed to enter the establishment on three separate occasions to verify compliance with the 1:30 a.m. closing time. The Blue Note Bar and Ballroom was given a verbal warning for the first two violations and a citation for the third violation.
Ollig clarified the liquor sales schedule according to the City of Winsted’s Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance, all on sale liquor ends at 1:00 a.m. and patrons must be out of the establishment by 1:30 a.m. Ollig asked Henrich if employees of the establishment are allowed to have a drink after 1 a.m. Henrich stated that they cannot.
Guggemos asked Henrich if the citation was given because the Blue Note Bar and Ballroom did not allow the Police Officers to enter. Henrich stated yes.
Ollig motioned to suspend the liquor license of the Blue Note Bar and Ballroom for two consecutive days. This suspension shall take place on a consecutive Friday and Saturday. However, this suspension should be held for a one year period, on the condition that the Blue Note Bar and Ballroom does not have any further violations of the City’s Liquor Ordinance during this time. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-1. Wiemiller opposed citing a need for a longer suspension.
b) Variance Over-Sized Garage 140 McLeod Avenue West
Mareck reviewed Steve Bayerl’s request for a variance from the municipal zoning ordinance to build an oversized garage. An R1 district allows for an accessory building to be no more than seven hundred fifty (750) square feet. The proposed garage would be seven hundred eighty (780) square feet.
The building meets all setback requirements of an R1 district. The building exterior will match the principal structure. The garage will be detached and will replace an existing single car garage, which is too narrow to accommodate any vehicle storage at this point.
The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the variance.
Dennis Leck, 161 2nd Street South, wrote the City in full support of the variance request.
Ollig motioned to recommend approval of a variance for Steve Bayerl of, 140 McLeod Avenue West, to construct a garage of 780 square feet. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
c) Variance 0 Lot Line Holy Trinity
Mareck reviewed Holy Trinity’s request for a variance for construction of a structure to maintain a zero (0) lot-line in the area of 2nd Street North and Andy Avenue West. The existing structure maintains a zero lot-line and the addition to the school would maintain this layout, consistent with downtown buildings adjacent to the property.
The City received no comments.
The Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the variance.
Quast motioned to grant a variance to Holy Trinity to expand their building to maintain a zero lot line. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
d) Concept Plan Review Grass Lake Farms 3rd Addition Bridgeland Development
Mareck reviewed the proposed concept plan for Bridgeland Development’s Grass Lake Farms 3rd Addition.
The Planning Commission discussed the concept plan at their April 21st meeting and had the following comments:
1. The existing Grass Lake Road should turn into the future Mallard Avenue at a southeasterly angle, rather than heading due south. Grass Lake Road at this point is proposed to be at a future date vacated as a street.
2. Citizens in the area expressed concern about access points to the development. With the expansion of the 3rd Addition, only one access point exists to the north of the development, with another access point to the west of the property. In order to alleviate those concerns the Planning Commission recommended that the future 10th Street South be constructed to connect with Grass Lake Road to the north as a condition of the Final Plat and constructed in conjunction with Grass Lake Farms 3rd Addition.
The City could obtain the right of way for this street section (if necessary), while all indications lead the City to believe that this property will be developed prior to or in conjunction with Grass Lake Farms 3rd Addition.
Peter J. Knaeble, of Terra Engineering, Inc., was in attendance at the meeting.
Knaeble and the Council discussed the future construction of 10th Street South. Guggemos stated that it helps that Terra Engineering, Inc. has a ghost design to construct 10th Street. As long as it is platted and identified on the preliminary plat we know the road has to go in. It is just a matter of when. When the 3rd Addition is approved, the road will have to be constructed.
Knaeble was instructed to include a holding pond for the 3rd Addition in the preliminary plat.
Knaelbe discussed a proposal to consider a trail connection to the Luce Line trail. He will refine the proposed connection and work with staff.
Quast asked if there was a park planned for the 3rd Addition. Knaeble stated no. Quast stated without a park, the children will possibly play in the streets so parking should be designated to one side of the street only. Knaeble stated that the children will have the trail available to play on. Guggemos stated that the park located in the 1st Addition meets the required park dedication for 1st and 2nd Addition and part of the 3rd Addition. Mareck stated that the 2nd Addition shows a trail connecting to the existing park in the 1st Addition.
Boldt motioned to approve the Concept Plan for Grass Lake Farms 3rd Addition. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
e) Concept Plan Review Baird Farm Development Joel Hentges
Mareck reviewed proposed concept plan for the Baird Farm Development.
The Planning Commission recommended unanimously to accept the concept plan with the following conditions:
1. A landscaped berm along CR 1 and the adjacent residential use.
2. A landscaped berm buffering residential and highway commercial.
3. Trail plan to show extension along the south and entire west side of the property.
4. One lot does not meet minimum lot width for the shore land overlay district.
5. Lots on the south east corner, adjacent to commercial, have access problems.
6. Address lot configuration for group of lots south of Linden Avenue West extension.
7. No individual access for the extension of Linden Avenue West.
8. Linden Avenue West should maintain 40 feet street width.
9. Detailed plan showing proposed housing (single-family, multi-family, commercial).
Joel Hentges was in attendance at the meeting.
The Council discussed the development drainage. Hentges stated that the preliminary plat will be designed with the assistance of engineers.
Ollig motioned to approve the Concept Plan for the Baird Farm Development. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
f) City Council and Planning Commission Payroll Voucher and Pay Schedule Clerk
Boelter presented the proposed City Council and Planning Commission payroll voucher and monthly pay schedule.
Ollig motioned to approve the City Council and Planning Commission payroll voucher and monthly pay schedule. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
a) Mareck requested that his budget presentation be moved to the Regular City Council meeting on May 17, 2005 because representatives from the Winsted Post Office and Senator Norm Coleman’s office will be at City Hall at 6:15 p.m.
b) Mareck reminded the City Council of the May 10, 2005 joint meeting with Winsted Township at 7:00 p.m.
9) Wiemiller motioned to adjourn. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter