Winsted City Council Minutes

City Council Workshop

Council Chambers

May 17, 2005

6:15 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; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Mayor Guggemos called the workshop to order at 6:15 p.m.

Guggemos stated that the purpose of the workshop was to have discussion with representatives from the United States Post Office and Senator Norm Coleman’s office in regards to issues that residents of the City of Winsted have had with the Winsted Post Office.

John Halverson, Regional Affairs, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman’s office, was present at the meeting.

The following United States Postal Employees were in attendance at the meeting:

1. Dale Gatz - Big Lake, Minnesota Postmaster

2. Katie Olson – Prior Lake, Minnesota Acting Postmaster

3. Lisa Huhn – Winsted, Minnesota Acting Postmaster

4. Susan McInnis – Manager of Post Office Operations

5. Doug Lingen – Chanhassen, Minnesota Acting Postmaster

Guggemos read a letter he wrote and sent to Senator Coleman’s office regarding issues with the Winsted Post Office. Guggemos’ letter was forwarded to the United States Post Office. Guggemos then read the response letter from the United States Post Office.

Lingen distributed copies of information from the United States Postal Addressing Standards and reviewed the topics of Purpose, Additional Benefits, Deliverability, Format, and Dual Addressing.

Jack Hahn, 115 Fairlawn Avenue, was present at the meeting and asked for clarification on the addressing comments from the Winsted Post Office on a piece of mail that he had received.

Halverson recommended that the Winsted Post Office provide more education to residents and businesses regarding proper addressing and deliverability.

Guggemos recommended that the City of Winsted staff work with the Winsted Post Office to put addressing and deliverability information in the City of Winsted quarterly newsletter.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

May 17, 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; Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead; Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead

1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.

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

a) Accept the minutes of the Board of Review of May 4, 2005.

b) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of May 4, 2005.

c) Accept the minutes of the City Council/Winsted Township Board Joint Meeting of May 10, 2005.

d) Appoint Jennifer Nash as the Administration Intern beginning Monday, June 13th, 2005 at a rate of $8 per hour.

e) Approve the purchase of a digital in car video system from Watch Guard for the Police Department’s 2005 squad car for $5,579.

f) Approve the set-up of the Police Department’s 2005 squad car by LJR Services of Dassel not to exceed $5,600.

g) Approval to allow the Winsted Police Department to participate in a police officer misconduct investigation for the City of Brownton.

h) Approve the Claims List for May 17, 2005 as presented.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Department Reports

a) City Administrator

• Will be sending the Council a memo regarding performance review

• Will be attending a one day seminar at the Humphrey Institute regarding Public Participation Strategies

• Will be attending a one day seminar at the University of Minnesota regarding Subdivision Designing

•Will be conducting Blight inspections

• Waiting for Preliminary Plats on various proposed housing developments

• Planning commission will be looking at the Sign Ordinance

5) No Public Hearings.

6) Old Business

a) Employee Salary Scale

Mareck reviewed the proposed salary scale that would be effective on January 1, 2006.

Ollig motioned to adopt the changes made to the City of Winsted “Salary Scale.” Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) New Business

a) Employee Drug and Alcohol Policy

Mareck reviewed the changes to the City of Winsted Drug and Alcohol Policy.

Quast motioned to repeal the existing Drug and Alcohol Policy and adopt the proposed Drug and Alcohol Policy. Boldt seconded.

Discussion followed regarding the certification of those persons who make the decision for requiring drug testing of an employee. The training should be detailed in the policy.

Quast rescinded her motion. Boldt rescinded his second. The Council agreed to table the adoption of the proposed Drug and Alcohol policy for discussion at a future meeting.

b) Sewer Camera – Expenditure – Public Works

Meyer presented a proposal for a new sewer camera.

Quast motioned to accept the bid submitted by Infratech of $5,385 (plus tax) for the purchase of a sewer camera. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Water Tower Cleaning – Public Works

Stotko presented a proposal from LiquiVision to clean the water tower without draining it and using chemicals. LiquiVision uses trained divers to vacuum the tank. This method allows for continued fire protection and no disruption of water pressure. The cleaning of the tank will be videotaped by LiquiVision for Council review.

Boldt asked if there was any possibility of water contamination with this process. Staff verified that there would be no contamination of the water.

Wiemiller motioned to accept the bid submitted by LiquiVision Technology Diving Services of $3,950 (plus tax) for the interior cleaning of the water tower. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

d) Audio and Video Equipment (Installation) – Local Access Channel

Mareck presented the proposals the City of Winsted received for installing audio and video equipment in the Council Chambers for videotaping Council meetings. The goal is to have the equipment ready to start taping by the end of the summer, 2005.

Ollig asked for clarification on the number of microphones listed in the proposals.

Boldt motioned to accept the bid from Dostal Electronics to install AV equipment for the Council Chambers at $2,370.36. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

e) Dr. Tim Sheehan, 211 Arthur Avenue East, was present at the meeting to present a Petition to rezone 211 Baker Avenue East from Industrial and Two Family Residential(R2) to Commercial for the purpose of building a Chiropractic office. The current shed would be replaced with a new office building and parking area.

Ollig motioned to amend the May 31, 2005 meeting agenda to include the Planning Commission’s recommendation regarding the building of a Chiropractic office by Sheehan. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

f) Budget Goals and Expectations – City Administrator

Mareck gave a presentation on 2006 Budget goals and expectations.

8) Other

a) Ollig asked if the sand around the Well had been removed. Doug Klamerus will be present at the next Council meeting to give an update on the Well project.

b) Guggemos asked staff to send a thank you note to Roger Gustafson, Carver County Engineer, for the lighting installed on County Road 33 and County Road 20.

c) Guggemos read a letter from the McLeod County Attorney regarding the installation of City of Winsted signs on Highway 7. The letter stated that in her legal opinion the City of Winsted signs are official signs and are not prohibited by the McLeod County Zoning Ordinance.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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