Winsted City Council Minutes
City Council Workshop
June 21, 2005
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; Michael Henrich, Police Chief
Mayor Guggemos called the workshop to order at 6:15 p.m.
Henrich gave a presentation on 2006 Budget goals and expectations.
Quast motioned to adjourn. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter
City of Winsted
City Council Meeting
June 21, 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; 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 Kingsley Lift Station Workshop of June 7, 2005.
b) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of June 7, 2005.
c) Accept the minutes of the Special City Council Meeting of June 14, 2005.
d) Approve a Dance Permit for the Blue Note Ballroom, 320-3rd Street South, for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.
e) Approve an Excluded Raffle to be conducted by the Adult Training & Habilitation Center, Inc. at the Blue Note Ballroom on Friday, June 24, 2005.
f) Accept sewer plant data report by People’s Service.
g) Accept monthly calls report by the Police Department.
h) Accept monthly building permit totals.
i) Approve the Claims List for June 21, 2005 as presented.
3) No Special Presentations.
4) Department Reports
a) Police Department
• Brief overview of Winstock
• Planning for the Winsted Summer Festival
• Assisting with the Higher Ground event
•The new squad is being set-up
• The new police officer has completed the required training and is working on his own
• Gave a presentation on Methamphetamine to the Winsted Chamber of Commerce and will continue to give to other Community organizations
• Just completed Safe and Sober
• Discussed equipment issues as a result of the airplane crash at the Winsted Municipal Airport
• Discussed use of Critical Incidence during the storm
Wiemiller motioned to accept Henrich’s report. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
5) Public Hearings
a) Public Nuisance 417 Lake Drive
Mareck presented a resident complaint of a public nuisance at 417 Lake Drive. Upon investigation by City staff, it was found that the yard was full of noxious weeds and had no established yard. Properties are allowed one year from their date of certificate of occupancy to establish their lawn; 417 Lake Drive was issued a certificate of occupancy on April 23, 2003.
Ollig motioned to deem the conditions at 417 Lake Drive to be a public nuisance and upon legal opinion from the City Attorney take whatever action necessary. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
6) Old Business
a) Conditional Use Permit(CUP) House Relocation 231 Fairlawn Circle
Mareck presented the Planning Commission recommendation to table the CUP request, to a special meeting on July 14, 2005 at 7:00 p.m., based on their feeling that the applicant submitted materials that did not adequately represent how the house would appear on the lot. The applicant had no representation at the meeting and was therefore unable to answer any questions of the Planning Commission.
Ollig motioned to table the CUP request and allow the Planning Commission to meet on July 14, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. and give a recommendation to the Council after the July 14th meeting. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
7) New Business
a) Final Plat - Grass Lake Farm (2nd Addition) Bridgeland Development
Mareck presented Bridgeland Development’s Final Plat of Grass Lake Farm 2nd Addition. The plat reflects 37 lots designated for single-family housing.The 2nd Addition shows a trail section running from the existing temporary Construction and emergency access to Millerbernd Park.
Matthew R. Pavek, Terra Engineering, Inc. was present at the meeting to answer any questions the Council may have regarding the Final Plat of Grass Lake Farm 2nd Addition.
Quast motioned to approve the Final Plat for the 2nd Addition of Grass Lake Farm with the Planning Commission’s recommendations:
1. A letter responding to all recommendations of the final plat and construction drawings made by the City Engineer.
2. Require that Mallard Avenue be maintained at 40 feet and that the other streets are maintained at 36 feet.
3. Payment of any and all legal and engineering fees directly associated with the development.
4. A temporary construction entrance is installed for the 2ndAddition.
5. Install trails as presented in the construction drawings.
Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Rezoning 211 and 219 Baker Avenue
Mareck presented Dr. Tim Sheehan’s application to rezone 211 and 219 Baker Avenue to Highway Commercial(C2). The purpose of the rezoning is to construct a chiropractic clinic. The existing zoning for the properties is “High Density Residential” and “Industrial.”
The property at 219 Baker Avenue is currently owned by Lenny Juncewski, who has issued a letter to the City consenting to the rezoning.
The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on this request on June 16, 2005 and recommended unanimously to rezone both properties to Highway Commercial.
Ollig motioned to approve a request to rezone 211 and 219 Baker Avenue to Highway Commercial. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
c) Site Plan 211 Baker Avenue Sheehan Chiropractic
Mareck presented Dr. Tim Sheehan’s site plan for a proposed Chiropractic clinic.
Dr. Tim Sheehan was present at the meeting to answer questions regarding his site plan.
Mareck reminded Sheehan that if the building has a 13’ setback on the east side he will have to apply for a variance. Sheehan understood and agreed to do so.
Ollig motioned to accept the site plan for the Sheehan Chiropractic Building at 211 Baker Avenue with the following conditions recommended by the Planning Commission:
1. Landscaping and tree planting along the east and west property lines, to be submitted and approved at the time of application for a building permit.
2. The eastern property line needs to be distinguished.
3. Clarification of traffic flow.
4. Dumpster enclosure location.
5. Drainage pattern for the site.
Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
d) Conditional Use Permit House Relocation Linden Avenue
Mareck presented an application for a Conditional Use Permit from Re-Creations, of Orono, to relocate a house onto a lot between 131 and 129 Linden Avenue. The proposed structure is a rambler design and has an approximate size of 1,102 (29 x 38) square feet. The site plan also shows an attached garage to be constructed on site of 875 (25 x 35) square feet.
The setbacks as shown on the site plan do not meet the side setback requirements. The applicant indicated that they will reduce the size of the garage to meet the City’s setback requirements.
The applicant indicated that the house would maintain a consistent grade with the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.
No comments, as of this meeting, were received by surrounding property owners.
Ken Lee, 129 Linden Avenue, is the owner of the lot and was present at the meeting. Lee asked if the City will bring the water and sewer connection to the lot. The Council informed Lee that it is the responsibility of the applicant to hire a contractor to install the water and sewer connection.
Ollig motioned to recommend approval of a Conditional Use Permit to relocate a house upon the lot between 131 and 129 Linden Avenue with the following conditions:
1. Home meets all requirements as issued by the Building Inspector within (60) days of placement.
2. Reduce the size of the garage to provide for the 13 foot side setback.
3. The lot does not have a water and sewer connection, the applicant would be required to contract and pay for such a connection, upon approval of the City Engineer.
4. The house number needs to be addressed. Staff should contact the property owner at 131 Linden Avenue and ask if they would be willing to change their address to 133 Linden Avenue. If not, the address of the vacant lot will become 129-1/2 Linden Avenue.
Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
e) Garage Door Installation Winsted Municipal Airport
Boelter presented a request from RAM Buildings, Inc. to install a garage door on the east wall of Hangar #38. The entrance apron to the hangar would be extended to the east side for access to the garage door. The owner of the hangar would not use the east road at the hangar to enter the garage door.
Council discussed the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics’ recommendation that the fencing at the airport doesn’t have to prevent any automobile access to hangars, but it should make it clear to visitors that only authorized traffic is allowed past the fence. Guggemos recommended that the Airport Commission define what authorized traffic means. Staff will contact the MN DOT, Office of Aeronautics’ for their definition of authorized traffic.
Boldt motioned to approve the installation of a garage door by RAM Buildings, Inc. on the east wall of Hanger #38 at the Winsted Municipal Airport. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
f) May Financial Report Clerk-Treasurer
Boelter presented the May financial report.
Wiemiller motioned to accept the May financial report. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
a) Skate Park
Council asked if staff has heard from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources(DNR) regarding the grant for the Skate Park. Mareck stated that the MN DNR has not contacted the City at this time and is hoping for some type of confirmation in the near future.
b) JOBZ acreage
Mareck reported that the City did receive approval from the school board and McLeod County for transferring acreage.
c) Mareck will be giving a presentation on the Lake Front Promenade project at the next meeting regular City Council meeting.
d)The Council asked if Winsted on the Lake has plans for a park. Staff has not heard from them.
e) Guggemos and Mareck met with the State of Minnesota regarding the Small Cities Development grant.
f) Boelter reviewed the new Water and Sewer utility bills.
g) Closed Session
The City Council performed the City Administrator’s annual review.
9) Ollig motioned to adjourn. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter