Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

July 5, 2005

7:00 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Fran Eggert, City Attorney; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer; Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead; Jamason Stotko, Maintenance Lead

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 Police Department Workshop of June 21, 2005.

b) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of June 21, 2005.

c) Approve the continuation of terms of the City Administrator’s contract and regular salary step increase based on a satisfactory review and recommendation by the City Council.

d) Establish a public hearing for July 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to review a Minnesota Investment Fund Application for Five Star Direct, LLC.

e) Establish a public hearing for July 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider entering into a business subsidy agreement with Five Star Direct, LLC.

f) Establish a public hearing for July 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider entering into a business subsidy agreement with Millerbernd Manufacturing.

g) Establish a public hearing for July 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider entering into a business subsidy agreement with Millerbernd Design and Fabrication.

h) Establish a meeting of the Economic Development Housing Authority for July 14, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.

i) Establish a special City Council meeting for July 12, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. to discuss a potential orderly annexation agreement with Winsted Township.

j) Approve the Contract between the City of Winsted and CCS Enterprises, LLC to perform underground electric facilities locating and marking services.

k) Approve a 3.2 Malt Liquor License for the Winsted Baseball Club, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

l) Approve the Claims List for July 5, 2005 as presented.

m) Approve the June, 2005 Progress Report from Todd Colonna for the Historic City Hall Project.

n) Approve the revised bid from LiquiVision of $13,120.00 for additional work that was completed with the cleaning of the water tower.

o) Schedule a Council workshop with Representative Scott Newman at 6:00 p.m. on July 19, 2005.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) No Public Hearings.

5) Old Business

a) Public Nuisance – 417 Lake Drive

Eggert reported that he will be forwarding the information to Mike Long, prosecuting Attorney for the City of Winsted.

6) New Business

a) Beer Bust & Hog Roast – Bailey’s Tavern & Grill

Boelter presented Bailey’s Tavern & Grill’s written request to have a Beer Bust and Hog Roast on their patio on Saturday, July 16, 2005 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Jeff Fuerstenberg, 140 Sherman Avenue East, owner of Bailey’s Tavern & Grill, was present at the meeting to answer questions.

Ollig motioned to allow Bailey’s Tavern & Grill to conduct a Beer Bust and Hog Roast on their outdoor patio on Saturday, July 16, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the following conditions:

1. No outdoor entry into the patio.

2. No outdoor music.

3. All patrons must be out of the patio by 9:00 p.m. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

Guggemos asked Fuerstenberg when he will be addressing the Blight issues that the City of Winsted has cited him with.

Guggemos stated that he wanted the minutes to read that Fuerstenberg was not willing to assure the Council that he would be addressing the Blight issues.

b) Street Sweeper Purchase – Public Works Department

Meyer presented a proposal to purchase a used 1997 street sweeper from Sweeper Services for $49,948.50. The used sweeper has been thoroughly inspected by Craig Wodnick of Sweeper Services and is reported to be in excellent condition. Sweeper Services has agreed to allow the City of Winsted to pay $25,000 in 2005 and the remaining $24,948.50 in 2006.

The Council directed the Public Works Department to keep the current street sweeper as a back-up.

Ollig motioned to accept the purchase of the 1997 Elgin Pelican SE sweeper from Sweeper Services for $49,948.50. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

c) Public Works Well Project

In 1999, four (4) monitoring wells were installed behind the Public Works’ building to monitor possible groundwater contamination after removal of an underground Petroleum tank. Through these test wells the groundwater was monitored until June 16, 2004. Over the five year period of testing, the groundwater proved not to be contaminated.

Meyer presented the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s letter dated, January 4, 2005 stating, “The monitoring wells for this site should be abandoned in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health Well Code, Chapter 4725.”

Staff will be applying for reimbursement from the Minnesota Petrofund for the sealing costs.

Boldt motioned to approve the bid of $1,200 from Don Stodola Well Drilling Co., Inc. to seal four monitoring wells located behind the Public Works building. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

d) Tax Abatement Adjustment

In 2002, the City of Winsted entered into a tax abatement agreement with Waste Management for the payment of their assessments for water, sewer, and street infrastructure. When they paid their property taxes in 2004 and 2005, the money was not designated for the abatement but included in the general property taxes paid to the City of Winsted. The tax abatement amounts were:

2004 -$11,145.65

2005 - $10,019.70

Boelter presented the City Council with two options available for adjustment of the $21,165.35 tax abatement for the 2004 and 2005 property taxes:

1. Take $21,165.35 from the 2005 General Fund reserve.

2. Add $21,165.35 to the 2006 tax levy.

Boldt motioned to authorize an adjustment of $21,165.35 to the 2005 General Fund reserve for 2004 and 2005 tax abatement. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

e) City Center Project

Mareck gave a presentation on the proposed City Center and Lakefront Promenade project.

The Council directed staff to proceed with the next step of the proposed project.

Mareck will present the proposed project to the Winsted Chamber of Commerce.

7) Department Reports

a) Public Works Department

Meyer and Stotko reported on the following:

• Street sweeping

• Cutting brush

• Attending training

• Cleaned up at Northgate Park and installed new hedges

• All parks have been sprayed for weeds

• Clean up from storm is complete

• Will be preparing the City for the Summer Festival in August

8) No Financial Report.

9) Other

a) Ollig asked if future public nuisance issues will be addressed according to the City’s Public Nuisance ordinance.

Mareck stated that the intern is currently reviewing the City’s Blight and Public Nuisance ordinances and will be establishing a more concise and conjoining ordinance.

b) Quast asked about the time line that developers have to comply for removal of tall grass, noxious weeds, and construction debris. Mareck reviewed the process as outlined by the Blight ordinance.

Large amounts of excess dirt stored on undeveloped lots will be addressed in future development agreements.

10) Adjournment

Quast motioned to adjourn. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal July 25, 2005.


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