Winsted City Council Minutes
July 19, 2005
Present: Mayor Don Guggemos, Council Member Bonnie Quast, Council Member Tom Ollig, Council Member Tom Wiemiller, Council Member Gerald Boldt
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Fran Eggert, City Attorney; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer; Jennifer Nash, Intern
1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m.
2) Ollig motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
a) Accept the minutes of the Public Works Department Workshop of July 5, 2005.
b) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of July 5, 2005.
c) Accept the minutes of the Joint Special City Council Meeting with Winsted Township Board of July 12, 2005.
d) Approve a 3.2 Liquor License for the Brat Busters of the Winsted Chamber of Commerce in Mill Reserve Park on August 12, 2005.
e) Approve a 3.2 Liquor License for the Winsted Summer Festival in the area of the American Legion and in Hainlin Park on August 13 and 14, 2005.
f) Approve a Parade Permit for the Winsted Summer Festival Children’s Parade on August 13, 2005.
g) Approve a Parade Permit for the Winsted Summer Festival Parade on August 14, 2005.
h) Approve a Horse Permit for the use of horses in the Winsted Summer Festival Parade on August 14, 2005.
i) Approve an ATV Permit to operate ATV’s on City streets and property on August 13 and 14, 2005 in conjunction with the Winsted Summer Festival.
j) Approve a salary step increase for the City Clerk based on a satisfactory review and recommendation by the City Administrator.
k) Establish a City Council workshop on July 26, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss issues relating to a potential orderly annexation agreement with Winsted Township.
l) Establish a Joint Special City Council Meeting on July 26, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss a potential orderly annexation agreement with Winsted Township Board.
m) Establish a City Council Budget Workshop for August 16, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.
n) Approve the Claims list for July 19, 2005 as presented.
o) Approve $5,000 to the Winsted Baseball Association for fencing at Campbell Field.
3) No Special Presentations.
4) Public Hearings
a) Resolution R-05-21 Minnesota Investment Fund Application
Mareck reviewed the application.
Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-21 authorizing the submittal of a Minnesota Investment Fund application on behalf of Five Star Holding, LLC. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Business Subsidy Agreement Five Star Direct, LLC
Mareck presented the agreement.
Boldt motioned to enter into a business subsidy agreement with Five Star Direct, LLC for the Minnesota JOBZ program. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
c) Business Subsidy Agreement Millerbernd Manufacturing
Mareck presented the agreement.
Quast motioned to enter into a business subsidy agreement with Millerbernd Manufacturing for the Minnesota JOBZ program. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
d) Business Subsidy Agreement Millerbernd Design and Fabrication
Mareck presented the agreement.
Boldt motioned to enter into a business subsidy agreement with Millerbernd Design and Fabrication for the Minnesota JOBZ program. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
5) No Old Business.
6) New Business
a) Luce Line Trail Connect Survey
Nash presented the results of a survey that was distributed to City of Winsted residents that live in the area of Kingsley Avenue. The survey was conducted to obtain input on a potential connection between the Luce Line Trail and downtown Winsted. The majority of survey respondents preferred Scenario C, which would change Kingsley Avenue to a one-way with an adjacent trail for pedestrian traffic.
Ollig motioned that the City of Winsted further explore Scenario C as a potential connection between the Luce Line Trail and downtown Winsted. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Establish Public Hearing Millerbernd Design and Fabrication
Mareck presented Millerbernd Design and Fabrication’s petition to the City to annex an estimated four (4) acres of property, in order to participate in the JOBZ program. The small parcel is entirely surrounded by the City of Winsted, which does not lend itself to “transferring” JOBZ acreage to the Township.
The City and Winsted Township are currently working on a potential orderly annexation agreement; therefore, the City asked the Township for an “informal approval” of the annexation request, as the City is able to annex by Ordinance without formal approval from the Township. However, at their July 14, 2005 Town Board meeting, they decided not to support the annexation request, based on their not wanting to set “precedence” for approving annexations without an orderly annexation agreement.
Based on the time sensitivity, intent and size of this annexation request, Mareck recommended the Council proceed with the annexation via Ordinance and establish a public hearing.
Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-23 accepting a petition from Millerbernd Design and Fabrication and establish a public hearing for August 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the annexation of an estimated four (4) acres of property owned by Millerbernd Design and Fabrication.Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
c) Resolution R-05-22 Termination of Business Subsidy Agreement Sportsman’s Plus
Mareck presented a request to terminate the July 4, 2004 business subsidy agreement with Sportsman’s Plus. At the end of May, 2005, the company was informed that they had until the end of June, 2005 to make a decision on the purchase of the property. The City has received no indication from Sportsman’s Plus that they wish to move forward with the project in Winsted.
Eggert also contacted Sportsman’s Plus’ attorney regarding a waiver from their original purchase agreement but had not received any type of an answer.
Mareck had spoken to a principal of the company and he was agreeable to signing a waiver from their original purchase agreement.
Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-22 terminating the business subsidy agreement between Sportsman’s Plus and the City of Winsted, and returning their $2,000 earnest money. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
7) Department Reports
a) City Clerk-Treasurer
Boelter reported on the following:
• 2004 Audit
• Minnesota Municipal Clerk’s Institute
• 2006 Budget Preparation
• Future Informational Meetings
1.Banyon Data Systems, Inc.
2. Winsted Volunteer Fire Department
8) Financial Report
a) July Financial Report
Boelter presented the July, 2005 Financial Report.
a) Quast complimented Todd Colonna for the work he has completed on the Historic City Hall project.
b) Mareck reported that the City of Winsted did not receive grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the proposed Skate Park. After discussions with the Park Commission, they would recommend that 2005 budgeted funds be used to move forward with the construction of a Skate Park. Mareck will have more information available for the Council to consider at their August 2, 2005 meeting.
c) Ollig asked the Public Works Department to insure that the lights at the basketball court are working properly.
Quast motioned to adjourn. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter