Winsted City Council Minutes

City Council Workshop

Council Chambers

July 26, 2005

6:00 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Gerald Boldt

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer; Jennifer Nash, Intern

Mayor Guggemos called the workshop to order at 6:00 p.m.

The Council reviewed and discussed Winsted Township’s proposed Orderly Annexation agreement. Council agreed to discuss the issue further with the Township.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 8, 2005.


City of Winsted Council

Winsted Township Board

Joint Meeting

Council Chambers

July 26, 2005

7:30 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Gerald Boldt

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer; Jennifer Nash, Intern

Winsted Township Board Members Present: Tony Hausladen, Chairman; Mike Laxen, Supervisor; Gary Wessling, Supervisor;

Winsted Township Clerk: Susan Goebel

Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

David Wendorf, Attorney for Winsted Township, was present at the meeting.

Guggemos stated that he and the Council reviewed the Township’s proposed orderly annexation agreement at their Council workshop.

Ollig stated that the City wants to develop in an orderly manner. Review of the Minnesota State Statute states that Cities reimburse Townships for two and a half (2-1/2) years of property taxes on the annexed parcel. The City has agreed to offer the Township reimbursement of ten (10) years of property taxes that would be paid in full at the time the parcel is annexed.

Ollig stated that when negotiations began regarding an orderly annexation agreement between the Township and the City, the Township was concerned about the loss of property tax revenue when land is annexed into the City. This concern is the reason that the City agreed to a reimbursement of ten (10) years of property taxes. The Township’s proposal was a reimbursement of $250 per acre.

Hausladen stated that loss of property taxes is one of the Township’s objectives for an orderly annexation agreement. Another objective is to preserve farmland for future generations to farm. With housing developments in close proximity to farms, the farmers are unable to perform their duties properly.

Wendorf stated that he concurred with the Council that without an agreeable reimbursement amount, it does not pay to look at the proposed orderly annexation agreement any further. Wendorf recommended that he discuss the City’s proposal with the Township Board and contact the City regarding a future joint meeting.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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