Winsted City Council Minutes
August 2, 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 7:00 p.m.
2) Boldt motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of July 19, 2005.
b) Accept the minutes of the City Council Workshop of July 26, 2005.
c) Accept the minutes of the Joint Special City Council Meeting with Winsted Township Board of July 26, 2005.
d) Approve the postponement of the Regular City Council meeting of August 16, 2005 to August 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
e) Approve the postponement of a Budget Workshop scheduled for August 16, 2005 to August 23, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.
f) Establish a public hearing to consider entering into a business subsidy agreement with Apex Advantage for August 30, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
g) Accept the bid of $5,750 from M.J. Neisen Asphalt to seal coat the parking lot at the Winsted Fire Department. The seal coat is a 2005 budgeted expenditure.
h) Accept the bid not to exceed $3,800 from Harwood’s Winsted Body Shop to remove rust and paint the Fire Trucks. The body repair to the fire trucks is a 2005 budgeted expenditure.
i) Approve the recommendation of the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department to appoint Troy Fleischacker to the position of Probationary Volunteer Firefighter.
j) Adopt Resolution R-05-24 allowing the Winsted Police Department to enter into a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the project entitled SAFE & SOBER COMMUNITIES during the period from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.
k) Adopt Resolution R-05-25 the National Incident Management System (NIMS) when responding to emergency situations, whether natural or man-made. The City will thereby be adopting the NIMS concept of emergency planning and the unified command system.
l) Approve the Claims list for July 26, 2005 as presented.
Ollig motioned that the July 26, 2005 minutes, paragraph four, sentence three be changed. The word “agreed” should be stricken and the minutes should read, “The City has offered the Township reimbursement of ten (10) years of property taxes that would be paid in full at the time the parcel is annexed.” Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
3) No Special Presentations.
4) No Public Hearings.
5) Old Business
a) Historic City Hall Progress Report
The Council reviewed Todd Colonna’s July, 2005 Historic City Hall project progress report.
Rob Beckfeld, Building Inspector, reported on the roof rafters. Beckfeld spoke with Colonna and he will be reinforcing the roof rafters with steel beams.
Todd Colonna was present at the meeting to answer any questions.
Guggemos asked Colonna to open the parking behind the Old City Hall building during the Winsted Summer Festival, August 12, 2005 through August 14, 2005. Colonna agreed to have parking available behind the building.
6) New Business
a) Hainlin Park Parking Lot Improvements
Mareck presented a proposal to repair the west entrance road and parking lot to Hainlin Park. The entrance road and parking lot were damaged during the construction of the test well.
While looking at replacement costs, the City reviewed the opportunity to incorporate additional parking spaces with the repairs. The proposal would add approximately twelve (12) additional parking spaces.
Guggemos recommended that the southeast corner, as shown on the drawing, be squared off to add additional parking spaces.
Ollig motioned to accept a quote from M.J. Neisen Asphalt in the amount of $25,865 to do parking lot repair and improvements in Hainlin Park, and the recommendation to square off the southeast corner be taken into consideration. If this change would increase the cost of the proposed improvements, the City Administrator and Mayor should review the amended proposal and make the decision to continue with the project. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Comprehensive Time and Overtime Policy
Mareck reviewed the proposed changes to the overtime and comprehensive time policy which address earning, eligibility, limits and use of comprehensive time and overtime. The policy also sets criteria for exempt and non-exempt employees and their use of leave time as it relates to overtime and comprehensive time.
Wiemiller motioned to adopt changes to the Comprehensive and Overtime Policy, to be reviewed in one year. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
c) Minor Subdivision Scenic Homes
Bill Gilk, Scenic Homes, was present at the meeting to answer any questions about their application for a minor subdivision to create a lot over the former Arthur Avenue. The plan shows the lot to be 61 feet x 157 feet (9,577 square feet), while also showing a new property line between Lot 8 (Barrett’s Third Addition) and the proposed lot addition. The City’s minimum lot size is 75 feet and the proposed lot width is 61 feet, however the surrounding properties maintain a lot width of 55 feet.
Based on the surrounding lot widths of the proposed lot, the intent of the subdivision ordinance is being met by maintaining (exceeding) the lot design of the original plat by having a 61 feet lot width.
1. Show the east property line of the proposed lot and Lot eight (8) to align with the former City alley and add an additional eight (8) feet for a utility easement due to the condition of the alley.
2. Assign a utility easement to the City of Winsted running along the “vacated alley” from Baker north to the City’s existing alley on the next block north.
3. Approve a Final Plat with payment of platting fees to McLeod County and a park dedication fee of $1,000.
The Planning Commission reviewed Scenic Homes, Inc.’s sketch of proposed lot dimensions for a minor subdivision in the area of the former Arthur Avenue and unanimously recommended accepting it.
Quast motioned to accept the sketch plan for a Minor Subdivision in the area of the former Arthur Avenue by Scenic Homes. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Ollig recommended that Gilk verify the location of the TDS cable that runs underground in the area of Arthur Avenue. Gilk agreed to have it located and marked.
d) Purchase Agreement Mareck presented a proposed purchase agreement between the City of Winsted and Gardiner Mandery Peterson Properties, LLC for Lot One (1), Block One (1), Winsted Industrial Park Two (2).
Ollig motioned that the City of Winsted should enter into a purchase agreement with Gardiner Mandery Peterson Properties, LLC for the purchase of Lot One (1), Block One (1), Winsted Industrial Park Two (2). Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
7) Department Reports
a) Metro West Inspections
Rob Beckfeld, Building Inspector, reported on the following:
• Gave a report on the building permits that have been issued as of July 31, 2005.
• The building permits issued in the forty cities that Metro West Inspections contracts with have decreased in 2005. The number of building permits issued in the City of Winsted has remained steady.
• Beckfeld recommended that an article be placed in the newsletter and local newspaper explaining what building or home improvement projects require a building permit.
• The last Golden Gate town home is being built.
• Erosion control is being enforced.
• Beckfeld and Mareck have completed inspections of some of the downtown buildings.
8) No Financial Report.
a) Mareck clarified meeting changes for the month of August, 2005. The second Council meeting is rescheduled from August 16, 2005 to August 30, 2005. The budget workshop is rescheduled from August 16, 2005 to August 23, 2005.
b) Mareck reminded the Council of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) informational meeting on August 15, 2005 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Winsted Fire Department.
c) Council discussed the dumpster coverings.
d) Boldt asked about the progress of the proposed skate park. Mareck gave an update on the skate park.
Quast motioned to adjourn. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter