Winsted City Council Minutes

Council Chambers

September 6, 2005

7:00 p.m.

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

Absent: Council Member Tom Ollig

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator;Fran Eggert, City Attorney; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

2) Quast motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

a) Accept the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of August 30, 2005.

b) Approve the installation of a Data Transmission Network (DTN) Weather System in the Winsted Municipal Airport’s office by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT)/Office of Aeronautics. All installation expenses are being paid for by MN DOT. The City of Winsted will be responsible for the monthly telephone fees.

c) Grant a parade permit to Holy Trinity School for Friday, October 14, 2005 with the designated route as submitted to the Winsted Police Department.

d) Accept a quote from Midwest Playscapes, Inc. (Chaska) to purchase a ten feet long monorail (Track Ride) for $1,752,99 (budgeted). The Park Commission unanimously recommended approval of the project.

e) Reschedule Public Hearings to consider Ordinances O-05-07, adopting the Minnesota State Building Code; O-05-08, revising the format of Chapter 15 (Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances) of the Municipal Code of the City of Winsted; O-05-09, establishing regulations concerning animal control within the City of Winsted including but not limited to repeal of current Dog Ordinance; and O-05-10, abolishing the Star City Commission and repealing Ordinance 86-09, which is Section 3 of Chapter 2 of the Municipal Code of the City of Winsted from September 20, 2005 at 7:00 P.M. to October 4, 2005 at 7:00 P.M.

f) Approve the Claims list for September 6, 2005 as presented.

3) Special Presentations

2005 Winsted Pride Award Winners. Guggemos presented the 2005 Winsted Pride Awards to:

a) Joe and Katie Swartzer, 420 Barrett Street South, Residential Winner

b) Holy Trinity Church and Schools, 111 Winsted Avenue West, Business Winner

4) No Public Hearings.

5) Old Business

a) Sludge Storage – Treatment Plant – Larry Anderson (SEH)

Anderson reported on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) requirements and the cost analysis of constructing and maintaining a sludge pond, concrete holding tank, or glass-lined tank.

The Council directed staff to research funding options for the sludge storage project and present the options at the September 20, 2005 Regular City Council meeting.

6) New Business

a) Resolution R-05-26 – 2006 Preliminary Tax Levy

Mareck presented the proposed 2006 preliminary budget and levy.

Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-26 certifying the preliminary budget and levy to the McLeod County Auditor in the amount of $1,030,133. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

b) Downtown Parking – V’s and Jerry’s TV

Mareck presented the proposed parking arrangement on Main Avenue West near the corner of 2nd Street North.

Mareck received one letter, addressing the proposed parking arrangement, from Brenda and Marvin Vetsch, owners of V’s Grill. Mareck shared the letter with the Council. Vetsch’s requested four – two hour parking spots.

Wiemiller motioned to realign three (3) parking stalls at the northwest corner of Main Avenue West and 2nd Street North. Quast seconded.

Motion carried 3-0.

c) Adult Training and Habilitation Center (ATHC) and the Howard Lake Waverly Winsted (HLWW) School District #2687.

Mareck presented a proposal from the ATHC and the HLWW School District to work out an arrangement that would move the property line between the two facilities to accommodate a possible expansion of the Elementary School.

The Council directed ATHC and HLWW School District to complete negotiations and bring the final proposal to the City Council for consideration.

Wiemiller motioned that the City of Winsted should not expend any dollars for the realignment of the property line. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

d) Credit Card Gas Pump – Municipal Airport

Boelter presented a proposal to install a credit card reader system at the Winsted Municipal Airport. The MN DOT/Office of Aeronautics will provide a State grant which will be a 50/50 match for the project. The City of Winsted would be responsible for $15,251.50.

Quast motioned to accept the bids of $28,503 from Zahl-Petroleum Maintenance Company and $2,000 from Haun Directional Services to install a credit card reader at the Winsted Municipal Airport and the City of Winsted would be responsible for $15,251.50. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

The Council discussed the current price of aviation fuel being sold at the Winsted Municipal Airport. When the credit card reader system is installed, the Council will discuss a standard mark-up for aviation fuel sales.

Russ Paschke, Airport Commission Chair, was present at the meeting. Paschke discussed the need for properly securing the door to the Airport office to protect the newly installed DTN weather system and the credit card reader computer system. Paschke will research options for securing the Airport office and they will be presented to the Council at a future meeting.

Paschke proposed that asphalt be installed on the area from the Airport parking lot into the entrance of the taxilane. Airplanes have sustained damage due to rocks that have flown up as they taxi over this area. Paschke is researching options and costs. A proposal will be presented to the Council in the future.

7) No Department Reports.

8) No Financial Report.

9) Other

a) Bill Gilk – Scenic Homes

Bill Gilk, Scenic Homes, was present at the meeting to discuss a letter that he received from Eggert regarding blighting conditions at Winsted on the Lake.

b) Mareck presented Todd Colonna’s August, 2005 Historic City Hall Progress Report.

10) Adjournment

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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