Winsted City Council Minutes

October 18, 2005

7:00 p.m.

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

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Michael Henrich, Chief of Police; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

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

2) Ollig motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

a) Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of October 4, 2005.

b) Approved Resolution R-05-29 establishing the City of Winsted Building Permit Fee Schedule.

c) Accepted a donation of $25,000 for the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department 2005 Budget from the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association.

d) Approved Resolution R-05-30 allowing the American Legion Auxiliary Post #407 to have an annual gambling permit for meat raffles and bingo located at the American Legion Club #407.

e) Approved the Claims List for October 18, 2005 as presented.

f) Scheduled a City Council workshop on November 1, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. with Bryan Shirley, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, to discuss downtown code enforcement issues.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Public Hearings

a) Public Hearing – Establishing Regulations Concerning Animal Control

Mareck presented the proposed Ordinance establishing regulations concerning animal control within the City of Winsted. The Ordinance would allow the City of Winsted to regulate and deny the habitation of certain domestic and wild animals within City limits.

The Ordinance also addresses the responsibility of the pet owner to clean up any animal feces deposited on public property. It would allow for a law enforcement officer to require the pet owner to “provide proof of possession of the necessary equipment to dispose of animal feces.” Failure to properly clean up pet litter, or have the necessary equipment to do so, would be a violation of the Ordinance and punishable by a fine of $50. Subsequent violations would be punished by a fine of at least $100.

Boldt motioned to adopt Ordinance O-05-09 establishing regulations concerning animal control in the City of Winsted. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Small Cities Development Program – Grant Submission – Shannon Sweeney

Shannon Sweeney, David Drown Associates, Inc. presented the proposed Small Cities Development Program Grant Application. Sweeney discussed the following information:

1. The scope of the project.

2. The type of rehabilitation projects that qualify under the proposed grant - housing and commercial.

3. The grant implementation schedule.

4. The proposed financing for the project.

5. The estimated amount of funding which will benefit residents that are of low and moderate income.

6. The City of Winsted’s relocation responsibility in the case of rehabilitation activities causing displacement.

7.Other associated project costs.

Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-31 and Resolution R-05-32 as they relate to the Small Cities Development Grant Program. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

i) Resolution R-05-31. The area identified as the Target Area for the Small Cities Development Program Grant application is characterized by conditions meeting the definition of “Slum and Blight.”

ii) Resolution R-05-32. That the City of Winsted act as the legal sponsor for projects contained in the Business and Community Development Application submitted on November 1, 2005, and that the Mayor and the City Administrator are hereby authorized to apply to the Department of Employment and Economic Development for funding of this project on behalf of the City of Winsted.

5) No Old Business.

6) New Business

a) Weed Ordinance – Establish Public Hearing

Mareck presented the proposed Ordinance that establishes regulations concerning blighting conditions in regards to noxious weeds, tall grasses, and rank vegetation within the City of Winsted. The intention of the Ordinance is to expedite and uniformly address these blighting conditions.

Ollig motioned to establish a public hearing on November 15, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. to consider adopting a Weed Ordinance. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Purchase Agreement – Waconia Mill III, LLC – Winsted Industrial Park

Mareck presented the proposed purchase agreement for Lots 1, 2, 5 and 6, of Block 2, of Winsted Industrial Park Two. The agreement is with Waconia Mill III, LLC which would locate Advantage Mailing to the Winsted Industrial Park.

The total sale of the property is $199,000, of which $34,000 would be paid at the time of closing for outstanding assessments against the property. The balance would be paid to the City in August of 2006. The buyer would pay the City interest at five (5) percent with a balloon payment at the end of the nine (9) months.

Wiemiller motioned to enter into a purchase agreement with Waconia Mill III, LLC for Lots 1, 2, 5, and 6, of Block 2, of Winsted Industrial Park Two for $199,000. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) Department Reports

a) Police Department

Henrich reported on the following:

• Officer Salo returned to work on October 5th, 2005.

• Henrich is a member of the McLeod County Methamphetamine and Drug Awareness (MEADA) Coalition. The purpose of MEADA is to provide awareness on methamphetamine use with presentations to McLeod County community organizations and in the school systems. Henrich discussed with the Council methamphetamine use, the need for education, and law enforcement measures.

• Both squad cars are running fine.

• Will be equipping the new squad car with a video camera.

• Working with TDS on the Winsted Police Department designated telephone line.

• Have had a number of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrests.

• Drug forfeiture vehicles presented at the November 1, 2005.

• Will be in the schools the week of October 24th to discuss Halloween Safety.

Wiemiller asked how two (2) squad cars are working out with four (4) police officers. Henrich stated that the Police Department is making it work. If the Police Department continues to receive drug forfeiture money, Henrich will explore the possibility of purchasing another squad car.

Ollig asked Henrich to address a fallacy that he often hears people say when they are arrested for DWI, “I wasn’t doing anything and they pulled me over.” Henrich stated that they only stop a vehicle when there is probable cause such as, but not limited to, driving over the center line, going through a stop sign, or have a headlight not working.

8) Financial Report

a) September, 2005 Financial Report

Boelter presented the September, 2005 Financial Report and Budget Book.

9) No Other.

10) Adjournment

Quast motioned to adjourn. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal Nov.7, 2005.

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