Winsted City Council Minutes

City Council Budget Workshop

Council Chambers

December 6, 2005

6:30 P.M.

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; Mike Henrich, Chief of Police; Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead; Jamason Stotko, Maintenance Lead; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Mareck presented the 2006 Final Budget.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 2, 2006.

Council Chambers

December 6, 2005

7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

a) Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of November 15, 2005.

b) Accepted the minutes of the Special City Council Meeting of November 22, 2005.

c) Approved a donation of $ 650 to the Winsted Chamber of Commerce to sponsor horse drawn wagon rides at the Winsted Winter Festival.

d) Approved the Claims List for November 23, 2005 and December 6, 2005 as presented.

3) No Special Presentations.

4) Public Hearings

a) Truth-In-Taxation

Mareck presented the City of Winsted’s 2006 Final Budget.

The following residents addressed the Council in regards to their 2006 proposed property taxes:

Scott Bachman, 23852 – 240th Court.

Jack Littfin, 23967 – 240th Court.

Vern Thiemann, 23972 – 240th Court.

Jeff Sterner, 641 Shady Creek Drive.

Pat Schommer, 371 South Shore Drive.

Michelle Heuer, Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School District Building Committee, was present at the meeting to comment on the School’s impact on the 2006 proposed property taxes.

Quast motioned to close the Public Hearing for Truth-In-Taxation. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

5) No Old Business.

6) New Business

a) Land Lease Agreement – Public Works Facility

Mareck presented the proposed Land Lease Agreement between the City of Winsted and Millerbernd Manufacturing.

As part of the City Center project; the existing Public Works Facility would be demolished. To complete the planning for the project the City has to prepare plans and locate a new building. At a previous meeting, the City Council hired an architect to assist the City with design and architectural services. In order to secure the potential use of the site, the City must enter into a land lease agreement for the property prior to the City Council authorizing the project.

The agreement calls for the first seven years to work as a lease at the cost of $375 per month. After the seven years, the City would have the option to buy the property for $70,000 from Millerbernd Manufacturing.

Ollig motioned to enter into a land lease agreement effective March 1, 2005 with Millerbernd Manufacturing for a proposed Public Works Facility. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Award of Bid – Well House Improvements – Hainlin Park

Doug Klamerus’, Engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc., presented his letter dated December 1, 2005 regarding the bids received for the modifications to Wellhouse No. 2/No. 4. After reviewing the three bids received for Wellhouse No. 2/No. 4 modifications, and references for the contractor with the low bid, Klamerus recommended proceeding with a contract award to KHC Construction, Inc. in the amount of $204,000.

Ollig motioned to accept a bid from KHC Construction, Inc. in the amount of $204,000 to do well house improvements in Hainlin Park. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Coverage Change – Employee Health Insurance Program

Boelter presented the proposed change to the City of Winsted’s employee health insurance program.

Due to market trends in health insurance coverage, and overall utilization of the health insurance program by City of Winsted employees and their family participants, 2006 premium costs were projected to increase eighteen percent (18%).

For 2006, an eleven percent (11%) increase to health insurance premiums was budgeted. To reduce the cost of the 2006 health insurance premium from 18% to 11%, the City proposed to the employees the option of a $300 deductible per employee and family plan participant, for hospital inpatient and outpatient care, with a maximum deductible of $900 per family per year.

The employees were in agreement.

Boldt motioned to approve the proposed change to the City of Winsted’s Health Partner’s health insurance program. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) Department Reports

a) Metro West Inspection Services, Inc.

Rob Beckfeld reported on the following:

• Total Building Permits in 2005 – 108

Ollig asked if the number of building permits will increase in 2006 with Grass Lake Farms Phase II. Beckfeld stated that the economy dictates the number of homes built. Beckfeld stated that while other communities have seen a decrease in building permits issued, the City of Winsted has remained steady.

• 3 Commercial Projects

- Millerbernd Manufacturing

- Apex Advantage

- Advantage Mailing

• In 2006, Beckfeld will be reviewing building permits that were issued in prior years to determine if they have received a final inspection

Boldt asked Beckfeld about the progress of the Historic City Hall project. Beckfeld stated that he had talked to Colonna six months ago and reminded him that he needs to obtain the required permits and the services of an architect.

8) No Financial Report.

9) Other

a) Mareck received notice that the Kingsley Lift Station Generator project will begin construction in Spring, 2006.

b) Mareck attended a meeting with the City of Hutchinson. They have proposed a coalition to look at paving the Luce Line trail from Winsted to Hutchinson.

c) Aaron Kubasch, 179 Westgate Drive, asked the Council to educate the residents of Winsted that the City’s portion of property taxes is proposed to be a zero increase.

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 Jan. 2, 2006.


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