Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

December 20, 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

Glen Strom, Police Officer


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


2)         Ollig removed item e), approval of a Resolution authorizing the City of Winsted to have United Locating Services perform underground locating and marking services for City electrical lines at an additional fifteen dollar ($ 15) charge.


            Ollig directed staff to contact a locating company that currently provides locating services for TDS Telecom and request a quote.


Quast motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda, excluding item e), as presented.   Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


a)            Accepted the minutes of the Budget Workshop of December 6, 2005.


b)            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of

December 6, 2005.


c)            Approved Resolution R-05-39 authorizing the City of Winsted to execute Minnesota Department of Transportation grant agreement for airport improvements.


d)            Approved Resolution R-05-40 a negative declaration regarding the need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), meaning an EIS is not needed for the Winsted Ponds Development as currently proposed.


f)            Authorized SEH to prepare a site survey for the proposed Public Works Facility at a cost not to exceed $ 2,300.


e)            Approved the Claims List for December 20, 2005 as presented.


3)         No Special Presentations.


4)         No Public Hearings.


5)         Old Business


            a)            Pontas Point Annexation


                        Mareck presented the July, 2003 worksheet “Potential Pontas Point                            Annexation – Estimated Benefits and Costs”.


                        The Council discussed taxation in Pontas Point.


                        Guggemos addressed accusations that were made at the December 6, 2005

                        Truth-In-Taxation Public Hearing.


6)         New Business


a)              Resolution – Final Budget and Levy Certification


Mareck presented the 2006 Budget and Levy.


Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-41 approving the 2006 budget and certifying the final tax levy in the amount of $ 937,133.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


b)              Hiring Process – Part-Time Officer – Police Department


Mareck presented Chief Henrich’s request to complete the hiring process to fill a vacant part-time Police Officer position within the City of Winsted’s Police Department.  The applicant applied with the City of Winsted’s Police Department in January, 2004 and ranked third in the hiring process.


The applicant will complete a psychological test, physical test, and background check as part of the hiring process.  Upon successful completion of the tests and background check, Henrich will present a request to hire the applicant at a future City Council meeting.


Ollig motioned to allow the Police Department to complete the hiring process to fill a part-time Officer position with candidate Bartley Kothman.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


c)            Purchase – In-Squad Video Camera – Police Department


Mareck presented Chief Henrich’s request to purchase an in-squad video camera.


Wiemiller motioned to allow the purchase of an in-squad video camera from Watch Guard for $ 5,060.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


            d)            Assessment – Pontas Point Sewer and Water Extension


Mareck presented an adjustment to the Pontas Point water/sewer extension assessment which would reduce the assessment from $ 167,794.51 to

$ 153,252.96.


Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-05-38 reducing the Pontas Point water/sewer assessment from $ 167,794.51 to $ 153,252.96.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


            e)            Capital Improvement Plan – Winsted Municipal Airport


Boelter presented the proposed 2006 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Winsted Municipal Airport.


Quast motioned to approve the Winsted Municipal Airport 2006 Capital Improvement Plan for submission to and approval from the FAA and MN DOT/Office of Aeronautics.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried



            f)            People Service Operation and Maintenance Agreement – Sewer Plant


Mareck presented the proposed agreement between People Service, Inc. and the City of Winsted for management of the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).  The agreement is a term of an additional three years effective August 1, 2005, and the monthly payment will decrease from

$ 13,280 to $ 11,750.


Boldt motioned to enter into a three (3) year operation and maintenance agreement with People Service for their operation of the sewer plant.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


7)            Department Reports


            a)            People Service


                        Dan Wroge reported on the following:


Ø     Northgate Lift Station

Ollig motioned that a dialer be purchased and installed in the Northgate Lift Station.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

Ø     Phosphorus Management Plan

Ø     Oxidation Ditch Aerator Paddles


8)            Financial Report


            Boelter presented the November, 2005 Financial Report.


9)         Other


a)            Dave Millerbernd, Winsted Municipal Airport Hangars #13 and #33, asked the Council if the City would review their system for plowing snow at the Airport.  Millerbernd stated that he and other pilots are concerned that it is taking too long for the snow to be removed at the Airport.


            Mareck stated that a meeting would be scheduled with the Airport Commission, Mareck, Boelter, Dave Meyer, and Jamie Stotko to discuss the snowplowing of the Airport property.


b)            Wiemiller presented a concern that the Winsted Post Office shared with him regarding the snow being removed for access to the cluster mailboxes at Winsted on the Lake.


Guggemos stated that if the cluster mailboxes are located on private streets, it is the Association’s responsibility to make them accessible by removing the snow.


            Quast stated that the City’s Public Works’ Department has done a good job of removing the snow in front of the cluster mailboxes located on City streets.


Mareck will talk to the Winsted Post Office regarding their concerns.


10)            Adjournment   


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




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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