Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

January 3, 2006

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: Fran Eggert, City Attorney; 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 December 20, 2005.

b) Approved a salary step increase for Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead, based on a satisfactory review and recommendation by the City Administrator.

c) Approved a salary step increase for Mike Henrich based on a satisfactory review and recommendation by the City Administrator.

d) Approve the Mayor’s appointments for 2006.

e) Approved the Claims List for December 30, 2005 and January 3, 2006 as presented.

3) Special Presentations

a) Winsted Community Service Awards

Youth Award – Brandon Henrich and Matt Williams

• For their roles in assisting the City of Winsted with the planning, funding, and construction of a Skate Park.

Individual Award – Dale Maus

• For his time and dedication to the Winsted Summer Festival.

Business or Group Award – Winsted Fire Department

• For their service to the City of Winsted.

4) No Public Hearings.

5) No Old Business.

6) New Business

a) Property and Casualty Insurance Renewal – Midland Insurance Group, Inc.

Dave Sherman, Midland Insurance Group, Inc., presented the City of Winsted’s 2006 Property and Casualty Insurance Renewal Premium Summary and Binder.

The City received a $10,000 insurance dividend for 2005.

Sherman also discussed the feasibility of No-Fault Sewer Back-Up insurance coverage in 2006. The Council decided not to purchase No-Fault Sewer Back-Up insurance coverage in 2006.

Boldt motioned to approve the City of Winsted’s 2006 Property and Casualty Insurance Renewal contract. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) 2006 Fee Schedule

Guggemos presented the proposed 2006 Fee Schedule. The 2006 fee schedule shows an increase in three areas, two of which (dog impound fee and truck and sanding fee) are a result of increased costs to the City. The third fee is a change in regard to petitions for annexation. An annexation fee is proposed due to the significant cost to the City. Legal fees for drawing petitions for annexation are $2,500, while the balance of the proposed $3,000 fee is for survey work and recording fees.

Quast motioned to adopt the City of Winsted’s 2006 Fee Schedule. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Downtown Design Guidelines – Cuningham Group

Guggemos presented a proposal from the Cuningham Group to assist the City in preparing downtown design guidelines. The document will provide guidance and uniformity on building materials, lighting, signage, and overall design for building renovation and new construction in the core of the downtown.

Wiemiller motioned to accept a proposal by the Cuningham Group to prepare downtown design guidelines at a cost not to exceed $10,000. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) Department Reports

a)Airport Commission

Russ Paschke, Airport Commission Chair, reported on the following:

• Annual Chili Feed on Saturday, January 14, 2006 in Hangar #23 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

• The recently approved projects for completion in 2006 with funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

- Pave the entrance road into the Airport

- Extend and pave the airport parking lot

- Extend the taxiway and taxi lane for additional Hangar construction

• The remodeling of the Airport office by volunteers who donated materials and labor.

• The Data Transmission Network (DTN) Weather System.

• Will be meeting with an individual interested in starting a Glider Club at the Airport.

8) No Financial Report.

9) Other

a) Dave Sherman - Winsted on the Lake – Construction Issues

Dave Sherman, 378 Pike Court, informed the Council of construction issues that the Winsted on the Lake Association has forwarded to Scenic Homes for remediation. These issues have not been addressed by Scenic Homes.

Sherman asked the City Council to consider taking appropriate action to assist the Association in a resolution to these issues.

The Council directed City Attorney, Fran Eggert, to research what actions the City may take in regards to Scenic Homes and the construction issues at Winsted on the Lake, and present them to the Council at a future meeting.

b) Fran Eggert – Street Vacation on Lake Avenue

Eggert asked the Council for a motion empowering the City of Winsted’s Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, and Administrator to sign the necessary documents, including Resolution R-06-01, to vacate that part of Lake Avenue that crosses the parcel currently owned by Darlene Dill, 126 Lake Avenue East, subject to approval by the City Attorney, but retaining all easements.

Ollig motioned that the City of Winsted’s Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, and Administrator be empowered to sign the necessary documents, including Resolution R-06-01, to vacate that part of Lake Avenue that crosses the parcel currently owned by Darlene Dill, 126 Lake Avenue East, subject to approval by the City Attorney, but retaining all easements. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Eggert stated that Resolution R-06-01 will require a Public Hearing to be scheduled at a later date.

10) Adjournment

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal Feb. 6, 2006.


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