Winsted City Council Minutes

Council Chambers

February 7, 2006

7:00 p.m.


Present:                       Mayor Don Guggemos

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

Council Member Gerald Boldt


Staff Present:               Brent Mareck, City Administrator

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.   Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


a)            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of

January 17, 2006.


b)            Accepted the minutes of the Special City Council meeting of January 31, 2006.


c)            Rescheduled the Regular City Council meeting for February 21, 2006 at

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to coincide with the closing of the polls for the School District election.


d)              Accepted the resignation of Rod Riebe from the Downtown Renewal

Commission and appointed Doug Bebo to the Downtown Renewal Commission.


            e)            Approved a gambling permit for Crow River Ducks Unlimited to hold a raffle                  at The Blue Note Ballroom, 320 – 3rd Street South, on April 11, 2006.


f)               Established a public hearing on March 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to consider

the vacation of a portion of Lake Avenue in the City of Winsted, Minnesota.


g)            Authorized a salary step increase for Officer Danny Salo based on a satisfactory review by the Police Chief.


h)            Approved the Claims List for January 24, 2006 and February 7, 2006 as presented.


3)         Open Forum


4)         No Special Presentations.


5)         No Public Hearings.


6)         No Old Business.


7)         New Business


a)              Resolution – Terminate Business Subsidy Agreement – Apex Advantage


Mareck presented Resolution R-06-03 that would make null and void a Business Subsidy (JOBZ) Agreement with Apex Advantage.  Apex Advantage has reconsidered their interest in the JOBZ program and no longer wishes to participate and collect any of the program benefits.


Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-03 terminating a business subsidy agreement entered into by the City of Winsted and Apex Advantage.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


b)              On-Street Parking Ordinance


Mareck presented on-street parking issues in regards to difficulty in enforcing the intent of the parking of campers and trailers in the City of Winsted, and asked the Council to provide staff with direction for preparation of a possible ordinance amendment that addresses on-street parking issues.  The existing ordinance allows for vehicles to be parked for no more than three (3) days on any City street; however, it allows compliance by moving the vehicle slightly upon the street to meet the standard of the ordinance.


After discussing the options to address the on-street parking issues, the Council directed staff to do the following:

1.     Consider amending the ordinance by reducing the time for on-street parking from seventy-two (72) hours to forty-eight (48) hours and remove the loop hole that allows an individual to move their vehicle slightly to comply with the ordinance.

2.     Contact McLeod County to determine the compliance of the City’s ordinances on County Roads.

3.     Contact other Cities that are similar in population to the City of Winsted and ask for copies of their ordinances in regards to all terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other seasonal and recreational vehicles.


c)              Administrative Assistant Position


Boelter presented a proposal to create a full-time Administrative Assistant position in the Adminstration department of the City of Winsted.  This person will work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  These hours will allow City Hall to be open extended hours to accommodate residents who are unable to get to City Hall during the day.  This person will assist the City Administrator, City Clerk-Treasurer, Chief of Police, and other department heads.


Wiemiller motioned to create an Administrative Assistant position, along with its corresponding job description and pay scale, and to authorize City staff to initiate the hiring process.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


d)              Winsted Municipal Airport – Installation of an Overfill Drop Tube Valve and Overspill Unit on the Aviation Fuel Tank


Boelter presented a proposal to purchase an overspill unit from Zahl-Petroleum Maintenance Company and have them complete the necessary work to install a previously purchased overfill drop tube valve and the overspill unit to the aviation fuel tank at the Winsted Municipal Airport.


Boldt motioned to authorize Zahl-Petoleum Maintenance Company to install an overfill drop tube valve and overspill unit to the aviation fuel tank at the Winsted Municipal Airport at a cost not to exceed $ 2,500.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion  carried 3-0.


            e)            Design Development - City Center/Lakeside Promenade  


Mareck asked for clarification from the Council on how they would like to proceed with the City Center/Lakeside Promenade project.


Boldt motioned to authorize the Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A to proceed with Phase II-Design Development of the City Center/Lakeside Promenade project at a cost not to exceed $ 40, 800.  Ollig seconded.

Motion carried 3-0.


8)            Department Reports


a)              City Clerk-Treasurer


            Boelter reported on the following:


Ø     Training Opportunities

·       Elections

·       Minnesota Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association Annual Conference

·       Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute-Year Two (2)

Ø     Airport

Ø     Utility Billing

Ø     Licensing

Ø     Ordinances and Policies

Ø     Administrative Assistant Position


9)         No Financial Report.


10)            Announcements


a)            Mareck discussed the recrowning of the football field.  Guggemos and Mareck have met with Bob Mochinski, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, to determine the process for the proposed project.


b)            Mareck reminded the Council that the Minnesota Design Team will be conducting a follow up visit with the City of Winsted on Thursday, March 16th, 2006 at the Blue Note Ballroom.


c)            Mareck presented an e-mail that he had received from the City of Winsted’s first intern, Jeff Jacobson.  Jacobson has accepted a position as town manager of Dixfield, Maine.


11)            Adjournment   


Ollig motioned to adjourn.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


Respectfully submitted,


Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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