Winsted City Council Minutes

Council Chambers

February 21, 2006

8:00 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

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

 

1)            Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m.

 

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

           

a)            Accepted the minutes of the City Council workshop of

February 7, 2006.

 

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

February 7, 2006.

 

c)            Approved the Claims List for February 21, 2006 as presented.

 

3)            Open Forum

 

4)            Special Presentations

 

            a)            Sam Ulland

 

Ulland distributed a letter addressed to Mareck asking to make a presentation to the Council regarding “Tolerance and Sensitivity Awareness.”

 

Ulland also presented a formal proposal to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Winsted, Minnesota requesting that the City adopt a resolution in the near future to form a commission for Anti-Discrimination and Civil Rights.

 

Guggemos directed staff to ask for public interest in serving on an Anti-Discrimination and Civil Rights Commission and bring for further discussion at a future City Council meeting.

 

5)            No Public Hearings.

 

6)            Old Business

 

            a)            Police Department – Part-Time Officer Appointment

 

Henrich presented a request to hire Bartley Kothman to work as a part-time police officer for the Winsted Police Department.

 

Quast asked what Kothman would be doing as a part-time police officer.  Henrich stated that Kothman will be working for full-time officers during their summer vacations, at Winstock, and other special events.

 

Ollig asked if Kothman was replacing part-time police officers that have resigned.  Henrich stated that Kothman will be replacing a part-time police officer position that has opened as a result of a resignation.

 

Kothman introduced himself to the Council.

 

Wiemiller motioned to hire Bartley Kothman to work as a part-time police officer.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

            b)            Design Engineering Services Agreement – SEH – Winsted Municipal Airport

 

Boelter presented the Architect/Engineer Agreement between the City of Winsted and Short, Elliott, Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) for engineering services needed to complete the 2006 Capital Improvement Plan projects at the Winsted Municipal Airport.

 

Quast motioned to enter into an Architect/Engineer Agreement between the City of Winsted and SEH for the 2006 improvement projects at the Winsted Municipal Airport at an estimated cost of $ 12,900.   Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            c)            Petition for Annexation

 

Eggert presented a petition by Joint Acres, Limited Partnership (LP) to annex certain lands located in Section 10, Township 117 North of Range 27 West into the City of Winsted.

 

Eggert requested that the Council empower the Mayor and Clerk-Treasurer to sign Resolution R-06-04, a resolution accepting petition of owner to annex certain lands located in Section 10, Township 117 North of Range 27 West.

 

Quast motioned to empower the Mayor and Clerk-Treasurer to sign

Resolution R-06-04.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            d)            Vacation of a Portion of Lake Avenue

                       

Eggert presented Resolution R-06-05, a resolution proposing the vacation

of a certain portion of Lake Avenue in the City of Winsted.  Resolution R-06-05 amends Resolution R-06-01 due to the need to change the Public Hearing date.

 

Minnesota State Statute requires written notice to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) at least sixty (60) days prior to a Public Hearing because the portion of Lake Avenue to be vacated borders and/or is in close proximity to Winsted Lake.  The MN DNR will evaluate the environmental impact to Winsted Lake if the vacation is approved.

 

                        Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-05 proposing the vacation of a

                        certain portion of Lake Avenue in the City of Winsted.  Quast seconded.

                        Motion carried 4-0.

                       

 

7)            New Business

 

a)              Variance Application – St. John’s Lutheran Church

 

Guggemos presented the variance application from St. John’s Lutheran Church, 410-1st Street North, to maintain a zero (0) lot line along Albert Avenue for construction of a building addition to improve handicap accessibility to the church.

 

The Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to invite comments from surrounding property owners and other City residents in regards to the variance application.  The Planning Commission did not receive any comments in opposition to the variance and voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve the variance application.

 

Ollig motioned to approve an application from St. John’s Lutheran Church, 410 – 1st Street North for a variance allowing construction of a building addition to maintain a zero (0) lot line along Albert Avenue.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            b)            Holy Trinity Church and School – Spring Fling/Winstock/Higher Ground

 

                        Ollig requested approval from the City of Winsted for the following items:

 

                        1.            Spring Fling Dinner and Auction – April 22, 2006

 

                                    a.            1 to 4 Day Temporary On-Sale Liquor License

 

Wiemiller motioned to approve a 1 to 4 Day Temporary On-Sale Liquor License at Holy Trinity’s Spring Fling Dinner and Auction on

April 22, 2006.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

2.            Winstock - June 9 and 10, 2006

 

                                    a.            3.2 Percent Malt Liquor On-Sale License

                                    b.            McLeod County Large Assembly Permit

                                    c.            Gambling License for Pull-Tabs

 

                        Boldt motioned to approve a 3.2 Percent Malt Liquor On-Sale License,

                        McLeod County Large Assembly Permit, and Gambling License for

Pull-Tabs at Holy Trinity’s Winstock on June 9 and 10, 2006.  Wiemiller seconded.  Ollig and Quast abstained.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

                        3.            Higher Ground – August 18 and 19, 2006

 

                                    a.            McLeod County Large Assembly Permit

 

Boldt motioned to approve the McLeod County Large Assembly Permit for Holy Trinity’s Higher Ground on August 18 and 19, 2006.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.           

 

 

 

 

 

8)            Department Reports

 

a)              Police Department

 

                        Henrich reported on the following:

 

Ø     New in-squad digital video cameras are installed.

Ø     Sale of forfeited vehicle.

Ø     Disposal of bicycles.

Ø     Training.

Ø     In-squad computers not eligible for federal funding.

Ø     Officer Strom’s appointment as McLeod County Officer of the Year.

Ø     Year end report.

 

9)            Financial Report

 

            a)            January, 2006 Report – Clerk-Treasurer

 

                        Boelter presented the January, 2006 financial report.

 

10)            Announcements

 

a)            Gordon Kubasch, 210-6th Street North, was present at the meeting to request that the City install a parking sign that would direct people to park their vehicles on City property and not on his private property.

 

            Guggemos asked staff to install a sign and recommended that the Kubaschs contact the Winsted Police Department when vehicles are parking on their private property.

 

b)            Boelter presented the Council with a letter from the Red Wing Soaring Association.

 

c)            Dave Mochinski, 310 Kingsley Street South, was present at the meeting representing the Winsted Lake Watershed Association.  Mochinski informed the Council that the Winsted Lake Watershed Association has applied for a summer aeration permit.

 

11)            Adjournment           

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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