Winsted City Council Minutes

City Council Special Meeting

Council Chambers

March 10, 2006

8:00 a.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

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

John Schlechter, Public Works


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

February 21, 2006.


b)            Scheduled Board of Review to provide a fair and objective forum for City of Winsted property owners to appeal their valuation or classification for Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.


c)            Established a public hearing to consider the vacation of a portion of Lake Avenue in the City of Winsted for Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.


d)            Established a public hearing to consider Ordinance O-06-01 annexing to the City of Winsted certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City owned by Joint Acres, LP for Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.


e)            Approved the Claims List for March 7, 2006 as presented.


f)            Appointed Rose Heimerl to the position of probationary firefighter for the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department as recommended by Ken Fitchwell, Chief.


3)            Open Forum           


4)            No Public Hearings.


5)            Old Business


            a)            Resolution Advocating Diversity in the Community/Civil Rights Commission


Mareck presented the March 2, 2006 letter addressed to Mr. Sam Ulland regarding his presentation to the City Council on issues pertaining to diversity and discriminatory practices.  Mr. Ulland was encouraged to advocate for private initiatives in the creation of an Anti-Discrimination and Civil Rights Commission.


Mareck presented Resolution R-06-07 advocating for diversity in the Winsted Community.


Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-07 advocating for diversity in the Winsted community.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


b)            Downtown Parking – Jerry’s TV and V’s Grill


For the purpose of Council discussion, Mareck again presented Marvin and Brenda Vetsch’s, V’s Grill, 220 Main Avenue West, request to place two hour parking on the north side of Main Avenue West between 2nd Street North and 3rd Street North.


Quast stated that she has observed the parking in front of V’s Grill on different days of the week and several open parking spaces have been available in front of V’s Grill.


Quast stated that the visitors to the property owners located at 230 Main Avenue West should not be restricted to two hour parking.


Ollig motioned to deny Marvin and Brenda Vetsch’s request for two hour parking on the north side of Main Avenue West between 2nd Street North and 3rd Street North and to make no changes to the fifteen minute parking area for the following reasons:

1.     In general, the business community has previously not supported any limitations on parking in the downtown.


2.     After monitoring the parking in the area during the last week there appears to be parking spots in this area throughout the day and on other adjacent streets.


3.     Millerbernd Manufacturing will be relocating an additional six (6) employees from their downtown facility upon the completion of their CR 1 expansion.


Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


c)            Kingsley Lift Station Generator


Ollig inquired about the status of the installation of the generator at the Kingsley Lift Station.


Mareck stated that Larry Anderson, Short, Elliott, Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH), is preparing the necessary documents for work to begin again in Spring, 2006.


6)            New Business


a)              2006 Lawn Contract


Mareck presented the proposed 2006 Lawn Service Contract.


Ollig motioned to approve specifications and open the 2006 Lawn Contract for bids to close March 28th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.



b)              Campbell Field Dugout Replacement


Mareck presented the Winsted Baseball Association’s proposal to replace the concrete dugouts at first and third base of Campbell Field with post frame construction.


The cost to replace both dugouts is $ 13,536.  The Baseball Association agreed to pay for half of the costs associated with the dugout replacement and asked the City to pay for the other half.  The Baseball Association has asked the City to pay the upfront cost of $ 13,536 and then they will make three annual repayments to the City in the amount of $ 2,256.


The City has budgeted $ 5,000 for Campbell Field improvements in 2006.  The remaining balance of $ 8,536 will be funded by the Park Improvement Fund.


Wiemiller motioned to authorize a payment of $ 13,536 to the Winsted Baseball Association to contract to have the dugouts at Campbell Field replaced; with the Winsted Baseball Association making three annual repayments to the City of $ 2,256.  Quast seconded.  Ollig abstained. Motion carried 3-0.


c)              Water Tower Cleaning


Meyer presented a proposal to clean the exterior and the interior of the water tower.


In 2005, Liquivision Technology Diving Services’ divers cleaned three feet of sediment out of the interior of the water tower.  To avoid the additional expense of cleaning large amounts of sediment, Meyer presented a three year agreement with LIquivision Technology Diving Services to clean the interior of the water tower each year for three years beginning in 2006.

Meyer also presented a proposal from Tight Rope to clean the exterior surface of the water tower.


Quast motioned to accept the bids submitted by Liquivision Technologies for $ 4,600 (plus tax) and from Tight Rope of $ 3,350.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


7)            Department Reports


            a)            Public Works


                        Meyer reported on the following:


Ø     Working with SEH and the contractor on the Well modification project.

1.     The Well modification project is proposed to be done in the beginning of June, 2006.

2.     SEH and the contractor will provide the Public Works Department with instructions on the operation of the Well when the project is complete.

Ø     Installation of radio read water meters.

Ø     Servicing equipment.

Ø     Snowplowing and sanding.

Ø     Repairs to the Public Works building.

Ø     Trimming trees.

Ø     Meyer and Schlechter have attended water school.  Schlechter completed his Class D water certification test.

Ø     Meyer has been working with Holy Trinity School to scheduled use of the City’s parks.


Quast asked when the Public Works Department will begin street sweeping. 


Meyer stated that if it does not snow, street sweeping will begin the week of March 13th, 2006.


Quast asked if erosion control around driveways located in the City of Winsted is being monitored.


Meyer stated that if they see a driveway that requires erosion control remediation, the property owners are contacted.


Quast recommended that the Public Works Department evaluate the driveways located in Northgate housing addition.


8)            No Financial Report.


9)            Announcements


Mareck announced that the City of Winsted did not receive the Community Development Block Grant funding.  Shannon Sweeney, David Drown Associates and Mareck will be meeting with the State of Minnesota to discuss the City of Winsted’s grant application.


Boldt directed staff to research possible funding opportunities for downtown redevelopment that may be available through other agencies.


10)            Adjournment


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




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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