Winsted City Council Minutes

Council Chambers

April 4, 2006

7:00 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

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Michael Henrich, Chief of Police

Danny Salo, Police Officer

Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead

Fran Eggert, City Attorney


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

March 21, 2006.


b)            Scheduled a Public Hearing for consideration of a business subsidy agreement (JOBZ program) between AAA Galvanizing, Inc. and the City of Winsted for May 2, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.


c)            Scheduled a Public Hearing for consideration of an application to the Minnesota Investment Fund by AAA Galvanizing, Inc. and the City of Winsted for May 2, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.


d)            Approved the Claims List for April 4, 2006 as presented.


3)            Open Forum


Pam Fiecke, 6304 – 237th Street, Winsted, Minnesota and Cecile Laxen, 655 Harvest Circle, Winsted, Minnesota were present at the meeting to request Council approval to conduct an Alpha Outreach in Mill Reserve Park on Thursday, July 13, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The Alpha Outreach would include the following:

Ø     Non-denominational religious outreach.

Ø     Free will offering.

Ø     Singers and presenters.

Ø     Family oriented activity.

Ø     No alcohol allowed.

Ø     Blanket and lawn chair seating.

Ø     Food stand.


Fiecke stated that Alpha understands that they are required to pay $ 25 to reserve the park and picnic shelter, and $ 10.50 for a Peddler’s Permit.


Guggemos stated that Alpha will need to determine if their organization is non-profit, 501c3.


Ollig stated that Alpha should complete an application to reserve the park and present documentation that the organization is non-profit, 501c3.  City staff then has the authority to approve their application.


Francis Fiecke, 212 Linden Avenue West, asked who requires the application to reserve the park.  Mareck stated that the City requires the application and $ 25 fee to reserve the park as a means of securing the use of the park for family reunions, group picnics, or other non-profit activities.


            4)            Public Hearings


a)              Joint Acres Annexation – AAA Galvanizing, Inc. Project


Mareck presented Ordinance O-06-01, an Ordinance annexing to the City of Winsted certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City owned by Joint Acres LP, a limited partnership.


Eggert recommended that the Council adopt Ordinance O-06-01 contingent on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) transferring their two (2) acres to Joint Acres LP.


Clem Bayerl, 23596 Grass Lake Road, was present at the meeting to inquire about the wetlands.


Boldt motioned to adopt Ordinance O-06-01 annexing twelve (12) acres abutting the City of Winsted owned by Joint Acres, LP pending approval from the Minnesota DNR to transfer the title of their two (2) acres to Joint Acres LP.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


5)            No Old Business.


6)            New Business


a)              Leave of Absence – Officer Danny Salo


Henrich presented Officer Salo’s request for an unpaid leave of absence, from April 16, 2006 to approximately May 4, 2006, to undergo surgery for a non-work related injury.  Officer Salo does not have enough vacation and sick time to use during his surgery and recovery so he has requested an unpaid leave of absence.


Quast motioned to allow Officer Danny Salo a leave of absence, with his health insurance premiums being paid for by the City, starting on

April 16, 2006 and running through May 4, 2006.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


b)              Mosquito Control


Mareck presented a proposal from Professional Mosquito Control to perform mosquito control services for the City of Winsted.


Brian Musech, of Professional Mosquito Control, was present at the meeting to give details of the process and answer questions.  The following items were addressed by Musech:

Ø     The product is applied at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Ø     The machines are calibrated to apply the product at a 300 foot broadcast.

Ø     The proposal is based on fifteen (15) miles of linear streets.

Ø     The product is usually sprayed at a set back of 100 feet from a lake.  In the City of Winsted they would spray at a set back of 200-300 feet from the lake.

Ø     The product does not harm people, pets, automobiles, etc. and is regulated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Ø     Only contracted to treat public areas.

Ø     Treatment is 90% effective.

Ø     In the case of heavy rain fall after application, the product does not wash away.  Within two (2) hours of application, the product takes care of mosquitoes.


Mareck recommended that the City contract for bi-weekly applications, which include six (6) to ten (10) applications at a cost of $ 595 per application.


Wiemiller asked Musech if the City determines that the applications should be upgraded to weekly, would we be given the discounted rate.  Musech stated that the City would be given the discounted rate of $ 525 per application.


Eggert stated that he has reviewed the proposed contract and the City should request a Certificate of Insurance from Professional Mosquito Control.


Wiemiller motioned to enter into a contract with Professional Mosquito Control to perform pest control services at a cost not to exceed $ 5,950.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


c)              2006 Lawn Contract


Mareck presented the bids for the 2006 lawn service.  The bids received were as follows:


1.     Mathew’s Lawn Service                        $ 15,400.00

2.     Artic Lawn Care                                    $ 21,294.68


Ollig asked if the Winsted Baseball Association has been contacted in regards to when the fields should be mowed to accommodate baseball games.


Stotko stated that he will work with the Winsted Baseball Association to provide Mathew’s Lawn Service with a schedule of when the baseball fields should be mowed for games.


Ollig motioned to accept the bid of and enter into a contract with Mathew’s Lawn Service for City lawn service at a cost not to exceed

$ 15,400.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


7)            Department Reports


            a)            Metro West Inspection Services, Inc.


                        Rob Beckfeld reported on the following:

Ø     Building permit applications have decreased in Winsted but this reduction is common in all the communities serviced by Metro West Inspection Services, Inc.

Ø     Progress of the Millerbernd Manufacturing building.

Ø     Maximum Graphics had their final inspection and received a temporary Certificate of Occupancy.  They have been given three months to finish the landscaping around the building.

Ø     Millerbernd Design and Fabrication project on schedule.

Ø     There have been problems with mud in the streets from the Advantage Mailing project.  Beckfeld has contacted the owners regarding the installation of silt fencing.  Rock has been added around the building to alleviate some of the problems with mud on the streets.  Beckfeld said that the owners have been warned that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will apply stringent fines to Advantage Mailing if they do not install silt fencing.

Ø     Have met with the owners of the building located at 161 Main Avenue West to discuss their proposed plans for the building.  A Building Permit has been issued for work on the exterior of the building.  Architectural Plans are in the process of being forwarded to Beckfeld for improvements to the second floor.

Ø     Holy Trinity School has been issued a Building Permit for their addition.

Ø     St. John’s Lutheran Church did submit plans for their addition; however, the plans were not stamped and approved by an architect. Beckfeld is waiting for them to come back stamped and approved.


Ollig asked for an update on the Historic City Hall project.  Beckfeld stated that a Building Permit has not been issued for the lower level improvements.  Beckfeld has inspected the upper level improvements and the completed work is satisfactory.


Wiemiller asked for an update on Tom’s Corner Bar’s Building Permit.  Beckfeld and Mareck commented on the progress of the improvement project.


Quast asked about the issues with the building located at 163 Main Avenue West.  Mareck gave an update.


8)            No Financial Report.


9)            Announcements


a)            Mareck announced that staff is working with the Public Works’ Department to schedule a collection day for bulky waste items.  There would be no fee to drop off the items at the Public Works’ facility.  The service is provided by Waste Management as part of their contract with the City of Winsted.


This collection day would not be the same as the one provided by McLeod County Solid Waste.  The proposed collection day would not allow for appliances, electronics, and other such items to be dropped off.  These items would need to be saved for the McLeod County Solid Waste collection day.



10)            Adjournment


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




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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