Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

April 18, 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

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

Mike Henrich, Chief of Police

Glen Strom, Police Officer

Jeremiah Jessen, Police Officer


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

April 4, 2006.


b)            Accepted the minutes of the Joint City Council/Airport Commission Meeting of April 13, 2006.


c)            Approved a salary step increase for Officer Jeremiah Jessen based on a satisfactory review and recommendation by Chief Mike Henrich.


d)            Authorized a two (2) year lease of non-aviation areas at the Winsted Municipal Airport to Winstock, Inc. for $ 200 per year.


e)            Approved the Claims List for April 18, 2006 as presented.


3)            Open Forum


            a)            Presentation to Five Star Direct


Joe Remer, Five Star Direct was in attendance at the meeting to accept a check from the City of Winsted in the amount of $ 300,000 that was given to the City from the Minnesota Investment Fund.


4)            No Public Hearings.


5)            Old Business


            a)            Mosquito Control Letter – Jeff Albers – 151 McLeod Avenue


Mareck presented Jeff Albers’ letter dated April 11, 2006 addressed to the Winsted City Council asking them to reconsider their decision to contract for mosquito control.  Albers concerns include:

1.     How aquatic life may be affected by the mosquito application, since the City’s storm sewer system is connected to Winsted Lake.

2.     Exposing our residents to chemicals.

3.     Quality of Life is not positively impacted by mosquito control.

4.     Health – attributes no cases of the West Nile Virus in Winsted.


Jeff Albers, 151 McLeod Avenue was present at the meeting to discuss his concerns.


Mareck presented Professional Mosquito Control’s response to the concerns presented in the letter submitted by Albers:

1.     The product when applied is not susceptible to run-off.

2.     The materials used, along with the application technique and volume will have no significant impact on residents.  The material will degrade in 20 minutes of sunlight.

3.     Health and Nuisance Concerns impact the Quality of Life, with the cities of Norwood Young America, East Gull Lake, Clearwater and Garrison contracting for mosquito control.

4.     Documentation on mosquitoes and their relationship to public health concerns.


The City contacted Gary Montz, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR)-Aquatic Biologist, with Albers concerns and he stated that in most cases if applied correctly; the chemical used to provide adult mosquito control will lose its “acute toxicity” prior to any harmful materials reaching the lake.  Montz did indicate that the application of certain materials over open water should be considered by the contractor.


Ollig thanked Albers for his letter and concerns.


6)            New Business


a)              Investigator Position – Officer Glen Strom


Henrich presented a proposal to assign Strom as investigator for the Winsted Police Department.  Henrich stated that assigning only one officer to do investigations will maintain continuity of a case, and help prevent having several officers called in to testify on a minor criminal matter.  As investigator, Strom will have the ability to assist an officer at a crime scene, make sure that all needed evidence is gathered, and work high profile cases.


Boldt motioned to promote Officer Strom to Patrolman #1, Step #3 and assign him the duties of Investigator.  Wiemiller seconded.   Motion carried 4-0.


b)              Position Appointment – Raquel Kirchoff – Administrative Assistant


Boelter presented a proposal to appoint Raquel Kirchoff as a full-time, non-exempt Administrative Assistant for the City of Winsted.


Kirchoff was in attendance at the meeting and introduced to the City Council.


Quast motioned to approve the appointment of Raquel Kirchoff as full-time, non-exempt Administrative Assistant at the rate of $ 13.32 per hour.  Boldt seconded.   Motion carried 4-0.


c)              Amendment to the Preliminary Plat – Winsted Ponds


Mareck presented Aho Construction Northwest’s request for a preliminary plat amendment and Planned Unit Development (PUD) amendment.


John Lueck, 541-5th Street North, asked Aho Construction Northwest if the natural wooded area could be designated as a park.  Rich Romness, Project Manager, stated that the park area has been designated in another location of the proposed development.  Romness stated that the wooded area will be developed for homes but they are intending to save as many trees as possible.


Ollig motioned to approve an amendment to the preliminary plat for Winsted Ponds with the conditions as stated:

1.     Satisfy all recommendations of the City Engineer.

2.     Satisfy all pertinent conditions of the “original” preliminary plat, including a fully executed developer’s agreement.

3.     Payment of any and all legal and engineering fees directly associated with the preliminary plat development.

Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


d)              Final Plat – Winsted Ponds 1st Addition


Mareck presented Aho Construction Northwest’s request for final plat approval for the 1st Addition of Winsted Ponds.


Quast motioned to approve the final plat of the 1st Addition of Winsted Ponds with the conditions:

1.     Approval by the City Engineer.

2.     All requirements of the preliminary plat are met.

Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


            e)            Concept Plan – Montgomery Business Park


                        Mareck presented a concept plan from Sam and Clay Montgomery for a

ten (10) lot business park development located at the northwest corner of

County Road 5 and County Road 1.  The site is approximately forty (40) acres and has one cul-de-sac road, with an access point on the south side of the property.  The cul-de-sac road as shown on the concept plan would not meet the City standards for cul-de-sac length, which is a maximum of 600 ft. 


The proposed use for the property would be consistent with adjacent land uses (airport - west and north, city industrial park – east and Vitran –south).  The Montgomery’s have expressed interest in developing the lots along CR 1 for Highway Commercial. 


The property would have to be annexed to the City of Winsted in order to access sewer and water. 


                        Clay Montgomery was in attendance at the meeting to answer questions.


Ollig motioned to approve a concept plan for the Montgomery Business Park.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.




            f)            Land Exchange – Millerbernd Manufacturing


Mareck presented a proposal to do a land exchange with Millerbernd Manufacturing.  The City would exchange Lot 3, Block 2 in the Winsted Industrial Park (.9 acres) for the property the City is currently leasing located southeast of the Winsted Fire Department (.85 acres).


Mareck stated that Eggert has prepared the process to do the land exchange.


Quast motioned to execute a land exchange with Millerbernd Manufacturing for their property southeast of the Fire Hall for Lot 3 of Block 2 of Winsted Industrial Park Two.  Ollig seconded.

Motion carried 4-0.


            g)            Retaining Wall – Kingsley Generator Project


Mareck presented quotes to build a retaining wall near the Kingsley Lift Station to accommodate the City’s desire to have the generator set lower for aesthetic value, while maintaining the integrity of the lake bank in that area.  The wall was removed from the bid contract to allow the City to determine if Public Works would construct the wall.  Public Works doesn’t feel comfortable constructing a wall of this size and scope.


Plans and specifications for construction of the retaining wall were prepared by SEH.


Two quotes were received to do the project:

1.     Sunram Construction                                    $ 6,720

2.     Aaron Anderson Construction                        $ 6,725


Wiemiller motioned to authorize Sunram Construction, Corcoran, Minnesota, to construct modular block retaining wall at a cost not to exceed $ 6,720.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


7)            No Department Reports.


8)            Financial Report


            Boelter presented the March, 2006 Financial Report.


9)            Announcements


a)            On behalf of the Winsted Baseball Association, Ollig asked if the City of Winsted would have signs made and installed that directed persons to remain off the roofs of the new dugouts.


                        Staff was directed to have the signs made and installed.


b)            Mareck stated that the Minnesota Design Team will be making a presentation

            on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Note in Winsted.


C)            Mareck presented a proposal from AAA Galvanizing, Inc. to increase their building size from 65,000 square feet to 86,000 square feet.  The request will be at the May 2, 2006 Regular City Council meeting.


d)            Guggemos discussed issues that have been imposed on the City of Winsted’s Brush Site by McLeod County Solid Waste.


10)            Adjournment


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




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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