Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

May 2, 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

1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

2) Wiemiller motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 3-0.

Guggemos read Boldt’s wish to abstain from voting on the motion to authorize the Winsted American Legion Auxiliary Post #407 for the permit to authorize meat raffles and bingo games. Mr. Gordon Kubasch, Chaplain of American Legion Post #407 and member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Winsted, has voiced his moral concern to elders in that church. Council member Gerald L. Boldt, Pastor of said Lutheran Church, has in the past made motions and approved motions at regular City Council meetings to authorize the issuance of liquor, beer, and gambling licenses. While not personally opposed to the reasonable consumption of alcohol or recreational gambling, I will abstain as not to offend.

a) Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of April 18, 2006.

b) Adopted Resolution R-06-11 accepting petition of Sam and Diane Montgomery to annex certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City, and including the scheduling of a public hearing for June 20, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to consider annexing property (northwest corner of County Road 1 and County Road 5) owned by Sam and Clay Montgomery.

c) Approved Resolution R-06-12 allowing the American Legion Auxiliary Post #407 to have an annual gambling permit for meat raffles and bingo located at the American Legion Club #407.

d) Amended Resolution R-06-10 to increase the JOBZ transfer for AAA Galvanizing from 1.6 acres to 2.0 acres.

e) Approved the Claims List for May 2, 2006 as presented.

3) Open Forum

a) Mareck asked for Council direction in regards to Holy Trinity’s request for a permanent parking space that was auctioned at the Spring Fling. Holy Trinity asked to install signage designating the reserved parking space.

The Council stated that they did not want any type of signage and/or markings on City streets.

Mareck will contact Holy Trinity and ask them to move the permanent parking space to Winsted Avenue West, which is privately owned by Holy Trinity.

4) Public Hearings

a) Business Subsidy Agreement – AAA Galvanizing

Mareck presented the proposed business subsidy agreement between the City of Winsted and AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc.

Ollig motioned to enter into a business subsidy agreement with AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Resolution – Minnesota Investment Fund Loan – AAA Galvanizing

Mareck presented Resolution R-06-13 resolving that the City of Winsted act as the legal sponsor for project(s) contained in the Business and Community Development Application to be submitted to the Minnesota Investment Fund on behalf of AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc.

Mareck highlighted the scope of the project.

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-13 an application to the Minnesota Investment Fund in the amount of $500,000 for the AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc. project. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

5) Old Business

a) Mosquito Control Letter – E-Mail from the City of Norwood Young America

Mareck presented an e-mail from the City of Norwood Young America, regarding Professional Mosquito Control’s services performed in their City.

b) Sludge Storage Tanks – Wastewater Plant – Larry Anderson – SEH

Larry Anderson, SEH, presented the plans and specifications for the proposed sludge storage tanks to be constructed at the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).

Boldt motioned to accept the plans and specifications for the sludge storage tanks to be constructed at the Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and authorize their submittal to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Anderson asked for the status of the bid that was awarded to Henning Excavating at the November 22, 2005 Special City Council meeting to prepare the site at the WWTF for construction of the proposed sludge storage tanks.

Guggemos directed staff to contact Henning Excavating for completion of the project to prepare the WWTF site. Anderson will provide Henning Excavation with the exact location where the preparation is to be completed.

c) Well Project – Hainlin Park – Doug Klamerus – SEH

Doug Klamerus, SEH, gave an update on the Hainlin Park Well project.

6) New Business

a) Water and Sewer Study – SEH

Tom Homme, SEH, gave the background for the Sanitary Sewer and Water Study for the City of Winsted’s southern development area.

Klamerous, SEH, presented the summary for the Water portion of the study.

Christopher M. Cavett, SEH, presented the Sanitary Sewer section of the study.

Homme stated that the final report will be prepared in two (2) weeks. He asked the Council and staff to review the draft copy and if they had any questions and/or comments to contact him within the next two (2) weeks.

b) Site Plan – AAA Galvanizing

Mareck presented the site plan for AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc. showing the construction of an 86,330 square feet industrial building. The building would be primarily used for AAA’s hot dip galvanizing operation with some area for offices. In addition, the landscape plan shows heavy vegetation along the north side of the property to provide screening for residential development to the north.

Access to the site will come via a private drive from CR 1; running south along the Millerbernd Manufacturing property. The driving surface of the private drive is twenty-eight (28) feet and is hard surfaced per the City’s driveway ordinance.

The building height for the structure is fifty-five (55) feet (maximum forty-five (45) feet); however the ordinance allows one (1) foot to be added to the standard for every five (5) feet the structure is setback from the minimum setback line.

The site plan shows a total of thirty-seven (37) parking spaces. The ordinance calls for eight (8) spaces; plus one (1) for every two (2) employees on the largest work shift. Using this formula for AAA; the ordinance requires thirty-three (33) spaces.

The Planning Commission recommended unanimous approval of the site plan.

Clem Bayerl, 23596 Grass Lake Road, was present at the meeting to present concerns he had about drainage issues on his property.

Mareck stated that he spoke to AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc.’s engineers regarding Bayerl’s concerns and they will incorporate his drain tile into their drainage plans.

Ollig stated that AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota, Inc. informed the Planning Commission that their waste products are not distributed into the City’s sanitary sewer system. Their waste products are purchased by other companies. They also stated that their company does not emit odors.

Quast motioned to approve a site plan for AAA Galvanizing at 642 – 6th Street South. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Site Plan – Herald Journal Properties

Mareck presented the site plan for Herald Journal Properties showing the construction of a 3,600 square feet. commercial building. The building would be primarily used for sign shop activities and storage. The building elevation will be of the same color and design as the existing Herald Journal building on the site. The site plan also shows a future “new building” in the southwest area of the site.

Parking is not shown on the plan; however it appears that ample parking exists on the northwest side of the building.

The Planning Commission recommended unanimous approval of the site plan.

Ollig motioned to approve a site plan for Herald Journal Properties at 610 Main Avenue West. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

d) Weinbeck Field – Improvement Project

Mareck presented four options to re-grade Weinbeck Field (football field) to ensure appropriate drainage and an even playing field.

Option #1

Excavation H to H $3,496

Drain Tile $1,766

Sod $3,711

Installed $6,019

TOTAL INSTALLED $14,992

V-LABOR $8,973

Option #2

Excavation H to H $3,496

Drain Tile $1,766

Seed $1,030

TOTAL INSTALLED $6,292

Option #3

Entire Field $4,496

Drain Tile $1,766

Sod $8,434

Installed $8,550

TOTAL INSTALLED $23,246

V-LABOR $14,696

Option #4

Entire Field $4,496

Drain Tile $1,766

Seed $1,765

TOTAL INSTALLED $8,027

The Park Commission recommended unanimously approving Option #2 with the condition of adding another drain tile down the center of the field. Option #2 would re-grade the field from hash mark to hash mark and than re-seed with an athletic field grass. The seed contractor is confident that the field would be ready for play by the fall, 2006.

Ollig motioned to authorize the re-grading and re-seeding of Weinbeck Field at a cost not to exceed $6,292 plus the cost of an additional drain tile. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

e) Trail Project – Westgate Park

Mareck presented the history on the proposed trail in Westgate Park. In 1983 the City of Winsted received a grant to develop fields, trails, and landscaping in Westgate Park. In May of 2005 the DNR inspected Westgate Park and subsequently informed the City that an access walkway, accessible restrooms and signage must be added to the park to complete the grant project.

The access trail would run for approximately 625 ft. from the parking lot to the west entrance of the park at Westgate Terrace. The City has already installed the appropriate restroom facility and signage for Westgate Park.

The Park Commission unanimously recommended approving the project as presented.

Boldt motioned to authorize MJ Neisen Asphalt to install a walking trail in Westgate Park for a cost not to exceed $11,950. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) Department Reports

a) Airport Commission

Boelter reported on the following:

• Possible funding cuts from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

• Hangar inspections by the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department

• Information to presented to the Council at the May 16, 2006 regular City Council meeting

1. Plans and specifications for 2006 improvement projects

2. Bid to update Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to include a paved runway

Quast motioned to accept the Winsted Municipal Airport report as presented. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) People Service

Dan Wroge was present at the meeting to report on the following:

• Northgate Lift Station

• Phosphorus Management Plan

• Returned Activated Sludge (RAS) pumps and valves

• Grit removal system in the proposed sludge storage tanks

• Presented future capital projects that the City of Winsted should consider budgeting for

Quast asked Wroge to prioritize the capital projects. Wroge agreed to prioritize the capital projects and present to the Council and staff at a later date.

Guggemos directed Wroge to look at the cost of making repairs to the Kingsley Lift Station and present to the Council and staff at a later date.

8) No Financial Report.

9) Announcements

a) Kingsley Lift Station Generator Project

Larry Anderson, SEH, gave an update on the Kingsley Lift Station generator project.

b) Clem Bayerl - Grass Lake Road

Bayerl, 23596 Grass Lake Road, asked who was responsible for maintaining Grass Lake Road.

Mareck described the section of the road that is the responsibility of the City and which is the responsibility of Winsted Township.

Mareck stated that the Public Works Department will be installing gravel on the City section the week of May 1st, 2006.

10) Adjournment

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal May 22, 2006.


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