Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

May 16, 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) Quast motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

a) Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of May 2, 2006.

b) Approved the Claims List for May 16, 2006 as presented.

Mareck presented a request from Tony and Kevin Kahle, 204 Linden Avenue East, for an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) permit to groom Westgate Park’s softball field.

Ollig motioned to approve an All Terrain Vehicle permit for Tony and Kevin Kahle, 204 Linden Avenue East, to groom Westgate Park’s softball field. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

3) Open Forum

4) Public Hearings

a) Street Vacation – Lake Avenue

Mareck presented Eggert’s letter, dated April 21, 2006, explaining the reason for the partial vacation of Lake Avenue

Eggert stated that the portion of Lake Avenue that will be vacated was signed off by the City of Winsted years ago via Quit Claim Deed. Recently the house in front of said area of Lake Avenue was sold. The title company doing the title work took the position that the City’s Quit Claim Deed was insufficient to void any interest of the City in said street in front of said house. The title company took the position that the only way a City can divest itself of a legal interest in a piece of property that is a City street is via the statutory street vacation method.

Eggert stated the City had previously determined it did not have any interest in said premises and decided to proceed with the street vacation process by holding a public hearing.

Bev Schmitz, 121 Lake Avenue East, asked if the stake located on her property was part of the vacation. Guggemos stated that the stake is marking the City’s right-of-way and her property line.

Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-14 vacating certain portions of Lake Avenue in the City of Winsted. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

5) Old Business

a) Proposed Ordinance Amendment – Camper and Trailer Parking

Mareck presented the proposed revision to the City of Winsted’s ordinance as it relates to camper and trailer parking:

No recreation vehicle, trailer, boat, camper, or any implement of husbandry shall be parked on any City street for more than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours three consecutive days (if the same does not violate any other term of this ordinance) without being moved to another location. Parking on the same street of the original parking space shall be considered the same space. To enforce this subdivision, the police may mark the tires of such vehicles to determine compliance with this ordinance. It is a violation of this ordinance to remove, hinder, or alter such markings as the police place on said vehicles or the tires of said vehicles.

Guggemos stated that he believes twenty-four (24) consecutive hours is not enough time. Ollig recommended that the twenty-four (24) consecutive hours be changed to seventy-two (72) consecutive hours.

Steve Fiecke, 123 Fairlawn Avenue East, was present at the meeting to inquire what he would do because he does not have room in his driveway to park his camper. Ollig stated that Ordinances cannot be passed as a result of specific situations. Fiecke asked why the City of Winsted has decided to enforce parking regulations for camper and trailer parking. Guggemos stated that current camper and trailer parking has been hindering proper street maintenance by the Public Works’ Department.

Ollig motioned to change the proposed consecutive hours from twenty-four (24) to seventy-two (72) and to schedule a public hearing for June 6, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to amend the municipal code as it relates to camper and trailer parking on City streets. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

6) New Business

a) Purchase Agreement – Di-Max Corporation

Mareck presented a proposed purchase agreement between the City of Winsted and Di-Max, a die-cutting company, to purchase Lot 7, Block 2 of the Winsted Industrial Park. Di-Max is proposing to construct a 6,500 square feet building and employ approximately five (5) people.

Under the terms of the agreement, Di-Max would purchase the property for $46,173 and pay for street improvements made to Industrial Lane. The City in turn would agree to bring water and sewer to the property line, and install a street light once Industrial Lane is constructed.

Jim Hasselman, Di-Max Corporation President, was in attendance at the meeting. Hasselman gave an overview of Di-Max Corporation and answered Council and staff questions.

Quast motioned to enter into a purchase agreement with Di-Max Corporation to sell Lot 7, Block 2 of Winsted Industrial Park Two for $46,173. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

b) Installation of Utilities – Winsted Industrial Park

Mareck presented two (2) quotes to install water and sewer lines on Industrial Lane, Winsted Industrial Park.

Ollig motioned to authorize Hjerpe Contracting, Inc. to install water and sewer lines on Industrial Lane, Winsted Industrial Park at a cost not to exceed $20,292. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

c) Plans and Specs – Airport Improvement Projects – Winsted Municipal Airport

Boelter presented the Winsted Municipal Airport’s Capital Improvement Plan’s projects identified to be completed in 2006. SEH has prepared the plans and specifications for the projects and the proposed schedule would be as follows:

May 16, 2006 - Council approval of plans and specifications

May 26, 2006 - Advertise for bids

June 20, 2006 - Bid opening at City Hall

Benita Crow, SEH, was present at the meeting to answer questions regarding the proposed plans and specifications of the improvement projects for the Winsted Municipal Airport’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2006.

Crow stated that she has determined that the initial estimated costs for the proposed improvement projects are high. Crow recommended the Airport Commission and City Council consider installing security fencing with the additional funding.

Mareck stated that the City will obtain bids to install security fencing at the airport.

Ollig motioned to approve the plans and specifications, authorize the advertisement of bids for 2006 improvements at the Winsted Municipal Airport, and that the City secure bids for fencing and present to the Council for approval at a later date. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

d) Airport Layout Plan Update – Winsted Municipal Airport

Boelter presented the proposal from SEH to update the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to include a paved runway.

Wiemiller motioned to approve the proposal by SEH to update the Airport Layout Plan for the Winsted Municipal Airport at a cost not to exceed $9,100. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

e) Holiday Decorations

Boelter presented the proposal to purchase holiday decorations to be displayed on County Road 1.

Boelter corrected the financial/budget information on the City Council Request (CCR) document presented to the City Council. The holiday decorations were not budgeted for in 2006.

Mareck explained that $10,000 was budgeted in 2005 for holiday decorations and was not completely expended. The unexpended funds were redistributed to the reserve account. The $2,472 to purchase the requested holiday decorations would be taken from the reserve account.

Quast motioned to authorize the purchase of eight (8) holiday lanterns and garland from Display Sales at a cost not to exceed $2,472. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

7) Department Reports

a) Fire Department

Ken Fitchwell, Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Chief, reported on the following:

(Chad Engel, 2nd Assistant Chief, was also in attendance.)

• 2006 totals for fire and medical calls responded to.

• Winstock preparations.

• June 8th, 2006 Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.

• Recently advertised in the Herald Journal newspaper for individuals to apply to become a firefighter.

• Will be touring Winsted’s new businesses to learn the building layout in the event of a fire and/or medical emergency.

Council commended the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department for the job that they do.

Fitchwell will bring City staff a copy of the newspaper advertisement for firefighters so it can be put on the cable television station.

8) Financial Report

Boelter presented the April, 2006 Financial Report.

9) Announcements

10) Adjournment

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal June 12, 2006.

City of Winsted

Board of Review

Council Chambers

May 16, 2006

6:30 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

McLeod County Assessors Office: Sue Schulz, Donna Janus

Guggemos called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Guggemos stated that the purpose of the Board of Review is to provide a fair and objective forum for property owners to appeal their valuation or classification.

Sue Schulz and Donna Janus, McLeod County Assessors Office, presented a report on the City of Winsted’s 2006 estimated market values.

Guggemos presented the Statement of Property Taxes Payable in 2006 for Charles and Ralph Millerbernd, 118 - 6th Street South, 35.86 acres abutting Grass Lake Farm Housing Development. Guggemos stated that twenty (20) acres of it should be classified as tillable farm land and that the buildings were removed from the site two (2) years prior. Schulz stated that the McLeod County Assessor’s records classify 21.16 acres as tillable farm land. The McLeod County Assessor’s records value the tillable farm land at $4,000 per acre. With the removal of the buildings on the property, Schulz calculated the value at approximately $2,900 per acre.

Ollig motioned to remove the buildings, valued at $12,100, from parcel R21.010.1400, Charles and Ralph Millerbernd, 118 – 6th Street South. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

Schulz made a recommendation to increase the market value of parcel 21.111.0070, Clarence & Lidwina Laxen, 240 Westgate Drive, by $7,100 due to improvements. Schulz stated that the Laxens have been contacted regarding the proposed increase.

Ollig motioned to increase the market value of parcel 21.111.0070, Clarence & Lidwina Laxen, 240 Westgate Drive, by $7,100 as recommended by the McLeod County Assessor, Sue Schulz. Boldt seconded. Motion carried 4-0.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal June 12, 2006.


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