Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

June 6, 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

Glen Strom, Police Investigator

 

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 Board of Review of May 16, 2006.

 

b)            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of

May 16, 2006.

           

c)            Scheduled a workshop for June 20, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. to review planning progress on the City Center-Lakefront Promenade and Public Works projects.

 

d)            Authorized the closing of City Hall on Monday, July 3rd, 2006 to coincide with the July 4th, 2006 holiday.

 

e)            Approved licenses to sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for the following:

 

Casey’s General Store #1673                  G & J Foods, Inc.

240 – 6th Street North                                                491 Main Avenue West

 

J & N Schlagel Enterprises II                  Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill

The Blue Note Ballroom                                                (Formerly Tom’s Corner Bar)

320 – 3rd Street South                                                111 – 1st Street North

 

The Woods Group

121 – 1st Street North

 

f)            Approved the Off Sale, On Sale, and Sunday Liquor Licenses from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for the following:

 

J & N Schlagel Enterprises II                  Papa Tom’s Bar & Grill

The Blue Note                                                            (Formerly Tom’s Corner Bar)

320 – 3rd Street North                        111 – 1st Street North

 

The Woods Group

Keg’s Bar

121 – 1st Street North

 

Approved the On Sale Club and Sunday Liquor Licenses from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for the following:

American Legion Post #407                                    Winsted Baseball Club, Inc.

161 – 1st Street North                        Campbell Field

 

g)            Approved a Dance Permit for the Blue Note Ballroom, 320 – 3rd Street South, for the period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.

 

h)            Scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday June 20, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the City of Winsted’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal of 5.1% for the Fiscal Year 2006 Airport Improvement projects which are funded, at least in part, by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant.    

 

i)            Approved the Claims List for June 6, 2006 as presented.

 

3)            Open Forum

 

a)            Betty and Glenn Diers, 410 Kingsley Street South, addressed the Council thanking the City for the improvements to the Kingsley Lift Station Generator and for hanging the flags on County Road 1 for Memorial Day.

 

Diers requested that the City look at adopting policy and code that would regulate blighting conditions, and the storage of recreational and other vehicles on resident properties and on City streets.  Diers stated that current storage of recreational and other vehicles, and other miscellaneous debris on the properties of City of Winsted residents, is unappealing to visitors.

 

Ollig stated that current City ordinance does allow the City to address vehicles that are not licensed and being stored on resident property.  The City cannot do anything about vehicles being stored on resident property that are licensed.

 

Diers also expressed concern that their neighbor has requested that the alley located near their property be opened for parking use.  Currently, the alley is covered and maintained with grass.  Diers would like the alley to remain as grass and asked the Council to take their view into consideration if the request to open the alley is brought to the Council in the future.  

 

Guggemos stated that the City does not maintain alleys as a thoroughfare.

 

b)            Ken Schoenfelder, 137 Linden Avenue East, thanked the City for placing reflective material on the stop sign posts.

 

4)            Public Hearings

 

            a)            Ordinance O-06-    Amendment to On-Street Camper and Trailer Parking

                       

Ken Schoenfelder, 137 Linden Avenue East, addressed the proposed

On-Street Camper and Trailer Parking Ordinance.  Schoenfelder stated that if the ordinance amendment is adopted and he would be required to move his camper off the street after seventy-two (72) hours, he would have to park the camper on a different street for seventy-two (72) hours.  He believes that other residents would be opposed to his camper being parked in front of their property.  Schoenfelder stated that if the Public Works Department is unable to sweep the street where the camper is parked, that is his problem.  Schoenfelder requested that the ordinance amendment not be adopted.

 

Guggemos stated that the ordinance amendment is not being considered just for the purpose of the Public Works Department being able to sweep the streets but for safety reasons.  Campers parked on the street make it difficult for other traveling vehicles to see properly.

 

Dave Gailey, 321 – 3rd Street North, asked what neighboring communities have similar ordinances.  Mareck stated that he will forward that information to Gailey.

 

Gailey stated that he has a place to park his camper on his property but he requested that the City Council recognize the value of family camping when considering the proposed ordinance amendment.  Gailey stated that he would hate to see residents discouraged from purchasing a boat and/or camper due to the adoption of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

Schoenfelder stated that the City should continue activities that promote positive reinforcement to encourage property owners to maintain their property instead of passing more regulations.

 

Guggemos stated that ordinances and ordinance amendments are considered in response to complaints and/or concerns of residents.

 

Mareck stated that the City currently has an On-Street Camper and Trailer Parking Ordinance but the Police Department has found it to be unenforceable.  The proposed ordinance amendment would make the ordinance enforceable.

 

Mareck presented the process for preparing an ordinance or ordinance amendment:

Ø    City receives a resident complaint and/or concern.

Ø    Staff brings the complaint and/or concern to the attention of the City Council.

Ø    Staff contacts other communities and the League of Minnesota Cities regarding ordinances that they have addressing the same issue.

Ø    Staff prepares a proposed ordinance or ordinance amendment and presents it to the City Council.

Ø    A public hearing is scheduled to consider the proposed ordinance or ordinance amendment.

 

Wiemiller motioned to TABLE the adoption of an Ordinance amending on-street parking regulations for camper, boats, trailers and other objects.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

The Council gave Mareck direction on what information to acquire for future consideration of the proposed On-Street Camper and Trailer Parking ordinance.

 

5)            No Old Business.

 

 

 

 

6)            New Business

 

a)              Annexation of the Marcella Weibel Property

 

Eggert presented the proposed petitions for annexation of parcel A and parcel B of the Marcella Weibel property.

 

Ray Williams, Trailhead Development, was in attendance at the meeting and presented a map detailing the annexation area.

 

Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-15 accepting a petition for annexation of parcel A of the Marcella Weibel property and to schedule a public hearing for July 18, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Winsted City Hall to consider the annexation.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-16 accepting a petition for annexation of parcel B of the Marcella Weibel property and to schedule a public hearing for July 18, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at Winsted City Hall to consider the annexation.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

b)            Radar Speed Sign Trailer           

 

Strom presented a proposal for the City of Winsted to purchase a Radar Speed Sign Trailer from the McLeod County Police and Peace Officer’s Association (MCPPOA) for $1.  The City of Winsted will then lease the trailer to the MCPPOA for $1 per year.

 

The City of Winsted will insure the Radar Speed Sign Trailer.  Eggert has prepared an agreement to be signed by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department, and other communities using the trailer, stating that if any damage is done to the trailer and/or someone’s private property due to the trailer, that the Sheriff’s Department and/or that community is responsible for the City of Winsted’s insurance deductible.

 

            The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department has agreed to store the Radar Speed Sign Trailer.

 

Eggert will prepare a bill of sale between the City of Winsted and the MCPPOA, a lease back agreement from the City of Winsted to the MCPPOA, and a lease agreement to be signed by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department and the communities using the trailer.

           

Ollig motioned to have the City Attorney prepare a Bill of Sale between the City of Winsted and the McLeod County Police and Peace Officer’s Association (MCPPOA) for the Radar Speed Sign Trailer, a Lease Back Agreement between the MCPPOA and the City of Winsted, and a Lease Agreement to be signed by the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department and the communities using the trailer; and have the Mayor and City Administrator approve the bill of sale and leases and sign.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7)            Department Reports

 

            a)            City Clerk-Treasurer

           

Boelter reported on the following:

Ø     Administrative Assistant

Ø     2006 Blight

Ø     Progress of 2005 Audit

Ø     Began preparations for the 2007 Budgeting Process

Ø     Airport

Ø     Clerk and Staff Training

 

8)            No Financial Report.

 

9)            Announcements

 

a)            Brush Site – Expand Hours of Operation

 

Mareck presented a request to expand the hours of operation of the Brush Compost Site to include Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to dark.

 

Quast motioned to expand the hours of operation of the Brush Compost Site to include Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to dark.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

10)            Adjournment

 

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

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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