Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Facilities Planning Workshop

Council Chambers

June 20, 2006

6:00 P.M.

 

Present:                        Mayor Don Guggemos

Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Gerald Boldt

 

Absent:                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                                   

 

 

Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

Mareck presented the findings of City Hall, and the Public Works and Lakefront Promenade planning.

 

Ollig motioned to adjourn.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

June 20, 2006

7:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Don Guggemos

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Gerald Boldt

 

Absent:                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                   

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

Glen Strom, Police Investigator

Jeremiah Jessen, Police Officer

Raquel Kirchoff, Administrative Assistant

 

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

 

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

 

            a)            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of June 6, 2006.

 

b)            Authorized the Regular City Council Meeting, scheduled for July 4, 2006, to be rescheduled for Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in observance of Independence Day.

           

c)            Scheduled a closed session of the Winsted City Council for July 5, 2006 at 5:45 p.m. to conduct the annual review of the City Administrator.

 

d)            Scheduled a Budget Workshop for July 18, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

 

e)            Approved licenses to sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for Tom’s Corner Bar, 111 – 1st Street North.

 

f)            Approved the Off Sale, On Sale, and Sunday Liquor Licenses from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for Tom’s Corner Bar, 111 – 1st Street North.

 

g)            Approved the Claims List for June 20, 2006 as presented.

 

3)            Open Forum

 

a)            Award Presentation – People Service

 

            Guggemos presented Phillip Robinson, People Service, a Certificate of Commendation from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for outstanding operation, maintenance and compliance of the City of Winsted’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.

 

 

 

 

b)            J.F. Berger, Inc./Bailey’s Tavern & Grill – Tobacco and Liquor Licenses

 

            Jeff Fuerstenberg, Bailey’s Tavern & Grill, 591 Main Avenue West, was present at the meeting to present his Liquor License Renewal application and Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices Selling licenses for the period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for Council approval.

 

            Boelter reviewed the applications and reminded Fuerstenberg, and the Council, that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Alcohol Enforcement will not approve the Liquor License Renewal application without a copy of Bailey’s Tavern & Grill Certificate of Liability Insurance for the period of July 1, 2006 through July 1, 2007.

 

Fuerstenberg stated that he would bring the Certificate of Liability Insurance to Boelter on Tuesday, June 27, 2006.

 

            Ollig motioned to approve the Off-Sale, On Sale, and Sunday Liquor Licenses and the licenses to sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices for the period of July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 for J.F. Berger, Inc./Bailey’s Tavern & Grill, 591 Main Avenue West; and the City of Winsted will submit the application to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Alcohol Enforcement pending the Certificate of Liability Insurance for the period of July 1, 2006 through July 1, 2007; and if there is a delay in the time the City of Winsted receives the Certificate of Liability Insurance and the applicable fees, and sends it and the Renewal application to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Alcohol Enforcement, and their approval is not received before 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2006,  Bailey’s Tavern & Grill will not be allowed to sell Liquor and/or Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices until such time as the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Alcohol Enforcement gives it’s approval.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 2-1.  Wiemiller opposed.

 

4)            Public Hearings

 

            a)            Sam and Diane Montgomery Annexation – Ordinance O-06-02

 

Mareck presented Ordinance O-06-02, an Ordinance annexing to the City of Winsted certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City owned by Sam M. Montgomery and Diane L. Montgomery.

 

Boldt motioned to adopt Ordinance O-06-02 annexing to the City of Winsted certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City owned by Sam M. Montgomery and Diane L. Montgomery.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

            b)            Winsted Municipal Airport – Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal

 

Boelter presented the City of Winsted’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal of 5.1%.  The City of Winsted will be receiving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for the 2006 Airport Improvement project and grantees are required to establish and approve a DBE goal.  This goal states that the City of Winsted has approximately 5.1% DBEs available in the Winsted area to complete the improvement projects.

 

 

Wiemiller motioned to approve 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.  Ollig seconded.

Motion carried 3-0.

 

5)            Old Business

 

            a)            Hazardous Property Abatement (163 Main Avenue West) – Resolution R-06-17

 

Mareck presented Resolution R-05-36, adopted on November 15, 2005, ordering the abatement of conditions creating a hazardous property owned by Mohammed Shahidullah (Sam Ulland), 163 Main Avenue West.  Mareck stated that Ulland has corrected conditions on the property that originally made his property “unfit for human habitation”; however, hazardous conditions still exist on the property and include:

1.     The basement gas lines are corroding and the gas heater is not vented.

2.     The porch is constructed in a manner that does not meet minimum load requirements and could collapse.

3.     The west wall of the lower level was blown inward and has been propped up without structural support.

4.     The south side of the Subject Property contains a large hole in an exterior wall and  the exterior wall of the porch is rotting;

5.     There is an accumulation of what appears to be medical waste causing an intense odor in the main floor refrigerator.

6.     There is an accumulation of unused insulation, sheetrock, old appliances, furniture and other miscellaneous debris littered throughout the structure.

 

John (Mack) M. LeFevre, Jr., attorney from Kennedy & Graven, outlined the abatement process according to the Minnesota State Statue.

1.     A resolution is adopted.

2.     Ulland will be given an order from the City of Winsted to correct the hazardous conditions.

3.     Under the proposed order, Ulland would be given thirty (30) days to correct the conditions.  If Ulland contests the corrective order stating that the conditions are not hazardous, he can file an answer with McLeod County District Court.

 

LeFevre distributed a copy of Resolution R-06-17 to the City Council, a resolution ordering the abatement of conditions creating a hazardous property at 163 Main Avenue West.

 

Ulland was in attendance at the meeting and distributed a letter to the City Council and staff from William Becklin, Becklin & Whitney, Consulting Engineers, Inc.  The letter discusses Becklin’s recommendations to:

1.     Install a deck as detailed in their plans.

2.     Install an entry enclosure as described and shown in their plans.

3.     Install additional roof members as detailed.

4.     Install or reinstall R-38 minimum batt insulation.

5.     Install poly vapor barrier and gypsum.

 

Guggemos stated that the recommendations in Becklin’s letter do not address all the hazardous conditions stated in the abatement order for Ulland’s property at 163 Main Avenue West.

 

Guggemos asked Ulland how many days he would need to complete the abatement order.  Ulland stated he would complete the abatement order in sixty (60) days.

 

Guggemos asked LeFevre if Resolution R-06-17 could be revised to allow Ulland sixty (60) days to complete the abatement order.  LeFevre stated that Minnesota State Statute only requires that you state a certain number of days to complete the abatement.

 

Boldt motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-17 ordering the abatement of conditions creating a hazardous property at 163 Main Avenue West setting a 60 day limit to complete the abatement.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

            b)            Amendment to On-Street Camper and Trailer Parking – Schedule Public Hearing

 

Mareck presented to the Council the information he obtained from surrounding cities pertaining to “camper and trailer” parking.  The responses ranged from having no ordinance regarding on-street parking for campers and trailers to limiting this type of parking to six (6) hours to load and unload.

 

Mareck stated that for those wishing to restrict camper and trailer parking, the issues include; little to no street maintenance can occur in the area, traffic and child safety concerns, aesthetics of the neighborhood and relocating these types of vehicles to other streets in the City would clearly not meet the intent of having an ordinance of this type.

 

Using the information he obtained, Mareck presented the following options to the City Council: 

 

1.     Limit on-street parking for campers and trailers to four (4) consecutive days and to the area immediately adjacent to the owner’s property.  That same camper or trailer may not be parked again on the street (immediately adjacent to their property) for at least three (3) days, but may do so with permission of the Police Chief or his/her designee.

 

Eliminates enforcement issues on “hour counting” and restricts owners from parking their campers and trailers in front of another’s property.  Provides a relatively easy option to enforce the ordinance, while providing camper and trailer owners sufficient time to load and unload.   The language does end up requiring camper and trailer owners to find long term parking alternatives, which may or may not be available.    

 

2.     Restrict “camper and trailer” parking to a maximum of twenty-four (24) hours to load or unload.

 

Would remedy all concerns for this type of parking on City streets; however it could place a burden on an owner to find an alternative parking space when getting ready for a longer trip.

 

3.     Eliminate any existing provision that restricts the parking of “campers and trailers” on City streets.

 

Would allow existing conditions to continue and would eliminate an ordinance of the City, but would not remedy any of the previously stated concerns for those advocating for stronger ordinance language.

 

4.     Limit parking restrictions to certain streets in the City based on their traffic volume and width.

 

Could lead to residents living on restricted streets to park their camper or trailer on an adjacent street.

 

Guggemos stated that he would like to table discussion of the on-street camper and trailer parking to the next Council meeting when Council member Quast is in attendance.

 

Ollig stated that he would like to have an opportunity to discuss the proposed options with the residents in attendance at the June 6, 2006 Council meeting to address their concerns with the proposed on-street camper and trailer parking amendment.

 

Ollig motioned to table the proposed ordinance amendment to on-street camper and trailer parking to the July 5, 2006 regular City Council meeting. Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

6)            New Business

 

a)              Fence Replacement – Barrett Park Outfield

 

Mareck presented a proposal to repair the outfield fence at Barrett Park.

 

Mareck stated that the Park Commission, at their 5:00 p.m. meeting on June 20, 2006, recommended that the City Council table the proposal to repair the outfield fence for further study, and quotations, to replace all the fencing at Barrett Park.

 

Boldt motioned to table the proposal for repair to the outfield fence at Barrett Park for further study, and quotations, to replace all the fencing.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

7)            Department Reports

 

            a)            Police Department

           

Strom reported on the following:

Ø     May, 2006 the Winsted Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program took over 30 fifth and sixth grade students to a Minnesota Twins game.  The event was sponsored by TDS and Millerbernd Design & Fabrication.

Ø     Safe and Sober program in May, 2006 and June, 2006.

Ø     Winstock

Ø     National Night Out – August 1, 2006 from 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in the Pheasant Run neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

8)            Financial Report

 

 

            a)            May Financial Report – City Clerk/Treasurer

 

                        Boelter presented the May, 2006 Financial Report.

 

Ollig motioned to accept the May, 2006 Financial Report as presented.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

9)            Announcements

 

a)            Blight Enforcement

 

Mareck addressed the letter to the editor in the Herald Journal newspaper regarding Blight enforcement.

 

            b)            Annual Review – City Administrator

 

Mareck reminded the City Council of his annual review on July 5, 2006 and distributed his evaluation forms to be completed by the Council before the scheduled review.

 

10)            Adjournment

 

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn.  Bolt seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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