Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

July 18, 2006

7:00 p.m.


Present:                        Mayor Don Guggemos

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Gerald Boldt


Absent:                                    Council Member Thomas Wiemiller


Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Raquel Kirchoff, Administrative Assistant

Fran Eggert, City Attorney


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


2)            Ollig questioned if the Resolution regarding the Automark voting system was just for the City and not the township.  Mareck responded that the township has a share and they would have to pass their own resolution.  He would get back to the Council if inaccurate.



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


a)            Accepted the minutes of the City Administrator’s Annual Review of

July 5, 2006.


b)            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of July 5, 2006.


c)            Approved the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) grant offer for the Winsted Municipal Airport’s 2006 Improvement Project, and authorize the City Administrator and City Attorney to sign the agreement.

d)            Adopted Resolution R-06-20 authorization to execute Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT) Grant Agreement for the Winsted Municipal Airport’s 2006 Improvement Project.

e)            Adopted Resolution R-06-21 authorizing the Automark voting system in the City of Winsted’s precinct.

f)            Scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 7 PM to consider testimony from William Gilk, property owner at 351 Lake Drive, regarding a water shut off notice.


g)            Reviewed the Building Permit Reports – January 2006 through June 2006.

h)            Approved the Claims List for July 18, 2006 as presented.






3)            Open Forum


Mayor Guggemos made the announcement that for the July 18, 2006 regular City Council meeting the Open Forum would stay at the same place within the meeting.  During future meetings however, the Open Forum will be moved to the latter part of the meeting since some of the topics discussed in the Open Forum are discussed during the meeting in later agenda items.  Moving the Open Forum will make it easier to address additional questions people may have.


4)            No Public Hearings.


Mareck announced that the Public Hearing scheduled for July 18, 2006 regarding the Wiebel Farm Annexation would be continued to August 15, 2006 because the applicant was not ready to present their petition.



5)            Old Business


a.)              Mareck reported that Jeff Fuerstenberg of Bailey’s Tavern & Grill submitted completed Liquor and Tobacco and Tobacco Related Products Selling Licenses applications and fees.  Fuerstenberg is working with his insurance company and the City has confirmed that he is getting his liquor liability; however, the insurance company needs a letter from the City stating that he is approved conditionally to obtain a liquor license.


Mareck stated that the City Council could grant a conditional approval of obtaining the licenses based on the following conditions:

Ø     Applications are completed correctly.

Ø     Liability insurance is obtained.

Ø     The Winsted Police Department would perform a background check on Mr. Fuerstenberg as any new applicant.


Ollig questioned if a health inspection was required by the State.  Mareck responded that he would find the answer and get it back to the Council.


Ollig motioned to accept Bailey’s Tavern & Grill applications for their Liquor and Tobacco and Tobacco Related Products Selling Licenses pending proof of insurance, a successful Police Department background check on Mr. Fuerstenberg, a State Health inspection of Bailey’s Tavern & Grill if required, and the City Clerk upon receiving proof of insurance would forward that onto the Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Alcohol Enforcement.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


b.)             Ollig asked that the proposed ordinance amendment to on-street camper and trailer parking be TABLED past August 1st.


Ollig motioned to TABLE the proposed ordinance amendment to on-street camper and trailer parking until further notice.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


Guggemos questioned if this request was made because there was still research being done and Ollig responded that was correct.  Ollig stated that rather than doing something in the next two (2) to three (3) weeks, he would like to come to an agreement on what they are trying to do and consider the ordinance amendment at a later date.



6)            New Business


a)              Sludge Removal – Fergus Pump


Mareck reported that over the past year the City has been working on a plan to store sludge from the wastewater plant in two on-site harvester tanks.  The tanks will be located on the north side of the most easterly lagoon and in order to prepare the site for the construction the sludge must be removed.  A dike has been built to section off the area and the sludge will be pumped out of this area to make way for construction.


Mareck mentioned that SEH has a proposal to have the lagoons converted to wetlands to earn credits. 


A quote was sent to Dan Wroge from Fergus Pump to pump an approximate 750,000 gallons from the first (1st) lagoon.  A copy of that quote has been sent to SEH.


Quast motioned to accept a quote from Fergus Pump to pump sludge from the first (1st) lagoon at a cost not to exceed $14,940.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.



b)            Employee Performance Reviews


Mareck reported that over the past several months the City has reviewed the forms used to conduct employee performance evaluations.  The existing form and method of evaluation had a lot of redundancy and did not facilitate dialogue during the review.  The proposed form is focused on comments and discussion, as opposed to a rating system.   Mareck said that people react to a rating system and the City would like to get away from a rating system.


Ollig questioned if the form included a section for peer review where the employee could evaluate the supervisor.  Mareck stated that it didn’t but he would add that section and bring it back for the Council review.


            Ollig motioned to adopt a new employee performance review form pending additional information on peer review be added.    Quast seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.



7)            Department Reports


            a)            SEH


SEH engineer Justin Black was present to report the Quarterly Project Update for Winsted, MN.  The report included updates on the following projects:

Ø     Hainlin Park Well

Ø     Sludge Storage Tanks

Ø     Kingsley Generator

Ø     2006 Airport Improvement Project

Ø     Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Update

Ø     Industrial Park Storm Water Study

Ø     Flood Zone Map Amendment



8)            Mareck presented the June Financial Report.


Boldt motioned to accept the June Financial Report, Quast seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


9)            Announcements


Mareck presented Resolution R–06-22 Redevelopment Grant Application be adopted appointing the City of Winsted as legal sponsor for the project contained in the Redevelopment Grant Program and authorizing the City Administrator to apply for funding on this project on behalf of the City of Winsted.  The funds would be used for the infrastructure costs incurred with the City Center.  The grant would be for $400,000.00 which the City would have to match, but with the existing City Center project there would not be an issue with that match.


Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R–06-22 Redevelopment Grant Application appointing the City of Winsted as legal sponsor for the project and authorizing the City Administrator to apply for the grant.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


10)            Adjournment


Quast motioned to adjourn.  Mayor Guggemos asked for a vote.  Motion carried 3-0





Respectfully submitted,




Raquel M. Kirchoff

Administrative Assistant

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