Winsted City Council Minutes
Town Hall Meeting
Winsted Fire Hall
September 12, 2006
Present: Mayor Don Guggemos
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
Council Member Gerald Boldt
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Tom Ollig
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator
Sue Mueller, Utility Clerk
1) Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 8:10 p.m.
2) Mareck presented a slide presentation reviewing the history of city hall. The presentation included site plans, floor plans and conceptual pictures of what a new city hall and public works building would look like. Mareck also presented the proposed financial costs for the city hall, lakefront promenade, and the public works building. Mareck detailed three tracks for consideration and what would be required under each track. Mareck also addressed issues relating to parking, facility and design questions.
3) Dave Sherman, 378 Pike Court asked if the businesses along the lake were excited or had concerns regarding the plans.
4) Lid Laxen, 240 Westgate Dr expressed concerns on the tax issues relating to senior citizens.
5) Jan Cartwright, 350 Sunfish Lane stated that she is a new resident and is very impressed with what the City is trying to do. She stated that she is appalled at what the lake currently looks like along the shoreline. She then asked when a swimming pool or library may be available.
6) Linda Juncewski, 22255 Babcock Ave asked if these were the final plans. She also stated that the city could use something less extravagant.
7) Dave Mochinski asked how long it would take to pay track three off.
8) Lila Probert, 412 Lake Dr asked whether the 650 house development was still being planned.
9) Lenny Juncewski, 22255 Babcock Ave. asked how many building permits have been issued.
10) Lila Probert, 412 Lake Dr. asked if it was possible that the wall between the city council and the community rooms could be removed.
11) Jack Littfin, 23967 240th Court asked about the minor changes on the upper level and significant changes on the lower level
12) Lid Laxen asked what is happening to the old city hall.
13) Chris Schultz, stated that it has been a long process to get to this point. It started 6 or 7 years ago and has gone through many different directions and that the City Council, Mayor and staff should be commended. Initially it started at solicitation of information from citizens and then it required participation from citizens.
14) Petie Littfin, 23967 240th Court spoke about the Winsted Summer Festival and how much people enjoy the Festival. If we do this the city should make sure it is done right. This will be something for us and our grandkids to benefit from.
15) Pat Schommer, 371 Southshore Dr. stated that Winsted's streets, unlike other communities need very little maintenance as the city has kept up with repairs and the city should be commended for this. He thinks the project is a great idea. He asked about the trail system and if this would be included.
16) Lila Probert, 412 Lake Dr. said she would like to see more commercial business brought into town, maybe advertise.
17) Steve Stotko, 372 Southshore Dr. asked about the size of the existing public works building versus the planned public works building.
18) Joe Hirsch, 115 Lake Ave E asked why the difference between doing two projects between all three.
19) Jack Littfin, 23967 240th Court asked about the public works building being on County Rd 1.
20) Carol Kappel, 413 Andy Ave W suggested that Spotlight on Winsted work with the school district. That the city is fortunate to be in the school district it is in. The City needs to do things to keep the town viable for new residents. She also said she would like to see a referendum.
21) Chris Schultz, 130 Pine St N, Lester Prairie asked about a time frame when construction could begin, with or without a referendum.
22) Steve Mattson, Financial Advisor for the city addressed the group and stated that it is always a good idea to have input from citizens. He explained the differences between having a referendum versus not having one and how they would affect property taxes based on the market value of property. He explained that businesses may prefer a referendum as this reduces their rate from a normal property tax rate. Where as with no referendum it would benefit the homeowners more by keeping tax rates at their usual rates.
23) Tom Ollig stated that a thank you should go to the people on the initial Design Committee, Jack Littfin, Judy Langenfeld, Dan Dickhausen, Jim Koch and Jennifer Sherman.
24) Mareck explained the different options, for each track and the time frames of when the project could start, based upon each of the options. At this point during the meeting it was decided to take a straw poll of what action should be taken on the project.
25) A letter from Barb Campbell, 560 4th St N was delivered to City Hall as Barb was unable to be present at the Town Hall Meeting. Barb would like to see more upkeep of what the city currently has. She used the streets along the lake, sidewalks, curb and gutter as embarrassing examples for the town. She thinks the city should utilize and improve what we have. She offers a proposal to leave the Public Works facility where it is and maybe have some landscaping done to make it more attractive. She also suggested the City purchase the building they are now occupying. The building could be improved for less cost and the City could rent out the office spaces. She is totally against the extravagance of the building project. Campbell's letter states that the Lakefront Promenade is totally an unnecessary expense. The picture in the brochures is deceiving in her opinion. She also had concerns for increases in property taxes.
Ollig motioned to direct staff to prepare the necessary documents and schedule a public hearing to consider constructing the Public Works Garage under the Capital Improvement Plan using Capital Improvement Bonds and to request special legislation to use Winsted's bonding authority to construct City Hall and the Lakefront Promenade with a referendum if 10% of the registered voters petition for one. Quast seconded. Motion carried.
Quast motioned to adjourn. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried.
Susan M. Mueller