Winsted City Council Minutes

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

September 19, 2006

7:00 p.m.


Present:                        Mayor Don Guggemos

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Gerald Boldt

Council Member Bonnie Quast


Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                                    Michael Henrich, Chief of Police

                                    Jeremiah Jessen, Police Officer

Fran Eggert, City Attorney


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


2)            Guggemos removed item d from the Consent Agenda.


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


a)      Accepted the minutes of the City Center Workshop of September 5, 2006.


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


c)      The minutes of the Town Hall Meeting of September 12, 2006 – TABLED.

d)            Accepted a quote from Century Fence for $15,600 for new fencing at Barrett Park; a review of the quote from McBroom Construction had the City removing the existing fence, when including fence removal their quote increased to $17,449 – REMOVED.

e)            Granted parade permits to Holy Trinity School for Friday, October 6, 2006, and Monday, October 23, 2006, with the designated routes as submitted to the Winsted Police Department.

f)            Established a Canvassing Board with the following members:  Tom Ollig, Bonnie Quast, Brent Mareck, and Deb Boelter.  The purpose of the Canvassing Board will be to review the November 7, 2006 General Election results.

g)      Scheduled a Canvassing Board meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at

6:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers to review the November 7, 2006 General Election results.

h)            Authorized the Regular City Council Meeting, scheduled for November 7, 2006, to be rescheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., due to the General Election.           

i)            Approved a gambling permit for Crow River Ducks Unlimited to hold a raffle at The Blue Note Ballroom, 320-3rd Street South, on December 1, 2006.            


j)            Approved the Claims List for September 19, 2006 as presented.


Guggemos presented the Winsted Pride Award to the Business Winner, Advantage Mailing, 585 Industrial Boulevard.

Guggemos announced that Residential Winner, Dennis and Rachel Scherping, 715 Mallard Avenue, were unable to attend the September 19, 2006 Regular City Council meeting so they will be presented with their Winsted Pride Award at the October 3, 2006 Regular City Council meeting.           



Jessen introduced Anne Mielke, an Executive Team Lead for Assets Protection with Target Corporation.  Mielke was present at the meeting to award the Winsted Police Department with a Target in Blue Grant.


The Target in Blue program was created to increase community relations within communities and Law Enforcement.  Through this program Target donates annually to Law Enforcement to boost their abilities to curb crime.  This year the Winsted Police Department applied for and received a $999 grant through the Target in Blue program to purchase a new digital camera.


3)            No Public Hearings.


4)            Old Business


      a)      Hazardous Property Action – 163 Main Avenue West – Sam Ulland


Guggemos recommended that the City grant Ulland an extension to October 11, 2006 to complete the abatement of the following conditions:

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.


Guggemos stated that Ulland has made an effort to abate some of the conditions so

the City would prefer to give him the opportunity to continue.  The extension would require that Ulland submit weekly progress reports to the City of Winsted on September 22nd, September 29th, October 6th, 2006, and a final completion report on October 11th, 2006.


Boldt recommended that Ulland be granted a two (2) week extension and his progress reports evaluated at the October 3rd, 2006 Regular City Council meeting.


Boldt motioned to grant an extension to Sam Ulland to October 11, 2006, contingent on the evaluation of Ulland’s Progress Reports at the October 3rd, 2006 Regular City Council meeting, to complete projects necessary to eliminate hazardous conditions on his property at 163 Main Avenue West; provided that progress reports are submitted on September 22nd, September 29th, October 6th and a final completion report on October 11th.   Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


b)              Barrett Park Fencing


Dan Dickhausen, 624 Shady Creek Drive, asked the Council why the proposed fencing for Barrett Park was removed from the Consent Agenda.  Guggemos stated that the City is not intending to delay the fencing project.  The Public Works’ Department, Mareck, and Guggemos are evaluating the existing fencing to determine if parts of it could be used in the installation of the new fencing.


Bob Mochinski, 330 Kingsley Street South, requested that the pipes be evaluated thoroughly.  Mochinski stated that the portion of the piping located in the concrete may be rusted and need to be replaced.


Ollig motioned that the City spend a maximum of $15,600 for fencing improvements in Barrett Park.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


5)            New Business


a)              Schedule Public Hearing – Winsted Public Works Building


Mareck presented Resolution R-06-29.


Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-29 calling a public hearing for October 17, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. on the intention to issue General Obligation Capital Improvement Plan bonds and the proposal to adopt a Capital Improvement Plan.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


b)            Off-Sale Liquor License – Glenn Hussong


            Mareck presented Glenn Hussong’s letter requesting an Off-Sale Liquor License.


Hussong, Midway Corporation was at the meeting to present his proposal to relocate the existing Subway restaurant to a portion of the former Tom Thumb building and convert the unused portion into an Off-Sale Liquor Store.


Ollig asked Hussong if each business will have a separate entrance so that Subway patrons would be unable to enter the Liquor Store from the restaurant.  Hussong stated that they will have separate entrances.


Ollig motioned to allow for the creation of an additional Off-Sale liquor license in the City of Winsted.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


c)            Preliminary Plat – Montgomery Business Park


Mareck presented the Preliminary Plat for the Montgomery Business Park.


Mareck reviewed letters containing comments and recommendations in regards to the aforementioned Preliminary Plat from John T. Brunkhorst, McLeod County Engineer; Roger Berggren, McLeod County Environmentalist; and Thomas Homme, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH) Engineer.


Mareck presented the Preliminary Plat for the Montgomery Business Park to the Planning Commission at their September 13, 2006 meeting.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the Preliminary Plat with the following conditions:

1.     Follow all recommendations of the City Engineer.

2.     Follow all recommendations of the McLeod County Highway Engineer.

3.     Follow all recommendations and requirements presented by the McLeod County Environmentalist.

4.     Park Dedication in the amount of $12,000.

5.     Meet all requirements as set forth in the Winsted Subdivision Ordinance.

6.     Enter into a fully executed developer’s agreement; including the payment of fees associated with the project.


Quast motioned to approve the Preliminary Plat for the Montgomery Business Park with the conditions as recommended by the Winsted Planning Commission.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 4-0. 


d)            Plans and Specifications – Sludge Storage Tanks – Wastewater Treatment Plant


            Jessica Werder, SEH, presented the plans and specifications for the proposed sludge storage tanks, and the proposed schedule.


Quast motioned to approve the plans and specifications for the sludge storage tanks, authorized the advertisement of bids, and have the bids presented at the November 8th, 2006 Regular City Council meeting.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


            e)            Resolution – Sewer Fund Bond Reimbursement


Mareck presented Resolution R-06-30.


Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-30, a Resolution establishing procedures relating to compliance with reimbursement bond regulations under the Internal Revenue Code.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


f)            Installation of Electrical Transformer – Winsted Municipal Airport


Boelter presented Xcel Energy’s Underground Service Form to install an electrical transformer at the Winsted Municipal Airport.  The additional transformer is needed to service the hangars proposed to be constructed at the Airport.


The new transformer would be paid by the Land Lease tenants.  On page one (1) of the Land Lease, there is a paragraph that explains that the tenant is responsible for a Utility Surcharge of $750.  This surcharge is a one time fee that is non-refundable.


Boldt motioned to approve Xcel Energy’s Underground Service Form to install an electrical transformer at the Winsted Municipal Airport at a cost not to exceed $2,688.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.


6)            Department Reports


            a)            People Service


                        Dan Wroge reported on the following:

Ø     The Wastewater Treatment Facility’s (WWTF) Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) has not changed since the previous department report given by People Service.

Ø     The Phosphorus Management Plan for the City of Winsted is being completed for submission to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) with the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit application.

Ø     Completing the NPDES Permit application.

Ø     With the proposed installation of sludge storage tanks, the City of Winsted’s WWTF’s management regulations may be moved from a Class B to Class A.

Ø     Sludge will need to be removed in the area where the proposed sludge storage tanks will be installed.  Wroge will prepare a quote for the cost of removing the sludge and present it at a future Council meeting.


b)            August, 2006 Financial Report


                        Boelter presented the August, 2006 Financial Report.


7)            No Open Forum.


8)            Announcements


            a)            Advantage Mailing Open House


Mareck reminded the City Council that they have been invited to Advantage Mailing’s Open House on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


            b)            Thank Yous


Guggemos presented thank you notes from the family of Charleen Stotko, the Winsted Summer Festival, and residents in the East Sherman Avenue and South Barrett Street for installing the two (2) stop signs and painting the four (4) curbs.


            c)            Intersection Signage


Ollig stated that he has received several calls from City of Winsted residents regarding the placement of signage at their intersections.  Ollig contacted Chief Henrich about the signage requests and he will evaluate all the intersections in the City of Winsted.


9)            Adjournment


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




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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