Winsted City Council Minutes

Council Chambers

October 17, 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

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

                                    Michael Henrich, Chief of Police

                                    Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

                                    Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead

 

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

 

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

 

a)      Accepted the minutes of the City Council Workshop of October 3, 2006.

 

b)      Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of October 3, 2006.

 

c)            Approved a license to sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices from January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007 for Hussong’s Liquor, 132-6th Street North, Winsted, Minnesota.

d)            Authorized Traut Wells to service Fairlawn Well at a cost not to exceed $7,010.

e)            Approved the Claims List for October 17, 2006 as presented.

 

3)            Public Hearings

 

            a)            Public Works Garage and Capital Improvements Plan

                       

                        Mareck presented the proposed Capital Improvement Planning Summary.

 

                        Mareck presented Resolution R-06-31 giving preliminary approval for the issuance of

General Obligation Capital Improvement Bonds in an amount not to exceed $710,000, and adopting the City of Winsted’s Capital Improvement Plan.

 

Mareck presented the proposed Public Works’ facility’s site plan and floor plan.

 

David Medin, Architects Plus, was present at the meeting and discussed the following:

 

1.     A Project Manager.

2.     The content of the proposed Public Works’ facility plans and specifications.

3.     The bidding process and schedule for the proposed Public Works’ facility.

 

Guggemos asked for public comment on the proposed Public Works’ facility.  No one addressed the Council.

                       

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-31 giving preliminary approval for the issuance of general obligation capital improvement bonds in the amount not to exceed $710,000 and adopting the City of Winsted, Minnesota’s Capital Improvement Plan.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

                       

Ollig commented that the purpose of the Capital Improvement Plan is to assist the City in future planning and budgeting.           

                       

4)            Old Business

 

      a)      Hazardous Property Action – 111-1st Street North – Tom Sudheimer

           

Mareck presented a letter from Tom Sudheimer, Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, dated October 12, 2006, requesting an extension to correct the hazardous conditions at

111-1st Street North.

 

Boldt motioned to grant a ten (10) day extension to Tom Sudheimer to correct hazardous conditions on his property at 111-1st Street North, and authorizing City staff and attorneys to pursue court action if all items are not completed by Friday, October 27, 2006.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

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

                       

Mareck presented the abatement progress of the six (6) items that the City asked Sam Ulland, 163 Main Avenue West, to correct.

 

Ollig motioned to grant a ten (10) day extension to Sam Ulland to correct hazardous conditions on his property at 163 Main Avenue West, and authorizing City staff and attorneys to pursue court action if all items are not completed by Friday, October 27, 2006.  Wiemiller seconded.

Motion carried 4-0.

                       

Greg Gehrman, 161 Main Avenue West, asked if the City’s Building Inspector has inspected and approved the items abated by Ulland.  Mareck stated that the Building Inspector has inspected and approved the abatement items pertaining to building code issues.  Ollig stated that the abatement items pertaining to building code issues will not be considered completed by the City until they have been inspected and approved by the Building Inspector.

 

Dave Mochinski, 310 Kingsley Street South, asked how many extensions the City will grant Ulland.  Guggemos stated that the City wants to provide Ulland with the same opportunities as other property owners.

 

            c)            Annexation – Millerbernd Manufacturing

 

Eggert presented Ordinance O-06-05 an Ordinance amending Ordinance O-06-01 and annexing to the City of Winsted, Minnesota certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City owned by Joint Acres Limited Partnership (LP).

                       

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Ordinance O-06-05 amending Ordinance O-06-01 which is an Ordinance annexing to the City of Winsted, Minnesota certain lands in Winsted Township abutting the City owned by Joint Acres LP, a limited partnership.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            d)            Annexation – Marcella S. Weibel Property

 

Eggert presented Resolution R-06-24 accepting an amended petition of owner, Marcella S. Weibel, to annex certain lands located in Winsted Township.

 

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-24 accepting an amended petition of owner, Marcella S. Weibel, to annex certain lands located in Winsted Township.

Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)              Plans and Specifications – Public Works Garage

 

Dave Medin, Architects Plus, presented the plans and specifications for the proposed Public Works’ facility.  The Council discussed the hiring of a Project Manager.

 

Ollig motioned to approve the plans and specifications for the Public Works Garage and include the hiring of a Project Manager.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Medin will provide the City with a list of possible Project managers.

 

b)            Advertise for Bid – Public Works Garage

 

            Ollig motioned to advertise for bids for the construction of the Public Works Garage.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

c)            Street Sign Placement – Chief Mike Henrich

 

Henrich presented inspection results of the current signage in the City of Winsted to determine if it is adequate or should be changed.  Henrich made the following recommendations:

1.     The intersection of Barrett Street South and Rosalie Avenue has no signage at all.  There should be a yield sign located on the Southeast side of Barrett Street South, for this is a low traffic area.

2.     The intersection of Rosalie Avenue East and Kingsley Street South is regulated by a yield sign.  I would recommend that this signage should be changed to a stop sign for this is a high traffic area.

3.     The intersection of Winsted Avenue West and 2nd Street North, regulated by yield signs on both sides.  Due to this being a school area, these signs should be changed to stop signs.

4.     None of the cul-de-sacs have any signage.  At this time, I do not feel that any signage is necessary in these areas, with the exception of Fairlawn Avenue East and Fairlawn Circle.  This intersection is somewhat hidden by the curve in the road, and there has been many speeding complaints in this area.  There should be a stop sign placed at this intersection, located to regulate Fairlawn Circle traffic.

5.     Both intersections of Sunfish Lane and Lake Drive are not regulated by any signage.  These intersections should be regulated by stop signs.  A letter will need to be sent to the Winsted on the Lake Town Home Association in regard to these sign placements.

6.     Both intersections of Lake Trail and Lake Drive are not regulated by any signage.  These intersections should be regulated by stop signs. A letter will need to be sent to the Winsted on the Lake Town Home Association in regard to these sign placements.

 

 

 

 

There was discussion regarding the placement of stop signs on private streets that access the City of Winsted’s public streets.

 

Ollig motioned to approve the traffic sign placements as presented by Chief Henrich.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            d)            Preliminary Plat – Winsted Ponds

                       

                        Mareck presented the Preliminary Plat for Winsted Ponds.

 

Mareck stated that the Planning Commission reviewed the Preliminary Plat at their October 11, 2006 Regular meeting and unanimously recommended to approve with the following conditions:

1.     Follow all recommendations of the City Engineer; with the exception of reducing the drainage and utility easements for the storm water ponds from twenty (20) feet to ten (10) feet.

2.     Follow all recommendations of the McLeod County Highway Engineer; including the construction/installation of turn lanes off of County Road 1 into the development.

3.     Provide a phasing plan and estimated timeline for the development.

4.     Park Dedication as indicated for land and cash in lieu of $105,000 to be used to

develop parks within Winsted Ponds and showing the storm water pond in the park as an out lot.

5.   Rename “Baptiste Avenue” to “Lueck Court” and “Meadow Avenue” to “Meadow

      Court.”

6.   Payment of all associated planning and engineering fees.

7.   A fully executed Developer’s Agreement (Prior to Final Plat).

8.   The property to be zoned R-1 (PUD).

 

Mareck stated that the Park Commission reviewed the Preliminary Plat for Winsted Ponds at their October 17, 2006 Regular meeting and they are recommending that a pedestrian crossing and parking lot be installed at the north end of the proposed park.

 

Ollig motioned to approve the preliminary plat for Winsted Ponds with the conditions as recommended by the Winsted Planning Commission:

1.      Follow all recommendations of the City Engineer; with the exception of reducing the drainage and utility easements for the storm water ponds from twenty (20) feet to ten (10) feet.

2.      Follow all recommendations of the McLeod County Highway Engineer; including the construction/installation of turn lanes off of County Road 1 into the development.

3.   Provide a phasing plan and estimated timeline for the development.

4.   Park Dedication as indicated for land and cash in lieu of $105,000 to be

used to develop parks within Winsted Ponds and showing the storm water pond in the park as an out lot.

5.   Rename “Baptiste Avenue” to “Lueck Court” and “Meadow Avenue” to

      “Meadow Court.”

6.   Payment of all associated planning and engineering fees.

7.   A fully executed Developer’s Agreement (Prior to Final Plat).

8.   The property to be zoned R-1 (PUD).

 

Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

 

 

 

            e)            Guidelines for Immediate Payment of Claims

                       

Boelter presented Resolution R-06-32, a Resolution establishing guidelines for the immediate payment of claims.

Quast motioned to approve Resolution R-06-32 establishing guidelines for immediate payment of claims.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            f)            Hangar Construction Waiting List Policy – Winsted Municipal Airport

 

Boelter presented a proposed Hangar Construction Waiting List Policy that would ensure that hangar waiting list participants are given fair and proper opportunity to construct a hangar at the Winsted Municipal Airport.

 

Boldt recommended that item number two (2) be changed to read:

“The letter will require the Waiting List participant to contact the City of Winsted, by certified letter, with their intentions to build a hangar within ten (10) days of the date of the letter.  If the Waiting List participant does not contact the City within ten (10) days their name will be taken off of the waiting list.”

 

Wiemiller motioned to approve a Hangar Construction Waiting List Policy for the Winsted Municipal Airport.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

Boldt recommended that an item be added to the City’s Land Lease for hangars at the Winsted Municipal Airport that states, “If a hangar is not constructed within one (1) year from the date the Land Lease is signed, the Lessee forfeits any fees paid to the City.”

 

g)              Football Field Improvements – Weinbeck Field

 

Mareck presented issues that have been brought to the City’s attention regarding the recently completed improvements made to the Weinbeck football field.

 

Mareck reviewed quotes to correct the improvements to the football field with the Park Commission at their October 17, 2007 Regular meeting and they recommended that the City Council approve the improvements.

 

Ollig motioned to proceed with the improvements to the Weinbeck football field at a cost not to exceed $8,000.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

h)            Public Hearing – Vacation of a portion of 5th Street South           

 

Mareck presented a proposal from Glenn’s Super Valu, 491 Main Avenue West, for a building expansion.  The proposed expansion would require the City to vacate a portion of 5th Street South.

 

Mareck requested that the Council schedule a Public Hearing for Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the vacation of a portion of 5th Street South.

 

Boldt motioned to schedule a Public Hearing for November 8th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the vacation of a portion of 5th Street South, and to empower the Mayor and Clerk-Treasurer to sign any documents relating to the aforementioned Public Hearing.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.                                   

6)            Department Reports

 

            a)            Fire Department

 

                        Ken Fitchwell, Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Chief reported on the following:

Ø     2006 year to date total calls that the Fire Department has

responded to – 135.

Ø     The painting of the Ladder truck is complete.  The Fire Department is obtaining quotes to replace the decals and numbers.

Ø     The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department interior has been painted.

Ø     Pancake breakfast.

Ø     Progress of the installation of the dry hydrant.

Ø     Pressure testing hoses.

Ø     Obtaining quotes for the purchase of hoses – a 2006 budgeted item.

Ø     Elections for Fire Department officers will be held in December, 2006.

 

            b)            September, 2006 Financial Report

 

                        Boelter presented the September, 2006 Financial Report.

 

7)            No Open Forum.

 

8)            Announcements

 

9)            Adjournment

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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