Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Budget Workshop

Council Chambers

November 21, 2006

6:30 P.M.

 

Present:                        Mayor Don Guggemos

Council Member Bonnie Quast

Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Gerald Boldt

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Mike Henrich, Chief of Police

                                    Jamason Stotko, Maintenance Lead

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

 

Mayor Guggemos called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

 

Mareck presented the 2007 Draft Budget and Preliminary Levy.  Mareck stated that the General Fund budget has decreased 3.78% from 2006 to 2007.

 

Henrich discussed the status of the in-squad computer systems.

 

Stotko discussed the Public Works Department’s proposal to hire a part-time employee for the 2007 summer months.

 

Mareck stated that the Street Maintenance budget has been increased in 2007 to fund the seal coating of streets identified in the Seal Coat Study for completion in 2007.

 

Wiemiller asked if the increased donation to Pioneerland Library System budgeted in 2007, would be better suited to go directly to the Winsted Public Library.  Mareck stated that the City will be meeting with members of the Library Board to discuss the 2007 donation.

 

Mareck presented the Bond Levy, Budget Summary, Levy and Tax Capacity/Rate, and Tax Rate Trend.

 

Mareck gave highlights of the 2007 budgets for the Enterprise Funds:

  1. Water Fund
  2. Sewer Fund

3.            Boelter presented the Airport Fund

4.            Cable Fund

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

 

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

November 21, 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

                                    Mike Henrich, Chief of Police

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

 

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

 

2)            Guggemos asked that item e) Accepted a donation from the Winsted Community Baking Exchange, be removed from the Consent Agenda.

 

Ollig motioned to remove item e) Accepted a donation from the Winsted Community Baking Exchange, from the Consent Agenda and adopted the Consent Agenda as presented.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

a)            Accepted the minutes of the Canvassing Board Meeting of November 8, 2006.

 

b)            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of November 8, 2006.

c)            Accepted the October, 2006 Financial Report.

d)            Accepted the October, 2006 Building Permit Report.

e)            Accepted a donation from the Winsted Community Baking Exchange - REMOVED.

f)            Approved the Claims List for November 21, 2006 as presented.

 

Guggemos highlighted the Winsted Community Baking Exchange.  Guggemos recommended that the City use the donation from the Winsted Community Baking Exchange to purchase a plaque to be displayed on the old City Hall, recognizing the Mayor and Council Members in office at the time that the building was constructed.

 

Pam Fiecke, Winsted Community Baking Exchange, gave the history and read the Mission Statement of the Baking Exchange.

 

Fiecke presented the City with a donation of $243.

 

Quast motioned to accept the donation of $243 from the Winsted Community Baking Exchange.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

3)            No Public Hearings.

 

4)            Old Business

 

      a)      Building Inspection – Rob Beckfeld

           

            Rob Beckfeld, Metro West Inspection Services, Incorporated, was present at the meeting to respond to issues raised by Greg Gehrman, 161 Main Avenue West, during the November 8, 2006 Regular City Council meeting on compliance with the 2003 Minnesota State Building Code and the State of Minnesota Electrical Code in regards to the remediation of the hazardous building conditions at 163 Main Avenue West.

 

Ollig asked Mareck what the status is of the City’s request to remediate the blight conditions at 163 Main Avenue West.  Mareck stated that the City’s prosecuting attorney, Mike Long, will be charging the owner of the property at 163 Main Avenue West for violation of the City’s Blight Ordinance.

 

b)            Engineering Services – Sludge Storage Tanks – Short Elliot Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH)

           

            John Stodola, SEH, gave a progress report on the City’s sludge storage improvements project and presented SEH’s Budget Breakdown for Winsted Bidding and Construction Engineering Estimate for the project.

 

            Wiemiller motioned to authorize SEH to perform engineering services for the construction of the sludge storage tanks at the waste water treatment plant at a cost not to exceed $131,100.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

c)            Resolution R-06-36 – Conformed Contract for Sludge Storage Improvements

 

            Eggert presented Resolution R-06-36 approving conformed contract for sludge storage improvements.

 

            Ollig motioned to adopt Resolution R-06-36 approving conformed contract for sludge storage improvements.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.           

 

5)            New Business

 

a)             Howard Lake Waverly Winsted (HLWW) School District Variance – Winsted Elementary

 

Mareck presented HLWW School District’s application for a variance to facilitate the expansion of the elementary school in Winsted.  The variance would allow an encroachment of twenty-one (21) feet into the front setback off of 4th Street North and a nineteen (19) feet encroachment into the front setback off of Albert Ave.  The building would be set back approximately twenty (20) feet off of the curb line, as setbacks are measured from the property line and not the curb.

 

Mareck also presented some concerns that residents, notified of the public hearing for the variance application, voiced over part of the project being started prior to the variance being formally approved.

 

Mareck presented a letter that was sent to property owners in the area; in an attempt to explain that HLWW School District was given permission to work outside of the “variance area” at their own risk in the event the variance was not approved.  However, residents in the area raised issue with the City of Winsted’s process not being authentic and consequently the City stopped any further work on the school project until the City Council had taken formal action on the request.

 

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Mareck stated that the Planning Commission reviewed the variance application and recommended unanimously to approve the variance with the condition that the sidewalk be extended to the north side of the property along 4th Street North.

 

In addition, Mareck stated that the Planning Commission asked that the City Council discuss off-street parking for faculty at Winsted Elementary School.  The Zoning Ordinance has no minimum standard for off-street parking for schools and the City has not previously required off-street parking for similar requests; namely a variance granted to Holy Trinity School for their elementary school project in April of 2005.

 

HLWW School District’s Architect, James A. Wilson of Smiley Glotter Nyberg, was present at the meeting and gave a brief overview of what the addition to Winsted Elementary School includes.

 

George Ladd, HLWW School District’s Superintendent, was present at the meeting and answered questions from the Council.

 

Doug Telecky, 450-4th Street North, was in attendance at the meeting to present his opposition to the proposed variance.  Telecky recommended that the addition to Winsted Elementary School be constructed where the portable classrooms are located.  Telecky also shared his concerns regarding the current parking at the Winsted Elementary School; which requires students to cross the street to enter the vehicles that have come to drop them off at and/or pick them up from school.  Telecky believes that this poses a danger to the students as they cross the street.

 

Ladd stated that ninety percent (90%) of the students use the bus for transportation so they do not have to cross the street.  Ladd also stated that the School’s policy requires that parents/guardians must come into the school to escort the student(s) from the building to a vehicle.

 

Quast motioned to approve a variance for the HLWW School District (Winsted Elementary School) at 431-4th Street North for construction of a building addition to encroach twenty-one (21) feet into the front setback off of 4th Street North and nineteen (19) feet into the front setback of Albert Avenue; with the condition that the sidewalk be extended to the north side of the property along 4th Street North.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

b)            Architectural Services – City Center/Lakefront Promenade Project

           

            Mareck presented the proposal from the Cuningham Group’s Architects to redesign the exterior portion of the proposed City Center garage located in the northwest corner of the building.  In order to complete all the architectural plans for the City Center and Lakefront Promenade the City must complete construction documents, and bid and construction administration.  These final two planning stages take two to three months and would coincide with the City’s special legislation request.  The completion of these documents would close out the planning phase of the project.

           

Mike Lamb, Cuningham Group, was present at the meeting to discuss the planning phase and the requested changes to the City Center garage.

 

            Ollig motioned to authorize additional architectural services by the Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. for design work to the City Center at a cost not to exceed $6,500.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Wiemiller motioned to authorize the Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. to proceed with construction documents, and bid and construction administration at a cost not to exceed $176,800.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            Quast motioned to appoint Mayor Elect Steve Stotko to the City Center/Lakefront Promenade Design Committee.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

c)            K-Way Agreement – TABLE*

 

Mareck and Jim Koch, K-Way Express, Incorporated, had a meeting regarding some changes to the proposed land exchange agreement.  Mareck presented the proposed changes to Eggert.  Eggert will review and the agreement will be presented to the Council for approval at a future meeting.

 

Wiemiller motioned to TABLE the land exchange agreement with K-Way.  Boldt seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

d)             Draft All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Ordinance Amendment

 

Mareck presented the draft amendment to the ATV ordinance which would allow ATV’s to be operated on City streets as long as the driver takes the most non-stop direct route in and out of town.  The “non-stop” provision was added to eliminate ATV operators from stopping to get gas or groceries on their way out of the city.  In addition, operators would have to be at least sixteen (16) years of age and have a valid Minnesota Driver’s License.  The amendment would make the ordinance similar to the City’s snowmobile ordinance.

 

Dan Dickhausen, 624 Shady Creek Drive, was present at the meeting and asked if the proposed ordinance amendment would allow residents to plow snow on their property with their ATV.  Eggert recommended that language be added to the ordinance amendment that would allow residents to use their ATV for plowing snow at all hours.

 

Dave Mochinski, 310 Kingsley Street South, asked Henrich if a resident is allowed to drive their ATV in the City to assist others with plowing snow on their property.  Henrich stated that residents are allowed to drive their ATV in the City for snow plowing purposes.

 

Ollig motioned to set a public hearing for Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at

7:00 p.m. to consider amending the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance and that the City Attorney provide the City Administrator with language for the amendment that permits residents to use their ATV for plowing snow at all hours.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

e)             City of Winsted – Emergency Operation Plan – Chief Henrich

 

Henrich presented the proposed Emergency Operations Plan for the City of Winsted.  Henrich asked the Council to review the proposed Emergency Operations Plan and contact him if there are any changes that they would like to be considered.

 

6)            Department Reports

 

            a)            Police Department

 

                        Henrich reported the following:

Ø    Officer Jessen and his wife had a baby boy and he was on maternity leave for three (3) weeks.  The Department went back to a three (3) person schedule during that time.  Jessen is back and the Department is again operating on a four (4) person schedule.

Ø    Domestic abuse calls in Winsted have increased.

Ø    The McLeod Alliance will be asking the City Council for a donation at a future Council meeting.

Ø    Drug cases in the City of Winsted have increased.  There is more methamphetamine.  The Winsted Police Department has been actively working with the Drug Task Force.  Henrich stated that the City’s contribution to help fund the Drug Task Force has proved to be productive.

Ø    A Winsted Police Department Officer’s house was broken into by a suspect that was high on methamphetamine.  The intruder entered the home while a squad car was parked in the driveway in full view.

Ø    Budgeted for a new squad car in 2007.  One of the existing squad cars will be traded in.  Henrich will be bringing bid proposals to the Council in 2007.

Ø    Discussed problems with the in-squad video cameras.  The cameras will be returned for a full refund.

Ø    There will be a Safe and Sober campaign running from December 7, 2006 to December 23, 2006.

Ø    The Winsted Police Department offered an education program relating to child safety seats.  The program was poorly attended but the Police Department will continue to offer education programming.

Ø    Henrich is still involved with Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness (MEADA) program.

Ø    Officer Salo is now trained as a Field Training Officer (FTO).

Ø    Strom is attending leadership training.

Ø    As of January 1, 2007, the Winsted Police Department will no longer have a place to take dog impounds.  Henrich is working with the Lester Prairie Veterinary Clinic to contract for dog impounds.  Henrich will have a proposed contract available at a future Council meeting.

 

7)            No Open Forum.

 

8)            No Announcements.

 

9)            Adjournment

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

 


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