Winsted City Council Minutes
City of Winsted
City Council Meeting
January 16, 2007
Present: Mayor Steve Stotko
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Dave Mochinski
Absent: Council Member Tom Ollig
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator
Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer
Fran Eggert, City Attorney
1) Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
a) The Pledge of Alligence was taken.
2) Quast motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
a) Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of January 2, 2007.
b) Scheduled a workshop of the Winsted City Council for Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. for the purposes of discussing planning efforts for the City Center and Lakefront Promenade.
c) Authorized the contribution of $3,000 to Winsted Senior Dining.
d) Adopted Resolution R-07-01 stating that the City of Winsted supports McLeod County’s hazard mitigation planning effort, wishes to join McLeod County in preparing a plan and recognizes the plan applies with the City of Winsted.
e) Approved the Winsted Municipal Airport’s Commission meeting day to be changed from the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. to the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
f) Accepted a donation of $3,000 from the Winsted Firemen’s Relief Association Gambling to the Winsted Fire Department’s Expansion Fund.
g) Accepted a proposal from Hokanson Appraisals to conduct appraisals for properties affected by the development of the Lakefront Promenade in the amount of $4,200.
h) Authorized Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP to conduct the City of Winsted’s 2006 Audit beginning April 2nd, 2007.
i) Accepted the Police Department’s December, 2006 report.
j) Accepted the December, 2006 financial report.
k) Accepted the December, 2006 building permit report.
l) Accepted the January 9, 2007 letter addressed to Mohammed Shahidullah from the City of Winsted.
m) Approved the Claims List for January 16, 2007 as presented.
3) Public Hearings
a) All-Terrain Vehicle Ordinance Ordinance O-07-01
Mareck presented the proposed amendment to the City of Winsted’s All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Ordinance. The proposed amendment to the ordinance 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.
Mayor Stotko asked for comments from the Public. No comments were received.
Quast motioned to adopt Ordinance O-07-01 amending certain sections of the Winsted Municipal Code relating to the use of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) in the City of Winsted. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Wiemiller motioned to close the Public Hearing for the All-Terrain Vehicle Ordinance O-07-01 amendment. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
b) Small Cities Development Program
Mareck presented the January 11, 2007 letter from Shannon Sweeney, David Drown Associates, Incorporated, explaining the Small Cities Development Program Application (SCDP) that is being prepared on behalf of the Cities of Winsted and Mayer.
Wiemiller asked if the grant is for downtown redevelopment. Mareck stated that the grant is specifically for downtown redevelopment.
Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution R-07-02 supporting the City of Winsted’s application to the Small Cities Development Program and authorizing the Mayor and City Administrator to execute the necessary documents to implement the project. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Mochinski motioned to adopt Resolution R-07-03 entering into a cooperative agreement with the City of Mayer for the Small Cities Development Program. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Mayor Stotko closed the Public Hearing for the Small Cities Development Program.
4) Old Business
a) City Council and Staff Retreat
Mareck presented the proposal for the City Council and Staff Retreat.
Wiemiller stated that he would be unable to attend the retreat on February 1st and 2nd, 2007.
Mayor Stotko expressed his concern about Council Member Wiemiller not attending the retreat.
Mochinski motioned to accept a proposal from Don Salverda & Associates to facilitate a City Council and Staff retreat on February 1st and 2nd, 2007. Quast seconded. Motion carried 3-1. Mayor Stotko opposed.
Quast motioned to accept a proposal from Holiday Inn & Suites, (St. Cloud, Minnesota), to provide accommodations for a City Council and Staff retreat on February 1st and 2nd, 2007. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 3-1. Mayor Stotko opposed.
5) New Business
a) Two (2) Hour Parking Main Avenue West
Mareck presented a request from the owners of V’s Grill to create two (2) hour parking in the area of Main Avenue West from 2nd Street North to 3rd Street North.
Mareck presented Council Member Ollig’s e-mail addressing the parking request.
Quast shared her concern that establishing two (2) hour parking on Main Avenue West from 2nd Street North to 3rd Street North may prompt other Winsted businesses to request two (2) hour parking privileges.
Quast stated that she spoke with Irene Weinbeck, 230 Main Avenue West, and she had no opposition to the two (2) hour parking.
Quast recommended that V’s Grill display signage on the front of the building that states that there is additional parking located behind V’s Grill.
Wiemiller stated that he also spoke with Irene Weinbeck and she had no opposition to the two (2) hour parking. Wiemiller recommended that the two (2) hour parking be approved on a temporary period of six (6) months.
Mochinski stated that he also spoke with Irene Weinbeck and she was not in opposition to the two (2) hour parking. Mochinski recommended that the Council approve the two (2) hour parking designation. He stated that he does not believe it is feasible for the elderly to park behind V’s Grill because they have to enter the restaurant using several stairs.
Mayor Stotko expressed his concerns that other Winsted businesses may ask the City for the same parking privileges. He would also like to see the two (2) hour parking be on a six (6) month temporary period.
Mochinski recommended that the motion include a specific time frame that the two (2) hour parking is effective.
Wiemiller motioned to create “2 Hour Parking Monday through Friday” from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the north side of Main Avenue West running from 3rd Street North to 2nd Street North; excluding the two existing “15 Minute Parking” spaces for a six (6) month temporary period and recommending that V’s Grill install additional signage indicating that there is parking in the rear of the building. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Mareck stated his concerns that Chief Henrich, Winsted Police Department, has not had an opportunity to review and comment on the designated time frame of
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
b) Health Care Facilities Revenue Note Ridgeview
Robert Shaw, Shaw Law Firm, presented Minnesota Investment Services request for the City of Winsted to establish a Public Hearing on a proposal for the issuance of a revenue note for the Ridgeview Medical Center.
Shaw presented the Ridgeview Medical Center improvements that will be completed with financing from the additional revenue note.
Mareck stated that Mary Ippel, Briggs and Morgan, has reviewed Resolution R-07-04, and the supporting documents, and has recommended approval.
Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-07-04 establishing a public hearing for Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the issuance of a health care facilities revenue note. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
c) Liquor Licenses & Tobacco License Transfer Bailey’s Tavern & Grill
Boelter presented Ernie’s Bar & Grill, Incorporated/Ernie’s Bar & Grill’s applications for the transfer of On Sale, Off Sale, and Sunday liquor licenses; and Tobacco products and Tobacco related devices license from J.F. Berger, Incorporated/Bailey’s Tavern & Grill to Ernie’s Bar & Grill, Incorporated/Ernie’s Bar & Grill.
Ernie Meyer, Ernie’s Bar & Grill, Incorporated, was in attendance at the meeting and explained that his insurance agent will prepare the required Certificate of Insurance upon City Council approval of the transfer.
Quast motioned to approve the transfer of the On Sale, Off Sale and Sunday Liquor licenses from J.F. Berger, Incorporated/Bailey’s Tavern & Grill to Ernie’s Bar & Grill, Incorporated/Ernie’s Bar & Grill pending the issuance and submittal of the Certificate of Insurance to the City of Winsted. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Mochinski motioned to approve the transfer of the license to sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices from J.F. Berger, Incorporated/Bailey’s Tavern & Grill to Ernie’s Bar & Grill, Incorporated/Ernie’s Bar & Grill. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
d) Winsted Municipal Airport 2007 Capital Improvement Plan and Airport Layout Plan
Boelter presented the Winsted Municipal Airport’s 2007 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Airport Layout Plan (ALP). To receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Minnesota Department of Transportation/Office of Aeronautics (MN DOT/OA) grant funding for improvements at the airport, the CIP has to be updated annually and submitted to the FAA and MN DOT/OA. The ALP has to be updated every five (5) to seven (7) years. To receive funding to pave the runway, the ALP had to be updated to show a paved runway.
Boelter stated that should the paving of the runway move forward in 2007, the City would have to plan for the five percent (5%) grant match of $73,500. Mareck presented possible options for funding of the five percent (5%) match.
Wiemiller motioned to approve the Winsted Municipal Airport’s 2007 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for submission to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation/Office of Aeronautics (MN DOT/OA). Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Mochinski motioned to approve the Winsted Municipal Airport’s Layout Plan (ALP) for submission to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation/Office of Aeronautics (MN DOT/OA). Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
6) Department Reports
a) Short Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH)
Tom Homme, SEH, reported on the following:
Ø Sludge Storage Tanks project everything is proceeding according to schedule.
Ø Hainlin Park Well project has been completed.
Ø Kingsley Lift Station project is being finaled out.
Ø The progress of the 2006 Airport Improvement project.
Ø Industrial Park Storm Water Study is being completed.
Ø South Shores Channel Improvement Study SEH will be presenting to the Winsted Lake Association on Monday, February 5th, 2007.
Ø Winsted Ponds.
Ø Seal Coat Needs Study Report Homme recommended that the City begin planning for projects identified in the study.
Ø Homme recommended that SEH have a workshop with the council to give a brief overview of the services provided to the City of Winsted.
7) Open Forum
a) Public Works Facility
Mareck gave a progress report on the construction of the Public Works facility. The foundation and concrete walls have been poured.
b) Five Star Direct Air Compressor
Quast asked if the City has received any information from Five Star Direct on remedying the loud noise from the air compressor. Mareck stated that Five Star Direct is aware of the issue and working to eliminate the loud noise.
c) Snow Plowing Runway Winsted Municipal Airport
Dave Millerbernd, Winsted Municipal Airport Hangar Land Lease, complimented the Public Works Department for the great job they did plowing the runway before the Chili Feed.
Wiemiller motioned to adjourn. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Deborah R. Boelter