Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

February 20, 2007

7:00 p.m.


Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski


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)            Wiemiller motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


a)            Minutes  –  City Council Workshop  –  February 6, 2007


            Accepted the minutes of the City Council Workshop of February 6, 2007.           


b)            Minutes  –  Regular City Council Meeting  –  February 6, 2007           


Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of February 6, 2007.


c)     Winstock  –  June 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2007


Approved a 3.2 percent Malt Liquor On-Sale license for Holy Trinity’s Winstock for

June 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2007.


Approved the McLeod County Large Assembly Permit for Holy Trinity’s Winstock for

June 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2007.


Approved an application to conduct off-site gambling (pull-tabs) at Holy Trinity’s Winstock for June 8th and 9th, 2007.


d)              Higher Ground Christian Music Festival  –  August 17th and 18th, 2007


Approved the McLeod County Large Assembly Permit for Holy Trinity’s Higher Ground Christian Music Festival for August 17th and 18th, 2007.


e)              Board of Review


Scheduled the annual Board of Review meeting to provide a fair and objective forum for City of Winsted property owners to appeal their valuation or classification for Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. at Winsted City Hall.


f)            Kingsley Lift Station Generator Project  –  Final Pay Request


            Approved the final pay request to Ridgedale Electric, Incorporated in the amount of $3,942.50 for the Kingsley Lift Station Generator project.

g)     2006 Airport Improvement Project – Pay Request #1


Approved pay request #1 to Duininck Brothers, Incorporated in the amount of $127,830.50 for the 2006 Airport Improvements project.


h)     Winsted Public Cemetery  –  2007 Donation


Approved the 2007 donation to the Winsted Public Cemetery in the amount of $2,500.


i)            Winsted Township  –  2007 Annexation Pay Down


            Approved the 2007 Annexation pay down in the amount of $3,492.88 to Winsted Township.

j)            Financial Report  –  January, 2007

            Approved the January, 2007 financial report.

k)              Building Permit Report  –  January, 2007

Approved the January, 2007 building permit report.

l)            Claims  –  February 20, 2007

Approved the Claims List for February 20, 2007 as presented.


3)            No Public Hearings.


4)            Old Business


a)              Liquor Ordinance Amendment


Mareck presented the draft copy of the proposed Liquor Ordinance amendment.  Mareck stated that the City of Winsted’s liquor ordinance was last revised in 1990.  Since that time two requests have been heard to keep bars open until 2:00 a.m.; both of those requests were denied by the City Council.  The majority of the proposed language deals with standard updates precipitated by law changes made by the State of Minnesota.  The revision to the ordinance also includes a request to extend bar hours on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  The existing ordinance allows for bars to be open from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight on Sunday.  The proposed revision does not include a request for 2:00 a.m. closings.

Mochinski asked the Mayor and Council if they had received any comments regarding the request to allow bars in Winsted to open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 1:00 a.m. on Sundays.  Ollig stated that he had been contacted by some residents and they had no opposition to the bars closing at 1:00 a.m. on Sundays; however, they were opposed to the bars opening at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Ollig stated that these residents believe that Sunday morning should be reserved for family and/or church time.


Quast and Wiemiller stated that they had received the same resident comments as Ollig stated.


Mareck stated that he had contacted the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) in regards to whether ordinance amendments had to have specific dates, times, and other related information before the Mayor and Council could establish a public hearing for the consideration of the amendments.  The LMC informed Mareck that they did not find anything in the Minnesota State Statutes that required ordinance amendments to have specific information before establishing a public hearing.  The specifics can be discussed at the time of the public hearing.


Quast motioned to establish a public hearing for the consideration of amending certain sections of the City of Winsted’s ordinance on intoxicating liquor for March 20, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


5)            New Business


a)            Joint Meeting  –  Fire Department


Mareck presented a proposal to have a joint meeting with the City of Winsted, Winsted Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Board Townships, and members of the Fire Department.  The purpose of the joint meeting would be to create formal by-laws for the Fire Board, discuss the distribution of fire protection costs, and to create better relationships with all member entities.  Two (2) representatives from each member organization would be invited to participate; along with two (2) representatives from the Fire Department’s Advisory Board.


Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Chad Engel, was present at the meeting.  Quast asked Engel if he was aware of any Townships that may be in disagreement with having a joint meeting.  Engel stated that he believes that all the Fire Board Townships are willing to work with the City to create formal by-laws for the Fire Board, discuss the distribution of fire protection costs, and to create better relationships with all member entities.


Mayor Stotko asked Engel if other Cities charge Townships by unit for fire protection. Engel stated that there are other Cities who charge the Townships by unit for fire protection.  Wiemiller stated that in the past he had attended a fire department related meeting that discussed how Cities should charge Townships for fire protection services, and when asked how the Cities were currently charging for fire protection services, the majority stated that they charged by unit.


Engel stated that he recently obtained information that the Waverly, Minnesota Volunteer Fire Department is going to begin charging vacant lots for fire protection services because vegetation can burn and require fire protection.


Ollig motioned to coordinate a joint meeting with the member Townships of the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


b)            2007 Fee Schedule


Mareck presented the proposed 2007 Fee Schedule.


Water and Sewer Rates:  The City last increased the water rate in 1998 going from $1.65 (per thousand) to $1.85 (per thousand).  The City of Winsted has the lowest water rates in the area using a ten area city study, with Waconia at $1.99 (per thousand), the second lowest and Cokato at $4.00 (per thousand) the highest.


Sewer Rates are slightly above average; however, Winsted’s total cost per thousand gallons of $6.48 is still the third lowest in the surrounding area (Watertown and Waconia).


Tap-In Fees:  Connection fees are paid on new construction as their share toward previously installed infrastructure paid for by current residents. 


Shut-off Fees:  The City hand delivers approximately forty (40) shut-off notices per month.  The process involves the preparation of notices by the Utility Billing Clerk and the delivery of them by Public Works.  The majority of the utility users receiving a “shut-off” notice end up going through the shut-off process habitually. 


Park Dedication Fees:  The City charges a park dedication fee on “cash in lieu” of property given for park land in a new development.


Equipment Fees:  The City generally keeps these high to promote the use of privately run businesses in the community.


Boelter stated that the City is proposing an increased fee for water shut-off notice, and water shut-off and water turn-on due to the fact that the City often has to call the Public Works department in after their normal business day to reconnect water and this in an increased expense for the City.


Quast recommended that the City charge a fee of $25 for a water shut-off notice and a fee of $100 for the water shut-off and water turn-on.


Mareck stated that Ollig had recommended that to comply with the City’s intention to have increased community involvement, the proposed 2007 Fee Schedule be available for comment at a public hearing.


Ollig motioned to establish a public hearing for March 20, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. to consider adopting the 2007 Fee Schedule.  Quast seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.


            c)            Mosquito Control  –  Professional Mosquito Control


Mareck presented the proposal from Professional Mosquito Control for mosquito control services in the City of Winsted in 2007.  Mareck stated that he had reviewed the proposal with the Public Works department and they are recommending a weekly application.


Quast asked why the Public Works department would like a weekly application.  Mareck stated that the Public Works department determined that the summer of 2006 was a dry summer so the bi-weekly application proved to be effective; however, if this summer would be a wetter summer they believe that a weekly application would be more effective.


Mochinski recommended that the City continue with bi-weekly applications because it proved effective in 2006.  He stated that he read about the chemical they use for mosquito control and it is proposed to be effective for a two (2) week period.


Wiemiller asked if the City had a wetter summer season, and wanted to go from bi-weekly to weekly applications, would that option be available.  Mareck stated that the City could make the request to Professional Mosquito Control.


Ollig motioned to accept a proposal from Professional Mosquito Control to provide bi-weekly mosquito control services not to exceed ten (10) for $609 per application, and at the Public Works department’s discretion, to increase the number of applications if needed at a cost not to exceed $9,000.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


Eggert asked if the City would decide to have more than ten (10) applications would Professional Mosquito Control give the City a rate $549 per application.  The Council directed Mareck to contact Professional Mosquito Control to ask if the City would receive the discounted rate.


6)            Department Reports


a)              Airport Commission


Boelter reported on the following:

Ø     January 13, 2007 Chili Feed

Ø     2006 Improvement Project

Ø     Hangar Construction

Ø     2007 Improvements

Ø     Future Airport Commission Meetings


7)            No Open Forum.


8)            Announcements



a)            City Center/Lakefront Promenade Project  –  House of Representatives Committee Testimony


Mareck announced that he was informed by the City’s State Representative, Ron Shimanski, that the City is scheduled to testify at the Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs Committee on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. to ask for bonding authority for the City Center/Lakefront Promenade project.


            b)            Public Works Facility


Mareck gave an update on the construction progress of the Public Works facility.


            c)            On-Street Parking  –  Campers and Trailers


Mareck stated that he will be asking the Council at the March 6, 2007 regular City Council meeting to establish a public hearing to consider amending the ordinance pertaining to on-street parking for campers and trailers.


d)            Team Building and Leadership Retreat


Mareck announced that the City has received a report from Don Salverda on the City’s Team Building and Leadership retreat.  Mareck will review the report and prepare for presentations at a future City Council and Winsted Area of Chamber Commerce meeting.


e)            Capital Improvement Plan


Mayor Stotko asked about the status of the road improvements identified in the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for completion in 2007.  Mareck stated that Short Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH) would need to prepare a cost estimate for the improvements identified to be completed in 2007 in the CIP.  The estimates would be presented to the City Council for discussion and direction to proceed.


f)            Street Lighting Issues  –  Westgate Drive


Wiemiller announced that he has received a request to improve the street lighting on Westgate Drive.  Wiemiller stated that he evaluated the current street lighting and does not believe that the one light located on each pole is providing adequate lighting.  He recommended that Xcel Energy consider installing two lights on each pole.  Mareck stated that he will contact Xcel Energy and have them evaluate the current street lighting on Westgate Drive.


9)            Adjournment


Quast motioned to adjourn.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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