Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Workshop

Council Chambers

March 20, 2007

5:15 p.m.

Present: Mayor Steve Stotko, Council Member Tom Ollig, Council Member Tom Wiemiller, Council Member Bonnie Quast, Council Member Dave Mochinski

Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator; Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer; Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m.

I. Public Works Facility – Painting Specifications – Nova Brick

Mareck stated that he had asked Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead, to attend the Council Workshop to discuss the painting specifications for the new Public Works facility. Mareck, Meyer, and Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead, had reviewed the painting specifications and determined that some of the items to be painted in the new facility were not necessary. Mareck and Meyer recommended that the money budgeted for painting be used for Nova Brick on the outside of the building. Mareck stated that the City had also saved money in the Public Works facility construction budget in other areas. The Council directed Mareck and Meyer to review the painting specifications for the Public Works facility, determine if there are any items they want painted, obtain bids for the painting, obtain bids for the proposed Nova Brick, prepare budget information that verifies the amount of money available for Nova Brick, and present to the City Council at a future meeting.

Mayor Stotko asked Meyer if the painting in the new Public Works facility was being done to improve the quality of lighting. Meyer stated that he did not believe that was the case.

Ollig stated that if the City has funding available to install Nova Brick on the new Public Works facility, they should do so.

II. City Center and Lakefront Promenade Planning

Mareck presented the Cuningham Group’s, revised architectural drawing of the Lakefront Promenade service road and curb cut. The service road was made wider and the curb cut behind the American Legion was relocated behind the building owned by Darrell Lachermeier, 145-1st Street North.

Mareck presented a proposal from Darrell Lachermeier, 145-1st Street North, to expand his building. Mareck stated that the City would have to amend the boundary line, which would result in the City purchasing less property from Lachermeier. Mareck stated that Lachermeier discussed his serious intentions of expanding and improving his building. Lachermeier asked Mareck about any grant and/or low interest loan opportunities that the City may have available to expand and improve his building. The Council directed Mareck to precede with the Lachermeier negotiations.

The Council recommended that Mareck contact Sylvester Seymour, 131-1st Street North, regarding the purchase of the property located behind his building and ask him if there is a particular Council member that he and/or his family would like to meet with to discuss the sale of their property.

Wiemiller asked if the Winsted Summer Festival activities located behind the businesses on 1st Street North would be allowed to continue once the Lakefront Promenade is constructed. Mareck stated that each summer the Council can approve the closing of that service road during the festival.

Mochinski expressed his concern about enough parking being available behind Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, 111-1st Street North and Keg’s Bar, 121-1st Street North, with the Lakefront Promenade. Mareck stated that there will be more organized parking spots with the Lakefront Promenade and the City will create a parking permit system for the property owners and their tenants.

Mareck stated that he will direct the architect to super impose cars on the proposed Lakefront Promenade drawing and he will present to the Council at a future meeting.

The cement island behind Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, 111-1st Street North, was discussed.

III. City Center/Lakefront Promenade Project - Construction Management or General Contractor

Mareck discussed the issues with the use of Construction Management on a large project like the City Center/Lakefront Promenade. Mareck stated that he would like to discuss the use of Construction Management or a General Contractor for the City Center/Lakefront Promenade project with the Council at a future meeting. Mareck stated that he will contact the architect, Cuningham Group, to ask them to have a representative in attendance at the meeting to answer any questions the Council and/or staff may have regarding Construction Management or a General Contractor.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

Published in the Herald Journal April 9, 2007.

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