Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Workshop

Council Chambers

April 3, 2007

5:00 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

                                    Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead

 

Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

 

Mareck presented the draft copy of the Employee Personnel Policy and highlighted the proposed changes.

 

The Council discussed and recommended that a no-tolerance clause be included in the Personnel Policy that would restrict employees from drinking alcohol when they are on-call.

 

Ollig stated that it should be an understanding of employment with the City of Winsted that employees are not allowed to consume alcohol when they are on-call.

 

The Council stated that restricting employees from drinking alcohol during their on-call shift protects the employee, and the City, from liability in the event of an accident and/or similar situation.

 

The Council directed Mareck to amend the draft copy of the Personnel Policy to include language that restricts employees from drinking alcohol while on-call.

 

The Council discussed the proposed on-call compensation of $120 per week for the Public Works Department and agreed that the $120 per week was adequate reimbursement for being on-call for one (1) week.

 

Mareck explained the difference between the on-call pay for the City’s Police Department and the Public Works Department employees.

 

The Council discussed the employee’s accrual of vacation and sick leave.  Ollig recommended that Mareck research the City’s legal rights to garnish wages in the event that an employee has a negative balance in their vacation and/or sick leave accrual, and they terminate their employment with the City.

 

Mareck asked the Council if the proposed Personnel Policy could be included for approval on the Consent Agenda at the April 17, 2007 Council meeting.  The Council agreed that it could be placed on the Consent Agenda.

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

 

 

 

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

April 3, 2007

6:00 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

                                    Mike Henrich, Police Chief

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

 

1)            Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

            a)            The Pledge of Allegiance was taken.           

 

2)            Ollig motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

a)            Amended Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – March 6, 2007

 

            Accepted the amended minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of March 6, 2007.           

 

b)              Minutes – City Council Workshop – March 20, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the City Council workshop of March 20, 2007.

 

c)              Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – March 20, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of March 20, 2007.           

 

d)            Special City Council Workshop – April 10, 2007           

 

Scheduled a City Council workshop for April 10, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss City Center planning.

 

e)            City Hall Closing

 

Authorized the closing of the City offices on Friday, April 6, 2007 at 12:00 noon.

           

f)            Police Department

 

Authorized the Police Department to participate with traffic saturations that will be conducted in conjunction with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and/or the Minnesota State Patrol during certain times in 2007. These traffic saturations will be conducted on nearby roadway areas of the City; such as Minnesota Highway #7, and McLeod County Roads #1 and #9.

 

g)              Gambling Permit – Adult Training and Habilitation Center

 

Approved a gambling permit for the Adult Training and Habilitation Center to hold a raffle at The Blue Note Ballroom, 320-3rd Street South, on June 22, 2007.

           

h)            Agreements – Badger Meter, Incorporated

Authorized the City of Winsted to enter into a Maintenance and Related Services Agreement and a Proprietary Software License Agreement with Badger Meter, Incorporated for their water meter computer system and software.

 

i)            Sludge Storage Tanks – Pay Request #4

Approved Pay Request #4 in the amount of $43,900 to Gridor Construction, Incorporated for work completed on the Sludge Storage Improvements project.

 

j)                Change Order #4 – Office Hard Water Faucet and Line – Public Works Building

 

Authorized change order #4 for the installation of a hard water faucet and line in the office in the amount of $221 to Pauly’s Plumbing and Heating.

 

k)              Change Order #5 – Office Electrical – Public Works Building

 

Authorized change order #5 for additional office outlets in the amount of $585 to C.R. Electric, Incorporated.

 

l)                Change Order #6 – Soft Water Lines – Public Works Building

 

Authorized change order #6 for soft water lines in the office in the amount of $635 to Pauly’s Plumbing and Heating.

 

m)             Change Order #7 – Shop Electrical – Public Works Building

 

Authorized change order #7 for the additional shop outlets and outdoor lighting in the amount of $6,749 to C.R. Electric, Incorporated.

 

n)              Change Order #8 – Insulation – Public Works Building

 

Authorized change order #8 for insulation between the office and the shop in the amount of $930 to Ram Buildings, Incorporated.

 

o)              Trench Drain – Public Works Building

 

Accepted a quote from AWI Manufacturing, Incorporated to construct a trench drain for the Public Works building for $2,814.75.

 

p)              Vinyl Base – Public Works Building

 

Accepted a quote from D & J Furniture and Floors for vinyl base in the office area of the Public Works building for $372.

 

q)            Claims

Approved the Claims List for April 3, 2007 as presented.

           

3)            Public Hearings

           

            a)            Camper and Trailers Ordinance

                       

Mareck presented the proposed amendment to the City’s parking ordinance as it pertains to campers, recreational vehicles, trailers (boat and alike), and implement of husbandry (farm equipment).  The Council has considered the amendment due to parking issues relating to safety, enforceability of the existing ordinance, and street maintenance.

 

Mareck presented the following amendment options:

1.     No parking for six (6) hours to load and unload on the following streets: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th Streets north and south, Kingsley Avenue, Lake Drive, Zion Avenue, Linden Avenue, and Baker Avenue .

 

1st, 2nd Streets, Linden Avenue and Baker Avenue would take effect April 3, 2007 and the remainder of the streets listed would take effect on

November 1, 2007.   

 

Beginning in 2010, a new ordinance to restrict camper, trailer and boat parking to a maximum of 48 hours to load or unload on any City street.

 

Parking must be immediately adjacent to the property of the owner or done with owner’s permission. Special permission to park may be granted by the Winsted Police Department.

 

2.     No parking on any City street from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Parking must be immediately adjacent to the property of the owner or done with owner’s permission. Special permission to park may be granted by the Winsted Police Department.

 

Implementation upon adoption or beginning November 1, 2007.

 

3.     No parking on any City street from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday’s.  Parking must be immediately adjacent to the property of the owner or done with owner’s permission. Special permission to park may be granted by the Winsted Police Department.

 

Implementation upon adoption or beginning November 1, 2007.

 

Ollig stated that the City Council directed Henrich to evaluate all the streets in the City of Winsted to determine the width of the street and the traffic flow volume.  The aforementioned streets listed are those with shorter widths and a greater traffic flow volume.

 

Ollig stated that he does not believe that camper, trailer, and boat parking in the City of Winsted is an issue today but may be in the future.

 

Mochinski asked Ollig which of the proposed options was the most popular among the group of residents that he met with to discuss the camper, trailer, and boat parking amendment.  Ollig stated that the residents preferred option #1.

 

Mayor Stotko asked Henrich how the Police Department will enforce the restricted parking if the ordinance is amended.  Henrich stated that there will have to be signage on the designated streets.

 

Quast stated that she met with Henrich regarding her concerns of designating certain streets in the ordinance amendment.  Quast, Henrich, and Mareck prepared option #2 for the Council to consider.  Quast stated that option #2 would only require signage at the entrance of the City.

                       

Ollig stated that if the Council wants to adopt a parking ordinance amendment that is more restrictive, it should not take effect until 2008 to allow residents an opportunity to make arrangements for parking their campers, recreational vehicles, boats, trailers and/or farm equipment.

 

Quast motioned to close the Public Hearing.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Eggert stated that he did not understand why the City would have to have signage on each street regarding the proposed parking restrictions.  He stated that the City currently does not install signage for each ordinance amendment that is adopted.

 

Mareck stated that he and Henrich had discussed it, and do not believe it would be fair to the residents if they did not have signage to make them aware of the parking ordinance amendment.

 

Eggert stated that legally the City is not required to have signage.  Eggert recommended that residents who violate the parking ordinance amendment be given a copy of the ordinance amendment and a warning instead of a citation.  Eggert stated that there are limited numbers of residents affected by the parking restrictions enforced by the proposed ordinance amendment so the City should find ways to inform them of the camper, recreational vehicle, trailer, boat, and/or farm equipment parking.

 

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-07-03 amending the Parking Regulation Ordinance in the City of Winsted in accordance with option #1 and excluding the paragraph “Beginning in 2010, a new ordinance to restrict camper, trailer and boat parking to a maximum of 48 hours to load or unload on any City street.”  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

4)            Old Business

 

a)              Air Compressor Noise – Five Star Direct

 

Mareck presented the issue of Five Star Direct’s air compressor creating a noise nuisance for residents in the City of Winsted.

 

Joe Remer, Five Star Direct, was present at the meeting and stated that Five Star Direct has evaluated options for mitigating the noise problems created by the air compressor.  They have obtained competitive bids to replace the air compressor.  Remer further stated that Five Star Direct partner, Dick Borrell, contacted the City for consideration of financial assistance to replace the air compressor and after further evaluation, Five Star Direct can take care of the expense to replace the air compressor.

 

Remer stated that Five Star Direct is hoping to have a solution in the next thirty (30)-to sixty (60) days for mitigation of the noisy air compressor.  Remer apologized for the delay in replacing the air compressor.  They had to wait for Xcel Energy to do an audit of the air compressor with the hopes of receiving grant money from Xcel Energy to replace the air compressor.

 

Mochinski stated that the complaints that he has received have to do with the air compressor running through the night hours.  The residents have stated that the former building owners, Sterner Lighting, did not have the air compressor running at night.

 

Ollig thanked Remer for attending the meeting to give an update on mitigating the air compressor noise nuisance.  Ollig asked Remer to contact Mareck regarding the progress of remedying the air compressor noise problems so he can keep the Council updated.

 

Mayor Stotko asked for public comment.

 

Ron Zachmann, 332 South Shore Drive, stated that he had discussed the issue with a former employee of Sterner Lighting and they confirmed that the air compressor was a noise nuisance in the past, and the issue was presented to the City Council at that time.  Zachmann stated that Sterner Lighting constructed an insulated box around the air compressor and that helped to eliminate most of the noise.  Zachmann expressed his concern with Five Star Direct mitigating the noise nuisance in a timely manner.

 

b)            Historic City Hall – Todd Colona

 

Todd Colona, Historic City Hall owner, was in attendance at the meeting and gave an update on the restoration of the building and contacts he has had from potential renters.

 

Mayor Stotko stated that this is the first update that Colona has provided the Council in a long time.  Colona stated that there are no provisions in his Development Agreement with the City of Winsted that require him to give updates.

 

Quast requested a monthly report from Colona on the progress of remodeling and renting the Historic City Hall.  Colona stated that he has no problem providing the Council with monthly updates and will work with Mareck to establish some type of reporting system.

 

Stotko asked for public comment.

 

Mary Wiemiller, Winsted Preservation Society, was in attendance at the meeting to express her concerns about how long it has taken Colona to complete restorations on the building.  Wiemiller, Mary also stated her concerns regarding Colona’s efforts to rent the building to potential business owners.

 

Ollig motioned that Colona provide the City Council with a personal or written progress report at the second City Council meeting each month on the Historic City Hall construction, reconstruction, possible renters, and/or other updates.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Mochinski asked if Colona has any plans for restoration of the second floor.  Colona stated that the City’s Building Inspector’s plan requirements have caused a delay in completion of the second floor.  Colona stated that he is unable to find an engineer that will sign off on the plan requirements of the Building Inspector.

 

Wiemiller, Mary recommended that Colona contact the State Office of Historic Preservation.  She stated that they have an architect on staff that would be willing to work with Colona on restoration requirements and codes for a historical building. 

 

c)            Intoxicating Liquor Ordinance

           

Mareck presented Ordinance O-07-04 amending the Intoxicating Liquor Ordinance in the City of Winsted.  Mareck stated at the March 20, 2007 regular City Council meeting, the City Attorney was directed to review the Minnesota State Statute to determine if establishments operating outside of “on-sale hours” would be required to cover alcohol while open for business.  Upon review of Minnesota Rule 7515.0563, no alcohol may be displayed outside of on-sale hours; and therefore, must be covered with an opaque material.

           

Henrich asked Eggert if the City will require bar owners to cover their liquor at 1:00 a.m. when they close.  Eggert stated no.

 

Quast motioned to adopt Ordinance O-07- 04 amending the Intoxicating Liquor Ordinance in the City of Winsted.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)              Purchase Agreement – Eldron Hecksel – Lakefront Promenade

 

Mareck presented the purchase agreement between the City of Winsted and Eldron and Sharon Hecksel to acquire property necessary for the development of the Lakefront Promenade.

 

Wiemiller motioned to enter into a purchase agreement in the amount of $17,086 to acquire property necessary for the development of the Lakefront Promenade.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)            2007 Lawn Service Contract

           

            Mareck presented the 2007 lawn service bids.

           

Ollig motioned to accept the bid of $18,900 by Matthew’s Lawn Service to perform lawn service for the 2007 season.  Quast seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.

 

            c)            2007 City of Winsted Action Plan

                       

                        Mareck presented the City of Winsted’s 2007 Goals and Action Plan.

 

Quast motioned to adopt the 2007 City of Winsted “Action Plan.”  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

6)            Department Reports

 

a)              Police Department

 

Henrich reported on the following:

Ø     Projects the Winsted Police Department is involved with:

1.      McLeod County and truancy issues in the schools.

2.      Considering a McLeod County wide curfew.

3.            Preparing information on the installation of flashing lights in the crosswalks of the City’s schools.  Will seek donations to fund the project.

Ø     Public education programs offered to City of Winsted residents:

1.            An alcohol awareness program at the Blue Note.

2.            A Methamphetamine presentation.

The Police Department is exploring options to increase citizen participation in the education programs.

Ø     D.A.R.E. graduation completed.

Ø     Holy Trinity has asked the Winsted Police Department to prepare a Pre-Prom Awareness program.  Henrich is working with other agencies to plan and prepare the program.

Ø     Squad car computer update.  Henrich is meeting with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department and hoping to obtain computers in the squad cars later this year.  Evaluating lease options.  The Winsted Police Department is preparing the squad cars for preparation of computer installation.

Ø     The new squad car has not arrived.

Ø     The squad car cameras have been removed and a refund issued.  The Winsted Police Department is evaluating other camera systems used by area Police Departments.

Ø     2006 Year End Report:

1.      Citations have increased.

2.      Driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests have increased.

3.            Domestic disputes still remain high.  Some are becoming more serious, and are alcohol and/or drug related.

 

Mayor Stotko stated that the programs the Winsted Police Department are involved with are important and beneficial to the City.

 

Mochinski complemented Henrich on the 2006 Year End Report.

 

7)            No Open Forum.

 

8)            Announcements

 

            a)            Public Works Facility – Progress Report

 

Mareck gave a brief update on the progress of the Public Work’s facility construction.

           

            b)            2006 Audit

 

Boelter reported that the 2006 audit has been rescheduled to begin on April 9, 2007.

           

9)            Adjournment

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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