Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

May 1, 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

                                    Jeremiah Jessen, Police Officer

                                    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.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

a)            Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – April 17, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of April 17, 2007.

 

b)              Minutes – City Council Workshop – April 24, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the City Council workshop of April 24, 2007.           

 

c)            Change Order #10 – Winsted Public Works           

 

Authorized change order #10 for the realignment of a water line coming into the Public Works building by Henning Excavating for $1,965.

 

d)            Epoxy Finish – Winsted Public Works

 

Authorized the installation of an epoxy floor finish in the Public Works building by Permanent Coating Solutions for $1,590.

           

e)            Change Order #1 – Sludge Storage Tanks

 

Authorized the installation of by-pass piping for the sludge tanks by Gridor Construction for $4,071.

 

f)      Change Order #2 – Sludge Storage Tanks

 

Authorized the installation of a flashing pan on the block building, and additional wire and change breaker for the unit heater by Gridor Construction for $1,705.

           

g)            Donation – Winsted Little League Baseball Association

Accepted a donation of $1,470.84 from the Winsted Little League Baseball Association for outfield fencing at Southview Park.

h)            4M Funds – Notification to Broker and Certification by Broker

 

Authorized Voyageur Asset Management, Incorporated to invest the City of Winsted’s 4M Fund in those investments complying with the requirements of Minnesota State Statutes 118A.04, 118A.05 and 118A.06 for 2007.

 

i)            4M Funds – Notification to Broker and Certification by Broker

Authorized RBC Dain Rauscher to invest the City of Winsted’s 4M Fund in those investments complying with the requirements of Minnesota State Statutes 118A.04, 118A.05 and 118A.06 for 2007.

 

j)                Sludge Storage Tanks – Pay Request #5

 

Approved Pay Request #5 in the amount of $156,300 to Gridor Construction, Incorporated for work completed on the Sludge Storage Improvements project.

 

k)              Fee Schedule Ordinance O-07-04

 

Approved the ordinance number for the Fee Schedule Ordinance O-07-04 to be amended to O-07-03.

 

l)                Camper and Trailer Parking Ordinance O-07-03

 

Approved the ordinance number for the Camper and Trailer Parking

Ordinance O-07-03 to be amended to O-07-04.

 

m)             Liquor Ordinance O-07-04

 

Approved the ordinance number for the Liquor Ordinance O-07-04 to be amended to O-07-05.

 

n)              Royalty Float Storage Lease

 

Approved a fifteen (15) month storage lease for the Queen’s Royalty Float with Steve and Pam Fiecke for $60 a month.

 

0)            Claims

Approved the Claims List for May 1, 2007 as presented.

           

3)            No Public Hearings.

 

4)            No Old Business.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)              In-Squad Cameras – Police Department

 

Henrich presented a proposal to purchase Digital-Ally’s in-squad camera system.

 

Ollig stated that the public needs to understand that in-squad cameras are for the protection of the police officers and for those individuals that the Winsted Police Department detain in a traffic stop.

 

Wiemiller motioned to accept the bid from Digital-Ally Systems for the purchase of two in-squad video cameras and warranty for $10,066.88.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)            New Squad Car Rotation and Retention – Police Department

           

Henrich presented a proposal to keep the 2003 squad car and go from a four (4) year squad car rotation to a six (6) year rotation.

 

Ollig asked Henrich if there is funding available in the 2007 budget for additional expenses generated by having a third squad car.  Henrich stated that there is funding available in the 2007 budget.

 

Ollig motioned to allow the Police Department to go to a six (6) year squad car rotation and authorize the payment of $4,000 to Waconia Ford for the 2003 Crown Victoria.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            c)            Schedule Public Information Hearing – City Center and Lakefront Promenade

 

Mareck reviewed the planning process for the City Center and Lakefront Promenade project.

 

Mareck then presented the final plans of the proposed City Center and Lakefront Promenade.

 

Quast motioned to schedule a public information hearing on June 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. for the City Center and Lakefront Promenade.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            d)            Plans and Specifications – City Center and Lakefront Promenade

                       

Ollig motioned to approve the plans and specifications for the City Center and Lakefront Promenade.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            e)            Advertisement of Bids – City Center and Lakefront Promenade

                       

Mochinski motioned to authorize the advertisement of bids for the City Center and Lakefront Promenade.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.                       

 

            f)            Winsted Municipal Airport – 2007 Improvement Project

                       

Benita Crow, Aviation Project Manager, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH), reviewed the requirements for Federal funding and Federal funding sources for improvement projects at the Winsted Municipal Airport.  Crow stated that the City has to utilize $133,911 of their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant in 2007 or the available funding will expire.

 

Crow reviewed with the City Council her meeting with representatives from Minnesota Department of Transportation/Office of Aeronautics (MN DOT/OA) regarding funding to pave the runway at the Winsted Municipal Airport.  MN DOT/OA decided not to provide the City of Winsted with additional funding in 2007 to pave the runway and is uncertain about providing funding in the future.  MN DOT/OA stated that in the past there was a perceived lack of community support to pave the runway.  Mareck stated that in the past, the FAA and MN DOT/OA required a more costly project to pave the runway so the City Council decided not to do it.

 

Crow stated that she will work with Boelter to schedule a meeting with MN DOT/OA and members of the City Council and Airport Commission to discuss the City’s intentions to pave the runway.

 

Crow presented options for a 2007 improvement project at the Winsted Municipal Airport.  Crow recommended that the Airport Commission and Council consider the option of completing a turf runway rehabilitation.  Crow stated that the condition of the existing runway makes it unusable at certain times of the year, and can no longer accommodate the high amount of aircraft traffic using it.  Crow stated that completing a turf runway rehabilitation would provide a serviceable turf runway for years to come, construct a foundation for a future paved runway, and demonstrate the City’s commitment and support for the Winsted Municipal Airport.

 

Mayor Stotko asked Crow how long the proposed turf runway rehabilitation would remain functional in the event that the City is unable to receive funding to pave the runway.  Crow stated twenty (20) to thirty (30) years.

 

Russ Paschke, Airport Commission Chairman, asked Crow if the turf runway rehabilitation would result in a cost savings for paving the runway.  Crow stated yes.

 

Quast stated that completing the turf runway rehabilitation would be a good faith effort to show MN DOT/OA that the City does support paving the runway.

 

Mayor Stotko asked the Airport Commission members in attendance at the meeting if they were in favor of the turf runway rehabilitation project.  The Airport Commission members stated yes.

 

Ollig asked Boelter if the City had funding available for the grant match of $25,000. Boelter stated that the City budgeted $10,000 for a 2007 Airport improvement project and a hangar owner at the Winsted Municipal Airport is willing to pay his land lease in advance for the additional $15,000.

 

Ollig motioned to proceed with the turf runway rehabilitation project, have SEH prepare a proposal for engineering costs to prepare the plans and specifications for project, and to notify the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the City of Winsted’s plan to complete the turf runway rehabilitation project at the Winsted Municipal Airport in 2007.    Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

                       

6)            Department Reports

 

a)              Waste Management

 

Pam Fleischacker reported on the following:

1.            Monthly billing Information.

2.            Recycling statistics.

Boelter will work with Fleischacker to put a flyer in the City’s utility billing that educates residents on proper recycling in the City of Winsted.  Mochinski recommended that a flyer on recycling be distributed to residents several times throughout the year.

3.            Additional services provided by Waste Management to the City of Winsted and its residents.

4.            Renewable energy – new gas to energy plant at the Spruce Ridge Landfill opening in the fall of 2007.  Fleischacker offered to take the City Council and staff on a tour of the facility after it is completed.

5.            Local donations to City of Winsted organizations and activities.

6.            Commercial service to local businesses as dictated in the contract between the City of Winsted and Waste Management.

 

Ollig thanked Fleischacker for her report, and stated that since Waste Management has come to the City of Winsted they have been a great asset.

 

7)            Open Forum

 

a)            McLeod County Road 1 - Lenora Kubasch

 

Lenora Kubasch, 210 – 6th Street North, asked the City Council to hold a public meeting to discuss speed and safety issues on McLeod County Road 1 (CR 1).

 

Mareck stated that the City requested a speed reduction on CR 1 in 2003 and 2006, which was subsequently denied, based on a study conducted by the Highway Engineer’s office.  In addition, in 2003 the City requested a 4-way stop and crosswalk at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1.  The 4-way stop request was denied; however, McLeod County was able to secure grant funds to install a signalized crosswalk at this intersection.  The crosswalk at Main Avenue West and CR 1 is scheduled to be installed this year.

 

Ollig recommended that the City invite McLeod County Commissioner, Ray Bayerl and McLeod County Highway Engineer, John Brunkhorst to a City Council meeting to discuss speed and safety issues on CR 1.  Mareck stated that he would contact Bayerl and Brunkhorst to invite them to the May 15th, 2007 Council meeting.

 

Ollig motioned to have the City invite McLeod County Commissioner, Ray Bayerl and McLeod County Highway Engineer, John Brunkhorst to the May 15th, 2007 regular City Council meeting to discuss speed and safety issues on McLeod County Road 1 in the City of Winsted.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

8)            Announcements

 

            a)            Arbor Day – April 24, 2007

 

Mareck thanked the Tree Board for planning a successful Arbor Day celebration on April 24, 2007.

 

            b)            Open Meeting Law

 

Mayor Stotko asked Council members to use caution when corresponding with each other through e-mail to avoid violating the Open Meeting law.  Mayor Stotko recommended that any e-mails be addressed to Mareck and one Council member only.

 

            c)            E-mail Accounts – City Council Members

 

Mareck informed Council Members that e-mail accounts have been set up for each of them through the City’s system.

 

            d)            Council Member Ollig – Meeting Attendance

 

Ollig informed the Council and staff that he will be unable to attend four (4) consecutive Council meetings during the summer months.

 

9)            Adjournment

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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