Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Workshop

Public Works Facility

433 – 6th Street South

May 15, 2007

4:45 p.m.

 

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

                                    Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

                                    Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead

 

RAM Building, Incorporated:            Rollie Radtke, Chief Executive Officer

                                                Jeff Fuller, Project Manager

                                                Neil Kerkvliet, Crew Manager

                                   

 

The purpose of the workshop was to do a final walkthrough of the Public Works Facility construction project.

 

Fuller distributed a list of items that still needed to be completed and went through each item on the list.

 

Mochinski asked Fuller when the items on the list would be completed.  Fuller stated that they would be completed by May 31, 2007.

 

The Council discussed the small storage area located in the kitchen next to the north wall.  Fuller stated that the area is too small to install a door.  Radtke stated that the storage area was constructed according to the architect’s plans.  Radtke stated that a door could be made for the area but would not be feasible.

 

Fuller gave a tour of the new Public Works Facility.

 

The Council discussed the nova brick height differences.  Kerkvliet explained that the nova brick heights are different because the foundation heights are different.  When the additional nova brick was added as a change order, the foundation was in place so the nova brick contractor had to line it up according to the foundation.

 

Mochinski recommended that RAM Building, Incorporated be responsible for changing the heights of the nova brick so they line up.

 

Radtke stated that RAM Building, Incorporated would present the Council with solutions to the nova brick height differences.

 

Quast stated that she did not believe that the City should spend the taxpayer’s money to change the heights of the nova brick.

 

Mayor Stotko asked Maintenance Leads, Meyer and Stotko, Jamie, what they thought about the nova brick not lining up.  Meyer stated that RAM Building, Incorporated should have told the City that the nova brick heights would be different when the change order to install it was approved.  Meyer also stated that he likes the nova brick on the building and believes that if the City Council was told that they may have to spend an additional $10,000 to change the foundation heights to accommodate the nova brick, they may have voted to forego the installation of the nova brick change order.  Stotko, Jamie stated that he agreed with Meyer’s statements.

 

The Council discussed the nova brick and agreed that they liked the additional nova brick that was installed on the building.

 

The Council Workshop adjourned at 5:45 p.m.  

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

 

 

 

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

May 15, 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)            Mayor Stotko removed item h) Water/Sewer Billing Estimates and Unusually High Meter Readings Policy to New Business for clarification and discussion.

 

Mareck asked that approval for a City Council Workshop on June 5, 2007 at 5:30 p.m., for a presentation on engineering by Short, Elliott, Hendrickson (SEH), be added to the Consent Agenda.

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

 

a)            Minutes – Board of Review – April 17, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the Board of Review of April 17, 2007.

 

b)              Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – May 1, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the regular City Council meeting of May 1, 2007.           

 

c)      Temporary Seasonal – Winsted Public Works

 

Based on the recommendation of the Public Works Leads, authorized the hiring of Cody Cuhel for a temporary/seasonal position with the Public Works Department at $8.50 per hour.

 

d)      Road Repair

 

Authorized MJ Neisen Asphalt to conduct road repair on Zion Avenue for $3,520.

 

Authorized MJ Neisen Asphalt to conduct road repair on 2nd Street South for $955.

 

Authorized MJ Neisen Asphalt to conduct road repair on Kingsley Street South for $1,835.

 

e)              Police Department – Safe & Sober Resolution

 

Adopted Resolution R-07-09 authorizing the City of Winsted to enter into a grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety; entitling the Police Department to work Safe & Sober shifts during the period from October 1st, 2007 through September 30th, 2008. 

 

f)            Part-Time Police Officer Appointment – Winsted Police Department

 

Based on the recommendation of the Police Chief, authorized the hiring of Breana Kroll as a part-time police officer (part-time officer’s list).

 

g)      Standard Lease Agreement – Mini Biff

 

Approved a Standard Lease Agreement between the City of Winsted and Mini Biff, LLC for 2007.           

 

h)            Water/Sewer Billing Estimates and Unusually High Meter Readings Policy – REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA TO NEW BUSINESS.

 

i)          Industrial Park Maintenance*

 

Authorized John Schlechter to farm vacant property owned in the Winsted Industrial Park in exchange for keeping the property free and clear of weeds and high grass.

 

j)      Winsted Police Department*

 

Authorized Investigator Glen Strom to work the Minnesota State Fair utilizing the City of Winsted’s uniform, badge, patches, and other applicable equipment for the purpose of law enforcement duties.

     

k)      MN DOT Agreement Amendment – Winsted Municipal Airport

 

Approved an amendment to the Minnesota Department of Transportation Agreement #89075 to increase the State of Minnesota’s proportionate share of the project costs for the Winsted Municipal Airport’s Fuel System, Crack Repair, and Parking Lot to reflect actual project costs.

     

l)      April, 2007 Monthly Financial Report

 

            Approved the April, 2007 Monthly Financial report.

 

m)      April, 2007 Building Permit Report

 

            Approved the April, 2007 Building Permit report.

 

n)        Claims

Approved the Claims List for May 15, 2007 as presented.

 

o)      City Council Workshop – June 5, 2007

 

Scheduled a City Council workshop for June 5, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. for a presentation by SEH on engineering.

           

Henrich introduced Breana Kroll as the new permanent part-time police officer for the Winsted Police Department.  Kroll thanked the City Council for the opportunity to work for the City of Winsted and stated that she is looking forward to getting to know the residents and business owners in the Community.

 

3)            Public Hearings

 

            a)            Industrial Revenue Bonds – AAA Galvanizing

                       

Mareck presented Resolution R-07-10, authorizing the issuance and sale of Industrial Development Revenue Bonds for AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota.

                       

Mareck explained Industrial Development Revenue Bonds.  He stated that Revenue Bonds can be used to finance industrial, commercial and medical facilities, multifamily rental housing, nursing homes and some nonprofit activities. Projects can include land acquisition, new-facility construction, additions to existing facilities, purchase and renovation of existing structures and production equipment purchase.

State and local government agencies may issue tax-exempt or taxable revenue bonds on behalf of private borrowers to provide lower interest rates on long-term financing. Revenue bonds issued for industrial/manufacturing, medical facility, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit or nursing-home projects are generally tax-exempt; those for commercial projects are taxable.  The issuance of these bonds has no effect on the City’s bond rating or future bonding capabilities on other projects.

 

Mareck introduced Kevin Irving, AAA Galvanizing.  Irving thanked the Council for their support of AAA Galvanizing’s project

 

Mochinski motioned to adopt Resolution R-07-10, authorizing the issuance and sale of Industrial Development Revenue Bonds for AAA Galvanizing of Minnesota.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Wiemiller motioned to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the application of approval for Industrial Revenue Bonds from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

                        Quast motioned to close the Public Hearing.  Ollig seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.

 

            b)            Recreational Fire Permits

                       

Mareck presented Ordinance O-07-06, repealing certain sections of the Health, Sanitation, and Blight Ordinance relating to permits for recreational fires.  The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department found the permitting process for recreational fires to be difficult to administer and that the regulations can be upheld without a formal permit process.

 

Ron Jagodzinski, 171-7th Street South, asked if the City will require a fee to have a recreational fire.  Mareck stated no.

 

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-07-06 repealing certain sections of the Health,            Sanitation, and Blight Ordinance relating to permits for recreational fires.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Ollig motioned to close the Public Hearing.  Wiemiller seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.           

 

4)            Old Business

 

            a)            McLeod CR 1 – Speed and Safety

Mareck reviewed the City Council’s request that McLeod County Commissioner, Ray Bayerl and McLeod County Highway Engineer, John Brunkhorst be in attendance at the Council meeting to discuss speed and safety concerns on McLeod County Road 1 (CR 1).

 

Mareck presented Henrich’s recommendation that the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1 be a 4-way stop.  In Henrich’s opinion, the placement of a lighted crosswalk will not eliminate the speed of approaching cars.  Even if the speed for CR 1 was reduced to a thirty-five (35) mile per hour zone, pedestrians in the crosswalk would be taking their own lives in their hands just to cross the road.  The traffic count may be low on this road; however, both vehicles and people find it difficult to cross this intersection during lunch time and when returning home from work at the end of the day.

 

Brunkhorst addressed the Council.  Brunkhorst presented the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MN DOT) guidelines for regulating speed limits and the placement of 4-way stops.  Brunkhorst shared information on studies that were completed by MN DOT on the section of CR 1 located in the City of Winsted.  Brunkhorst presented the reasons why the City’s requests to reduce the speed on CR 1 through the City of Winsted, and a 4-way stop be installed at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1 have been denied in the past. 

 

Ollig asked Brunkhorst if Ray Bayerl, the City of Winsted’s County Commissioner has the authority to recommend that the speed limit on CR 1 be reduced and a 4-way stop installed at the Main Avenue West and CR 1 intersection.  Brunkhorst stated that it would have to be approved by the entire McLeod County Board of Commissioners.

 

Bayerl stated that he has discussed the speed and safety concerns on CR 1 with several different City of Winsted residents.  Bayerl stated that the City can present their request for a reduced speed limit on CR 1 and a 4-way stop at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1 to the McLeod County Board for their approval.  Ollig asked Bayerl if the City should write a letter to the McLeod County Commissioners that details the City’s request for a reduced speed limit on CR 1 and the installation of a 4-way stop.  Bayerl stated yes.

 

Lenora Kubasch, 210 – 6th Street North, presented her concerns regarding the speed and safety on CR 1.  Kubasch, Lenora stated that she has contacted individuals from both the State of Minnesota and McLeod County regarding the speed and safety issues on CR 1 and she was told by someone from the State of Minnesota that the McLeod County Commissioners may make a decision to reduce the speed limit on CR 1 and install a 4-way stop.  Kubasch, Lenora stated that she does not believe a lighted crosswalk, where individuals will have to push buttons to get across CR 1, will work for young children.

 

Ernie Meyer, Ernie’s Bar & Grill, 591 Main Avenue West, stated that if cars are traveling at fifty (50) miles per hour on CR 1, a crosswalk will not be a safe option for anyone crossing CR 1.  Meyer stated that he would like to see the speed limit reduced on CR 1 and a 4-way stop installed at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1.

 

Aaron Kubasch, 179 Westgate Drive, stated that the intersection at Main Avenue West and CR 1 is considered an entrance to downtown Winsted and there is no safe place for people to cross CR 1.

 

Bruce Gatz, 203 Westgate Terrace, stated that as someone who has experienced the difficulty of crossing CR 1, and has children who cross CR 1, he does not believe that a lighted crosswalk is going to be a safe option for crossing CR 1.  He asked the Council to consider reducing the speed limit on CR 1 and installing a 4-way stop at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1.

 

Mark Lefeber, 161-8th Street South, expressed his concerns when crossing CR 1.

 

Angie Jagodzinski, 171-7th Street South, stated that the location for the button that an individual would push at the crosswalk, located at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1, would have to be installed in a safe location so individuals are not in danger when approaching to push the button.  Jagodzinski, Angie stated that the City of Winsted is planning to construct a Lakefront Promenade and residents will be unable to cross CR 1 safely to get downtown to enjoy it.

 

Henrich stated that he would caution the City Council about putting a lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1.  Henrich stated that there are speed and safety issues on CR 1 and it is dangerous for individuals to cross the intersection.  Henrich stated that he would not allow his own children to cross CR 1.  Henrich recommended that a 4-way stop be installed.

 

Brunkhorst asked the City Council to consider the possible noise issue from vehicles braking if a 4-way stop is installed at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1.

 

Mayor Stotko thanked Brunkhorst and Bayerl for attending the City Council meeting to discuss speed and safety concerns on CR 1.

 

Mareck stated that McLeod County has received a grant to install a lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1 and recommended that the City have McLeod County proceed.  The Council agreed.

 

Ollig motioned that the City of Winsted send a letter to the McLeod County Board of Commissioners asking them to reduce the speed limit on CR 1, from McLeod County Road 5 north to the City limits, to thirty-five (35) miles per hour; to install a 4-way stop at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1; and to continue with the installation of the lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Main Avenue West and CR 1.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            b)            Ordinance O-07-07 – Interim Ordinance Extension

 

Eggert informed the Council that Ordinance 06-06, an Ordinance extending the term of Ordinance O-05-14, an interim Ordinance imposing a moratorium of the establishment, development, location or relocation of inpatient treatment and/or counseling businesses or services in the City of Winsted and directing that a study be conducted, expired on May 14, 2007.  Eggert recommended that the Council approve Ordinance O-07-07, an Ordinance extending the term of Ordinance O-06-06 by an additional six (6) months.  Eggert stated that the interim Ordinance may be extended three (3) times.

 

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-07-07 extending the term of Ordinance

O-06-06 by an additional six (6) months.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)              Purchase Agreement – Lakefront Promenade

 

Mareck presented the purchase agreement between the City of Winsted and Glenn and Mary Ehrke to acquire property necessary for the development of the Lakefront Promenade.

Mareck informed the Council that the agreement states that the City will asphalt an access into Ehrke’s property.

 

Ollig motioned to enter into a purchase agreement with Glenn and Mary Ehrke in the amount of $1,803 to acquire property necessary for the development of the Lakefront Promenade.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)              Purchase Agreement – Lakefront Promenade

 

Mareck presented the purchase agreement between the City of Winsted and Darrell and Gladys Lachermeier to acquire property necessary for the development of the Lakefront Promenade.

 

Mareck informed the Council that the agreement allows Lachermeiers to install a sidewalk on City property in the event that they construct an addition to the east side of the building that extends to the property line.

 

Ollig asked Eggert if Lachemeiers sell the property in the future, would the sidewalk be listed as City property.  Eggert stated yes.

 

Eggert stated that the agreement only allows Lachermeiers to install the sidewalk if they extend their building to the property line.

 

Wiemiller motioned to enter into a purchase agreement with Darrell and Gladys Lachermeier in the amount of $8,600 to acquire property necessary for the development of the Lakefront Promenade.  Quast seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.

           

            c)            Asbestos Removal and Demolition – Winsted Public Works

 

Mareck presented the bids for asbestos removal and demolition of the Public Works facility located at 241 – 1st Street North.  Mareck stated that the City is receiving a fifty percent (50%) match from the State of Minnesota to demolish the building.  The remaining portion of the project will be financed through the Facilities Fund and eventually repaid through bond proceeds.

 

Quast motioned to authorize the removal of asbestos materials from the Public Works Facility by Abatement Specialties for $5,250.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Mochinski motioned to award the bid for the demolition of the Public Works Facility, located at 241-1st St. N., to Wright Excavating for $35,000.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Quast asked when the demolition will take place.  Mareck stated at the end of May, 2007.

 

      d)      Promotional Event Request – Winsted NAPA

           

Boelter presented a formal request from Winsted NAPA, LLC, 150-2nd Street South, to close a section of 2nd Street South on Friday, July 20, 2007 from

3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to hold a promotional event involving a monster truck crushing three (3) cars.  The section of street that NAPA is requesting to be closed is from the north side of the 2nd Street South and McLeod Avenue intersection to the south side of the Winsted Post Office’s exit driveway.

 

Boelter stated that the City contacted Flagship Insurance & Financial Services, Incorporated to inquire about insurance requirements for such an event.  The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) stated that both Winsted NAPA and the Monster Truck owner would be required to provide the City with certificates of insurance showing liability coverage of $1,000,000 and listing the City of Winsted as additional insured.  The LMCIT also stated that for the City of Winsted to not be liable for this event, the City should have no involvement in the event, no support, no advertisement, no crowd control, no clean up, etc.

 

Tom Schermann, Winsted NAPA owner, was present at the meeting.

 

Ollig asked Schermann his plans for controlling where spectators are going to be standing.  Schermann stated that there will be bleachers and fencing to keep spectators in a safe and controlled area.

 

Wiemiller asked Schermann if all fluids and/or other hazardous materials are removed from the vehicles before they are crushed.  Schermann stated yes.

 

Ollig reminded Schermann of the City’s liability concerns for damage to a person and/or other businesses in the City.

 

Schermann stated that he is working with his insurance agent to obtain the required insurance for the event.

 

Ollig motioned to authorize Winsted NAPA to close a section of 2nd Street South from the north side of the 2nd Street South and McLeod Avenue intersection to the south side of the Winsted Post Office’s exit driveway on Friday, July 20, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and that Winsted NAPA and the Monster Truck owner complete the following requirements:

1.     The section of street to be closed from the north side of the 2nd Street South and McLeod Avenue intersection to the south side of the Winsted Post Office’s exit driveway must be marked with cones and barricades.

2.     Removal of the cars and other debris from the street immediately following the promotion.

3.     Provide security as needed.

4.     Clean up, and if necessary, repair the street, curb, and/or sidewalk.

5.     Provide the City with a certificate of insurance from both Winsted NAPA and the Monster Truck owner showing liability coverage of $1,000,000 and listing the City of Winsted as additionally insured.

                        

Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

           

e)            Policy and Procedures for Water/Sewer Billing Estimates and Unusually High Meter Readings

 

            Mareck presented the proposed amendment to the Policy and Procedures for Water/Sewer Billing Estimates and Unusually High Meter Readings

 

Mareck stated that some residents receive large utility bills from water leaks that they were unaware of and were not always due to negligence on their part.  Mareck stated that in some cases it creates a hardship for the resident.  The amendment to the policy states that the City will evaluate these large utility bills on an individual basis and account history will be taken into consideration.

 

Ollig recommended an amendment to the policy stating that the City will contact the property owner by telephone, and certified mail, when a large utility bill may indicate that they have a water leak.

Ollig motioned to amend the Policy and Procedures for Water/Sewer Billing Estimates and Unusually High Meter Readings as presented, and include that the City will contact a property owner by telephone and certified mail when a large utility bill may indicate a water leak.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

6)            Department Reports

 

a)              People Service

 

Dan Wroge reported on the following:

1.     Obtained bids for lift station repairs.

2.     The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) did a compliance inspection at the Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF).

3.     Recommended that the sludge be hauled from the WWTF as soon as possible.

4.     Reviewed requirements for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

The permit will include a schedule of when the Winsted WWTF will have to complete compliance items.

Mareck stated that SEH will be presenting the schedule at the June 5, 2007 City Council meeting.

5.            Phosphorus limits.  Wroge stated that the City will be required to install special equipment to treat phosphorus at the WWTF.

 

Ollig asked Wroge if the dirty water from the Winstock showers can be disposed of at the WWTF.  Wroge stated that it can be disposed of in the oxidation ditches.

 

7)            Open Forum

 

a)            Glenn and Betty Diers – Kingsley Lift Station Generator

 

Mareck presented a proposal from Glenn and Betty Diers, 410 Kingsley Street South, to install fencing between Kingsley Street and the Kingsley Lift Station Generator. Mareck stated that he discussed the proposal with the Public Works Department and there is not sufficient space to install a fence between Kingsley Street and the generator.

 

Ollig recommended that the City paint the generator to make it blend in with the natural environment.

 

Mareck stated that he will obtain bids to paint the generator.

 

8)            Announcements

 

            a)            Xcel Energy – Westgate Street Lighting

 

Mareck reported that Xcel Energy has agreed to install a stronger bulb on the street lighting in Westgate.  When the stronger bulb is installed, Mareck will get feedback from the property owners in Westgate to determine if the stronger bulb has improved the street lighting.

 

            b)            Historic City Hall

 

Mareck stated that he has not received a progress report from Todd Colonna in May, 2007 on the Historic City Hall project.  Mareck informed the Council that he received an e-mail from a resident that is interested in the building and after contacting Colonna on several occasions, she did not receive a response from Colonna.

 

Ollig motioned that the City Attorney, Fran Eggert, review the City’s contract with Todd Colonna and determine what options are available to the City in the enforcement of the contract.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

9)            Adjournment

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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