Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Workshop

SEH - Engineering

June 5, 2007

5:30 p.m.


Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski


Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Sue Mueller, Utility Clerk

                                    Fran Eggert, City Attorney


SEH:                                    Thomas Homme, Project Design Leader; Justin Black, Project Engineer


The purpose of the workshop was for SEH to do a presentation outlining the services that Consulting Engineers perform.


Homme described the two types of services available:


1.     Basic Services


a.     The Report Phase

b.     The Design Phase

c.     The Bidding Phase

d.     The Construction Phase


2.     Additional Services


Homme then explained the three options for payment and how they apply to the two types of services available.


1.     Lump Sum Basis Option

2.     Hourly Basis Option

3.     Fees


Homme explained that the hourly basis option is used when there may be issues, like the weather, and where the charges are based just on the time spent.   Under the hourly basis option the salaries are determined once a year in April.  He also stated depending upon the services and payment options that some reimbursements for gas, drive time and equipment usage, such as when a GPS surveying equipment is used, may be added to the billing.   Some of these charges may be added on as a percentage of the project or billed out right.  He stated some cities have an ongoing agreement kept on file which is used for multiple projects.  He stated SEH would like to have this for Winsted in the future. 


Homme stated that at one time SEH may be handling three to five projects at one time.  He gave a description of the different levels of people working on each project.  There is the Client Service Manager and the Project Manager and they work together.  They may be working on multiple projects at one time.  Homme said that SEH's philosophy is client satisfaction always.


Ollig asked how many more years Homme will be working.  Homme stated not too many and that Black has been with SEH for 8 years, and that he himself has been with SEH since 1965.


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






Respectfully submitted,




Sue Mueller

Utility Clerk



City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

June 5, 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

                                    Sue Mueller Utility Clerk

                                    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 with one change on item n) Sludge             Storage Tanks – Pay Request #6 the amount was changed to $93,150.   Mochinski             seconded.   Motion carried 5-0.


a)            Minutes – City Council Workshop – May 15, 2007


            Accepted the minutes of the City Council Workshop – May 15, 2007.


b)              Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – May 15, 2007


Accepted the minutes of the regular City Council meeting of May 15, 2007.           


c)      City Administrators Review


Scheduled a closed meeting for Tuesday, June 19th at 5:00 p.m. to conduct the City Administrator's (Brent Mareck) annual performance review.


d)            Lift Station Repair – Northgate, Westgate and Littfin


Authorized repairs and maintenance work to be performed by Electronic Pump for $22,605 plus tax and freight for necessary repairs to the Northgate, Westgate and Littfin lift stations (budgeted).


e)               Crosswalk – Mid-Block 2nd St. N.*


Authorized the installation of a crosswalk for a playground crossing for Holy Trinity Schools  mid-block of 2nd St. N. between Winsted Avenue and Andy Avenue           


f)            Holy Trinity – Farewell Party for Father Paul


Authorized Holy Trinity to close Winsted Avenue West, between Holy Trinity School and Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, June 17, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a farewell party for Father Paul.


Approved an application for a one (1) to four (4) day temporary on-sale liquor license for Holy Trinity on Sunday, June 17, 2007 for a farewell party for Father Paul.

g)            Licenses to Sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices*


Approved licenses to sell Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 for the following:


Casey’s General Store #1673                                    G & J Foods, Inc.

240 – 6th Street North                                                491 Main Avenue West


J & N Schlagel Enterprises II                                    Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill

The Blue Note Ballroom                                                111 – 1st Street North

320 – 3rd Street South

                                                                                    Hussong’s Liquor

The Woods Group                                                132 – 6th Street North

Keg’s Bar

121 – 1st Street North                                                Ernie’s Bar & Grill


                                                                        591 Main Avenue West

h)            Liquor Licenses*


Approved the Off Sale, On Sale, and Sunday Liquor Licenses from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 for the following:


J & N Schlagel Enterprises II                        Papa Tom’s Bar & Grill

The Blue Note                                                111 – 1st Street North

320 – 3rd Street North

                                                                        Hussong’s Liquor – Off Sale Only

The Woods Group                                    132 – 6th Street North           

Keg’s Bar           

121 – 1st Street North


Ernie’s Bar & Grill

591 Main Avenue West                                               


Approved the On Sale Club and Sunday Liquor Licenses from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 for the following:

American Legion Post #407                                    Winsted Baseball Club, Inc.

161 – 1st Street North                                                Campbell Field


i)                Dance Permit*


Approved a Dance Permit for the Blue Note Ballroom, 320 – 3rd Street South, for the period of July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.


j)            Fire Department Appointments


Appointed Brady Tormanen, Mitch Wittmer, and Todd Koch to the position of probationary firefighter per the recommendation of the Winsted Fire Chief.


k)              Federal Aviation Administration Grant – Winsted Municipal Airport

Accepted a $583,911 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete the 2007 Turf Runway Rehabilitation project at the Winsted Municipal Airport.



l)            Winsted Police Reserves – Resignation Jeff Stotko

Accepted the resignation from Jeff Stotko from the Winsted Police Department reserve officer program.


m)            Public Works Sign – Herald Journal Sign and Graphics


Authorized the purchase of signs for the Public Works Department from Herald Journal Sign and Graphics for a cost not to exceed $2,454.

n)              Sludge Storage Tanks – Pay Request #6


Approved Pay Request #5 in the amount of $93,150 to Gridor Construction, Incorporated for work completed on the Sludge Storage Improvements project.


o)            Change Order #12 – Public Works Building


Authorized change order #12 for additional concrete work for the Public Works building by Birkholtz Concrete for $2,589.


p)            Change Order #13 – Public Works Building


Authorized change order #13 for additional excavation work for the Public Works building by Henning Excavating for $18,644.


q)     Claims


3)            Public Hearings


      a)      City Center/Lakefront Promenade*


Mareck stated that the legislation fell short and that Representative Shimanski should be recognized for his efforts on trying to get the bill passed.  Mareck stated that there are other options that are being pursued and that the bids received are under budget.   


Jacob Schlagel, 660 Pheasant Run asked whether alcohol was going to be allowed into the City Center.  Mareck stated no. 


Ollig asked Shimanski if he could summarize the process of presenting to the Legislative and Governor the cities request for bonding authority for the new city center project.  Shimanski explained that it started in a hearing and that the Winsted team presented the designs proposed.  After this the bill was introduced in January and the Tax Commission Chair recommended it be included into the tax bill.  At that time, the Conference Committee added a cost of living adjustment to the bill.  Shimanski then said that Pawlenty was adamant that he would not sign the bill.  The bill did pass the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Pawlenty then vetoed it. 


Ollig asked whether Shimanski could see a special session being called.  Shimanski stated he thought it would be a 50-50% chance.


Lila Probert, 412 Lake Drive asked whether there were any other places within the county that would be a potential source.  Mareck stated the city is currently researching other options, one being with the USDA.  Stotko stated that the bids are good for 60 days. 


Mareck reviewed the designs for the City Center/Lake Front Promenade. 


                        Wiemiller motioned to schedule a meeting for June 12th at 6:00 P.M. Ollig                                     seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


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


4)            Old Business


a)              Engineering Proposal – Airport Turf Rehabilitation Project – SEH


At the May 1, 2007 City Council meeting, the Council directed Benita Crow, Aviation Project Manager, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH), to prepare a proposal for providing design engineering services for the Winsted Municipal Airport’s 2007 Turf Runway Rehabilitation project. 


Ollig motioned to approve the Architect/Engineer Agreement between the City of Winsted and Short Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated for the Winsted Municipal Airport’s 2007 Turf Runway Rehabilitation project.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


5)            New Business


a)              Dangerous Dog Appeal – 413 Lake Drive – Police Department


Officer Jessen explained that he had twelve weeks of training as a Military Canine Handler in the Air Force.  Jessen then gave a history on this dangerous dog history.


Officer Jessen then explained the ordinance in regard to dangerous dog.


Jessen then stated that from talking to neighbors that he was informed that the dog had been in Watertown and that children threw rocks and that the dog seems to be threatened.  Jessen also stated that neighbors do not want to give there names in public but want the issue to be addressed.  Jessen also said the dog is not chasing adults but children.


Michelle Klein and her daughter Jordan presented their appeal and explained she disagreed due to:


a.     Neither of the notifications (1 and 3) or incident reports (2 and 4) state that Morgan; has bitten anybody, was unprovoked.

b.     She stated that Morgan walked right by Office Strom to get into the house and that he was not in an attack mode.

c.     She stated that in both incidences it was due to human error on their part as they have electric fencing and both times the dog did not have his electronic collar on. 


Quast asked whether the dog has ever gone after the children who run through Klein's yard. 


Klein also explained she has children ranging in ages four to eighteen and she has not had any problems within her family.  


Lila Probert, 412 Lake Dr stated that she has two small dogs and that Klein's dog has never shown any sign of aggressiveness. 


Mochinski stated that there should be other options that could be addressed instead of having to deem the dog dangerous and have him put down.


Ollig then said Golden Retrievers are basically good dogs, but the police are not going to make something up.  Ollig then asked Eggert if the city does nothing and an issue comes up in the future is the city liable.


Eggert said an issue is that neighbors won't come forward, and that the dog doesn't leave the property.


Wiemiller suggested that the matter be stayed for a period of six months should there be no other incidents.


Stotko asked Jessen if would agree with a six month stay on the decision.  Jessen agreed with the course of action.


Ollig motioned to stay a decision for six months on the condition that the dog is enrolled in obedience training and owner uses the electronic fencing or be leashed.   Wiemiller seconded.   Motion carried 5-0.


b)              Final Plat - Grass Lake Farm 2nd Addition

The City Council approved the final plat for Grass Lake Farms 2nd Addition on June 21, 2005.  Recently the City had discovered that Bridgeland Development had yet to record the final plat for the 2nd Addition with McLeod County.  Winsted’s subdivision ordinance calls for a final plat to be recorded with McLeod County within 180 days of its approval or it shall become null and void.  Bridgeland has indicated that the plat was not filed due to a slow down in the housing market.


Ollig asked if there has been any contact with Bridgeland Development and whether construction would begin this year.  Mareck stated that Bridgeland would start later this year or next spring.  Wiemiller stated that he doesn't want to see a delay due to not approving the final plat.


Wiemiller motioned to accept the final plat for Grass Lake Farms 2nd Addition, contingent that the plat is filed with McLeod County within thirty (30) days.   Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


c)              Industrial Park – Storm Water Pond

The Winsted Industrial Park needs to have a storm water system constructed to adequately provide sufficient drainage for the property.  The City Council authorized SEH to conduct a feasibility report to determine the location of the system within the park last spring.  The City asked that the report consider the possibility of constructing a system using the abandoned waste water ponds, in order to save property in the industrial park that could eventually be sold for development.


Justin Black, SEH Project Engineer explained the two different options for the storm water pond.


a.     Conversion of Wastewater Pond to Storm water Pond at a cost of $396,360.00

b.     Storm water Pond in Industrial Park at a cost of $64,150.65


Black explained the advantages and disadvantages of both.  Option a; disadvantage being it goes through a wetland, but it would be able to service a larger area for future development.  Option b; is less expensive, and doesn't go through a wetland, but it would not have the potential to service the larger area.


Ollig asked if it was determined that because of the flight path that it would never be developed.  Mareck said yes that there are restrictions on height and development.


Black stated that Dan Wroge of People Service estimates that there is 4-5" deep of sludge in the bottom of the pond and the cost to remove it would be approximately $100,000. 

Ollig motioned to accept the feasibility report and authorize SEH to prepare plans and  specifications for the construction of a storm water system in the Winsted Industrial Park.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


d)            Feasibility Study –Shady Creek Drive and Circle

The City’s “Capital Improvement Plan” and “Seal Coat Study” both reference needed improvements on Shady Creek Drive and Circle.  In addition, the City had soil borings taken from the street in 2006, which indicated that the street was in good structural shape, but was in need of a mill and overlay.  The existing asphalt finish is “alligatoring” in several areas throughout the street. 


Quast motioned to authorize SEH to conduct a feasibility study for a construction project on Shady Creek and Circle for a cost not to exceed $2,000.   Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


6)   Department Reports


a)     SEH*  Tom Homme, Project Design Leader reviewed the six projects that SEH is working on for the city.


1.     Sludge Storage Tanks – Scheduled to ship at the end of June 2007

2.     2006 Airport Improvement Project

3.     Industrial Park Storm Water Study

4.     South Shore Channel Improvement Study

5.     Shady Creek Drive Street Improvements

6.     Winsted Ponds


Lenora Kubasch, 210 6th St N, asked if there were any plans to clean the retention pond in Westgate west of Tom Thumb. SEH and Public Works will review and report back to the City Council.


7)  Open Forum


a)     Chad Stender, 650 Northgate Drive, asked about a city ordinance regarding disturbing of the peace during the day.  He stated that in his neighborhood there is a band everyday that practices from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm and what the city can do.  Ollig stated that hopefully a resolution can be worked out.  Ollig also suggested that the Planning Commission review this topic.


b)     Lenora Kubasch, 210 6th St N, asked how the meeting with the County Commissioners went.  The Board did approve a pedestrian-activated crosswalk warning system for the intersection of Main Avenue and McLeod County Road 1.  Mareck explained that John Brunkhorst, McLeod County Engineer, John Henslin, District Traffic Engineer for MN DOT, and Chief Mike Henrich met later in the day to discuss the issue and a possible recommendation was to lower the speed limit to 35 miles per hour from Millerbernd Design and Fabrication to just past Casey’s.


8)              Announcements


Stotko asked about the old city hall.  Eggert suggested that a closed meeting to discuss legal options.


Ollig motioned to schedule a closed meeting to discuss pending legal action regarding the Old City Hall for June 12th at 5:30 P.M.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


a)     Stotko asked about the Trail Report.  Mareck stated there was a meeting in May.  

b)     Stotko read a letter from Ridgeview Medical Center thanking the City of Winsted for participating in their Health Care Facilities Revenue Note.

c)     Mareck asked that the City Council return their budget priority forms by the next Council meeting.


9)            Adjournment


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




Respectfully submitted,




Sue Mueller

Utility Clerk

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