Winsted City Council Minutes
City of Winsted
City Council Special Meeting
181 -1st Street North Historic City Hall
July 10, 2007
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
Raquel Kirchoff Administrative Assistant
Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
Todd Colonna, owner of the building, gave a tour of the building to those in attendance and explained the work that has been completed. He explained that the lower level is ready to rent and he has had several inquiries from prospective renters. He also stated that he plans to use the second floor as his retirement home.
After the tour, Council members voiced their disappointment at what they saw and the following concerns:
Mary Wiemiller, 620 Shady Creek Drive, member of the Preservation Society, voiced her concerns and stated that she is disheartened by the progress made on the building. She stated that an unoccupied building sends the impression that it is uninhabitable. Hard work was done to get the building classified to a historical status and it is not progressing toward the finished building the City envisioned. The community’s vision for the building would be a quaint coffee shop, upscale food service business, or something unique, especially with the new City Center and Lakefront Promenade coming and she feels that opportunity was missed for certain types of these businesses because the building is unfinished. She has spoken with people that have looked into the building and voiced their disappointment to her about the look of the white paint versus a “finished wood, historical look.”
Rob Beckfeld, City Building Inspector, reviewed the process of a building permit and the time lines that take effect to get work completed once a building permit is issued.
Quast motioned that Colonna must provide architectural plans for the completion of the building to Rob Beckfeld, City Building Inspector, within 30 days. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 4-0.
Wiemiller motioned to adjourn. Quast seconded. Motion carried 4-0.