Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

July 17, 2007

6:00 p.m.


Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski


Absent:                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller


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)            Quast motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


      a)      Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – July 3, 2007


            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of July 3, 2007.


b)         Minutes – Special City Council Meeting – July 10, 2007


            Accepted the minutes of the Special City Council Meeting of July 10, 2007.


c)         City Council Budget Workshop – July 31, 2007


Scheduled a budget workshop for Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.


d)         City Council Budget Workshop – August 7, 2007


Scheduled a budget workshop for Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.


e)      Economic Development Housing Authority (EDHA) Meeting – July 31, 2007


Scheduled an EDHA meeting for Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 6:15 p.m.


f)      Special City Council Meeting – July 31, 2007


Scheduled a Special City Council meeting for July 31, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.


g)      June, 2007 Financial Report


            Approved the June, 2007 Monthly Financial report.


h)            Claims

Approved the Claims List for July 17, 2007 as presented.


            i)            Winsted Volunteer Fire Department – Probationary Firefighters

Appointed Justin Hertzog, Cody Krause, and Jamie Stender to the position of probationary firefighter for the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department.


3)            No Public Hearings.


4)            No Old Business.


5)            New Business


a)      Feasibility Study – Shady Creek Drive/Circle


Justin Black, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH), presented the feasibility report for the Shady Creek Addition street improvements.


Quast asked if the City has funding available to complete the identified street improvements.  Mareck stated that there is no funding available in the 2007 budget but the cost of the Shady Creek Addition street improvements could be included in the 2008 budget.


Quast asked if the City would decide to complete just the base bid identified in the feasibility report, would there be increased problems with the street in the report’s alternate one (1) bid.  Black stated that there may be increased pot holes after three (3) years.


Mayor Stotko asked what the increase to construction costs would be if the City would wait until 2008 to complete the street improvements.  Black stated that the increase would be the standard five percent (5%).


Mochinski stated that while the timing may be right for competitive bids to complete the project, the City has so many other projects happening in 2007 that the street improvements should be completed in 2008.  Quast agreed.


Mochinski motioned to accept the feasibility report for the Shady Creek Drive/Circle feasibility study for street repair.  Quast seconded.

Motion carried 3-0.


b)            Plans and Specifications – Industrial Park Storm Water System


Justin Black, SEH, presented the plans and specifications for a storm water system within the industrial park.


Mareck stated that SEH has indicated there will be some additional piping costs of $17,719; however, land sales from the industrial park will still cover the estimated $83,156 to do the project.  The City Council had dedicated $75,000 from land sales to do the project, with the remaining $65,000 to be designated for the City Center project.  Additional funds from the Cable Fund can supplement technology costs for the City Center project, which will allow the proceeds from land sales to be used to cover the cost of the storm water system.


Mochinski asked if the proposed storm water system is for drainage of the Industrial Park only or if it could accommodate drainage from future expansion.  Black stated that the storm water system is sized for drainage of the twenty-two (22) acre Industrial Park only.


John and Donna Stifter, Advantage Mailing, 585 Industrial Boulevard, asked if the cost of the installation of the storm water system would result in any additional expense to Advantage Mailing.  Mareck stated that Advantage Mailing would only have an additional expense if they tapped in to the storm water system.  Stifter stated that there is erosion occurring on their property where the exit pipe removes storm water from their property.  Black stated that a pipe could be stubbed out to Advantage Mailing’s storm water pipe.  Mareck stated that any erosion issues are typically the responsibility of the property owner.


Quast motioned to approve the plans and specifications for the industrial park storm water system and authorize the advertisement of bids.

Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


c)            Law Enforcement Services – McLeod County Sheriff’s Department


Henrich presented a proposal to contract with McLeod County Sheriff’s Department for temporary law enforcement services to supplement the coverage provided by the Winsted Police Department.


Henrich requested that the Council approve a temporary increase to the Police Department’s part-time wage from $14 per hour to $18 per hour.  Henrich stated that the increased wage is for Police Department part-time employees who work night time shifts and special events.


Mayor Stotko asked if the enforcement of the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department’s policies while they are working in the City of Winsted, will create an issue for the attorney who prosecutes any cases.  Eggert stated that it will not effect who the City’s prosecuting attorney is.


Henrich presented the change in the telephone system while the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department is working in the City of Winsted.


Mochinski motioned to enter into an agreement with McLeod County for temporary law enforcement services.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


Quast motioned to increase the Police Department’s part-time wage from $14 per hour to $18 per hour for a temporary period of six (6) months.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


d)      Alcoholic Beverages in Parks – Ordinance Amendment


Mareck presented an amendment to the ordinance regulating alcoholic beverages in City of Winsted Parks.  Mareck stated that the City’s current municipal code does not allow any individual to bring alcoholic beverages into a city park without a permit authorized by the City Council or the Park Director.  The ordinance amendment would allow alcoholic beverages in parks, but would prohibit keg beer and large amounts of alcohol (unless permitted by the City Council).


Mareck stated that the existing ordinance is not supported in use and is difficult to enforce.  In addition, the permitting process for small amounts of alcoholic beverages seems to be an excessive process for residents; however, the change does increase the interaction of children with those who might be drinking an alcoholic beverage in the park.


Henrich stated that the Police Department supports this amendment, as long as keg beer and large amounts of alcoholic beverages continue to be prohibited (unless permitted by the City Council).


Mareck stated that the Park Commission unanimously recommended the approval of the ordinance amendment.


Mochinski motioned to set a public hearing for August 7, 2007 at 6 p.m. to consider amending a section of the City’s ordinance relating to conduct in city parks.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.


e)      2007 Goals and Action Plan


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


Mayor Stotko requested that Mareck review the progress of the 2007 Goals and Action Plan with the Council monthly.


6)            Department Reports


a)              Fire Department


Chad Engel, Fire Chief, reported on the following:

Ø     In 2007, the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department has responded to seventy-seven (77) medical related calls, six (6) fire calls, and nine (9) other types of calls.

Ø     There is currently a full roster of thirty (30) firefighters and two (2) people on a waiting list.

Ø     Brad Bush retired after eighteen (18) years as a volunteer firefighter.

Ø     Brad Bush was the Ladder Captain.  Steve Bahr took over as Ladder Captain.

Ø     The number one (#1) pumper truck needed to be repaired.

Ø     Preparations are being made for the Pancake Breakfast held during the Winsted Summer Festival.

Ø     Preparing the 2008 Budget.


7)            No Open Forum.


8)            Announcements


a)            Retirement Announcement - Tom Homme, SEH


            Tom Homme announced his retirement from SEH effective August 31, 2007.

Homme stated that he had worked as the City of Winsted’s Engineer for fifty (50) years.


Mayor Stotko presented Homme with a Certificate of Appreciation for his work with the City of Winsted.


Homme introduced John Rodeberg, Client Service Manager with SEH.


            b)            Open House – Public Works Facility Dedication


Mareck announced that the public was invited to the Public Works Facility Open House and Dedication on Thursday, July 19, 2007 starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Public Works Facility, 433 – 6th Street South.


            c)            Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute


Mareck recognized Boelter for her completion of the three (3) year Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute.


9)            Adjournment


Quast motioned to adjourn.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 3-0.




Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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