Winsted City Council Minutes
City of Winsted
Joint City Council, Parks Commission and Trail Committee
August 22, 2007
Present: Mayor Steve Stotko
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Dave Mochinski
JoLynn Cafferty Park Commission
Alan Fleischacker Park Commission
Lyle Kritzeck Park Commission
Bob Mochinski Park Commission
Absent: Council Member Tom Ollig
Monica Hertzog Park Commission
Jeff Campbell Trail Committee
Jim Neff Trail Committee
Chris Schulz Trail Committee
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator
Raquel Kirchoff, Administrative Assistant
1) Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
a) The Pledge of Allegiance was taken.
2) No Consent Agenda.
3) No Public Hearings.
4) No Old Business.
5) New Business
a) Comprehensive Trail Plan Meeting
Mareck introduced Mark Kaltsas, MK Land, who presented a PowerPoint presentation on the overview of the Draft Trail Master Plan and the results of the Winsted Trail/Sidewalk Prioritization survey. Items discussed following the presentation were as follows.
Discussion was held regarding the trail along Kingsley Street and whether or not Kingsley would remain a two way street or become a one way, with questions relating to parking as well. Prior survey results have indicated favor for making Kingsley a one-way street. Safety is a primary concern and comments were made that driving speed on that street is too fast at times. It was questioned if the street was wide enough for a two-way street and bike trail and Kaltsas responded that it was. He will develop concept plans for a trail along Kingsley for both a two way and a one way street and present them at the next meeting. From there, the Council will have to move forward with making the decision about the street which would include more public input.
Mayor Stotko questioned if one of the first priorities should be the completion of existing sidewalks that do not run the length of the block or street. Two areas mentioned were Baker Avenue and 2nd Street South and 1st Street North and Linden Avenue. Mareck responded that there may be enough money in the sidewalk budget to complete one of the sidewalks and stated that although it is not a requirement, the City would make the entrances from the street handicapped accessible.
Funding Options for the Trails
Quast questioned which of the trails/improvements would be easiest to complete in regards to funding. The group also discussed the reality of the trail to the new high school being completed. Kaltsas responded that different grant options are available and he will develop a funding matrix to include the trails identified for the next meeting which will outline where the City is eligible to receive certain grants. In specific response to the high school trail, he stated that federal grants exist with funding at 100% but they are competitive grants.
Prioritization of Trail Segments
Kaltsas completed the meeting by having those present vote for their prioritization of the trails listed. The results of this vote showed a four way tie to the prioritization of trails/sidewalks for the following trails:
5.) A trail along the east side of County Road 1 through the entire length of the City and extending north to the new high school.
6.) A sidewalk link along the south side of Baker Avenue West from County Road 9 to First Street South.
7.) A trail along the Winsted Creek from east of Shady Creek Subdivision west to County Road 1 and then west along the Creek to Grass Lake Road.
Another joint meeting with the City Council, Park Commission and Trails Committee was scheduled for September 12, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. Kaltsas will have concept plans and the funding matrix completed for that meeting.
Quast motioned to adjourn. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 4-0.