Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

September 18, 2007

6:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Dave Mochinski

 

Staff Present:                        Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                                    Fran Eggert, City Attorney

                                    Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

 

1)            Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

            a)            The Pledge of Allegiance was taken.           

 

2)            Consent Agenda

           

Mochinski motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

           

a)      Minutes -Regular City Council Meeting – September 4, 2007

 

            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of September 4, 2007.

 

      b)            Minutes – Joint City Council, Park Commission and Trails Committee Meeting –

                  September 12, 2007

 

      Accepted the minutes of the Joint City Council, Park Commission and Trails Committee meeting of September 12, 2007.

c)      Parade Permit – Holy Trinity

Granted a parade permit to Holy Trinity School for Friday, September 28, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. with the designated route as submitted to the Winsted Police Department.

 

d)      Resolution R-07-18 – Winsted Police Department – Grant Funding for a Defibrillator

 

Approved Resolution R-07-18 authorizing execution of a cooperative agreement between the City of Winsted Police Department and the Office of Justice Programs in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for a $1,500 grant to purchase a defibrillator.

 

e)      Resolution R-07-19 – Holy Trinity – Gambling Permits

 

Approved Resolution R-07-19 of the Church of Holy Trinity for off-premises and on-premises gambling permits. 

 

f)      Meeting Reschedule – Regular City Council Meeting – December 5, 2007

 

Authorized the Regular City Council Meeting, scheduled for December 4, 2007, to be rescheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

 

g)      Truth-in-Taxation Hearing

 

Scheduled a Truth-in-Taxation Public Hearing for Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

 

h)      August, 2007 Financial Report

 

            Approved the August, 2007 Financial Report as presented.

 

i)      August, 2007 Building Permit Report

 

            Approved the August, 2007 Building Permit Report as presented.

 

j)            Claims

 

            Approved the Claims List for September 12, 2007 as presented.

 

WINSTED PRIDE AWARDS

Residential Winner – Dave and Jamie Meuleners – 835 Merganser Avenue

Business Winner – RAM Buildings, Incorporated – 592 Industrial Drive

 

3)            Public Hearings

            a)            Water and Sewer Rates

Mayor Stotko asked for public comment on the proposed amendment to Ordinance O-07-03 increasing the water and sewer rates.  No public comment was received.

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

Ollig motioned to amend certain sections of Ordinance O-07-03 by increasing the water rate to $2.20 per thousand gallons and the sewer rate to $5.05 per thousand gallons.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

                       

4)            No Old Business.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)       New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Change Order #1

 

Meyer presented the scope of work to be completed in change order #1 for the New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project.

 

Meyer proposed relocating the fire hydrant on the corner of 1st Street North and Winsted Avenue West, outside the Historic City Hall.  Meyer stated that the Public Works Department would remove the existing flagpole and the fire hydrant could be relocated in the same area.  Mayor Stotko stated that he had evaluated the proposed site for the fire hydrant and believes that it is a suitable location.

 

Ollig motioned to authorize change order #1 for the removal and cap off of water lines, to remove and reroute Holy Trinity School’s sanitary sewer line, and relocate the fire hydrant for the New City Hall Project at a cost of $12,500.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Quast motioned to relocate the fire hydrant on the corner of 1st Street North (east side of the street) and Winsted Avenue West (south side of the street) outside of the Historic City Hall.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)            New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Storm Sewer Drain Tile

 

Meyer reported that Greystone Construction is requesting that a nine inch (9”) storm sewer drain tile be relocated and a twelve inch (12”) storm sewer drain tile be installed.  The drain tile would be installed along the north side of Winsted Avenue West, east of 1st Street North.  Meyer stated that the drain tile would be connected to drain into the Lakefront Promenade’s rainwater gardens.

 

Ollig motioned to authorize Greystone Construction Company to cap off the nine inch (9”) storm sewer drain tile and install a twelve inch (12”) storm sewer drain tile along the north side of Winsted Avenue West, east of 1st Street North.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

c)            New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Spending Limit

 

Meyer proposed that the City Council adopt a spending limit of $15,000 or less on change orders for the New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project.  The change orders would be evaluated and approved by the City Administrator and Mayor, and presented to the City Council at the following Regular City Council meeting.  Meyer stated that the purpose of the spending limit is to assist Greystone Construction in keeping the project moving forward and on schedule.

 

Ollig motioned to authorize any City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project change orders in the amount of $15,000 or less to be approved by the Mayor and City Administrator, and presented to the City Council at the following Regular City Council meeting.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

6)            Department Reports

 

a)              People Service, Incorporated

 

Dan Wroge reported on the following:

Ø     Testing of the sludge storage tanks.

Ø     Presented the schedule for the transfer of the old sludge to the new sludge storage tanks.

Ø     The status of the City of Winsted’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

Ø     The NPDES permit’s requirements for the City of Winsted’s Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).

1.     Will require the City to abandon the old sludge storage ponds within two (2) years.

2.     Will have phosphorus limits.  The City will be given three (3) years to reach the required limits.

Ø     Projects to be considered at the WWTF.

1.     Recommended working with the City’s engineer, Short, Elliott Hendrickson, Incorporated (SEH) to prepare a Facility Plan for the WWTF.  The Facility Plan would be used to apply for a grant and/or loan with the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (P.F.A.) to remediate the required phosphorus limits.

 

Mayor Stotko asked Wroge if he, Mareck and SEH would be discussing the preparation of a Facility Plan.  Wroge stated yes.

 

Wiemiller asked Wroge to prepare a list of priorities for projects that need to be completed at the WWTF.  Wroge stated that the NPDES permit will dictate what needs to be done at the WWTF.

 

7)            No Open Forum.

 

8)            Announcements

           

a)            Lakefront Promenade Project

 

Boelter reported that the Lakefront Promenade Project will not begin until the spring of 2008.  As a result, Xcel Energy will not be burying the utilities until spring, 2008.

 

            b)            November 6, 2007 Council Meeting

 

Boelter stated that the Regular City Council meeting of Tuesday, November 6, 2007 will have to be rescheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. due to the Howard Lake, Waverly, Winsted School District’s referendum.

 

c)            New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Replace Blacktop on 1st Street North

 

Wiemiller requested that staff ask Greystone Construction about the replacement of the blacktop on 1st Street North and report to the City Council.  Wiemiller would like the blacktop to be replaced by winter, 2007.

 

            d)            Historic City Hall           

 

Ollig asked Eggert if he had an update on the Historic City Hall.  Eggert stated that the complaint and summons had not been served on the Colonnas yet.

 

Ollig motioned to recess the meeting at 6:15 p.m., until 6:30 p.m. or until Dan Wroge, People Service, Incorporated arrived to give a report on the WWTF.  Quast seconded.

Motion carried 5-0.

 

Ollig motioned to reconvene the meeting at 6:20 p.m.  Wiemiller 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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