Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

October 16, 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:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Sue Mueller, Utility Billing Clerk

                                    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)            Consent Agenda


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


a)     Minutes -Regular City Council Meeting – October 2, 2007


Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of October 2, 2007


b)     September 2007 - Building Permit Report


Accepted the September 2007 – Building Permit Report


c)     September 2007 – Financial Report


Accepted the September 2007 - Building Permit Report


d)     Claims


Approved the Claims List for October 15, 2007 Report

3)            No Public Hearings



4)            Old Business


            a)            Property Agreement – Meadowbrook Park


Mareck presented a Lease Agreement between the City of Winsted and the owners, Collin Botner and Amy Millerbernd, regarding a private shed located on Meadowbrook Park.


·       Rent -  Lessees shall pay Lessor the sum of $120 per year.

·       Exclusivity – This Lease is exclusive to Lessees and shall not be subleased.

·       Termination – Lessor may terminate this Lease at any time with 30 days prior written notice to Lessees.

·       Hold Harmless and Indemnity.  Lessees hereby agree to hold harmless and indemnity Lessor from any and all damages, claims, injuries and any other claims of any nature whatsoever by reason of placing this shed upon its parkland.



Mochinski asked if the city charges the owners rent will the city assume more liability.  Eggert replied that the dollar amount makes no difference. 


Ollig asked if the current residents move is there anyway to require the shed be removed.


Wiemiller asked about what will happen if someone else disagrees with this agreement.


Ollig motioned to approve with the amended portions.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


5)            New Business


a)              City of Winsted – 2007 Goals and Action Plan


Mareck reviewed the status of the rental housing ordinance. 


Ollig stated that he received an inquiry from a landlord regarding ventilation in bathrooms, whether venting is acceptable through an attic, or venting out through a roof.  The resident was concerned about having to upgrade to have it vented through the roof. 


Rob Beckfeld, Building Inspector stated that if there is a window then that could be the source of ventilation.  But ideally the ventilation should be through the roof, not the attic.  Beckfeld stated it is for health considerations that the codes are to prevent problems. 


Ollig asked if anything is grandfathered.  Beckfeld stated nothing, these are the minimum standards.  Ollig questioned when the regulations are adopted if there is a time limit that the landlord would have to make the necessary changes.    


Stotko stated that it is in the landlord's best interest to attend these meetings. 


Mochinski asked what time line is the city looking at?  Mareck replied that adhearance could be adopted by the first of the year.


6)                        Department Report


a)              Metro West


·       Beckfeld stated there have been no new residential permits issued.

·       State of Minnesota is adopting new building codes. The state hadn't changed them since 2003, but the city passed an ordinance that established that the codes are a self perpetuating code based upon what the State of Minnesota adopts. 

·       New energy code


Beckfeld stated that the AAA galvanizing structure is complete and it was a smooth process.  Beckfeld said the school was finaled one day before the start of the school year. 


Beckfeld stated that he has received some complaints regarding 163 Main Ave W, shingles have been blowing off.  Greg Gehrman, 161 Main Ave W said that the downspouts from 163 Main Ave W have become disconnected and this has led to water in his basement at 161 Main Ave W.  Beckfeld stated that he typed a letter regarding these issues and hand delivered it to Sam Ulland.  Beckfeld stated that these issues are maintenance issues and not hazardous issues. 


Mochinski asked whether the shingles blowing off would be considered a hazard.  Beckfeld responded with yes, and the city could draft a letter and send it out.  Mochinski asked whether Mareck could send a nuisance letter to Ulland.


Wiemiller asked about the new building codes whether they were significant.  Beckfeld said there are some foundation changes, soil types, blocking on floor systems, and anchor bolt changes.


Mochinski asked how it will affect Winsted.  Beckfeld stated it would affect new homes built on heavy clay. 


Stotko asked if there will be new changes regarding radon.  Beckfeld stated yes, there is talk of sealing sump pumps. 


Ollig asked about 163 Main Ave what was the water runoff from and whether the city can force the owner to fix it.  Beckfeld said yes.  Ollig recommended that the city request Ulland to fix this as it is affecting his neighbors' basements.  Beckfeld agreed to call Ulland.  Wiemiller recommended giving Ulland a certain date to have these issues corrected.


Mareck asked Eggert if the public nuisance ordinance would apply.  Eggert stated he will review to see if it applies to commercial property.  


7)     No Open Forum.


8)     Announcements


a.     Blandin Leadership Training – Stotko stated that the program was very intense and informative.  Stotko stated that he came back with some good tools.  Stotko stated that there were 24 people from Winsted and that Thursday's class was mentally exhausting as they had peer evaluations and met with a psychologist individually.  Quast stated that she had heard from some of the participants and their comments were positive. 


Ollig thanked Mareck for applying for this program.


9)            Adjournment


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




Respectfully submitted,




Susan Mueller

Utility Billing Clerk

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