Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Special Meeting

Council Chambers

October 29, 2007

4:00 p.m.


Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski


Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer


Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.


The Pledge of Allegiance was taken.


Stotko stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project.


Mareck stated that the plan for the City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project call for all the overhead utilities in the project area to be put underground.  As a part of this project, overhead utilities connected to buildings in the project area would have to be put underground at the City’s expense. 


Mareck reminded the Council that the City decided to remove this project from the bid specifications, as there was a desire to have a local contractor work with affected property owners on a project of this nature, as the work was far too detailed to write specifications.  The City selected CR Electric, Incorporated to serve as a consultant to work on the building connections. CR Electric, Incorporated met with each property owner in the project area, to determine their individual requirements for underground service. 


Mareck stated that TDS would also be moving two telephone pedestals from the lake bank to the west side of the Promenade.


Mareck presented the diagram showing the proposed location of the transformers.  Two of the parking islands would be expanded to allow for better screening of transformers and pedestals.


Mareck presented the proposals:

CR Electric, Incorporated            $43,500

TDS                                                $17,864

MediaCom                                    $         0


Xcel Energy                                    $22,764 (previously approved)


Total Project                                    $84,128


If Xcel Energy needs to perform winter construction, project costs could rise by an additional $4,000.


The budget for this phase of the project is $75,000; the balance of $9,128 would have to be taken out of the contingency fund for the project.



Craig Remer, CR Electric, Incorporated was in attendance at the meeting.  Remer stated that upon Council approval, CR Electric, Incorporated would start their part of the utility burying project on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, so that they would be done in time for Xcel Energy’s scheduled starting date of November 12, 2007.


Wiemiller asked if the existing street lighting, located outside of the Old Historic City Hall, was going to be removed.  Remer answered that Xcel Energy stated that the lighting was going to remain as is.


Mochinski asked if the business owners, located on 1st Street North, were offered an upgrade to their current electrical system.  Remer stated no.  Remer stated that some of the buildings will need to be brought up to code to comply with the State of Minnesota’s electrical requirements but they currently have the necessary power supply to accommodate their building.


Mayor Stotko asked Remer if the business owners were satisfied after their meeting with him.  Remer stated yes.  Remer stated that the business owners were prepared in advance for the project to bury the overhead utilities, so it was well established with each of them what was going to happen.


Mark Burau, CR Electric, Incorporated stated that he will coordinate with business owners to avoid shutting off their electrical service during their regular business hours.


Mochinski asked if there was going to be electrical service available to run the aeration system on Winsted Lake beginning in December, 2007.  Remer stated that there was electrical service currently in place to run the lake aeration system.


Ollig stated that he would like to see the overhead utilities be buried immediately.


Quast motioned to authorize CR Electric, Incorporated to perform underground connection work for the Lakefront Promenade project for $43,500.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


Quast motioned to authorize TDS to move two (2) telephone pedestals for the Lakefront Promenade project for $17,864.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.


Mareck presented the budget for the New City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project, and possible future expenses that were not planned for. 


Mochinski stated that he would like to schedule a meeting the week of October 29th, 2007 with Greystone Construction Company to discuss the delay in construction.  Mareck stated that he would schedule a meeting.


Boelter asked the Council if they would like to put a time capsule in the New City Hall to be opened in the future.  It would contain letters from the Community to the future Community and its residents, and other pertinent items.  The Council stated that they would like Boelter to prepare information on the proposed time capsule and present it at a future City Council meeting.


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



Respectfully submitted,




Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

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