Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Budget Workshop

Council Chambers

November 20, 2007

4:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski

Council Member Tom Wiemiller

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                        `            Mike Henrich, Chief of Police

                                    Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

                                    Jamason Stotko, Maintenance Lead

 

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

 

Mareck presented the schedule for the 2008 Final Levy approval.

 

Mareck presented the proposed changes to the 2008 Preliminary Levy budget.  Mareck recommended that $12,500 be removed from the Park budget for the skate park expansion project and $9,000 be added to the Police Department’s proposed 2008 budget for in-squad computers.  $3,500 be added to the 2008 Election budget for the purchase of new voting equipment.

 

Henrich presented the proposed lease agreement for the in-squad computer system.  Henrich discussed the purpose and use of the in-squad computers.

 

Mareck and Boelter presented information on the proposed purchase of election equipment for the City of Winsted.  Boelter stated that the City is working with the McLeod County Auditor, Cindy Schultz, to obtain its own election equipment.  Boelter stated that Schultz is in agreement that the number of voters participating in the City’s election has increased to a number that makes it difficult to combine the election with Winsted Township.  Currently, the City’s election uses the same voting machines as Winsted Township.  Schultz has funding available that would purchase the Automark one hundred percent (100%) and the M100 for fifty percent (50%).  The City would be required to budget $3,500 for the fifty percent (50%) match of the M100.  Boelter stated that Schultz recommended that Winsted Township reimburse the City of Winsted $1,257.13 for the City’s share of the existing election equipment.  Mareck stated that the City has talked to Winsted Township Board Chairman, Mike Laxen about the reimbursement and Laxen stated that the Township Board is not likely to agree to the full reimbursement for the used election equipment.

 

Mochinski stated his concern about budgeting $3,500 for election equipment that is only used every other year.

 

Mayor Stotko stated his concern about budgeting $15,000 to construct a storage shed for the Winsted Royalty Float when there may be additional expenses for the City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project.

 

Ollig recommended that the City postpone the building of the Royalty Float storage shed for one (1) year and put the $15,000 in the Park budget to fund the skate park expansion project.

 

Mochinski stated that he believes it is more important to build the Royalty Float storage shed and postpone the skate park expansion project for one (1) year.

 

Ollig stated that the Winsted Ambassadors have concerns about the Royalty Float being stored at the Steve and Pam Fiecke property.  The float has to travel on gravel roads and gets dirty.  Another concern is that if Fieckes are out-of-town or have a family emergency, the Ambassadors do not have access to the float because it is in a locked storage shed.

 

Mareck proposed that $12,500 be taken out of the Park budget, $9,000 be put in the Police Department budget to fund in-squad computers, $3,500 be added to the Election budget to purchase election equipment, and that the $15,000 budgeted for the Royalty Float storage shed be put into the General Fund reserve.  At the end of 2008, if the $15,000 has not been spent, the Council can then decide if they would like to build a storage shed for the Royalty Float or expand the skate park.

 

Stotko, Jamie and Meyer presented a proposal to purchase a wood chipper.

 

Meyer stated that the Public Works Department may have to purchase a new wing for one (1) of the snowplows in 2007.

 

Mareck presented the following:

  1. A summary of the 2008 Bond Levy.
  2. New funding areas.

a)            Mareck stated that the $36,000 budgeted for the Shady Creek Reclamation project will fund the first phase of the project but possibly not the second phase.

b)            Mareck discussed the November 19, 2007 Airport Commission meeting.  Mareck stated that in 2008 the City Council will have to consider whether they want to pave the runway or fund other projects.

            Mochinski recommended that the City establish the new Airport Commission and address the issue of paving the runway in 2008.

  1. The General Fund revenue and expenditure history.
  2. The Levy history.
  3. The Tax Rate history and the 2008 estimated.
  4. The Estimated 2008 tax impact.           

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

November 20, 2007

6:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski

Council Member Tom Wiemiller

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                                    Fran Eggert, City Attorney

 

1)            Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.

 

            a)            The Pledge of Allegiance was taken.           

 

2)            Consent Agenda

           

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

           

a)      Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – November 7, 2007

 

            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council meeting of November 7, 2007.

 

b)            Minutes – Joint City Council, Park Commission, and Trails Committee Meeting – November 14, 2007

 

Accepted the minutes of the Joint City Council, Park Commission, and Trails Committee meeting of November 14, 2007.

 

c)            Lakefront Promenade Maintenance – Resolution R-07-21 – Mayor Stotko moved to the New Business section of the November 20, 2007 agenda.

 

d)      Airport Commission Ordinance – Schedule Public Hearing

 

Scheduled a public hearing for December 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. to consider an ordinance establishing an Airport Commission.

 

e)            October, 2007 - Building Permit Report

 

            Approved the October, 2007 Building Permit Report as presented.

 

f)      October 2007 – Financial Report

 

Approved the October, 2007 Financial Report as presented.

           

                g)            Claims

 

            Approved the Claims List for November 20, 2007 as presented.

 

3)            No Public Hearings.

                       

4)            Old Business

 

a)              Correspondence – Mike Long – 163 Main Avenue West

 

Mareck presented the letter from Attorney Mike Long regarding the Sam Ulland blight charge and McLeod County Judge Savre’s dismissal of the charge.

 

Ollig asked if Ulland’s property, 163 Main Avenue West, was in compliance.  Mareck stated that the property was in compliance.

 

Ollig asked Eggert if the City could request a refund for the legal fees incurred for the Ulland blight charge.  Eggert stated no.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)              Community Garden Project – Holy Trinity

 

Mareck introduced the Community Garden program designed to involve and educate youth in government and community service.  Mareck stated that students from Holy Trinity High School would be presenting a site plan and budget to install three (3) community gardens in Mill Reserve Park.  The City is also working with Howard Lake Waverly Winsted (HLWW) High School on a future project.

 

Mareck presented the 2008 proposed budget for the Community Garden projects in Hainlin and Mill Reserve Parks.  The 2008 budget includes $2,500 ($1,250 in each park) to be allocated toward community garden projects in Hainlin and Mill Reserve Parks.

 

Mareck stated that the City of Winsted’s Park Commission recommended approval of Holy Trinity High School’s Community Garden project in Mill Reserve Park at their November 14, 2007 meeting.

 

Holy Trinity High School teacher, Mrs. Lois Danielson, gave a brief overview of the proposed Community Garden project.

 

Holy Trinity High School students:  Evan Bates, Lena Guggemos, Brittany Heller, Kelly Jones and Emma Neumann presented detailed drawings of the proposed gardens to be planted and constructed in Mill Reserve Park.  The presentation included pictures of the proposed plantings.

 

Danielson distributed and reviewed a budget proposal for the project.

 

Mochinski asked what type of cover would be installed between the plantings.  Bates stated that pine mulch would be the cover and there would be a rubber border around the gardens.

 

Mochinski asked about the maintenance of the gardens.  Guggemos and Heller stated that the proposed plantings were perennials and required little maintenance.

 

Ollig asked if the sun garden would conflict with the proposed trail in Mill Reserve Park.  Mareck stated no.

 

Quast motioned to adopt the site plan for the installation of community gardens in Mill Reserve Park.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)              Curly Leaf Pondweed – Winsted Lake Watershed Association

 

Mareck presented the Winsted Lake Watershed Association’s (WLWA) proposal of treatment options for curly leaf pondweed in Winsted Lake.  Mareck stated that curly leaf pondweed is not a native plant and can spread making it difficult for boating and other recreational opportunities on the lake.  The WLWA is making an application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) to treat curly leaf pondweed in Winsted Lake.

 

 

Dale Maus, WLWA, distributed a map detailing where curly leaf pondweed is located in Winsted Lake.

 

Maus presented the possible MN DNR’s approved treatment areas of curly leaf pondweed in Winsted Lake.  Maus stated that after chemically treating the MN DNR approved areas of curly leaf pondweed, other vegetation would be introduced to Winsted Lake.  This other vegetation has been recommended and approved by the MN DNR.

 

Maus stated that the cost to treat the curly leaf pondweed on privately owned shoreline would be the responsibility of the property owner.  Other areas of treatment would be paid by the WLWA and the City of Winsted.

 

Mareck stated that the City Council listed increased participation with WLWA to improve the quality of Winsted Lake as one of their goals for 2007.  As a result, the city allocated $17,000 for future Winsted Lake projects in the 2008 budget.  The WLWA is proposing a contribution of $7,470 from the City of Winsted for the curly leaf pondweed project.

 

Maus stated that the chemical used to treat curly leaf pondweed is environmentally safe and has been approved by the MN DNR.  Winsted Lake would be treated in early spring before recreational users enter the lake.

 

Maus stated that property owners and the City will be asked to register for a MN DNR permit to treat the curly leaf pondweed on their properties.

 

Mochinski motioned to participate in a joint project with the Winsted Lake Watershed Association to treat curly leaf pondweed in Winsted Lake for $7,470.

Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            c)            Public Nuisance Appeal – 163 Main Avenue West

 

Mareck stated that the City of Winsted received a complaint from a property owner regarding shingles blowing off the roof at 163 Main Avenue West.  The Building Inspector conducted a site inspection of the property and determined that the rolled roofing material and shakes on the building were unsecured and in very poor condition and have been subsequently blowing off the roof and onto neighboring properties and the city street.  Mareck referred to the Building Inspector’s letter.

 

The City of Winsted deemed the roof a public nuisance posing an immediate threat to peace and safety in the area, considering the roof materials in some instances contained nails and the flying debris could cause damage to property or injure individuals walking on the sidewalk/street below.  On October 19, 2007, a letter was sent to the property owner of 163 Main Avenue West, Sam Ulland, stating the aforementioned.  The letter ordered all roofing materials on the property to be replaced within sixty (60) days of the letter.

 

The property owner appealed the public nuisance determination and asked to address the Winsted City Council.

 

Ulland stated that he hires contractors to complete the work required by the City on his building but someone tells the contractors not to do the work so they stop working.  He asked the City Council to not approach things destructively but work together with him constructively.

 

Rob Beckfeld, Metro West Inspection Services, Incorporated, addressed the City Council.

Beckfeld stated that he inspected the roof and it appears that it had been reroofed within the past four (4) years and a building permit was not applied for.  Beckfeld stated that if a building permit had been applied for and issued, the reroof would have been inspected and would not have been approved.  The roof was reroofed with the wrong materials and there is an issue with the pitch.

 

Ollig stated that the City of Winsted is bound by the building code and if the City’s Building Inspector determines that the roof needs to be repaired, then Ulland is required to repair the roof.

 

Ulland stated that he is asking for equal justice.  The former owner of the hardware store had decaying roofing materials falling off his roof unto Ulland’s property and nothing happened to him.

 

Mayor Stotko asked Ulland if he thought his roof needed to be repaired.  Ulland stated yes and that he had purchased the rubber to repair the flat roof.

 

Quast asked Ulland if he had a building permit to repair the roof.  Ulland stated that he did not have a building permit because he was uncertain about what he wanted to do with the roof.

 

Ollig stated that the City is requiring the same building repairs from Ulland that they would require from anyone else.

 

Mayor Stotko asked Ulland if he understood that his roof needs to be repaired and if he would focus his attention on the roof repair.  Ulland stated yes.

 

Mochinski asked Ulland if he could have the roof repaired by December 17, 2007.  Ulland recommended that Mochinski attend sensitivity training tomorrow.  Mochinski again asked Ulland if he could have the roof repaired by December 17, 2007.  Ulland stated that he would do what he can.

 

Mayor Stotko reminded Ulland that his roof is a public nuisance.  Ulland stated that Mayor Stotko was calling him a public nuisance because he was black.  Mayor Stotko reminded Ulland that the City was not talking about race but his unsafe roof.  Mayor Stotko asked Ulland when he could get the roof repaired.  Ulland stated that if no one tells his contractor to not do the repairs, he could get the roof done in one (1) week.

 

Ollig asked Ulland who his contractors were.  Ulland stated that he had a list of contractors.  Ollig asked Ulland to provide the City with the list of his contractors so the City could contact them to determine who was talking to them about not doing work on Ulland’s building.  Ulland stated that he would give the City the list of his contractors.

 

Greg Gehrman, 161 Main Avenue West, presented pieces of shingles and other debris that have fallen from Ulland’s property unto his property.

 

Mochinski stated that there has been twenty (20) years of the property owner not taking care of the property at 163 Main Avenue West.  There has been twenty (20) years of no evidence of improving the building at 163 Main Avenue West.  Mochinski recommended that the City Council deny Ulland’s appeal.

 

Mochinski motion to uphold the public nuisance determination and order the nuisance be abated by Monday, December 17, 2007.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

            d)            2007 Goals and Action Plan

                       

                        Mareck gave an update on the City Council’s goals and action plan for 2007.

 

e)            Lakefront Promenade Maintenance – Resolution R-07-21

 

Mayor Stotko stated his concerns with the proposed Resolution not including a time frame of how long the City will remove snow for the private properties located adjacent to the Lakefront Promenade.

 

Mareck presented the proposed Resolution and stated that the Resolution was prepared with recommendations from the City Attorney, Fran Eggert.

 

Mareck stated that if the City sets a deadline for removing snow on their property,

he is concerned that the property owners may think that he was not being truthful with them during the negotiations to purchase some of their property for the Lakefront Promenade.

 

The City Council asked Eggert to review the Lakefront Promenade property purchase agreements to determine what the City agreed to in regards to snow removal on the private properties.

 

Mochinski stated that if the City verbally agreed to remove the snow on the private properties adjacent to the Lakefront Promenade, it should be done.

 

Eggert recommended that the City consider a city-wide policy for snow removal on downtown sidewalks and parking lots.

 

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution R-07-21 agreeing to provide snow removal for the private parking areas for the properties east of 1st Street North between Main Avenue and Winsted Avenue.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

6)            Department Report

           

a)            Winsted Volunteer Fire Department

 

Chad Engel reported on the following:

Ø    113 medical calls to date.

Ø    28 fire and other type calls to date.

Ø    141 total calls for the year-to-date.  At this time last year, there were 150 calls.

Ø    Reviewed vehicle repairs that have been done and still need to be done.

Ø    Reviewed emergency lighting and radio issues and repairs.

Ø    There has been a resignation of one of the firefighters.  The position has been filled and there is an application on file.

Ø    Probationary firefighters completing the required training.

Ø    Pancake breakfast.

Ø    Donation from Winsted residents James and Janice Brooks.

Ø    Working with Police Chief Henrich to establish a lock box program with Winsted businesses to avoid breaking down doors to fight fire.

Ø    Annual elections will be held in December, 2007.

Ø    Received a grant from the MN DNR for $700 to purchase a new nozzle for the grass rig.

Ø    Did a controlled burn of a house.

Ø    Firefighter Scott Zubrod was granted a leave of absence.

 

Mayor Stotko asked if a thank you was given to James and Janice Brooks.  Engel stated that a written thank you and a Winsted Volunteer Fire Department patch was sent to the Brooks.

 

Wiemiller asked if the Fire Department had any large expenses proposed for 2008.  Engel stated that there were still some major vehicle repairs that needed to be done.

 

7)            Open Forum

 

            a)            Sam Ulland – 163 Main Avenue West

 

Ulland addressed Council Member Mochinski and asked him if he had directed one of Ulland’s contractors not to do work on his building at 163 Main Avenue West.

 

Mareck reminded Ulland that the purpose of the Open Forum is to provide residents with the opportunity to address an issue that is not on the agenda with the City Council.  The City Council does not take official action on items discussed during Open Forum, except to refer items to staff for future report or follow through.

 

Ulland asked the City to do an internal investigation on whether Mochinski talked to one of his contractors.

 

Mareck stated that Ulland had talked to the Winsted Police Department about his concerns, an investigation was completed, and nothing was found.

 

Ulland stated that he will provide the City Council with the names of his contractors.

 

8)            Announcements

 

a)              City Website

 

Mareck presented the City Council with Google Analytics detailing visitors to the City’s website and blog.

 

            Mochinski asked Boelter how many people are using the City’s website to pay their utility bills.  Boelter stated that she would confirm the number with the Utility Billing Clerk and report at a future City Council meeting.

 

b)              Don C. Guggemos Community Service Award

 

Mareck presented the application for the Don C. Guggemos Community Service Award

and encouraged residents to nominate an individual, group, business or organization for their contributions and/or services benefiting the Winsted Community.

 

            Ollig asked if the City had given the award to the youth who assisted in the planning and implementation of the skate park.  Mareck stated yes.

 

9)            Adjournment

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Winsted

City Engineering Services Workshop

Council Chambers

November 20, 2007

5:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski

Council Member Tom Wiemiller

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer           

 

Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

 

Mareck reviewed the City Council’s direction to send out Request for Qualifications (RGQs) for the City of Winsted’s engineering services.

 

Mareck introduced Kreg Schmidt, Professional Engineer and Client Services Manager from Bolton & Menk, Incorporated.

 

Schmidt introduced Jake Salisbury, Professional Engineer and Consulting City Engineer from Bolton & Menk, Incorporated

 

Schmidt presented a proposal for City Engineering Services for the City of Winsted which included:

·     Firm Profile

·     Services

·     Team

·     Fees

·     Approach to Service

·     References

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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