Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

June 17, 2008

6:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski

Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Bonnie Quast

 

Absent:                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Fran Eggert, City Attorney

Justin Heldt, Police Officer

Michael Mensen, Police Officer

           

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.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

a)              Minutes – City Council Work Session – June 3, 2008

 

Accepted the minutes of the City Council Work Session of June 3, 2008.

 

b)              Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – June 3, 2008

 

            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of June 3, 2008.

 

      c)      Closed Meeting – July 1, 2008 – City Administrator

 

            Scheduled a closed meeting for July 1, 2008 immediately following the regular City Council             meeting to conduct the annual review of the City Administrator.

 

d)     Computer and Network Installation – Winsted City Hall

 

            Authorized the purchase of computers, computer installation and network related equipment             for the Winsted City Hall in the amount of $4,767.95 (Cable Fund).

      e)      3.2% Liquor License – Brat Busters – Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce

 

            Approved a 3.2% Liquor License for the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce's Brat Busters             on Friday, August 8, 2008 at the Winsted Summer Festival.

 

      f)      3.2% Liquor License – Holy Trinity High School – 125th School Reunion

 

            Approved a 3.2% Liquor License for Holy Trinity School for their 125th School Reunion on             Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Holy Trinity High School.

 

g)     Final Pay Request – Duininck Brothers, Incorporated – 2006 Airport Improvement Project

 

            Approved the Final Pay Request in the amount of $6,287.13 to Duininck Brothers,                   Incorporated for work completed on the 2006 Airport Improvement Project.

 

      h)      Change Order Requests – Winsted City Hall

 

            Authorized change orders as presented in the amount of $45,141.72 for Winsted City Hall.

      i)      May, 2008 - Building Permit Report

                       

Approved the May, 2008 Building Permit report.

      j)      May, 2008 - Financial Report

 

Approved the May, 2008 Financial report.

 

      k)      Claims

 

            Approved the Claims List for June 17, 2008 as presented.

 

3)            Public Hearings

 

      a)      Developer’s Agreement – Gehrman Hardware LLC

           

Mareck stated that the City Council previously approved a developer’s agreement with Gehrman Hardware LLC for a redevelopment project at 161 Main Avenue West.  Minnesota State Statute requires that a public hearing be held for any business subsidy agreement estimated to be over $25,000.

 

In addition, it was previously noted that the district would close at the end of May; five (5) years after the City Council first adopted the program.  However, after further review the window for new projects closes on the five (5) year anniversary of the McLeod County Auditor’s certification, which allows the city to approve a new project until August of 2008.

 

Mareck stated that the estimated increment benefit to Gehrman Hardware LLC is $34,000 (maximum/pay as you go).

           

Mayor Stotko asked for public comment.  No comments were received.

 

Wiemiller motioned to enter into a tax increment agreement with Gehrman Hardware, LLC for a redevelopment project at 161 Main Avenue West.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

      b)      Business Subsidy Agreement – Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Systems

                       

Mareck presented Tetra Pak Cheese & Powder Systems’ proposal to construct a 16,500 square feet building to expand their production capabilities in Winsted.  The building expansion would result in the creation of at least twelve (12) new jobs.

 

To facilitate this expansion project, the city offered participation in the State of Minnesota’s JOBZ program to Tetra Pak.  JOBZ provides tax breaks to a business including: local property tax, sales tax, and business income tax.  Tax benefits are accumulated and designated specifically to the area of expansion defined in the agreement.

 

Mareck stated that the business subsidy agreement sets job creation and capital investment requirements for Tetra Pak, as well as outlining their tax benefits for the program.  Tetra Pak is committed to the creation of at least twelve (12) new jobs within the first two (2) years and $1,000,000 worth of capital investment in the property.

 

The JOBZ designation will exempt the expansion from local property tax through 2015; however, the expansion space will still pay on general obligation debt for the city, county and school district.  

 

 

 

                        Mayor Stotko asked for public comment.  No comments were received.

 

Mochinski motioned to enter into a business subsidy agreement with Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Systems.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

      c)      Tobacco Ordinance Amendment – Background Check

           

Boelter presented the proposed Tobacco Ordinance amendment stating that all tobacco license applicants are given background check consent forms at the time the city renews and/or approves a new tobacco license application.  The Winsted Police Department Chief, Mike Henrich, conducts the background check.

 

Recently, the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department was audited by the State of Minnesota’s Criminal Justice Information System.  While conducting the audit, they found that the City of Winsted was asking for criminal history information for tobacco license applicants.  The Criminal Justice Information System auditors requested a copy of the city’s Tobacco Ordinance to determine if it contains wording that allows the Winsted Police Department to conduct a criminal history check on a tobacco applicant.  Winsted's ordinance does not contain the required language to authorize background checks.

 

A background check on tobacco applicants allows the city to determine if an applicant has any criminal violations regarding:

Ø     Selling tobacco to minors.

Ø     Procuring and/or selling liquor to minors.

Ø     Deceit, theft, identity theft, and any other information that may be pertinent to the sale of tobacco and tobacco related products.

 

            Mayor Stotko asked for public comment.  No comments were received.

           

Quast motioned to adopt Ordinance O-08-05 amending the Tobacco Ordinance to allow for a background check to be done on any retail tobacco license application.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

           

Quast motioned to close the Public Hearings.  Wiemiller seconded.

Motion carried 4-0.

 

4)            No Old Business.

 

5)            New Business

a)              Site Plan Review – NOR-SON, Incorporated (Ridgeview Clinic – Winsted)

 

Mareck stated that NOR-SON Inc. (Ridgeview Clinic – Winsted) has submitted a site plan application for the construction of a 7,888 square feet office building.   The site is located at the southeast corner of Linden Avenue and 4th Street North.  The building would be an expansion of the existing St. Mary’s Care Center facility and would accommodate operations for a clinic space for Ridgeview – Winsted.  

 

The clinic is located and permitted within a low density residential zoning district; surrounding properties that consist of single-family homes.

 

Mareck continued by stating that the access to the site will come from the existing St. Mary’s entrance on 4th Street North and a new entrance point east of the building site on Linden Avenue.  The site plan shows a total of thirty-six (36) parking spaces, which meets the ordinance criteria for this type of use.  Existing parking along 4th Street North will be removed, as requested by the city, and be replaced with a curb line consistent with the existing street.

 

The city is also requiring that pedestrian access be created along 4th Street North and Linden Avenue.

 

Mareck stated that the Planning Commission recommended unanimously that the City Council approve the site plan, with the following conditions:

1.     Roof top units shall be painted.

2.     All recommendations of the City Engineer are followed.

3.     An accessible ramp be constructed to connect to the crosswalk coming from

                                          the Northgate subdivision.

 

The city received no public comment for this site plan application.

 

Mochinski asked if the roofing units will cause some noise pollution for the homes in the area of the clinic.  Mareck stated that he was uncertain; however, if the roofing units cause excess noise, the city’s ordinance has provisions that would require them to be screened.

Quast motioned to approve the site application at 551-4th Street North for NOR-SON,             Incorporated (Ridgeview Clinic – Winsted).  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

            b)            2007 Audit

                       

                        Paul Harvego, Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP, presented the 2007 audit.

 

Quast motioned to accept the 2007 Audit report as presented.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

6)            Department Report

           

a)              Jake Saulsbury, Bolton and Menk, Incorporated, reported on the following:

Ø     Shady Creek Addition improvements.

Ø     Airport improvements.

Ø     The city’s Water Supply Plan.

Ø     Ridgeview Clinic-Winsted addition.

Ø     Storm sewer by the new City Hall/Mill Reserve Park.

Saulsbury presented options for the City Council to consider.

Mayor Stotko asked if there were any grant opportunities available for the storm sewer project.  Saulsbury stated yes.

Mareck stated that he will explore funding options for the proposed storm sewer project and present them to the City Council at a future meeting.

 

7)            No Open Forum.

 

8)            No Announcements.

 

9)            Adjournment

 

Quast motioned to adjourn.  Mochinski seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Winsted

City Council Work Session

Council Chambers

June 17, 2008

5:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski

 

Absent:                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                                    Mike Henrich, Chief of Police

                                    Jamie Stotko, Maintenance Lead

                                    Dave Meyer, Maintenance Lead

                                               

I.            Call To Order

 

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

 

II.            Capital Equipment Plan

 

            Mareck presented a draft copy of the equipment plan.

 

III.            Mill Reserve Park Projects

 

            Mareck distributed a drawing showing proposed projects to be completed in Mill Reserve Park.

 

IV.            Entrance Signs

 

Mareck reported that he, Mayor Stotko and Council Member Mochinski determined areas to install the donated entrance signs.  Mareck presented the sign locations to the City Council.

 

V.            2009 Budget

 

Mareck distributed and presented the City Council budget directives for the 2009 budget cycle.

 

VI.            Airport

 

            Mareck reviewed items discussed at the June 10, 2008 Airport Commission meeting.

           

VII.            Edco

 

Mareck presented a drawing of the Edco property and the parcel that the city is considering purchasing.  Mareck stated that he discussed the proposed purchase with the Belangers and is waiting for a response from them.

 

VIII.            Other

           

a)            Winsted Royalty Committee

 

Mareck stated that he received a request from the Winsted Royalty Committee to use city and/or fire department vehicles to pull the Royalty float.  Mareck stated that he will present the request at the July 1, 2008 City Council meeting.

 

 

            b)            Community Room Policy

 

Mayor Stotko asked if the City Council could discuss the Community Room Policy at the July 1, 2008 City Council work session.

 

The City Council discussed Mayor Stotko’s request and agreed that after the Community Room is finished and being used, the City Council would review the Community Room Policy at a future work session.

 

IX.            Adjourn

 

Quast motioned to adjourn.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 4-0.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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