Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Work Session

Conference Room

October 7, 2008

5:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig           

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

                                    Council Member Tom Wiemiller

                                    Council Member Dave Mochinski

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

                                    Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

                                                                                   

I.            Call To Order

 

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

 

II.            Updates

 

            Mareck gave updates on the following:

A.    AAA Galvanizing Letter – Air Emissions

 

Mareck distributed a copy of a letter from AAA Galvanizing addressing the air emissions from AAA Galvanizing Winsted.

 

B.            Lakefront Promenade and Mill Reserve Park Parking Policy

           

Mareck distributed a copy of the proposed Lakefront Promenade and Mill Reserve Park Parking Policy.

           

Mareck stated that the city will forward a copy of the proposed parking policy to the rental property owners on the Lakefront Promenade and invite them to attend the City Council meeting when it is discussed.

 

C.    AT & T Singular – Antenna Request

 

Mareck presented a request from AT & T Singular to install an antenna at the base of the city’s water tower.

 

The City Council discussed the request and directed Mareck to continue pursuing the antenna rental proposal.

 

D.            Open House and Grand Opening – October 16, 2008

 

Mareck reviewed the schedule for the new City Hall and Lakefront Promenade October 16, 2008 Open House and Grand Opening.

 

E.    Meeting Video Camera Operator

 

Mareck reported that Dawn Carnicom, the city’s meeting video camera operator, resigned due to the increased cost of gas.  When Mareck offered to increase her pay to twenty dollars ($20) per meeting, Carnicom agreed to continue as video camera operator.  The City Council discussed and directed Mareck to increase her per meeting pay to twenty-five dollars ($25) per meeting.

                        

III.            2009 Enterprise Fund Budgets

 

            Mareck presented the 2009 preliminary budget for the Enterprise Funds.

 

            The City Council reviewed and discussed the Fall, 2008 Water and Sewer Rate Study.

 

IV.            Community Room Use Policy – Vollmer Room

 

Mareck presented the proposed Community Room Use Policy for the city’s Vollmer Room and a letter from the City Attorney, Fran Eggert, giving a legal opinion on opening the Vollmer Room to the general public.

 

V.            Winsted Municipal Airport

 

Mareck reported that the city will be sponsoring an Open House at the Winsted Municipal Airport on Thursday, October 23, 2008 for all hangar owners.  Engineers from Bolton and Menk, Incorporated will be present at the Open House to present the survey results.

 

VI.            Ridgeview Clinic Winsted

 

Mayor Stotko asked the City Council to consider connecting the portion of sidewalk that Ridgeview Clinic Winsted recently installed east along Linden Avenue to 1st Street North.  Mayor Stotko also asked the City Council to consider installing sidewalk to connect the new clinic to the Elementary School.

 

            The City Council agreed to review Mayor Stotko’s proposal in the future.

 

VII.            Adjourn

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

October 7, 2008

6:00 p.m.

 

Present:                        Mayor Steve Stotko

                                    Council Member Tom Ollig

                                    Council Member Bonnie Quast

Council Member Tom Wiemiller

Council Member Dave Mochinski

 

Staff Present:                        Brent Mareck, City Administrator

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

Mike Henrich, Police Chief

Justin Heldt, 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

           

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

           

a)              Minutes – City Council Work Session – September 16, 2008

 

Accepted the minutes of the City Council Work Session of September 16, 2008.

 

b)              Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – September 16, 2008

 

            Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of September 16, 2008.

 

c)            Part-Time Police Officer Appointment – Winsted Police Department

 

Appointed Matt Olson as a part-time police officer (part-time officer’s list).

 

d)            Part-Time Police Officer Appointment – Winsted Police Department

 

Appointed Jim Lammers as a part-time police officer (part-time officer’s list).

 

e)     Appointment – Kimberly Moen – Park Commission

 

Appointed Kimberly Moen to the Park Commission.

 

f)      Resignation – Dawn Carnicom – Video Camera Operator

 

Accepted the resignation of Dawn Carnicom as Video Camera Operator.

 

g)     Salary Step Increase – Jamie Stotko

 

Authorized a salary step increase for Jamie Stotko based on the recommendation of the City Administrator.

 

h)      Grand Opening / Open House – Winsted City Hall and Lakefront Promenade

 

Scheduled the Grand Opening/Open House for the Winsted City Hall and Lakefront Promenade for Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

i)            Meeting Reschedule – City Council Work Session – December 3, 2008

 

Authorized the City Council Work Session, scheduled for December 2, 2008, to be rescheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

 

j)      Meeting Reschedule – Regular City Council Meeting – December 3, 2008

 

Authorized the Regular City Council Meeting, scheduled for December 2, 2008, to be rescheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

 

k)      Truth-in-Taxation Hearing

 

Scheduled a Truth-in-Taxation Public Hearing for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

 

l)      Meeting Reschedule – City Council Work Session – November 18, 2008

 

Authorized the City Council Work Session, scheduled for November 18, 2008, to be rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. and to be held in the Conference Room at City Hall.

 

m)      Meeting Reschedule – Regular City Council Meeting – November 18, 2008

 

Authorized the Regular City Council Meeting, scheduled for November 18, 2008, to be rescheduled for 11:00 a.m. and to be held at Holy Trinity School, 110 Winsted Avenue West.

 

n)      Water Softener – City Hall

 

Authorized the purchase and installation of a water softener for city hall by Pauly’s Plumbing for $5,100.

 

o)      Control Panel – Littfin Lift Station

 

Authorized the purchase and installation of a control panel for the Littfin Lift Station by Quality Flow Systems for $18,500.

 

p)     Sludge Removal – Waste Water Plant

 

Accepted a proposal from Dan Wroge to remove and land apply approximately 400,000 gallons of bio-solids from the storage tanks for .02 per gallon.

 

q)      Street Patching – Infrastructure Maintenance (Storm Drains, Valves, etc…)

 

Authorized street patching to be completed by Mid-Minnesota Hot-Mix for $9,650.

 

r)      Sign Easement – Winsted Entrance Sign

 

Authorized the execution of an easement agreement with Dorothy Entinger for the placement of a Winsted entrance sign in consideration of $500.

 

s)      City Hall – 183 Main Avenue West

 

Authorized payment of $6,055 to Haugdahl Construction, Incorporated for repairs to the rental property at 183 Main Avenue West.

 

t)      Maintenance Agreement – City Hall (St. Cloud Refrigeration)

 

Authorized the execution of an agreement with St. Cloud Refrigeration for a quarterly maintenance program for the Winsted City Hall.

 

u)      Claims

 

Approved the Claims List for October 7, 2008 as presented.

 

Wiemiller motioned to remove Dawn Carnicom, Video Camera Operator’s, resignation from the Consent Agenda and increase her pay to twenty-five dollars ($25) per meeting.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

3)            Public Hearings

 

      a)      Liquor Ordinance Amendment - Extended Sunday On-Sale Hours

                       

Boelter stated that the City of Winsted’s Liquor Ordinance currently allows the liquor establishments in the city to open at 12:00 noon on Sundays.  At their September 16, 2008 regular meeting, the City Council received a request from Tom Sudheimer, owner of Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, to open on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  The City Council established a public hearing to consider the request.

 

The State of Minnesota changed the State Statute a few years ago to allow for liquor establishments to be open and serve alcohol at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.  Each city can establish the time they want to allow liquor establishments to be open on Sundays.  When the city’s Liquor Ordinance was amended in 2007, some of the liquor establishments in Winsted attended the public hearing and requested that they be allowed to open on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  The City Council decided to leave the Sunday open time at 12:00 noon.

 

Boelter stated that all Winsted liquor establishment owners were invited to attend the public hearing.

 

Mayor Stotko asked for public comment on the proposed liquor ordinance amendment.

                       

                        Al Graunke, 591 Main Avenue West, requested that the City Council consider allowing the                         Sunday open time for liquor establishments to be 11:00 a.m.                       

 

Mayor Stotko asked Police Chief Henrich to comment on the request to open earlier on Sundays.  Henrich stated that he believed that 11:30 a.m. was an acceptable opening time.

 

Mochinski stated that the Blue Note, 320 – 3rd Street South, mentioned that in the future they may want to open on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  Mochinski asked if the City Council did not allow liquor establishments to open at 10:00 a.m. now, would the city be required to hold another public hearing in the future if the request is made to open at 10:00 a.m.  Mayor Stotko stated yes.           

 

Eggert reminded the City Council that the decision they make regarding the Sunday opening time of liquor establishments cannot be based on religious beliefs and/or practices.

 

Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-08-06 amending the Sunday opening hours of operation for on-sale liquor within the City of Winsted at 11:30 a.m.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

Wiemiller motioned to close the public hearing.  Quast seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

4)            Old Business

 

a)      Public Nuisance – Lake Trail – Family One Builders

           

Mareck stated that the city received a letter from Family One Builders stating that they were ceasing operations in Winsted so he recommended that the City Council postpone the sodding of the four (4) properties.  Mareck stated that if the $11,000 expense to sod the properties is assessed to the property taxes and the properties become tax forfeited, the city will not receive payment.

 

Eggert gave a legal opinion on the sodding of the Family One Builders properties.  Eggert stated that the problem the city will have is if the association fails to pay the amount assessed, the lands could end up being tax forfeited.  Such a scenario would result in the City having to maintain these grounds perpetually.

 

Eggert advised the City Council to consider other alternatives rather than spending an excess of $11,000 to sod these properties.  

 

Quast motioned to rescind the City Council’s earlier motion made at the September 2, 2008 City Council meeting to sod the four (4) Family One Builders properties.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

b)      Final Progress Report – Historic City Hall

 

Mareck updated the City Council on the Historic City Hall project.  Mareck reported that all required restoration work, per the agreement with Todd and Kelly Colonna, had been completed prior to the November 30, 2008 deadline.

 

Mayor Stotko stated that Colonna has done a good job with the restoration and he has been cooperative with the city.

 

Wiemiller asked if Colonna has received a Certificate of Occupancy for the Historic City Hall.  Mareck stated yes.

 

Wiemiller motioned to provide Todd and Kelly Colonna a warranty deed without restrictions and removing all terms and conditions of the original agreement for the Historic City Hall.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

5)            New Business

 

a)            Liquor and Tobacco License Applications – Big Al’s Bar and Grill

 

Boelter stated that the City of Winsted has received applications for Off-Sale; On-Sale; and Sunday liquor licenses; and a Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices license for the period of October 7, 2008 through June 30, 2009.  The applications are from Allen Graunke, Big Al’s Bar and Grill, Incorporated for a liquor establishment named Big Al’s Bar and Grill, 591 Main Avenue West.  The applications have been completed accurately and thoroughly, the background check on the applicant has been approved by the Police Chief, Mike Henrich, and the city has received the required Certificate of Insurance.  The State of Minnesota has been contacted regarding the applications and the State has issued Graunke a Buyer’s card.

 

Eggert presented a legal opinion on the issue of whether the city can restrict the number of on-sale liquor licenses to bars and restaurants.

 

Graunke was in attendance at the meeting and addressed the City Council.  Graunke stated that he plans to open Big Al’s Bar and Grill in three (3) weeks.  Graunke also stated that he is going to install a dumpster enclosure and plans to replace the existing fencing in the future.

 

Wiemiller asked Graunke if he is concerned about the neighboring homeowners complaining about noise.  Graunke stated that there will not be entertainment during the week and only on limited weekends.

 

Mareck recommended that Graunke contact the Minnesota Department of Health to verify that the kitchen at 591 Main Avenue West is in code.   

 

Ollig motioned to approve the Off-Sale; On-Sale; and Sunday liquor licenses; and the Tobacco Products and Tobacco Related Devices license for the period of October 7th, 2008 through June 30th, 2009 for Big Al’s Bar and Grill, Incorporated.  Wiemiller seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

 

b)            Future Land Use Plan

                          

Mareck stated that the city adopted a “Comprehensive Plan” in 2000, which included a future land use plan for Winsted.  Unfortunately, the plan fails to address many areas adjacent to the city that could be developed over a period of twenty years.  Amending the future land use plan is not in any way attempting to promote development, but a cooperative effort to plan and discuss the community’s preference should it occur in a specific area.

 

Mareck stated that the City Council appropriated $10,000 for this project in the 2008 budget.  The Planning Commission recommended unanimously to proceed with the future land use plan amendment process.

 

Ollig stated that the land use plan provides property owners who may want to annex into the city a guide to know what their property can be used for.

 

Quast motioned to authorize the solicitation of proposals to amend the city’s future land use plan.  Ollig seconded.  Motion carried 5-0.

 

                  c)            Sign Ordinance Amendment

 

Mareck presented the proposed Sign Ordinance amendments as recommended by the Planning Commission.

 

Mareck reviewed the process for amending the Sign Ordinance:

1.     Initial review by the Planning Commission – process completed.

2.     Submit to the City Council for comment.

3.     Public participation

a.     Presentation at a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

b.     Information on the city’s website.

c.     Other avenues that would generate public comment.

4.     Second review by the Planning Commission.

5.     City Council public hearing and adoption.

 

6)            Department Report

           

a)              Winsted Police Department Chief, Mike Henrich, reported on the following:

Ø     Introduced the newly hired part-time police officers, Matt Olson and Jim Lammers.

Ø     Thanked the City Council and Winsted residents for the new police department.

Ø     Safe and Sober – the Winsted Police Department remains very active.

Ø     Responded to four (4) domestic calls over the past few weeks.  Thanked area law enforcement agencies for assisting with the domestic calls.

Ø     One (1) arrest was made for a criminal sexual charge in the first degree.

Ø     Assisted Wright County with a suicidal male.

Ø     Will begin taking applications for a Citizen’s Academy.  Officer Pohl will be directing the academy.

Ø     Reviewed Lock Box presentation at the September, 2008 Chamber of Commerce meeting.

 

7)            Open Forum

 

            Mayor Stotko reviewed the rules of the Open Forum.

 

Clem Bayerl, 23596 Grass Lake Road and Frank Bayerl addressed the City Council regarding air emission and drainage issues they have with AAA Galvanizing Winsted.

 

Ollig reminded the Bayerls that the City Council takes any allegations brought to them very seriously.  Ollig stated that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued AAA Galvanizing Winsted a permit to operate.  The MPCA is investigating the allegations from the Bayerls and until the city receives a response from the MPCA, the city cannot do anything.

 

Eggert stated that all information received from the Bayerls and AAA Galvanizing Winsted will be forwarded to the MPCA for their review.

 

Clem Bayerl expressed concerns he has with AAA Galvanizing Winsted not installing the required landscaping vegetation and with the fence they are constructing.  Mareck stated that AAA Galvanizing Winsted is going to be installing the required vegetation and the fence that is being installed on their property is in compliance with the city’s ordinance.

 

Mareck referred to a memo prepared by the city’s engineer, Jake Saulsbury, Bolton and Menk, Incorporated after Saulsbury evaluated the drainage issue with Clem Bayerl.  Mareck stated that AAA Galvanizing Winsted has agreed to make the drainage repairs requested by Clem Bayerl but he refuses to allow them on his property.

 

Clem Bayerl stated that he should not have to hire an attorney to resolve the issues he has with AAA Galvanizing Winsted.

 

Eggert stated that representatives from AAA Galvanizing Winsted should be in attendance at the City Council meeting if the Council is going to discuss issues with AAA Galvanizing Winsted.  Eggert also stated that if the issues are boundary issues, they would be between the Bayerls and AAA Galvanizing Winsted.  The city does not get involved in boundary issues.

 

Clem Bayerl asked why AAA Galvanizing Winsted was not required to complete an environmental study on the building and its operations.  Eggert stated that he would have to research the requirements to determine if AAA Galvanizing Winsted was required to do an environmental study.

 

Eggert recommended that the City Council wait for a response from the MPCA before discussing Bayerls issues any further.

 

Mareck recommended that there be a meeting with AAA Galvanizing Winsted, the Bayerls, two (2) City Council members and the MPCA.  The Bayerls agreed.

 

Eggert asked the Bayerls to provide Mareck and/or Eggert with a list of the issues they have with AAA Galvanizing Winsted.  Eggert would like to review the issues and determine if the city should be involved before a meeting is scheduled between AAA Galvanizing Winsted, the Bayerls, two (2) City Council members and the MPCA.  Eggert recommended that the City Council allow staff to review the issues and make a recommendation at a future City Council meeting on how to proceed.  Eggert again reminded the City Council and the Bayerls that the city does not get involved in private disputes.

 

The City Council agreed with Eggert’s recommendation.

 

8)            Announcements

 

            a)            New City Hall Open House and Grand Opening – October 16, 2008

 

Mareck reminded the City Council and residents of the new City Hall Open House and Grand Opening on October 16, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

b)              November 18th, 2008 City Council Meeting

 

Boelter reminded the City Council that their November 18th, 2008 regular meeting will be at Holy Trinity School in the gymnasium at 11:00 a.m.

 

9)            Adjournment

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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