Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers

November 5, 2008

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

Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer

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

 

Boelter asked to add the certification of the November 4th, 2008 General Election results, as verified by the Canvassing Board, to the Consent Agenda.

           

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

                       

a)     Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – October 21, 2008

 

Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of October 21, 2008.

 

b)     Public Hearing – Franchise Agreement (Center Point Energy) Ordinance

 

Established a public hearing for December 3, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. to consider adopting an ordinance creating a franchise agreement with Center Point Energy.

 

c)     Aeration Equipment – Winsted Lake and Watershed Association (WLWA)

 

Authorized payment of $2,900 to the WLWA for the repair of aerators (motors, control panels, stainless steel cabinet) for the winter aeration program.

 

d)     Condominium Resolution – Resolution R-08-21

 

Authorized the City of Winsted to condominuize the Winsted City Hall for the purposes of leasing a portion to the Winsted Economic Development Authority.

 

e)      City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Pay Request #11

 

Approved Pay Request #11 in the amount of $195,759.43 to Greystone Construction Company for work completed on the City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project.

 

f)      Winsted Volunteer Fire Department’s Relief Association – Resolution R-08-22

 

Adopted Resolution R-08-22 allowing the Winsted Fire Department’s Relief Association to participate in

off-premises gambling. 

     

g)      2009 Assessment Agreement – McLeod County Assessor

 

Approved the 2009 Assessment Agreement between the City of Winsted and the McLeod County Assessor for $11,460.

 

 

h)     Money Market Transfer

 

Approved the transfer of the balance of the Money Markets for the Sewer Bonds, Sludge Storage Improvement Project, in the amount of $481,673.87 and the Capital Improvement Bonds, Public Work’s Facility, in the amount of $100,505.10 to the city’s 4M Plus Account.

 

i)       McLeod County Emergency Management – Hazard Mitigation Plan – Resolution R-08-23

 

Adopted Resolution R-08-23 adopting the McLeod County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 

j)       Flagship Bank of Winsted – Pledged Securities

 

Approved the Pledged Securities that Flagship Bank of Winsted has purchased for the City of Winsted for the month of October, 2008 in the amount of $1,750,000 and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the amount of $250,000.

 

k)     Unpaid Charges to be Assessed – 163 Main Avenue West – Resolution R-08-24

 

Adopted Resolution R-08-24 assessing unpaid charges.

 

l)       Claims

 

Approved the Claims List for November 5, 2008 as presented.

 

m)      2008 General Election Results – Canvassing Board

 

Certified the November 4th, 2008 General Election results as verified by the Canvassing Board.

 

3)            No Public Hearings.

     

4)            No Old Business.

 

5)            No New Business.

 

6)            Department Report

           

            a)            Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer reported on the following:

Ø     Amanda Zeidler, Utility Billing and Payroll Clerk

1.     Amanda and Administrative Assistant, Raquel Kirchoff, have been trained by Banyon Data Systems on the utility billing software.

2.     Amanda has also received training from the Credit Card provider, RevTrak and the Building Inspector, Rob Beckfeld.

3.     I am training Amanda on the payroll program.

Ø     Automatic withdrawal for water and sewer billing.

Ø     Increase in the use of credit card payments.

1.     Water and sewer bills.

2.     Past due accounts.

3.     Other services.

Ø     2008 General Election

1.     The city had 1,329 registered voters at the start of the election.

2.     1,065 residents voted.

3.     There were 264 new registrants.  Several young adults.

4.     Having the polling place in the Community Room at the new City Hall worked well.

5.     Having the election separate from Winsted Township helped with the tabulating at the end of the election.

6.     Election judges and city staff.

                                   

7)            No Open Forum.

 

 

 

8)            Announcements

 

a)              November 18, 2008 City Council Meeting

 

Mareck reminded the City Council and the public that the November 18, 2008 Regular City Council meeting will be held at Holy Trinity School at 11:00 a.m. in their gymnasium.

 

b)              2008 Election

 

Mareck thanked Boelter and Raquel Kirchoff, Administrative Assistant, for their work on the 2008 Election.

                       

9)            Adjournment

 

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

                                     

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Winsted

City Council Work Session

Conference Room – Lewis Room

November 5, 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.             Sterner Property Easement Proposal

 

Mareck stated that he has presented a proposal to IRET for the purchase of a drive-way easement from the property where the Sterner building is located on Third (3rd) Street South for use by the Public Works Department to access their facility.

 

Mareck has discussed the proposed easement with the McLeod County Highway Department Engineer, John Brunkhorst and Brunkhorst stated that McLeod County may be interested in installing a salt storage shed on the property.

 

B.             Resident Survey

 

Mareck distributed a sample survey to be given to City of Winsted residents.  Mareck asked the City Council to review the survey and contact him with any suggestions and/or questions they may have for the survey.

 

C.             2008 Goals and Action Plan

 

Mareck reviewed the status of the City Council’s 2008 Goals and Action Plan.

 

D.             2009 Proposed Fee Schedule.

 

Mareck presented the proposed fee schedule for 2009.

 

III.            2009 Budget and Tax Levy

 

            Mareck presented scenarios and tax levy implications for the 2009 budget.

 

The City Council discussed the proposed scenarios and agreed that they wanted to consider scenario E which would require that the 2009 budget expenses be reduced by $73,260.

 

IV.            Future Storm Sewer Projects

 

Mareck presented Bolton and Menk, Incorporated’s engineering proposal for future storm sewer projects.

 

V.            Winsted Municipal Airport Open House

 

Mareck reviewed the discussion that was held at the Winsted Municipal Airport Open House on Thursday, October 23, 2008.  

 

VI.            Adjourn

 

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

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Deborah R. Boelter

City Clerk-Treasurer


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