Winsted City Council Minutes

City of Winsted
City Council Work Session
Conference Room – Lewis Room
January 6, 2009
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
Raquel Kirchoff, Administrative Assistant
I. Call To Order
Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
II. Copier Lease
Kirchoff presented information on the leasing of a copier/printer/fax machine. The City Council
discussed the information and directed Kirchoff to proceed with the leasing quote from Minnesota
Copy.
III. 2008 Local Government Aid Unallotment
Mareck distributed an informational flyer on the City of Winsted’s unallotment of their December
26, 2008 Local Government Aid (LGA) payment from the State of Minnesota.
Mareck presented the City Council with options to consider for the city’s 2008 budget shortfall due
to the unallotment of $67,500 in LGA.
The City Council discussed and decided on Option A which will pay down the shortfall through the
General Fund Reserve.
IV. City Hall
Mareck gave the City Council an update on the following:
a) Repairs to the cracks in the sheetrock.
b) Repair to the cracked tiles in the restroom.
c) Storm sewer wash-out.
d) Repairs to the amphitheater steps.
e) Boiler system.
V. Updates
a) Innovation Schedule – 2009 Budget
Mareck distributed an Innovation Schedule detailing areas of the 2009 budget that staff
has identified to cut spending. Mareck stated that staff will continue to evaluate areas of
the budget, and supply purchases, to reduce spending.
b) Public Works Department – Pager
Mareck stated that the Public Works Department is working with the McLeod County
Sheriff’s Department to identify a way to take emergency public works related calls.
Currently, the Public Works Department pager is seldom contacted so they believe that
they could reduce spending by discontinuing the pager lease.
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c) Herald Journal – Winsted Guide Book
Mareck discussed advertising cost for the City of Winsted for the Winsted Guide Book
that is prepared and distributed by the Herald Journal.
VI. 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
January 6, 2009
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
Oath of Office:
Boelter administered the Oath of Office to the following:
Steve Stotko for the elected position of Mayor.
Tom Ollig for the elected position of City Council member.
Bonnie Quast for the elected position of City Council member.
1) Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
a) The Pledge of Allegiance was taken.
2) Consent Agenda
Ollig amended his motion on page five (5) of the December 16, 2008 Regular City Council meeting
minutes to read, “Ollig motioned to freeze 2009 capital spending and to initiate a freeze on 2009
salary increases until further notice.”
Mayor Stotko added an item for approval to the Consent Agenda. Stotko stated that Park Commission
member, Alan Fleischacker’s term has expired and he does not wish to be reinstated to the Park
Commission. Stotko asked for approval of the appointment of Kurt Landin as the new Park Commission
member.
Mochinski motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Quast seconded. Motion
carried 4-1. Ollig abstained.
a) Minutes - City Council Work Session – December 16, 2008
Accepted the minutes of the City Council Work Session of December 16, 2008.
b) Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – December 16, 2008
Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of December 16, 2008.
c) 2009 Appointments
Approved Mayor Stotko’s recommendation for the 2009 appointments.
d) City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Pay Request #12
Approved Pay Request #12 in the amount of $139,402.99 to Greystone Construction Company
for work completed on the City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project.
e) City Hall and Lakefront Promenade Project – Pay Request #13
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Approved Pay Request #13 in the amount of $9,855.93 to Greystone Construction Company for
work completed on the City Hall and Lakefront Promenade project.
f) Claims
Approved the Claims List for January 6, 2009 as presented.
g) December 16, 2008 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes – Amendment
Approved an amendment to Ollig’s motion on page five (5) of the December 16, 2008 Regular
City Council meeting minutes to read, “Ollig motioned to freeze 2009 capital spending and
to initiate a freeze on 2009 salary increases until further notice.”
h) Park Commission Appointment – Kurt Landin
Approved the appointment of Kurt Landin to the Park Commission.
3) Public Hearings
a) Small Cities Development Program – Resolution R-09-01
Mareck stated that the public hearing was scheduled to consider a Resolution supporting the
submittal of a Small Cities Development Program Application (SCDP) that has been prepared
on behalf of the cities of Winsted and Mayer, Minnesota by Shannon Sweeney, David Drown
Associates, Incorporated. Mareck introduced Sweeney.
Sweeney stated that the SCDP is a federally funded grant program that will offer business
owners funding for the following:
Commercial Rehabilitation:
Sweeney stated that up to $40,000 will be provided per property for commercial
rehabilitation activities. Applicants must match SCDP funds from other sources. SCDP
funds will be provided as follows:
1. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the project cost (up to $20,000) will be funded
with a zero percent (0%) deferred loan that is forgiven over seven (7) years;
and
2. Up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the project cost (up to $20,000) will be
funded with a zero percent (0%) amortized rehabilitation loan that will be
repaid by the applicant over a term that is determined based on need.
Applicants must maintain a qualifying business within the commercial space during the
term of the financing.
Rental Rehabilitation:
Sweeney stated that up to $12,500 in SCDP funds not-to-exceed seventy percent
(70%) of the project cost will be provided per residential unit for rehabilitation activities.
Applicants must fund forty percent (40%) of the project cost from other sources. SCDP
funds will be provided as follows:
1. Up to seventy percent (70%) of the project cost (up to $12,500) will be
funded with a zero percent (0%) deferred loan that is forgiven over five (5)
years. No repayment will be required of the SCDP funds if the owner
maintains rents below Fair Market Rents (as established by the Department
of Housing and Urban Development) for the term of the loan and at least
fifty-one percent (51%) of the units are occupied by Low-to Moderate
Income families.
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Sweeney stated the grant application submittal will include letters of interest from twelve (12)
commercial property business owners in the City of Winsted who would like to use the
rehabilitation funding.
Ollig asked Sweeney if the City Attorney, Fran Eggert, had reviewed the Cooperative
Agreement between the cities of Winsted and Mayer. Sweeney stated that Eggert reviewed the
agreement last year and no changes have been made to this year’s agreement.
Quast asked Sweeney if he had more interested commercial property business owners
interested in the grant program this year than in 2008. Sweeney stated that there are two (2) to
three (3) more interested business owners in 2009.
Mayor Stotko asked Sweeney if the funding for the grant will be affected with the poor state of
the economy and the budget cuts that the State of Minnesota is proposing. Sweeney stated
that the federal government has already appropriated the funds for the SCDP grant. Sweeney
also stated that at this time he has not heard that the grant funding may be eliminated but there
is that possibility.
Mayor Stotko asked for public comment. No public comment was received.
Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution R-09-01 submitting a grant application to the
Small Cities Development Program. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Ollig motioned to close the public hearing. Quast seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
b) Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants – Ordinance O-09-01
Mareck presented Ordinance O-09-01; an ordinance adding a provision to Chapter 10 of the
City of Winsted’s Municipal Code regulating the activities of peddlers, solicitors and/or transient
merchants. Mareck stated that the proposed language would restrict these activities from
occurring on the below mentioned streets during the specified events.
PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES:
No peddler, solicitor or transient merchant shall conduct business in any of the following
manners:
“On properties adjacent to 6th Street North and South, 1st Street North and South, Main Avenue,
Baker Avenue, Linden Avenue, McLeod Avenue, Industrial Drive, and Industrial Lane from
Thursday through Sunday during the following events: Winsted Summer Festival, Winsted
Winter Festival, Winstock and Higher Ground.”
Mayor Stotko asked for public comment. No public comment was received.
Mochinski motioned to adopt Ordinance O-09-01 amending the city code pertaining to
peddlers, solicitors and transient merchants. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 3-2.
Ollig and Quast abstained.
Quast motioned to close the public hearing. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
h) Outdoor Storage of Vehicles and Similar Equipment – Ordinance O-09-02
Mareck stated that from time to time, the city receives complaints about the number of vehicles
or recreational equipment on a property. The city has explained to these residents that the
number of vehicles or how they are situated on a property is not a violation of city code. The
only restriction is that a vehicle must be registered and operable.
Recently, the city was involved with a property owner that had over a dozen plus vehicles
situated on their property. Adjacent property owners asked the city to address the number of
vehicles with the property owner. In the end, the property owner agreed to limit the number of
vehicles on this property to those being able to fit on a hard surface.
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Mareck presented Ordinance O-09-02.
Proposed Language:
No more than four (4) vehicles or similar devices (to include campers, boats, trailers,
snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (atvs) and other similar devices) may be parked or stored
anywhere outside a residential dwelling. A vehicle or similar device placed upon a trailer shall
constitute as one (1) vehicle for the purposes of this ordinance. All vehicles must be owned by
the residents of the dwelling, excluding occasional guests and patrons of an approved business.
Vehicles or similar devices parked in the “front yard” area must be on a paved or gravel (not dirt
or grass surface). A front yard shall constitute the area from any public street to the dwelling.
Exemptions:
Vehicles and similar devices are exempt from the “front yard” provision from November 1st
through March 31st of each year.
Properties zoned commercial (C1 and C2), industrial (I) and high density residential (R2).
Mareck stated that the outdoor storage of vehicles and similar devices has been far from an
overwhelming problem in the city; however, the proposed language does prohibit certain types
of outdoor storage, which may be of a nuisance to a neighborhood.
Mareck recommended increasing the number of allowed vehicles from four (4) to six (6) based
on public input that the city has received regarding the proposed ordinance. He stated that if
the City Council does not want to pass another ordinance, the city could address the issue of
too many vehicles parked in a resident’s yard through the existing public nuisance ordinance.
Quast stated that she drove around the City of Winsted to observe what vehicles residents had
parked in their yards. Quast stated that several residents have recreational vehicles parked in
their front yard so the restriction of four (4) vehicles could prove to be a burden for them. Quast
stated that she would like the language “may be parked or stored anywhere outside a
permanent building” changed to allow residents to park recreational vehicles in their back yard.
Quast also stated that she does not believe that the City Council has the right to tell people
where to park their vehicles on their private property.
Eggert stated that he believes that the proposed ordinance is generous to residents regarding
the parking of vehicles on their property. Eggert stated that the ordinance would allow a
resident to park recreational vehicles in their back yard because it regulates the number of
parked vehicles in their front yard.
Wiemiller stated that he believes that the number of motor vehicles parked in a resident’s front
yard should be limited to four (4). If they have circumstances that require additional vehicles,
they can apply for a variance.
Mayor Stotko stated that if the city has an ordinance in place that can address this issue, why
approve another ordinance.
Eggert stated that the city does not have an ordinance in place that regulates a resident filling their
yard with vehicles, recreational vehicles, and any similar type vehicle. Ordinance O-09-02 would
allow the city to effectively regulate this issue.
Mareck stated that the city could use the existing public nuisance ordinance to charge a
resident with too many vehicles parked in their yard but the public nuisance ordinance is not as
concrete in addressing this issue as the proposed Ordinance O-09-02 is.
Tim Kosek, 161 – 5th Street South, addressed the City Council. Kosek stated that there are
other cities that have a four (4) vehicle parking maximum in a resident’s yard. Kosek also
stated that the restriction of four (4) vehicles parked in a resident’s front yard may be an issue
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for rental residences that house two (2) families. Mareck stated that the ordinance regulates
parking for single family residential dwellings.
Mochinski stated that he does not like to see the city add new ordinances but he does not want
to see a resident filling their yard with vehicles. Before adopting Ordinance O-09-02, Mochinski
recommended that city staff and Eggert review the city’s ordinances to verify that the city does
not already have an ordinance in place that would allow for enforcement of too many parked
vehicles in a property owner’s yard.
Ollig stated that he favors Ordinance O-09-02 as it is written.
Wiemiller stated that he also favors Ordinance O-09-02 as it is written.
Mareck stated that Ordinance O-09-02 would be in Chapter 15 of the city’s zoning code so it
would allow for a resident to apply for a variance if they needed to park more than four (4)
vehicles in their yard.
Mareck stated that since the proposed ordinance is an amendment to the city’s zoning
ordinance, the City Council could forward Ordinance O-09-02 to the Planning Commission for
their review and to allow for another opportunity for public comment.
Quast motioned to forward Ordinance O-09-02 to the Planning Commission for their
review and to take further public comment. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Wiemiller motioned to close the public hearing. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
4) No Old Business.
5) New Business
a) Land Lease Agreement – Winsted Municipal Airport
Mareck stated that the City Council recently updated the land lease for the Winsted Municipal
Airport to comply with certain insurance regulations that are mandated by Minnesota State law.
In addition, the City Council added an improvement fee for each hangar owner, which will be
used to provide matching funds for state and federally funded improvement projects at the
airport.
The existing lease requires that hangar owners provide proof of insurance to the city, which the
city found difficult to administer. The insurance requirements are Minnesota State law and the
amended agreement only notes the obligation to the hangar owner (not requiring a certificate of
insurance by the City of Winsted).
The Airport Commission asked that snow plowing provisions in the agreement be clarified to
allow for snow removal on holidays and weekends provided there is a special event or
emergency.
Mareck stated that the Winsted Municipal Airport Commission recommended unanimously to
approve the changes to the lease agreement.
Mayor Stotko asked for comment from the land lease holders in attendance at the City Council
meeting. No comment was received from the land lease holders.
Mochinski stated that the proposed amendments were discussed at the December 9, 2008 Winsted
Municipal Airport Commission meeting and the three (3) hangar owners in attendance at the
meeting stated that they had not received any negative comment on the proposed amendments
from other hangar owners at the Winsted Municipal Airport.
Mochinski motioned to amend the Winsted Municipal Airport land lease agreement. Quast
seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
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6) Department Report
a) Fire Department
Chad Engel, Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Chief reported on the following:
Introduced the 2009 Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Officers:
Fire Chief – Chad Engel
1st Assistant Fire Chief – Chad Stender
2nd Assistant Fire Chief – Charlie Fiecke
1st Captain – Mike Thonvold
2nd Captain – Tim Kosek
Ladder Captain – Shaun Bush
Secretary – Justin Hertzog
Currently there are thirty (30) members on the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department.
One (1) of the firefighters is on a leave of absence.
Two (2) new members have recently been added to the roster.
In 2008, the Fire Department responded to 159 emergency calls:
114 medicals.
45 fire and other type calls.
Seven (7) sets of turn-out gear were purchased in 2008.
Some fire equipment was replaced in 2008.
Vehicle repairs were completed to the number 2 (#2) pumper and the ladder truck.
Had to repair the garage door due to the opener malfunctioning.
In August, 2008 the Fire Board directed the Fire Department to look into the possibility
of purchasing a light rescue truck. Due to Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts, the Fire
Department has decided to put the purchase of a light rescue truck on hold.
In 2009:
1. Seven (7) new pagers will be purchased.
2. The garage doors and openers will need to be serviced.
3. Improvements will be made to the generator hook-up.
4. Annual Spaghetti dinner.
5. Annual Pancake breakfast.
6. Will be providing fire protection for Winstock and Higher Ground.
7. Sponsoring an appreciation dance with Lester Prairie Fire Department.
8. Jerry Koch has achieved twenty (20) years of service.
9. Three (3) members have achieved ten (10) years of service.
10. Three (3) members have achieved five (5) years of service.
Mayor Stotko asked Engel how many businesses have obtained lock boxes. Engel stated three
(3) businesses.
Mayor Stotko thanked the firefighters for all the time that they volunteer for the Winsted
Volunteer Fire Department. He stated that their work is “top notch.”
Ollig stated that the Fire Department completes inspections of the City of Winsted businesses to
identify flammables. Is the same type of inspection done of the hangars at the Winsted
Municipal Airport? Engel stated yes. Boelter stated that most of the hangars were inspected.
Some of the hangar owners did not schedule an appointment for an inspection. Engel stated
that a map was drawn of the inspected hangars in the event that a fire would happen.
Quast thanked the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department for the remarkable job they did in fighting
the house fire in the Westgate Housing Development.
7) No Open Forum.
8) Announcements
a) City-Wide Survey
Mareck reminded residents that the city-wide survey was distributed in the December, 2008
utility bill and the city will be accepting them until January 30, 2009.
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9) Adjournment
Quast motioned to adjourn. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Deborah R. Boelter
City Clerk-Treasurer


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