Winsted City Council Minutes

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City of Winsted
City Council Work Session
Conference Room – Lewis Room
January 20, 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
I. Call To Order
Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
II. Winsted Lake Watershed Association (WLWA)
Mareck presented a request from the Winsted Lake Watershed Association for payment from the
City of Winsted to treat Curly Leaf Pondweed in the area of Winsted Lake located at Mill Reserve
Park.
III. Fund Balance Policy
Mareck presented a draft Fund Balance Policy.
IV. Technology Use Policy
Mareck presented a draft Technology Use Policy.
V. Paperless Council Meetings
Mareck presented a proposal for paperless City Council meetings.
VI. City Hall
Mareck presented a draft letter he prepared to send to Greystone Construction Company
discussing issues relating to the closure of the new City Hall and the city’s formal requirements of
Greystone Construction Company for the release of their existing retainage.
VII. Updates
a) Innovation Schedule – 2009 Budget
Mareck distributed an updated 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) 2009 Goal Setting Retreat
Mareck stated that a Goal Setting Retreat will be planned for spring, 2009 with the City
Council and staff. Mareck stated that he will facilitate the retreat and the results of the
city surveys will be used as a guide at the retreat.
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c) Winsted Volunteer Fire Department – Personnel Policy
Mareck stated that he continues to meet with Personnel Committee members from the
Winsted Volunteer Fire Department to update their Personnel Policy. An updated
Personnel Policy should be available for City Council approval in spring, 2009.
VIII. Adjourn
Mochininski 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 20, 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
Mike Henrich, Chief of Police
Justin Heldt, Police Officer
Jim Lammers, 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 4-1. Ollig abstained.
a) Minutes - City Council Work Session – January 6, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the City Council Work Session of January 6, 2009.
b) Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – January 6, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of January 6, 2009.
c) Firefighter Appointment – Winsted Volunteer Fire Department
Appointed Matt Williams as a member of the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department.
d) Copier Lease – Minnesota Copy
Approved the copier lease between Minnesota Copy and the City of Winsted.
e) 2008 Local Government Aid Unallotment – Resolution R-09-02
Adopted Resolution R-09-02, a financial plan for the 2008 Local Government Aid (LGA)
unallotment.
f) Health Care Facilities Note Amendment – Resolution R-09-03
Adopted Resolution R-09-03, approving amendment number one (1) to $1,615,000
Subordinate Health Care Facilities Revenue Note (St. Mary’s Care Center Project) Series
2008C.
g) Winsted Volunteer Fire Department Relief Association – Gambling Contribution
Accepted a contribution from gambling proceeds from the Winsted Volunteer Fire
Department Relief Association in the amount of $25,000 to be dedicated to the bond
payment for the Fire Hall.
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h) 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 January, 2009 in the amount of $1,750,000 and the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the amount of $250,000.
i) Building Permit Report – December, 2008
Approved the December, 2008 Building Permit report as presented.
j) Financial Report – December, 2008
Approved the December, 2008 Financial report as presented.
k) Claims
Approved the Claims List for January 20, 2009 as presented.
3) Public Hearings
a) 2009 Fee Schedule – Ordinance O-09-02
Mareck presented Ordinance O-09-02, an ordinance establishing the 2009 Fee
Schedule.
Mayor Stotko asked for public comment. No public comment was received.
Ollig motioned to adopt Ordinance O-09-02 establishing the 2009 Fee Schedule.
Quast seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Mochinski motioned to close the public hearing. Wiemiller seconded. Motion
carried 5-0.
4) Old Business
a) Rental Housing License – 145-1st Street North
Mareck stated that Darrell Lachermeier, 145-1st Street North, withdrew his request to
address the City Council.
b) Outdoor Storage of Vehicles – Ordinance O-09-03
Mareck presented Ordinance O-09-03. Mareck stated that the City Council had reviewed
language for an ordinance that would regulate the outdoor storage of vehicles and similar
devices at the January 6, 2009 regular City Council meeting. The City Council sent the
matter to the Planning Commission for their review and recommendation.
Proposed Language:
No more than four (4) vehicles or similar devices (to include campers, boats, trailers,
snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles 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.
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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).
The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed ordinance and after a lengthy
discussion, recommended, in a four (4) to one (1) vote of the Planning Commission
members, that the ordinance should be adopted with the maximum number of vehicles or
similar equipment raised from four (4) to five (5). The Planning Commission member with
the dissenting vote believed that an ordinance was not needed due to the infrequency of
the issue within the community.
Wiemiller stated that he would like to see the number of allowed vehicles to remain at
four (4), and he also stated that he approves the stipulation in the ordinance requiring
that residents must keep vehicles off the front yard grass in the summer months.
Wiemiller motioned to adopt Ordinance O-09-03, amending section 15 of the
Municipal Code of the City of Winsted to limit the number of motor vehicles or
similar devices that may be kept upon residential properties. Ollig seconded.
Motion carried 4-1. Mayor Stotko opposed.
5) No New Business.
6) Department Report
a) Police Department
Police Chief, Mike Henrich, reported on the following:
Safe and Sober program.
Crime Prevention – Officer Pohl will be attending a class to become trained in
administering Crime Prevention programs.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training – Officer Heldt and Officer Pohl
will be attending the course to obtain certification as an EMT.
Winter Parking.
Night Emergency Call Book – Officer Mensen has been updating the information
from all the businesses and is near completion.
Alcohol and tobacco compliance checks will be conducted in the City of Winsted.
DARE – Henrich is teaching the program at Holy Trinity School.
The Winsted Police Department, in conjunction with the Lester Prairie Police
Department, will be sponsoring a “Use of Force” training in the Community Room
at City Hall.
Mayor Stotko asked Henrich if the City of Winsted will be conducting a Citizen’s Academy
for interested residents. Henrich stated that the Winsted Police Department has not had
anyone sign up for the Academy. Henrich stated that he is working with the Herald
Journal newspaper to do a feature article on the Citizen’s Academy with the hope that it
will generate some interested residents.
7) No Open Forum.
8) Announcements
a) Holy Trinity School Student Council Meeting
Mareck stated that the Holy Trinity High School Student Council will be holding their
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 8:30 a.m.
The meeting will be taped and will air on cable station number ten (10).
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9) Adjournment
Quast motioned to adjourn. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Deborah R. Boelter
City Clerk-Treasurer


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