Winsted City Council Minutes

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City of Winsted
City Council Work Session
Conference Room – Lewis Room
May 5, 2009
5:00 p.m.
Present: Mayor Steve Stotko
Council Member Tom Ollig
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Dave Mochinski
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
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. New Home Construction
Mareck stated that he and Mayor Stotko have been considering ways to encourage contractors
and others to build a new house in Winsted. Mareck stated that they have discussed the idea
of reducing the Sewer Access Charge (SAC) and Water Access Charge (WAC) so newly
constructed homes can access the City’s water and sewer system for a minimal fee. Mareck
stated that the decreased SAC and WAC fees would be a temporary program.
Mochinski recommended that Mareck discuss the proposed SAC and WAC fees reduction
program with area contractors to determine if this would increase their interest in building a house
in Winsted. The City Council recommended that Mareck contact area contractors.
Mareck stated that he will present the proposed program at a future City Council meeting.
III. Concrete Projects
Mareck presented photographs showing areas in the City of Winsted that are being considered
for concrete projects. The first is in Mill Reserve Park. A concrete pad would be installed next to
the sidewalk and a portable toilet would be placed on the concrete pad. The City would install
a fencing screen to cover the portable toilet.
The second area presented by Mareck for consideration is located at the Herald Journal Office
on the County Road 1 and Main Avenue West corner of the property. A curb would be installed in
the curb cut and the sidewalk would be extended west to the blacktop entrance to the parking lot.
Mareck then presented photographs showing the proposed sidewalk extension from the newly
constructed Ridgeview Winsted Clinic, located at the corner of Fourth Street North and Linden
Avenue West, and installed east along Linden Avenue West and continued along the west side of
First Street North to the existing sidewalk on the west side of First Street North. Mareck stated
that the Public Works Department recommended that the trees located along Linden Avenue
West be removed so that the sidewalk can be installed in a straight line. The City Council
discussed and decided that they would prefer that the trees not be removed and that the sidewalk
be installed between the trees and curb along Linden Avenue West. The City Council asked
Mareck to evaluate the ten (10) to fifteen (15) feet of the existing sidewalk along the west side of
First Street North that would be connected to the new sidewalk. They stated that the existing
sidewalk is in poor condition and may need to be replaced.
IV. Sewer Connection – 114 Linden Avenue East
Mareck presented a letter from the City’s engineer, Jake Saulsbury, Bolton and Menk,
Incorporated, regarding the property at 114 Linden Avenue East being connected to the City’s
water system but not the sewer system.
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Mareck stated that he will schedule a meeting with the property owner to discuss a connection to
the City’s sewer system.
V. Updates
a) Blight – 140 Sherman Avenue East
Mareck presented an e-mail from attorney, Jody Winters, regarding the blight
conditions at 140 Sherman Avenue East and what is being done to eliminate the blight.
b) Blighted Properties
The City Council discussed other City properties that they would like Boelter to evaluate
and take the necessary steps to have the blight removed.
c) 113 – 6th Street South
Mareck gave an update on the request to clean up the property at 113 – 6th Street
South. The property representative was given until the end of April, 2009 to clean up the
property and it has not been done. The City Council directed Mareck to forward the issue
to the City Attorney.
d) Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, Incorporated – Liquor License Violation
Mareck stated that Chief Henrich will be presenting information to the City Council at their
May 19, 2009 City Council meeting regarding the Liquor License Violation involving Papa
Tom’s Bar and Grill.
e) 163 Main Avenue West
Mayor Stotko asked for an update on the property at 163 Main Avenue West. Mareck
stated that it is still in the appeal process.
f) American Legion – Flag Pole
Ollig stated that Tony Radtke, American Legion, asked him if the City would consider
installing a flag pole behind the American Legion. Ollig stated that the original flag pole
behind the American Legion was removed for the construction of the Lakefront
Promenade.
The City Council discussed Radtke’s request and asked Mareck to obtain
information regarding the height of the flagpole, the required lighting, the cost and any
other pertinent information that would assist the City Council in making a decision.
Ollig agreed to talk to some of the American Legion members and report back to the City
Council.
VI. Adjourn
Ollig motioned to adjourn. Quast seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Deborah R. Boelter
City Clerk-Treasurer

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City of Winsted
City Council Meeting
Council Chambers
May 5, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Present: Mayor Steve Stotko
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Tom Ollig
Council Member Dave Mochinski
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator
Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer
Fran Eggert, City Attorney
Mike 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
Ollig motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Mochinski seconded. Motion
carried 5-0.
a) Minutes - City Council – Board of Review – April 21, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the City Council Board of Review of April 21, 2009.
b) Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – April 21, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of April 21, 2009.
c) 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 May, 2009 in the amount of $1,500,000 and the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the amount of $250,000.
d) Claims
Approved the Claims List for May 5, 2009 in the amount of $43,023.24, check
numbers 769E-771E, 7825-7831, 500290E and 15318-15361.
3) No Public Hearings.
4) No Old Business.
5) No New Business.
6) Department Report
a) Winsted Volunteer Fire Department
Chad Engel, Winsted Volunteer Fire Department reported on the following:
The Winsted Volunteer Fire Department has had fifty-nine (59) calls as of
May 5, 2009. The City of Winsted has had five (5) fire calls, thirty-five (35)
medical calls and one (1) false alarm.
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The Fire Department’s firefighter roster currently has twenty-nine (29)
members.
The Fire Department is preparing for their annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser
and Winstock, 2009.
Members of the Fire Department continue to work on the Personnel
Committee with Mareck and the City Attorney to update the Winsted
Volunteer Fire Department’s Personnel Policy and by-laws.
The Annual Fire Board meeting was held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Mayor Stotko asked if the Fire Department was planning on adding one (1) more
firefighter to bring their roster to thirty (30) members. Engel stated that he has
applications on file but is waiting for the Personnel Policy and by-laws to be
updated and approved before filling the vacant position.
Mayor Stotko asked Engel how the firefighters on the Personnel committee are
reacting to the proposed changes and updates to the Winsted Volunteer Fire
Department’s Personnel Policy and by-laws. Engel stated that the committee
members are receiving the proposed changes and updates positively.
Ollig asked Engel how fire department mutual aid is going. Engel stated that it
has been a positive experience and the assistance of area fire departments has
been greatly appreciated.
7) No Open Forum.
8) Announcements
a) Land Use Plan Update – Open House and Public Informational Meeting
Mareck invited the public to the Land Use Plan Update Open House and Public
Informational meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2009 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in
the Vollmer Room at City Hall.
9) Adjournment
Quast motioned to adjourn. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Deborah R. Boelter
City Clerk-Treasurer


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