Winsted City Council Minutes

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City of Winsted
City Council Work Session
Conference Room – Lewis Room
July 21, 2009
4:30 p.m.
Present: Mayor Steve Stotko
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Dave Mochinski
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
Council Member Tom Ollig
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator
Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer
I. Call To Order
Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. in Mill Reserve Park.
II. Mill Reserve Park Portable Toilet
Richard and Joan Genty, 130-1st Street South, were in attendance at the meeting. The Gentys
asked the City Council to consider relocating the portable toilet in Mill Reserve Park. They stated
that the new location obstructs the view of Winsted Lake from their home.
Mareck presented the proposed new location for the portable toilet.
The City Council discussed the proposed new location and a majority agreed that it was the best
option for the portable toilet. Quast stated that she was not in favor of the new location. She
believes that it is too close to the Park’s amphitheater.
Mareck stated that the majority of the Park Commission members liked the proposed new
location for the portable toilet. They would like to have a bicycle rack installed on the concrete
slab that was poured for the original location of the portable toilet.
Mochinski recommended that Mareck mark the area for the new location of the portable toilet and
have Mini Biff bring their equipment to determine if their hoses will reach.
Wiemiller asked if the relocation project would be completed before the Winsted Summer
Festival. Mareck stated no, the portable toilet will remain in its current location until after the
Festival.
III. Fire Department Personnel Policy
Mareck presented the proposed Fire Department Personnel Policy.
IV. Sky Diving Operation – Winsted Municipal Airport
Mareck presented a proposal from Joe Johnson to operate a Sky Diving Operation from the
Winsted Municipal Airport.
Mareck stated that the Airport Commission was split on their decision on whether to allow the
business to operate from the Winsted Municipal Airport.
Mareck stated that Johnson is preparing a written proposal and will present it to all Winsted
Municipal Airport hangar owners at an Open Meeting on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the
Airport Administration building.
Mochinski shared some of the comments received from the Airport Commission members at their
July 14, 2009 meeting regarding the proposed Sky Diving Operation.
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Ollig asked who would be responsible for determining if Johnson has the proper insurance.
Mareck stated that the City would enter into an agreement with Johnson and the agreement
would specify the insurance requirements. Mareck also stated that he has contacted Flagship
Insurance and they working with the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) to
determine what insurance would be required of Johnson.
V. Updates
a) Winsted Lake Watershed Association
Mareck stated that the Winsted Lake Watershed Association (WLWA) wants the City to
be more aggressive in maintaining the Rain Gardens in the Lakefront Promenade.
Mochinski stated that the WLWA is going to prepare a plan for maintaining the Rain
Gardens and present it to the City Council.
b) Rental Housing Permit – 121 Main Avenue West
Mareck stated that the property owner of 121 Main Avenue West has not completed the
required improvements to his building that need to be done to obtain a Rental Housing
Permit. Mareck stated that if the property owner does not do the required improvements,
the building will be classified as “Uninhabitable” and the current tenant will be required to
move out.
c) Luce Line Trail – Property Negotiations
Mareck stated that dialogue has been started with the property owner located southwest
of the City to connect the Luce Line Trail through his property.
d) Budget Workshop – August 4, 2009 City Council Work Session
Mareck stated that the first Budget Workshop will take place at the August 4, 2009 City
Council Work Session.
e) A T & T Antenna – Water Tower
Mareck stated that a property owner has contacted the City regarding the flashing light
on the A T & T Antenna on the top of the water tower. The light is flashing into their
bedroom at their home and disturbs their sleep. Mareck stated that the light is required
by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Mareck is working to remedy the situation.
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
July 21, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Present: Mayor Steve Stotko
Council Member Bonnie Quast
Council Member Dave Mochinski
Council Member Tom Wiemiller
Council Member Tom Ollig
Staff Present: Brent Mareck, City Administrator
Deb Boelter, City Clerk-Treasurer
Mike Henrich, Police Chief
Mike Mensen, Police Officer
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
Mayor Stotko removed item h) 3.2% Liquor License – Winsted American Legion Post #407
Approve a 3.2% Liquor License for the Winsted American Legion Post #407 at Hainlin Park
on Saturday, August 8, 2009 and Sunday, August 9, 2009 for the Winsted Summer Festival.
The Liquor License for the Winsted American Legion Post #407 was approved at the July 7, 2009
Regular City Council meeting.
Mareck added one (1) item to the Consent Agenda:
1. Schedule a Public Hearing for Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. to consider an
ordinance regulating background checks required by certain ordinances within the Municipal
Code.
Ollig motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Wiemiller seconded.
Motion carried 5-0.
a) Minutes - City Council – Work Session – July 7, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the City Council Work Session of July 7, 2009.
b) Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – July 7, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of July 7, 2009.
c) Minutes – City Council – City Administrator Performance Review
Accepted the minutes of the July 7, 2009 Special Closed Meeting to conduct the
City Administrator’s 2009 Annual Performance Review.
d) Salary Step Increase – Mike Mensen
Authorized a salary step increase for Mike Mensen, effective May 20, 2009.
e) Salary Step Increase – Deb Boelter
Authorized a salary step increase for Deb Boelter.
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f) Seasonal Part-Time Position – Public Works
Appointed Matt Williams as a seasonal part-time employee at a rate of $10 per hour.
g) Resolution R-09-12 – Donation to Winsted Volunteer Fire Department
Adopted Resolution R-09-12 accepting a $500 donation from Winstock Festival/Holy Trinity
for the Winsted Volunteer Fire Department’s Expansion Fund.
h) 3.2% Liquor License – Winsted American Legion Post #407 - REMOVED
Approve a 3.2% Liquor License for the Winsted American Legion Post #407 at Hainlin Park
on Saturday, August 8, 2009 and Sunday, August 9, 2009 for the Winsted Summer Festival.
i) Parade Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved a Children’s Parade sponsored by the Winsted Summer Festival near Hainlin Park
on McLeod Avenue on Saturday, August 8, 2009.
j) Parade Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved a Parade sponsored by the Winsted Summer Festival on designated streets in the
City of Winsted on Sunday, August 9, 2009.
k) Horse Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved the use of horses in the August 9, 2009 Parade sponsored by the Winsted Summer
Festival.
l) All-Terrain Vehicle Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved a permit to operate All-Terrain Vehicles on City streets and property on Friday,
August 7, 2009; Saturday, August 8, 2009; and Sunday, August 9, 2009 in conjunction with
the Winsted Summer Festival.
m) Mini Train Rides Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved a permit to operate mini train rides on City streets and property on Saturday,
August 8, 2009; and Sunday, August 9, 2009 in conjunction with the Winsted Summer
Festival.
n) Outdoor Music Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved a permit allowing outdoor music on City streets and property on Friday, August 7,
2009; Saturday, August 8, 2009; and Sunday, August 9, 2009 in conjunction with the Winsted
Summer Festival.
o) Outside Food Stands Permit – Winsted Summer Festival
Approved a permit to allow outside food stands to operate on City streets and property on
Friday, August 7, 2009; Saturday, August 8, 2009; and Sunday, August 9, 2009 in
conjunction with the Winsted Summer Festival.
p) Elevator Inspection – Schindler Elevator
Entered into an agreement with Schindler Elevator to perform inspection and maintenance.
q) June, 2009 Financial Report
Approved the June, 2009 Financial Report as presented.
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r) June, 2009 Building Permit Report
Approved the June, 2009 Building Permit Report as presented.
s) Claims
Approved the Claims List for July 21, 2009 in the amount of $228,006.45, check numbers
800E-805E, 7873-7882, 500337E and 15548-15599.
t) Public Hearing – Background Checks
Scheduled a Public Hearing for Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. to consider an
ordinance regulating background checks required by certain ordinances within the Municipal
Code.
Certificate of Appreciation
Mayor Stotko presented Boelter with a Certificate of Appreciation for her five years of service to the
City of Winsted.
3) No Public Hearings.
4) No Old Business.
5) New Business
a) Lease Lakefront Promenade (Street Dance) – Keg’s Bar and Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill
Mareck presented a proposal from Keg’s Bar (in coordination with Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill)
to hold a Street Dance on the south end of the Lakefront Promenade on Friday, August 7,
2009, in conjunction with the Winsted Summer Festival. The Street Dance would begin after
the “Brat Buster” festivities in Mill Reserve Park, with the music ending at 12:30 a.m. To stay
in compliance with liquor licensing requirements, alcohol for the event would be served on the
licensed properties; however, the consumption and band set-up would be placed on the
leased area of the Lakefront Promenade.
The applicants have discussed security for the event with Chief Henrich, who is
recommending that four (4) Sheriff’s Posse members staff security for an estimated cost of
$350. In addition, the dance area would be fenced and patrons of the event banded to
eliminate underage consumption of alcohol.
Mareck stated that the agreement would call for the property to be leased for $1, with a $500
damage and clean-up deposit (cash or credit card), with a $350 fee paid to the Sheriff’s
Department for security.
Mareck presented the following recommendations:
1. Lease area as specified in “Exhibit A” for $1.
2. Lease will run from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2009 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday,
August 8, 2009.
3. $500 damage and clean-up deposit. Deductions will occur for any street sweeping
and/or debris clean-up after the event (cans, glasses, garbage, cigarettes, etcetera.
Clean-up will be charged at a rate of $30 per hour (charged in one hour increments),
with any additional damages charged to the lessee at a cost for replacement (trees,
shrubs, pavement damage, etcetera). Lessee is liable for any costs incurred by the
City of Winsted over and above the $500 damage deposit.
4. Lessee must provide and pay for security as recommended by the Winsted Police
Chief.
5. Lessee shall obtain and provide the City of Winsted a Certificate of Insurance for
liability insurance covering the event.
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6. Lessee shall hold harmless and indemnify the City of Winsted from any claims arising
from the event or patrons attending the event.
7. Lessee shall provide trash receptacles for the event.
8. Lessee shall not place anything on the concrete promenade circle or other concrete surfaces,
other than tables and chairs. Trailers, vehicles, vending stations and other similar heavy
equipment are not allowed on concrete surfaces.
9. Alcohol must be sold on the property of the license holder.
10. Music must end at 12:30 a.m.
11. Event must be cleared of patrons by 1:00 a.m.
12. Provide fencing as noted in “Exhibit A.”
13. Obtain a dance permit from the City of Winsted.
Brian Langenfeld, Keg’s Bar, addressed the City Council.
Mochinski asked Langenfeld if he had seen the recommendations and if he was in agreement
with them. Langenfeld stated that the additional liability insurance for the event is going to be
an extra expense that he and Tom Sudheimer, Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill, were not planning
on. Langenfeld stated that he and Sudheimer also did not agree with Chief Henrich’s
recommendation of four (4) security officers. Langenfeld asked if the City would assist with
some of the costs for the additional liability insurance and security.
Wiemiller stated that he believes the Street Dance is a good idea to keep people in the
downtown area after the “Brat Buster” festivities.
Mochinski asked if there would be beer tents. Langenfeld stated that there would be one (1)
beer wagon. Mochinski asked how they were going to monitor minors so they are not
drinking. Lengenfeld stated that there will be fencing with limited entrances. There will be
security at the entrances checking the identification of each patron.
Mochinski asked Henrich if he approves of the proposed security measures. Henrich stated
that there will be minors in the fenced area but they will not be given a wristband to wear so
security will have to watch to make sure they are not drinking.
Langenfeld stated that bartenders will also be watching to make sure that only patrons with
wristbands are drinking.
Quast asked Langenfeld what type of cost sharing he wanted from the City. Mochinski asked
Langenfeld if there was a specific amount that the he would like the City to cover. Langenfeld
asked the City Council to consider paying the $230 for the cost of the security.
Henrich asked the City Council to consider that the City does charge the Blue Note for
security when they have dances.
Ollig stated that he would like to see the Street Dance happen but the Winsted Summer
Festival is a City, Chamber and Community event and Keg’s Bar and Papa Tom’s Bar and
Grill are private businesses asking for public assistance. Ollig stated these are two (2)
separate things; the Winsted Summer Festival is a public event and the Street Dance is
sponsored by Keg’s Bar and Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill and is a private event.
Mochinski asked Henrich if it was really necessary to have (4) security officers when the area
is going to be fenced. Henrich stated that if something serious happens, like a fight, and two
(2) of the security officers are dealing with the patrons who are fighting there would not be
enough officers to cover the ongoing event.
Wiemiller stated he understands why Langenfeld is asking the City for help with the security
expenses but he does not want to set precedence where the City is financially assisting
private businesses.
Ollig stated that if the Street Dance was a sanctioned event where some of the profits were
going to the Winsted Summer Festival, he would consider Langenfeld’s request for financial
assistance from the City; but, the profits are going to private businesses.
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Eggert asked Henrich what the Blue Note pays for security at the dances they sponsor.
Henrich stated that they pay $125 per officer per dance. A wedding dance typically has one
(1) officer and a larger dance requires four (4) officers.
Henrich proposed that the City pay for two (2) Police Officers to patrol in Mill Reserve Park,
the downtown area, and spend the majority of their time in the Street Dance area.
Quast asked Langenfeld if it would help if the City would pay for half (?) of the security costs.
Mareck asked Eggert if it was necessary for Keg’s Bar and Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill to
purchase the additional liability insurance. Eggert recommended that they have the
additional liability insurance since the event is being held on the City’s property.
Quast stated that she would be willing to have the City pay for half (?) of the security costs.
Wiemiller stated that he would also be willing to have the City pay for (?) of the security
costs.
Henrich asked the City Council to please consider their decision on this issue so they are not
setting precedence for other establishments in the City who may want to sponsor a private
dance.
Ollig asked Langenfeld if he had asked any Winsted businesses if they want to help sponsor
the Street Dance and in return they would have free advertising at the event. Langenfeld
stated that it is something to consider.
Mareck stated that the City Council could vote to enter into a lease agreement with Keg’s Bar
and Papa Tom’s Bar and Grill with the recommendations as presented, changing the
security according to Henrich’s proposal to have two (2) Police Officers patrol in Mill Reserve
Park, the downtown area and the majority of the time in the area of the Street Dance.
Mareck asked Langenfeld to contact Eggert if he and Sudheimer decide to definitely have the
Street Dance so that he can prepare the lease agreement.
Mochinski motioned to enter into a lease agreement with Keg’s Bar and Papa Tom’s
Bar and Grill for the Lakefront Promenade with the conditions as recommended.
Quast seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
b) Future Land Use Plan – Municipal Development Group
Mareck stated that the City Council initiated a process to update the City’s Future Land Use
Plan in January, 2009. The process included input from citizens, property owners and
representatives from Winsted Township and McLeod County.
The Future Land Use Plan serves as a tool to guide the land use for future development in
the City. The plan should not be considered a “growth plan” for the community and is not
intended to be pro-development or annexation.
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 8, 2009 and unanimously adopted
Resolution 09-01 recommending approval of the Future Land Use Plan.
The Chairman of the Winsted Township Board, Tony Hausladen, provided testimony at the
Public Hearing. Chairman Hausladen stated that the Winsted Township Board will not
support the update for two (2) primary reasons:
1. The plan encompasses too large of a land area.
2. The properties known as the “Lueck and Weibel Farms” should be guided to
Industrial as opposed to a future residential use.
Mareck introduced Cynthia Smith-Strack, Municipal Development Group, Incorporated.
Strack presented the 2009 Land Use Plan Update.
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Quast motioned to approve Resolution R-09-13 adopting the update to the City of
Winsted Future Land Use Plan. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
6) Department Report
a) People Service, Incorporated
Dan Wroge, People Service, Incorporated, reported on the following:
• Met with representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
regarding the City of Winsted’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) permit
renewal. There will be several changes and the City will need to plan for these
changes in the future.
• People Service, Incorporated contract renewal.
• Sludge Pond abandonment.
Mochinski stated that he would like the Public Works Department to push the sludge
to the edges of the Sludge Pond with their Pay Loader to reduce spending.
Mareck asked Wroge if the Public Works Department could wait until September,
2009 to push the sludge. He stated that they are busy with several other projects.
Wroge stated that it depends on the weather. Wroge also stated that now would be a
good time because it has been dry.
Wroge recommended that Robinson use the Pay Loader and start moving some of
the sludge now since each pond is approximately four (4) acres.
Mareck asked Wroge if he would recommend using a Pay Loader or a Bull Dozer to
push the sludge. Wroge recommended a Bull Dozer. He stated that Litzau
Excavating estimated that it would take them an estimated fifteen (15) to twenty (20)
hours to move the sludge with a Bull Dozer. The cost would be approximately
$2,400.
Wroge stated he would work with the Public Works Department to push the sludge.
Mayor Stotko directed Wroge to talk to the Public Works Department about using
their Pay Loader to move the sludge to the edges of the ponds.
• Wroge stated that he has land available in fall, 2009 to haul the sludge from the
sludge storage tanks. It would cost two (2) cents per gallon and it would be
approximately 200,000 gallons. The total expense would be estimated at $4,000.
Mareck asked Wroge to prepare a quote for future consideration at a City Council
meeting.
7) No Open Forum.
8) No Announcements.
9) Adjournment
Quast motioned to adjourn. Wiemiller seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Deborah R. Boelter
City Clerk-Treasurer


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