Winsted City Council Minutes

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City of Winsted
City Council Work Session
Conference Room – Lewis Room
August 4, 2009
5:00 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
I. Call To Order
Mayor Stotko called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
II. Draft 2010 Budget
Mareck presented the draft 2010 budget. The City Council discussed the proposed budget.
III. Updates
a) 470-5th Street North – Shed
Mareck stated that the property owners at 470-5th Street North are building a shed on
their property and it is located in the front setback. Mareck stated that he met with the
property owners and asked them to move the shed or apply for a variance. They agreed
to apply for a variance.
b) Open House – Winsted Municipal Airport – Sky Diving Operation Proposal
Mareck gave the City Council an overview of the Friday, July 31, 2009 Open House at
the Winsted Municipal Airport to present the proposed Sky Diving Operation to the
hangar owners.
Mochinski stated that the hangar owners and the Winsted Municipal Airport Commission
members are not in favor of the Sky Diving Operation.
Mochinski stated that he would like to see the Sky Diving Operation at the Winsted
Municipal Airport. He stated that the airport would be used more by the general public
and it would bring more people into the City of Winsted. He believes that it would benefit
the City of Winsted’s businesses.
Mochinski also stated that he does understand the pilot’s concerns about the
inconvenience and safety issues that it may cause them when they are landing and/or
taking off.
Mochinski asked Mareck to contact other airports that have had a Sky Diving Operation
and get some input on how they liked or disliked having it operate from their airport.
c) 121 Main Avenue West
Mareck reported that the renters at 121 Main Avenue West have relocated. The property
owner did not comply with the improvement requirements of the City’s Building Inspector
so the building has been posted as inhabitable.
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d) Road House Coffee Shop - Parking
Mareck stated that the Road House Coffee Shop is having parking issues and would like
to extend their parking lot into the Campbell Baseball Field parking lot.
The City Council discussed and directed Mareck to look into the possibility of
assessing the parking lot improvements to the Road House Coffee Shop/Winsted Floral
property.
e) 320 Westgate Circle
Mareck stated that he is working with the property owner of 320 Westgate Circle, Harold
Entinger, to abate the issues with his home.
f) Park Master Plan Process
Mareck presented a schedule for the preparation of a Park Master Plan. He stated that
he will facilitate the preparation of the plan.
IV. 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
August 4, 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 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
Quast motioned to adopt the Consent Agenda as presented. Wiemiller seconded.
Motion carried 5-0.
a) Minutes - City Council – Work Session – July 21, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the City Council Work Session of July 21, 2009.
b) Minutes – Regular City Council Meeting – July 21, 2009
Accepted the minutes of the Regular City Council Meeting of July 21, 2009.
c) Personnel Policy – Winsted Fire Department
Adopted Resolution R-09-14 approving a personnel policy for the Winsted Fire Department.
d) 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 August, 2009 in the amount of $1,500,000 and the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the amount of $250,000.
e) Claims
Approved the Claims List for August 4, 2009 in the amount of $57,901.43, check numbers
7883-7894, 500345E and 15600-15638.
3) Public Hearings
a) Street Name Change – Ordinance O-09-05
Mareck presented the proposal to change 240th Court to Ponto Point.
Mayor Stotko asked for public comment.
Jack Littfin, 23967-240th Court addressed the City Attorney, Fran Eggert, asking about
the assignment of the house numbers. Littfin was concerned about Lot Eight (8). Mareck
stated that Lot Eight (8) would not be assigned a house number because it is a street.
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Ollig motioned to approve Ordinance O-09-05 approving the street name change of
240th Court to Ponto Point. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Mochinski motioned to close the Public Hearing. Wiemiller seconded.
Motion carried 5-0.
b) Administrative Fine Ordinance – Ordinance O-09-06
Mareck stated that the Minnesota State Legislature adopted a new statute that requires the
City to amend its ordinance on administrative fines. The new law limits the number of
violations that can be addressed through an administrative citation, requires a formal
challenge process through a third party hearing officer and also limits the amount of the fine.
In addition, the new fine structure requires that $40 of the $60 maximum fine must be paid to
the State of Minnesota.
Mareck stated that the City Attorney, Fran Eggert, has provided amendments to the
existing ordinance to ensure the City complies with the new law.
Mareck presented a spreadsheet indicating the changes to the City’s existing fine system.
Mareck stated that many items have been deleted to comply with the new law. The City is
still authorized to issue administrative citations for violations of our municipal code (some
fees are proposed to be raised).
Eggert stated that the City really has no choice but to approve the amendments. He
stated that Minnesota State Legislature has passed this law and unfortunately it will take
revenue away from the City but either the City passes the ordinance amendments or we
will have no administrative fines.
Mayor Stotko asked for public comment. No public comment was received.
Quast motioned to adopt Ordinance O-09-06 approving certain amendments to the
Administrative Fine Ordinance. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Quast motioned to close the Public Hearing. Ollig seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
4) No Old Business.
5) New Business
a) Public Nuisance – 151-8th Street South
Boelter stated that the City has received several resident complaints regarding the backyard
of 151-8th Street South. Upon inspection, it was found that the property owner had failed to
establish a lawn and the area was filled with tall grass and noxious weeds. Properties are
allowed one (1) year from their date of Certificate of Occupancy to establish their lawn; 151-
8th Street South was issued a Certificate of Occupancy on April 6, 2005.
The property owner was contacted through certified mail on May 19, 2009 and asked to
correct the situation within thirty (30) days. The property owner has failed to establish a lawn.
The City posted a notice on Monday, July 20, 2009 to mow and trim the tall grass and
remove the noxious weeds within seven (7) days. The property owner did not comply so the
City had Mathew’s Lawn Service do it.
Boelter stated that the property owner has been contacted to inform him that the issue will be
discussed by the City Council. He has not contacted the City regarding this issue.
Boelter stated that costs associated with the abatement of this nuisance would be assessed
to the property.
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Boelter presented the two (2) quotes the City received for the abatement of the public
nuisance:
Alan’s Lawn and Landscape $2,600
Above All Landscape $3,435
Mochinski asked what issues there may be if the City approves Alan’s Lawn and Landscape
to enter the property at 151-8th Street South to abate the public nuisance. Mareck stated that
if the property owner does not allow Alan’s Lawn and Landscape to enter the property, the
matter will be forwarded to the City Attorney to obtain a court order. Eggert recommended
that the City have a Police Officer go with Alan’s Lawn and Landscape when they enter the
property for their protection.
Ollig stated that if the property owner demands that Alan’s Lawn and Landscape leave his
property, that they should leave the property. Eggert stated yes because there is not a court
order.
Ollig motioned certifying that 151-8th Street South is being maintained as a public
nuisance and further ordering that the nuisance is abated immediately by the City of
Winsted, costs associated with the abatement be assessed to the property and
that a Police Officer be present when Alan’s Lawn and Landscape enters the
property. Quast seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Wiemiller motioned to authorize Alan’s Lawn and Landscape to perform the work
necessary to abate the public nuisance at 151-8th Street South for $2,600. Ollig
seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
6) No Department Report.
7) No Open Forum.
8) Announcements
a) National Night Out – August 6, 2009
Mayor Stotko invited residents to attend National Night Out in the area of Barrett Park and
Sherman Avenue on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
b) Winsted Summer Festival – August 7, 8, and 9, 2009
Mayor Stotko invited residents to attend the Winsted Summer Festival the weekend
of August 7, 8 and 9, 2009.
9) Adjournment
Quast motioned to adjourn. Mochinski seconded. Motion carried 5-0.
Respectfully submitted,
Deborah R. Boelter
City Clerk-Treasurer


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