Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

Jan. 19, 1999

City Hall

7:00 PM

Present: Floyd Sneer, Bob Kegler, Gary Lenz, Jeff Albers, Tom Wiemiller Staff: Attorney Eggert, Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to accept the minutes of Jan. 5, 1999 as written, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Matt Johnson, Mid Minnesota Commission presented to the City Council, the results of the City wide survey done as part of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. He, along with the Planning Commission members will continue to work on the Plan. There was an overwhelming response of 80% to the survey.

City offices will be moving to its new location at 183 Main Ave. W. on Feb. 4 and 5, Offices will be closed on Friday. Parking at the building was discussed. There will be several designated places available for customers, but it was recommended by the Police Chief to add a 15 minute parking on 2nd St. So. Wiemiller motioned to designate a 15 minute parking place on 2nd St. So., Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Speed limit at Westgate was reviewed. MnDOT will be asked to do a traffic study in that area this summer.

Northgate lighting request was also reviewed. Additional information is needed.

Reeves presented the first draft of a Handbook for Council members. Absenteeism was also discussed at length. Suggestions regarding withholding of salary, excused and unexcused absence, time to report absence will be tabled until the next meeting.

Administrator Reeves received three bids for a 1999 squad. The bids were not clear to the council due to trade in values. Bids were:

With trade: Holt Motors $17,951.00

Plowman Motors $17,250.00

Without trade: Waconia Ford $21,284.07

Lenz motioned to accept a quote not to exceed $17,250. Should Waconia Ford not be willing to accept a trade in with a lower quote, the low quote of $17,250 from Plowman will be accepted, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Winstock Chairman, Tom Ollig was present with requests for action taken, tabled until next meeting.

Wastewater Facility surge protection to the system was discussed. There was approval for the purchase of a surge protector for the plant, but work was never completed. An updated cost for doing that will be gotten.

Upon recommendation from the Personnel Committee, Lenz motioned to approve the 1999 salary adjustments as per the schedule presented by Reeves, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

6th and Main Ave. intersection was reviewed by the County Highway Engineer and City Administrator. The County is willing to fix the intersection after several requests by the City. After completion of County Road 1 (6th St.) construction, both east and west streets of Main Avenue were left elevated, making the transition difficult, if not dangerous, to cross. It was the consensus of the Council to request the county to grade and make a gradual decline on the West side of Main Ave. and 6th St. and to leave the east side of that intersection as is, since the water now flows away from that area after a rainfall.

Bargen, Inc. has provided a contract with the City in the amount of $14,999 for seal crack work on city streets for 1999. Seal coating was also discussed, additional information will be gotten before the acceptance of the contract.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

Check Nos. 8937-8987 $29,745.64

Payroll Nos. 2895-2906 $ 9,956.24

Fire Dept. Nos. $41,148.03

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Review of the current snowmobile ordinance needs to be updated. Chief Henrich stated the City needs a designated route for traveling within the City limits, to avoid use of heavily traveled downtown streets. More information will be gotten, Reeves and Henrich will work on a draft for next meeting.

Kegler motioned to increase the mileage reimbursement for city business to $.31 per mile, effective immediately, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Advertising for the Industrial Park was discussed. Wiemiller then motioned to advertise in the Area Development magazine for $1,510 for one month, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor Sneer reported he had received comments on the good work done by the Maintenance Dept. with snow removal the past several weeks.

Wiemiller motioned to allow a facsimile signature for the Mayor for issuing checks, and notifying the bank of approval, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to adjourn the meeting, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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