Winsted City Council Minutes


JANUARY 20, 1998


7 P.M.

Present: Don Guggemos, Bonnie Quast, Bob Kegler, Gary Lenz, Fran Eggert, Attorney.

Absent: Mark Ollig.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to approve the minutes as written, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Civil defense sirens were reviewed with Chief Henrich. Two estimates were gotten, with one being battery operated, the other electrical. After discussion regarding battery back up costs, installation charges and installation site, along with possible trade or outright sale, Quast motioned to order Federal Sirens in the amount of $19,809, with option of adding the battery back up later, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Electrical and installation will be additional costs of which quotes will be gotten.


7:15 P.M.

Mayor called for the public hearing related to adoption of a Tobacco Ordinance regulating licensing of cigarette products to minors. Proposed license fee of $30 per year was discussed, with some opposition. One retailer was present. It was noted that should the city not adopt the proposed ordinance, that McLeod county will, by law, be required to control and permit retailers, with a cost of $75 for licenses. After discussion, Quast motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 98-01, regulating display and sale of tobacco products, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Midland Insurance Agent Dave Sherman was present and reviewed the insurance policy for the City of Winsted in detail. Quotes will be gotten for additional coverage of land and boiler machinery. The city will not waive the monetary limits for tort liability.

Lenz motioned to approve Change Order No. 2, in the amount of $1,441.50, increasing the '97 Improvement project, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

A Special Meeting will be called for Jan. 27, 1998 at 4 p.m., City Hall, for the purpose of selling bonds for the fire hall. The bond sale was delayed in November, to take advantage of lower interest rates.

American Legion requested permission to hold a "Fun Run" on Saturday, Feb. 7 with snowmobiles. The snowmobile operators will be reminded to park the sleds at Lake Park.

Overtime issues of employees was discussed. Job descriptions, comparable worth, point system, etc. was talked about. Several directives were given and will be explored.

It was noted the closed meeting held at 10:30 a.m., related to litigation, today did consist of a quorum, therefore it was informational only.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

General 7711-7758 $378,560.63

Payroll 2525-2534 $7,764.78

Fire Dept. 2916-2922 $778.00

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

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

Betty Zachmann,City Clerk-Treasurer

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