Winsted City Council Minutes


FEBRUARY 2, 1999


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

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Attorney Eggert will review the City Council Handbook.

Ordinance No. 99-01, amending Council salary with the issue of Absenteeism. Discussion centered around the minimum time council members should give for notifying staff of being absent for a meeting. Upon establishing that, Kegler motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 99-02, Amending chapter 1, Relating to Mayor and Council Salaries, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Regional Director Curt Reetz, and local operator Pete Slanga from Peopleserivce were present to introduce themselves to the new council. Review of the company and questions from council related to power surges, ultra violet treatment, and facility capacity and loadings occurred. Winstock's request for its commercial rental firm to dispose of waste into the City Facility was discussed at length. After discussion, it was determined, and the action from the City Council, to not accept any of the waste into the City system, as the system is not capable of handling such loadings.

Lenz motioned to accept and aprpove the agreement between the City and Winstock for rental of land, and granting a Non-lntoxicating On Sale Liquor License for June 11th and 12th; Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Necessary insurance will be required.

Joe DeJager, of DNR Trails was present to discuss the Luce Line Trail connection with the City. Due to requesting an easement from the City on the north property line, possible future expansion of the airport, bituminous covering, and other issues, upon recommendation of the City Attorney, the City Council cannot make a commitment for something in the future. The City is willing to work with the DNR to connect the trail, additional information will be gotten.

Chief Henrich reported that the Squad car was ordered with Plowman's, since that was the lowest bid, with trade.

Wiemiller motioned to accept the quote from Bargen, Inc., for seal coating the streets, not to exceed $15,000.00, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Reeves provided a proposed snowmobile route, which was acceptable to the Council, and will be incorporated into an amended snowmobile Ordinance.

Lenz motioned to instruct Rieke Carroll Mueller to do a cost analysis for seal coating the streets, not to exceed $1,000.00, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Northgate lighting had a larger watt bulb installed to increase the lighting, Westgate speed limit request to MN/DOT was dropped.

Discussion again centered on the drops in elevation at the intersection of County Rd 1 and Main Ave. W. At that last meeting, it was an opinion to request the west side of the intersection be fixed to remove the "dip". After review of this, and further discussion, Kegler motioned to ask that both west and east side streets of that intersection be removed and replaced in order to remove the "dips", and to request the curb and gutter be placed at the intersections in an appropriate manner to finish the SW and NE corners, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Reeves reported on the Business Retention program that had been presented to the City and three neighboring communities, for participation. The City has not received interest in pursuing this from the other communities, therefore, we will pursue funding to continue.

The business that had a tobacco violation has requested a hearing on the matter, this will be done under the direction of the City Attorney and Reeves.

Chief Henrich had requested the City Council obtain weight machines for the police and fire departments. The equipment would be donated, but the delivery charges would amount to $400.00. The equipment is 12 pieces, and would be housed at the fire hall in a vacant bay. It would be used by employees and fire members only, and a policy of use would be established prior to use, insurance waivers may be needed. Matter tabled until next meeting.

Lenz motioned to adopt Ordinance 99-01, amending the State Building Code to include current codes, empowering the Mayor and Clerk to sign, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

The fee schedule of 1999 for utilities, rentals, and other charges was reviewed. Wiemiller motioned to adopt the schedule as presented, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Fees became effective immediately.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

Check 8988-9034 $ 41,762.32

Payroll 2907-2918 $9,149.48

Fire Dept. 3094-3104 $ 1,923.78

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Upon recommendation of Reeves, Albers motioned to hire Rose Halloran as Secretary\Utility Clerk, salary of $10.00 per hour, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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