Winsted City Council Minutes


FEBRUARY 3, 1998


7 P.M.

Present: Don Guggemos, Bonnie Quast, Mark Ollig, Bob Kegler.

Absent: Gary Lenz, Attorney Eggert.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

City Hall Committee was present with a preliminary report of estimated costs to develop a study of the building. It was noted tuckpointing would cost approximately $47,180 plus $6 per brick over replacement of 500. Several engineering firms were looked at by the committee. It was their recommendation to hire RCM, Minnetonka, to begin a study of the existing building. This would be Phase I, and would consist of reviewing the current problems and solutions to correct them, prepare an estimate of repair and maintenance of the masonry walls, review the mechanical and electrical facilities, and prepare a maintenance manual for next 20 years. This cost would be $5,000 to complete.

Phase II would be the planning process and use of the building. Phase III would be schematic study and estimate of existing building, Phase IV would be schematic study and estimate of a new building.

After discussion, Quast motioned to approve Phase I, in the amount of $5,000, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Complaints have been received of the city blowing snow onto parked vehicles in the downtown area when removing the snow from the sidewalks with the broom. Snow falling during the day causes difficulty with removal. It was decided to keep the angle of the broom straight, and remind the business owners they are still responsible for complete removal of snow on the sidewalk facing their store fronts. The city had been removing almost entirely all of the snow, and it will continue to do that in the early morning hours of snow removal.

Comparable worth review will be done by Mid Minnesota Development Commission. A Comprehensive Land Use Plan was discussed. Since the city had a Land Use Plan that was outdated, Ollig motioned to approve hiring Mid Minnesota to do a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, amount not to exceed $6,600, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. The study will take approximately 12-16 months to complete.

Attorney Eggert discussed with the Council some findings regarding a road easement in Winsted on the Lake Plat. Now know as 240th Court, it was a township cartway, approximately 1,450'X33', and the owner does not intend to use this easement for a public road. It was noted the city has no responsibility to create a public road because of annexation to the City.

The Clerk was instructed to prepare specifications to bid cleaning of the interior and exterior of the water tower.

Complaint of a habitual blocking of a driveway entrance, and a vehicle parking over two parking places in the downtown area was discussed. Police will be instructed to issue a courtesy ticket to the individual, and further violation will cause issue of a parking ticket. Handicap parking, 15 minute parking restrictions were also discussed.

Ollig motioned to pay the following bills:

Check No. 7759-7793 $42,378.30

Payroll 2535-2546 $8,155.12

Fire Dept. 2923-2933 $3,073.50

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to approve the purchase of an Alco Sensor IV for the police department, providing it is within the budget, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to appoint the following to the library board: Jane Otto, chairman; Deb Bryne, secretary; Jane White, treasurer; two positions will be left vacant. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

A letter from Triax Cable regarding the rate change was discussed. Attorney Eggert will research the issue.

The Council received a final inflow and infiltration plan from RCM to review and act on at the next meeting.

Quast motioned to proclaim Feb. 9 through 13 as "Dietary Managers Pride in Food Service Week"; Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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