Winsted City Council Minutes


MARCH 21, 2000


7 P.M.

Present: Floyd Sneer, Bob Kegler, Tom Wiemiller, Gary Lenz, Jeff Albers

Staff: Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to approve the minutes of Mar. 2nd as written, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

City Hall Preservation Group with spokesperson Mary Wiemiller, was present with information related to a tour of the building earlier in the day, and a request to rescind the previous motion to raze the old city hall. After an hour of discussion, Wiemiller then motioned to rescind the previous building demolition motion from Feb 1st meeting, Lenz seconded. Ayes: Wiemiller and Lenz; Nays: Sneer, Kegler, Albers, motion did not pass.

The City was then informed by Virginia Housum of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, representing the Preservation Group, that they plan to file an injunction against the City of Winsted, restraining any further action of demolition of the old city hall building.

Lenz motioned to provide $900.00 for supporting the Senior Dining Site at the American Legion, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Bonestroo, Rosene & Anderlik Engr, Bob Rusek was present with bids for demolition of the City Hall. Fifteen bids were received, with the three lowest being:

Wickenhauser, $59,780.00; Opt. 1: $66,780.00

Landwehr Constr, $65,632.00; Opt. 1: $70,625.00

Henning Excav., $74,178.00; Opt. 1: $81,102.00

Attorney Eggert will have an opinion, if a bid can be accepted pending the EAW and HMS test results, no action was taken at this time. Wiemiller motioned, with the exception of the EAW & HMS, to table draft designs, and decision of the size of the footprint for the city hall building until next meeting. Lenz seconded, Aye: Wiemiller, Lenz, Kegler; Nay: Albers, Sneer, motion carried.

Update was given regarding the noise complaints from the Dairy Farmer's of America operations. Reeves reported that the noise levels were exceeded during the day, in several locations distant to D.F.A., and the noise levels at night exceed the levels at all locations within 2 blocks of the D.F.A. Facility.

The standards used were established by P.C.A. and gave the City two options: Try to work it out with D.F.A., knowing there is no enforcement for the City, or turn the entire matter over to P.C.A. to handle. Bruce Nowak and Lisa Hensel, employees of D.F.A., were present and gave the council a synopsis of work that was being done to resolve the problems. D.F.A. was also present when decibel testing was done, and has been aware of the noise issues since January, but has been unsuccessful in curtailing the noise. Kegler motioned to have the City work along with D.F.A., using the guidelines from P.C.A. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to appoint the following as library board members: Irene Weinbeck, Lisa Ebert, Carrie Jorgenson, Jane White. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to approve the following bills, with the addition of a $30.00 check registration fee for Reeves:

General 1293-1365 $225,369.49

General 10301-10304 $3,610.27

Payroll 3382-3391 $9,603.00

Fire Dept. 3297-3305 $8,451.24

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to approve request from Holy Trinity Schools to use the concession stands for selling condiments during their scheduled games in April and May at Softball and Baseball fields. Lenz seconded, Kegler abstained, motion carried.

Albers motioned to adopt Resolution No. 332-03-21-00, related to Anti-Displacement, Relocation Assistance and Displacement Minimization Plan. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No. 333-02-21-00, with the City acting as legal sponsor for the Business & Community Development Application to the Dept. Of Trade and Economic Development for funding the expansion of Scherping Systems and Carlisle Company. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned the City provide a mini-biff on the Public School playground area. Albers seconded, unanimously carried. The School District has granted permission to do so.

Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 334-03-21-00, Supporting a Dept. Of Natural Resources Grant Application for Mill Reserve Park. Albers seconded, unanimously carried. (Grant would provide improvements and equipment at the Park)

A letter from McLeod County Park Board, has applied for a Conditional Use Permit for the northeast corner of Wm. May Park to be designated a Wetland. The City had no objections or comments.

Albers motioned to be included in a Regional Sludge Service Grant, with payment of $300.00, to participate with other Cities in future sludge removal of the wastewater facility. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously

Council requested Reeves contact Haugdahl, building owner of current city hall rental, as to time proposed for stucco of outside of building.

Council also requested Reeves to contact Post Office Building Director of this area, regarding the shabby condition of the interior of the post office, including pails on the floor to collect water, missing ceiling tile and unsightly walls. Also noted was a security on the outside of the building that has not been replaced in over two years. It was suggested to contact the Postmaster General also.

Sale of Bonds to pay for the curb, gutter and seal coating was discussed. Competitive bids and private sale were looked at. Savings, and costs were reviewed with the Council by Reeves. After discussion, Albers motioned to proceed with competitive bidding for the 00 Curb, Gutter, Seal Coat Bond issue in the amount of $520,000.00, facilitating Everson Dodge as Financial Consultants. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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