Winsted City Council Minutes


APRIL 4, 2000


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to accept the minutes as written, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Reeves reported the Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the old city hall was completed and a public hearing will be held shortly.

Council members Lenz and Wiemiller handed out informational sheets to the council prior to the meeting, and Lenz had previously called council members for a special meeting to meet with another architect at the old city hall on April 5th. Reeves questioned Councilman Lenz regarding continuing to pursue another architect for review of the old city hall, since last meeting's motion stated nothing more would be done until next council meeting. Reeves also informed Lenz a special meeting could not be called.

After discussion about the demolition bids, Albers motioned to accept Option No. 1, from Wickenhauser, in the amount of $59,780.00, with the contingency of the EAW completion, permits, as required, and clearing of legal issues. Kegler seconded, (At this point, Preservation spokesperson Mary Wiemiller stated that their Attorneys are prepared to file the injunction tomorrow Apr. 5th), to stop demolition, Ayes: Kegler, Albers, Sneer; Nayes: Lenz and Wiemiller, motion carried. The City of Winsted's insurance coverage will be investigated, for coverage, should injunctions be filed.

Brought to the council's attention is the option of purchasing an existing building (which the City had previously rented under a different owner), now owned by Millerbernd Mfg. on 6th St. So. next to the fire hall. Minor renovation would be needed for city hall operations, and if a library would be included, there would be additional renovation costs. No action was taken.

DFA noise levels have lowered, due to adjustments on their equipment, but the noise still is above the allowable decibel.

Postmaster stated that they are in the process of repairing the roof and interior of the building.

DTED has approved a grant and all conditions have been met for Scherping Systems/Walker Stainless to receive a grant in the amount of $150,000.00 for expansion of its manufacturing business.

Lenz motioned to approve the cost of approximately $14,435.00 to update Well #2, and the increase capacity from 275GPM to 500GPM, pending permit approval from Dept. Of Health. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

DNR Trail request was tabled.

It was decided to leave utility rates as they are, after discussion by council.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 1366-1400 and

130304-10306 $56,930.36

Payroll 36392-3411 $13,129.52

Fire Dept. 3320-3331 $6,315.26

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor noted that the City and Civic & Commerce jointly, placed an Ad in the local Journal to inform people of the great need and importance to complete and return the census forms.

Kegler motioned to approve the proposal from Nova Consulting Group in the amount of $4,427.00 to monitor the ground water at the Maintenance building, due to removal of gas tanks. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

The Lake Association had requested the City participate jointly in a total cost of $800.00 to place an iron treatment inside of the swim curtain for the coming year. It was stated no permit is required, and that the treatment is environmentally safe. Additional information is being requested by the City Council.

Lenz motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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