Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

City Hall

April 7, 1998

7:00 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Bonnie Quast, Bob Kegler, Gary Lenz, Mark Ollig, Attorney Eggert

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Lenz motioned to approve the minutes of March 17 as written, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Bargen, Inc. VP was present with additional information on crack sealing done in the City. After discussion, a motioned by Lenz was made to do the proposed Westgate section and the south portion of the City with funds not to exceed $15,000, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Crack sealing at the Airport was tabled until the next meeting.

Representatives of the Fire Department were present with the results of the fire hall bids. Larry Biske spokesman for the Department stated due to the complexity of the alternate and optional bids in the specifications and high estimates. It is the departments recommendation to reject all bids, which was moved by Quast and seconded by Kegler. The firemen will review and make some changes to the plans, and clean up the specifications.

Poor condition of the airport entrance road due to Bauerly Bros. Construction use last year has created an impassable condition. Bauerly has agreed to replace the gravel on the road, back to its original condition, after road postings are off.

Bids advertised and received for gas tank removal and update of aviation tank were as follows:

Sage Services, Inc. $15,100

American Tank Services $15,900

Wm. Muller & Sons

(Mt tanks only) $ 4,500

Due to adverse effect on the Dairy Farmers of America using part of the maintenance tank site, and additional costs, more information will be gotten before a decision will be made.

Advertised for, bids received for water tower tank cleaning were:

H & H Contracting, Inc. $ 8,888.00

Watertower Paint & Repair $ 8,942.00

Due to the unsatisfactory prior workmanship, Lenz then motioned to accept the bid from Watertower Paint and Repair, in the amount of $8,942.00, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Public Works Director Pat Radtke was present with a video of several sanitary sewer lines that had been taped with our machine. He also requested a presentation from InfraTech, showing the type of camera and work that can be done without digging up the entire area of repairs. This work would need to be done as part of the I & I plan. Smoke testing was also discussed, along with a proposal to do taping of storm sewer, locating potential illegal hook ups, identify cross connections and locate needed repairs.

Quast motioned to hire InfraTech to do the storm sewer video at $ .45/ foot, with a minimum of 8,000 ft., instructing the Mayor and Clerk to sign, Lenz seconded unanimously carried.

Ed Erickson, Bldg. Insp was present to answer questions regarding building and zoning issues. Council members Quast and Lenz had questions related to building and zoning. It was noted that Zoning issues are not a part of building inspections and never have been. Lengthy discussion overall of the Zoning Ordinance, procedure, policy and interpretation of Ordinances and the State Building Code went on with the council, Attorney and Mayor. The issues revert back to a difference of opinion in policy among the City Council.

Zoning of the Industrial Park was discussed, since the Park will receive final platting and zoning at the next meeting. Attorney Eggert informed the council allowable uses within an I-1 Zone.

Jerry Otto requested to be placed on the agenda with a parking request, and did not attend.

Lenz motioned to the Mayor Proclaim Apr. 24, 1998 as "Arbor Day", 1998 and in observance, plant a tree to continue the committment by the City of Winsted to increase a vital resource in Minnesota and create an impact on the environment. Kegler seconded the motion, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned the Mayor Proclaim April 15th thru 25th as "Volunteer Recognition Week" in Winsted, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Discussion then centered around advertising the City of Winsted. Lenz motioned to advertise thru September, 1998 on State Highway 7 and County Rd. 9 billboard, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

Gen. Ch Nos. 7934-7985 $74,273.80

Payroll Nos. 2579-2611 9,195.70

Fire Dept. Nos. 2956-2963 1,664.83

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

The City received notice from Niro-Sterner, that they will be closing their operations effective May 1, 1998. The City has a lease until Nov. 1, 1998.

Lenz motioned to grant tobacco licenses to. Glenn's Super Valu, Tom's Corner Bar, American Legion Club, Casey's Convenience Store, Blue Note of Winsted, Keg's Bar, Tom Thumb Market, Bailey's Bar & Grill

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

It was noted that the City is being sued by Gerald & LuAnn Kucera, mother of Brent Kucera related to an incident on 7-7-95.

Quast motioned to discontinue Cash/Trash program immediately, due to ineligibility for Score Funding from the County, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk, Treasurer


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