Winsted City Council Minutes


APRIL 18, 2000


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann, Pat Radtke

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Myron Knutson, Evenson Dodge Bond Counsel was present with bid/sale of the $ 520,000.00 C,G,St. Improvement Bonds of 2000. Low bid was received by Miller, Johnson & Kuhn, with a rate of 5.4375%, over a period of 10 years. After review and discussion, Albers motioned to adopt Resolution No. 335-04-18-00, Providing For The Issuance and Sale of $520,000.00, General Obligation Improvement Bonds and Levying For Payment Thereof. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Curb & gutter cutting has been almost completed, removal will begin, with replacement to follow, seal coating estimated to be done at the end of June.

Cynthia Moeller-Krass, Engr. of SEH-RCM presented final plans for the relining of a portion of the sanitary sewer trunk line from Fairlawn Ave. E. to Winsted Ave. E., with an estimated cost of $62,000. Lenz motioned to accept the plans, and to advertise for bids, with a completion date of Aug. 15th. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The City is investigating the restriction of the outlet from South Lake to the private-owned ditch. The DNR has been contacted.

Joe DeJaeger, DNR Trails Supervisor, was present with a map and proposed Trail License Agreement. In attempting to connect the Luce Line Trail, the DNR is asking for a 25-year agreement, to use city land in the Industrial Park and near the Wastewater Facility to County Road 9 from County Road 1 (6th St. So.). Attorney Eggert had comments regarding the protection of the City and other considerations. Future commitments by the City from the DNR was questioned, along with the length of time for canceling. No action was taken, although the Council verbally agreed to work with the DNR.

Mayor Sneer then called upon the Preservation of the City Hall Group, but stated there would be a spokesperson, and only new ideas would be brought to the Council. The City's legal representative urged the Council to not discuss the issues at this time with others. Mary Wiemiller requested the Council use former resident architects to prepare a use study of the old building, and bring back to council.

After discussion, Reeves stated that the group prepare their plan, and the City's Engineer will review it with the Group's architects and bring back to council. It was also noted that the EAW will be completed on May 3rd. Albers then motioned to have the Architects meet and discussion be held at the May 16th meeting. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Virginian Housum, Attorney for group, slated she will ask the Court to delay the hearing that was scheduled for Apr 27th until after May 16th.

Tom Wiemiller then motioned to rescind the vote for demolition. Lenz seconded, Nayes: Sneer, Albers, Kegler, Ayes: Wiemiller, Lenz, motion did not pass.

Information had been received regarding the swim area treatment of iron, and with no chemical hazard from the treatment materials from the company, assured, Albers motioned to share in the $800 cost for treating the swim area. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried,

Reeves explained the Comparison of costs of the City hall, along with the impact on taxpayers. No action was taken.

It was noted that the set-aside funds for low mortgages for first-time home buyers in the Winsted on The Lake Addition was used, and a second million dollars was allocated to the City.

After questions, Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 1401-1460 and

10307-10312 $41,550.76

Payroll 3412-3423 $9,740.39

Fire Dept. 3332-3342 $1,662.17

Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Reeves had obtained Lawn Mowing Bids for comparison to City mowing. Due to the replacement schedule for purchasing new mowers, and with related costs for labor, and part-time employees, discussion took place for trying the contract mowing. After discussion with Supervisor Pat Radtke, Lenz motioned to contract the mowing of all city property at $725.00 per week, maximum of $14,500.00 with North Star Care. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Discussion of trading in the mowers and accessories for a larger, more versatile Bobcat and accessories took place. Radtke had gotten quotes from several dealers. Funds have been reserved for purchase of equipment, with savings by using the State Contract. Lenz motioned to purchase a Bobcat with attachments and trailer in the amount of $22,738.00, with trade. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Fencing at the Wastewater facility was discussed. Two quotes had been received, which include a 6-ft. high chain link fence, and two gate rollers, approximately 980 ft. on the north/northeast area. Lenz motioned to get additional quotes for fencing and the security system at the brush site. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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