Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

May 19, 1998

City Hall 7:00 PM

(6:30 Meeting cancelled by Mayor)

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

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to approve the minutes as written, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Since Jeff Quast was not available during the week to be present when the council was going to review the water issue on site, the Council requested to arrange a Saturday meeting with both property owners at the site to review the proposed damages and draining issues.

Fred Entinger's sons were present with questions regarding the roadway in the Industrial Park. The Plat shows 33' to the south of the Ind. Park on their property to be part of the road, and 33' on the north belonging to the City. The City intends to use its 33' of roadway for servicing the Industrial park, until such time the land to the south is annexed and developed at which time the south 33' would complete the full public street. Concerns related to the proposed industrial park, storm sewer, wetlands, and existing tile were held for discussion.

Water samples collected by the Entingers and discussion regarding the septic water accumulating on Entinger land took place. The City will have its engineers review the issues, and have the water tested in an attempt to determine problems.

After discussion, Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 282, changing the polling place for elections in 1998 to the Fire Hall at 241 1st St. No., authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to execute said document, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Many residents of Shady Creek, George Ave. and Linden Ave. were present asking the City Council to do something about the power outages that occur over the past two years on a regular basis, when there are storms. The past week power was not restored to the area for 23 hours. Much dissatisfaction was received. The council will request a representative of NSP be at the meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. to resolve the issue.

Jim Condon was present to discuss the civil defense sirens, placement, and loudness. Mayor Guggemos stated the sirens have been placed by professionals that do this all the time, and would be checked further to determine if the decibels were meeting the specifications.

Teresa Fasching was present regarding the estimated cost of removing water from her lot, which is low in comparison to the surrounding properties. At her suggestion Lenz motioned to grant permission for one year, to pump water onto the street and flow to the catch basin on the west, during heavy rainfall, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Joe DeJaeger, DNR, Trails was present with a map of a proposed land lease with the City, in an effort to Iink the Luce Line Trail. His maps indicated a proposed land lease along the north and east side of the industrial park, then westerly along a Iine owned by the City past the Wastewater Facility. The City requested additional information for more discussion.

Floyd Sneer, Development Director resigned as such, effective June 30, 1998, with a recommendation to the Council to hire a full time Administrator to handle the development. The rules and regulations are changing almost daily, making the need of a person to be aware of laws, there is a need for many other Planning and Zoning issues, TIF regulations, and additional work load that is placed on the Clerk. Sneer stated the city needs a professional who has been trained in those fields to fill the position.

Some discussion was held regarding the Industrial Park, land sales, improvements, negotiations, future assessments and other related issues. It was decided to request a building plan from RF Machining, and expect the land reimbursement repaid in five years with taxes. No objections were voiced. Attorney Eggert will draw an agreement with that in mind.

Complaints of sump pump water accumulating on the gutter from neighbors, bought about much discussion by the Council. Clerk reported on other communities' policies. Due to possible damages occurring when residents place holes in the curb to dispose of sump pump waters, the Council will require permits, issued under Ordn. 93-02, Altering Curb & Gutter. The permit shall state, any repairs or damages to the curb, gutter or street at any time, shall be charged against the property owner.

The City received notice from McLeod County Zoning Office, from Doris Sterner to allow a septic system closer than 75' from the Lake. The request was reviewed and then referred to the Winsted Watershed Lake Assn. for comments.

Kegler motioned to approve Change Order No. 3, for Winsted On the Lake, in the amount of $7,800, (allowing the installation of perforated pipe drains), Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

Gen. Ch Nos. 8081-8143 $134,319.41

Payroll Nos. 2637-2648 7,930.65

Fire Dept. Nos. 2972-2982 1,655.47

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Attorney Eggert will get additional information regarding Triax Cable issues.

Council discussed the request of reimbursement letter from Sage Services, an underground tank removal bidder. Attorney Eggert was instructed to send a letter to Sage denying the claim due issues previously cited when the bid was awarded.

The City will be looking into adopting an alley ordinance due to the fact that complaints are being received related to blocking of alleys, personal use, etc. Attorney Eggert will bring a proposed Ordinance to the council.

Upon recommendation of the Auditor, Paul Harvego, the City has hired Ehler's & Associates to assist in modifying the financing for Tax Increment Dist. No. 4, also known as the Housing Development District of TIF 4 Winsted. The Economic Development Authority will meet at 6:30 PM, on June 2, 1998 to discuss the financial issues, and make recommendations to the Council.

It was noted that the 1994 Fire Tanker was in need of repairs in the amount of $500-600.

Fire Hall bids were opened at May 18, 1998, as advertised, with the following

TDJ Construction $439,850.00

Gopher State $454,737.00

KUE Construction $455,601.00

Damman Construction $514,300.00

Ebert Construction $544,900.00

Options were also bid, the bids have been turned over to the firemen for recommendation to the Council at the meeting of May 27.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

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