Winsted City Council Minutes


JUNE 1, 1999


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Aaron Reeves, Rose Halloran

Mayor Floyd Sneer called the meeting to order.

Motioned to accept the minutes of May 18 was made and seconded, unanimously carried.

Reeves presented comparisons on Bonds vs Bank Loan for the city improvements. Discussion followed. Kegler motioned and Lenz seconded that the city will take out a Bank Loan for 10 yrs. in the approximate amount of $468,000 for the improvements to replace Curb and Gutters and Seal Coat all streets. Motion unanimously carried.

Bids will open for the Water Extensions project June 22nd and brought to council for action.

Dan Boyum of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Assoc. attended to present additional information on the comparison costs for issuing bonds. He recommended option 2 of the handouts. Costs for county roads will be paid by the county and the bids will include a detailed split of expenses between the city and county. Reeves will follow-up with the county on this at his meeting on Wednesday. No action on this matter was necessary at this time. Reeves will also get a breakdown of Bonds vs Bank Loan on this project for the next meeting.

Attorney Marc Sebora, Rollie Radtke, and Greg Machemehl were present at the meeting for a discussion regarding the RAM Building Lot Agreement. Two items had not been agreed upon prior to the meeting (1) Appraised Value vs Assessed Value, and (2) Subordinate roll on the Original Mortgage. After much discussion Kegler motioned and Wiemiller seconded that an Assessed Value of $350,000 will be used as the value in the agreement and the city will take a Subordinate roll, on the original Mortgage only, with their lender on this project. Lenz opposed, motion carried.

The Final City Hall Study was presented to the council by Reeves. A handout with options was distributed. Reeves will contact the City Hall Committee to get a time for a public hearing set up in July. Mayor Sneer will contact the Library Board regarding any contribution or involvement in the City Hall project.

Reeves led a discussion regarding sewer and water extension costs with the Littfin Annexation. Using a formula previously used for determining these costs, the cost would be approximately $17,200. Approximately $2,325 would not be recouped by taxes. Littfin will be expanding its office space and the $2,325 will be carried by the city until building begins at Littfin. It is anticipated that the additional taxes will then cover the additional cost. No action taken.

Kegler motioned to accept the 1998 audit as presented at the May 18 meeting. Lenz seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

Under other old business:

Wiemiller motioned to pay the cost of an agreement regarding the SJF boundary issue not to exceed $1440. Kegler seconded, motion passed unanimously.

The problem of broken bottles in the street after Bailey's last dance was discussed. Two posse members are present at each dance to watch that no alcohol is taken in or out of the dance. That cost is paid by Bailey's. The council will request that Bailey's police the street area and sweep up any glass found after the dances.

New business:

Reeves reported on CASA (Community Action Set-A-Side), a $1 million set-aside for residential loan funds that were applied for, and are now available to Winsted, for low and middle income families to purchase homes. Maximum loans would be for $114,000 per single family home and the size of the family and the income are looked at to determine family eligibility for the loan.

An informational discussion took place regarding the next step to be taken regarding the Underground Storage Tank project. Additional Soil testing and clean up are needed at the cost of $3,972. The expense would come from the Maintenance Budget. Kegler motioned to approve payment of the $3,972, Albers seconded, motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Sneer reported seeing a For Rent or For Sale sign out at the airport in the old terminal building. Kegler will check on it.

Discussion was held regarding the pop machine at the park. The lease has expired and a new lease will be drawn up with some profits going to either the Park Board or the Lake Assn. The pop machine is provided for the convenience of the public using the park, no other private sales will be authorized at the park.

Wiemiller motioned to approve the following bills:

General 9439-9481 $50,437.88

Payroll 3021-3033 $10,589.93

Fire Dept. 3162-3167 $610.03

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

No other business, Albers motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Rose Halloran, City Secretary

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