Winsted City Council Minutes

Winsted City Council

Regular Meeting

City Hall

June 16, 1998

7:00 pm

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

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Mary Stamm, representing the City Hall Committee gave an update report of the work they have completed, and was requesting the city go to Phase 11, the re-use study. John Lauber, Minn. Historical Society was present to answer questions. The Society will participate in funding the re-use study in the amount of $1,500, with the City paying $4-5,000. After explaining the procedure, including hiring of an independent consultant to do the study, Kegler motioned to approve Phase 11, doing the Re-Use study for an approximate cost of $6-7,000, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Lou Howard and Tom Berry, NSP representatives were present to listen to complaints regarding the last power outage on the north end of Winsted. Howard explained that a walk through of the lines earlier in the day determined that approximately 22 trees should be removed and 5 should be severely trimmed. The trees are creating shortages, especially during storms when the wind is blowing onto the lines. Approximately eight persons were present, and discussion took place regarding the priority, policy for replacing power, phone calls, etc. Howard stated he had begun request from NSP to begin work within two weeks. Property owners will be talked to by NSP, asking for permission to remove trees.

Persons present discussed with the council the use, right of ways, etc of alleys. Information from the LMC was gotten and forwarded to the Council. No action was taken.

Traffic flow on 1st St. So. and McLeod Ave. W. reviewed with Chief Henrich. After discussion, it was motioned by Quast, and seconded, by Ollig to replace yield signs with two stop signs on either side of McLeod on 1st St. So.

Upon recommendation from the Fire Dept. Quast motioned to relieve Architect Paul Jaunich of the contract for the Fire Hall, with payment in full for the services to the point of the bidding process, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

It was reported by the Clerk that Neumann stated he did not intend to move the gutter on his garage. It was noted by Kegler and Ollig, that they feel it is a civil matter, problem between property owners, not a City issue, as the building does not change the roof dimensions related to water runoff, which is the issue.

Sump pump water disposal was tabled.

Chief Henrich reported there has been some electrical changes on the south civil defense siren, which should increase the volume, and noted that decibels will be measured in the near future on both sirens.

Council members were involved in the application process of police officer replacement. After discussion, Quast motioned to approve a starting salary of $11.50 per hour, with $.25 increase upon successful completion of the EMT course, authorizing Chief Henrich to compare health testing, and offer the position to the individual that scores highest in test, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich then requested a 4th full time officer, under the Universal COPS Grant program. The City would receive a grant for a three year program, with some costs shared by the City. Applications had to be submitted by July 2nd, although the City would not be required to accept a grant, should it be approved. Quast motioned to apply for the grant, with a starting salary of $11.50, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich also applied for a Grant under the Safe & Sober Program, where Officers would receive overtime funds for traffic enforcement, and possibly purchase some equipment. Kegler motioned to approve the Chief's application under this program, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

The City Clerk presented to the Council points of the need for an administrator to be hired. The work load can no longer be handled by the Clerk along with the Development Director resigning. The salary of the administrator would be covered under several funds. Discussion and opinion of the Council was to hire an experienced person. After discussion, Kegler motioned to instruct the Clerk to prepare a job description and advertise for the position, with applications accepted until July 31, 1998, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

Check Nos. 8181-8238 $36,819.88

Payroll Nos. 2664-2676 $8,484.78

Fire Dept. Nos. 2989-2966 $9,859.36

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor reported he and Mr. Bill Gilk, Developer of Winsted On The Lake, had met with Township officials regarding the portion of Zion Ave. that had been requested to be annexed to the City so as to allow bituminous covering. Mayor stated Township Officers motioned to approve the annexation request of Zion Ave. to 240th Court, and asked the City to consider taking over Main Ave. West to Grass Lake Road. After discussion the Council agreed to annex both sections of the roads.

A Letter from the Township was read, stating the rent for the City Hall building would not be paid until such time space has been provided for them.

Kegler motioned to approve a 3.2 liquor licenses to the Civic & Commerce for July 17th at Lake Park, from 4-10 p.m., Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Ollig motioned to approve 3.2 liquor license to Keg's Softball Team for a tournament on June 19 thru 20, from noon-10:00 pm at Barrett Field, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Disappointment of the City Council and complaints from citizens were discussed regarding County Rd 1 construction work. Turn lanes are being questions, along with standing water at intersections, build up humps where the road joins, dips at intersection, promised and incomplete restoration of rights of way, and several other questions.

Quast motioned to adjourn the meeting, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treas.

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