Winsted City Council Minutes

AUG. 1, 2000


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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Clerk Betty Zachmann, Engr. Dan Boyum

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Bonestroo Engineer, Boyum was present, along with Len Juncewski. Limited discussion of elevations took place, but since a meeting between the City, Engr., and Juncewski had not taken place, Wiemiller motioned to table the discussion further, as all information was not complete, and be placed on the agenda for next meeting. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Update on County Road #1 (6th St. No.), was reported on. The County had notified the City that the storm sewer will be paid for through the County with Federal funds, and shared costs of engineering will be done, along with the City paying for curb and gutter. Easements will be gotten through the County.

Possible purchase of the Millerbernd building at 421 6th St. was brought up for discussion. Sneer motioned to pursue possible purchase of the building, eliminate the library from the building at this time, and pursue financing for purchase. Discussion continued with council, and members of the Preservation Committee. Attorney Eggert suggested to the council the options of the purchase, including financing, purchase or not purchase, and contingencies, if purchasing. The motion died for lack of second. It was the opinion of the majority of the council that the City purchase this building for a City Hall, including the parking areas surrounding the building, in the amount of $425,000.00, plus additional $10,000.00 to bring the restrooms to accessibility of handicap standards. Albers seconded. Aye: Sneer, Kegler, Albers; Nay: Wiemiller and Lenz, motion carried.

Fire Chief Paul Herbolsheimer was available to discuss with the Council an a "Adopt a Hydrant" program in Winsted. The Council was in favor, but wished to have guidelines established, so there is control over painting, etc., of the hydrant. Albers motioned to proceed with the Adopt a Hydrant program, but require notifying the property owner prior to doing work with the hydrant, and establishing guidelines to follow, and the City having the ultimate decision of approval of hydrant painting. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

The Chief also asked for permission to use a building on the comer of 6th St. So. and 230th St. for the purposes of training firefighters, with all costs born by the owner. Albers motioned to grant permission to use the barn as a training building for firefighting

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 1724-1758 $82,045.49

Payroll 3517-3535 $10,376.86

Fire Dept. 3383-3390 $836.87

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to appoint Tom Ylinemi as assistant building inspector, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

A Health Officer will be appointed at the next meeting.

Two bids were received for repairing the roof of the wastewater plant building, an additional bid will be gotten.

Dairy Farmers has not paid any of the sewer rental for the past four months, several notices have been sent. Council discussed options, Kegler then motioned to turn over the bills to the City Attorney, adding a bill in the amount of $1,650.00 for locating, digging and extending a manhole of the sanitary sewer system that was located on their property, and had been covered with fill over the years. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to begin the regular meeting of September 5th at 6:00 PM, to work on the Preliminary Budget. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to grant a gambling permit to Ducks Unlimited for Sept. 12th, at the Blue Note. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Due to problems getting into homes to seal and inspect 2nd water meter installations, the council has agreed to begin with sending a notice requesting access to the meter, and if, after one month, the owners do not cooperate, sewer charges will be assessed to that outside meter.

Lenz motioned to pay Tl/2 after 40 hours to the clerk during the time of administrator replacement. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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