Winsted City Council Minutes

AUG. 14, 2000

7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Betty Zachmann, Pat Radtke

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Albers motioned to accept the minutes of Aug. 1, as written. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon recommendation from the ad hoc committee in search of an administrator, Lenz motioned to offer the Administrator's position to Mathew Padhrodsky, with a salary of $40,000, and incentive of $5,000 per year for three years. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. After probation, employee will fall into salary schedule. Forfeit of incentive would occur, if leaving before the three years.

Council members had met with engineer, contractor, public works director and L. J. Juncewski regarding the elevation of the sanitary sewer service located on Baker. The service line was installed at minimum grade of .04 percent, but altered by owner's contractor (Henning) to .19 percent due to the fact that the apartment building sewer line was at grade or lower. In discussion Henning assured the city that he never had a problem with the .19 percent slope for sewer line flows. It was the City's concern of continual maintenance of the line, and who would pay for that cost. Lenz motioned to pay the $4,800 cost that Henning charged to alter the service line, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Several suggestions were discussed, so this does not happen in the future.

The County Auditor informed the City that a change of polling places notice for the coming elections was not within the required time element. Therefore the elections will be held at the Maintenance Building as in the past.

Costs for purchase of the building for city offices was tabled, although audience discussion took place. Council members were questioned by persons present. Albers motioned to table any further conversation, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon recommendation of the Mayor, Kegler motioned to appoint Dr. Dennis Jacobson, Winsted Family Clinic, as health officer. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

SEH Engr. Cynthia Moller Krass was present to discuss the private ditch owned by Charles Gutzman, which is the only outlet from South Lake and is blocked due to build up of cattails. The City is the major contributory to the lake, due to discharge of its wastewater to the Lake, although currently the discharge is down by 50% due to DFA closing. Blockage has been occurring slowly, over the past 15 years, to the point that Gutzman requested it be cleaned. Army Corps, DNR, Gutzman and the City's Engineer have been meeting to determine past lake levels, and other pertinent information. Although Gutzman is the owner, the City has agreed to prepare the necessary permit applications to the agencies. A temporary and permanent easement will be needed from Gutzman in order to proceed with the project. Estimated cost of the project is $40,000.00.

Peopleservice was present with the third year Operation and Maintenance Agreement. Peoples proposed to decrease the cost by $6,300 per year, (which normally would be increased by-CPI), due to the fact that DFA, the largest flow contributor, was no longer operating. Other decreases in operation were discussed by members. The City is in the third year of a five-year contract, and with 50 percent less flow, Peoples stated that asking to renegotiate was not a point that would be considered. Wiemiller motioned to approve the Third Amendment to the Operation and Maintenance contract in the annual amount of $144,396.00. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

The roof at the wastewater plant needed to be replaced, and with two quotes and recommendation from Peoples, Lenz motioned to accept a proposal from Muencheow Constr., in the amount of $7,322.50. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 1761-1812 $ 58,435.84

Fire Dept. 3391-3395 $ 31,684.66

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to appoint the following election judges for the Primary and General Elections: Bernadette Libor, Karen Schoen, Margaret Quast, Delores Hirsch, Rosemary Stifter, Irene Weinbeck, Amelda Marshall, Marcella Weibel, Arleen Kieser, Betty Diers, and Betty Zachmann, head judge.

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to hold the Truth & Taxation Public Hearing on Dec.7, with continuation date of Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., City Hall. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to allow horses within the city limits on Sept. 16 and Oct. 7. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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