Winsted City Council Minutes


AUG. 17, 1999


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Aaron Reeves, Attorney Eggert, Betty Zachmann

Absent: Gary Lenz

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to approve the minutes of Aug. 3rd as written, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Privately owned pop machine at the Lake Park was discussed. Wiemiller motioned to allow continued use in the Park at a cost to owner of $5.00 per month, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Alley Ordinance and Merit evaluation were discussed and tabled for additional information.

It was reported a possible problem could arise in a joint City/Holy Trinity community center, although more information would be needed.

The City's drug testing policy was reviewed, and due to law change, only "safety sensory" positions are included in random testing. Reeves will be working on updating the policy.

For the record, there were no special meetings held, as earlier acted on, for the purpose of discussing interest in a trust agreement for 30 acres at the Industrial Park. It was determined by DTED, LMC that the company did not have strong financial information available, and after discussion with the Attorney General's Office, the City was not interested in pursuing a trust with the Micron Corp. firm.

Dan Boyum, Engr., was present with proposed improvements for water, sanitary sewer and gravel base streets at a portion of the Industrial Park. Estimated construction costs were $96,185.00, therefore, the City can use the adverting bid process, bid acceptance and review process before the next meeting.

Soil borings will be needed, and a 36 ft. road will be established. After review and discussion, Kegler motioned to approve the plans and specifications for the Improvements as presented, advertise for bids, with opening Sept. 7, 1999, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Update on the Water Extension project was given. Extension is going well, work is from the tower to Baker, and will begin north construction soon. All easements are in place.

Members of the Airport Commission were present to discuss the future of a mobile home at the Airport, since Richard Logan has retired as flight instructor. Upon discussion and with recommendation from the Airport Commission, Wiemiller motioned to enter into a land lease, with City and Clyde Kaeleber, who sells experimental aircraft for a nominal fee, since he will participate in some grounds keeping, gas selling, security and assistance of customers, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the City and McLeod County for the improvements of County Road #1, (north of Main Ave.) and seal coating, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried. Seal Coating project will begin in 2000, with the entire City being done, sharing costs estimated at $197,000.00. The County Road Improvement project would begin in 2001, with estimated cost of $750,000.00. A portion of the seal coating, street, curb and gutter will be cost shared with the City, along with engineering fees.

Kegler motioned to adopt Resolution No. 319-08-17-99, supporting Mid Minnesota Development Commission's request for funding a grant to create a Geographic information System for the four counties it serves, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon proper notice and public hearing, and decision from the Planning Commission, Wiemiller motioned to approve the Re-Zoning of a parcel of land owned by Leonard Juncewski, located on Baker Ave. E., from I-3 to R-3, allowing an apartment complex to be built, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Late fees for utility bills was discussed. A 10% penalty fee was recommended by Reeves. After discussion, Albers motioned to impose a $5.00 per month late fee, after due date, and $5.00 additional for every month thereafter, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Winsted Township Board member Hubert Haekenkamp, along with Laxen and Quast were present. They stated the City did not pay the amount of pay-back funds due them for 1999. This will be reviewed. Also brought to the City's attention were incorrect minutes of July 6, 1999, relating to annexation. Albers motioned to correct the minutes of July 6, 1999, relating to the Littfin Lumber Co. annexation, last sentence should read:

"After discussion, and with recommendation from Littfin, Wiemiller motioned to not negotiate additional annexation fees, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried."

Kegler seconded this motion, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 99-06, Annexing certain land owned by Littfin Lumber Co., to the City of Winsted, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

Check No. 9722-9778 $384,009.64

Payroll 3108-3121 $9,649.64

Fire Dept. 3198-3201 $432.79

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to enter into a lease of the Air Vac Conveyance System to the City of Glencoe for $750.00 per week, including liability, repair costs and priority conditions, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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