Winsted City Council Minutes


AUGUST 18, 1998


7 P.M.

Present: Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Mark Ollig, Bob Kegler.

Absent: Bonnie Quast, Attorney Eggert.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Lenz motioned to accept the minutes of Aug. 4th as written. Ollig seconded, unanimously carried

A letter from Minn. Pollution Control Agency was read notifying the City of petroleum release at the Airport and Maintenance Bldg. and that investigation is required. Upon discussion, Lenz motioned to advertise for bids for investigation of the release and, if necessary, clean up the release in accordance with MPCA fact sheets and to prepare a report with details of results of the investigation. Bids will be accepted until Sept. 3, 1998, 4:00 p.m. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

The council was informed that the punch lists for the contract with Annandale Construction was completed.

The Personal Committee had interviewed several persons for the administrator position and will report same at next meeting.

Council discussed requirements that may be attached to a parcel of land that is seeking annexation. Attorney Eggert will be given the information.

Upon recommendation from Pat Radtke, Maint. Supervisor, Lenz motioned to purchase five radios mounted in the vehicles in the amount of $2,465.48. Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Balance of the radios needed will be purchased next year.

Tom Serie, F & L Management, working with McLeod County HRA to provide affordable housing within the County was reviewed and discussed. Several members of the Council did a tour of a unit prior to the Council meeting. It was noted that the City, in lieu of taxes, would receive approximately 1/4 of 5 percent of the rents and, fortunately, does not have a problem with affordable housing. Therefore, Lenz motioned to inform Mr. Serie that the City of Winsted feels it has affordable housing available for its residents and is not interested at this time in the County HRA Phase II Housing project. Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

A report from Federal Warning Systems was given to the Council from Chief Henrich. The report stated that both sirens were tested 100% of rated performance and met all specifications. Due to the rotating type versus a stationery type, public perception may differ when the sirens are actually functioning. Council is requesting Henrich provide additional information on costs of moving for the next meeting.

Ollig motioned to hold the Truth and Taxation Public Hearing for the proposed Tax Levy for 1999 on Thursday, Dec. 10th at 7:00 p.m., City Hall, with continuation on Dec. 17th, 7:00 p.m. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

Check Nos. 8399-8468 $29,815.07

Payroll Nos. 2734-2750 $8,515.19

Fire Dept.Nos.3011-3015 $530.41

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Loitering in the downtown area was discussed. Council will request Police enforcement of the loitering Ordinance.

Lenz motioned the City apply to the DNR for an aeration permit on Winsted Lake for the coming winter season. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Upon recommendation of the Clerk, Kegler motioned to transfer the following funds:

From 1978 Imp. Bonds to 1990 St. Imp.-$20,000.00;

From Sewer Fund, Cash to Sewer Fund, Reserve-$30,000.00;

From Sewer Fund to General Fund-$45,000.00;

From Sewer Fund to 1989 Imp. Fund-$15,000.00.

Capitol Outlay expenditure of Payloader to Sewer fund for 1999 and 2000.

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 293-08-18-98 Authorizing the Execution of Grant agreement with the State of Minnesota for Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

A letter from McLeod County Highway Dept. was read which included list of deficiencies that were discussed at a previous meeting. The City will be doing some of the work and be reimbursed by the county. It was also noted that the City pursue an agreement with McLeod County to do a joint study of County Road #1, north of Mahl Ave. to the County line.

Ollig motioned, due to Primary Elections, the second meeting of September be held on Wednesday Sept. 16, regular time Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

It was noted that the fire hall construction is coming along very well.

Lenz motioned to adjourn the meeting, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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