Winsted City Council Minutes



SEPT. 16, 1998


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Airport Commission members were present with a request to move the entrance road at the airport to the west property line, eventually abandoning the east road. Estimate cost was $8,000. Discussion took place as to funds available, possible state grant funds, engineers, specifications, etc. The Clerk was instructed to get cost estimates for engineering fees, and estimate for a gravel road, 28' wide, and a special meeting may be called for action on the request.

The city had 348 ballots cast for the Primary Election held on Tuesday. Ollig motioned to accept the ballot results, as provided by the County Auditor, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to approve the bills:

Ck. # 8500-8566 $137,341.06

Payroll # 2770-2782 $7,743.57

Fire Dept.# 3020-3027 $1,669.08

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to grant a prade permit to Holy Trinity for a Homecoming parade on Sept. 25, 1998 at 5:30 p.m., Kegler seconded, unanmously carried.

After discussion regarding council members missing meetings and salary increases, Lenz motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 98-04, increasing the salaries of Council to $195 per month and Mayor to $225 per month, with special meetings at $25 per month, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. A policy procedure will be drafted to deal with absentee members, expenses incurred by members for reimbursements.

Upon recommendation from RCM, Quast motioned to approve final payment to Annandale Construction in the amount of $85,058.41 for 1997 Infra Improvements, and to accept the project, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Location of the City Hall was discussed, as the current lease will expire Oct. 31, 1998. Attorney Eggert states a 90-day notice would be required by either party after that time to break the lease. Several members voiced opinion, due to feedback from taxpayers, to move the city back to downtown area, and keep the Niro building on the tax roll. More information is being requested for the next meeting. Other rental property is being looked into, along with costs for possible remodeling of a city owned building, until such time a decision is made for a permanent building.

Chief Henrich was present with a letter from McLeod County Highway Department regarding turn lanes on 6th St. S. (County Rd. 1), requesting the city allow no parking at any time on that street, before any turn lanes would be considered. Council felt the request by the county was unworkable. No action was taken, Henrich will return with suggestions on an entrance/exit for one business.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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