Winsted City Council Minutes


SEPT. 21, 1999


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann, Mike Henrich, Mike Larson, Pat Radtke

Absent: Attorney Eggert

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Lenz motioned to accept the minutes as presented, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor motioned to continue the Police Dept. at this time, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Several persons were present with concerns regarding continuation of the Police Dept. Spokesperson Tom Ollig presented petitions with approximately 90 names, requesting the council continue the department. All persons were given the opportunity to speak.

Cynthia Moller Krass, Engineer from SEH-RCM was present to review wastewater user rates with the Council. Due to Dairy Farmers of America changing their production from cheese processing to dry powder processing at their plant, the shortfall of revenues to the City is expected to be $198,000 per year.

The original plant and update of the facility was designed by request from Dairy Farmers in order to accommodate its existing and future production and discharge into the City's Facility. The shortfall of revenues is due to change in production at their plant, with discussion of rate increases and review of past costs to operate and maintain the system was done.

It was noted that low flows from Dairy Farmers does not change the operation of the plant, since capacity would probably be the only issue. Council members discussed several options presented to the Council regarding rates. Residential and commercial rates have increased annually, while Dairy Farmers rates have changed only twice in the past 13 years.

After discussion, council felt a financial burden would be placed on other users, and did not feel the residents of the City should pay for a shortfall created by Dairy Farmers. Therefore Wiemiller motioned to implement Option 1, establishing a base rate per month for Dairy Farmers at $17,317.00, with review annually, or as production changes. Lenz seconded, Albers abstained, motion carried. It was noted that the Council may revisit the issue after Attorney Eggert provides additional information.

Engineer Dan Boyum, Boonestro, was present with information of an additional 3-4,000 feet of curb/gutter replacement after complete inspection of the City. Several financial options were presented to council, since the estimate costs increase by $55,900.00. Council will determine which option to use at a later date.

Gene Hausladen was present with a request from the Lake Association, to have the City assume all responsibility with the aerators and lake curtain on Winsted Lake. The Lake Association is willing to pay for these costs. Public Works Director Radtke stated additional time to do the work would be a problem. After discussion, Albers motioned to have the City assume responsibility, and hire the work done if there isn't sufficient time to do the work, with the association, paying all costs. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to adopt Ordinance 99-07, regulating alleys, definitions and enforcement. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

The performance and salary schedule was again brought for discussion. Concerns by council members of large increases for some employees with the salary schedule were reviewed. After discussion, Wiemiller motioned to adopt the Performance Evaluation System and salary schedule as presented, no second, motioned dropped.

After additional discussion, Wiemiller motioned to adopt the Performance Evaluation and Salary schedule, with the understanding that employees receive cost of living, or next step increases. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich requested additional points under the comparable worth point system due to his increase in work, Lenz motioned to table until information can be reviewed. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to accept the resignation of Martin Schauer from the Planning Commission, and advertise for replacement. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Reeves reported that he had spoke with Dept. of Justice, regarding the COPS grant that Henrich had submitted last fall. After discussion, Lenz motioned to send a letter of acceptance for the COPS grant, with the understanding that the city is not obligated to hire another officer. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to enter into an agreement with BRW, Inc., to provide engineering services to the City during the Joint County Rd. 1 (6th St. No.) Project with McLeod County, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Discussion for the need of a new truck and snow plow took place; no action was taken.

Lenz motioned to accept the report from Minn. Pollution Control Agency's Annual Evaluation and Planning of the Wastewater System. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to acquire Y2K coverage for the city under the current policy, in the amount of $372.00. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 9861-9918 $128,803.41

Payroll 3140-3151 $9,951.75

Fire Dept.3209-3222 $19,519.18

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to enter into an Agreement with McLeod County for Assessing for 2000 in the amount of $6,242.00, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to adjourn, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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