Winsted City Council Minutes


OCT. 6, 1998


7 P.M.

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Mark Ollig, Bob Kegler, Bonnie Quast, Staff: Attorney Eggert, City Clerk Zachmann.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Quast motioned to accept the minutes of Sept. 16 as written, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Mary Stamm, spokesperson of the City Hall committee, was present with an update of the activity with the committee, and reported the re-use study had been sent to 9 consultants for competitive bidding and one bid was received back to the committee. After discussion with council members, Quast motioned to accept the bid from Thomas Zahn & Associates, for the reuse study in the total amount of $6,500.00 ($5,000 from City and $1,500 from Historical Society Grant), Kegler seconded, Lenz opposed, motion carried

McLeod County Engineer and Commissioner Ray Bayerl were present to discuss the final construction work on County Rd 1. It was noted there were still some punch list times being worked on, all of them minor. Traffic turn lanes would be worked out with the City either now or early spring when painting is done. It was noted the project has become and great improvement of road conditions.

Council requested the Search Committee continue to seek an administrator, and upon doing interviews, present to the Council, ranking the top three candidates for the position.

Attorney Eggert informed the council that the Ochu's had entered into an agreement with the City to screen with a fence, the antique vehicles on the property and to display the used machinery in an orderly manner, and to remove all other materials by Nov 1, 1998. Annexation of several other parcels of land, along with the Ochu's will be addressed at the next meeting.

It was noted that the lawsuit brought by LuAnn Kucera was settled through mediation.

The west entrance road for the airport was discussed. The estimate costs from the engineers was approximately $89,000 in order to meet the MnDot specs. After discussion, Lenz motioned to approve $5,000 from the Airport funds and a donation from the Airport Commission in the amount of $2,500 to hire Terning Construction to build a 28'X 1,000' road consisting of subsoil removal, class 5 gravel of 6", and drainage ditch sloping, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

It was noted a Ietter from the DNR had been received informing the City it had not received funding for the restroom facility grant application at Southview Park, adjacent to the Luce Line Trail.

A Ietter from Township Attorney requested the status of space for Township, as part of the 99 year lease. Information will be gotten and the request will be discussed at the next meeting. The current facility has a 90 day notice by neither party. Information from anther site interested in renting to the City was discussed. The old fire hall converted into offices would cost an estimated $26,000. No action was taken.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

Checks 8657-8620 $188,876.48

Payroll 2783-2798 9,266.75

Fire Dept. 3029-3034 $1,338.46

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Estimate cost of a sign placement in the industrial park, along with the plat will be gotten in an effort to advertise the site area better. Use of the land was discussed, with no action taken.

Lenz motioned to hire Juran and Moody to file the required annual Continuing Disclosure for the 1997 Improvement Bond issue with SEC, at an estimated cost of $1,200 plus expenses, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Reported the Planning Commission had approved a variance to Jim Koch to build a garage addition to within 2.5 feet of the lot line.

Public works director, Pat Radtke, presented costs of a new 3/4 ton pickup for the department. Estimates of four bids were fairly close. After discussion, Lenz motioned to approve the purchase of a 3/4 ton, 4x4, 1999 Ford F250 at a cost of $24,585 with no trade, and to advertise the 1991 Ford for sale, with a minimum bid of $5,000 including an attached plow, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

A request form Marvin Hirsch for on-street parking of his tenants was reviewed. It was the policy of the council that Hirsch must provide off street parking for his tenants denying request, as it is not changed. The opinion was that there is ample room behind the building to park vehicles.

Volunteers from the council were being requested for the door to door survey that is being held as part of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, scheduled for Oct. 21, 1998. Bonnie Quast volunteered to assist the Planning Commission.

Hoff, Barry & Kuderer, Attorney Paula Callies recommended the city council proceed with annexing the property by SJF, Inc. The mayor commented that the industry is using all of the city services and that the city, in the past, has annexed all land owned by the industry when annexing. Attorney Eggert will gather information for the next meeting.

Bids for Remedial Investigation and design for petroleum release was tabled.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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