Winsted City Council Minutes


OCT. 17, 2000


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Admstr. Matt Podhradsky, Clerk Betty Zachmann Police Chief Mike Henrich

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to accept the minutes of Oct. 3rd, noting a misspelled word. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Maintenance Dept. decided to continue to seal and inspect the 2nd water meters.

Kegler and Sneer brought up the issue of unsightliness of the interior of the post office building that has continued. Since a letter sent last spring did not result in repairs, council instructed Podhradsky to draft a letter to Senator Wellstone, Minge and Grams inquiring as to why the inside continues to be so unsightly and unpleasant. (The tiles still have not been replaced, water marks are on the walls, and the ceiling tile are discolored and water marked. Previously the Postmaster stated they cannot get the contractor to come back and repair the roof). Councils concerns are the image of the community, when entering a local federal building.

Re-establishing the cable board was discussed. Albers motioned to advertise for two volunteer positions to serve as representatives to the City of Winsted. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Admn Podhradsky will then proceed with making this commission active, with representation from Lester Prairie and Silver Lake, as part of the Mediacom system. Funds have been set aside to be used for public purpose.

The position for fire board voting member representing the City will also need to be filled. (Martin Schauer had resigned last fall). Wiemiller motioned to advertise for this volunteer position. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Fire department members were present to discuss the budget for 2001 that had been approved by the Fire Board, and the purchase of a new tanker. With a one-time increase of the expansion fund approved by fire board members, several financial options were presented. A loan will need to be acquired for a portion of the vehicle, since the estimated cost will be $95,000. The expansion fund will have available approximately $62,000 with expansion funds from 00 and 01, and the balance secured with a loan. The firemen were instructed to bring back to the council specifications for bidding the vehicle. It is estimated the vehicle would not arrive until May or June of 2001. Albers motioned to approve the 2001 budget in the total amount of $109,500. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Continual parking problems, and a private parking sign located on private property on Main Ave. W. in front of Jerry's TV were discussed. One-hour parking enforcement was reviewed, in an effort to deter parking over striped lines, and parking the majority of the day on the north side of the street, not allowing open parking for customers of businesses in that area. Police Chief Henrich stated one-hour parking would be acceptable, and enforceable, and allow for deliveries and loading. Jerry Otto was present, and was informed that he remove the instructional parking sign he had placed on his property for parking. Attorney Eggert, and Police Chief Henrich stated Otto had been informed previously that the sign was illegal and needed to be removed immediately. Otto verbally refused to remove the sign, therefore the city may proceed with the legal process. Otto then requested he be allowed to use his driveway, accessing on Main. Ave., and that the parking placed be repainted so his driveway is not blocked. Albers motioned to direct the Maintenance department to paint the driveway corners, and re-adjust the parking spaces throughout the side of the block. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. This would eliminate one parking space in front of Otto's business.

Lenz motioned to appoint Alan Thompson as a part-time Police Officer. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to hold the next regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 7:00 PM, in order to canvass election results. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to pay the following bills:

General 1977-2036 $188,231.09

Payroll 3598-3606 $9,170.16

Fire Dept. 3416-3424 $1,577.47

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Adminstr. Podhradsky and Mayor Sneer will be presenting a Certificate of Commendation signed by Governor Jessie Ventura, recognizing the contributions of manufacturing to the state and City of Winsted.

Podhradsky informed the council that the applications for the clerical position had been reviewed, and rated, with the top scoring five for interviewing. After that point, the Administrator and Clerk will make a recommendation for the position. Due to the length of time before the next council meeting (Nov. 8th), Podhradsky requested the top candidate be offered the position, using the salary scale in place. Discussion of names, residency requirements and calling a special meeting came from members. After discussion, Albers motioned to empower the Administrator to offer the position, with the Council ratifying the appointment at the next meeting. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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