Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

Oct. 20, 1998

City Hall

7 p.m.

Present: Don Guggemos, Gary Lenz, Mark Ollig, Bob Kegler, Bonnie Quast-late. Staff: Attorney Eggert, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

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

Mary Stamm, the Ad Hoc Chairperson of the Personnel Committee established to acquire an Administrator, was present with a recommendation to the Council. Stamm explained the process used, and noted there were 23 applicants for the position. The criteria established, interviewing and evaluation process brought the committee to arrive at four individuals. It was a unanimous recommendation of ranking the individuals from the committee. Upon recommendation, Kegler motioned to appoint Aaron Reeves as City Administrator, with a salary of $45,000, and the City Attorney draft a three year contract, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Council thanked the individuals that worked on the committee. Reeves will begin employment Nov. 2, 1998.

Steve Haugdahl, owner of the building at 180 Main Ave. W. was present with a floor plan he had worked on with the City Clerk for possible rent of office space. Under the proposal, the City would utilize approximately 3,150 sq. ft. of office space, which would include an office for the Township files, and the sharing of a conference room. Elections could also be held in that complex. A special meeting may be called to act on the request.

Firemen were present, with Larry Biske being the spokesperson. The firemen, after approval of the fire board, were requesting the City proceed with the purchase of a 1,000G pumper. Funds set aside through the budget for the past years, and fund balances from the budget, along with the allocated expansion funds for 1999 budget would be sufficient to pay for the vehicle which was estimated at a cost of $ 195,000.00. Ollig motioned to advertise for bids of a 1,000G pumper, with bid opening Nov. 30, 1998, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Tom Ollig, Winstock Chairman, was present with questions for the coming year, and a bill from damages this past year. City limits were discussed, since some of the festival is held in the City and some outside the City. The boundary areas were reviewed and clarification was gotten. A bill for damages to the runway lights and the slugging of the sanitary sewer system causing operational failure was discussed due to disposal by the vendor. More information will be gotten for the next meeting.

Lenz motioned to accept a bid from Nova Environmental in the amount of $3,892.50 for the Airport site and $4,537.50 for the Maint. Bldg. site for Petroleum Release Remedial Investigation and Corrective Action Design of the underground fuel storage facilities. It was noted the City had advertised for bids, receiving only one, and requested a proposal from another firm, after receiving the one bid, but the company declined the offer. Kegler seconded the motion, unanimously carried.

Annexation procedures were tabled by request of the City Attorney.

Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 296-10-20-98, accepting petition for annexation from Eugene Ochu and Northern States Power Co., and to proceed with said Petition to the Municipal board, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 297-10-20-98, to enter into a Joint Resolution with the Winsted Township Board, to annex a portion of Main Ave. W. and Zion Ave., Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to amend the previous meetings motion, accepting a bid from Holt Motors for a 1999 Ford F250, in the amount of $24,895.00, with no trade, and sell the 1991 Ford, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to pay the following bills:

Check Nos. 8621-8668 $29,328.71

Payroll Nos. 2799-2807 $ 7,426.59

Fire Dept. Nos. 3035-3047 $16,337.06

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to change the next regular meeting to Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998 in order to canvass ballots, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to place a Handicap sign and parking area on 1st St. No., Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Curb and gutter replacement was discussed. It was decided to inventory the areas of curb that may need replacement and discuss later.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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