Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

Nov. 4, 1998

City Hall

7:00 PM

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

Staff Attorney Eggert, Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to approve the minutes of Oct. 20, 1998 as written, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Aaron Reeves was introduced as Administrator to those present, he then reported on the following issues:

A report of City Hall Offices and comparisons of the facility the City is currently in and a proposed facility that is available for rent. The report and discussion that followed were related to costs, handicap accessibility, rent fees, location for the public, length of leases and meeting accommodations. After discussion, Quast motioned to enter into a rental lease agreement with Haugdahl Construction for three years at $1,550.00 per month plus utilities, building offices to suit at no cost to the city, and to give Niro-Sterner a 90 day notice of terminating the existing rental agreement, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. Mayor and Clerk are instructed to sign said rent agreement upon reviewed by the City Attorney.

It was reported the re-use study of the old city hall should be completed by the end of February, 1999.

Attorney Eggert discussed land annexations. The Petition for Annexation of the Eugene Ochu property will be submitted to the Municipal Board, along with the road/street annexation of a portion of Zion Ave. and the extension of Main Ave. W. (Also known as Grass Lake Road).

Jack and Rita Littfin were present Petitioning for Annexation of land located on Baker Ave. E. A portion of the land is in the city, and would require re-zoning, as the proposed use is multiple family dwelling(R-3). After discussion, Quast motioned to accept the petition from Rita Littfin for annexation of all of the property, including the south 50 ft. of the Railroad Right of Way, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried. Littfin will need to apply for a Variance for re-zoning of the existing land within the City.

Kegler motioned to pay the following bills:

Check Nos. 8669-8705 $133,596.37

Payroll Nos. 2808-2819 $ 7,823.64

Fire Dept. Nos. 3048-3052 $ 1,240.96

Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to accept from the Election Judges the following Municipal Election Results:

Mayor Position:

Floyd Sneer 480

Aaron Wiemiller 394

Write Ins 66

Blanks 17

Council Persons:

Gary Lenz 493

Tom Wiemiller 469

Jeff Albers 383

Bonnie Quast 359

Lindy Rubel 57

Write Ins 4

Blank 5

Defective 5

Total Ballots Cast: 974

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz Motioned to approve Change Order No. 6 for the Fire Hall Bldg, an increase in the amount of $2,224.00, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler and Ollig were appointed as the Personnel Committee of the Council.

Upon recommendation of the Police Chief, Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 298-11-04-98, Authorizing Acceptance of a Traffic Award from the MN Dept. of Public Safety (Safe & Sober Challenge), Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Review of the City's Insurance coverage for the coming year was discussed, with Midland Insurance being the local agent, Lenz motioned the City does not waive the monetary limits of municipal tort liability established by M.S. 466.04, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

The Administrator recommended the City allow the rent of the Ind. Park land for next spring, and when develop occurs, reimburse the Iessor for crop damage accordingly.

Administrator also recommended the City join a Network that provides information for cities with business and development, Council agreed

A request from Bailey's for a tailgating party in their parking lot on Sunday, the 22nd was brought to council. After discussion and review of the current liquor license, right of way issues, and crowd control, Lenz motioned to deny the request, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Marvin Hirsch, owner of the library requested an additional $432.00 for the cost of running air conditioners and computer at the library for the past 3 years. Upon review of the lease agreement, the City is not obligated to pay those utilities or back costs, Lenz. Motioned to deny the request, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Hirsch informed the Clerk there will be a new owner.

Administrator Reeves requested the City join the Minn. Extension Service which promotes government and business partnering, Council agreed.

Reeves requested to purchase a computer system, including a printer for his use. After discussion with members, Quast motioned to allow Reeves to purchase a system, not to exceed $2,500.00, to subscribe to the Internet and handle the City's Web Page, Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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