Winsted City Council Minutes


NOV. 8, 2000


7 P.M.

Present: Floyd Sneer, Tom Wiemiller, Bob Kegler

Staff: Matt Podhradsky, Betty Zachmann, Attorney Eggert

Absent: Jeff Albers, Gary Lenz (arrived late)

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to accept the minutes of Oct.17, 2000. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

After reporting of an estimate for moving dirt at Ind Park, Kegler motioned to accept a bid for the removal of $1,500.00 from Terning. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The parking spaces at Jerry's TV were brought back to the council. If the painting was to be done as instructed by council from the last meeting, a parking place in front of Otto's would be removed. Therefore, there was additional discussion, and Wiemiller motioned to leave the parking as is, requesting Otto remove his sign, upon receiving notification, and if the sign is not removed, instruct the police department to issue a citation to Otto. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

7:15 P.M. - Mayor called the Public Hearing for Ordn. 04-00, related to sump pump discharging. The hearing will be continued, to gather additional information.

7:25 P.M. - Mayor called the Public Hearing to act on establishing a Business Subsidy Criteria Plan to meet the M.S. 116J-1165.955. After discussion, Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No. 346-11-08-00, establishing a Business Subsidy Criteria Plan. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Wiemiller then motioned to close the public hearing, and open the public hearing regarding survey/elevation site plans. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

7:30 P.M. - Public Hearing was opened. Upon recommendation from the Planning Commission, and due to previous problems with elevations for utilities, an Ordinance was proposed to require a true survey, property lot lines established, along with sanitary sewer elevations to be part of the building permit application. Discussion from the attendees and council took place. It was suggested to make those requirements a part of the building permit, and not create an Ordinance. Upon discussion, Kegler motioned to direct staff to insert on the building permit application that "the contractor shall be responsible for determining the elevations for sanitary sewer lines and connections for new home/building construction, with all costs born by the contractor." Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried. (Site plan including set backs from lot lines is currently required on the application and is the responsibility of the owner/contractor). Kegler motioned to close this public hearing, and open the public hearing for proposed seal coating assessments.

7:45 P.M. - Mayor called the Public Hearing and called on persons present to voice their concern. The proposed improvement notices and public hearing were in June of 1999. The proposed assessment in the amount of $203.00, with notices had been sent on Oct. 25, 2000. The project is known as the Curb, Gutter and Street Improvement of 2000, although the curb and gutter was not assessed, and will become a part of the special levy for the next ten years. At the public hearing in 1999, it was decided by the council to assess all parcels the same amount, as all parties benefit by use from all of the streets in the City. Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No.347-11-08-00, assessing certain parcels within the City of Winsted, in the amount of $203.00. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Clerk shall certify same to the County Auditor, following the M.S. Chapter 426 process. Wiemiller motioned to close the public hearing, Sneer seconded, unanimously carried.

An increase in retirement per year of service for the Winsted Firemen's Relief Association was presented by Ron Hapola, CPA from Fawcett & Young. Explanation of the process used for determining benefits was reviewed with the council. (It was noted that a decrease in funding of the retirement will be done for the year 2002 budget, since additional funding will not be required).

Wiemiller motioned to approve an increase to $1,100 in retirement benefits per year of service. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Administrator Podhradksy requested the council have a work session to begin at 6:00 P.M. to discuss the annexation of land owned by SJF, prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting on Nov. 21. Kegler motioned to approve the work session at 6:00 P.M., Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to approve the full-time employment of Nola Dickhausen at entry level salary, per schedule, beginning Nov. 13. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 2049-2148 $93,173.21

Payroll 3607-3618 $9,409.05

Fire Dept. 3425-3430 $728.82

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Administrator Podhradksy reported the flashing on the roof of the old city hall was in need of repair. Lenz motioned to patch the flashing for an amount not to exceed $300, in an effort to stop the leaking into the building. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to accept the resignation of Dan Murphy as a part-time police officer, and commended Murphy for his employment with the City over the past years. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Clerk informed council of a utility bill unpaid for the past six months. Wiemiller motioned to certify the amount of $489.81 against Parcel No. 21-088-0060, collectible 2001, with interest. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. (Res No 348)

Clerk presented to council the results of the City elections:


Don Guggemos 514

Mike Thonvold 345

Floyd Sneer 102

Others 3

Council (2 Positions):

Bonnie Quast 358

Tom Ollig 323

Dave Mochinski 247

Tracy Harnitt 225

Bob Kegler 218

Aaron Wiemiller 153

Bernie Lueck 151

Jeff Albers 109

Total votes cast: 1006

Wiemiller motioned to accept the local election results as presented. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried. (McLeod County counted all ballots)

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn the meeting. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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