Winsted City Council Minutes

Regular Meeting

Nov. 18, 1997

City Hall

6th St. So.

7 PM

Present: Don Guggemos, Bonnie Quast, Gary Lenz, Bob Kegler, Mark Ollig, Attorney Eggert, City Hall Committee

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Lenz motioned to accept the minutes as written, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Spokesman for the City Hall Committee, Len Cochran presented a memorandum to the Council on results of opinions of several architects that had inspected the building. It was noted the building is structurally sound with the exception of the SE corner. The Committee was asking for $10,000 to have a study done and arrive at a determination as to costs for renovating and options for use of the building, allowing a council member to approve payments. It was suggested that the building could be done in phases over a period of years. Due to restraints on bond funding, and other Statutes required by law, neither of the suggestions were feasible. Architect and procedure was discussed. Since RCM had done much work seven years ago, it was suggested to contact that office and get the detailed information of remodeling or building new.. It was also suggested that city staff submit the space they feel would be needed for the now and the future, in order to have an idea of the amount of square footage that would be required. From that point, then space could be added for the community room, library and/or senior room. Once all of that data is collected and compared an architect will be selected to review, update and prepare estimates for a cost.

Review of the sewer ordinance was discussed. Several unanswered questions were brought up. It was decided to have the engineer at a meeting to discuss and review the entire ordinance.

The meetings in December will be changed due to the Truth in Taxation Public Hearings. Dec 15 (Monday) Public Hearing will be at 5 p.m., regular meeting to follow. Dec. 12 at 9 a.m. will be canvassing of ballots from the Referendum Vote, Dec. 16 will be the regular second meeting of the month.

Uncollectible utility bills and a blighted abandoned residential property that was cleaned up by the City were assessed. Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 272-11-18-97, Assessing certain properties within the City of Winsted, including interest, payable in 1998, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

There was a problem having the contractor bringing a street within final grade at the Winsted On the Lake Development. A water main leak was left leaking and not repaired. The contractor stated he would not be back until spring, even though there was verbal commitment from the project manager that they would bring all private streets back to final grade and provide water/sewer service to the area on the north side. The engineer reported late in the day that these concerns will be taken care of. Quast motioned payment request to be held (approximately 48 hours) until such time these items are completed. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

Checks $549,810.78

Payroll 8,242.97

Fire Dept. 1,444.13

Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

A tour of the new office facility was given to all present.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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