Winsted City Council Minutes


NOV. 21, 2000


7 P.M.

(A work session was held at 6:00 PM, prior to the meeting, to discuss SJF Annex and conditions with Attorney Squires) Present: Gary Lenz, Bob Kegler, Jeff Albers, Tom Wiemiller

Absent: Floyd Sneer Staff: Matt Podrhradsky, Betty Zachmann, Engr. Cynthia Moller-Krass

Deputy Mayor Lenz called the meeting to order.

A Public Hearing had been published and was called for the purpose of acting on amending the second water meter Ordinance. After discussion, Kegler motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 00-05, amending Section 306.004, so as to allow for inspection fees for second meter installations to be established by Resolution, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

The public hearing was closed, and regular meeting business was entertained.

Albers motioned to appoint Gerald Heinen as the City representative to the Fire Board, Kegler seconded, Wiemiller opposed, motion carried.

Albers motioned to appoint Paul Weibel and Steve Ebert to the Cable commission, as representatives of the City, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

The proposed sump pump Ordinance was discussed, and decided to add a penalty clause for enforcement. Albers motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 00-04, authorizing the Deputy Mayor and Clerk to sign said with Attorney Eggert adding the misdemeanor penalty to Section I, 306.004, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

SEH Engr., Cynthia Moller-Krass was present, along with Lisa Hensel, of Dairiconcepts. The outstanding sewer bill had been reviewed, discussed, and negotiated with staff and engineer the past several months. Krass informed the council that the meetings included a re-evaluation of the original bill, due to the fact that DFA (at that time) had changed its production from milk production to cream production, did not provide the city with accurate data in order to prepare an accurate rate structure for bills, and due to lack of sales at the plant, closed the doors.

The City was then given actual data, SEH then reevaluated the fees, adjusting the fees that resulted in a bill in the amount of $153,792.00, After several meetings of negotiating, DFA offered to pay the City that amount, which included their share of commitment to the sludge/UV bonds. Due to the fact that their was another business that is interested in the facility, and wishes to do a trial run shortly, Wiemiller motioned to accept the offer from Dairy Farmers of America, in the amount of $153,792.00, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Albers motioned to call for a public hearing on Dec. 6, at 7:00 PM, for the purpose of annexing property to the city owned by Northern States Power Co., Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. It was noted that the Truth In Taxation Hearing is being held at 6:00 PM.

Albers motioned to pay the following bills:

General 2149-2122 $479,125.29

Payroll 3619-3633 $9,497.72

Fire Dept. 3431-3436 $786.27

Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to approve a check to the Civic & Commerce in the amount of $500.00 for Winter Festivities on Dec. 2nd, allowing horses in the City for rides, and the parade that evening, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to call a public hearing on Dec. 6th at 7:15 PM, for the purpose of amend the Zoning Ordinance to establish rear yard set backs, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Discussion related to the survey/elevation requirement brought by recommendation from the Planning Commission to the council for action at the last meeting was reiterated. Albers motioned to carry the discussion over to January, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to adjourn, Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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