Winsted City Council Minutes


CITY HALL, DEC. 16, 1997

Meeting closed at City Hall for the purposing of discussing litigation.

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


City Hall, Dec. 16, 1997

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Minutes of the meeting were moved for approval by Ollig, seconded, by Quast, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to issue an On and Off Sale and also Sunday On Sale Liquor License to The Woods Group, Inc., (Brian Langenfeld) at 121 1st St. No.,( also known as Keg's Bar), Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Chief Henrich was present to discuss purchase of new civil defense sirens. Obsolete sirens, and unavailable parts for repairs causes the sirens to malfunction. Henrich will get information and have prepared specifications for bidding new sirens.

Henrich also requested purchase of Auto-Start for both squads at a cost of approximately $800. The device would automatically start the parked squads with a censor control. Ollig motioned to purchase auto starts and have installed at $400 each, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

The Firemen were present requesting continued process of a fire hall. With the referendum passing, Quast motioned to Adopt Resolution No. 276, Ordering preparation of specifications for a Fire Hall, granting the Mayor and Clerk to execute same, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Architect Jaunich will be asked to come to the next meeting to discuss what options will be used for the specifications for bidding.

RCM Engineer, John Winguard was present with explanation of two change orders to the 97 Sewer/Water Extension Improvement. Change order two, which was denied last meeting, was again denied, as the City does not feel it should have to pay for an engineering design error related to storm sewer elevations. The engineers should have known the elevations of the storm sewer. It's not the City responsibility when there is an error in design, along with the fact that the elevation error was brought to their attention during construction and left to continue on with construction. This resulted in the storm sewer being 3 feet above the retention pond water level with exposure above ground. The Engineer proposed to pay one third, and the City rejected that proposal. The City again denied the request in the amount of $3,000.

Change Order three was related to extensions of the curb stop rods, wyes, and risers. Kegler motioned to approve Change Order No. Three in the amount of $1,441, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

An additional easement is needed from Virgil Scherping, due to the fact that the "as built' drawings prepared by RCM when the Improvements were constructed did not have the manhole location for sanitary sewer in the correct location. The Council questions how that could happen when we pay an on site inspector good money. No explanation could be given. It was also reported that the Sanitary Sewer extension service opening which was constructed during the Scherping Improvements had been blocked due to contractor closing the opening with concrete. The Mayor, with the consensus of the City Council informed Winguard that they are not happy with the services, costs and charges that have been discovered the past several months.

Quast motioned to adopt Resolution No. 273, certifying the Final Tax Levy for 1998 total at $392,825, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to adopt Resolution No. 275-12-16-7, appointing Midland Insurance Group as the local insurance agent, and filing same with League of Mn. Cities, Quast seconded, unanimously carried. Attorney Eggert reviewed the tort liability limits for the City, and upon recommendation from him, Ollig motioned to not waive the tort liability limits, Quast seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast, as a member of the personnel committee reported salary increases from $.20 to $.60 per hour, Kegler motioned to approve scheduled increases, and to increase the clothing allowance for police department from $450 to $500 per year, Ollig seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to pay the following bills:

General, Nos 7591-7658 $255,241.60

Payroll Nos. 2493-2512 9,367.15

Fire Dept. Nos. 2896-2909 780.68

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Quast motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann

City Clerk-Treasurer

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