Winsted City Council Minutes


DEC. 19, 2000


6 P.M.

Present: Floyd Sneer, Tom Wiemiller, Bob Kegler, Jeff Albers

Staff: Administrator and Clerk

McLeod County Engineer, and Project Engineer

Several persons abutting the road project

Absent: Gary Lenz

Workshop meeting was held with McLeod County Highway Engineer and BRW, Inc. Project Engineer for McLeod County. Information and proposed improvements were presented, along with design of improvements. Since this is a Joint Improvement Project, the City will be sharing in the costs of the project, mainly all curb and gutter, and other fees associated with that portion of the project. Estimated costs will be gotten, and a public hearing will be held in January, for the proposed improvement costs which will be assessed to the affected property owners.

Questions were brought up, mostly related to the elevations of driveways and surface waters. A storm sewer will be included as part of the street improvement costs that qualify for State and Federal Funding with the County. After discussion, Rick Kjonnas then invited any other questions to another room, so as to allow for the City Council to begin its regularly scheduled meeting.


7:00 P.M.

All present.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to approve the minutes as written. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Mayor then signed the Design Specifications for 6th St. No. (County Rd 1) that council had approved at a previous meeting.

After discussion of the 2001 budget, Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 349-12-19-00, establishing the final tax levy for 2001 at:

General Revenue $365,970.00

G.O. Bond & Interest $203,000.00

Total Levy of $568,970.00

(HACA has been deducted from the total levy.)

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Questions related to the salary step and performance evaluations was reviewed with council. Intent and merit increase was discussed with council. Council stated that merit increases were not to be included in the Performance Evaluation policy that was adopted, and should be removed. Intent of council is to allow a cost of living increase for those that pass Step Five, until such time the maximum is reached. Council will continue to approve all salary increases each year. For those positions that have reached Step 5, Albers motioned to approve an increase of 3.8%. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

The pending of water in the curb areas in Westgate after completion of the Curb, Gutter and Street Improvement Project this summer, was discussed with Engineer Boyum. It was noted that replacement of gutter was done to match the existing ends of gutters, and the street elevations were not changed. Westgate Dr. is quite flat, posing a problem with water flows in the gutters. This will be looked at in the spring to determine if other alternatives to sump pumps and standing water in the gutters can be corrected.

The City's General Liability Insurance Policy was discussed. After review, Lenz motioned to not waive the monetary limits on municipal tort liability coverage limits of 1,000,000. Tom seconded, unanimously carried.

Discontinued renting of the Industrial Park, and real estate taxes for the Park was discussed. Albers motioned to no longer rent the land and to hire seeding with alfalfa and oats in the existing park that is not in use. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. New development can then be done at any time, without regards to a crop.

Wiemiller motioned to adopt Resolution No. 350-12-19-00, receiving feasibility report and calling for public hearing of Improvements on 6th St. No. (County Rd. 1), allowing the clerk to publish notices for proposed assessments, subject to revisions by the City Attorney. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 2265-2330 $59,044.05

Payroll 3643-3682 $13,519.05

Fire Dept. 3444-3455 $2,816.04

Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

Rear yard set backs were discussed from the previous meeting. It was determined that the Zoning Ordinance had provision and definition of accessory buildings that required a minimum of 5' from the road lot set back. Lenz then motioned to adopt Ordinance No. 00-07, establishing rear yard set backs for R-l, R-2, R-3 at 25 feet from lot line. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Lenz motioned to have SEH prepare updated estimate costs for water/sewer extension north on 6th St., for a cost of $500.00. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

The City received notification from its Attorneys that a decision from the Judge regarding the City Hall was reached. It was his determination that the city be enjoined from demolishing the city hall until Jan. 2, 2002, after which time the injunction will dissolve. It was also noted that preservation costs cannot Iegally or fairly be forced upon a local government entity and its Citizens to bear by themselves. Either party has 60 days to appeal.

Mary Wiemiller requested at what point the Preservation Group can meet with the Council to discuss new information they have to present. It was determined that she bring the information to the next council meeting in January.

Lenz motioned to allow the Clerk to pay any other additional bills that may need to be paid before year end. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Outgoing council was recognized for its commitment to the City in serving its residents over the past years.

Albers motioned to adjourn, Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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