Winsted City Council Minutes


DEC. 21, 1999


7 P.M.

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

Staff: Attorney Eggert, Aaron Reeves, Betty Zachmann, Mike Henrich, Mike Larson

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Kegler motioned to accept the minutes of Dec 9th, including the Public Hearing. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Xtra Tyme Technology representative was present to discuss the use of the city water tower as a site for placing an antenna for telecommunications. Other sites were suggested, Reeves will draft a lease agreement for next meeting.

Family of Leo Jacques was present to discuss the blocking of an alley by the parking of his vehicle in the alley. A letter had been sent to Jacques to remove his vehicle. Lengthy discussion incurred regarding hardship and safety. It was noted that making an exception to the ordinance, or changing the class of the alley for one individual would not be in the best interest of the city, since several meetings had discussion regarding the alley issues, (which was published) prior to its passage. After discussion, Albers motioned to allow the present Ordinance (No. 99-07), to stand as adopted. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

A letter of resignation was received from Officer Mike Larson, effective 1-2-2000. The two-year contract signed by Larson included repayment to the City for reimbursement of clothing, training and equipment. After discussion, Albers motioned to prorate reimbursement, with costs due the city in the amount of $417.00, and in the future, to not prorate reimbursement. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Larson stated he would work part-time, if possible.

Chief Henrich requested permission to hire a part-time person to fill the full- time Officer's position. The City Attorney will review the law regarding the hiring practice. Sneer motioned to offer the position to Scott Rehmann, with a starting salary of $13.44 per hour, contingent on meeting EEO regulations. Kegler seconded, Albers abstained, motion carried. Sneer motioned to advertise for the position, if required. Kegler seconded, Albers abstained, motion carried.

Henrich requested an additional person to be added to the part-time roster. Lenz motioned to proceed with a background check and psychological testing on the individual. Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Wiemiller motioned to pay part-time officers $10.75 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2000. Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Kegler motioned to adopt Resolution No. 326-12-21-99, Establishing fees for the storage of motor vehicles in or on city property. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

Discussion was held on the re-use study of the city hall, that had been included in the agenda packet, with estimated costs of construction, library uses, grant funding, and local funding. No action was taken.

Lenz motioned to approve the Policy on city hall room uses and setting priorities. Albers seconded, unanimously carried.

The mini-biff rental and lighting charges for the football field by Holy Trinity was reviewed. After discussion, Albers motioned to charge Holy Trinity $45.00 per night for use of lights, and city absorb mini-biff rental. Wiemiller seconded, Kegler abstained, motion carried.

A recommendation from the Planning Commission to fill the vacant seat was given. After discussion with Plan. Comm Liaison Lenz, Administrator Reeves and City Attorney, Albers motioned to appoint Rich Smisek to fill the term of Martin Schauer on the Plan. Commission. Lenz seconded, unanimously carried.

A floor plan for the library grant will be done by Boonestroo with no additional charge.

An Amendment to the Planning Commission Ordinance related to absence of members at meetings and term limits was tabled for further information.

Wiemiller motioned to pay the following bills:

General 10171-10245 $200,850.73

Payroll 3255-3276 $12,595.02

Fire Dept. 3257-3267 $1,463.33

Plus Litzau Excav $5,362.00

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried. Authorization for the Clerk to pay other pertinent bills before year was given under this motion.

Lenz motioned to adopt Resolution No. 327-12-21-99, certifying to the McLeod County Auditor, the Final Tax Levy for 2000, as follows:

Budget amount; Less HACA, Final Certified

General Revenue: $439,827; $107,127; $332,700.00

G.O.Bonds & Int: $181,950.00; 0; $181,950.00

Total 2000 Levy: $514,650.00

Kegler seconded, unanimously carried.

Health insurance for employees was tabled for additional information.

Albers motioned to adjourn, Wiemiller seconded, unanimously carried.

Betty Zachmann, City Clerk-Treasurer

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