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Public Notices October 30

Winthrop City Council Regular Minutes Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 A regular meeting of the Winthrop City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly Pierson at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd, at the City Hall. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL: Council members: Kelly Pierson, Pete Machaiek, Julie Trebelhorn, Dale Malheim, Mark Mortensen and Rob Edwards. City Staff present: City Administrator Jenny Palmer, City Attorney Aaron Walton, and Utilities/Public Works Supervisor Troy Martin, City Clerk Melissa Lorenz, and Police Chief Karen Johnson Audience: Mike Mattison (Winthrop News), Mitch Hacker, Brenda Meyer (Winthrop Chamber), Steve Saxton, Paul Platz. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Palmer added item f. under Consent Agenda, Truth in Taxation meeting December 2nd, 2019. Motion Edwards, second Machaiek, passed voice vote. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA Motion Edwards, second Malheim, passed voice vote. NEW BUSINESS a. 2019-133 Ordinance Annexing Mitchell and Tiffany Hacker property (2nd Reading) (A) Paul Platz came to the meeting representing Alfsborg Township to inquire about maintenance on Sleepy Hollow now that the front two properties are both in city limits. He also is concerned with the street being dug up to hook up the Hacker residence. He was assured that the street would be put back to the way it was and there would be access to residents during the hook up. The Council discussed cost sharing with Alfsborg for their portion of the road. Motion Edwards, second Malheim to pay the City’s prorated share of road maintenance and plowing. Passed voice vote. b. City/Chamber Clean Up Day (A)—Brenda Meyer attended representing the Winthrop Area Chamber of Commerce. She had originally attended in February to ask the Council to help support the city clean up day. The council agreed to support up to $300 for 2019 but asked her to come back at budget time to ask for ongoing support. Motion Edwards, second Trebelhorn to add City Clean Up day to the budget annually up to $300. Passed voice vote. Malheim against. c. R2019-21 Resolution Reallocating Debt Service Funds (A) Palmer presented a resolution closing debt service funds that have been paid off and/or the projects completed and reallocating those funds back to the related utility and general funds. Council decided to take the utility money and put it in a “levy reserve fund” to help offset future levy increases from projects. The resolution was amended to reflect those changes. Motion Malheim, second Edwards, passed voice vote. d. R2019-22 Resolution Paying off 2007-1 Fund (A)—Palmer reported that there was enough money in the 2007-1 fund to pay off the remaining debt service and the bond was callable at par. Motion Edwards, second Trebelhorn. Passed voice vote. e. R2019-23 Resolution Adopting the 2020 Proposed Budget (A)—Council reviewed the proposed budget. It is currently at a 14% increase over 2019 which is an increase of $106,996 over 2019. Motion Malheim, second Mortensen to adopt the proposed budget. Passed voice vote. Council also decided to meet on October 14th at 6 pm in a council work session to review the budget in detail and make recommendations to reduce the levy. f. Parking on High Street (A)/(I)—There have been some issues with cars parking on the dead end of High Street and along the front of the Sibley Estates building which cause problems with plows and possibly emergency services vehicles getting through. The City crew has decided to put up no parking signs on either side of the street where it ends and put a chain across so that they can still get the snow plowed through. Mayor Pierson asked them to try and figure out a solution for the narrow drive lane through that street when cars are parked in front of the Sibley Estates Building. g. Summer Hours (A)/(I)—Palmer said the summer hours have been successful with staff and there haven’t been any complaints to staff regarding the hours. She asked if the council would consider making them permanent hours. Council said they have not received any complaints either and decided to make them permanent. They can always change back if there becomes an issue. Motion Edwards, second Mortensen to make summer hours permanent. Passed voice vote. Malheim and Machaiek against. h. City Lot Cost, 202 N. Hennepin—(A)/(I) Palmer said Bert Honl has inquired on the cost of the lot to possibly build a house. Council discussed some cost options regarding the lot and settled on $2,500.00. Motion Mortensen, second Malheim to ask $2,500.00 for the lot. Passed voice vote. Machaiek against. i. Hog Facility—(A)/(I) Mayor Pierson asked to have this on the agenda again since the county has not made their decision yet. Council feels they should not get involved with it and have not had anyone approach them either way about the facility. REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES a. ADMINISTRATOR/EDA REPORT—Palmer reported that Hjerpe’s was in town fixing frost boils, this is being paid for through FEMA. MNDOT will be in town next week to start fixing Highway 19 through town. The road will remain open during construction. DFA will not be going ahead with their expansion project until 2021. The electric service territory agreement is going very slow. Our attorney is having Dave Berg review the proposal from STAR engineering. Met with a representative from MMPA to discuss load control, they are meeting with all member cities before they decide on how to proceed. I attended the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association annual conference some topics presented were Distributed Generation, Washington update, utilities of the future, electric vehicles and rates to support them. I was also elected to the secretary treasurer for the board for the next year. The annexation for the property at 407 W. Grant Street was never recorded at the county so we will have to go through the annexation process for that property again. I will notify the owners. Winthrop EDA I spent 39 hours this month. There are some potential new businesses in town looking for buildings. I have also been helping them out with funding resources through SMIF, SBA etc. The BP station has been sold. The EDA has three loan applications for the next meeting. The Grocery store sale is progressing. c. WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT REPORT- Meters are about 45% done. e. ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT REPORT— Meters are about 40% done. i. MMPA Meeting Update—Machaiek reported that the 4 wind farm projects MMPA has been working on fell through. They are now looking for land to put up solar. The land should be 100 acres. h. POLICE CHIEF’S REPORT—Johnson provided a written report. k. CABLE COMMISSION—Report enclosed. ADJOURNMENT Motion Edwards, second Mortensen to adjourn. Passed voice vote. Meeting was adjourned at 8:14 pm. Jenny Hazelton, Administrator

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