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Winthrop City Council Proceedings

Winthrop City Council Regular Minutes Monday, January 6, 2020 A regular meeting of the Winthrop City Council was called to order by Mayor Kelly Pierson at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 6th, at the City Hall. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL: Kelly Pierson, Pete Machaiek, Julie Trebelhorn, Dale Malheim, Lynn Drinkall and Rob Edwards. City Staff present: City Administrator Jenny Palmer, Winthrop City Attorney Aaron Walton, Utilities/Public Works Supervisor Troy Martin, City Clerk Melissa Lorenz, Winthrop Police Chief Karen Johnson, Audience: Mike Mattison (Winthrop News), Russell Drinkall. OPEN PUBLIC FORUM No one spoke. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Palmer added item g. under Consent Agenda R2020-03 Resolution Approving Judges for Presidential Primary Election. Motion Malheim, second Trebelhorn to approve the consent agenda. Passed voice vote. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA Motion Trebelhorn, second Malheim to approve consent agenda. Passed voice vote. NEW BUSINESS a. Updated Snowplowing Policy (I)/(A)—Motion Malheim, second Edwards to approve the updated snowplowing policy as presented. Passed voice vote. b. Speed Trailer Donation (A)—Chief Johnson presented to the council an opportunity to have a speed trailer donated to the City. There are a couple of business in town who are willing to donate funds for the trailer. They are wondering if the city is willing to contribute something also. Johnson stated that there is money in some of the forfeiture funds that could be used for this and recommended contributing $1,000. The total cost of the trailer is 9,866.00 and there will be sufficient donations for the balance of the trailer. Motion Edwards, second Trebelhorn to approve spending $1,000 out of the forfeitures for the purchase of a speed trailer. Passed voice vote. c. Industrial Park Lots (A) Council discussed what they would like to charge for the lots in the Industrial Park. Palmer stated that the county would value the property at $25,000/acre if it was on the tax rolls. Malheim proposed that if the purchaser is interested in TIF or Tax Abatement that the city charge the cost of $25,000/ac. If they are not going to look for TIF or Tax Abatement then $1 acre. Edwards agreed with Malheim on those costs but would like to see some conditions on the sale such as: land can’t be purchased for re-sale and construction needs to being within 18 months. Council instructed Palmer to contact New Ulm and see if they have any conditions on their Industrial Park lots. d. City Council Pay (I)—Mayor Pierson asked to have this item on the agenda for discussion. This is an election year and if council wants to increase their pay it has to be done before the next election and the change can not take effect until after the election. The last pay increase for the City Council was in 1994. Palmer polled area towns to see what councils in other towns are paid. Winthrop is 3rd lowest out of 8 neighboring towns. Trebelhorn spoke to the amount of time councilors spend on city related tasks outside of the regular meetings as well as the challenges that are part of the job she also feels the Mayor puts in considerably more time than the councilors and that pay should increased considerable more. Edwards agreed with Trebelhorn and feels that while people don’t run for office for the money, paying a bit more may make the councilors work a bit harder at being better informed and incentivize others to maybe run. There was no action taken at this time. The item will be addressed again at a later meeting. UNFINISHED BUSINESS None REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES a. ADMINISTRATOR/EDA REPORT—Palmer reported that the lot sale at 203 S. Renville is completed, just some final paperwork needs to be recorded. The city has a recycling bin for old Christmas lighting and extension cords inside the back door. Tri County Solid Waste is sponsoring this program throughout the county. Palmer and Martin met with MMUA to get more supervised man hours for electric training, they also had a conference call with ISG regarding the wastewater reuse program and that project is moving forward. We had a request from a resident to put in an outdoor woodburning stove, after talking to the building inspector he said some towns have put restrictions on installations of these stoves due to the smoke being a nuisance as well as the wood piles drawing rodents. Palmer asked if the city would like to pursue an ordinance banning these stoves. Council would like to look into an ordinance. Palmer spent 15 hours on EDA related tasks for December most of the time was spent on bookkeeping. The loan for Randy Pagenkopf was also completed. The EDA now has 4 outstanding loans with Walton Law Group, Winthrop Market, Back Door Hairstyling, and Randy Pagenkopf Pest Control. All notes are current. c. WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT REPORT- almost all residential meters are in, starting on commercial meters. e. ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT REPORT— Almost all electric meters are in. Chapman will be her the week of January 22nd to install commercial meters. i. MMPA Meeting Update—Enclosed. Machaiek reported that Winthrop’s load growth has grown .2% over the last 10 years. MMPA’s credit rating is stable and new officers were elected for the board. f. FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT—Martin reported that Justin TenEyck is the new Fire Chief. h. POLICE CHIEF’S REPORT—Karen provided a written report. She also reported that a new SRO has been hired, his name is Andrew Peterson and will be sworn in at the next council meeting. She is also working on a new Mutual Aid contract with the county and a new Mutual Aid contract for the SRO program. k. CABLE COMMISSION—Enclosed MISCELLANEOUS Councilor Malheim asked the council to start thinking about ideas for the census and the complete count committees. ADJOURNMENT Motion Edwards, second Trebelhorn to adjourn. Passed voice vote. Meeting was adjourned at 7:38 pm. Jenny Palmer, Administrator

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