Public Notices May 13

Winthrop City Council Regular Minutes Monday, April 6th, 2020 A regular meeting of the Winthrop City Council was called to order via electronic means per MN Statute 13D.021 by Mayor Kelly Pierson at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 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, Winthrop Fire Chief Justin TenEyck, Winthrop Police Chief Karen Johnson, City Clerk Melissa Lorenz Audience: Mike Mattison (Winthrop News) OPEN PUBLIC FORUM No one spoke. (Removed until Face to Face meetings resume per MN Statue M.S. 13D.021) APPROVAL OF AGENDA Malheim would like language added to R2020-06 regarding extending the emergency declaration when the declaration ends. Motion Malheim, second Edwards. Roll call vote: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim yes, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA Motion Trebelhorn, second Machaiek to approve consent agenda. Roll call vote: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim yes, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. NEW BUSINESS a. Mayor Pierson’s Emergency Declaration (I)—Council discussed the declaration. No action was taken b. R2020-06 Resolution Regarding COVID-19 Authorizations (A)—Attorney Walton will add language to paragraph one (1) declaring the councils intent to extend the Mayor’s Emergency Declaration and an end date of when the Governor ends his emergency declaration. Motion Edwards, second Malheim to approve R2020-06 with added language. Roll call vote: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim yes, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. c. R2020-07 Resolution Appointing Acting Mayor & Order of Succession (A)—Extending Mayoral duties past Council President in the event neither the Mayor or President of Council are able. Motion Machaiek, second Drinkall Roll Call: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim yes, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. d. R2020-08 Resolution to Allow Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) to Acquire City Land-(A) Mn/DOT will be repairing a culvert under Highway 19 in the summer of 2021. They need to purchase an easement on city property to do some work on the property. Motion Trebelhorn, second Edwards Roll Call: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim yes, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. e. Forgiveness of On Sale Liquor Costs (A)—Palmer would like the Council to consider forgiveness of On Sale liquor license for Pimo’s, Tanker Bay and Hahn’s Dining for the portion of time they are not able to serve on sale liquor. The total is $277.50 for each. Motion Machaiek, second Malheim to refund on sale liquor. Roll call: Edwards no, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim yes, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. f. Approve increased share of School Resource Officer Program (A)—The City of Fairfax has voted to leave the SRO program because they will no longer have a school building in their town. Palmer discussed with Gibbon if they would be interested in paying a higher portion of the program, Gibbon has approved the increase. It will increase Winthrop’s share to 16% or an additional $4,094.48 but they will also get increased summer hours. Malheim wants the program put on hold until it can be re-evaluated. He doesn’t feel the SRO program is necessary. Council discussed the program and how it works. Motion Trebelhorn, second Edwards to approve the increased portion of the SRO Program. Roll call vote: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim no, Drinkall yes. Motion passed roll call vote. g. Approve Hire of New School Resource Officer (A)-The Police Committee and Chief Johnson interviewed Aron Hacker for the SRO position and recommend her hire as the new School Resource Officer. Motion Machaiek, second Edwards to hire Officer Aron Hacker as the new School Resource Officer. Roll call vote: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim no, Drinkall yes. h. Approve Interview of Patrol Officer to fill vacancy (A)-Officer Hacker’s position will be vacated by her hire as the SRO and will need to be filled. Motion Trebelhorn, second Edwards to hire for Hacker’s replacement. Roll call vote: Edwards yes, Machaiek yes, Trebelhorn yes, Malheim no, Drinkall yes. Passed roll call vote. UNFINISHED BUSINESS a. NONE REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES a. ADMINISTRATOR/EDA REPORT—Palmer reported that the most of her time has been spent with meeting and staying on top of information regarding COVID-19. The EDA approved a bridge loan for one business in town. The state is working with utilities regarding disconnects, late fees and non paying customers. All of the utilities are abiding by the recommendations of the state. Palmer has met with staff to discuss social distancing in the workplace. The city is following all state and federal sick time requirements. c. WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT REPORT- there was a watermain break on S. Carver Friday. It has been repaired. d. STREET DEPARTMENT—Martin said they have started sweeping and they are pretty much business as usual. f. FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT—TenEyck reported that he and Martin have been certified fit testers for N95 masks. The Fire Dept is not currently responding to medicals, they have turnout gear if needed. Supplies are good, they don’t want to over supply and take away from others. Turnout gear was shipped Monday. Easter parade Saturday. g. AMBULANCE REPORT—Stoll said their PPE is good for now. Fire, Ambulance and Police have been working together to keep stocked up on PPE. The ambulance also has two certified fit testers, they will be fitting the rest of the crew Friday and Saturday. Calls are way down. Only 4 calls in the last 5 weeks. h. POLICE CHIEF’S REPORT—Johnson stated PPE is good, she has gotten gloves from NAPA and has ordered some reusable gowns from a vendor in New Ulm who has started making them. Police calls are also way down. ADJOURNMENT Motion Edwards, second Trebelhorn to adjourn. Passed voice vote. Meeting was adjourned at 7:39 pm. Jenny Palmer, Administrator

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