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Public Notices April 6

Winthrop City Council Meeting Minutes Monday, February 28, 2022. Councilors Present: Mayor Kelly Pierson, Megan Schmidt, Pete Machaiek, Julie TrebelhornCouncilors Absent: Dale Malheim, Rob Edwards, Staff Present: Aron Hacker, Troy Martin, Elizabeth Niebuhr – Library Director. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Mayor Pierson called the meeting to order at 7:15pm on Moday, February 28, 2022. The agenda was motioned by Councilor Schmidt, Second by Trebelhorn. Motion passed by voice vote. CONSENT AGENDA Receive the order filed from the Treasurer regarding financial summary of operating results (unaudited) through February 28, 2022, including General Fund information. Looft asked for two late bills that were not included in the Treasurer’s report to stand as filed: $198.97 for the Fire Department township meeting, $179.34 on city needs both made payable to the Winthrop Market. The total is $378.31 payable to the Winthrop Market. Consent agenda items were approved by motion from Trebelhorn, seconded by Machaiek; passed unanimously by voice vote. NEW BUSINESS a. 2nd Street Project (A): Scope of Work $6,500 (A) Bryan Pelzel went over the 2nd Street project, with trunk sewage and water. Shifting the trunk mains to 2nd Street instead of 1st Street. Project would eliminate the railroad crossings. Eliminate flooding and backup problems on 2nd Street West. This was included in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. Pelzel helped compare the 1st street and 2nd street conversion. Pelzel also helped explain funding options if it became CSHA 32 movement. Megan asked us to reach out to area businesses about the project before we start project funding. Public hearings that are targeted to the business community. Motion by Trebelhorn, seconded by Pete. Passed unanimously by voice vote. b. Emergency Siren (A): Replacement of City Emergency Siren $24,103.00 Looft explained the need for the emergency siren. It has been out for a month according to Martin. The sirens are supposed to be on a battery backup, ours are not. Council recommended that we find out if there are cheaper options. Motion by Trebelhorn, seconded by Schmidt. Passed unanimously by voice vote. c. Park & Recreation Trailer (A): $4,975.00 Looft recommended that we minimize risk and order the trailer for summer help for the lawn mowers. It could also be used for utilities, public works, parks, and street department. Martin explained why it was necessary, primarily for safety reasons and the League of Minnesota Cities wants to minimize risk. Motion by Schmidt, seconded by Trebelhorn. Machaiek was opposed. Motion passed by voice vote. d. Extended Human Resources (A): Personnel Committee Recommendation to proceed with corrective action on the Personnel Handbook. Looft overviewed the project and will oversee meetings. Motion by Trebelhorn, seconded by Machaiek. Motion passed unanimously by voice vote. e. Direct Bill Pay (A) Looft explained the direct bill pay option. Monthly billing for companies that we often pay a reoccurring bill will automatically process. This will eliminate late fees and save the city money. Fifteen percent more on any bill will need council approval. Motion by Trebelhorn, seconded by Machaiek. Motion Passed, Schmidt abstained. f. County Library Update: Budget Conversation (I) Terri Schuette, Winthrop’s library representative, was here to talk about the city contract with the Library & City contract. The contract outlines the amount of monies allocated to the library from the city budget. The library board then spends the money by line item. The agreement was supposed to be settled in November, but it was not updated and approved by Council. Trebelhorn proposes $20,800 for hours, an additional 5 hours a week for the director (25 hours from the County). 12-15 hours for Part Time staff to support the library (5 hours from the County). Elizabeth the director spoke about the budget for 2022. The budget worked out to be about $15,080, $193 was left books and circulating materials. She would like to not allocate $15,000 to books and materials. She would recommend putting the money towards hours/wages. No action taken. Contract agreements will be discussed by the Bargaining Committee. REPORTS OF OFFICERS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES a. City Administrator/EDA Director Report – Michael. Looft has worked on the recruiting a professional service for updating the Personnel Guide. Setup and started utilizing a new digital timeclock and HR service (HomeBase). Met with Protix about current land use restrictions, power needs and water allocation. Worked on the Music in the Park Grant, graphics, poster and Facebook events. Finalized the CIP work session plans. Met with MMPA to get an introduction and orientation to that organization. Met with Heartland to have a business meeting on their business plans. Also met with various businesses about funding opportunities through the EDA revolving loan fund. b. Electric Department Report – Machaiek MMPA will be looking for an extension of the contract. The contract extension would be for an additional 10 years. c. Police Chief’s Report Background packet for the new police chief has been submitted. Hacker will also line up the rest of the requirements. Squad car should be in end of March-beginning of April, then graphics and computer system. New computer system for the police department is being installed soon. d. Park Committee- ISG plans will have final plans and council review by late April. V. ADJOURNMENT Trebelhorn motioned to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Schmidt. Meeting ended at 8:39pm. Michael Looft, Administrator


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS This may affect your 2023 property taxes. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization of Alfsborg Township shall meet on April 19, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Alfsborg Town Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether taxable property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor, and also to determine whether corrections need to be made. If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you are still not satisfied with the valuation or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board shall review the valuation, classification or both if necessary, and shall correct it as needed. Generally, an appearance before your local board of appeal and equalization is required by law before an appeal can be taken to your county board of appeal and equalization. Given under my hand March 25, 2022. Walter Asmus Clerk 26-27c

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