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Public Notices February 8

ISD #2365
Sibley County, Minnesota
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the School Board of INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2365, GFW Public Schools, located at Gibbon, Minnesota, that it will receive sealed bids on:
UNTIL 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 7th, 2023, at the School District Administration Office located at 701 South
9th Street, Olivia, MN 56277.
Bids shall be submitted on “Primary Vendor Bid Information Sheet” form attached to the specifications and shall be placed in a sealed envelope marked:
“Prime Contractor- Food Service Bid- BOLD Schools”
And shall be addressed to Margaret Flemming, Food Service Director, BOLD School District 2534, 701 South
9th Street, Olivia MN 56277

Public Hearing Notice
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Winthrop Economic Development Authority of the City of Winthrop, Minnesota, will hold a public hearing beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023, to be held in the Council Chambers at the City Hall, in Winthrop, Minnesota, for the purpose of selling real property at 110 2nd St E. Winthrop, MN 55396.
All interested persons may appear at the February 17, 2023 public hearing and present their views orally or in writing. Anyone needing reasonable accommodations, or an interpreter should contact the EDA Director’s office at City Hall, telephone (507) 647-5306.
Date: 01-30-2023 Michael Looft
City Admin/EDA Director


Winthrop City Council
Meeting Minutes
Monday, December 19, 2022.
A Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Winthrop was called to order at 7 p.m. on december 19, 2022, in the city council chambers of the City Hall, for the purpose of conducting city business.
Councilors Present: Mayor Pierson; Councilors Schmidt, Machaiek, Trebelhorn, Edwards, Wickenhauser.
Councilors Absent: None
Staff: Police Chief Logan Anderson, Asst. Police Chief Aron Hacker, City Clerk Heather Haun, City, Administrator Michael Looft, Utility Clerk Matthew Schuth.
No changes were made or discussed to the Agenda. Motion made by Edwards, seconded by Trebelhorn. Motion carried.
Receive the order filed from the Treasurer regarding financial summary of operating results (unaudited) through December 19, 2022, including General Fund information. Received the order filed for the appointment of Fire Department Officer. Motion made by Edwards, seconded by Wickenhouser. Motion carried.
2023 Liquor License On & Off Sale (A). Motion by Trebelhorn, second by Schmidt. Motion carried
Resolution 2022-24: Establishing Veterans Park Policy. Looft explained the policy purposed establishing better care and upkeep for the park. Motion by Edwards, second by Trebelhorn. Motion carried
Purchase of Body Cameras for Winthrop Police Department (A). Police Chief Anderson explained the different research that has gone into the body cam project. Looft explained the budget side of the project. Anderson advised there was a grant that was applied for that would cover half the cost. Find out the grant results in June of 2023. Motion by Edwards for contract with Motorola estimate including the additional batteries, seconded by Schmidt. Motion carried.
Approval of AFSCME Union 2439 Contract for 2023-2024 Agreement (A). Motioned by Edwards, seconded by Trebelhorn. Motion carried.
Resolution 2022-28: A resolution regarding a loan from the City of Winthrop to the Winthrop Economic Development Authority. (A). Motioned by Edwards to take previous tabled item off the table, seconded by Trebelhorn, motioned carried. Looft explained that the resolution for the $250,000 would not be a loan it would be the city acquiring assets. Motioned by Edwards, seconded by Trebelhorn, Machaiek clarified that this was for the original EDA proposal, Looft explained that bonding would add to the expense. Motion failed unanimously; Schmidt abstained from voting.
a. City Administrator/EDA Director Report – Michael
i. New Server / New Financial Program Install Progress. Looft explained the city received a bad bracket, installers ordered a new one, no impact on implanting the new system, looking to start in May.
ii. Records retention progress. Required to keep maps, minutes, and agendas and have been working on purging the items that are no longer required.
iii. 2nd Street Update
Engineers are getting us more visuals, it is proceeding forward, two of the property owners aren’t willing to communicate with the city and we will have to go the eminent domain route. CSAH 32 is now 2nd Street which gives 1.5 million for funding to help with the project.
Looft advised the Personnel Policy is almost done, will be on the January meeting
Gave a general reminder the next two weeks are four-day work weeks due to the holidays. Mondays are holidays.
b. Public Works Department Report-(Michael on behalf of Troy). Solar applications – Star energy is now helping with processing the applications; we are running into other problems.
Working on the 2023 schedule for the repairs, going to do all of mains street lighting with the help of the county.
c. Electric Department Report – Pete. Natural gas prices are coming down. Looft discussed a $780,000 grant.
d. Fire Chief’s Report – Justin. Looft advised there is a meeting with the new chief Adam Pagel coming this week.
e. Ambulance Captain’s Report – Ed. Looft upgraded their phones as they were no longer supported due to being 3G, have been very busy with runs. Machaiek asked about any updates on the building status, Looft advised we are still waiting on more information.
f. Police Chief’s Report – Logan/Aron (Enclosed) – Went through November’s numbers, spoke about TZD “Towards Zero Death’s” regarding the increase in traffic stops, talked about new part time officer. Talked about sending an officer to DRE schooling. Anderson advised the council about a thank you letter that was received regarding an interaction Officer Mitchell had on a traffic stop.
g. Cable Commission Report— Wickenhauser. Discussed the new system for council chambers, Wickenhauser will follow up more on this.
h. Library Committee – Wickenhauser. Met last week, hired Mandy Sommer as the director, delay in the library surveys due to amount of things being sent out in the bills, discussed the new programs they want to implement, spoke about the different grants available out there. Concern about the hours the library is open; however, the city is working to hire the staff yet.
Motion by Edwards, seconded by Wickenhauser. Motion to adjourn the meeting was carried at 8.08 pm.
Michael Looft, Administrator

Winthrop City Council
Meeting Minutes
Friday, January 6, 2023
A Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Winthrop will be called to order at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2023, in the city council chambers of the City Hall, for the purpose of conducting city business.
Councilors Present: Mayor Edwards; Councilors Schmidt, Machaiek, Trebelhorn, O’Connor, Wickenhauser.
Councilors Absent: City Attorney Aaron Walton
Staff: City Administrator Michael Looft, City Clerk Heather Haun, Fire Chief Adam Pagel
Establish Current Agenda – nothing was added to the current agenda. Motion made by Wickenhauser, seconded by Machaiek. Motion carried.
Receive the order filed from the Treasurer regarding financial summary of operating results (unaudited) through January 5, 2023, including General Fund information. Machaiek requested to get the claims a day earlier, Looft explained there were some that were added due to the storm cancelling the meeting originally scheduled for January 3rd, 2023. Motion made by Machaiek, seconded by Wickenhauser. Motion carried.
City Administrator Looft administered the oath of office to Edwards. Mayor Edwards administered the oath of office to Schmidt, O’Connor and Wickenhauser.
Resolution 2023-01: Resolution Adopting 2023 Fees (A). Edwards advised Winthrop is no longer renting equipment out. Motion made by Trebelhorn, seconded by Wickenhauser.
Discussion was held requesting to reword fee schedule to specifically say no longer renting equipment in the not a rental phrase. Looft explained the emergency mobilization fee, and the changes to the pricing. Motion to accept the annual fees carried.
Resolution 2023-02: Resolution Appointing Financial Designations (A). Looft advised this is something that should be done annually. Motion made by Schmidt, seconded by O’Conner. Motion carried.
Annual Appointments (A). Trebelhorn advised to add the RS Fiber board and the townships. Motion made by Wickenhauser, seconded by O’Conner. Motion carried.
Winthrop Ambulance Building Update: Recommendation from Staff (A) Looft talked about the building inspectors report containing the following problems: load capacity, no sprinkler system, not a flammable trap in the drain, HVAC, B and R plumbing is coming to look at the boiler due to recent issues, roof issues, cracking in foundations.
Discussed cost of fixing the building, $470,500 for one option, second options USDA loan to build a new building. Engineering concept plan would be $5,000. Mayor talked about the ambulance/fire committee meeting. Schmidt brought up the medications in the ambulance need to be climate controlled because it will make them less effective at certain temperatures. Machaiek believes a new building is needed. Motioned by Trebelhorn, seconded by Schmidt for $5,000 to have ISG draw up plans for a new building. Motion carried.
a. City Administrator/EDA Director report – Michael. The city obtained our credit cards and signed all the appropriate use documents. Working with the fire and ambulance regarding recruitment. The city’s website is having some problems with the current vendor Lime Valley, they are not getting back to us on things and have not completed their obligations. The annual audit will start February 21st. Snow removal has been many hours and they are still working on cleaning things up. Acknowledged the public works staff for the time and commitment they have put in. Advance Water System Meeting February 6th getting together with all the engineers, it is a public meeting 10 am. January is the month of compliance, we are working on that. Talked about the different grants that are out there for the commercial businesses in our area.
Motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:44pm by Trebelhorn, seconded by Machaiek. Motion to adjourn carried.
Michael Looft, Administrator


Independent School District
GFW Public Schools
December 19, 2022
Summary of regular school board meetings. Full text is available for public inspection at 323 East 11th Street, Gibbon, MN 55335.
The regular board meeting of the GFW Public School Board was held on December 19, 2022 at the Elementary School Gibbon, MN. Board Chair Kuehn called the meeting to order at 6:38 p.m.
ALSO present: Superintendent Dr. Horton, Tech Werner, Lee, Schmidt, Prochniak, Student Rep Lee, Merkel, CFO Heine, Nurse Bruns, Student & Community Programs Schiro, Principal Galetka, Food Service Director Walter, Kuehn, Mike Hoisel from Baird, Haas, Community Member, Member Elect Breise
Absent: None
Prochniak moved with support from Lee to approve the agenda. Vote 5/1 Motion Carried.
Haas moved with support from Prochniak to approve the following consent agenda Vote 5/1. Motion Carried
Policy 212 School Board Member Development and Policy 534 School Meals Policy
Prochniak moved with support from Lee to approve Policies 212 and 534. Vote 4/1/1
Motion Carried.
Legislative Platform
Kuehn moved with support from Schmidt to approve the presented Legislative Platform.
Motion Carried.
Resolution: Combined Polling Places
Kuehn moved with support from Lee to approve the Combined Polling Places.
Yes – Merkel, Kuehn, Lee, Prochniak, Schmidt, Haas
No – None Motion Carried.
Resolution: Amending Resolution Combined Polling Places Established for 2023 School District Special Elections
Kuehn moved with support from Prochniak to approve the Amend Combined Polling Places from 12/12/2022 meeting.
Yes -Merkel, Kuehn, Lee, Prochniak, Schmidt, Haas
No – None Motion Carried.
Set Levy Amount
Haas moved with support from Lee to approve set the Levy Amount at Motion Carried
Resolution: Acceptance of Donations
Kuehn moved with support from Haas to approve a $200.00 donation from David Munsell for TCA Advertising, $200.00 donation from the Winthrop Honor Guard for Elementary Literacy Meals, $25.00 from First NAtional Bank, $50.00 from Minnwest Bank, $50.00 from Elite Health Chiropractic Center, $25.00 from Fischer, Groen Law & Groen Title Co., $25.00 from Lacheveux, $100.00 from Swanson Insurance Agency, $50.00 from D’s Pit Stop, $20.00 from Winthrop Auto Supply, $50.00 from Beauty Boutique, $50.00 Winthrop Publishing, $50.00 Gibbon Car Care, $25.00 from David Bengston, D. D. S, $50.00 from Fairfax Veterinary Clinic. $25.00 Ogren Insurance Agency, $50.00 from Citizens Bank, $75.00 from Bartels Truck Line, $20.00 from Russ Auto Center, $50.00 from B & R Plumbing & Heating and $25.00 from Community Insurance Agency all for the 2023 Prom at the high school.
Yes – Lee, Kuehn, Merkel, Haas, Schmidt, Prochnaik
No – None Motion Carried.
Kuehn moved with support from Schmidt to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. Motion Carried.
Marisa Lee, Clerk

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