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Public Notices March 27

Winthrop City Council
Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 29, 2024
A Regular Meeting of the City Council of the City of Winthrop was called to order at 7 p.m. on January 29, 2024, in the city council chambers of the City Hall, for the purpose of conducting city business.
Councilors Present: Mayor Trebelhorn, Councilors O’Connor, Wickenhauser, Renner, Pierson.
Councilors Absent: None
Staff Present: City Administrator Michael Looft, City Clerk Heather Haun.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Pledge of Allegiance.
None to speak.
Motion by Pierson to approve current agenda, second by O’Connor. Motion carried unanimously.
4.1 Resolution 2024-005: Resolution Award Bid to the 2023 Utility & Street Improvement Project.
After the County Commissioners have reviewed and approved the contract bids, it is our responsibility to review the financial feasibility of this project and review engineering and project bids. ISG still recommends moving forward with the project. DDA has preliminary estimates of costs associated with the project (attached).
Looft explained that we will have ISG here to talk about the updated project information, DDA is here to talk about the financial portion, and they are here to help answer any questions.
Bryan Petzel (ISG) – Sibley County board meeting on Tuesday and the result of it was that Tim Becker recommended to proceed with the low bid and the full funding amount. $3,393,422.27 million dollars was approved from Sibley County. $640,000 was their increased amount after the bids were received.
Shannon Sweeney (DDA-Financial Advisors) – broke down the costs associated with this option and what is associated with them, Winthrop is currently an A+ credit rating and we are looking to try and keep it that way. Recommends $1,0002,422.66 in cash contributions. 7.4% tax increase on the City of Winthrop portion. 9% increase in sewer. Storm Sewer isn’t paying its own debt right now and recommends no less than $25.89. Scenario 2 delayed principal payments, read the letter listing the advantages and disadvantages of this option. Went through what the financial process looks like.
Renner commented that delaying this doesn’t seem to make sense since nothing is getting any cheaper.
Motion by O’Connor to award the bid to R&R Excavating. Seconded by Wickenhauser Motion carried unanimously.
Motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:42PM by Wickenhauser, seconded by Renner. Motion carried.
Michael Looft
City Administrator


Independent School District
GFW Public Schools
February 20, 2024
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 February 20, 2024 at the Elementary School Gibbon, MN. Chair Merkel called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.
ALSO present: Superintendent Dr. Horton, Turtle, Stehr, Tech Werner, Briese, CFO Heine, Grosam, Press Handy, Nurse Bruns, Community Member, Student & Community Programs Director Schiro
Absent: None
Briese moved with support from Grosam to approve the agenda. Motion Carried.
Grosam moved with support from Briese to approve the following consent agenda. Motion Carried.
School Calendar 2024-2025
Stehr moved with support from Turtle to approve the 2024-2025 School Calendar. Motion Carried.
Legislative Agenda 2024
Stehr moved with support from Grosam to approve the 2024 Legislative Platform. Motion Carried.
Registration Guide Rotation A 2024-2024
Stehr moved with support from Grosam to approve the 2024-2025 Registration Guide Rotation A. Motion Carried.
Construction Projects Expenditure/ Change Order Approval Process
Grosam moved with support from Turtle to approve the Construction Projects Expenditure/Change Order Approval Process. Motion Carried.
Resolution: Acceptance of Donations
Turtle moved with support from Stehr to accept the donation of $50,000.00 from Jim Weinzetl to go towards the new school and $300.00 donation from the Sibley County Cancer Fighters for HS industrial projects.
Yes- Turtle, Grosam, Briese, Merkel, Stehr
No- None Motion Carried.
Briese moved with support from Turtle to adjourn at 6:33 p.m. Motion Carried.
Emilee Stehr, Clerk


Severance Township Gravel Bid Notice
Notice is hereby given that the Severance Township Board is accepting bids for 2,500 cubic yards of Class 5 gravel. The bid should include the gravel crushing, loading and hauling to Severance Township by August 15, 2024. Bids and a copy of provider’s certificate of liability insurance are to be received at the Treasurer’s Residency by April 5, 2024. All bids received be it rejected or accepted by the Township Board will be answered upon.
Myra Vorwerk
Severance Township
65453 300 Street
Gibbon, MN 55335


Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of Bismarck Township, Sibley County, will accept bids for 4,500 cubic yards, more or less, of Class 5 or better gravel until 7 P.M. on Monday, April 8th, 2024 when the bids will be opened at the regular township meeting.
Bids will be accepted for any of the following:
1. The whole Township
2. Only the North Half (North of County Road #10)
3. Only the South Half (South of County Road #10)
The bid is to include the name and location of the pit, the cost of the gravel, loading and hauling and is to be delivered NO LATER THAN JULY 31.
Also, if there is a fuel surcharge, please list this separately.
All bids must be accompanied by a certified check in the amount of 5% of the bid, and a Certificate of Insurance for Workmen’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability Coverage.
The gravel is to be delivered according to Gravel Maps that will be furnished by the Township.
The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive any irregularities, and to award the bid in the best interest of the Township.
Bismarck Township Clerk,
Adam Stegeman
22200 583rd Ave
Winthrop, MN 55396


Gravel Contractors
Notice is hereby given that the Town Board of Transit Township will be receiving Bids for loading and hauling of 4000 yds., more or less, of Class #5 gravel to be delivered to any road in Transit Township. Bids are to be received by the Town Clerk by Noon Monday, April 1, 2024, and will be opened at 8:00 pm., Monday, April 1, 2024. The gravel to be hauled before July 15, 2024. A 5% Bid Bond and a Certificate of Insurance are to accompany the Gravel Bid. Any questions contact the Town Clerk.
Transit Town Clerk Sarah Anderson
Cell phone 507-351-0674
23017 511th Ave., Winthrop, MN 55396


Farming in Road Right-of-Ways
Transit Township Board Members have noted an increased use of township right-of-way (ROW) for agricultural purposes. Roadside mowing in the ROW is permitted for the purpose of weed control or making hay, but tillage or crop production is not permitted (M.S.160.2715). Tillage or crop production in the ROW can affect road structure, and create maintenance problems.
Township ROW includes driving lanes, shoulders, road ditches, and sight corners at intersections. Township road ROW typically extends 33 feet from either side of the center of the road. Utility poles and pedestals often serve as good indicators of ROW limits; however, it is the landowner responsibility to know the ROW limits. The Township Board has no desire or intention to measuring every ROW line, and appreciate the general good farming practices of our agricultural producers.
When tillage or crop production are identified, the township will notice landowner to reestablish the ROW where it has been encroached upon.
Please feel free to contact any Transit Township Supervisor if you have further questions or concerns.
Sarah Anderson
Transit Township Clerk

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