Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, October 26, 1998

City administrator hired for Winsted


A new city administrator for Winsted will be starting work next week.

Aaron Reeves of Grand Marais was hired by the Winsted City Council Tuesday as recommended by the personnel committee assigned to find an administrator.

Reeves has six years experience in city administration and economic development, both with large and small cities. He will receive a three-year contract starting at $45,000 per year plus benefits, and a cost-of-living adjustment each year.

Committee member Mary Stamm said the group interviewed eight applicants out of 23, then pared the list to four based on several criteria, and Reeves was their first choice.

City offices

The administrator may have a different office to work in soon.

The council received a proposal from Steven Haugdahl to rent most of the old theatre building at the corner of Main Avenue and Second Street.

Haugdahl offered rental of the entire first floor except the area occupied by Gerry's Vision Shoppe, a total of 3,150 square feet, for $1,550 per month plus heating and electricity. All walls, carpeting, paint, etc. would be provided as the city wishes but not telephone or computer wiring.

Currently, the city rents about 1,100 square feet for $1,200 in the Niro-Sterner building on Co. Rd. 1.

A preliminary sketch of how offices and other work areas could be arranged was also presented.

Council members took the matter under consideration, but may call a short special meeting before the end of the month to act on it. That would be in order to give notice before Nov. 1, allowing the city to move in three months if it wishes.

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