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Time for change for Winsted’s police and fire vehicles
March 9, 2018

By Starrla Cray
Associate Editor

WINSTED – Fire trucks and police vehicles were on the minds of Winsted City Council members the evening of March 6.

During the work session, the council had an opportunity to see the city’s newly delivered ladder fire truck. The 2002 Pierce 100-foot ladder truck was purchased in February through Fire Safety USA for $330,000.

Previously, the truck had been owned by the City of Eagan. A variety of equipment was included, such as nozzles, hoses, and cameras.

The 2002 ladder truck is replacing the city’s 1976 C-grade 100-foot aerial ladder truck. Winsted received that truck in 2000 from the City of Hutchinson for $1. The truck was in disrepair at the time, so money was invested to bring it up to code. Now, the truck is at the end of its useful life.

Police SUV

Before looking at the ladder truck, the council discussed the upcoming purchase of a 2018 Ford Interceptor sport utility vehicle (SUV) for the police department, at a total cost of about $49,044. This includes the vehicle, equipment, and registration fees. The council plans to formally approve the purchase at its Tuesday, March 20 meeting.

The new vehicle would replace a similar SUV from 2013, which has 106,000 miles on it. The city plans to either trade in the 2013 model, or sell it at an auction.

The police department also has a 2014 SUV with 76,000 miles, and a 2016 SUV with 44,000 miles.

A fleet of three vehicles allows the police department to have two vehicles available for any event requiring two or more police officers, as well as one vehicle at the residence of an on-call officer.

Industrial Blvd. project

At the regular meeting, the council approved an advertisement for bids for a reclamation project in the industrial park.

The project includes street and drainage improvements on Industrial Boulevard between County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 1 and the dead end to the east.

A memo from city engineering firm Bolton & Menk noted that work will include:

• spot repair of the concrete curb and gutter,

• replacement of one concrete driveway apron, and

• reclamation and repaving of the entire roadway.

Bids will close Thursday, April 5. The council will consider the bids at the Tuesday, April 17 meeting. Construction is planned for sometime this summer.

Office worker update

City Clerk/Treasurer Raquel Kirkhoff presented an update of activities in her department from the past few months.

She and City Administrator Dan Tienter commented that they have a good team right now, and that they all work together well. The office staff includes Ethel Wolff, Tony Hammes, and Amanda Zeidler.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved a Veterans Memorial in Hainlin Park contingent upon execution of an agreement with the Winsted American Legion Post 407 for construction and operation.

• accepted the voluntary resignation of Aaron Kubasch from the Winsted Airport Commission, effective Feb. 27. Residents who may be interested in filling the vacancy can contact city hall for an application.

• approved the appointments of Jeff Campbell as chair and Dave Hanus as vice-chair of the airport commission, effective Feb. 27.

• accepted a donation of six “Blankets and Beanies” packages from Blankets and Beanies for Badges, to be used by the Winsted Police Department.

• heard that the city’s information technology (IT) consultant is retiring, and the city is in the process of searching for a replacement. The city reached out to 14 IT businesses/individuals, and received four quotes. The two lower quotes are being considered.

• heard from Council Member Tom Ollig that Neil Linscheid of the University of Minnesota Extension met with a few people in Winsted recently regarding marketing for small communities. Ollig requested that Tienter look into setting up a meeting with Linscheid and the other organizations in Winsted.

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