WINSTED, MN Winsted City Council approved items related to a Millerbernd Maunfacturing expansion during its meeting Feb. 18.
“Over the last couple council meetings, we’ve been talking about incentivizing, through the state of Minnesota, a project in Industrial Park for Millerbernd Manufacturing. Those applications are proceeding,” Birkholz said.
He said that the 15-acre site needs to be platted, and a topographical survey conducted.
The council authorized Bolton & Menk, Inc. to complete platting work for the industrial park expansion at a cost not to exceed $5,000; and the topographical survey and design for a storm sewer and pond, not to exceed $6,000.
City Administrator Adam Birkholz explained options to remove sumac trees along the bank of Winsted Lake near promenade hill. He received a quote from Solberg’s Tree Service for $300, and council members agreed it was a reasonable price.
During a discussion on city street pavement goals, Birkholz explained the need for sidewalk improvement.
He referenced the city’s pavement management plan, which details future street improvements projected to occur over the next several years.
Birkholz noted that some older sidewalks will be removed, replaced, or improved to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Lift station pump
Birkholz presented cost estimates to either repair or replace a lift station pump, located in a storm water pond near Westgate Drive.
He said that the pump could be repaired for $6,718, but it would be wiser to replace it entirely for approximately $12,000. He said the pump was installed between 20 and 25 years ago, and suggested it could break down again, even if the necessary repairs are made.
The city’s contract for utility locating with United Locating Services expired Dec. 15, 2019, and the company is seeking to renegotiate for a higher rate, so Birkholz presented the council with an alternate option.
He first explained that a contractor, homeowner, or anyone doing work within Winsted that requires digging is required to have underground utilities located before any construction can begin.
The public utilities in question, specifically, are city water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and city-owned street lights.
“Services are used to locate city-owned utilities; that way, we can protect them from being hit from any kind of excavation,” Birkholz explained.
He noted that locating equipment can be purchased, and city staff could be trained to perform the locating services, when needed. Until then, Birkholz recommended moving forward with a new contract with United Locating Services, paying a higher rate than before.
During the council’s regular meeting, the issues discussed during the workshop were voted on.
Mayor Steve Stotko listed all the items on the consent agenda, and the council approved the pavement management plan, authorized an agreement with United Locating Services, authorized an agreement with Solberg’s Tree Service, and authorized Birkholz to approve a quotation from Quality Flow Systems for the replacement of a heavy-duty submersible pump for the Westgate storm water pond.
The council adopted the Recommended 2020 City Council Priorities for the City of Winsted. This included a list of 18 priorities for city improvement, which the council decided upon during its annual goal-setting retreat Jan 22.
Birkholz noted that each project will be brought before the city council on a case-by-case basis for final approval.
HLWW students’ presentation
Stephanie Nowak and Marlene Gutierrez, students at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, presented an organization report to the city council.
Nowak introduced herself as the HLWW student council president, and Gutierrez said she was the student council vice president.
“We wanted to talk to you about some of the things that we’ve been doing this year for our school,” Nowak said.
She described how the student council wrote positive notes to various students, and posted the notes on their lockers for encouragement.
Gutierrez described the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance as the biggest fundraiser of the year.
Nowak explained how they would like to create a student movie night, themed as a drive-in experience, as a way to “get the school together, outside of just school days.”
Both young women, who are seniors, praised the teachers and staff at HHLW.
“The staff is amazing, and all the teachers are so kind; you can reach out to them with any issues or anything,” said Nowak.
“I really enjoy the teachers, too,” Gutierrez added.