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Winsted recognizes residents for community service
March 13, 2020

Ivan Raconteur

WINSTED, MN – One individual and one group were recognized for their service to the Winsted community during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The Don C. Guggemos Sr. Community Service Award for organizations was presented to the Winsted Veterans Memorial committee.

Mayor Steve Stotko said the committee and the Winsted Legion took on a major project with raising funds and constructing a veterans memorial in the city.

He said the group volunteered many hours to develop the memorial which honors all those who served their country.

The committee made a significant improvement to the Winsted community, Stotko said.

The individual award was presented to resident Jim Fowler.

Stotko noted that Fowler volunteers three days per week through the foster grandparents program at Winsted Elementary, where he is known as “Grandpa Jim.” Among the things he does at the school are helping individual students with reading and math.

Fowler was instrumental in bringing the Friends in the Kitchen program to Winsted, which offers cooking classes for seniors.

Fowler is active in several local boards and organizations, including the Winsted Arts Council, Pioneer Library Board, and others.

Stotko noted Fowler has also participated in numerous service projects outside the community.

Airport improvements

The council approved a work order authorizing Bolton & Menk to conduct design, bid, and construction administration, including a topographic survey and soil borings, at the Winsted Municipal Airport, for a cost not to exceed $58,500.

According to a memo from Ron Roetzel, P.E., of Bolton & Menk, it was determined that the existing pavement for the parking lot and entrance road needs maintenance and repair. A field analysis will be completed to determine whether crack repair and sealcoat is enough, or if parts will need to be rehabilitated with a mill and overlay.

Also, an additional turf taxiway is recommended to provide a secondary access to the turf runway during spring and fall when the turf conditions are such that the ends of the paved taxiway needs time to repair the turf. Currently, one taxiway connects the apron to the runway, which restricts the flow of traffic during periods of busier activity.

With only one taxiway available, departing aircraft are required to wait on the apron for arriving aircraft to land and taxi off the runway.

A new taxiway will increase airport safety and efficiency by creating an additional access point from the apron to the runway. The windcone is currently located within the proposed taxiway alignment and needs to be relocated. Placing the windcone in the ultimate location, per the ALP, will ensure safety and eliminate conflicts with future development.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• authorized the mayor to execute an amended agreement with Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing, PLLP to conduct a single audit in the amount of $3,000 for the year ending Dec. 31, 2019, for a total gross audit fee not to exceed $33,250.

• authorized the city administrator to approve an estimate to remove existing hardware and install and program new door locking hardware at the Winsted Municipal Airport arrival/departure building, for a cost not to exceed $2,500.

• authorized Bolton & Menk to initiate a work plan and professional services related to the implementation of a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) in the City of Winsted.

• authorize the final design and advertisement for quotes for a Westgate Pond cleaning project.

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