City Government

City Staff

City Administrator – Dan Tienter
City Clerk-Treasurer – Raquel Kirchoff
Deputy City Clerk – Amanda Zeidler
Administrative Assistant – Sandy Fleischman
Police Chief – Justin Heldt
Officers – Jim Lammers, Tyler Bruns, and Dylan Reiner
Public Works – Dave Meyer, Jamie Stotko, and John Schlechter
Building Inspector – Metro West Inspection Services
City Attorney – Fran Eggert
City Engineer – Bolton & Menk

City Offices

City offices are located at 201 1st Street North. The mailing address is Winsted City Hall, PO Box 126, Winsted, MN  55395. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the phone number is (320) 485-2366. Other important numbers include:

Fax (320) 485-2858
City Administrator (320) 485-2366
Building Inspector (763) 684-0383
Police – Emergency 911
Fire – Emergency 911
Police Department (320) 485-2600
Public Works (320) 485-2201

Website www.winsted.mn.us

The Mayor and City Council

The mayor and city council serve as the local legislative body in Winsted. They adopt an annual budget, approve expenditures, appoint all staff, and ratify all policies and ordinances of the city.

Mayor and council members

  • Mayor Steve Stotko, 372 South Shore Drive, (320) 485-3898. His term expires in 2018.
  • Tom Ollig, 141 George Ave. E., (320) 485-3987. His term expires in 2020.
  • George Schulenberg, 530 Kingsley Ave. S. (320) 485-4730. His term expires in 2018.
  • Patty Fitzgerald, 511 Ponto Point (310) 977-8507. Her term expires in 2020.
  • Mike Henrich, 431-5th Street N. (320) 485-4455. His term expires in 2018.

City council meetings are conducted the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at city hall, located at 201 1st Street North. To request that an item be placed on the agenda, contact the city administrator.

The Winsted City Council has also created several advisory commissions to aid the city in transportation, planning, development, recreation, and quality of life issues.

Fire Board Members

City representatives: Tom Wiemiller, voting
George Schulenberg, non-voting

Winsted Township: Michael Laxen, voting
Tony Hausladen, non-voting

Hollywood Township: Ron Stender, voting
Ron Kassulker, non-voting

Victor Township: Sean Groos, voting
Greg Bakeberg, non-voting

Woodland Township: Scott Salonek, voting
Barry Pawelk, non-voting

Fire Department
Fire Chief – Brian Langenfeld
First Asst. Chief – Jon Davidson
Second Asst. Chief – Troy Scherping
First Captain – Justin Hertzog
Second Captain – Todd Koch
Third Captain – Ryan Chatterton
Fire board rep. – George Schulenberg

Park Commission

The purpose of the Winsted Park Commission is to advise the city council on the proper use of the parks, trails, and natural environment and policies covering recreation activities. The commission recommends an annual budget, reviews equipment needs, and plans for additional recreational opportunities in the area.

Park commission meetings are the second Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the council chambers, unless noted otherwise.

Current members:
Steve Ebert
Petie Littfin
Tim Fury
Evelyn Fowler
Cindy Racette

Planning Commission

The purpose of the planning commission is to advise the city council on all land-use planning matters.

Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, unless noted otherwise.

The Winsted Pride Award nominees are judged by the planning commission. The award recognizes residential and commercial/industrial property owners who go above and beyond normal standards to maintain their properties.

Current members:
Chairman, Marv Ebensperger
Jolynn Cafferty
Mike Guggemos
Allison Moses
City council liaison Tom Ollig
City services and ordinances

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

The operation of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the city is allowed by operators who are at least 16 years of age and have a valid Minnesota driver’s license, as long as the driver takes the most non-stop, direct route in and out of town. The ATV ordinance is available at city hall or the city’s website at www.winsted.mn.us.

Blight

The residents of Winsted take extreme pride in the maintenance of their properties. As a result, the city has developed a blight ordinance, which restricts the storage of junk cars, tires, old construction materials, and other debris and garbage. If you feel there is a case of blight in your neighborhood, contact the city.

Brush/compost site

The city maintains a location for city residents to dispose of brush and compost materials. Contact city hall for hours and location.

Building permits

Winsted has adopted the state building code. The city is provided building inspection service by Metro West Inspection Services.

Building permits are needed for a variety of projects, including installation of furnace and air conditioning units, re-roofing, re-siding, sheds, garages, and new construction. Should you have any questions regarding your need for a building permit, call city hall at (320) 485-2366.

Recreational fires

Recreational fires are allowed within the city of Winsted. Contact the city hall for guidelines.

City utilities

Cable – Cable television is available to all residents from Mediacom Cable and TDS.  If you would like to connect to cable television or have any problems with cable television, call Mediacom at 800-332-0245 or TDS at 877-665-9990.  Digital channels 107.1 and 107.2 are the local public access channels in Winsted.

Electric – Xcel Energy, customer service: 800-895-4999, emergency or lights out: 800-895-1999; HomeSmart: 800-238-7378, business solution center: 800-481-4700; and McLeod Cooperative Power Association, customer service: (320) 864-3148, after hour outages: 800-927-5685.

Gas – CenterPoint Energy, customer service: 800-245-2377, gas leak emergency: 800-722-9326. Call Gopher State before you dig, 800-252-1166.

Telephone – TDS Telecom provides local telephone service in Winsted at (320) 485-4111. TDS is located at 316 Pine Street, Monticello, MN 55362.

Curbside recycling service

Recyclable materials are picked up every Tuesday by West Central Sanitation. Bins must be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. Recyclable materials must be sorted, and include cardboard/boxboard, mixed paper, plastics, metals, and glass. For more information on recycling, contact McLeod County Solid Waste at 1-800-335-0575.

Day care

For a current listing of day care providers in the area, contact McLeod County Social Services. McLeod County’s local number for Winsted residents is (320) 395-2568.

Diseased trees

In order to prevent the spread of disease, all diseased trees should be removed as soon as possible.

If you have a tree or trees that you believe may be diseased, call (320) 485-2201 for assistance. Boulevard trees are removed and replaced by the city.

Dog licenses

A license is required for all dogs over 4 months of age.  Licenses expire Dec. 31 of each year and must be renewed at city hall for $10. All applications for a license must be accompanied by a statement from a veterinarian indicating that the dog has current vaccinations; or a rabies vaccination certificate. City ordinance requires pet owners to clean up and dispose of any animal feces.

Fences

The city of Winsted requires a permit prior to installing a fence. Fence permit applications may be picked up at city hall.

Garbage pick-up

Garbage pick-up is provided every Tuesday by Waste Management. Containers should be curbside by 7 a.m.  The company provides 32-, 64-, or 96-gallon containers. Tags can be purchased from Waste Management for excess bags of refuse. Refuse charges are available from Waste Management. Contact Waste Management at 1-888-960-0008 or via e-mail at WVEservice@wm.com for customer
service needs.

Post office

The post office is located at 155 Main Ave. W. and can be reached at (320) 485-2310. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.

House numbers

In order to locate your home in an emergency, owners are required to display their house numbers so they can be seen easily from the street, with a minimum size of 4 inches in height.

Signs

The city of Winsted requires a permit prior to any sign being installed. Sign permit applications may be picked up at city hall.

Snowmobile usage

The city allows snowmobilers to drive the most direct route from their house on city streets to outside city limits and return to their home on the same route. No snowmobiling is allowed between the hours of 1 a.m. and one-half hour before sunrise.

Water and sewer

Water and sewer customers are billed by the city on a monthly basis. For more information on your utility bill, contact the utility billing clerk at (320) 485-2366.

Winter parking

From Nov. 1 through March 31, there is no parking on city streets from 2 to 6 a.m. In the case of more than 2 inches of snow, parking is not allowed on any streets until the streets have been cleared of snow.