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City of New Richmond-5/11/09

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 3:12pm

City Council Proceedings City of New Richmond

Mayor: David Schnitzler City Clerk: Joseph D. Bjelland District 1: Frederick Horne District 2: Kirk Van Blaircom District 3: Roberta Dale-Wozniak District 4: Jane Hansen District 5: Ronald Volkert District 6: James Zajkowski


The meeting was opened by announcing that this was an open meeting of the Common Council. Notice of this meeting was given to the public at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting by forwarding the complete agenda to the official City newspaper, the New Richmond News, and to all news media who have requested the same as well as posting. Copies of the complete agenda were available for inspection at the City Clerk's office. Anyone desiring information as to forthcoming meetings should contact the City Clerk's office. Roll call was taken. Members Present: Mayor Schnitzler, Alderman Horne, Van Blaircom, Dale-Wozniak, Hansen, Volkert, and Zajkowski. Members Absent: Student Representatives Megan Elkin and Ariel Berres-Green. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to adopt the agenda as amended, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried. Alderman Horne moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous Regular Council meetings, April 13, 2009, April 21, 2009 and Special Council Meeting, April 28, 2009 and approve them as presented, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried. Government Entities Network Update The Government Entities Network met at The Centre and took a tour of the building and discussed Economic Development in the New Richmond Area. At the next GEN meeting they will be discussing whether or not to form a Joint Library Board. No action taken. Bosch Vacating Downtown Building Bosch will be vacating their downtown manufacturing building on Minnesota Avenue that is currently owned by the City as of December 31, 2009. Bosch will be adding on to their existing building on South Knowles Avenue. No action taken. Applications for License to Serve Alderman Hansen moved to approve the applications for License to Serve from Andrea L. McCann, New Richmond; Andrew J. Kanter, New Richmond; Jamie Lee Koscinski, New Richmond; Kyle J. Wetting, Star Prairie; and Charles C. Hurley, Deer Park, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried. Applications for Direct Seller' s Permit Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the application for Direct Seller' s Permit for Randy L. Allen Jr. and Nathan E. Diesel from Tap Enterprises for a Tool Sale at Suzanna' s Restaurant on May 13, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak. On voting, motion died with Alderman Horne, Van Blaircom, Volkert, Hansen, and Zajkowski voting no. Shared Ride Taxi Service Alderman Horne moved to approve the No Second Chance Drug and Alcohol Policy for the Shared Ride Taxi Service as presented by Top Hat, Inc. and approved by the Wisconsin DOT, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried. Military Leave Policy Alderman Horne moved to approve the Military Leave Policy and include the entire term of active duty for any employee to receive the policy benefits, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. Leave Time Donation Program Alderman Hansen moved to approve the Leave Time Donation Program and to require the City Administrator to make final leave donation approvals, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried. Request to Consider Class A Quota Increase A letter was received from Walmart requesting that the Council consider increasing the Class A License quota. Alderman Horne moved to deny the request to increase the Class A Quota, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Discussion of Municipal Code, Section 2-59(5) Chief of Police There was discussion regarding policies and procedures for the Police Department. Other municipalities have Police Department policies and procedures approved by the Common Council. It was the consensus of the Council to make that change for the City of New Richmond. This Ordinance Amendment will come back to the Council next month for a vote. No action taken. Street Committee Recommendations The Street Committee received the following bids for Architectural Services to design a new City Street Shop: Fees Scores Cedar Corporation $72,500 24.0 Wold Architects $81,756 19.5 Architect Design $88,569 17.0 SEH, Inc $98,480 20.5 City Engineer, Dan Koski, and Building Inspector, John Frisco, reviewed the bids and assigned scores to each firm and compared the fees based on a common cost for construction. Their recommendation was to accept the bid from Cedar Corporation which was a firm bid and not based on a percentage of construction costs. Alderman Volkert moved to accept the Street Department recommendation to accept the bid from Cedar Corporation for $72,500, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. A resident requested to have a stop sign placed on East Third Street at Rounds Avenue. The Street Committee approved the stop sign on East Third Street. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. Finance Committee Recommendations The Finance Committee recommended approving paying for 10 hours for the New Richmond Shared Ride Taxi Service to provide free Sober Taxi rides during the Park Art Fair at a cost of approximately $280, with the funds to come from the room tax and the General Fund. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried. The Finance Committee recommended paying Jesse Kvitek $10,328 for driveway consolidation and lot improvements and $4,250 for right-of-way acquisition, with the City to complete the driveway apron construction and sidewalk, curb & gutter removal, and Jesse to transfer the right for the future joint easement on the driveways, with the funds coming from TIF #9. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried. The Finance Committee received a request from Shannon Hagman for funding a Non-Profit Youth Center to be located at 240 Wisconsin Drive. The cost for the facility is approximately $90,000 and the owners have raised $40-45,000 so far. Alderman Zajkowski moved to match any funds donated by the Village of Star Prairie and the surrounding Townships, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried. Alderman Van Blaircom and Volkert abstained. Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO # 37961 thru VO # 38127 for $252,887.59 plus electronic transfers totaling $801,505.16, for a grand total of $1,054,392.75 with the funds coming from the following accounts: General Fund $694,360.55

Impact Fees 680.00 CDBG - Housing Grant 870.00 Health Insurance 3,336.02 Debt Service 301,961.56 Capital Projects 3,655.80 Landfill Cleanup Project 31,558.45 TIF # 6 6,400.00 TIF # 8 4,758.28 Storm Water Utility 5,449.34 Park Land Trust Fund 1,362.75 Motion was seconded by Alderman Horne and carried. Communications and Miscellaneous Alderman Horne stated that he discussed the proposed Emergency Government building with the Ambulance Board and they would like to see this building combined with a new ambulance building. Mayor Schnitzler read a letter from the Municipal Treasurer' s Association and congratulated Beverly Langenback for completing the requirements to renew her Certified Municipal Treasurer Status. Molly Busker, a resident on Paperjack Drive, would like to see the City install a permanent radar speed sign on Paperjack Drive, in order to slow down traffic. Police Chief, Mark Samelstad, will look into any new grant opportunities. Alderman Van Blaircom moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m. Joseph D. Bjelland, Clerk/Treasurer