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City of New Richmond 6/8/09 Meeting

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 3:41pm

City Council Proceedings

City of New Richmond

Mayor: David Schnitzler City Clerk: Joseph D. Bjelland

Aldermanic Districts

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

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, JUne 8, 2009 7:00 P.M.

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.

Mayor Schnitzler asked to have a moment of silence for Paul Swenby who recently passed away and had been mayor from 1955 - 1962.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Alderman Horne moved to adopt the agenda as amended, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Alderman Zajkowski moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous Regular Council meetings, May 11, 2009, and approve them as presented, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Government Entities Network Update

There was discussion regarding the last Government Entities Network (GEN) meeting where the GEN group voted to have a task force formed which would include one member of each municipality. This group would meet several times to discuss Library operation cost sharing and a potential location for a new Library, and to come up with a recommendation by August of this year on whether all the municipalities would participate in a new library. Several Aldermen were upset that another small group was being formed to talk about the library and not including the Library Board on this task force. No action was taken.

Mayor Schnitzler appointed Ron Volkert to the GEN Library Task Force. Alderman Horne moved to confirm this appointment, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski. Considerable discussion followed. On voting, motion failed with Alderman Volkert, Hansen, Dale-Wozniak, and Van Blaircom voting no.

Application for Direct Seller's Permit

Roland Lundell, owner of Captain Ron's Food Shack, came back to talk to the Council about continuing to have his food shack on North Knowles Avenue on Skoglund's vacant property, and asked to continue to be exempt from the Direct Seller's Permit Fee. Discussion followed. Alderman Horne moved to deny the Direct Seller's Permit, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Applications for Amusement Device License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications for Amusement Device License: NR Bowling Center, Champ's Sports Bar & Grill, Agate Inn Inc, McCabe's Shamrock Club, Locker Room, AmericInn Motel, Suzanna's Restaurant, Huey's Bar, Laundry Village, Gibby's Inc., and Walmart Super Center #5432, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Applications for Cigarette License

Alderman Hansen moved to approve the following applications for Cigarette License: NR Bowling Center, Champ's Sports Bar & Grill, Agate Inn Inc, McCabe's Shamrock Club, Locker Room, Econo Foods, Freedom Valu Center #17, Lumberjack Liquors, Huey's Bar, Super America, Amoco Express, Amoco Food Shop, Cenex, Kwik Trip #337, NR Golf Club, Suzanna's Restaurant, New Richmond Golf Club - Links, Gibby's Inc, and Walmart Super Center #5432, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Alderman Horne voted no.

Applications for Class B Liquor License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications for Class B Liquor License: Lee Kellaher; Linda Soifakis, Agent for Champ's Sports Bar & Grill; Ruth McCabe, Agent for McCabe's Shamrock Club; Carrie Paulson, Agent for Suzanna's Restaurant; Susan Bonte Lee, Agent for Agate Inn Inc.; Joseph Skaar; David Gillen, Agent for Huey's Inc.; Jill Miller; John S. Jerlow, Agent for Lumberjack Liquors; Mark Maple, Ross Johnson, Agent for New Richmond Golf Club. Motion was seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Applications for Reserve Class B Liquor License

Alderman Van Blaircom moved to approve the following applications for Reserve Class B Liquor License: Ross Johnson, Agent for New Richmond Golf Club-Links; Jamie Gibson, Agent for Gibby's Inc; Wayne Fredrickson, Agent for American Legion Club 80; and Sufanor Suarez, Agent for Garibaldi's, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Applications for Class B Beer License

Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the following applications for Class B Beer License: Steve Montpetit, Agent for Pete's Pizza of NR, Inc, and Richard Coleman, Agent for Old Gem LLC, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Applications for Class B Beer and Class C Wine License

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the following applications for Class B Beer and Class C Wine License: Laura Zontelli, Agent for Bellarietta Bistro; Rebecca Beach; Meghan Bacon, Agent for Ava's Incorporated; and William Buell, Agent for The Space for Creativity, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Applications for Class A Beer License

Alderman Hansen moved to approve the following applications for Class A Beer License: Dwayne Maier, Agent for Kwik Trip #337; John S. Jerlow, Agent for BP Amoco Express; and David Crosby, Agent for New Richmond Cenex, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Applications for Class A Liquor License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications for Class A Liquor License: Dwayne Maier, Agent for Kwik Trip #337; and John S. Jerlow, Agent for BP Amoco Express, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Applications for License to Serve

Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications for License to Serve - Matthew R. Brotzler, New Richmond; Brian L. Wojan, New Richmond; Barbara J. Stuemke, New Richmond; Jason D. Wilson, New Richmond; Jacqueline L. Paar, Star Prairie; Brent G. Norberg, Houlton; James G. Gibson, New Richmond; Chad L. Norberg, Houlton; Nicole L. Gibson, New Richmond; Chris R. Milliron, New Richmond; Dustin J. Hoefferle, New Richmond; Patricia j. Betterley, New Richmond; William A. Gorski, Hammond; Tyler C. Hansen, New Richmond; Patrice L. Gorka, Star Prairie; Tammy D. Lau, New Richmond; Dwayne D. Maier, New Richmond; Reuben L. Golz, New Richmond; Jerry R. Dubois, New Richmond; Dennis G. Hurtis, Glenwood City; Christopher R. Heinbuch, New Richmond; Broderick A. Larson, New Richmond; Scott M. Cole, New Richmond; Debra K. Larson, New Richmond; Tiffany M. George, New Richmond; Charles L. Halberg, New Richmond. Motion was seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to deny the following applications for license to serve: Thomas T. Repp, New Richmond; and Eugene D. Briese, New Richmond, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Application for Mobile Home License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the application for Mobile Home License from Arthur Miller for Woodbridge Mobile Home Park, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Applications for Refuse Collection License

Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the following applications for Refuse Collection License: Stephen's Sanitation, Waste Management, Veolia ES Vasko Rubbish Removal, River City Disposal, Olson Sanitation, and Waterman Sanitation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Application for Taxi Cab License

Alderman Hansen moved to approve the application for Taxi Cab License from Top Hat, Inc. DBA New Richmond Shared Ride, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Applications for a Parade Permit

Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the application for a Parade Permit from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce for the Fun Fest Kiddie Parade on July 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Alderman Horne moved to approve the application for a Parade Permit from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce for the Fun Fest Grand Parade on July 11, 2009 at 5:00 p.m., seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Application for Street Use Permit

Alderman Hansen moved to approve the application for a Street Use Permit from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce for Campus Drive from Wisconsin Avenue to Homestead Drive - 4:00 p.m. on July 9, 2009 through 5:00 p.m. on July 12, 2009, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Request for Permit for Outdoor Amplified Music

Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the request for a Permit for Outdoor Amplified Music from Don & Kathy Harer at 1202 Highland Court for Sunday, August 9, 2009 4-8 p.m., seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Request for Extension of Premise

Alderman Horne moved to approve the request for Extension of Premise for Class B Liquor License from the American Legion Post 80 - June 27, 2009; July 3, 2009; July 4, 2009; and July 10-12, 2009, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the request for Extension of Premise from the Locker Room - To include an Outdoor Patio and Volleyball/Boot Hockey area until 10 p.m. each night for a period of 1 month, the Locker Room owners were asked to return to the next Council meeting on July 13th, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried. Alderman Volkert and Hansen voted no. There was discussion regarding updating our City Ordinances that deal with Extension of Premises with the new smoking ban that will take effect throughout Wisconsin in 2010. Staff will bring back a proposed new ordinance next month.

Request for Permit for Outdoor Amplified Music

Alderman Horne moved to approve the request for Outdoor Amplified Music Permit from Faith Community Church for June 21st and August 16th of 2009, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Mayor's Appointment

Mayor Schnitzler appointed Keith Stuedemann to the Library Board to Replace Sue Franchere who resigned. Alderman Zajkowski moved to confirm this appointment, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Creating New Zoning Districts

John Frisco, Zoning & Building Inspector, explained that we will be creating two new zoning districts. One new Zoning District will be for WITC campus and existing Schools and government property currently zoned in Conservancy District (W) and a Well Head Protection Zone. The Plan Commission will hold a Public Hearing to discuss these new Zoning Districts at their next regularly scheduled meeting on July 7, 2009. No action taken.

MOU for School Resource Officer Program

Alderman Hansen moved to approve the draft of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New Richmond School District for the School Resource Officer Program, which may be funded with the COPS grant application that was submitted by Police Chief Mark Samelstad, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Ordinance #405 Section 2-59(5), Chief of Police

Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #405 amending section 2-59 (5) Chief of Police, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. The amended Ordinance will add the words "subject to the approval of the Council" to section 2-59(5).

Street Committee Recommendations

The Street Committee recommended denying the request to place a stop sign on East Third Street at South Green Avenue. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

The Street Committee recommended approving an address sign for Pinecrest Lane which is off West Fourth Street and is currently a private Drive, but is recognized by the Post Office. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

The Street Committee recommended approving the request from the Middle School to have "No Parking" signs placed at the intersection of East Fifth Street and Green Avenue. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

The Street Committee recommended placing the new Speed Board Sign, which was received on a grant from AAA, on Paperjack Drive, with the location to be determined by Dan Koski. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.

The Street Committee recommended designating Paperjack Drive from Bilmar Avenue to just west of the bridge as a "School Zone" designation with flashing yellow School Zone signs. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

The Street Committee had several complaints from residents regarding locating the bike path along South Dakota Avenue and West First Street. Neighbors were not notified about this bike path prior to the striping and they were not told that they would be losing their on-street parking on West First Street. These residents would like the bike path located on Minnesota Avenue instead of South Dakota Avenue, which would alleviate the safety issues on West First Street. The Street Committee tabled discussion regarding the bike path for further review. Alderman Volkert moved to table this item, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Finance Committee Recommendations

The Finance Committee received the following four bids for the construction of a new trail at the Hatfield Lake Regional Park:

Gjonnes & Sons Excavating $253,790.46

Belisle Excavating 271,858.60

A-1 Excavating 278,627.25

Haas & Sons, Inc. 285,840.20

Alderman Zajkowksi moved to accept the bid from Gjonnes & Sons for $253,790.46, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

The Finance Committee received the following alternate bids for the installation of water and sewer along the western trail of the Hatfield Lake Regional Park (HLRP):

Gjonnes & Sons Excavating $68,945.00

Belisle Excavating 89,980.50

A-1 Excavating 72,654.00

Haas & Sons, Inc. 70,252.50

This water and sewer could be used to access the Neuman Property, which is abutting the HLRP to the west, and eventually loop the water to the County Road CC entrance to the HLRP. This project was not budgeted for in 2009. Considerable discussion followed. Alderman Zajkowski moved to not do the alternate bid for the water and sewer installation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Joe Kerlin, Parks Director, was asked to summarize the remaining costs to complete the upgrades to Citizen's Field. The new batting cage and bullpen area would require $13,200 in material and the visitor's dugout would cost $3,824.50 in material to renovate. These items were not budgeted for in the Capital Project improvements for 2009. Joe Kerlin mentioned that he may have some unspent Park Department Capital Project funds available to complete some of these improvements. Alderman Zajkowski moved to table further discussion, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Alderman Zajkowski discussed the need for two 60 foot electric poles to be used at Citizen's Field to provide screening to keep foul balls from leaving the ball field. The City Electric Department would install the poles for no cost, but the 60 foot poles are approximately $950 each and were not budgeted for in 2009. Alderman Zajkowski moved to table the discussion, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Dan Koski, City Engineer, presented the following proposals for Engineering Services for the Extension of Richmond Way to 140th Street:

Cedar Corp: $74,500

SEH 84,820

Bonnestroo 94,255

Ayres 141,400

Dan Koski and Bob Barbian, City Planner, completed a qualitative analysis on the four bids and SEH scored the highest due to their familiarity with the project and the considerable amount of work they have completed to date on the project. Dan Koski recommended awarding the bid to SEH on the basis of the extent of the work they have already completed and their familiarity with this project. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept the proposal from SEH for $84,820 to engineer the extension of Richmond Way, seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried.

Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO # 38128 thru VO #38308 for $254,687.97 plus electronic transfers totaling $910,757.96, for a grand total of $1,165,445.93, with the funds coming from the following accounts:

General Fund $611,181.42

Impact Fees 4,277.60

CDBG - Housing Grant 8,415.50

Health Insurance 3,336.02

Debt Service 53,691.33

Debt Service - B Bonds 407,767.50

Capital Projects 26,065.71

Landfill Cleanup Project 20,376.64

TIF # 6 17,947.50

TIF # 8 2,725.32

TIF # 9 1,857.84

Storm Water Utility 4,505.37

Library Trust Fund 3,298.18

Motion was seconded by Alderman Van Blaircom and carried. Alderman Hansen abstained.

Development of a Communications Plan for City

Alderman Van Blaircom explained that he would like to develop a communications plan for the City to communicate better with the community. Suggestions included adding more information to the City website and community emails. An example for the website would be to have the Aldermanic District Maps available so citizens can contact their Alderman. Discussion followed. No action was taken.

Discussion on Monthly Department Reports

Alderman Hansen explained that she would like to see more monthly reports from department supervisors. Joe Kerlin, Parks Director, sends out a report with the Park Board agendas and Bob Barbian sends out reports with the EDC agendas. Scott Vrieze, Library Director, gives his report to the Library Board monthly. John Frisco, Zoning & Building Inspector, sends out a monthly report on building permits issued. Dan Koski, City Engineer, gives his report to the Street Committee, but Dennis Horner, City Administrator, and Mark Samelstad, Police Chief, don't give monthly reports. Alderman Hansen would like a monthly report from the Police Chief and City Administrator, and she would also like to see more financial information given to the Council so they know how the City is doing in regard to the budget.

Communications and Miscellaneous

Mayor Schnitzler stated that he received a letter from Pat Doyle thanking the Council for rejecting the permit for the tool sale at Suzanna's Restaurant.

Family Fresh will have their ribbon cutting on Tuesday, June 9th at 9 a.m.

Paul Mayor, NRAEDC president, will have a tour of the Bosch building on June 22, 2009 at 4 p.m. for any supervisors or Council members that are interested.

Alderman Horne moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Joseph D. Bjelland, Clerk/Treasurer

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