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New Richmond City Council, Feb. 11, 2008

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New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

City Council Proceedings

City of New Richmond

Mayor: David Schnitzler City Clerk: Joseph D. Bjelland

Aldermanic Districts

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District 1: Frederick Horne

District 2: James Johnston

District 3: Roberta Dale-Wozniak

District 4: Renee Keating

District 5: Ronald Volkert

District 6: James Zajkowski

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, February 11, 2008 7:00 P.M.

Mayor Schnitzler opened the meeting 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, Dale-Wozniak, Johnston, Volkert, and Zajkowski.

Member Absent: Alderman Keating.The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Alderman Johnston moved to adopt the amended agenda as presented, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Alderman Zajkowski moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous Regular Council Meeting, January 14, 2008 and approve them as presented, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Paperjack Creek Villas - Tom Koop

Tom Koop and Jack Erickson expressed concern about the recently approved amended PUD for Paperjack Creek Villas. They were concerned about the advertisement for $130,000 homes to be built when the developer promised $170,000 homes in this development. Tom Koop would like the City to revoke the approved amended PUD. Alderman Johnston would like to have City Attorney, Ron Siler, look into whether the amended PUD was approved correctly and what is happening in the new development in regards to the type of homes being built. Alderman Volkert moved to have Ron Siler look into legal issues related to the approval of the Paperjack Creek Villas amended PUD, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Marketing Proposal for Sale of City Owned 28.75 Acres on 140th Avenue and County Road GG

John Walsh, a local Real Estate Broker, would like to have a non-exclusive listing agreement for the property formerly known as the Early Property, similar to the approved listing agreement with Scott Hawkins. This agreement calls for a 5% sales commission. Alderman Horne moved to approve the non-exclusive listing agreement with John Walsh, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Plan Commission Recommendations

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Certified Survey Map from The City of New Richmond for the 60 acre Wickenhauser property abutting the north end of the New Richmond Regional Airport, with the 2 recommendations from Bob Barbian as stated in the February 5, 2008 Plan Commission minutes. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Certified Survey Map from Skoglund Properties establishing the final 2 lots in their TIF #7 redevelopment, with the 3 recommendations from Bob Barbian as stated in the February 5, 2008 Plan Commission minutes. Alderman Horne moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.

Clean Up and Repair Order for 309 North Third Street

John Frisco updated the Council that he is acting on a clean up and repair order for 309 North Third Street. The home is in foreclosure. No action taken.

Borst Condemnation - 648 West Fourth Street

Mr. Borst updated the Council on his plans to raze or repair his building at 648 West Fourth Street. The Council asked Mr. Borst to clean up the exterior of his existing building before this spring. Mr. Borst stated he will raze the building by June 1st 2008, when the temperature warms up, and he will deliver a letter stating his plans within the next couple of days to John Frisco. No action taken.

Pape Taxi - Use of Building on West Fourth Street Alley

Some neighbors have recently complained about the excessive use of the Pape Taxi pole building located on the West Fourth Street alley. Scott Peper, who owns a house abutting the building, has spotted vehicles located in the building and wants the building to be safe for his family. Alderman Johnston moved to have John Frisco check out the use of the pole building, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried. Alderman Volkert abstained.

Second Reading for Ordinance Section 50-94 Prohibiting Exhibition Fighting Without a Permit

Mark Samelstad presented a 2nd draft of an Ordinance that would prohibit any form of boxing, wrestling or other type of fighting event without a permit granted by the Council. If any group was granted a permit, Mark Samelstad would require the group to pay for uniformed New Richmond police officers at the event. Alderman Zajkowski moved to suspend the rules and approve the Ordinance prohibiting exhibition fighting without a permit, seconded by Alderman Horne. Alderman Zajkowski and Horne voted yes. Alderman Dale-Wozniak, Volkert and Johnston voted no. Motion failed. Alderman Johnston moved to suspend the rules and approve the original draft of the Ordinance that completely prohibited any form of boxing, wrestling or other type of fighting event, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. Alderman Zajkowski voted no.

Ordinance #384 - Water Utility Regulations

When the City recodified the City Ordinances, the section on Water Utility Regulations was deleted. Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #384 - Water Utility Regulations, seconded by Alderman Johnson and carried.

Resolution #020801 - Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of up to $803,462 General Obligation Land Remediation Promissory Notes, Series 2008

Alderman Zajkowski offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

Resolution #020801

Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of up to $803,462

Taxable General Obligation Land Remediation Promissory Notes,

Series 2008, And Providing for Other Details and Covenants

with Respect Thereto

The motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Resolution #020802 - Amending the Schedule of Fees

Alderman Johnston offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

RESOLUTION #020802

RESOLUTION AMENDING THE SCHEDULE OF FEES

WHEREAS, the City of New Richmond hereby adopts the following Amendments to the Schedule of Fees:

Section License/Fee Type Fee

Assessor Fees - Residential Additions/Alterations $25.00

Assessor Fees - Commercial/Manufacturing $25.00 - 100.00

Motion was seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Ordinance #385 - Amending Section 121-129, 130, 131, 132

These sections of the City Ordinances were deleted during the recodification process. Alderman Johnston moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #385 amending sections 121-129, 130, 131 and 132, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Amendment to Skoglund TID #7 Agreement

Bob Barbian and Karl Skoglund had discussed an amendment to the current TID #7 agreement that would leave Phase IV as it currently is with no TIF incentive payouts until a tax agreement is in place, and allow the payment of the incentives for Phase V of $125,000, but with no other incentives related to Phase V until the tax agreement is in place. Alderman Horne moved to approve this agreement, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Applications for License to Serve

Alderman Volkert moved to approve the following applications for License to Serve: Christopher R. Heinbuch, New Richmond, Dennis G. Hurtis, Glenwood City, and Anthony J. Engesether, New Richmond, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Application for a Reserve Class B Liquor License

Alderman Zajkowski move to approve the application for a Reserve Class B Liquor License from Sufanor Ballina Suarez, Agent for Garibaldi's, LLC, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Application for a Class A Beer and a Class A Liquor License

Alderman Volkert moved to approve the application for a Class A Beer and a Class A Liquor license from David Crosby, Agent for the New Richmond Cenex, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Application for a Temporary Class B Beer License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the application for a temporary Class B Beer license from the Knights of Columbus for March 7 - 8, 2008, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Application for a Direct Sellers Permit

Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the application for a Direct Sellers Permit from Chad Kottschade and Terry Woodring of Tap Enterprises for a Tool Sale at Suzanna's Restaurant on February 21, 2008, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Application for Run/Walk Permit

Alderman Horne moved to approve the application for a Run/Walk Permit for April 12, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. for the Monika Jensen 5K Scholarship Run, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Application for Parade Permit

Alderman Johnston moved to approve the application for a Parade Permit for the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Request for Extension of Premises for a Class B Liquor License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the request for an extension of premises for a Class B Liquor License from Kellaher's Bar for July 10 - 13, 2008, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Street Committee Recommendations

There was discussion on the proposed 2008 Street reconstruction projects. It had been previously discussed to reconstruct 140th Avenue from the intersection of County Rd GG to the intersection of Paperjack Drive. City Staff would also like to see the reconstruction of Paperjack Drive from 140th Avenue to the east side of the bridge, at a total estimated cost of $130,000. The Street Committee will be meeting with Richmond Township to discuss their participation in the cost of reconstruction, and the Township allowing the City to place a deferred assessment on the abutting township property owners. The Street Committee recommended to reconstruct 140th Avenue from County Rd GG to Paperjack Drive and reconstruct Paperjack Drive from 140th Avenue to the east side of the bridge. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

The Street Committee recommended placing a "Slow Deaf Child" sign on Williamsburg Place at a cost of about $80 per sign, 2 signs would be needed. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Finance Committee Recommendations

There was discussion on finalizing the 2008 Capital Projects and projected borrowing. The preliminary discussion included reconstruction of 140th Avenue from County Road GG to Paperjack Drive. City staff also recommended reconstructing Paperjack Drive from 140th Avenue west to the east end of the bridge, at a cost of approximately $130,000. The Finance committee recommended approving the presented list of Capital Projects totaling $927,252.00 plus the additional $130,000 for Paperjack Drive reconstruction for a grand total of $1,057,252. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Steve Halleen had previously owned 253 acres east of the City that he sold to CoPar Developers around 2004 on a land contract, and now he is in the process of reclaiming ownership of the property. The City Assessor had assessed the 253 acres as developable land at a value of $15,000 per acre. CoPar had never contested the assessed value, at the same time had never paid the property taxes from the 2006 assessment year. The amount of taxes payable to St. Croix County is approximately $91,000. Steve Halleen is claiming this as an illegal tax, and that the City Assessor should have checked on the property to verify if farming was taking place. The Finance Committee recommended that the City should pay the approximate $91,000 back taxes from 2006 from the General Fund and charge back the other taxing jurisdictions. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

K & S Developers owe the City $13,936.00 for 8 street lights along the west end of Richmond Way between Evergreen Valley Phase II and Phase III that were installed by the Electric Utility in May of 2006. This Finance Committee recommended to use whatever legal methods were available, such as liens, or to place the delinquent amount on the tax roll, or other legal actions to collect these funds from K & S Developers. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Joe Kerlin, Parks Director, has been asked to attend a Creative Constructs International Symposium being held in Ottawa, Canada on April 28 - May 1, 2008 by the Front Porch Institute. Joe Kerlin and other City residents will be discussing the Front Porch Project taking place in New Richmond. The cost for the conference will be about $1,500, which includes airfare and hotel. The Finance Committee recommended allowing Joe Kerlin to attend the International Symposium with costs not to exceed $1,500 from the General Fund. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Dave Mehls, Hatfield Lake Regional Park Project Manager, brought a proposal for potential revenue sources for the new regional park. Proposal #1 would be to use 20% of the annual room tax revenue generated by the City, which would be about $10,000 annually. Proposal #2 would be to use the annual lease revenue from the renting of the land at Hatfield Regional Park and the City owned Early Property, which would generate $4,700 annually. Proposal #3 would be to allocate 20% of yearly Parkland Dedication Funds to the new park, which would be about $6,100 per year, based on 2007 Park Impact Fees. The Finance Committee recommended approving proposals number 2 and 3 to be dedicated to the new Hatfield Lake Regional Park. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The New Richmond Area Youth Sports Association requested a $50,000 loan from the City to help fund improvements at the New Hatfield Lake Regional Park. They requested a 5 year loan which will be repaid by increasing the user fees by $10 per year, which will generate approximately $9,000 annually. The Finance Committee recommended loaning $50,000 to the New Richmond Area Youth Sports Association (NRAYSA) from the General Fund, at the State Trust Fund rate plus 1% admin fees. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO# 34651 thru VO# 34865 totaling $4,587,584.83 with the money to come from the following accounts:

General Fund $744,468.07

Impact Fees 1,863.20

CDBG - Housing 810.37

Housing Projects 358.90

Health Insurance 4,361.13

Debt Service Fund 287.50

Capital Projects 38,644.03

Landfill Cleanup Project 223,241.54

TIF #6 6,977.31

TIF #7 125,274.05

TIF #8 10,581.75

Storm Water Utility 4,160.46

Park Land Trust Fund 9,725.12

Library Trust Fund 1,647.42

Tax Agency Fund 3,415,183.98

Motion was seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Communications and Miscellaneous

There will be an Economic Development Workshop on February 20, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.The Street Committee will be meeting with Richmond Township on February 12, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. Joseph D. Bjelland,

Clerk/Treasurer

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