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New Richmond City Council, June 9, 2008

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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: Jane Hansen

District 5: Ronald Volkert

District 6: James Zajkowski

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, June 9, 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, Johnston, Dale-Wozniak, Hansen, Volkert and Student Representative Megan Elkin.

Members Absent: Alderman Zajkowski and Student Representative Rachel Mortensen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to adopt the agenda as amended, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried. Alderman Horne moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous Regular Council meeting, May 12, 2008 and Special Council Meetings, April 15, 2008 and May 27, 2008, and approve them as presented, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Public Hearing for CDBG-PFED

Mayor Schnitzler declared the Public Hearing open to discuss the Community Development Block Grant - Public Facilities Development Grant Citizen Participation Plan. Bob Barbian gave an overview of the CDBG program explaining that the funds are available for housing, public facilities, and economic development. He reviewed the housing needs, community development needs and explained the activities proposed for the CDBG application. Bob explained the potential for residential displacement as a result of these activities and the public was given an opportunity to discuss the proposed application. Bob evaluated the current policies and practices to determine if the communities projects, programs, activities and/or services adversely affects the full participation of individuals with disabilities, and all items on the CDBG checklist were addressed. The Public Hearing was declared closed.

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

RESOLUTION #060801

AUTHORIZING RESOLUTION

Authorizing Submission of a CDBG Application

Relating to the City of New Richmond participation in the Community Development Block Grant program.

WHEREAS, Federal monies are available under the Community Development Block Grant program, administered by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Commerce (Commerce), for the purpose of the provision or improvement of public facilities; and

WHEREAS, after public meeting and due consideration, the City Council has recommended that an application be submitted to Commerce for the following project(s): Water System Improvements and

WHEREAS, it is necessary for the City Council, to approve the preparation and filing of an application for the City to receive funds from this program; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has reviewed the need for the proposed project(s) and the benefit(s) to be gained there from;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council does hereby approve and authorize the preparation and filing of an application for the above-named project(s); and that the Mayor is hereby authorized to sign all necessary documents on behalf of the City; and that authority is hereby granted to the City Council to take the necessary steps to prepare and file the appropriate application for funds under this program in accordance with this resolution.

Motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Plan Commission Recommendations

The Plan Commission recommended approving the amended project plan for TIF #5 in order to share revenue with TIF #6 for a period of five years. Alderman Horne offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

RESOLUTION #060802

A RESOLUTION AMENDING, DESCRIBING AND MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS AND APPROVING PROJECT PLAN AMENDMENT FOR TAX INCREMENTAL DISTRICT NO. 5,

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND, WISCONSIN

WHEREAS, the overall development of the City of New Richmond is recognized as a major need of the City; and

WHEREAS, Section 66.1105 of the Wisconsin Statutes (the Tax Increment Law) provides the authority and establishes procedures for amending tax incremental districts and amending the Project Plans for such Districts; and

WHEREAS, Tax Incremental District No. 5 (the "Donor District") was created by the City of New Richmond in 1987 for the purpose of purpose of expanding the tax base and increasing employment opportunities through the promotion of industrial development; and

WHEREAS, Tax Incremental District No. 6 (the "Recipient District") was created by the City of New Richmond in 1995 for the purpose of assisting in the expansion of the City's tax base and creating increased employment opportunities within the City through the encouragement of industrial development; and

WHEREAS, the City desires to amend the Donor District, in accordance with the provisions of Section 66.1105 of Wisconsin Statutes of the Tax Increment Law to allow for the allocation of positive tax increments with the Recipient District up to an additional five (5) year period beginning with tax increments collected in the year 2010, contributing to the overall development of the City;and

WHEREAS, in accordance with the procedures specified in the Tax Increment Law, the Plan Commission, on June 3, 2008, held a public hearing concerning the proposed amendment of the District and proposed Project Plan Amendment thereof in the City, wherein interested parties were afforded a reasonable opportunity to express their views; and

WHEREAS, prior to its publication, a copy of the notice of said hearing was sent to the chief executive officer of St. Croix County, the New Richmond School District Board, and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College District, and the other entities having the power to levy taxes on property located within the District, in accordance with the procedures specified in the Tax Increment Law; and

WHEREAS, after said public hearing, the Plan Commission recommended to the Common Council that it amends such District as specified in the Project Plan Amendment attached to this resolution as Exhibit A hereof, and entitled "Project Plan Amendment of Tax Incremental District No.5, City of New Richmond"; and

WHEREAS, the Plan Commission has prepared a Project Plan Amendment to the District attached as Exhibit A (the "Amendment"), which includes the following changes to the District's Project Plan relating to the proposed allocation of positive increments from District No. 5 to District No. 6:

a. Purpose and findings;

b. An updated economic feasibility study;

c. A summary of the proposed donor and recipient district's performance; and

WHEREAS, the Plan Commission has submitted such Project Plan Amendment to the Common Council and recommended approval thereof;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of New Richmond as follows:

1. Pursuant to the Tax Increment Law, there are hereby amended in the City of New Richmond, as of January 1, 2008, a District known as "Tax Incremental District No. 5,City of New Richmond", the boundaries of which shall remain the same as in the original Project Plan.

2. The Common Council hereby finds and declares that:

(a) Based upon the findings, as stated in (a) above, the District remains declared as an industrial District within the meaning of Section 66.1101 of the Wisconsin Statutes, based on the identification and classification of the property included within the District; and

(b) The improvement of such area is likely to enhance significantly the value of substantially all of the other real property in the District; and

(c) The project costs of the District, as amended, relate directly to promoting industrial development in the District consistent with the purpose for which the District is created; and

(d) The allocation of positive tax increments with the Recipient District up to an additional five year period beginning with tax increments collected in the year 2010.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Common Council of the City of New Richmond approves the Project Plan Amendment adopted by the Plan Commission, attached as Exhibit A, and finds that:

1. Such Amendment for the District in the City is feasible, and

2. Such Amendment is in conformity with the master plan of the City.

The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to notify the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, within 60 days of adoption of the amendment, that this amendment has taken place, pursuant to the provisions of Section 66.1105(5)(b) of the Wisconsin Statutes.

The City Assessor is hereby authorized and directed to make notations to the assessment roll under Section 70.45 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and the City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to make similar notations on the tax roll made under Section 70.65 of the Wisconsin Statutes, pursuant to Section 66.1105(5)(f) of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Motion was seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Plan Commission recommended that Dan Koski, City Engineer, and Glen Van Warmer, from SEH, look at the pedestrian plan for Econo Foods to see if the trail can be placed along the West side of the property so there can be a continuous North/South movement through this area. They will report back to at the next Plan Commission meeting. No action was taken.

The Plan Commission recommended approving the model Storm Water Management Agreement and CSM language to use for all future development. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Request to Have Outdoor Amplified Music

The Youth Advisory Committee requested to have outdoor amplified music on August 2, 2008 for a block party at Citizen's Field from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Alderman Johnston moved to approve this request, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.

Faith Community Church requested to have outdoor amplified music on July 20, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Alderman Volkert moved to approve this request, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Ordinance Amendment

Alderman Johnston moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #389 Amending Section 121-117 Variances, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Alderman Hansen voted no. This Ordinance amendment eliminates the Plan Commission from having to make a report to the Board of Appeals for Variance requests.

Applications for Amusement Device License

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

Applications for Cigarette License

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

Applications for Class B Liquor License

Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications Class B License to Sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor: 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 Bar; Jill Miller; John S. Jerlow, Agent for Lumberjack Liquor; Mark Maple; Jacqueline Paar, Agent for Kozy Korner; and Ross Johnson, Agent for the New Richmond Golf Club. Motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Applications for Reserve Class B Liquor License

Alderman Hansen moved to approve the following applications for Reserve Class B License to Sell Fermented Malt Beverages and Intoxicating Liquor: Ross Johnson, Agent for New Richmond Golf Club - Links; Jamie Gibson, Agent for Gibby's Inc.; Larry Dubois, Agent for American Legion Club 80; and Sufanor Suarez, Agent for Garibaldi's. Motion was seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Applications for Class B Beer License

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the following applications for Class B Beer License: Steve Montpetit, Agent for Pete's Pizza of New Richmond, Inc.; and Richard J. Coleman, Agent for Old Gem, LLC. Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Applications for Class B Beer and Class C Wine License

Alderman Hansen 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 Inc.; William Buell, Agent for The Space for Creativity; and Crag P. Wallin. Motion was seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Applications for Class A Liquor License

Alderman Johnston moved to approve the following applications for Class A Fermented Malt Beverage and Intoxicating Liquor Licenses: Dwayne Maier, Agent for Kwik Trip #337; and John S. Jerlow, Agent for Bob & Steve's BP Amoco Express. Motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Application for Mobile Home License

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

Applications for Refuse Collection License

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the following applications for Refuse Collection License: Stephens Sanitation, Waste Management, Veolia Es Vasko Rubbish Removal, River City Disposal Inc, Waterman Sanitation, Olson Sanitation, and Shamrock Disposal Inc. Motion was seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Application for Taxi Cab License

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the application for Taxi Cab License from Pape Taxi Services, Inc., seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried. Alderman Volkert abstained.

Applications for License to Serve

Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications for license to serve: Amy A. Storer, Hudson, Paula Berends, New Richmond; James P. Wisemiller, New Richmond; Deborah J. Kelly, New Richmond; Carol J. Proulx, New Richmond; Michelle B. Weyer, Clayton; Ryan J. Stevens, New Richmond; Lee A. Bostrom, New Richmond; Andrew R. Zywiec, New Richmond; Janelle S. Stephens, New Richmond; and Sadie L. Krabbenhoft, New Richmond. Motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to deny the application from Kendal M. Moore, River Falls, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Request for Extension of Premise

Alderman Horne moved to approve the request from American Legion Post 80 for extension of premise for July 11 - 13, 2008 to include an area in their parking lot that is clearly defined and controlled, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried. Alderman Johnston moved to approve the request from McCabe's Shamrock Club for extension of premise for July 11 - 13, 2008 for the area north of their building which will be clearly defined and controlled, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Applications for Direct Seller's Permit

Alderman Volkert moved to approve the applications for Direct Seller's Permit from Bryan Carlson, Mark Kotowski and Thomas Westerman from Benchmark Builders from June 10, 2008 through July 10, 2008 to allow them to sell roofing, siding and windows door to door, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Applications for Parade Permit

Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the application from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce for the Grand Parade on July 12, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. and the Kiddie Parade on July 12, 2008 at 11:00 a.m., seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Application for Street Use Permit

Alderman Johnston moved to approve the application for Street Use Permit from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce for Campus Drive from Homestead Drive to Wisconsin Avenue for Fun Fest from July 10 - 13, 2008, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Street Committee Recommendations

The Street Committee tabled discussion regarding the traffic analysis around the Sports Center. No action taken.

Dan Koski, City Engineer, discussed changes that he would like to make on the excavation permit applications. He will bring an Ordinance amendment and resolution to the next Street Committee meeting for approval. No action taken.

Thomas Clauder, from the Office of Commissioners of Railroads, conducted an inspection of railroad crossings in New Richmond to determine the condition of crossings and advise the City of steps or actions to take in order to have safe railroad crossings. Mr. Clauder recommended approximately a half dozen railroad crossing signs at various locations with the railroad providing the signs. He also recommended that the City request signalization, lights and guards at the following locations:

a) 140th Street

b) County Trunk K

c) Washington Avenue & First Street

d) Mary Park Crossing (2 locations)

e) Hwy 65/Knowles Avenue, reconstruction of pavement & transition plates

The Street Committee recommended requesting funding for crossing upgrades at all listed RR crossings including both Mary Park crossings. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. Alderman Volkert moved to request the reconstruction of Hwy 65/Knowles Avenue as listed above in item (e), seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Finance Committee Recommendations

Mark Devereux, incoming Rotary President, requested $7,500 from the City to help fund a national guest speaker sponsored by the Rotary. The Rotary recently turned over $15,000 to the City from the money they have previously collected from Spring Sparklers golf events for the Fourth of July fireworks, and they would like to use some of those funds for the speaker. Russ Korpela, from the Chamber, stated that the 2008 Spring Sparkler raised an additional $8,500 for fireworks and the City could split the $5,000 they budgeted for 2008 fireworks between the Rotary and the Chamber. The Finance Committee recommended paying $2,500 from the City budgeted fireworks account to the Rotary for the guest speaker. Alderman Horne moved to pay $3,000 from the General Fund Fireworks account to the Rotary for the guest speaker, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Russ Korpela requested $3,000 from the City to help fund a local shopper survey of New Richmond area residents to see what can be done to benefit downtown business. The total survey cost is $6,000 and being conducted by UW - River Falls. The Finance Committee recommended paying $2,000 to the Chamber of Commerce for a local shopper survey with the funds coming from the General Fund budgeted fireworks account. Alderman Horne moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

City staff presented a proposal from Northern Sign Solutions, Inc. for two new City of New Richmond entrance signs at a cost of $13,895. The Finance Committee would like staff, Vision 2020 representatives and community members to come back with recommendations for sign designs and sign locations and possibly budget for 2009. No action taken.

Joe Kerlin, Parks Director, requested to transfer $7,000 from the 2008 approved Capital Projects from a shelter repair at Mary Park to a new mower. The City Council approved $7,000 for a remodel to shelter #1 at Mary Park. Joe Kerlin would like to use those appropriated funds to purchase a new Kubota 30 HP 331 Zero Turn lawn mower. Joe would like to trade in his current mower, which is two years old and in need on constant repair, for a new mower. The cost for the new Kubota mower after trade in would be $6,300. The Finance Committee recommended transferring the Capital Projects budgeted money for the Mary Park shelter to purchase a new Kubota Zero Turn lawn mower for $6,300. Alderman Horne moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Tanya Reigel, Deputy Clerk, would like to obtain her 4 year degree in Business Administration and Accounting, she currently has a 2 year degree. City Council needs to approve all reimbursed higher education classes. The Finance Committee recommended approving reimbursing Tanya for her coursework towards earning her 4 year business degree, according to City Policy. Alderman Horne moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Alderman Horne moved to pay VO# 35602 thru VO#35802 for $875,841.70 plus electronic transfers totaling $1,651,209.03, with the funds coming from the following accounts:

General Fund $1,034,834.61

Impact Fees 26,208.29

Housing Projects 400.00

Health Insurance 2,931.91

Capital Projects 60,778.60

Landfill Cleanup Project 175,028.71

TIF #6 12,261.15

TIF #9 2,856.96

Storm Water Utility 6,048.82

Park Land Trust Fund 20,332.39

Library Trust Fund 1,820.90

NR WI Armed Services 641.50

Debt Service 1,182,906.89

Motion was seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Communications

Dan Koski stated that some concrete sidewalk installed in 2007 along East 6th Street was flaking and would be repaired by the General Contractor.

Closed Session

Alderman Johnston moved to go into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85 (1)(e) Nash Finch Development Agreement, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Open Session

Alderman Horne moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Joseph D. Bjelland,

Clerk/Treasurer

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