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New Richmond Council, Jan. 12, 2009

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New Richmond Council, Jan. 12, 2009
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: Jane Hansen

District 5: Ronald Volkert

District 6: James Zajkowski

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, January 12, 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, Johnston, Hansen, Volkert, Zajkowski, and Student Representatives Megan Elkin.

Members Absent: Alderman Dale-Wozniak.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Alderman Johnston moved to adopt the agenda as amended, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Golf Course Membership Change Request

The Golf Course would like to offer a business class membership for people who work within the New Richmond School District but live out side the district. These members would pay the same fees as school district residents and would have to list the business they work for and prove that each year. If they no longer work within the school district, they would no longer qualify for the business class membership. Alderman Johnston moved to allow the Golf Course to proceed with this change and bring back the final wording for approval, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Shared Ride Taxi Update

Rob Mooney, from Top Hat, gave an update on the New Richmond Shared Ride Taxi. No action was taken.

Plan Commission Recommendations

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Petition for Annexation from the First Lutheran Church. Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #397 annexing this property with a temporary zoning of (R2) Single Family Residential-Small, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Petition for Annexation from the City of New Richmond for old road right-of-way right next to the First Lutheran Church annexed area where the Golf Course sign is now located. Alderman Johnston moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #398 annexing the City of New Richmond property with temporary zoning of (W) Conservation, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Petition for Rezoning from the City of New Richmond for the Civic Center property and City owned parking lots on Arch Avenue and West Second Street. Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #399 rezoning this property from (W) Conservation to (C2) Central Business District, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Petition for Rezoning from the City of New Richmond for Outlot 417 and 418 which is part of the island south of the City dam. Alderman Zajkowski moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #400 rezoning this property from (R2) Single Family Residential-Small to (W) Conservancy, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Plan Commission recommended approving the Extra-Territorial Certified Survey Map from Bernie Kopp provided that the access easements are in place and deed restrictions are recorded as stated in Bob Barbian's memo. Alderman Horne moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Application for License to Serve

Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the application for License to Serve from Charlotte K. Moe, New Richmond, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Direct Seller's Permit

Alderman Horne moved to approve the applications for Direct Seller's Permit from David A. Koon and Michael G. Muller from Tap Enterprises for a Tool Sale on January 13, 2009 at Suzanna's Restaurant, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Alderman Johnston and Hansen voted no.

Memorandum of Understanding

At the last Government Entities Network meeting they discussed having a memorandum of understanding stating that the School District would keep ownership of the middle school property 3-5 years after they vacate the building. A written copy of this document was not available at the meeting. Alderman Horne moved to continue to pursue discussion with the school and the Government Entities Network regarding the middle school property, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Street Committee Recommendations

The Street Committee recommended continuing to enforce the current ordinance for sidewalk snow removal as it is and look at changing the ordinance to address neighborhoods that have very few houses or none at all. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.

The Street Committee tabled the request from Willow Stain Glass Company to name the alley between East Second Street and East Third Street so that his business can be addressed and he would be able to receive mail and deliveries. Alderman Volkert moved to table this request, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

The Street Committee recommended denying the request from Karen Greaton to remove the stoplights at Knowles Avenue and Second Street. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Finance Committee Recommendations

The Finance Committee recommended rebidding the 2009 Fuel Bids asking for just the markup on the gas that would be sold to the City. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended to rescind the property tax for Warner's Dock in the amount of $16,860.28 due to the property being taxed twice by mistake. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation and have the City pay the error tax amount of $16,860.28 and charge back the other taxing entities their share in 2010, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended seeking bids for a sound control study at the Sports Center because of complaints about the noise level by neighboring residents. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried. Alderman Hansen abstained.

The Finance Committee recommended having the City take over the debt obligation on the existing YMCA note for the Aquatic Center remodel and continue to pay the debt. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended allowing A-1 credit for half of the sand that they used from the City's pile for the Richmond Way project in the amount of $2,257. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Finance Committee received the following bids for two trucks for the Park Department and the Street Department:

Johnson Motors 2009 Chevy Silverado 2500 4WD

$23,853

Johnson Motors 2009 Dodge 2500 -

St. Croix Falls Dealership 21,795

Bernard's Northtown 2009 Dodge 2500 H.D. 4x4 Regular Cab

22,995

Bernard's Northtown 2009 Dodge 2500 H.D. - Dealer Trade

25,987

Cox Ford 2009 Ford Regular Cab 4x4 V-10

23,421

Alderman Zajkowski moved to purchase (2) 2009 Dodge 2500 H.D. Regular Cabs from Bernard's Northtown for $22,995 each, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended spending up to $4,000 on the Park Department truck used for snow plowing for a new transmission and a steering problem. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

The Finance Committee received the following bids for the sale of the 1999 Dodge Intrepid City Vehicle:

Bob Meyer $550.00

Joe Evans 501.01

Tanya Reigel 1,325.00

Steve Skinner 608.58

Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept the bid from Tanya Reigel of $1,325 for the 1999 Dodge Intrepid, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

In June of 2008, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity purchased 7 lots in the Rich River Trails Development along 140 Avenue. During the summer of 2008 the City had to mow these lots and assessed each lot $101.40 for doing so. St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity stated that they never received any notices to mow the lots and asked that the City abate these special charges. Alderman Zajkowski moved to have the City abate half of the charges for a total of $354.90, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Bob Barbian presented a proposal from 3D Marketing for TIF #6. Discussion followed. Alderman Horne moved to table this item until the next council meeting, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Bob Barbian handed out a site plan concept for the 18 acres of City owned commercial land in the south industrial park north of Walmart. Alderman Zajkowski moved to proceed with getting costs for development of this 18 acres, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended getting additional bids for the removal of the asbestos tiles in the Civic Center hallway and installation of new tile. The tile floor in the hallway is very slippery during the winter months. The City received an initial quote of $10,384.50 to replace the tile and $7,000 to remove the asbestos. Alderman Zajkowski moved to get formal bids to remove the asbestos and replace the tile to bring to the next Finance meeting, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.

Kirk Van Blaircom made a presentation on City entrance signs and parking sign. Alderman Hansen moved to refer this to the Property Committee, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended tabling discussion on the use of hotel tax revenue for the new Hatfield Lake Regional Park. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended having the City request that the State DOT review the ineligible expenses from the 2005-2007 Audit of Pape Taxi. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO# 36981 thru VO# 37294 for $1,893,346.37 plus electronic transfers totaling $1,209,899.96, for a grand total of $3,103,246.33 with the funds coming from the following accounts:

General Fund $764,245.17

Impact Fees 292.80

CDBG - Housing Grant 181.45

Health Insurance 2,767.64

Debt Service 724,755.64

Capital Projects 26,609.47

Landfill Cleanup Project 43,193.21

TIF # 6 9,480.69

TIF # 9 3,065.50

Storm Water Utility 2,340.87

Library Trust Fund 1,726.86

Tax Agency 1,524,322.18

NR WI Armed Forces 264.85

Motion was seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.

Communications and Miscellaneous

The Chamber Banquet will be on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, all Council members interested in attending should let Joe Bjelland know.

Closed Session

Alderman Horne moved to go into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85 (1)(e) to discuss Richmond Way Land Acquisitions and Boundary Agreement Update, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Open Session

Alderman Johnston moved to approve rescinding the original offer for the Richmond Way land acquisitions and make a new offer agreeing to the counter offer by the land owners as discussed in closed session, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.

Alderman Horne moved to proceed as discussed in closed session for the Boundary Agreement with Star Prairie Township, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Joseph D. Bjelland, Clerk/Treasurer

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