City Council Proceedings
City of New Richmond
Mayor: David Schnitzler City Clerk: Joseph D. Bjelland
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, July 14, 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, Zajkowski and Student Representatives Megan Elkin and Rachel Mortensen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Alderman Johnston moved to adopt the agenda as amended, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous Regular Council meeting, June 9, 2008 and Special Council Meetings, June 25, 2008 and July 7, 2008, and approve them as presented, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Emerging Business Center/NRAEDC
Paul Mayer gave a report on the Emerging Business Center and their recent merger with the NRAEDC (New Richmond Area Economic Development Commission). Paul is the new President of the NRAEDC and will be giving the Council a quarterly report on the activities of this organization.
Golf Course Update
Ross Johnson, from the New Richmond Golf Course, gave an update on construction projects at the golf course and reviewed the 2007 financial statements.
Plan Commission Recommendations
The Plan Commission recommended to approve the amended easement for lots 18-24 of Richmond Heights Second Addition with the conditions as outlined in the minutes of the Plan Commission Meeting on July 8, 2008, except the side slopes of the drainage pond do not need to be mowed, and to have Derrick Construction fix the current washout of the existing drainage pond. The current easement is 100’ and will be reduced to 89’. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.
The Plan Commission recommended approving the amendment to Ordinance Section 105-3 (c)(1) for the minimum front and rear yard setbacks in areas zoned R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4. This Ordinance change would have less restrictive setbacks for front and rear yards. Alderman Johnston moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #390 amending the setbacks, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.
Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #391 amending Section 70-4 Excavations, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried. The change was to delete repaying the permit holder 50% of the excavation fee.
Clean up Order for 309 North Third Street and 850 Jefferson Road
John Frisco, Building Inspector, explained that he needs Council approval to proceed with clean up orders for these two properties. If they are not cleaned up, the City will clean them up and put the bill on tax roll. Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to give John Frisco authority to proceed with the clean up, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
Application for Reserve Class B Liquor License
Alderman Horne moved to approve the application from Wayne Fredrickson, Agent for American Legion Club 80 for a Reserve Class B Liquor License, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.
Application for Extension of Premise
Alderman Horne moved to approve the request from the American Legion for an extension of premise for their Reserve Class B Liquor License to include an area 70’ x 120’ on the south side of their building that will be clearly defined and controlled for August 9, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to midnight, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.
Applications for License to Serve
Alderman Horne moved to approve the following applications for license to serve: Christine A. Sessions, Osceola; Adam J. Gadach, Deer Park; Allen J. Bentley, Somerset; Brenda A. Petronella, New Richmond; Lindsey N. Novitzke, New Richmond; Deborah J. Boileau, Somerset, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Application for Direct Seller’s Permit
Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the application for Direct Seller’s Permit from Christopher L. Cummins of TAP Enterprises for a tool sale on August 17, 2008 at Suzanna’s Restaurant, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Alderman Hansen voted no.
Application for Street Use Permit
Alderman Horne moved to approve the application for Street Use Permit from Andy Westmoreland for a block party on August 9, 2008 from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Squirrel Way from Possum Way to Grouse Way, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.
Alderman Dale-Wozniak offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ADDING TO THE SCHEDULE OF FEES
WHEREAS, the City of New Richmond hereby adopts the following Addition to the Schedule of Fees:
Annexation $250.00 Filing Fee
Excavation Fee $400.00
Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Request to Have Outdoor Amplified Music
Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the request for amplified music from The Space from July through September of 2008 for 9 p.m. to midnight, seconded by Alderman Volkert. Alderman Zajkowski rescinded the motion, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the request on the condition that The Space submits specific dates from July through September of 2008, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.
Mayor Schnitzler appointed Susie Exner to the Park Board to replace Pete Kling. Alderman Zajkowski moved to confirm this appointment, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.
Reconsideration of Ceremonial Entrance Left Turn Lane on Richmond Way for New High School
Alderman Horne moved to reconsider the motion last month to deny the request for the ceremonial entrance left turn lane at the new high school, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried. Alderman Horne moved to allow the ceremonial left turn lane to be one lane width only, and configured in such a way as to prevent westbound traffic from turning left into the driveway for the new high school until Richmond Way is connected to 140th Street, at that time this left turn lane will be closed, with the New Richmond School District to pay all costs for closing the left turn lane, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.
Sale of Business & Technical Park Land
Alderman Johnston moved to approve the sale 1.47 acres of Business and Technical Park land to Accelerated Plastics at a cost of $1,000.00, after credits as calculated by Bob Barbian and stated in his memo dated July 10, 2008, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried. The lot is south of the 45th Parallel building on Madison Avenue.
Alderman Hansen offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE WISCONSIN OFFICE OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE 25 X 25 GOALS
WHEREAS, the state of Wisconsin has a long history of being a national leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy; and
WHEREAS, success in advancing the economy of renewable power, renewable fuels and bio-products will reduce Wisconsin citizens’ and business’ dependence on imported petroleum; and
WHEREAS, the Governor’s Consortium on Bio-based Industry identified the bio-industry as one of Wisconsin’s greatest opportunities to become a national industry leader, and in doing so, create good jobs, new sources of revenue for farmers and woodland owners, overall economic growth and environmental benefits, all at the same time; and
WHEREAS, the “Energy Independence” goals of obtaining 25 percent of our energy and fuel needs by 2025 from renewable sources, and becoming the market share leaders in renewable and green technologies, can be achieved by maximizing our state’s unique agricultural and forestry assets, robust manufacturing sector and world class university and technical college systems; and
WHEREAS, meeting the 25 percent renewable energy and fuels goals and capturing 10 percent of the emerging renewable energy and bio-industry market would generate over 17,000 new, good-paying jobs and add over $13.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy; and
WHEREAS, meeting the “Energy Independence” goals will require a coordinated commitment and effort from Wisconsin state agencies in partnership with private citizens, industries and organizations;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City to advance Wisconsin’s vision for energy independence by generating 25 percent of our electricity and 25 percent of our transportation fuels from renewable resources by 2025;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the city commits to the Communication and Education efforts required for the city to participate as a “one-star” Energy Independent Community.
Motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.
Alderman Johnston offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE MUNICIPAL ENERGY POLICY
WHEREAS, the City of New Richmond is committed to serving the community as efficiently as possible. This commitment includes identifying and implementing efficiencies in how we use and purchase energy within our municipal buildings, and
WHEREAS, pursuing more energy efficient practices and technologies will reduce the operating costs and environmental impacts of the City of New Richmond, and
WHEREAS, leading by example in practicing effective energy resource management through conservation and efficiency initiatives will encourage citizens and businesses to follow suit.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City to adopt the municipal energy policy.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to set a goal of reducing electric energy use in municipal facilities by 10% through the implementation of the municipal energy policy.
Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Street Committee Recommendations
The Street Committee recommended setting the speed limit for East Richmond Way at 30 mph, with a speed limit of 20 mph when children are present. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. Alderman Johnston and Hansen voted no.
The Street Committee recommended establishing the school zone on East Richmond Way from Charleston Drive to the east end of the School District property, and on Charleston Drive from Paperjack Drive to East Richmond Way. Alderman Volkert moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
Finance Committee Recommendations
First National Bank of River Falls contacted Joe Bjelland and requested to bid on providing banking services to the City. Joe will inquire about the interest rate and banking features they are able to offer and bring back more information to the next meeting. No action taken.
The Finance Committee recommended to engineer, bid and construct sidewalks on the west side of Bilmar Avenue from Park View Drive to Paperjack Drive, on the west side of Hallewood Boulevard from Paperjack Drive to the pathway to the new elementary school (approx. 675’) with the estimated cost to be $139,800. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried. An informational meeting will be held on August 7, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. for the neighbors.
Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO #35803 thru VO #36032 for $500,794.34 plus electronic transfers totaling $496,180.41, for a grand total of $996,974.75 with the funds coming from the following accounts:
General Fund $670,216.77
Impact Fees 35,328.84
Health Insurance 2,767.64
Capital Projects 114,735.69
Landfill Cleanup Project 68,379.18
TIF #6 8,609.08
TIF #8 13,064.14
TIF #9 13,598.99
Storm Water Utility 37,524.83
Park Land Trust Fund 30,553.29
Library Trust Fund 2,196.30
Motion was seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.
Mark Samelstad explained project lifesaver that helps people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome, stroke, traumatic brain injury or other short-term memory ailment by providing a transmitter device about the size of a wristwatch that can attach to a person’s ankle or wrist. If this person is unable to be located, the authorities are notified and their location is tracked quickly by a radio receiver. Mark is doing fundraising to help pay for the cost of $13,000 for the system.
Mark Samelstad has purchased two permanent speed signs that will be mounted to a light pole on North Knowles and South Knowles Avenue.
Fred Horne stated that the County Board will be meeting on July 15, 2008 to discus the possibility of building a new nursing home and assisted living facility in New Richmond.
Alderman Johnston moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Joseph D. Bjelland,