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, October 13, 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, Hansen, Volkert, Zajkowski and Student Representatives Megan Elkin.
Members Absent: Alderman Johnston Horne, Dale-Wozniak, and Student Representative Rachel Mortensen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Alderman Zajkowski moved to adopt the agenda as amended removing the number 16 and 17, the closed session item and action on closed session, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Alderman Horne moved to waive the reading of the minutes of the previous Regular Council meeting, September 15, 2008 and Special Council Meeting, September 25, 2008, and approve them as presented, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Request for Extension of Premise
There was discussion regarding the request from the Locker Room to extend the premise for their Class B Liquor License to include an outdoor volleyball/boot hockey area and patio area behind their building. The site plan for this has been submitted to the Plan Commission, but they did not make a decision on it at the last meeting. Alderman Hansen moved to table this issue until the Plan Commission makes a decision, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.
John Bold, President of the Wastewater Operators Association, presented an award to Steve Skinner, who works at our wastewater treatment plant. The award was for newcomer of the year. The criteria for the award were that you had to be an operator for a wastewater treatment plant for less than three years and be recommended by a supervisor or manager. Steve was highly recommended because of his leadership role in the operators association, his work ethic and enthusiasm for the job.
Mary Park Boat Ramp Complaint
Nancy Peterson requested that the Park Department do something about the slippery condition of the boat ramp at Mary Park. Her grandson slipped into the water in August and she went in after him and also slipped and hurt her wrist. Joe Kerlin will be meeting with the DNR on Friday, October 17th, to look at options for the boat ramp. No action was taken.
Plan Commission Recommendations
The Plan Commission recommended approving the petition for annexation from Lakeside Foods Inc. for 177 acres north of the links golf course, with the interim zoning for the area north of Hwy 64 to be (I1) Light Industrial and the area south of Hwy 64 to be zoned (R2) Single Family Residential – Small. Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and approve Ordinance #393 annexing the Lakeside Foods Inc. property as recommended, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
The Plan Commission recommended approving the request for rezoning 114 East Sixth Street to (C1) Highway Commercial. This home is currently being used as a chiropractic office and will be converted to an Edward Jones investment office. Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #394 rezoning this property to (C1), seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.
The Plan Commission recommended annexing property owned by Tammec, LLC which is located south of Evergreen Valley Phase III and includes approximately 6 acres. Lot 1 of this annexation would be zoned Conservation (W) and Lot 2 would be zoned Agricultural. Lot 1 will be purchased by New Richmond Utilities for an Electric Substation. Alderman Horne moved to suspend the rules and adopt Ordinance #395 annexing property owned by Tammec, LLC and interim zoning as recommended, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
The Plan Commission recommended approving the Certified Survey Map from New Richmond Utilities for Lot 1 of the Tammec, LLC annexation provided that a 10 foot utility and drainage easement is added along the road. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
The Plan Commission recommended approving the Certified Survey Map for Lot 1 in the Business & Technical Park located on St. Croix Avenue and Richmond Way and is the 18.8 acres the City has a purchase agreement with CCS, LLC. The engineers for CCS, LLC found an error in the original CSM. Alderman Horne moved to approve this CSM, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
The Plan Commission recommended approving the Certified Survey Map for Lots 3, 4, & 5 in the Business & Technical Park which are currently owned by the City. Alderman Horne moved to approve this CSM, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Tammec, LLC Mining Permit
There was discussion regarding a mining permit for Tammec, LLC. The Plan Commission had recommended approving the permit with the following conditions.
1. That operation hours for property within the City be as requested unless problems become apparent to the City due to neighborhood dissatisfaction.
2. All related traffic such as truck traffic, be kept off White Pine Way.
3. That appropriate safety measures be taken to keep active mine areas sanctioned from the public access until reclamation occurs. All reclamations to occur within a 24 month time frame of excavation.
4. All mining and reclamation adjacent to residential lots to be a minimum of 20 feet from the property line with appropriate safety measures taken before, during, and after.
5. All other county mining permit conditions to be maintained.
6. Bonding to be required prior to starting excavation at same rate of county charges.
Alderman Horne moved to approve the mining permit as recommended by the Plan Commission, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
Possible Beer & Wine License
Kent Rebeck, owner of the New Richmond 8 Theater, explained that he would like to apply for a beer and wine license for the party room in the theater to be used on Friday and Saturday evenings. Discussion followed. No action was taken. The application for a beer and wine license was submitted too late for the publication requirement prior to this meeting, so it will be acted upon at the November Council meeting.
Applications for License to Serve
Alderman Hansen moved to approve the following applications for license to serve: Sara B. Witek, New Richmond; and Mary E. Duval, Emerald, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.
Application for Extension of Premise
Champ’s Sports Bar & Grill requested to extend the premise for their Class B Liquor License to include the parking lot behind their building and to have outdoor amplified music until midnight for Fun Fest which runs from July 9-12, 2009. There was discussion regarding Champ’s leasing part of the parking lot adjacent to their parking lot from Wells Electric and wanting to include that leased portion for this extension. Ron Siler will look into this issue of extension of premise to include leased property. Alderman Zajkowski moved to table this request, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Mark Samelstad, Police Chief, explained that project lifesaver is a program to track autistic children or children with disabilities and adults with Alzheimer’s if they were to wander off or get lost. Mark has raised approximately $3,000 towards this project. The total cost for the Project Lifesaver system would be $20,000. Alderman Hansen questioned why the City wanted to have the same system that the County already has in place and is ready to use. More discussion followed. Alderman Hansen moved to donate the $3,000 that has been raised by the City to the St. Croix County Project Lifesaver to use for City residents who wish to purchase a wristband, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
Resolution #010801 – Adding to the Schedule of Fees
Alderman Zajkowski 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:
Landscape Deposit in Business & Technical Park $1,500.00
Motion was seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.
Sale of Business & Technical Park Land to Oevering Properties
Bob Barbian explained the terms of the sale of an additional .74 acres of Business & Technical Park Land to Oevering Properties for future expansion to accommodate storm water requirements. Oevering Homes has agreed to create enough jobs to discount the land price. Alderman Horne moved to approve the sale as presented, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
CDBG Housing Administration
Alderman Horne moved to approve the contract from Cedar Corporation for administration of the City’s CDBG housing program, seconded by Alderman Volkert and carried.
Street Committee Recommendations
The Street Committee discussed new elementary school traffic concerns on Richmond Way. Alderman Volkert moved to table this issue until the school district has had an opportunity to correct the problem, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
The Street Committee discussed the noxious weeds and grasses ordinance. Alderman Volkert moved to table this issue, seconded by Alderman Zajkowski and carried.
Finance Committee Recommendations
The Finance Committee recommended using up to $10,000 for City impact and building permit fees for each of the two homes to be built by Habitat for Humanity in 2009 and defer the payment of the City fees until time of closing. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.
The Finance Committee discussed the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District # 9 Funding Policy. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept the TIF District # 9 Funding Policy as recommended by the Finance Committee, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.
The Finance Committee recommended using the current City Assessors, Associated Appraisal, Inc. to do a revaluation in 2009 with 3 years of maintenance for a total of $210,200, to be paid equally over 4 years at $52,550 per year. Alderman Zajkowski moved to accept this recommendation, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.
Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO# 36429 thru VO# 36630 for $351,974.86 plus electronic transfers totaling $525,543.47, for a grand total of $877,518.33 with the funds coming from the following accounts:
General Fund $699,951.85
CDBG – Housing Grant 26.00
Health Insurance 2,767.64
Debt Service 431.25
Capital Projects 101,597.30
Landfill Cleanup Project 20,969.50
TIF # 6 18,651.92
TIF # 8 5,317.89
TIF # 9 11,727.50
Storm Water Utility 12,843.70
Park Land Trust Fund 988.45
Library Trust Fund 2,005.33
NR WI Armed Forces 240.00
Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
There will be a Special Council meeting on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the 2005 – 2007 State Audit for Pape Taxi.
On Thursday October 16th, there will be a tour of Emerald Dairy for any Council members that are interested.
Alderman Horne moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
Joseph D. Bjelland, Clerk/Treasurer