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, December 8, 2008 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.Mayor Schnitzler and Council President, Alderman Horne were absent from the meeting so the remaining council members needed to elect a chairman. Alderman Hansen nominated Jim Johnston, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak. Alderman Volkert nominated Jim Zajkowski. A vote was taken and Jim Johnston won. Alderman Johnston abstained.
Roll call was taken.
Members Present: Alderman Dale-Wozniak, Hansen, Volkert, Zajkowski, Johnston, and Student Representative Megan Elkin.
Members Absent: Mayor Schnitzler, Alderman Horne and Student Representative Rachel Mortensen.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Alderman Volkert moved to adopt the 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, November 10, 2008 and Special Council Meeting, December 1, 2008, and approve them as amended by Alderman Johnston, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Hockey Arena Noise Issue
There was considerable discussion regarding the noise issue at the hockey arena. Several neighbors were present to explain their problems with the noise level. Members of the Hockey Association were also present to explain that they have not made any changes to the sound system, schedule for games and tournaments. A committee of the residents, Hockey Association representatives, and the Mayor will meet to discuss a possible solution to this problem.
Mayor Schnitzler appointed Gene Slama to the Housing Authority to replace Catherine Sunde. Alderman Volkert moved to confirm this appointment, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Application for License to Serve
Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the application for license to serve from Jessica A. Monson, New Richmond, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Resolutions for Designation of Depository
Alderman Dale-Wozniak offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING PUBLIC DEPOSITORY FOR
MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND
AUTHORIZING WITHDRAWAL OF PUBLIC MONEYS
(Complete resolution on file in Clerk’s Office)
Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Alderman Zajkowski offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION DESIGNATING PUBLIC DEPOSITORY AND AUTHORIZING WITHDRAWAL OF COUNTY, CITY, VILLAGE, TOWN OR SCHOOL DISTRICT MONEYS
(Complete resolution on file in the Clerk’s Office)
Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
John Frisco requested authorization to proceed with a condemnation order for 309 North Third Street. This property is owned by a bank and several attempts have been made to contact them, but no response has been received. Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to give John Frisco authorization to proceed with a condemnation order at 309 North Third Street, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Finance Committee Recommendations
The Finance Committee discussed the possible purchase of property at 337 East Fifth Street. Alderman Zajkowski moved to table this issue for now, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.
Alderman Zajkowski moved to pay VO# 36802 thru VO# 36980 for $318,638.92 with the funds coming from the following accounts, plus electronic transfers totaling $482,993.81, for a grand total of $801,632.73:
General Fund $642,139.97
Impact Fees Fund 4,258.60
Health Insurance 2,767.64
Debt Service 350.00
Capital Projects 49,369.46
Landfill Cleanup Project 68,035.88
TIF # 6 14,647.60
Storm Water Utility 2,827.20
Park Land Trust Fund 15,000.00
Library Trust Fund 1,861.38
NR WI Armed Services 375.00
Motion was seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.
Communications and Miscellaneous
There will be a Special Council Meeting on December 16, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. A committee of Mayor Schnitzler, Dennis Horner and Jim Johnston will review the bids prior to this meeting.
Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to go into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85 (1)(c)(e) to discuss the following:
a) 2009 Non-Union Wages and Salaries
b) Acquisition of Richmond Way Right-of-Way
Alderman Zajkowski moved to approve the 2009 Non-Union Wages and Salaries as presented, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.
Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to approve the acquisition of Richmond Way right-of-way as discussed in closed session, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Alderman Dale-Wozniak moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Joseph D. Bjelland, Clerk/Treasurer