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New Richmond City Council, April 15, 2008

City Council Proceedings

City of New Richmond

Mayor: David Schnitzler City Clerk: Joseph D. Bjelland

Aldermanic Districts

District 1: Frederick Horne

District 2: James Johnston

District 3: Roberta Dale-Wozniak

District 4: Renee Keating

District 5: Ronald Volkert

District 6: James Zajkowski

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, April 15, 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, Keating, Volkert, and Zajkowski.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Alderman Johnston moved to adopt the agenda as presented, seconded by Alderman Keating and carried.

Alderman Keating moved to adjourn Sine Die, seconded by Alderman Horne and carried.


David Schnitzler was sworn in as Mayor, Jane Hansen was sworn in as Alderman for District #4, Ronald Volkert was sworn in as Alderman for District #5, Jim Zajkowski was sworn in as Alderman for District #6.

Roll call was taken by Joe Bjelland.

Members Present: Mayor Schnitzler, Alderman Horne, Johnston, Dale-Wozniak, Hansen, Volkert, and Zajkowski.

Alderman Volkert nominated Fred Horne for Council President. Alderman Zajkowski moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Fred Horne, seconded by Alderman Johnston and carried.

Mayor's Appointments

Mayor Schnitzler made the following appointments:


Finance - Zajkowski, Horne, Johnston

Purchasing - Johnston, Hansen, Volkert

Property - Horne, Volkert, Hansen

Street - Volkert, Zajkowski, Dale-Wozniak

Petitions - Johnston, Horne. Hansen

Board of Health - Zajkowski, Johnston, Dale-Wozniak

Plan Commission - Council President - Fred Horne

Library Board - Dale-Wozniak

Park Board - Zajkowski

Ethics Board - Horne

Airport Commission - Horne, Volkert

Solid Waste Committee - Volkert, Horne, Zajkowski

Cable TV Regulatory Board Zajkowski, Volkert

Emergency Gov't Committee Volkert

Board of Review Zajkowski, Hansen, Volkert

Historic Pres. Commission Dale-Wozniak

Ambulance Board Horne, Hansen, Johnston

Housing and CDA Dale-Wozniak, Volkert

Revolving Loan Board Council President - Horne

Corridor Committee Dale-Wozniak


Plan Commission - Bob Mullen

Library Board - Sue Franchere, MaryKay Rice

Park Board - Craig Kittel, Peter Kling

Ethics Board - Rick Cooper, John Lowe

Board of Appeals - Bob Heebink, Jim McKibben

Police & Fire Commission - Wendy Dadez

Cable TV Board - Charles Oberstar

Historic Preservation Commission -

Mary Zipperer, Tara Van Eperen

Economic Development Commission -

Judy Simon, Jason Zahradka

Community Development Authority - Ed Schroeder

Housing Authority James Tilly

Alderman Johnston moved to confirm these appointments, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried.

Econofoods TIF District

Deborah Faktor, and attorney representing Nash Finch, discussed their proposal for TIF revenues to support their reconstruction efforts. Nash Finch is planning on remodeling their store and adding 10,000 square feet at an estimated cost of $5.2 million. Nash Finch's proposal requests $325,000 to be paid from real property tax increment generated by the project over 20 years. The balance of the increment shall be retained by the City. The proposed City share would be $75,000. The proposal includes the City and Nash Finch sharing the first $150,000 and the remaining increment would be paid to Nash Finch for the balance of the 20 years. The Mayor appointed Alderman Johnston and Dale-Wozniak to work with City staff and legal council on a developer's agreement. Alderman Johnston moved to continue with the TIF project and have Alderman Johnston, Dale-Wozniak and City staff negotiate with Nash Finch on a developer's agreement, seconded by Alderman Dale-Wozniak and carried. Alderman Zajkowski abstained.

Resolution to Vacate a Portion of Minnesota Avenue between 4th and 5th Street.

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



WHEREAS, the City of New Richmond is aware of the potential plan for expansion of Econo Foods and the request from Nash Finch Company for the Minnesota Avenue property to be made available to implement the plan.

WHEREAS, the City of New Richmond supports the expansion of the downtown area and the benefits to be gained there from;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of New Richmond does hereby supports further investigation of this expansion and per State Statute 66.1003 introduce this resolution for vacating Minnesota Avenue from West Fourth Street to West Fifth Street.


1. The City Clerk is instructed to publish a notice stating when and where this resolution will be acted upon and stating the portion of Minnesota Avenue that would be vacated, and all the necessary notices to all the abutting land owners and those residing within 2,650 feet from the ends of the portion proposed to be discontinued.

2. The Public Hearing will be held May 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

3. The proposed expansion plan will be in conformity with the proposed master plan of the City.

Motion was seconded by Alderman Hansen and carried. Alderman Zajkowski abstained.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. Joseph D. Bjelland,