March 13, 2007
Council President Wayne Beebe called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall. Beebe stated he would be acting in the position of an alderperson and would be voting.
Members Present: Alderpersons Tom Caflisch, David Cronk, Matt Fitzgerald, Joleen Larson and Jim Nordgren
Members Absent: Mayor Don Richards and Hal Watson
Staff Present: Bernie Van Osdale, City Administrator; Bill Thiel, City Attorney; Buddy Lucero, Planning Director; Henry Gleason, Public Works Superintendent; Julie Bergstrom, Finance Director/ Treasurer/City Clerk; Dena Mleziva, City Planner
Others Present: several community members
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
February 13, 2007, Minutes
MSC Cronk/Fitzgerald to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
APPROVAL OF BILLS
City - $455,180.74
Utility - $513,664.90
MSC Nordgren/Larson to approve the bills, subject to Comptroller. Unanimous.
PUBLIC COMMENT, PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
Approval of Liquor License for L A Moon LLC, Coach's Bar and Grill, Janelle Vazquez, Agent; Combination "Class B"
Council President Beebe recessed Council at 6:35 p.m. and went into a public hearing. At 6:36 p.m. with no one wishing to speak for or against this issue, Council reconvened into Open Session for disposition. MSC Caflisch/Beebe move to approve license.
Approval of Liquor License for Rush River Brewing, LLC, Robert Stair, Agent, Wholesale Beer and Class "A" Beer
Council President Beebe recessed Council at 6:37 p.m. and went into a public hearing. At 6:38 p.m. with no one wishing to speak for or against this issue, Council reconvened into Open Session for disposition. MSC Caflisch/Beebe move to approve license.
Ordinance 2007-07 - Amending the Subdivision and Platting Boundary in Figures 3-4 and 3-6, and Creating Section 3.5.1.a., Subdivision Boundary of the Comprehensive Plan - Second Reading and Disposition
Thiel stated the purpose of this ordinance is to amend the City's comprehensive plan to conform mapping and language in connection with the recently passed subdivision division boundary.
Council President Beebe recessed Council at 6:42 p.m. and went into a public hearing.
Gloria Wahrenbrock, 258 Troon Court, Hudson, came to represent the Town Board of Troy. She thanked Don Richards for his efforts to encourage cooperation between the City of River Falls and the Town of Troy. She spoke about the history of negotiations between the Town of Troy and the City.
Caflisch asked the relevance of her comments in relation to the agenda item.
Wahrenbrock continued to speak about Troy's planning efforts and negotiations with the City.
John Kucinski, W9680 770 River Falls, expressed his disagreement with the City's past action in passing the subdivision boundary.
Larry Bauer, 163 Glover Road, River Falls, expressed his disagreement with the City's past action in passing the subdivision boundary.
Beebe stated that the speakers were addressing an item which was already passed by the City Council and that this ordinance was simply adopting the correct verbiage for the City's comprehensive plan.
At 6:56 p.m. with no one else wishing to speak for or against this issue, Council reconvened into Open Session for disposition. MSC Cronk/Larson move to approve ordinance. Unanimous.
Ordinance 2007-08 - Ordinance Amending the Official Map of the City of River Falls (Extension of Benson Street and New Street Classification of Benson and Summit Streets) - Second Reading and Disposition
Council President Beebe recessed Council at 6:57 p.m. and went into a public hearing.
Ron Thelen, Co-Owner of Best Maid Cookies, brought a petition to Council to stop the extension of Benson Street.
Don Ross, 246 Summit Street, was not opposed to the extension of the road; however, he wants a stop light at Summit and North Main Streets.
Thiel stated the ordinance was a change in the official City map and was not actually the ordinance approving the extension of Benson Street. This ordinance places everyone on notice that a potential street may be built in this location.
Ron Thelen spoke again bringing forward a petition from business owners for a stoplight to be installed at Summit and North Main Streets.
At 7:10 p.m. with no one wishing to speak for or against this issue, Council reconvened into Open Session for disposition. MS Larson/Cronk move to approve ordinance.
Fitzgerald asked Thelen if when he purchased his property if the process had already begun. Thelen purchased property on February 8 and the process was already going on. He stated he was unaware of the possible street.
Caflisch said due to the number of concerns expressed by industrial park residents, he moved to table ordinance. Beebe seconded motion. Motion to table ordinance passed unanimously.
Acknowledge Receipt of the Following Minutes:
Fire Department - 2/5/07; Park and Recreation Advisory Board - 1/17/07 and 2/21/07
Resolution No. 4915 - Resolution Approving Preliminary Plan for Maple Street/Main Street Intersection
MSC Caflisch/Larson move to approve remainder of Consent Agenda. Unanimous.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:
Resolution No. 4916 - Resolution Regarding 2007-2009 Assessing Contract Proposals from Associated Appraisal and Bowmar Appraisal
Representatives from Associated Appraisal and Bowmar Appraisal gave presentations to the City Council.
Amy from Associated Appraisal highlighted services that her company provides. Associated Appraisal has been in business over 50 years. They are focused on customer service.
Roger and Sherry from Bowmar Appraisal discussed their new system which includes digital pictures and sketches. Sherry also talked about the benefit of having a representative at the City Hall during tax time.
Council asked the representatives questions about procedures and services.
Caflisch stated that in light of the fact the bids came in relatively even and due to the situation with this year's open book, he moved to approve Associated Appraisal's proposal. Motion was seconded by Larson.
Cronk asked about Associated Appraisal getting the records from Bowmar. Amy stated the records belong to the City and are on computer. They would request the records from Bowmar.
Motion was approved unanimously.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
To Create §16.10.160 C - Criteria for Subdivision of Agricultural Lands
Thiel stated this was a preliminary draft but may be considered by Council at a future meeting. This item was meant to address some of the concerns residents had about the subdivision ordinance. There was brief discussion and Council members asked questions about the item. Larson would like a formal invitation sent to the Townships to come to the table. Van Osdale answered there was a draft of that.
Beebe introduced and welcomed Lanny Gleason as the City's new Public Works Superintendent.
Mayor's Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees
Council President Beebe asked consideration of the following appointments:
Fire and Police Commission
Reappointment of Steven Leitch through April 2012
Reappointment of Steven Leitch through April 2012
MSC Caflisch/Larson move to approve committee appointments. Unanimous.
MS Caflisch/Larson to recess into Closed Session at 7:43 p.m. per WI State Statutes 19.85(1)(f)
For the purpose of considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration or specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data or involved in such problems or investigations.
MSC Caflisch/Cronk to reconvene into Open Session at 8:05 p.m. Unanimous.
MSC Cronk/Larson to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 p.m. Unanimous.
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk