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CITY OF RIVER FALLS:5/14/13 Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 12:00am



May 14, 2013

Mayor Dan Toland called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located in City Hall.

City Council Members Present: Katie Chaffee, David Cronk, Christopher Gagne, Scott Morrissette, Jim Nordgren, Diane Odeen

City Council Members Absent: none

Staff Present: Scot Simpson, City Administrator; Bill Thiel, City Attorney; Julie Bergstrom, Finance Director/Assistant City Administrator; Police Chief Roger Leque; Kevin Westhuis, Utility Director; Tony Steiner, City Planner; Reid Wronski, Director of Public Works/City Engineer; Caitlin Stene, Management Analyst; Karen Bergstrom, Human Resources Director; Scott Nelson, Fire Chief; Buddy Lucero, Community Development Director

Others Present: Tom and Judie Caflisch; David Fodroczi

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.


April 23, 2013, Regular Meeting Minutes

MSC Morrissette/Nordgren move to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.


City Bills - $1,723,740.04

MSC Gagne/Nordgren to approve bills subject to the comptroller. Unanimous.



District 10 - American Legion Recognition

Tom Caflisch, representative from American Legion Post 121, read a resolution recognizing and thanking the City for hosting the conference. Caflisch presented the Mayor with the plaque.

David Fodroczi, Kinni River Land Trust

Fodroczi thanked the City for hosting the annual Kinni River clean up at Glen Park. He talked about their clean-up efforts. He also thanked other individuals and businesses for their support. The Mayor thanked the Kinni River Land Trust for all they do to keep the river clean.


Resolution No. 5713 - Preliminary Resolution of Intent to Exercise Special Assessment Police Powers Under Section 66.0703 of the Wisconsin Statutes, and 16.24.020 of the Municipal Code of the City of River Falls (Ninth St. - Hazel St. to Pine St.)

Resolution No. 5714 - Regarding Taxi Fare Rates for Human Services Organizations

Resolution No. 5715 - Approving Temporary Class "B" Beer and "Class B" Wine license of Foster Community Foundation, Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Lies and Lures Event

Resolution No. 5716 - Approving 2012 Annual Fire Department Report

Resolution No. 5717 - Approving City Surplus Equipment (Electric)

Resolution No. 5718 - Designating Official Newspaper

Resolution Regarding Alteration of Sycamore Street North of East Park Street -- Pulled by Nordgren

Resolution No. 5719 - Adopting the Pierce County Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan

Resolution No. 5720 - Adopting the St. Croix County Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan

MSC Morrissette/Gagne move to approve remainder of Consent Agenda. Unanimous.

Resolution No. 5721 - Regarding Alteration of Sycamore Street North of East Park Street

Alderperson Nordgren noted there needs to be wording added to the resolution which reads, "Be It Further Resolved, that the City confirms that consistent with §66.1003 (10), Wis. Statutes, in the future it will not vacate the altered right of way of Sycamore Street so as to deprive Lot 1 CSM V8 P141 of direct access to the City street system."

With the addition of the wording, Nordgren moved for approval of the resolution. Morrissette seconded. There was no discussion. The resolution passed unanimously.


Impact of Rental Housing on Single-Family Neighborhoods Presentation

Caitlin Stene, Management Analyst, gave a report on the impact of rental housing. She said the question they were trying to solve was "are rentals impacting our neighborhoods?" Stene said they looked at property values, density and number of police incidents to determine the answer. She reviewed for Council the findings in each of these areas and concluded that yes, the neighborhoods were slightly impacted. She said the current system and regulations are effective and no further action is required at this time. There were no questions.

Administrator's Report

City Administrator Simpson recognized all the employees of the City for their response and service in the wake of the Schaffhausen case. He is proud of how staff handled things and what the staff did to help the community. He is proud to be a part of the team. Mayor Toland agreed with Simpson.


Mayor's Appointment


Appointment of Aaron Taylor to the commission through July 2014

MSC Gagne/Nordgren to approve appointment. Unanimous.


MS Nordgren/Morrissette move to recess into Closed Session at 6:53 p.m. per Wisconsin State Statutes §19.85 (1)(e) for the following purposes:

"Deliberating or negotiating the purchase of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session; to-wit: discuss and consider strategy for notice of first right of refusal (Mann Valley land) and sale of lot."

The roll call vote to recess into Closed Session was unanimous. Discussion had on topics Closed Session.

MSC Nordgren/Morrissette move into Open Session at 7:55 p.m. Unanimous. Nordgren moved to adjourn meeting at 7:55 p.m.

Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk

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