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CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 2/11/14 Council Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 11:20pm

February 11, 2014
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: David Cronk, Dan Gulick, Scott Morrissette, Diane Odeen, David Reese
City Council Members Absent: Jim Nordgren
Staff Present: Scot Simpson, City Administrator; Bill Thiel, City Attorney; Julie Bergstrom, Finance Director/Assistant City Administrator; Police Chief Leque; Kevin Westhuis, Utility General Manager; Reid Wronski, Public Works Director/City Engineer; Ray French, Management Analyst; Buddy Lucero, Community Development Director; Karen Bergstrom, Human Resources Director; Nancy Miller, Library Director; Jeremy Freihammer, Assistant City Engineer; Tom Schwalen, Public Works Supervisor
Others Present: Matt Hieb
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
January 27 and 28 Minutes
MSC Cronk/Odeen move to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
Bills $702,081.62
MSC Gulick/Morrissette to approve bills subject to the comptroller. Unanimous.
Ordinance 2014-02 – Ordinance Amending the Official Parking Control Map of the City of River Falls Affecting Sections of E. Elm Street, N. 3rd Street, W. Cedar Street, W. Pine Street, E. Spring Street and Cascade Court - First Reading
There was no comment.
Resolution No. 5797 - Regarding Bath House Renovations at Glen Park Pool and 2014 Budget Adjustment
MS Morrissette/Odeen move to approve resolution. Alderperson Cronk expressed concern about continued spending on the old pool and wondered if thought was given to looking at a new pool. The roll call vote passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 5798 - Authorizing Professional Services for Sterling Ponds Corporate Park Construction Project and Status Report on Park Development
City Administrator Simpson provided Council with a presentation on the project. There were two concepts that were proposed. The City does not plan to build 100 percent of the infrastructure at this time. Simpson showed the two designs. He stood for questions.
Alderperson Cronk clarified the Plan Commission’s support was in favor of concept one. Simpson said that was his understanding. He noted either of the concepts can be accomplished as the project continues in phases. Simpson said given the feedback, concept one seems to be the best fit.
Alderperson Reese asked if there would be further review of the project by the Council at a later date. Simpson said it would come back to the Council at least once more. Reese asked about the design. Simpson said the City Engineer would work with different entities to come up with the best design for the project. He said by approving the resolution, the Council is telling staff that they are ready to proceed with the general concept of this plan.
Alderperson Gulick asked about the timeline. Simpson expects construction to begin after the second quarter. Gulick asked questions about planting of grass and the future park. There were questions about lot sizes. Gulick asked about a barrier between the houses and corporate park. Simpson said it would be investigated but thought it would more appropriate see how things progress in phase two. There was discussion about impact fees. MSC Cronk/Odeen moved to approve resolution. Unanimous.
River Falls Reads Report
Nancy Miller, Library Director, gave Council a presentation on River Falls Reads. River Falls Reads was modeled after an idea from a Seattle librarian who felt connections could be created when a community read the same book. The event is held in the winter to give people something to do. Miller talked about the past books which were selected for the event. She said that a ‘60s theme was selected for this year’s event and four books were selected including The Astronauts Wives’ Club, The Things They Carried, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Help. Miller highlighted the different events happening in connection with River Falls Reads.
Miller stood for questions.
Reese noted that the library had several copies of each book available for the public to read. Simpson asked Miller to talk about the funding partners for this event. The Mayor thanked Miller for her report.
Administrator’s Report
Administrator Simpson provided information on the upcoming election information. He talked about utility customers experiencing water pipe freeze ups. Simpson said the City is not operating with a mandatory run water order. He provided further information. Simpson also congratulated City Engineer Wronski on winning the 2013 City Engineer of the Year from the City Engineers Association of Minnesota.
MS Morrissette/Cronk move to recess into Closed Session at 7:15 p.m. per Wisconsin State Statutes § 19.85 (1)(c) for the following purposes: “for considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercise responsibility; to-wit: discuss format of 2013-2014 City Administrator evaluation.”
The roll call vote to move into Closed Session was unanimous. Closed Session items were discussed.
At 7:45 p.m., MSC Morrissette/Odeen moved to reconvene into Open Session. Unanimous.
Cronk moved to adjourn at 7:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk
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