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CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 6/10/14 Council Meeting Minutes

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:20pm

June 10, 2014
Mayor Dan Toland called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall.
City Council Members Present: David Cronk, Dan Gulick, Scott Morrissette, Jim Nordgren, Diane Odeen, David Reese, Aaron Taylor
Members Absent: None
Staff Present: Scot Simpson, City Administrator; Bill Thiel, City Attorney; Police Chief Roger Leque; Kevin Westhuis, Utility General Manager; Reid Wronski, Public Works Director/ City Engineer; Lu Ann Hecht, City Clerk; Ray French, Management Analyst; Cindi Danke, Park and Recreation Coordinator; Nancy Miller, Library Director
Others Present: Rich Timmerman, Dave Fodroczi, others
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
May 27, 2014, regular meeting minutes and May 20, 2014, special meeting minutes
MSC Cronk/Nordgren move to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
Bills $1,307,013.55
MSC Odeen/Cronk to approve bills subject to the comptroller. Unanimous.
Rich Timmerman, 633 N. Fremont Street - came to express his concern regarding noise due to a home construction near his residence. He asked the Council to revisit the City’s noise ordinance especially on weekends.
Dave Fodroczi, Executive Director of Kinnickinnic Land Trust – thanked the City for their support of the annual Kinni River cleanup and talked about the event. Fodroczi also expressed thanks for participation in the hydro relicensing process.
Ordinance 2014-05 – Ordinance Adopting Cross Connection Control and Inspection – Second Reading and Disposition
Mayor Toland recessed Council at 6:42 p.m. and went into a public hearing. At 6:42 p.m. with no one wishing to speak for or against the ordinance, Council reconvened into Open Session.
Utility Director Kevin Westhuis presented a brief video explaining cross connections. When the video was finished, Westhuis explained that the City has a cross connections ordinance but Ordinance 2014-05 is more thorough. Alderperson Cronk asked how many households would be affected. Westhuis thought it would be a handful. Cronk asked about testing. Westhuis said utility staff was trained to do the testing. He said a consultant would be doing inspections for commercial customers. Alderperson Gulick asked about costs to comply. There was further discussion. MSC Cronk/Gulick move to approve ordinance. Unanimous.
Combination “Class A” Liquor and Class “A” Beer License Renewal – Dolgencorp LLC, dba Dollar General Store
Mayor Toland recessed Council at 6:55 p.m. and went into a public hearing. At 6:56 p.m. with no one wishing to speak for or against the license, Council reconvened into Open Session.
MSC Morrissette/Cronk move to approve the license contingent that all licensing requirements are met at the time of issuance. Unanimous.
Resolution No. 5835 - Approving Request for City Assistance for Border Crossing Bike Event on August 3, 2014
Resolution No. 5836 - to Request St. Croix County to Change Supervisory District Lines
MSC Morrissette/Odeen move to approve Consent Agenda. Unanimous.
Summer Library Reading Report
Nancy Miller, Library Director, gave a presentation to Council on the program which is called “Fizz, Boom, Read.” The program has a science theme and is all-inclusive for readers of all ages. She talked about the weekly events happening at the library. Miller played a video on the “Book Club in a Bar” that was featured on Wisconsin Public Television. The Council thanked Miller for her presentation.
Administrator’s Report
City Administrator Simpson gave an update on the upcoming City weekend events and a Council workshop.
Mayor’s Appointments:
Park and Recreation Advisory Board
Appointment of Randy Kusilek through May 2017
MSC Morrissette/Gulick to approve appointment.
At 7:13 p.m. MS Morrissette/Gulick move to recess into Closed Session 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: consider extension of exclusive option to purchase in Whitetail Corporate Park.”
The roll call vote to move into Closed Session was unanimous. Closed Session items were discussed.
At 7:22 p.m. MS Cronk/Morrissette move into Open Session. Unanimous.
Motion by Reese to adjourn at 7:24 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk
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