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CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 10/10/17 Council Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:28pm

October 10, 2017
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: Todd Bjerstedt, Jeff Bjork, Sean Downing, Christopher Gagne, Scott Morrissette, Hal Watson
Members Absent: Diane Odeen
Staff Present: City Administrator Scot Simpson; City Attorney Dan Gustafson; Police Chief Gordon Young; Assistant City Administrator Julie Bergstrom; Utility Director Kevin Westhuis; City Attorney Dick Yde; City Clerk Amy White; Human Resources Director Karen Bergstrom; Management Analyst Jason Rohloff; Communications Manager Mary Zimmermann; City Planner Tony Steiner; City Engineer Reid Wronski; Finance Director Al Rolek
Others Present: William Hanson, Michelle Maher, Joel Palmquist, Heidi Heinze, others
The Pledge of Allegiance was said.
September 26, 2017, Meeting Minutes; September 12, 2017, Closed Session Minutes; September 19, 2017, Joint Workshop and Special Council Meeting Minutes
MSC Morrissette/Bjork approve minutes. Unanimous.
Bills $519,717.72
MSC Watson/Bjerstedt move to approve bills subject to the comptroller. Unanimous.
William Hanson, Town of River Falls, came to make four points for consideration as the Council moves toward making a decision related to River Falls lakes, dams, and hydros. He favors retention and enhancement and would be happy to discuss a brochure he has regarding Junction Falls. Hanson offered suggestions on taking advantage of making more money on the hydros. He ended with a quote.
Alderperson Downing noted World Mental Health Day was observed today October 10. He recognized Numi St. Croix Chapter for its work with mental illness.
Resolution Approving Weights and Measures Assessment Schedule -- pulled by Downing
Resolution Approving Agreement for Safety Services Coordinator -- pulled by Downing
Resolution Regarding 2018 Health and Dental Insurance -- pulled by Downing
Resolution No. 6194 - Authorizing the Submittal of the Application to the CDI Grant Program
MSC Watson/Bjerstedt move to approve the remainder of the Consent Agenda. Unanimous.
Resolution No. 6195-Approving Weights and Measures Assessment Schedule
Alderperson Downing asked if there were any questions about the fees by the businesses that were inspected. City Clerk White said no. Downing asked if everyone felt the time documented felt it was accurate. White said she did not know as there was no follow up from the letter. There were no other questions. MSC Downing/Morrissette move to approve resolution. Unanimous.
Resolution No. 6196 - Approving Agreement for Safety Services Coordinator
Downing noted Angela had previously worked for WEUW and liked that she was familiar with the City. He asked about the reallocation of funds and would funds need to be increased in the rest of the budget? Assistant City Administrator Bergstrom did not expect that a budget adjustment would be needed in 2017 or 2018. There are funds budgeted. Downing asked for a promise that there would not be an increase in the budget. Bergstrom did not promise but expected that there would not be an increase. Downing asked if this would be a full time position in the future. Bergstrom said we are working toward that idea that the City needs a full time risk manager but doesn't know if the City can afford it. Downing was in favor of safety improvements.
MS Downing/Gagne move to approve resolution. Alderperson Gagne asked for clarification on hours versus cost. Bergstrom said the City would be getting many more hours of service. Alderperson Morrissette expressed concern over the one response from the RFQ. Are we expecting the same difficulty in finding qualified applicants? Bergstrom thought it probably would be difficult but we would have to wait to see the response. With no other comments, the Mayor asked for a vote. The resolution passed unanimously.
Resolution No. 6197 - Regarding 2018 Health and Dental Insurance
Downing asked when the last time was that a competitive bid went out for insurance. Bergstrom said it could happen if the rate goes up excessively. It was last bid out for four years. The increase is 2.5 percent for health and 0 percent for dental which is excellent. Gagne asked about the market trends. With no further discussion, MSC Downing/Bjork move to approve resolution. Unanimous.
Resolution No. 6198 - Regarding Future Hydro Licensing Scenarios-Kinni Corridor Plan
MS Morrissette/Bjerstedt to approve resolution. The Mayor asked Morrissette to read aloud the three scenarios which were: 1) Relicense the current hydro facilities as is, maintaining both the Junction Falls and Powell Falls hydro facilities; 2) Surrender the license, which would remove both the Junction Falls and Powell Falls hydro facilities at some point in the future; 3) Relicense the Junction Falls hydro facility and remove the Powell Falls hydro facility at some point in the future. As there were no comments, the Mayor asked for a vote. The motion passed unanimously.
Historic Presentation Commission Report
City Planner Tony Steiner provided an introduction to the report. Board Chair Heidi Heinze gave the report. She talked about the HPC being a certified local government. She talked their many projects including the historic preservation plan and a historic and architectural resources inventory; the plaque program which plaques buildings and significant residences; and the National Register nomination for which the swinging bridge in Glen Park is eligible. They hoping to hear in December that the bridge will be added to the national register. A historic photo collection project has also been worked on by the commission. They are looking for photos and would like to develop a database. Other projects included a historic postcard project and a new oral history project. Heinze also talked about the Glen Park renovation, future history museum, River Falls Academy and Foster Cemetery. There were no questions. Alderperson Bjork said to keep up the good work.
Strategic Plan Third Quarter Update
Management Analyst Keri Schreiner provided a presentation. She reviewed the five goals of the plan and provided a progress report on each. There were no questions from Council. The Mayor thanked Schreiner for the report.
Mayor's Appointments
Police and Fire Commission
New Appointment of Dick Rinehart through April 2022
New Appointment of Randy Zimmermann through April 2021
MSC Gagne/Downing move to approve the Mayor's appointments. Unanimous.
The Mayor announced there would be a five-minute break before moving into Closed Session.
MS Morrissette/Watson to move into Closed Session at 7:04 p.m. per Wisconsin State Statutes ยง 19.85 (1)(g) for the following purpose: conferring with legal counsel for the government body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved, to wit: Town of Troy vs. City.
The roll call vote to move into Closed Session was approved unanimously.
MSC Morrissette/Bjork move to return to Open Session at 7:22 p.m. Unanimous.
MSC Bjerstedt/Morrissette move to adjourn at 7:22 p.m. Unanimous.
Respectfully submitted,
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk
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