CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 1/10/12 Council MinutesCITY OF RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN
CITY OF RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN
COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
January 10, 2012
Mayor Richards called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall.
City Council Members Present: Tom Caflisch, David Cronk, Bob Hughes, Randy Kusilek, Scott Morrissette, Jim Nordgren, David Reese
City Council Members Absent: None
Staff Present: Bill Thiel, City Attorney; Scot Simpson, City Administrator; Carl Gaulke, Utility General Manager; Roger Leque, Police Chief; Carrie Fisher, Utility Office Manager; Rhonda Davison, Lead Customer Service Representative
Others Present: Michael Stifter, others
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
December 13, 2011, Regular Meeting Minutes
MSC Cronk/Morrissette move to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
December 13, 2011, Workshop Minutes
MSC Morrissette/Cronk move to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
APPROVAL OF BILLS:
City Bills from December 28 – $2,682,881.72 and the current bills $2,704,815.83
MSC Kusilek/Cronk move to approve the bills subject to the comptroller. Unanimous.
PUBLIC COMMENT, PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND
Resolution No. 5550 - Regarding Ambulance Compensation
Resolution No. 5551 - Regarding Firefighter Compensation
Resolution No. 5552 - Regarding Machine-Signed Signatures
Resolution No. 5553 - Requesting Waiver from State Mandate Regarding Report of Acreage Rezoned Out of Farmland Preservation Zoning District
MSC Caflisch/Nordgren move to approve Consent Agenda. Unanimous.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:
Ordinance 2012-01 – Ordinance to Amend Chapter 2.64 of the City Code--Creation of Utility Board – First Reading
Ordinance 2012-02 – Ordinance Authorizing Fire Chief to Initiate Burn Ban – First Reading
City Administrator’s Report
City Administrator Simpson reminded the Council of a workshop on January 24 about taxes, TIDs and assessments, and also a joint meeting with the School Board in February. Simpson said the City had several vacancies including a full time Paramedic, Youth Services Director, and Human Resources Director, and also a part time Library Aide position.
The Mayor asked if a local bank was involved with the Grove Street foreclosure clean-up which was in his report. Simpson would check and get back to him.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
New appointment of Catherine Sering through January 2015
New appointment of Mary Van Galen through January 2015
MSC Caflisch/Kusilek move to approve appointments.
MS Caflisch/Nordgren move to recess into Closed Session at 6:37 p.m. per Wisconsin State Statutes § 19.85 (1)(e) for the purpose of “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: Sterling Ponds Land lease.”
The roll call vote to recess into Closed Session was unanimous.
Council had discussion on items for Closed Session consideration.
RECONVENE INTO OPEN SESSION:
MSC Kusilek/Cronk move to adjourn into open session. Unanimous.
MSC Reese/Morrissette move to approve Sterling Ponds Land Lease Agreement for three years to Delander. Unanimous.
Motion by Cronk to adjourn meeting at 6:51 p.m.
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk (Pub. 02/02/12) WNAXLP