CITY OF RIVER FALLS: 5/12/09 COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
May 12, 2009
Mayor Richards called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall.
City Council Members Present: Tom Caflisch, Dave Cronk, Bob Ebert, Randy Kusilek, Joleen Larson, Jim Nordgren and David Reese
Staff Present: Bill Thiel, City Attorney; Scot Simpson, City Administrator; Reid Wronski, City Engineer; Carl Gaulke, Utility General Manager; Jeff Rixmann, Ambulance Director; Lu Ann Hecht, City Clerk
Others Present: Marilyn Morgan, Tyler Boles, Jerry Morrow, Diane Wess
The Mayor noted that it was the first Council meeting to be held in the new City Hall and was proud to be a part of it. He welcomed the new City Administrator, Scot Simpson.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
April 28, 2009, Regular Meeting Minutes
MSC Nordgren/Cronk to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
APPROVAL OF BILLS:
City – $1,052,450.53
Utility - $585,146.39
MSC Cronk/Larson approve the bills subject to comptroller. Unanimous.
PUBLIC COMMENT, PETITIONS, REQUESTS AND COMMUNICATIONS:
The Mayor read an email complimenting the City on the beautiful new City Hall.
Marilyn Morgan, manager of Heritage Square, came to voice concern about rental inspections fees. She feels that she is being overcharged and asked Council to consider lowing the fees.
Tyler Boles, rental property manager, said he called around to other towns especially with ones that have Universities. He said several have no charge for inspection but Menomonie does.
Jerry Morrow, has 70 rental units. He spoke about the information supplied by the City on how it determines the fees.
Diane Weiss, manager of Riverside and Riverplace Apartments, felt the fees were outrageous.
Caflisch asked that this topic be put on the next agenda. Simpson said it would take a longer period of time for him to prepare a response for Council. Caflisch asked that it be put on the agenda when appropriate.
Resolution No. 5270 – Resolution Designating Official Newspaper
MSC Caflisch/Nordgren move to approve Consent Agenda. Unanimous.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS:
Resolution No. 5271 – Resolution Approving EMS Volunteers for Ambulance Service
MSC Larson/Cronk move to approve resolution.
Kusilek asked how many EMTs there were now. Rixmann said the information was provided in the report. He believed it was 42 and there was a budget for 50. He said there was a lot of turnover with the college students.
Nordgren asked Rixmann if the resolution was approved, if he would be coming back to Council for subsequent hires. He was concerned about exceeding 50 hires. Rixmann said the number would not exceed 50 as that was what his budget allowed.
Nordgren asked if the resolution held the hiring not to exceed 50. Attorney Thiel said the budget acted as a limitation. Rixmann would have to come before Council again if he wanted to hire more than 50 staff.
The motion to approve resolution passed unanimously.
Caflisch moved that Council recess into Closed Session, per Wisconsin Statutes: 19.85 (1)(c), Wis. Stats., for the purpose of considering employment of a public employee over which the Common Council has jurisdiction; to-wit: City Administrator Evaluation and 19.85(1)(e) Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. The roll call vote to recess into Closed Session was unanimous.
The Deputy Clerk was not present for Closed Session or the return to Open Session.
Kristi McKahan, Deputy City Clerk