Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

Wednesday, January 8th 2013

City Council Meeting


Item #1: Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance


Mayor Kron called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. at Richmond City Hall.


Council Members noted as being present: Scott Kron, Mike Mathiasen, Pat Evens, Jeff Mackedanz

Council Absent: Tim Paczkowski


Also present were: Martin Bode, City Administrator; Representative Jeff Howe;  Jesse Kollmann, EMS Director; Gordon Dingmann, Public Works Director; Chad Vogt; Josh Worm; Tammy Paczkowski, Cold Spring Record; Brad Busse, Channel 10. 


Item #2: Approval of Agenda


Mayor Kron asked if there were any additions or changes to the Agenda.

Mayor Kron asked for the Approval of the Agenda.


Motion made by Councilor Evens to Approve Agenda, seconded by Councilor Mackedanz.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #3: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of December 4, 2013


Mayor Kron asked for any corrections or additions to the December 4, 2013 minutes, hearing none, Mayor Kron asked for a motion of approval.


Motion made by Councilor Evens to Approve the Meeting Minutes of December 4, 2013, seconded by Mayor Kron.  Motion passed unanimously


Item #4: Approval of Bills

Mayor Kron asked for a motion of approval of Bills.


Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz to Approve the Bills, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #5: Consent Agenda


A.     Resolution 100-14 Acceptance of November 2013 Donations

B.     Resolution 101-14 Approval of November 2013 Journal Entries

C.     Resolution 102-14 Appointment and Reappointment of Planning commission Members

New Appointments: Josh Worm, Chad Vogt

D.     Resolution 103-14 Acknowledging and Accepting Legal Representation and 2014 Rates

E.      Resolution 104-14 Approval of 2014 Annual Resolutions


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve Consent Agenda, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen. Motion carried.






Item #6: Presentation and Actions Items – State Representative Jeff Howe


Rep. Jeff Howe gave a brief presentation and went over some items that are facing the area at this time;

Safe School Act (Bullying Bill), Decontamination sites, Volunteer Fire Department’s being exempt from MN Sure, Increase in MN minimum wage, Nursing Homes and Long term care, LGA and the formula used to qualify for the funds and make it level for all cities.   Council asked Rep. Howe about the projected surplus.  Representative Howe stated how important it is to have your voices heard; he stated that the House is looking at spending some of it on the Nursing Homes and long term care (which was passed over last year).

Council asked Rep. Howe if he thought the City of Richmond could get a tax rebate for the taxes paid on the street project that will be complete in June 2014.  Administrator Bode said he will work with Rep. Howe to obtain this information.



Item #7: Department Reports


a.       Police – Will be at February Meeting

b.      Emergency Management- Jesse Kollmann, Director 

Director Kollmann presented his recommendation for replacing the emergency warning siren at city/fire hall. 

The cost of the siren is $12,905.16 – for DC power

Transformer – ACDC $1575.00;

Battery Blankets $300.00 per siren ($900.00) for protection of cold, keep battery from freezing.

Total for new Siren $14,780.00 plus $600.00 for the other 2 battery blanket

Installation $5,580.00 (Randy Watts – civil defense is there specialty)

Totaling: $20,360.00 plus $600.00 for the other 2 battery blankets

c.       Public Works/ Streets- Gordon Dingmann, Director gave his report

·         Block Party went well

·         Snow Removal is ongoing

·         Street Lights Out around town: 4 Xcel, 3 Stearns Electric.  He stated that he has contacted the companies and will continue to do so, until the lights are working.

·         Christmas Lights on streets will be taken down on Friday

·         Council stated that they had a concern with the ice on the road off of Hwy 23. 

Mr. Dingmann stated that he has been going out every other day,   but the low temps make it impossible for the salt to be effective. 

·         Reminder: Everyone is responsible for maintaining their sidewalks

·         Council asked about the “No Parking” on Main Street.  Mr. Dingmann said that has been working well so far.

·         Civic & Commerce will be looking at replacing some of the older Christmas lights – will have more information after the upcoming Civic & Commerce meeting.


d.      Fire Department – written - Mayor Kron went over the report


Item #8: Council Reports


a.       EDA – next meeting January 28th held at the Public Works building

b.      Planning Commission – next meeting January 30th. New members will begin then.  CUP Public Hearing for Casey’s requesting to widen their access to County Road 9 and Hwy. 23

c.       Parks/Rocori Trail – Administrator Bode gave report.  He reported that Stearns County has agreed to be the fiscal agent for phase 2.  The construction is set to begin 2015.  The legacy grant of $920,000.00 that the Board received will be used to fund Phase 2 of the project.  They will also be applying for an additional $500,000.00 this spring.

Glacial Trail Pavilion is currently shut down while we work on the heating system.  As soon as the heating system is back up and running the pavilion will be open.  Council asked that the general contractor be invited to the January workshop, if he has any answers as to why the heating system is failing.

d.      Tri City Cable: At their meeting, held earlier tonight, they discussed putting the radio station through channel 10, running an event live – but they need to look into the cost.  Franchise agreement with Midcontinent comes due in March. The next meeting is April 9th, 2014. 

e.       Police Chief Committee- was reported that a subcommittee met and went over the 14 applications and they narrowed the field down to 6 applications.  The subcommittee is recommending that the committee interview 6 applicants.  The formal interviews will be on January 15th and the community interview will be January 21st at the Blue Heron.


Item #9: Request for Council Action: Purchase Requisitions Allocations and Transfers

1.      Purchase Emergency Warning Siren

2.      Update City Code

3.      Pay the Sauk River Chain of Lakes Dues


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve the Request for Council Actions: Purchase the emergency warning siren, update the City Code, and pay the Sauk River Chain of Lakes Dues, seconded by Councilor Mackedanz. Motion carried.


Item #10: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters


a.       SCML Meeting in Freeport, January 21 at 6:30 pm

b.      Changing March 5th Council meeting – Council chose to leave it on the 5th.

c.       Garbage quotes- Staff recommends staying with the current hauler

d.      Resolution 105-14 Resolution Regarding Xcel invoice for 2013 Main Street


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve the Resolution 105-14 recommending payment of $147,661.75 to Xcel energy, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen. Motion carried.


e.       Resolution 106-14 LMC Liability Coverage Waiver

Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz, to approve the Resolution 106-14 LMC Liability Coverage Waiver, seconded by Councilor Evens. Motion carried.


f.       Other – Council Workshop will be moved to January 23rd at 6:30 pm


Item #11: Adjourment


Mayor Kron asked for a motion to adjourn. 

Councilor Mackedanz made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Evens.  Motion passed unanimously.


Mayor Kron declared the meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Martin M. Bode