Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

Wednesday, February 5th 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; Chuck Merten, Fire Chief; Chris Boucher, Cold Spring Police (Acting) Chief; 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 Mackedanz to Approve Agenda, seconded by Councilor Evens.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Item #3: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of January 8th, 2014 and January 23, 2014

 

Mayor Kron asked for any corrections or additions to the January 8th, 2014 and January 23, 2014 minutes, hearing none, Mayor Kron asked for a motion of approval.

 

Informed residents that City of Richmond Council news that is printed in the Cold Spring Record by reporter Tammy Paczkowski are not the official minutes of the City of Richmond and reminded residents that minutes are official once approved by Council and can be obtained at City Hall or on the City of Richmond Web Site.

           

Motion made by Councilor Evens to Approve the Meeting Minutes of January 8th, 2014 and January 23, 2014, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion passed unanimously

 

Item #4: Approval of Bills

Mayor Kron asked for a motion of approval of Bills.

           

Council questioned a few different bills.

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

 

Item #5: Consent Agenda

 

A.     Resolution 109-14 Acceptance of January 2014 Donations

B.     Resolution 110-14 Approval of January 2014 Journal Entries

C.     Resolution 111-14 Approval of Tobacco License for Dollar General

D.     Resolution 112-14 Approval of MN Lawful Gambling Exempt Permit- River Lakes Figure Skating Club

E.      Resolution 113-14 Approval of MN Lawful Gambling Exempt Permit- Knights of Columbus

F.      Resolution 117-14 Approval of Temporary 1 to 4 day On-Sale Liquor License River Lakes Hockey 4.12.14

 

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

Item #6: Presentation and Actions Items –  

 

Consideration of Resolution 114-14 A Resolution Approving a (CUP) Conditional Use Permit at 224 and 234 4th Street SW to allow for access points which exceed the maximum allowable width of twenty-six feet.

 

Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve Resolution 114-14 A Resolution Approving a (CUP) Conditional Use Permit at 224 and 234 4th Street SW (also known as Casey’s General Store) to allow for access points which exceed the maximum allowable width of twenty-six feet., seconded by Councilor Mathiasen. Motion carried.

 

 

Item #7: Department Reports

 

a.       Police – Acting Chief Chris Boucher reviewed the 2013 report.

b.      Parks/Arena – written report. Mayor Kron summarized

The pavilion will be re-opened on the 5th of February.  An indicator light will be installed.

Music in the Park – included in the written report was the line-up for 2014 Concert series.

 

Consider Approving Resolution 115-14 2014 AMC Music in the Park Band line-up

 

Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz, to approve Resolution 115-14 2014 AMC Music in the Park Band line-up, with stipulation that any open sessions and anyone that exceeds $600.00 will be brought back to Council for their approval, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen. Motion carried.

 

c.       Fire Department – Fire Chief Chuck Merten

Chief Merten reviewed the January events.   He also requested that the Council approve moving the firefighter from a waiting list to a probationary Firefighter.

 

Council asked what the cost would be to the City.  Chief Merten explained that the hourly training cost would be the only cost. 

The Council discussed the need for having 25 active firefighters, when the numbers are down to 8-9 daytime calls.  They discussed that the department has a few that may retire this year and  Chief Merten stated that he needs more people available during the day.

 

Consideration of Resolution 116-14 Appointment of Probationary Firefighter

 

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen, to approve Resolution 116-14 Appointment of Probationary Firefighter, seconded by Councilor Mackedanz, Councilor Evens Opposed, Motion carried.

 

Item #8: Council Reports

           

a.       EDA – Was reported that they met last week, and are working on a brochure outlining the revolving loan fund, and are working on selling the “tower acre” property.  The next meeting January 28th held at the Public Works building

b.      Planning Commission – was reported that the 2 new members started at the last meeting and the heard the request for the Conditional Use Permit for Casey’s General Store.  The next meeting is February 26th.

c.       Parks/Rocori Trail – Administrator Bode gave report.  The meeting is tomorrow.  He reported they are in the process of applying the TAP grant, they are waiting to hear back from them.

d.      Police Chief Committee- Mayor Kron reported that after reviewing applications and interviewing the Hiring Committee recommended to the Cold Spring City Council applicant Eric Johnson as the new Police Chief. 

 

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

           

            None

 

Item #10: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters – None

 

 

Item #11: Consideration of Resolution xxx-14 Updating City Fees and Charges

 

2. n.  Sewer discharge rate raise to $60.00 per 1,000 gallons

5. m. Street Sweeper plus man – add “or per contract term”

5. h. and *** (at bottom of section 5) add Hazard Material Removal

 

Council decided to table this item and get some additional information.

 

Council asked about freezing lines in Richmond.  Administrator Bode stated that PeopleService is monitoring the situation and to date they have only heard from one resident regarding pipes freezing.

 

Mayor Kron stated he attended the Stearns County Municipal league meeting in January.

 

Item #12: Adjourment

 

     

Mayor Kron asked for a motion to adjourn. 

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

 

Mayor Kron declared the meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

Martin M. Bode

Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer