Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

April 5, 2017

City Council Meeting

 

Item #1: Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

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

 

Council Members noted as being present: Jim Hemmesch, Tim Paczkowski, Katy Kirchner, Michael Ricke

Council Members noted as being absent: Mike Mathiasen

 

Also present were: Tesa Tomaschett, City Administrator-Clerk; Gordon Dingmann, Public Works Director; Kevin Mooney, Arena Director; David Blommel, S E H; Scott Urdahl, Jacks of Richmond; Heidi Stalboerger, Wakefield Township Clerk; Tammy Paczkowski; Brad Busse, Channel 10;

 

Item #2: Approval of Agenda

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

               

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve the Agenda, seconded by Councilor Kirchner.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Item # 3: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of March 1 and March 16, 2017

 

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any corrections or additions to the March 1 and March 16, 2017, 2017 Minutes.

Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion of approval.

 

Motion made by Councilor Kirchner to approve the Meeting Minutes of March 1 and March 16, 2017seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion passed.

 

Item # 4: Approval of Bills Paid

 

Mayor Hemmesch asked if there were any questions or comments.   Hearing none.

Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion of approval of Bills Paid.

                               

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to Approve the Bills, seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion passed.

 

Item #5: Consent Agenda

a.       Resolution 114-17 Approval of  March 2017 Journal Entries

b.       Resolution 115-17 Music in the Park schedule

c.        Resolution 116-17 Approval of March 2017 Donations

d.       Acknowledge PeopleService March  2017  Written Report

 

Motion made by Councilor Kirchner to Approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Item #6: City Engineer David Blommel

a.       Ivy Ave between 1st and 2nd – Blommel  reviewed the problems with Ivy Avenue and the options to look at for fixing

1)       Include street, curb and gutter, storm sewer, water, sewer in the 2019 street project

2)       Mill and overlay – (Blommel would like to avoid this item)

3)       Patching -Filling the pot holes to carry over until the 2019 street project – quotes will be brought back to Council

b.       2019 street project – Blommel reviewed the map (attached)

                The Council decided to add Ivy Avenue to the 2019 project

 

Council asked if the property markers had been put back at the Maple Ave property.  Blommel explained that these were not official property markers and they would not be replaced.

 

Item #7: Department Reports

a.       Public Works/Streets – Gordon Dingmann, Public Works Director

2nd St. – half is owned by the township and half the City of Richmond – he stated he is working with the township for crack filling.

Street Sweeping – he stated he will be doing this twice in the spring

Compost- Opened April1; Hours:  Mon- Sat. 8 am – 8 pm

b.       Parks/Arena – Kevin Mooney, Parks/Arena Director

Arena – ice out March 13; Mooney stated that this year’s ice session was very successful

1)       Upcoming Events to be held at River lakes civic arena:

2)       Beer & Wine festival April 22

3)       Stearns County Hazardous Waste Collection – May 10

4)       Water Festival – May 12

5)       Richmond Fire Fighters dinner – May 21

 

Mooney stated he is looking at adding locker rooms to the west end of the building.  He will be looking at options and costs for this.

 

Parks:  Mooney stated that he has been going through all the buildings working on maintenance projects.   

1)       Royals Park – the water line has begun – 400 feet have been put in.

2)       Mooney requested bringing back David Rausch and summer help to help with the Parks Department.

3)       Fitness Stations – Mooney reviewed options:  He stated that they have one source that is interested in providing some funding towards the Metal structures.  Mooney would like to raise at least half the funding.

Wood Structures - $7500.00

Metal Structures - $10,500.00

                Mooney requested that the Council consider paying up to half of the cost (if necessary).  The Council recommended                 the metal structures and that they raise at least half the funds.

4)       Little league registration happened with many children signing up.

5)       Lions Park – Mooney reported that the park is undergoing some major restoration at the entry way.  The New gate looks wonderful and the new sign will be completed soon.  He encouraged all to drive out and take a look. 

6)       Citywide cleanup – May 6th – items should be brought to Tom Kraemer, Inc. site on County Rd 158.   Mooney requested partnering with Tom Kraemer to hold the cleanup day.

 

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to partner with Tom Kraemer for the city wide community cleanup, seconded by Councilor Kirchner.  Motion carried.

 

Music in the Park – Council asked if they have tried amateur night.  Mooney stated they could look into this.

 

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve returning summer help, seconded by Councilor Kirchner.  Motion carried.

 

c.        Rocori Trail – Mooney stated they are moving ahead with the project.  He reminded them that this year is Richmond’s year to be Chair and Secretary for the board.

 

Item #8: Council Reports

a.       EDA – Michael Ricke reported the EDA is working on identifying the businesses that are for sale or empty and sign.  Next meeting March 28, 2017

b.       Planning Commission – Kirchner reported that a public hearing was held to consider the request by Jacks of Richmond to grant a variance of the side yard setback.  Kirchner reported that it was determined that it is necessary in order to straighten up the property lines and rebuild the car wash.  Kirchner reported that the Planning Commission is recommending to the Council they approve this variance request.

 

1)       Resolution 117-17 Approving Variance request for Jack’s car wash setbacks at 30 4th St SW

 

Motion made by Councilor Ricke to approve  Resolution 117-17 Variance request for Jack’s car wash side yard setback at 30 4th St SW,  seconded by Councilor Kirchner.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

2)       Development Incentives

a.       Option1: $2500.00 savings on building permit of new home or new business

b.       Option 2: for builders/developers - $2500.00 savings on building permit and defer the payment for 24 months or until home sells (which ever first).

c.        Tax Phase-in for new businesses or businesses making improvements that will increase tax value.

Incentives would be for 2 years (2017 and 2018)

 

                Council will discuss items b and c at the next workshop.

 

Motion made by Councilor Kirchner to amend the motion made at the March 16th City Council meeting, item #8 to read as a $2500.00 savings on building permit and a developer/builder incentive of $2500.00 savings and deferment of 24 months or home sale, seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion carried.

 

Item #9: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters

a.       Tri-City Cable meeting is scheduled for April 26th

b.       Dog Licenses are due May 1st.  Bring updated shot records.

c.        Clean up after your pets

d.       Next meeting April 20, 2017 6:30 pm   

 

Item #10: Adjournment

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any additional items. 

Hearing none Mayor Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

Tesa Tomaschett

City Administrator Clerk-Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Attachment A: 2019 Street Proj