Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council Workshop

May 22, 2017



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, Mike Mathiasen, Michael Ricke, Tim Paczkowski


Also present were: Tesa Tomaschett, City Administrator; Kevin Mooney, Parks & Arena Director; Steve Kascht, Fire Chief; Jesse Kollmann, Asst. Chief;  Michael Plantenberg; Heidi Stalboerger, Wakefield Township;


Item #2: Approval of Agenda


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

                Add: 5d. Royals Park


Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve the Agenda with addition, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #3:  Resolution 127-17 Authorization of Use of Municipal Personnel and Resources in conjunction with the River Lake Days Festival and Approval of requested festival related permits and authorizations


The Council discussed hand washing stations within the food sales area.  Michael (Tucker) Plantenberg reported that they have one station available, but would look into obtaining 1 more.    Tucker reported that the committee is upgrading the power on site, to meet codes and provide better service.


Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski  to approve Resolution 127-17 Authorization of Use of Municipal Personnel and Resources in conjunction with the River Lake Days Festival and Approval of requested festival related permits and authorizations, seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #4: Council Applications

Council received 6 applications for the vacant Council seat.   Council discussed what process they were going to take.   Council decided to move the discussion to Item #9.


 (Temporary Recess for Council workshop)



Item #5: Parks

Kevin Mooney, Parks Director

a)       Flooring Quotes – Mooney reported that he had 1 quote for epoxying the floors (floors at Centennial Park, Glacial Pavilion, showers at Arena).   He stated that he just noticed that the quote may have omitted Centennial Park.  He left a message with the company and has not heard back from them. 

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve flooring epoxy not to exceed $3,700.00, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion passed unanimously.

b)       Band Shelter – Mooney reported that he has the State Bank of Richmond that would like to pay for the entire Band Shelter (not to exceed $70,000.00) and would like to have the work done in 2018.   Mooney stated he is getting another quote for the shelter – using the design drawn by Mike Lang, Paragon homes.

c)       Fitness Station –Mooney stated that he is still fundraising and they have raised $3,625.00.

d)       Royals Park – Mooney reported that they are doing some work on the buildings (siding, roofing, and door) $6,450.00.  The Richmond Lions donated the $6,450.00 for the work.  They obtained the permits from the City.  Mooney also reported that the water project is completed.


Item #6: Fire

Steve Kascht, Fire Chief provided the Council with a quote from Emergency Response Solutions for $75,216.29 and will obtain another quote, itemizing the items that they need.  Council asked where the funding will be coming from.  Kascht stated that they will look into grants.


Item #7: Townhomes

Administrator Tomaschett presented a concept plan for townhomes, she reviewed some areas that she sees as potential financial risks for the City and asked the Council if they had any concerns regarding the concept plan.   The Council discussed the plan and developers proposed agreement.   


Item #8: Highway 23 Coalition

Administrator Tomaschett reported that she had attended a coalition meeting in New London.  They want to make it a formal coalition with members, fees, meetings and board members.   This is the group working on the Highway 23 expansion.   Council discussed the level of Richmond’s involvement.  This group is working with the State to get the funding for the highway.   Council discussed they would like Tomaschett attend the meetings.   Council discussed the possibility of EDA being involved. 


Stearns County Highway/road plan – Mayor Hemmesch reported that a meeting was held at City Hall regarding the County Budget for Highways/roads.  They are considering raising the tax.


(Reconvene Council Meeting)


Item #9: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters


a.       Council Applications – Council further discussed the process.  Council looked at the possibility of interviewing all 6.

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to interview Larry Hokanson, James Worm and Austin Stang, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Motion passed unanimously.


b.       Special Meeting May 24th at 6:30 pm.

c.        Next regular Council meeting is June 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm


Item #10: Adjournment

                Mayor Hemmesch asked for any additional items. 

                Hearing none Mayor Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 7:56 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Tesa Tomaschett

City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer