Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council Workshop

July 20, 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,

Council Members noted as being absent: Tim Paczkowski, Larry Hokanson


Also present were: Tesa Tomaschett, City Administrator; Jeff Mackedanz


Item #2: Approval of Agenda


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

                Add: Item #3 Resolution 136-17 Approving Minor Subdivision for Backes property 74.40700.0040

                Add: workshop Agenda D. Police Contract; F. Rocori Trail Phase 4; G. Kevin’s Vacation; H. Mondays Fire Training


Motion made by Councilor Mathiason to approve the Agenda with additions, seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion passed.


Item #3:  Resolution 136-17 Approving Minor Subdivision for Backes property 74.40700.0040


Tomaschett reported that the Planning Commission had met and are recommending approval of the subdivision.  Tomaschett stated that all necessary paperwork is in.  They will be platting the one parcel at a later date.


Motion made by Councilor Mathiason  to approve Resolution 136-17 Approving Minor Subdivision for Backes  property 74.40700.0040, seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion passed.

 (Temporary Recess for Council workshop)




A.      American Legion – Jeff Mackedanz with the American Legion stated that they will be requesting to have gambling at Haffley’s.   Mackedanz did not have an application to present to the administrator.  Tomaschett asked if the Council would like a time stipulation added.   Council stated that they do not want to have any stipulation on this.   Mackedanz asked if they would be allowed to store items at the water tower.  Council decided that they should not store the items at any of the City owned buildings.   Council stated that they do not see an  issue with the legion making application for gambling at Haffleys.  Due to lack of a quorum (eligible voting members) this item will be brought before the Council with an application.

B.      Park Committee – Mayor Hemmesch asked if a committee had been set up.  Mayor Hemmesch would like to see this committee address the day to day maintenance, park planning, etc.   Members for this committee should include representatives of the lions club, royal’s baseball, little league, music in the park/council, Parks Director and 2 residents (tax payer).  Council would like this committee to meet this fall.

C.      Police Interviews - Tomaschett asked to have it be a general rule that the City Administrator do the officer interviews.  If the City of Cold Spring decides to have a council member present that we will do the same.  If the interviews are for the Chief than Mayor/Council representative will be selected.  Council was fine with this.

D.      Police Contract – Tomaschett reported that the contract ends December 31, 2017.  The new contract will stay the same annual 2.5% increase; however they would like to change the contract from a 5 year contract to a 7 year contract.

Council wants to remain with a 5 year contract.   Council discussed what fund the administrative fees will be posted to – the revenue will remain in the police fund.

E.       Future of EDA - put this item on the August workshop.  The Mayor does not want to discuss this item without all 5 council members attending. 

F.       Rocori Trail Phase 4 – Tomaschett reported that Phase 4 – (City of Rockville going East).   She asked that the Council discuss the possibility of Richmond transitioning out of the Trail Board for phase 4 and helping to get St. Joseph Township, Waite Park, St. Cloud, etc.  Council was on board with this.

G.      Kevin’s Vacation – Tomaschett explained that Mooney was not earning the correct amount of vacation time.  He has 120 hours that he should have been given beginning in 2015.

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to allow Kevin Mooney up to December 31, 2018 to use the 120 hours of vacation time, seconded by Councilor Ricke.  Motion passed.

H.      Fire Training – Hemmesch reported about an incident that occurred this past Monday.   The situation was taken care of by Chief Kascht and Tomaschett followed through the next day with the other department.


(Reconvene Council Meeting)


Item #4: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters


a.       Fitness Stations – Tomaschett reported that they met ½ the financial goal and have ordered 8 stations.

b.       Music in the Park July 25th, 6:30 pm

c.        National Night Out August 1, 2017 5:30 pm at Arena

d.       Next regular Council meeting is August 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm

e.        Mock Car Crash, August 17- 5:30 pm

f.        Recommended Mooney contact the owner of Food Pride to get a quote on concessions for arena and parks.

g.        Solar Farms – Mathiasen would like more information about the farm.

h.       Safe routes to school white lines need painting.


Item #5: Adjournment


Mayor Hemmesch asked for any additional items. 

                Hearing none Mayor Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Tesa Tomaschett

City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer