Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council Workshop

September 21, 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, Larry Hokanson, Tim Paczkowski

 

Also present were: Tesa Tomaschett, City Administrator; Kevin Mooney, Arena & Parks Director; Jason Blum, Police Chief; Steve Kascht, Fire Chief; Jesse Kollmann, Asst. Fire Chief; Gordon Dingmann, Heidi Stalboerger

 

Item #2: Open Forum

 

Item #3: Approval of Agenda

 

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

                Add: Item 4 b. Acceptance of Letter of Resignation from Firefighter Josh Worm

                Add: Item 4 c. Acceptance of letter of resignation from EMS Assistant Manager Jesse Kollmann

                Add: Workshop Agenda

                D.  Water Meter handheld

                                E.   EDA – Lot for sale assessments

 

Motion made by Councilor Hokanson to approve the Agenda with additions, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion passed.

 

Item #4:  Consent Agenda

 

a.       Resolution 146-17: Authorization of exempt gambling permit for Midwest Outdoors Unlimited

b.       Authorization of Resignation from Firefighter Josh Worm

c.        Acceptance of letter of resignation from EMS Assistant Manager Jesse Kollmann

 

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to approve Consent Agenda, seconded by Councilor Hokanson.  Motion passed.

 

 (Temporary Recess for Council workshop)

 

WORKSHOP AGENDA

 

A.      Maple Avenue – Gertken Letter

 

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve Gertken request to allow a title change and keep the stipulations the same, seconded by Councilor Hokanson.  Motion carried

 

B.      Police – Chief Jason Blum

                                 i.            Contract – Blum explained that the contract has only one addition – item J. Ordinance enforcement.  The contract is a 5 year, with a 2.5% annual adjustment on January 1st, and paid quarterly. No other change to the contract.

 

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to approve 2018 police contract, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Motion carried.

 

                                ii.            Speed Limit sign – Blum reported that the average cost of a speed limit sign is @ $4,151.00.   Council would like more information on funding sources.

 

C.      Fire - Chief Steve Kascht

SCBA – Kascht presented 2 quotes for SCBA’s.  Kascht made a request to purchase 15 new SCBA from MSA at a cost of $75,216.29.

 

Motion made by Councilor Hokanson to approve purchasing the SCBA’s from MSA, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion carried.

Air bag – Kascht requested replacing the air bag at a cost of $3,876.00.   Kascht stated that he has @ $2,000.00 in his budget for replacing this and they will need to investigate which fund the remainder will come from.

 

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve spending no more than $4,000.00 for air bag and submit second quote to Administrator, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.   Motion carried.

 

Council discussed how these will be paid for.    Kascht stated that he will continue to write grants to help pay these costs and will work with Administrator in planning for future expenses.

 

D.      Water Meter handheld – Tomaschett gave the Council an update about the meters.  The company is not making any more of the parts for the meter, so will need to begin planning for new meters.

E.        

F.       EDA – Lot for sale assessments

Ricke reported that they accepted an offer of $12,000.00 for the lot at 25 Main Street W.

$2,000.00 down payment

4 year payment at 5% interest

 

Ricke reported that the EDA is asking the Council to waive the assessments or the EDA will pay the assessments to the City and move forward with the sale as agreed to with the Gilks.

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to have EDA pay the Assessments upfront, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.   Motion carried.

 

G.      Discussion of Park Committee – Mooney asked the Council to define the purpose of the committee

To have a group involved in the decision making/planning for the parks

Meet twice a year to set the plan for the parks

Advertise for park committee members in the City Newsletter

 

H.      Budget

Council discussed the proposed budget. 

Approve Resolution 147-17 Adoption of the 2018 preliminary tax levy of $630,000.00

Motion made by Councilor Hokanson to approve the Resolution 147-17 adoption of the 2018 preliminary tax levy, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.   Motion carried.

 

I.        Loss Control Audit – Data practices

Tomaschett explained the findings of the audit and the recommendations.

                                 i.            Website and social media policy – Tomaschett has added these to the personnel policy

                                ii.            Training for Council and staff regarding data practices

Council stated that she should report back that they will address the recommendations.

 

J.        Personnel policy - Tomaschett stated that she had the League and the City Attorney review this.    Mayor asked for a copy of the original policy and put this item on a future agenda.  Tomaschett suggested that they bring any questions to Tomaschett so she has the information before the meeting.

Mayor asked about the no gun policy for city employees.

 

(Reconvene Council Meeting)

 

Item #5: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters

 

a.       Next Council Meeting October 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

 

Item #7: Adjournment

 

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any additional items. 

                Hearing none Mayor Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 8:33 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

 

Tesa Tomaschett

City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer