Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council Workshop

October 19, 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

Council Members noted as being absent: 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,

 

Item #2: Open Forum

 

Item #3: Approval of Agenda

 

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

                Add: Item 6 Consent Agenda

a.       Resolution 154-17 Approve Hiring of Seasonal Workers for the River Lakes Civic Arena Ice Season

b.       Resolution 155-17 Authorization for Minnesota Lawful Gambling LG220 Exempt permit for River Lakes Hockey Inc. on December 27, 2017

c.        Resolution 156-17 Approve Liquor license application for the Olde Coliseum, LLC.

                Add: Workshop Agenda

A.      137 Maple Ave.

B.      691 Main St W

E. a. Nature park/Centennial           

 

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

 

Item #4:  Public Hearing

                Pertaining to intoxicating liquor hours of operations

 

a.       Mayor Hemmesch opened the public hearing

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any comments or questions.

 

Unidentified Person: Asked if this was temporary

Unidentified Person: stated they are only doing this for special occasion and as long as this doesn’t hurt them for their liquor license.

                The council responded by telling them that this is changing the ordinance and would need a public hearing if the Council would like to change it and that it does falls within the State statute.

 

b.       Mayor Hemmesch asked for any further comments (3x’s) hearing none, Mayor Hemmesch closed the Public Hearing at 6:33 pm.

 

Item #5:  Resolution 153-17: Adopting Ordinance 2017-09 an Ordinance amending Richmond City code Chapter 4 Section 20                 pertaining to intoxicating liquor hours of operations

 

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to approve Resolution 153-17: Adopting Ordinance 2017-09 an Ordinance amending Richmond City code Chapter 4 Section 20       pertaining to intoxicating liquor hours of operations, seconded by Councilor Hokanson.  Motion passed.

 

Item #6:  Consent Agenda

Resolution 154-17: Approve hiring of seasonal workers for the River Lakes Civic Arena Ice Season

Resolution 155-17: Authorization for Minnesota Lawful Gambling LG220 Exempt permit for River Lakes Hockey Inc. on December 27, 2017

Resolution 156-17: Liquor License for The Olde Coliseum, LLC Jan 1, 2018 – June 30 2018

 

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

 

 (Temporary Recess for Council workshop)

 

WORKSHOP AGENDA

 

A.      137 Maple Avenue – Administrator Tomaschett stated that Mike Schreifels had asked to be on the agenda.

Mike Schreifels:  He stated that he thought he could not be assessed for footage in road right of way, but he has now learned that yes he can.  Mr. Schreifels is asking for a little leniency because part of his footage is in road right of way.  He also stated that he would like the sac and wac fee be deferred 15 years so he has time to pay the other assessment and then put the sac and wac fee on the tax roll.

 

Motion made by Councilor Hokanson to approve assessing the Schreifels property for ten years at 4% and deferring the sac/wac fees for 10 years or until building, sale, transfer of title, etc.  seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.   Motion carried.

 

B.      545 Main St West –

Mayor Hemmesch stated that the City is providing enough water pressure according to state requirements and if Mr. Weiber wants a booster pump he will need to pay for it himself.

Mayor Hemmesch stated that he believes the City cannot require Mr. Weiber to have the meters changed and reinstalled and if the City would require this Mayor Hemmesch feels the City would need to pay for this.  Mayor Hemmesch stated that he wants us to work with him for a while on the meter, because he doesn’t want him to be charged incorrectly.    

Mayor Hemmesch would like him to come in and make sure the reading and the billing is done correctly and that the city staff is doing the math correctly and not charging him incorrectly.

 

Motion made by Councilor Hokanson to approve paying up to $500.00 for a booster pump for a new build, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.   Roll Call: Ricke-NO; Hemmesch – YES; Mathiasen-YES; Hokanson-YES; Motion Carried 3-1.

 

C.      691 Main St West

Letter from new buyer requesting the Council consider a $1000.00 tax credit for 2018 and $500.00 tax credit for 2019.  The Council discussed the different options for a new business move forward.

Mayor Hemmesch requested that the Council approve Tomaschett and the Mayor working with David Drown to put this together and move forward with the tax incentive for new builds. Council was fine with this. 

 

D.      Water Meter Handheld – Administrator Tomaschett reviewed the quotes she had received.

The money will be taken from the water fund.

 

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to approve purchasing the Sensus radio read handheld from Core & Main (formerly HD Supply Waterworks) for $6,100.00, seconded by Councilor Ricke.   Motion carried.

E.       Budget - Tomaschett reported that the County told her the tax capacity rate was lowered to 68.649%, which even with the raise in the levy, city tax portion should be lower for the property owners.

 

Tomaschett reviewed the proposed 2018 budget.  She stated she has added a Fire department CIP with $5,000.00; Water CIP with $5,000.00; Nature water/sewer CIP of $2,000.00; Parks Floors budget item $2,000.00

 

Nature Park: Council discussed adding a bathroom to Nature Park.  There is work being done on the road, this is the time to run the piping to the area. Council agreed.

 

Centennial Park flooring:  Tomaschett asked to put some money away for the floors at Centennial Park.  Council agreed to put $2,000.00 aside for this.

 

(Reconvene Council Meeting)

 

Item #7: Closed Meeting

 

Employee Review of City Administrator-Clerk-Treasurer Tesa Tomaschett

 

Item #8: Request for Council Action

Resolution 157-17: Approval of Employment Agreement with Tesa Tomaschett

 

Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen to approve Resolution 157-17: Approval of Employment Agreement with Tesa Tomaschett, seconded by Councilor Ricke.   Motion carried.

Item #9: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters

Mike Ricke will not be at next meeting.

Next Council Meeting November 1, 2017

 

Item #10: Adjournment

 

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any additional items. 

                Hearing none Mayor Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Tesa Tomaschett

City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer