Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

City Council Meeting


Item #1: Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance


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


Council Members noted as being present: Scott Kron, Mike Mathiasen, Pat Evens, Jeff Mackedanz, Tim Paczkowski


Also present were: Martin Bode, City Administrator; Randy Jenniges, City Engineer, Kevin Mooney, Parks & Arena Director; Jesse Kollmann, EMS Director; Josh Worm, Fire Department; Chad Johnson, PeopleService; Brad Busse, Channel 10. 


Item #2: Approval of Agenda


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

Mayor Kron asked for the Approval of the Agenda.


Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz to Approve Agenda, seconded by Councilor Evens.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #3: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of November 6, 2013


Mayor Kron asked for any corrections or additions to the November 6, 2013 minutes, hearing none, Mayor Kron asked for a motion of approval.


Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz to Approve the Meeting Minutes of November 6, 2013, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Motion passed unanimously


Item #4: Approval of Bills

Mayor Kron asked for a motion of approval of Bills.


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


Item #5: Consent Agenda


A.     Resolution 209-13 Approval of November 2013 Journal Entries

B.     Resolution 210-13 Acceptance of November 2013 Donations

C.     Resolution 211-13 Formal Approval of Loan to the Richmond EDA

D.     Resolution 212-13 Joint Resolution with the Richmond EDA Transferring Tower Park Property


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve Consent Agenda, seconded by Councilor Mackedanz. Motion carried.






Item #6: Presentation and Actions Items – Truth-in-Taxation


Mayor Kron opened Public Hearing at 6:37

            Mayor Kron asked for any comments or discussion (3 times). 

Administrator Bode stated that there will be some savings ($1,000 – $2,000) from the City not paying sales tax on some items, as outlined by the Dept of Revenue beginning January 1, 2014.

Council discussed the extra $50,000 the city received from LGA and where that should be spent.


Mayor Kron closed Public Hearing at 6:40


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to close the public hearing, seconded by Councilor Mackedanz. Motion passed.



Item #7: RLCA- Kevin Mooney, Director


A.     Broomball League is not happening this year.

B.     Parks are shut down for the season.  Pavilion furnace failed this past evening – Problem has been found and corrected.

C.     AMC meeting – Councilor Mathiasen reported that they discussed the 2014 Music in the Park, the music and what other venues could happen at the same time at the park.

D.     Trails – Rocori trails meeting tomorrow.  DNR stated they will pull the trails closed signs they will have the trail open for snowmobiling.

E.      Kris Kringle is December 14th – open skate, cocoa and Santa

F.      Outdoor Rink – will be open by the school’s holiday break

G.     Council discussed the light by the crosswalk and the parking by the crosswalk at RLCA.  We need to reinforce the “no parking” by the crosswalk. 

H.     Council stated that Mr. Mooney should let the businesses know when there are events at the Arena.


Item #8: Emergency Management –Jesse Kollmann, Director


Mr. Kollmann gave a storm update for 2013.

June 21st – 90 miles an hour wind,

June 21st- later that night another storm

            Total cost of refund from FEMA will be about $5,560.00 covers the damages to the fence, park             bleachers, light pole and the use of the fire apparatus.

July 19th – 45 -50 miles an hour wind – no weather alarm,

Aug 6th – dime size hail storm

Aug 31st – last storm of the summer


Projects and purchases for 2013-2014: 

Replace 3 anemometers - (instrument to measure wind speed) -cost will be about $ 350.00 to replace all 3

Replace civil defense siren at City Hall – cost estimates for the sirens will be around model 508 128 decibel - $14, 027.00; Model 2001-130 130 decibel (which is identical to the sirens we have) $12,900.00; quote from installers - $ 5,580.00; will not have to replace the pole.  Mr. Kollmann recommends going with the 2001-130.   Council asked for a map of the coverage of the sirens.  Mr. Kollmann stated that he will bring the coverage map at the January meeting.  Sirens are designed to be heard when you are outside.   


Item #9: City Engineer- Randy Jenniges

A.     2013 Main Street Project -

      Council asked about the sidewalks.  Mr. Jenniges stated that he told the contractor that they will       need to come back next spring and repair those that need it.  It was put on the punch list.

B.     Resolution 2013-13 Approving Pay Request #5

Mr. Jenniges stated that the total of Pay request #5 is$ 92,348.19


Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz, to approve Resolution 2013-13Approving Pay request #5 of $ 92,348.19, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen. Motion passed.


C.  Items # 4-7 of Council Action Items;  Mr. Jenniges discussed these bills.

D.  Xcel Energy – A meeting was held with Xcel Energy (Mayor, City Attorney, Administrator and        City Engineer attended):  Xcel came in $22,000.00 over the estimate; they stated that these were        unforeseen costs.   Xcel will be looking at the bill and discuss what can be done, however Xcel is    under the Public Utilities Commission.    Administrator Bode will be attending a meeting on           Friday and will bring the new invoice back to the Council.


Item #10: Fire Department –

            Mayor Kron summarized the report.


Item #11: 2014 Budget


A.     Consideration of Resolution 214-13 Approving 2014 Tax Levy and Annual Budget


Motion made by Councilor Mathiasen, to approve Resolution 214-13 Approving 2014 Tax Levy and Annual Budget, seconded by Councilor Mackedanz. Motion passed.


Item #12: Council Reports

A.     EDA – Council reported that they had a meeting one week ago.  They discussed putting the property on the market.  They also worked on a brochure to be handed out to the public.          Next Meeting is January 21, 2014

B.     Planning Commission-No Meeting in November.    Was reported that there are 2 open seats for the Planning Commission starting 2014.  We only advertised in the City Newsletter.

C.     Parks/Rocori Trail – Meeting tomorrow morning.  Council reported that there has been a motorcycle that has been driving on the trail.  Police have been notified and they will address this issue.

D.     Tri City Cable – next meeting January

E.      The police chief hiring committee – Mayor Kron reported that the position has been posted and will run through December.  The committee will review the applications and try and narrow it down to 3 candidates and then narrow it to 1 or 2 to present to the Cold Spring City Council.


Item #13: Request for Council Action –


Administrator Bode reviewed Items 1 – 3 (Mr. Jenniges already reviewed 4-7)

Council discussed the Salary Items.  EDA President salary will be added to the January 16th Council workshop Agenda.  EDA Members will be notified of this.


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve Council Actions 1-7, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski. Motion passed.


January’s 2014 Regular Council Meeting Change from the 1st to the 8th of January


Motion made by Councilor Evens, to approve Moving Council Meeting to Jan 8th, 2014, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen. Motion passed.






Item #15: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters

 New Library Coordinator Susan Watts has begun her position.

Yearly Police Dept Report – Administrator Bode will notify the acting Chief that the Council would like to get this (in writing or in person).

Plowing has begun.  Move your cars off city streets if it is a “plowable” snow fall

Block Party – Dec 6th 5-7 pm.  Council encourages everyone to come out and visit with each other and visit the businesses.


Item #16: Adjournment:


Mayor Kron asked for a motion to adjourn. 

Councilor Paczkowski made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Evens.  Motion passed unanimously.


Mayor Kron declared the meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,




Martin M. Bode