Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

City Council Meeting



Item #1: Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

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


Item 2: Clerk call the roll

Council Members noted as being present: Jim Hemmesch, Tim Paczkowski, Josh Worm, Pat Evens, Mike Mathiasen

Also present were: Martin Bode, City Administrator; Steve Kascht, Fire Chief; Jesse Kollmann, Emergency Management Director; Kevin Mooney, Parks and Arena Director; Gordon Dingmann, Public Works Director; Tammy Paczkowski; Chuck Schoenberg;


Item #3: Approval of Agenda

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

Add: Item # 6D Resolution 127-15 Satisfaction of Mortgage

Add: Item # 9 Purchase Requisitions


Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion to approve agenda with additions.


Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to Approve the Agenda with additions, seconded by Councilor Evens.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #4: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of March 4 and March 19, 2015

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any corrections or additions to the March 4th and March 19th, 2015 Minutes, hearing none, Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion of approval.


Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to Approve the Meeting Minutes of March 4th and March 19th, 2015, seconded by Councilor Mathiasen.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #5: Approval Bills Paid

Mayor Hemmesch asked if there were any questions or comments.  


Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion of approval of Bills Paid.


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


Item #6: Consent Agenda

A.     Resolution 125-15 Approval of March 2015 Journal Entries

B.     Resolution 126-15 Acceptance of March 2015 Donations

C.     Acknowledge PeopleService March 2015 Written Report

D.     Resolution 127-15 Acceptance of Satisfaction of Mortgage


Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion to approve Consent Agenda.


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





Item #7: Department Reports

a.       Parks/Trails/RTCB: Kevin Mooney, Parks and Arena Director – gave the spring report.  He reported on the upcoming events at the Arena: April 11 – Beer and Wine Expo, May 6 – Hazardous Waste cleanup, May 8 – Annual Water festival, May 16- City wide clean up, May 17 – Fire Relief Association chicken dinner, June 18 – State Bank of Richmond Customer appreciation, June 19 – Relay for Life.  All events are posted on Arena’s calendar.  Reported that the freezer needs to be replaced.  Director Mooney reported that he had a really good staff this past season and looks forward to them coming back next year.  Mooney also reported that Music in the Park is planned for the summer season.  He stated he is looking into adding a band shell/shelter at Centennial Park. 

Rocori Trail meeting is set for April 2;   Council asked how to go about getting signage on the Rocori Trail.   Mooney explained that they should contact City Hall and they would get it to the Rocori Trail Board. 

b.      Public Works:  Gordon Dingmann – went over his monthly report; street sweeping has begun, working with Cold Spring and Rockville on crack sealing, compost will be opening soon (probably mid-April),  gate system at public works building needed replacing, he is looking into adding a street light at 1st St SE by Dollar General, banners will be changed out this coming week. 

c.       Fire Department: Steve Kascht, Fire Chief – gave the March fire report.  Chief Kascht reported that 8 of the firefighters attended training in St. Cloud.  Chief Kascht acknowledged Jess Kollmann for his performance at the Stair Climb- 31 flights of stairs in approximately 6 minutes.  He also stated that Michael (Tucker) Plantenberg has submitted his resignation from the Richmond Fire department.  Tucker was a firefighter for 27 years and Chief Kascht extended his thank you and appreciation to Tucker for his dedication and hard work. 

d.      Emergency Management: Jesse Kollmann, EMS Director - reported that Severe Weather Awareness week is April 13-17.  Tornado Sirens will sound on Thursday 1:45 pm and 6:55 pm.  Reminder that sirens are an outside warning system – they may not be heard when a person is indoors.    He reported that he and Randy Schackman will be updating the City badges and will be updating their response manual.


Item #8 Council Reports

a.       EDA- It was reported that the A & W owners purchased the last 2 parcels of Tower Acres.  It was reported that B R & E program is well underway and the reports should be completed soon.   The available funding programs were reviewed.  The next meeting is April 28, 2015 at the Maintenance Building.

b.      Planning Commission- It was reported that they discussed 2 items 1. Pole sheds – the planning commission is recommending the council accept pole sheds provided they meet the criteria set out in the ordinances 2. Annexation; the planning commission discussed the annexation process.   Next meeting is April 30.

c.       Tri City Cable –Next meeting is April 8th

d.      The 125th Anniversary & River Lake Days – was reported that plans are underway for both.  Items that have been planned: Tuesday, July 14 – Music in the Park and a Pie Baking contest kicking off the event, Wednesday will be a historical dinner and show (sponsored by the American Legion); Thursday – draft horses exhibition at Centennial Park;  Friday – Sunday – many different events.  Garage sales, sidewalk sales etc. Check with City Hall for more information.  Next Meeting Monday April 6 at 7 pm at City Hall.  Get more information on the City’s website at


Item #9: Request for Council Action Purchase requisitions, Allocations and Transfers


River Lakes Civic Arena is requesting to purchase a freezer for the Arena.    Council decided to put this on the agenda at the next meeting allowing Mr. Mooney the time get quotes from local business. 


Item #10: Other Matters of Concern and Related Items


  1. Dog License Due May 1st


Item #11: Adjournment


Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion to adjourn. 

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

Mayor Jim Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



Martin M. Bode

City Administrator