Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

Wednesday, June 3, 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; Chris Boucher, Police Chief; Chuck Merten, Richmond Fire Department; Tammy Paczkowski, Cold Spring Record; Brad Busse, Tri City Cable;


Item #3: Approval of Agenda

Mayor Hemmesch asked if there were any additions or changes to the Agenda.   Hearing none.

Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion to approve agenda.


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


Item #4: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of May 6, 2015 and May 27, 2015

Mayor Hemmesch asked for any corrections or additions to the May 6, 2015 and May 27, 2015Minutes.

Correction: May 27th Councilor Mathiasen was not present.

Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion of approval.


Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to Approve the Meeting Minutes of May 6, 2015 and May 27, 2015 with correction, seconded by Councilor Evens.  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 Evens to Approve the Bills, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Motion passed unanimously.


Item #6: Consent Agenda

A.     Resolution 139-15 Approval of May 2015 Journal Entries

B.     Resolution 140-15 Acceptance of May 2015 Donations

C.     Resolution 141-15 MN Lawful Gambling Permit Richmond Legion at Jerry’s Firehouse Grill 09.25.15

D.     Resolution 142-15 Temporary 1-4 Day On Sale Liquor License Country Snow Cruisers River Lake Days July 17-18

E.      Resolution 143-15 MN Lawful Gambling Exempt Permit Richmond Royals Aug 1, 2015

F.      Acknowledge PeopleService May 2015 Written Report


Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion to approve Consent Agenda.


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


Item #7: Department Reports


  1. Police Report, Police Chief Chris Boucher, reviewed the March activity reports.

The Bike Rodeo on May 20th at the Glacial trail pavilion went very well, over 35 children attended.   The kids were entered into a drawing for many donated items; Richmond bus service donated 2 Wenner Hardware gift certificates; State Farm insurance had Frisbees, water bottles, bags; Police department had t shirts.    Boucher also reported that Casey’s general store donated gift certificates to be handed out by officers who see children wearing their helmets.

Boucher stated that the new police dog is now trained in both narcotics and search for missing people.  It was reported that Officer Bloom will bring Riley to music in the park for the people to see and meet him.

Interviews for the new full time police officer are June 15th at 9:00 am.

  1. Notice of Sidewalk Repairs – Council discussed the ordinance and what they would like to do moving forward.   It was discussed that in the past the sidewalks were determined by the homeowner and not a citywide plan.  The older part of town is inconsistent where the sidewalks are placed.   The newer developments are without sidewalks. 

Council asked for a copy of all the policies and the ordinance regarding sidewalks and repairs, to be brought to the next workshop. 

  1. Road Closure request – August 23 2015 - Central Ave between 1st NW and 2nd ST NW (open house for Father Mark Stan); City will provide barricades.

Mayor Hemmesch asked for a motion to approve the Road Closure request.


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


Item #8: Council Reports

  1. EDA – Council reported that the EDA has had the 3rd speaker discussing solar energy and the possible benefits to the city and the business community.  They also reported that they are looking for about 5 acres to put the solar garden on.  They reported that B R & E program is moving forward with planning the 4 projects that came out of their meetings.  They also reported that there is still discussion with the County regarding acquiring land for another public access.  The next meeting is the 4th Tuesday of the month at City Hall.

It was reported that A & W turned in their building permit application and a ground breaking date is scheduled for

  1. Planning Commission – Council reported that the Commission held the open house meeting on May 28th with the property owners regarding annexation.   The next meeting is June 25th at 6:00 pm.
  2. Parks/Trails- Rocori Trails meeting is June 4th.  They are working on the purchase of the land.

Council reported that the first Music in the Park was held on Tuesday June 2nd.  They reported that they had lots of out of Towner’s and that they commented on the wonderful park and trails as well.  Next music in the park is June 16th.  Event is sponsored by the Rocori Area Community Foundation.  They also reported that there is a farmer’s market on the same Tuesdays as the Music in the Park. 

  1. Tri City Cable – no meeting
  2. 125th City Anniversary – Council reported that the events are being solidified. Tuesday Evening –Pie and Ice Cream social, Pie Baking Contest, Music in the Park- Sponsored by the Library; Wednesday – Evening of Food, History and Heritage – with a German style dinner and history presentation and artifacts on display, wedding dresses of the era sponsored by the Wedding and Tuxedo Connection. Thursday Evening – Draft Horse Demonstration at Centennial Park.  Friday and Saturday – many, many events including a 125 unit parade, live music and fireworks.
  3. Stearns County Municipal League Meeting – Hemmesch and Paczkowski attended the May SCML meeting.  It was reported that topic was “Code Red” which is a program that would notify all residents through their cell phones of any pending disaster.  The cost is roughly $3500.00.


Item #9: Request for Council Action Purchase requisitions allocations and transfers - none


Item #10: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters

a.       Joint Council and Planning Commission meeting on June 18 at 6:00 pm.

b.      It was reported that there is leak in Administrator Bode’s office that needs to be addressed.

c.       Alley behind the Firehouse is in need of repair – Council asked if we maintain that alley.  Bode stated he would look into whether this is an alley we maintain.

d.      It was reported that Eric Decker is doing a fund raiser for fallen officers.  Paczkowski took at moment to thank the local kid for his good work.




Item #11: Adjournment


Mayor Hemmesch asked for any additional items. 

Mayor Hemmesch declared the meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



Martin M. Bode

City Administrator