Meeting Minutes of the Richmond City Council

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

City Council Meeting



Item #1: Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance


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


Council Members noted as being present: Pat Evens, Jeff Mackedanz, Tim Paczkowski, Jim Hemmesch


Also present were: Martin Bode, City Administrator; Kevin Mooney, Parks Director; Jesse Kollmann, EMS Director; Chuck Merten, Fire Chief; Tammy Paczkowski, Cold Spring Record; Brad Busse, Channel 10. 


Item #2: Approval of Agenda


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

            Move Parks #7e  to before #7A


Mayor Mathiasen asked for the Approval of the Agenda, with change.


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


Item #3: Oath of Office


James Hemmesch took his Oath of Office



Item #4: Approval of the Meeting Minutes of June 4th and June 19, 2014


Mayor Mathiasen asked for any corrections or additions to the June 4th and June 19th, 2014 minutes, hearing none, Mayor Mathiasen asked for a motion of approval.

            Item #5 change the motion made by Mackedanz.  Change made.

Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to Approve the Meeting Minutes of June 4th and June 19th, 2014, seconded by Councilor Evens.  Motion passed unanimously


Item #5: Approval of Bills Paid

Mayor Mathiasen asked for a motion of approval of Bills Paid


            Council asked about check #001001E- NSF check – to be reimbursed by the writer of the original check.

            Council asked about Business cards – 4 fulltime staff and 1 mayor

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


Item #6: Consent Agenda


A.     Resolution 157-14 Approval of June 2014 Journal Entries

B.     Resolution 158-14 Approval of June Donations – Brinky’s liquor for Music in the Park

C.     Resolution 159-14 Appointment of 2014 Election Judges

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


D.     Resolution 160-14 Approval of Calling Public Hearing on the Modification of TIF Districts No. 1-4


Administrator Bode explained that this TIF district goes from Jennings apartment east down main street to central south to highway 23 corridor.


Motion made by Councilor Paczkowski to approve Consent Agenda item D Resolution 160-14 Approval of calling a public hearing on the modification of TIF districts 1-4, seconded by Councilor Evens.  Motion carried.


Item #7: Department Reports


e.       Parks Department – Kevin Mooney; Director Mooney went over the upcoming events to be held at the arena.  Mooney stated he is obtaining quotes for ceiling maintenance.  Mooney stated he will have more quotes at the next meeting and would like to see the work completed before the ice is in.

He also reported that the parks are busy with baseball, tee-ball, soccer, lacrosse, music in the park.

He thanked Michelle Peterson and girl scout troop 683 for cleaning along the trail from the bridge to the water tower.  They did a great job!    

At Music in the Park – the group Take the Hint replaced the scheduled person who was ill.  This group played through the cold and drizzle.

Rocori Trail – July 3rd meeting was cancelled.

Richmond Parks User group will be meeting in August and the meeting will be posted.

a.       Emergency Management – Jesse Kollmann, Director reported on the new siren that was installed mid March.  The siren is for outdoor warning (not designed to be heard indoors).  When the siren is sounded take shelter.

Badges – Kollmann reported that he is working on getting all council and staff updated badges.

b.      Street Department – no report

c.       Water/Waste Water – Mayor read the written report

Mandatory Sewer Hook-up Per City Code 24-49 – Bode requested that the Council authorize him sending a letter to the property owners that currently share a sewer.

Private Wells – Bode stated he put this on the agenda for the council to consider banning the use of private wells.

d.      Fire Department – Chief Chuck Merten; Merten reviewed the past month’s training and calls.

The fire department will be holding a mock crash on August 7 at 7:00 p.m.; Meal at 6:00 p.m. will be held at the parking lot of Sts Peter and Paul school.


Consideration of Resolution 161-14 Declaring Excess Property (tires from the grass rig)


Council asked if there was any liability for the City.  Bode said he would check with the league, but the tires would be sold “As Is”.  It was reported that the grass rig was too much weight for the tires.


Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz to approve Resolution 161-14 Declaring Excess Property, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Roll Call vote Evens – Yes, Mackedanz – Yes, Paczkowski – Yes, Mathiasen – Yes, Hemmesch – abstained; Motion carried.


e.       Resolution 162-14 Approval of Loan to RLCA from the Waste Water Fund



Motion made by Councilor Mackedanz to approve Resolution 162-14 Approval of Loan, to RLCA,  from the Waste Water Fund, seconded by Councilor Paczkowski.  Motion carried.






Item #8: Council Reports


a.       EDA –

1.      The Richmond Commercial Enhancement fund for commercial properties.  It is an enhancement matching deferrable loan program – up to $1500.00 in matching dollars.   Applications will be available at City Hall.

2.      The Revolving loan fund

3.      Business Retention and Expansion program – they are holding meetings and recruitment.

4.      July 9th 8:00am, at City Hall– City Staff will be holding a meeting with Developers, General Contractors, and Realtors to discuss options to entice development in Richmond.


b.      Planning Commission – no meeting held in June, next meeting July 31, 2014

c.       Tri-City Cable – next meeting is July 9th at 5:00 pm

d.      Rocori Trail Community Board – Next meeting on August 7th.


Item #9: Request for Council Action


a.       Replacing City lawn mower – City staff is putting together costs.  No action needed at this time.


Item #10: Other Matters of Concern and Related Matters



a.       River Lake Days – July 17 – 20.   The Last meeting before the big event is July.  Encourage all people to attend.  Council reminded people to take notice of restricted parking due to parades, both Kiddee and Grand parade.

Buy a button!

Council highlighted some of the events: Thursday – Roller derby at the arena, Friday – pig races, vendors, Saturday – Grand Parade, food, vendors, Music, 5K, 10K run


b.      July Workshop Date – Inspect City Owned Buildings – will not be holding a workshop.   Will schedule the building inspections for another meeting.

August Workshop 8.21.14 – 2015 Budget

September Workshop 9.18.14 – Inspect City Streets


c.       Council thanked everyone who attended Music in the Park in the cold and rain.  Also thanked the Police for attending and handing out badges to the kids. 

Council extended a sincere thank you to Marlys Schlangen for picking up garbage while she is out walking.  The City really appreciates this!!!


d.      Council asked about painting the stripes on the street.  Bode stated he spoke with the engineer and he is working with the County to get them to do this before River Lake Days.  He will try, no guarantee.


e.       Council stated that they appreciate the work that all the City’s professional staff due.


Item #11: Adjournment


Mayor Mathiasen asked for a motion to adjourn. 

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


Mayor Mathiasen declared the meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



Martin M. Bode