March 15th Richland Center City Council Meeting

The Richland Center City Council met for regular business Tuesday night.

At the meeting the council approved the city Parks Department to go out for bids for a pump for the municipal swimming pool. Parks, Recreation & Grounds Director Shane Stibbe said that the pump operates the main filtration system for the pool and without it, the facility could not operate this summer. It's figured the equipment will cost about $10,000. The bids for the pump will be brought to the next council meeting in April, but the idea of pool maintenance generated the larger discussion between city officials about the future of Richland Center's current swimming facility. Mayor Paul Corcoran gauged the council's feelings on the possibility of a new swimming complex. The general consensus was that the pool may need to be upgraded, but there are more pressing needs within the city. If a new pool is pursued, it may come in the form of a referendum to city residents or a major private fund drive. There were no decisions made regarding the pool beyond the current status of the pump.

An agreement was approved between the City of Richland Center and the Richland County Veterans' Honor Roll Committee. The official transfer of the property from the committee to the city still allows the the Honor Roll Committee to collect funds to improve the site and add names to the memorial. Mayor Corcoran again thanked the committee members for their tireless work to make the memorial possible.

The City Council approved the purchase of a new tractor and mid-mount mower for the Parks Department. The lone bid from Simpson's Tractor in the amount of $12,347 was approved. This was still below the anticipated cost the department had budgeted for the equipment.

The Council also granted approval for the city's Outdoor Recreation Plan for 2016-to-2020. Shane Stibbe said the plan helps guide the future development for parks facilities and is an integral component when the city seeks recreational grants.

In other action from the Richland Center City Council meeting Tuesday night, the council approved the purchase of a used tar machine for the Public Works Department in the amount of $33,000. The council also approved placing a sign in the Municipal Building Parking lot designating the location as an internet purchase exchange location. The site will be under video surveillance, which will give parties a safe place to finalize purchases. Finally, a temporary “Class B” and Class “B” picnic license was approved for St. Mary's Sportsman Extravaganza on Saturday, April 9th.