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Richland Center City Council October 18th Meeting

The Richland Center City Council met Tuesday evening.

At the meeting, Kurt Muchow from Vierbicher Associates in Reedsburg presented preliminary information on roadwork and utility improvements in the city’s Westside Drive neighborhood. Muchow explained that the project includes a reconstruction of the street, as well as installation of storm sewer, water main, and other utilities. He also said an establishment of the right of way will be completed. The initial study of the project revealed there will be some challenges including the general topography and very narrow streets that cannot be widened much if at all. The project’s initial cost estimate is $1.4-million, however Muchow indicated that the city could be in line to receive both Community Development Block Grant funding and funding in the form of a USDA grant that could cover as much as 46% of the costs. The City Council approved the preliminary plan. That action does not commit the city to doing the project, but it does allow Vierbicher to seek outside funding sources. If funding can be secured next year, the Westside Drive project could proceed as early as 2018.

Vierbicher Associates was chosen to conduct the city’s annual dike inspection in the amount of $1,700. Vierbicher did the same inspection a year ago. The fee for the service is unchanged.

The City Council approved Ewing Construction to replace six windows in the Killian Meyer Building. The cost of materials and labor is $4,189. The funds for the project will come from revenue from shelter rentals in the Parks Department.

City officials approved a request for an above ground mausoleum to be placed in the city cemetery, but not before much discussion. Per city ordinance, such requests require council approval. There was concern that the city cemetery would receive an influx of mausoleum requests, but it was explained that the location of this particular structure is on terrain that would make a traditional burial more difficult, and there are very few people who request mausoleums anyway. In addition, if the council had concerns in the future, they could elect to reject the appeal. The request before the council last night was approved on a 6-to-2 vote, with alderpersons Marie Rakow and Bill Kloehn voting against.

In other action from the City Council meeting Tuesday night, approval was granted to the Richland County Performing Arts Council for a Class “B” beer license for this Saturday night’s Blues in the Driftless event. The Council also approved a helicopter landing in the Krouskop Park ballfield for the Guinness World Record Pumpkin event on October 30th. Approval was needed to satisfy the pilot’s flight plans. The helicopter will fly in the Guinness judge that afternoon at approximately 2:00. Finally, community members and other interested individuals are encouraged to sign up to volunteer for the Pumpkin event that weekend. Carvers will be welcome the days leading up to the event. Those interested can call the Richland Center Community Center at 647-8108, extension 1.