November 22nd Richland Center City Council Meeting

The Richland Center City Council met Tuesday night, November 22nd. At the meeting, City Events Coordinator Sherry Klatt presented information on Richland Center's recent tourism efforts and also put forward the 2017 tourism budget.

The tourism budget featured anticipated revenues and expenses that totaled $55,000. The revenue is expected to be down from the current year's $68,000 and the $76,000 from 2015. That's largely due to the reduction in overnight stays by construction workers who have had local projects the last two years. The budget's revenue is completely generated through room taxes. On the expense side, the tourism budget includes over $11,300 for event sponsorships that help attract people to the community. Another $36,000 is being directed toward marketing efforts.

The City Council discussed precautionary inspections for the two walking bridges in the city: the historic footbridge and the bridge in North Park. The idea of the inspections came about due to the flooding that may have adversely impacted them in recent years – most recently this summer. It was decided that city employees will gather more information about what should be inspected before formally seeking the services of engineering professionals.

Heating system repairs were given approval for four city buildings. The total cost will be just over $2,000 with Schneider Plumbing & Heating providing the service.

In other action from the Richland Center City Council meeting Tuesday night, approval was granted for a Class “B” beer license for the Richland County Performing Arts Council's Jazz Christmas Orchestra Concert on December 3rd. Bids were requested as part of the sales process for a 1989 Chevy ¾ ton truck with plow. The high bidder will be awarded the unit. A 3-year rental agreement was approved with Richland County to continue to use the Richland Center Community & Senior Center as the city's meal site. The rent will be $300 per month. Finally, a request was approved to allow the Impress to Progress group to continue to hang flower baskets on the city's utility polls during the summer and allow the volunteers to use water at little or no cost. The group was also allowed to store the multipurpose vehicle used in the watering process in the city parks garage.