Richland Center City Council December 20th Meeting

The Richland Center City Council met on Tuesday night, December 20th.

At the meeting the council approved a resolution authorizing bonuses to city employees totaling roughly $37,000. Full time employees will receive $1,000, with part time workers receiving prorated amounts to actual 2015 hours worked. Mayor Paul Corcoran said the bonuses are a way to thank the employees for a job well done and helping improve the city’s cash flow during the year. The funds will come from each department’s salary account in their budget, or from funds from under budgeted areas.

The Council elected to continue the current Alternate Side Parking regulations as is. There had been discussion earlier on amending the rules for certain narrow streets that only allow one side parking year round because the annual Alternate Side Parking requires them to have no on-street parking overnight at all every other evening. In the end, however there was no recommendation to amend the rules put forward by the Public Safety Committee, and the City Council concurred with that finding.

In other action from the Richland Center City Council meeting Tuesday night, the council approved taxi licenses pending inspection by the police department for both Towne Taxi and Running, Incorporated – also known as Richland Center Transit. The council approved the naming of two new parks in the city. The park located on Highway 80 North will be referred to as “Lions Park”, while the park at 600 West Seminary Street – the site of the old community center – will be called “Old Mill Pond Park”. Finally, a contract was approved with Krueger Pyrotechnics to supply the city’s Independence Day fireworks display in 2017. The cost was $15,000 – unchanged from 2016.