Richland Center City Council September 5th Meeting

There have been 31 meetings, 25 more are scheduled, help has been provided to fund a hotel feasibility study for the possibility of two hotel chains, and there are negotiations with a grocery store to open in Richland Center. Dale Bender provided an update on the work Kate Koziol has been doing in the area of economic development to the Richland Center Common Council Tuesday evening, September 5th. Bender said that one thing that has come to light in all of this work is that there is still a lot of work to do to build better relationships.

Bender gave several reports for different departments. LED's will replace the lights along the dike with more updates to come. He also gave a report for Economic Development.

Dale Bender also reported that Southwest Partners raised funds to repair the two boat landings on the Pine River which were damaged during the flood. The cost was $1,800. Improvements of $8,000 will also be made to keep damage minimal during future floods. He also reported that the group was recently the beneficiary of funding for playground equipment at the old community center site in the amount of $25,000. They also received $75,000 for the Safe Routes to School for 2018. The goal is to have a trail to the Middle School by next fall.

The Richland Center Common Council approved closing Tax Increment Districts (TID) #2 and #3 when it met Tuesday evening, September 5th. TID district #2 had to be closed to establish a new district on the west side of the city near the UW-Richland Campus for Panorama Estates, a housing project consisting of possibly three apartment buildings. The new TID district #6 was proposed as a rehabilitation - conservation district and includes public works and improvements, an economic feasibility study, a description of the methods of financing, maps, and proposed changes of ordinances. The Common Council authorized the resolution not to exceed $75,000 in General Obligation Bonds and to provide the sale of those bonds. The council also authorized the city clerk, Melinda Jones, to proceed with a State Trust Fund Loan for the taxable piece of the financing for the plan for approximately $315,000. A proposal from Vierbicher for engineering services for the project as well as administration services related to the Community Development Block Grants for the Westside Drive was also approved.

The Common Council also amended a grant for the Recreational Trails Program to include 2100 linear feet of limestone trail surfacing which includes resurfacing the existing dike trail path from Collins Drive to the top of the dike and Highway 80 at North Park to Highway 80 at the city limits with gravel and limestone screenings.

A temporary Class "B" beer and Class "B" wine retailer's license was granted to the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy for its Autumnal Event on Friday, September 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM; an application from Madison Youth Performing Arts Foundation/Richland Rejuvenates for a Wine Walk from 4:00 to 10:00 PM on October 13 was approved; and the application for a Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retail License from Family Dollar Stores of Wisconsin, LLC to replace the license of Family Dollar Stores of Wisconsin, Inc was approved. The action was needed as the store changed from incorporated to an LLC.

In its search for a permanent place to set-up a desk, the Chamber of Commerce has approached the city to use the Richland Museum & Visitor Center. The City Council discussed the possibility of working with the Chamber, but felt more information is needed as well as a written proposal as far as to the concept and hours. The Richland Center Common Council did agree however, that the Chamber would be able to use the space rent free.

Plans are also in the works for a new pool and aquatic center in Richland Center. Those interested in being on an ad-hoc committee for the pool can call Melinda Jones at the city clerks office to volunteer.