Richland Center City Council March 6th Meeting

The Richland Center City Council approved a number of bids at the March 6th meeting which were recommended by the Finance Committee.

Vierbecher Planners, Engineers, and Advisors presented four bids for the Westside Drive Reconstruction Project. The council voted to approve a bid from Gerke Excavating Inc. which came in at a cost less than what the council budgeted for at $1.4 million. Dale Bender presented bids for the removal of Pine River debris between Seminary Street and Bohmann Drive. The job was awarded to Rich Wanless for $27,862 for the east side and $5,200 for the west side. However, Wanless is donating $2,700 towards the private land on the west side bringing the amount down to $2,500. Of the $30,362 remaining, FEMA will cover $20,896.50, the state of Wisconsin will pay $3,482.75, private costs are $2,500, leaving $3,482.75 to come from the city’s contingency fund. The council also approved two proposals from Dave Fry, from Parks and Grounds. The first was to purchase a new Kubota tractor from The Homesteader’s Store. After receiving $3,355 from the sale of old tractors, the new tractor at a price of $23,997 is $642 over the amount budgeted. The council approved the purchase with the overage to be made up from the Parks & Grounds budget. Also approved for the Parks & Grounds was a bid to treat ten trees for the Emarald Ash Borer at a cost of $1,035. The bid was awarded to Tim Andres Horticultursit LLC of Mazomanie. Donations to treat trees against the Emerald Ash Borer are being accepted. Those wishing to donate may contact Dave Fry through the Parks Department. Checks may be made out to the City of Richland Center.

Also approved at last night’s meeting: the purchase of a new phone system from Strangs for city hall, the street department, utility office, electric and water utilities at a cost of nearly $38,000. The cost will be divided between the city and utiilities. Strangs also donated a phone to the depot. Also approved was the purchase of 3,000 gallons of airport fuel at a cost of $10,000 from Phillips Petroleum/Aero Industries; and a temporary class B beer and Class B wine license for St. Mary of the Assumption’s 19th Annual Sportmen’s Extravaganza to be held in April.

The Richland Center City Council also approved entering into an agreement to increase the amount of funding for the Econimic Development Coordinator to increase her hours from a 20% position to a 40% position. A number of entities are entering into this agreement, including Richland County. The city’s financial committment will be $9,000. The creation of a rapid response committee was also approved to make it easier for expanding and new businesses to navigate through the system.

It was also announced that bids for a new aquatic center are due this Friday and the next pool ad hoc meeting will be held Monday night at 6:15.