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Richland Center City Council May 1st Meeting

Three persons appeared before the Richland Center City Council Tuesday evening, May 1st for consideration to join the council filling the open seat in District 1.

They were Karin Tepley, Raymond Wilson, and Randy Birkholz. Each gave their background and strengths they would bring to the council. After a time for questions and answers, the council decided to table a decision until the next council meeting.

Alderperson Kathleen Troxel gave an update from the pool ad hoc committee. ADCI submitted a third plan to the committee to save $571,750. It brings the price tag down from $5.3 million to a price just below the budgeted $4.8 million. The pool ad hoc meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday) at 6:00 at the Richland Center Community Center.

In action last night the Richland Center City Council contracted Bill McCorkel to serve as a part-time Zoning Administrator at $20 an hour. The position is as needed. The council also approved: adopting an amendment to a zoning ordinance regulating placement of shipping containers in an I-P Industrial Park zoning district which did say, “Placement of a shipping container in an I-P Industrial Park zoning district is a conditional use which shall require a conditional use permit and may only be an accessory use to a primary use on the property. Such accessory use permit which may place limitations on the location on the lot and/or the duration of such placement” to say, “Placement of a shipping container in an I-P Industrial Park zoning district is a conditional use which shall require a conditional use permit. Such conditional use permit may place limitations on the location on the lot and/or the duration of such placement”; Trox Box was then granted a conditional use permit to place shipping containers for rental use on lot 25 in the North Industrial Park; an amendment to the ordinance regulating alcoholic beverages relating to temporary licenses for wine walks and create a provision for temporary beer walks; a bid of $10,682.75 from Ashton Tree Service was approved for stump grinding 475 trees related to Emerald Ash Borer; and to form an ad hoc committee to review and make recommendations for changing the ordinance relating to the licensing of peddlers, canvassers and transient merchants and penalties

The council discussed the possible change of the Finance Committee. Most recently every council member was a member of the Finance Committee. Prior to that, the committee was made up of three to four council members who then reported to the full council which approved expenditures and budgets. It was decided to allow City Attorney Jay Robb to find out what the League of Wisconsin Municipalities recommends.

The council also approved some committee appointments which included: Mary Killoy to the Police Commission; Jenny Coppernoll, Rebecca Fubish, and Jayme Walsh to the Tourism Council; Dave Fry and Larry Hallet to the Tree Board; Keith Behling to the Economic Development Rapid Response Team; and the re-appointment of the American with Disabilities committee.

Mayor Mike Kaufman proposed the city purchase a weather camera which could be used by the National Weather Service out of La Crosse to follow weather changes in the area, and could also be monitored by the Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Kaufman has spoken to Shannon Clark at Richland Electric Cooperative about putting the camera on the coop’s tower. The idea that Kaufman and Clark came up with is that REC would purchase the camera and hook up the internet necessary for it to operate in exchange for waiving the land lease the city has with the coop. Attorney Robb will work on an agreement with REC.

In other business at the Richland Center City Council meeting, Dave Fry reported that 50 trees have been replaced in the park. It was also announced that the signs have been installed for the designated ATV/UTV trail in the city and the trail is now open.