Friday, November 09, 2012
Minutes: Common Council: October 2012
Common Council Regular Meeting Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, WI MINUTES 1. Call to order. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Sandy Decker. 2. Roll Call. Members present: Mayor Sandy Decker, Alderpersons Mason Braunschweig, Jim Brooks, Cheryl Fuchs, Floyd Hayes, Barb Jacobson, Ben Ladick, Josh Manring, and Jon Senn. Others present: City Clerk Judy Walton, City Administrator Dan Wietecha, City Attorney Mark Kopp, Library Director Megan Becker, Library Board Wally Shannon, and members of the public. 3. Approval of Agenda. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hayes to approve the agenda. Motion approved 8-0. 4. Approval of Minutes. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Fuchs to waive the reading of the minutes of the September 11, 2012, regular meeting and the September 15 and September 26 special meetings and to approve them as presented. Motion approved 8-0. 5. Civility reminder. Decker stated that this item is a regular reminder that Council has committed to civility during meetings. 6. Citizen appearances A. Public Hearing on Class A Liquor License Quota. Wietecha explained that the proposed amendment would increase the number of Class A liquor licenses that may be issued. There was no initial discussion by Council for clarification and Decker opened the public hearing at 6:34 p.m. Wally Shannon, 131 S Third Street, Evansville asked what other communities our size have for a quota. Decker responded that it varies greatly with some communities allowing none, some with 1 per 1,200 population, and some with a certain number that could not be exceeded. The following people spoke in favor of the amendment: Lee Dammen, Cenex Convenience Store, 9 Lindemann Drive, Evansville Edward Hall, 15837 West Highway C, Evansville Duane & Sue Nettum, 16 W Main Street, Evansville Kolleen Onsrud, 409 S 1st Street, Evansville Michelle Peck, 260 S 6th Street, Evansville Sue Farnsworth, 125 Garfield Street, Evansville Braunschweig presented the second reading and made a motion, seconded by Manring to adopt Ordinance 2012-11, Amending Chapter 6 of the Municipal Code, Relative to Class A Liquor License Quota. [Sponsors Braunschweig and Manring]. Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. B. Pam Ascencio, 441 Almeron Street, stated that she still has a commercial boarding kennel next door to her home and she hears dogs barking all day. 7. Reports of Committees A. Library Board Report. Wally Shannon informed the Council that Rebecca Smith contacted him and could not follow through as Library Director. He stated the board then selected Assistant Library Director Megan Becker as the new Director. Becker reported that the Library is seeing a lot of traffic and computer use. Approximately 45 people attended the presentation by Author John Olson. B. Youth Center Advisory Board Report. Ladick reported that things are going great at the center. They are enjoying their new kitchen; attendance of girls is now outnumbering the guys; and the kids did a good job decorating the downtown windows for homecoming. Senn added that his daughter and her friends enjoy the center a great deal. C. Finance and Labor Relations Committee Report (1). Brooks made a motion, seconded by Hayes to accept the City and Water & Light bills as presented in the amount of $1,006,003.52. Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. (2). Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to approve advertising to hire the Community Development Director. Jacobson stated she was not in favor of this because there were no checks and balances in place. Motion approved 6-2 on a roll call vote with Hayes and Jacobson opposing. (3). US Cellular Contract. a. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to approve Cellular Service Agreement with US Cellular through October 2014. Wietecha stated this is a renewal of our business account for 2 years. Ladick recused himself from voting stating he has a conflict of interest. Motion approved 7-0 on a roll call vote. b. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to approve Partner Employee Discount Program with US Cellular. Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. (4). Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to approve Business Banking Agreement with Union Bank & Trust Company. Wietecha stated this is essentially for the online banking system which allows us to perform our own wire transfers for debt payments and uploading our payroll file. Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. D. Plan Commission Report. No report. E. Public Safety Committee Report. Jacobson reported that the EMS had 87 calls in September; the Police Department is checking out new cameras for the squad cars, working through digital issues, and now have an ATM in their lobby. She added that Justin Schott is interested in having a 5K run on Thanksgiving. F. Public Works Committee Report. No report. G. Water & Light Committee Report. Brooks reported that the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) application has been submitted by Mark Sendelbach and there is an upcoming MEUW dinner on October 18th. H. Economic Development Committee Report. Brooks reported that the 2 customer service sessions held on October 3rd were good sessions. He reported that Brandon Rutz has joined the committee. I. Redevelopment Authority Report. No report. J. Parks and Recreation Board Report. Fuchs reported that work continues on the creek walls; plantings are being done on the lake shore; piers will be coming out this week; Westside Park bathrooms are coming along with help from the Building Trades class; and disc golf continues to be discussed. K. Historic Preservation Commission Report. Ladick reported that they had an application for a side deck replacement and another for a roof replacement. Decker added that Leonard Leota Park was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. L. Fire District Report. Jacobson reported that upcoming fundraising includes the spaghetti dinner. They passed their budget with an increase of 2.1%. Manring asked if there was anything in particular that was causing the budget increase and she responded that they are increasing the amount they set aside for truck rotations and they need to purchase more pagers. M. Police Commission Report. No report. N. Energy Independence Team Report. No report. O. Board of Appeals Report. No report. 8. Unfinished Business A. Braunschweig presented the second reading and made a motion, seconded by Brooks to adopt Ordinance 2012-10, Amending Chapter 2 of the Municipal Code, Relative to Appointed Officials. [Sponsors Brooks and Braunschweig]. Motion approved 8-0. B. Jacobson presented the second reading and made a motion, seconded by Hayes to adopt Ordinance 2012-12, Amending Chapter 122 of the Municipal Code, Relative to Parking Restrictions for Camping Trailers, Recreational Vehicles, Trailers, and Certain Other Vehicles on Public Streets. [Sponsors Jacobson and Fuchs]. Braunschweig questioned why this amendment was presented. Jacobson stated a citizen expressed concern that these types of vehicles cause safety concerns when parked on the street for a long time and make it difficult for snow removal. Braunschweig stated that out of town relatives would not be allowed to keep their recreational vehicle on the street and there were no exceptions for that. Hayes made a motion, seconded by Braunschweig to table this item so the Public Safety Committee could add stipulations. Motion approved 7-1 with Brooks opposing. 9. Communications and Recommendations from the Mayor A. Decker asked Council to forward her any comments on the 2012 Annual Conference Proposed Resolutions. B. Decker asked that anyone planning to attend the WPPI Executive Breakfast at the League Conference to let her know by tomorrow. C. Decker informed the Council that she attended the Lean Government Conference a couple weeks ago and an article on that will be in the newspaper and on the city website. 10. Communications from the City Administrator A. Brooks made a motion, seconded by Braunschweig to approve Resolution 2012-15, Designating Authorized Parties to Sign for Transactions Involving City Bank Accounts and Investments. Motion approved 8-0. B. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hayes to approve Assessment Agreement with Associated Appraisal Consultants (three year contract renewal). Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. C. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to approve Revaluation Agreement with Associated Appraisal Consultants (commercial properties). Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. D. Wietecha explained that US Cellular is requesting changes to their antenna equipment at the water tower. The current lease allows for changes, subject to city approval. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hayes to approve amending the lease agreement, contingent on it being brought back for review by Council. Motion approved 8-0 on a roll call vote. E. An update on the railroad crossing was requested by Hayes and Wietecha responded that the work would be done in late October. 11. New Business. None 12. Introduction of New Ordinances A. Braunschweig presented the First Reading of Ordinance 2012-13, Adopting 2013 Operating and Capital Budgets and Setting Tax Levies. B. Braunschweig presented the First Reading of Ordinance 2012-14, Amending Chapter 130 of the Municipal Code Relative to Handicapped Parking Requirements and Parking for Combined Uses. [Recommended by Plan Commission]. C. Braunschweig presented the First Reading of Ordinance 2012-15, Amending Chapter 130 of the Municipal Code Relative to Definitions for Zoning. [Recommended by Plan Commission]. D. Braunschweig presented the First Reading of Ordinance 2012-16, Amending Chapter 130 of the Municipal Code Relative to the Requirements for All Uses in the LL-R12, LL-R15, R-1, R-2, and R-3 Districts. [Recommended by Plan Commission]. E. Braunschweig presented the First Reading of Ordinance 2012-17, Relating to Hosting Gatherings Involving Underage Possession and Consumption of Alcohol. [Sponsors Brooks and Hayes]. 13. Meeting Reminder A. Budget Hearing and next Regular Meeting, Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. 14. Adjournment. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hayes to adjourn at 7:29 p.m. Motion approved 8-0. Prepared by Judy Walton, City Clerk The minutes are not official until approved by the Common Council at their next regular meeting.
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