REGULAR AMERY CITY COUNCIL 

PROCEEDINGS

May 2nd, 2018

The Amery City Council met for a Regular meeting on May 2, 2018 at City Hall.  Mayor Paul Isakson called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. 

Present: Isakson, Rick Davis, Sarah Flanum, Rick Van Blaricom, Kristen Vicker, Julie Riemenschneider, and Tim Strohbusch.

Staff present: Kim Moore, Frances Duncanson, Tom Marson, Bones McCarty, Amy Stormberg, Dale Koehler, Chanz Green

Others present: Larry Stelter, Bob Zank, Tom Stangl, Peter Henry, Stephen Clark, Erik Henningsgard, Margo McCarty, and Beth Cunningham of WI DOT

Clerk Duncanson took roll call.

Mayor Isakson led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Van Blaricom and seconded by Strohbusch to approve the minutes of the April 4th, April 18th, and April 24th, 2018 City Council meetings with the correction that Vicker was not present at the April 18th Special Council meeting.

Ayes-6Nays-0Motion carried.

 

Officers Reports

City Administrator - Moore: Has had a busy week with building and zoning permits.  Moore has been meeting with staff and local stakeholders to coordinate community beautification efforts. The Dept. is short a staff member who is gone for the month.  

Police Chief - Marson: Welcome new Council members. The monthly activity report has been provided. The ice is off area lakes, and with nice weather there is additional traffic pedestrians, and bicyclists so please be aware and careful. The Bike rodeo is coming up. Tornado sirens were tested last week.  

DPW Director - McCarty: Snow equipment has been put away for the season. The street sweeper is currently broken down. The dump is open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month for leaves and brush.  They are working on patching potholes. The lift station is supposed to go online late this week. Thanks to the Town of Lincoln for helping with snow storage from the Kwik Trip site.  

Fire Chief - Koehler: The Dept. has had 183 calls so far this year. Koehler has been asked to serve on the WITC Advisory Board for legislative items. Laws are being re-written and changing standards of who can be on the scene of a fire. This will require more training and budgets will need to be increased to reflect that. There is also expected to be fewer volunteers due to this requirement. MABAS is moving along with a minimum number of agreements signed to move forward. There was a recall on the airboat engine. The Fire Dept. hosted the Easter Egg Hunt inside. The City website is set up for burning permits and will give burning conditions.  

Clerk-Treasurer - Duncanson: Audit adjustments have been received and will be processed next week. There are additional financial reports in the Council packets. Liquor licensing renewal packets are out.  

Library Director - Stormberg: The new Youth Services Librarian has started work. The Vietnam Veterans’ exhibit was held at the library with a reception and presentation. The Library hosted a smart book giveaway.  

 

Committee Reports

Parks - Van Blaricom:  Holy Donuts got permission to use Soo Line Park for a graduation donut giveaway. City beautification was discussed with several groups participating. The City has an additional 22 pots and 14 new hanging baskets and efforts will be coordinated and resources consolidated between the various groups.

Public Works - Riemenschneider: The Committee met on the new Industrial Park Road. SEH was there to give recommended next steps including a determination from the Army Corp. of Engineers on wetland quality. 

Finance - Davis: Finance also addressed the new Industrial Park Road. The Committee agreed to move forward and discussed financing the project.  Garbage rates and a new contract with Waterman’s was discussed. There was a closed session on employment issues, candidates for the management analyst position, and WPPA Union contract negotiations. The Committee recommended hiring Barbara Goeckner for MA position.  

 

Old Business

Bike Trail Study Plan-Peter Henry and Stephen Clark 

Steve Clark and Peter Henry gave a presentation on the bicycle pedestrian plan for Amery as commissioned by the AEDC, Amery Hospital Wellness and other stakeholders. The group has been meeting since last August and is looking for the Council to endorse the plan to forward to DOT for consideration. WI DOT has Keller Avenue set for a mill & overlay and striping in 2020 when the road diet using a “twiddle” (a two way left turn lane in the middle of the road) is implemented and has received funding under the safety classification. The current design does not encourage biking or walking and the proposed plan presents optimum configuration for bike lanes and pedestrians. Henry reviewed the four segments of the design. They are proposing reducing lanes to twelve feet and leave six feet for bike lanes. There was a public meeting held in November where attendees filled out a survey after the meeting. Green paint for the bike lanes is desired. Curb extensions (bump outs) are recommended at Maple Street and Center Street. Davis does not want to see traffic lanes decreased from 12 to 11 feet due to increased heavy truck traffic. Davis wants to see more study of the plan before Council votes on it. Strohbusch states we do not know the financial impact of the proposed plan. Clark states WisDot wants to know our preferences and then will develop cost estimates at which time the City may scale back the project if desired. Flanum asks about signage and identifying lanes in the winter. Clark says signage would be up to the City. Henry wants the Council to approve the plan to let DOT know what it is we want and what is the best design for right now. Cunningham of DOT states they are looking for guidance of what the City wants so they are going down the right path. The speed limit will not change, but people will be traveling slower because they can only go as fast as the person in front of them. Van Blaricom states the need to have a plan with bike lanes going to Griffin and not ending at Snow Street. The DOT new overlay will not be curb to curb, only the driving lanes. A full reconstruction is scheduled for 2028. The current project is safety only to mill and overlay enough to restripe.  

Motion by Davis and seconded by Strohbusch to table the Bike Trail plan issue until next month.

Ayes-6Nays-0Motion carried.

 

South Industrial Park Road Update

Moore updated the Council on the project progress. She is working with Erik Henningsgard of SEH and Paul Molner of Bakke-Norman to put together agreements with property owners to protect the City’s interest.  

 

New Business

Motion by Van Blaricom and seconded by Strohbusch to approve the Amery Lion’s Club Request to use Bobber Park for the Circus on July 15 & 16, 2018      Ayes-6Nays-0Motion carried.

 

Motion by Strohbusch and seconded by Riemenschneider to go in to closed session proceedings at 6:31 p.m. under WI §19.85 (1) (f) (g) to consider financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons except where par. (b) applies which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations and to confer with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved.

 

The Council may continue in closed session proceedings under WI §19.85 (1) (c) to consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.  

a.) This pertains to candidates for the Management Analyst position.

b.) This pertains to WPPA union contract negotiations.

Roll call vote:  Ayes-Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Van Blaricom, Vicker, Davis, FlanumNays-0Motion carried.

 

Motion by Davis and seconded by to come out of closed session proceedings at 7:09 p.m.

Roll call vote:  Ayes-Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Van Blaricom, Vicker, Davis, FlanumNays-0Motion carried.

 

Motion by Davis and seconded by Vicker to hire Barbara Goeckner as City Management Analyst/Deputy Clerk.    Ayes-6 Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Motion by Davis and seconded by Vicker to adjourn at 7:10 p.m. Ayes-6  Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Frances Duncanson, 

City Clerk-Treasurer

 

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

May 9th, 2018 

The Amery City Council met for a Special Meeting on May 9th, 2018 at City Hall.  Mayor Paul Isakson called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Present: Isakson, Tim Strohbusch, Julie Riemenschneider, Kristen Vicker, Sarah Flanum, Rick Davis. Excused: Rick Van Blaricom

Staff present: Kim Moore, Frances Duncanson

Others present:  Bob Zank of WPCA, Tom Stangl of the Amery Free Press, Seth Hudson of Cedar Corp, and Nicole Hodkiewicz of Cooper Engineering

Clerk Duncanson conducted roll call.

The bids for the Granum Boat Landing project were opened yesterday. Bids were received from Antczak and Janke Construction. Both bids were within $500 of the original bids and close in cost to each other. There are no issues with the bids and the end of July is the estimated completion date.  There will be a preconstruction meeting set up when DPW McCarty returns.  

 

Motion by Strohbusch and seconded by Riemenschneider to award the low bid of $242,206.32 to Janke Construction for the Granum Boat Landing Project.  Ayes-5 Nays-0 Motion carried.

 

Motion by Riemenschneider and seconded by Vicker to approve Resolution 05-2018 “International Migratory Bird Day”   Ayes-5 Nays-0 Motion carried.

 

Motion by Strohbusch and seconded by Vicker to go in to closed session proceedings at 5:13 p.m. under WI §19.85 (1) (e) to deliberate or negotiate the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.  This pertains to potential sale of City property.

The Council may continue in closed session proceedings under WI §19.85 (1) (f) (g) to consider financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons except where par. (b) applies which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations and to confer with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved.

The Council may continue in closed session proceedings under WI §19.85 (1) (c) to consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.  

Motion by Vicker and seconded by Davis to come out of closed session proceedings at 6:04 p.m.

Roll Call Vote:  Ayes-Vicker, Davis, Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Flanum   Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Motion by Riemenschneider and seconded by Vicker to come out of closed session proceedings at 5:59 p.m. and recess until after the Finance Committee meeting.

Roll Call Vote:  Ayes-Vicker, Davis, Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Flanum   Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Motion by Riemenschneider and seconded by Strohbusch to reconvene in closed session at 6:32 p.m.

Roll Call Vote:  Ayes-Vicker, Davis, Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Flanum   Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Motion by Strohbusch and seconded by Vicker to come out of closed session proceedings at 6:56 p.m.

Roll Call Vote:  Ayes-Vicker, Davis, Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Flanum   Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Motion by Strohbusch and seconded by Vicker to pay out 1,750.15 hours of accrued sick time liability at $22.82 per hour for a total of $39,938.42 to Tom Marson in either wages, HSA or deferred retirement compensation.  Ayes-5 Nays-0 Motion carried.

 

Motion by Davis and seconded by Vicker to give Barbara Goeckner an $800 employment signing bonus on a non-precedent setting basis.   

Ayes-5   Nays-0 Motion carried.

 

Motion by Strohbusch and seconded Riemenschneider by to adjourn at 7:00 p.m. 

Ayes-5 Nays-0   Motion carried.

 

Frances Duncanson, 

City Clerk-Treasurer                                   WNAXLP

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