November 6, 2019

The Amery City Council met on November 6, 2019 at City Hall – Council Chambers. Mayor, Paul Isakson called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Roll Call: Interim City Administrator/City Clerk-Treasurer, Patty Bjorklund conducted Roll Call.

Present: Mayor, Paul Isakson. Council President, Tim Strohbusch. Alderpersons, Julie Riemenschneider, Rick Van Blaricom, Kris Vicker; Sarah Flanum and Chad Leonard.

Absent: None.

Staff Present: Interim City Administrator/City Clerk-Treasurer, Patty Bjorklund; Management Analyst-Deputy Clerk, Ben Jansen; Fire Chief, Dale Koehler; Library Director, Amy Stormberg; and Public Works Director, Bones McCarty.

Staff Absent: Chief of Police, Tom Marson.

Others present: Members of the Public and Guests.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: Mayor, Paul Isakson led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

Public Comment: Fran Duncanson was present to discuss her bid as candidate for the Polk County Board of Supervisors at next year’s election.

Communications: Recent communications were shared in all council members’ packets.

Officer Reports: Interim City Administrator-City Clerk-Treasurer; Management Analyst-Deputy Clerk; Police Chief (absent shared in council members’ packets); Fire Chief; Library Director and Director of Public Works.

Committee Reports: Plan Commission (No Meeting held in October); Public Works (No Meeting held in October); Parks & Recreation (No Meeting held in October); Finance & Personnel (October 29, 2019 Meeting); Public Safety & Welfare (No Meeting held in October).

Consent Agenda Items: (Items under the consent agenda may be acted upon by one motion).

1. Minutes: October 2, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting; October 15, 2019 Fire Association or Fire Committee “Planning Meeting”; October 23, 2019 Special City Council Meeting; October 29, 2019 Finance Committee Meeting; October 30, 2019 Special City Council Meeting.

Motion by Alderperson, Vicker; to accept all minutes with change to the October 29, 2019 Finance Committee Meeting aye motions and October 30, 2019 Special City Council Meeting noting she was not present; seconded by Council President, Strohbusch to approve all Consent Agenda Items as presented with changes.

Ayes – 6 Nays – 0 Motion Carried.

Items Removed from Consent Agenda: None.

Woody McBride was present to discuss his plans for his Summer Concert Series. The concerts will take place 13 Wednesdays in the summer of 2021 at Michael Park. He thanked the council for their support on this venture. He will partner with the Amery Police Department and use their screen to project family movies 3 of the 13 Wednesdays. Mr. McBride will be present at the January 8, 2020 City Council Meeting to give more updates.

New Business:

1. Resolutions: Discussion/Action – None at this time.

2. Ordinances: Discussion/Action – None at this time.

3. Gary Weiers – DDA Human Resources, Inc: Discussion/Action – Mr. Weiers discussed the fact that he is willing to pursue working with the City of Amery at a cost of approximately $3,000 to assist with hiring of an Amery City Administrator. There was a contract with the former Administrator that ran until October 30, 2020, however; it was terminated on October 31, 2019. He is willing to continue to work with the city to find a replacement City Administrator under the guise of the previous contract. The costs would consist of his time, mileage, do all recruiting, screening, background checks, reference checks, intellectual profile and prepare a finalist packet. His firm will also prepare all interview materials and be present at all interviews and other functions. The schedule is November 2019 – March 30, 2020. He is asking the council to consider that the process begin early January 2020 and be complete in early April 2020. The council will continue to work with Mr. Weiers and proceed after more discussion is held in the future.

4. Amery Airport Hanger Area Lease: Discussion/Action – None at this time. Increases were done last year.

5. Amery Cemetery Association: Discussion/Action – The council will not take any action at this time. There are further expenses that need to be researched. The process is too close to the current Budget, and is not feasible. The consensus of the council was to review this for next year’s tax levy.

Closed Session: Motion by Council President, Strohbusch; seconded by Alderperson, Riemenschneider to go into closed session proceedings at 5:45 p.m. under WI §19.85 (1) (c) & WI § 19.85 (1) (e). At 5:45 p.m.

Roll Call Vote was conducted by City Clerk-Treasurer, Bjorklund as follows:

Ayes: Strohbusch, Riemenschneider, Van Blaricom, Vicker, Flanum, Leonard and Isakson.

Nays: None

Motion Carried.

Motion by Council President, Strohbusch; seconded by Alderperson, Riemenschneider to come out of closed session proceedings at 6:45 p.m.

Ayes – 6 Nays – 0 Motion carried.

Motion by Council President, Strohbusch; seconded by Alderperson, Flanum to send proposed counter to the police contract to Business Agent, Jeryl Vonderheid of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.

Ayes – 6 Nays – 0 Motion carried.

Motion by Council President, Strohbusch; seconded by Alderperson, Riemenschneider to adjourn at 6:30 p.m.

Ayes – 6 Nays – 0 Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Patty Bjorklund, WCMC/CMC/CMTW

Interim City Administrator/City Clerk-Treasurer

November 6, 2019

All Minutes are not official until approved at the next Regular City Council Meeting.


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