(Pub. Nov. 27)
REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMON COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
Meeting called to order by Mayor Dean Knudson in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Knudson led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESENT: Mayor Knudson and Alderpersons Randy Morrissette, Pam Brokaw, Lee Wyland, Scot O’Malley and Alan Burchill.
ABSENT: Alderperson Lori Bernard was excused.
CONSENT AGENDA: MOTION by Morrissette, second by O’Malley, to approve the following Consent Agenda items:
The Public Hearing and Regular Meeting minutes of 8/18/08.
Claims for payment of $342,205.32 for payables and $195,916.31 for payroll, for a total of $538,121.63.
Amend the City of Hudson Employee Handbook to add the following to Chapter 9, Section 5: “Effective January 1, 2009, all employees covered exclusively by this handbook, plus elected officials and Utility Commission members, shall be required to receive compensation through direct deposit. Forms will be provided to employees to process the direct deposit of their compensation. This section shall not apply to Election Inspectors. Employees who are represented by collective bargaining units shall follow the direct deposit guidelines set forth in their respective agreements.”
The issuance of a Temporary Class “B”/”Class B” Retailer’s License to Skits Outreach Services, Inc. to sell beer and wine at the SOS Gala fundraiser event, Sept. 16, 2008 at the Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street.
The issuance of a Temporary Class “B”/”Class B” Retailer’s License to St. Patrick’s Church to sell beer and wine Sept. 20-21, 2008 at the Annual Fall Fest, 1500 Vine Street.
The request of the Hunter Hill Condo Association to install “Children at Play” signage on Hunter Hill Road, to be funded by the Association.
The Park Board request to install “Children at Play” and 10 mph speed limit signage in Prospect Park.
Deny the request for a stop sign on Ashbury Court at the intersection of Tribute Avenue.
Appoint the following as additional Election Inspectors through 12/31/09, as recommended by the Democratic Party: Richard Shager, 1706 Hunter Hill Road; Linda Schultz, 1712 Cudd Circle; Jerry Blaha, 701 Evergreen Circle; Patricia Henderson, 87 Deerwood Court; Kate Larson, 827 Sixth St.; and Susan Malecha, 207 17th Street S.
Roll call vote, all ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
Morrissette recused himself. MOTION by Wyland, second by O’Malley, to approve the issuance of Regular Operator’s Licenses for the period 9/03/08 to 6/30/10 to: Joseph L. Benysek, 301 Wildwood Circle, Roberts, WI; Thor E. Riley, 3010 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay, WI; Pamela K. Seidlitz, 77 Coulee Rd., #108, Hudson, WI; Eric L. Hauser, 726 Dundee Ave., River Falls, WI; Elizabeth F. Preller, 11485 Halstead Trail, Woodbury, MN; and issuance of Temporary Operator’s Licenses to be used 9/16/08 at the SOS Gala fundraising event to: Susan S. Oberg, 11638 120th St. S., Hastings, MN and Richard J. Holloway, 1632 Livingstone Ave., Hudson, WI; and issuance of Temporary Operator’s Licenses to be used 10/24/08 at the CCH Foundation Wine Fest event to: Danny Goodier, 617 Overlook Court, North Hudson, WI and Beth Ann Richter, 401 County Rd MM, River Falls, WI. Ayes (4), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland, to approve the purchase of a Reflectometer and software from TAPCO in the amount of $14,500, and with funding from the 2008 bond proceeds (from the 2nd and Coulee Road Signal Head Replacement account). All ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Burchill, to approve the repairs to the Wisconsin Street walking path in the amount of $8,750 from Tower Asphalt, with funding from the remaining funds in the in-house 2008 Mill and Overlay Project account, and the 2008 Sidewalk, Curb & Gutter Project account. Ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Knudson provided an update on the Major Capital Project proposal for the possible purchase of the NMC building. He highlighted the recommendations previously approved by the Common Council:
1. The municipalities should not bond for more than 50% of the project or a maximum of $5 million.
2. To require donations and qualified commitments of at least $4 million prior to the expenditure of public dollars.
3. To require private and non-municipal funding not less than $4 million by September 20, 2009
4. To provide public matching funds 1:1 starting when $4 million is committed from non-municipal sources
5. Foundation secures a purchase agreement with contingencies or secures an option to purchase the building until September. 20, 2009
Mayor Knudson pointed out the other changes made to the proposal, the need for approval from all four municipalities to bond and exceed the levy limits, plus private donations and commitments of not less than $4 million received by a specific date. MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland, to suggest to the Joint Library partners to move the deadline for private donations (of not less than $4 million) to November 13, 2009. All ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland, to conduct a first reading on Resolution No. 15-08, Authorizing Issuing GO Bonds for a Library Project. All ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland, for a first reading of Resolution No. 16-08, directing a publication of notice to the electors. All ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland, to conduct a first reading on Resolution No. 17-08, authorizing the City of Hudson to exceed the State levy limits (per §66.0602 Wis.Stats.) on an ongoing basis for Library costs. All ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland, to conduct a first reading of Resolution No. 18-08, providing for a referendum election on the questions of approval of an initial resolution authorizing the issuance of GO bonds and authorizing the City to exceed the Levy Limit under §66.0602 Wis.Stats. Ayes (5), MOTION CARRIED.
MOTION by O’Malley, second by Wyland to adjourn. All ayes (5). MOTION CARRIED at 8:01 p.m.
Nancy J. Korson, City Clerk