City of New Richmond, Wis., the City Beautilful

This story was first published March 11, 2021.

NEW RICHMOND -- The New Richmond City Council met virtually Monday, March 8, to discuss a number of important issues.

Here are the things you need to know:

1. The city is hiring

  • The search is underway for a police administrative support coordinator following the retirement of Linda Hagen after 18 years of service with the police department.

  • The deadline for accepting applications for the library’s director position closed on Feb 24. Board members and city staff are expected to begin interviews this month.  

  • Interviews are currently underway for the new utilities customer service representative 

  • City staff have begun the search for a new executive director of the New Richmond Housing Authority following Cheryl Lachaussie’s announced retirement.

2. Beebe Building

The Council unanimously approved a proposal from Short Elliott Hendrickson worth $11,400 to execute a Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments of the Beebe Building located at 307 S. Knowles Ave. The scope and cost of the Phase II will be more defined pending the results of the Phase 1 assessment. Phase I of the ESA will involve a review of records, a site inspection, and interviews with owners, occupants, neighbors and local government officials to determine if there has been any contamination of the site as the result of activities that took place on the site or from activities at a nearby property.If warranted by the Phase I assessment, a Phase II assessment would include sampling and laboratory analysis to confirm the presence of hazardous materials. The Phase 1 ESA will begin immediately in March. The Phase 2 ESA would tentatively commence in mid-May after more information is known about the Gerrard Corporation's housing tax credit application, and the city's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Site Assessment Grant application. Information learned during the Phase I assessment could be used to apply for the WEDC matching grant worth up to $150,000. 

 

3. Pandemic cost containment strategies net city $183,454. 

According to Assistant City Administrator and Finance Director Rae Ann Ailts, the cost containment strategies implemented by the city in 2020 anticipated a surplus of $400,000-$500,000. The actual surplus exceeded expectations ending up at $882,903. The council has committed $386,667 from the surplus to reduce 2021 capital borrowing needs. There is an additional $312,782 in other carry forward funds which results in a remaining unrestricted surplus of $183,454. Council members will consider potential options for the handling of the surplus at their March 22 work session.

4. Tax Incremental District No. 9 approved 

The City Council approved Resolution 032103, which will add additional territory to pay development incentives, to redevelop blighted properties (611 and 633 S. Dakota), fund additional projects within the district and implement projects within 1/2 mile of the district including trails, street projects, and sustainability projects including solar initiatives. 

5. Dakota Meadows approved

The council also approved a development agreement for Dakota Meadows 611 and 633 S. Dakota.  This is a joint venture between Gerrard Development and West Central Community Action Agency to construct multi-family workforce housing consisting of a 38 multiple family building and 12 units within three townhomes.

 

Readers can reach Tom Lindfors at tlindfors@lindforsphoto.com.

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