PDC Council

By: KCTN News
Dec 5th, 2018

MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL – November 20, 2018

A regular meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Common Council was held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in City Hall. Mayor Dave Hemmer called the meeting to order.

ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON:
1. Call to order/Roll Call – Jones absent and one vacancy.
2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – Motion: Hayes-Hall, Second: Gilberts, Vote: 6-0.
3. Pledge of Allegiance – led by Gilberts.

4. PUBLIC HEARINGS (None)
5. CONSENT AGENDA
A. COUNCIL – November 13, 2018
B. FINANCE – November 8, 13 and 15th, 2018.
C. PERSONNEL – November 8, 2018
D. OPERATOR LICENSES
(Note: These items may be approved on a single motion and vote due to their routine nature or previous discussion. Please indicate to the Mayor if you would prefer separate discussion and action.) – Action: To approve the consent agenda. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 6-0.

6. ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA

7. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS, RESOLUTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
1. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: RESOLUTION 2018-27 - INITIAL RESOLUTION VACATING THE PORTION OF THE ALLEY ADJACENT TO LOT 4 AND THE NORTH 25’ OF LOT 5 & LOT 10 AND THE NORTH 25’ OF LOT 11 LOCATED IN BLOCK 21 OF PARISH ADDITION, IN THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN. – Action: To turn down the resolution for the vacation of the alley. Motion: Hayes-Hall, Second: Thornton, Vote: 7-0.

2. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: RESOLUTION 2018-28 - RESOLUTION SETTING TIME AND PLACE FOR HEARING ON RESOLUTION VACATING THE PORTION OF THE ALLEY ADJACENT TO LOT 4 AND THE NORTH 25’ OF LOT 5 & LOT 10 AND THE NORTH 25’ OF LOT 11 LOCATED IN BLOCK 21 OF PARISH ADDITION IN THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN. – Action: To deny resolution and not set time and place for public hearing. Motion: Hayes-Hall, Second: Gilberts, Vote: 7-0.

3. DISCUSSION AND ACTION ON RESOLUTION 2018-29 - RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN TO MAKE APPLICATION TO THE WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FOR A COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT GRANT TO SUPPORT THE WATERFRONT HOTEL PROJECT IN PRAIRIE DU CHIEN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN. – Action: To approve to make the application. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 7-0.

8. CITY ADMINISTRATORS REPORT – Abram discussed the road project and expected partial completion by November 30. Abram also added for all to join at the Holiday Parade and Stuff the Squad event.

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ACTIONS
A. FINANCE
1. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Claims – Action: To approve the claims. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Solomon, Vote: 7-0.

2. DISCUSSION: 2019 Budget Update – No action taken.

3. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Request to bid out auditing services. Staff is requesting authorization to bid out the auditing services for a 5-year period (2018-2022). – Action: To approve and direct City Administrator to publish RFP for auditing services for 2018-2022. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 7-0.

B. PERSONNEL
1. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: ORDINANCE 2018-14 REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 22.04 (VACATION) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN. The purpose of this Ordinance is to change the amount of vacation time that can be carried over from one year to the next from forty (40) hours to eighty (80). – Action: To deny the ordinance change. Motion: Solomon, Second: Hayes-Hall, Vote: 7-0.

10. NEW BUSINESS (Including items for future agenda consideration or Committee assignment)
1. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Assignment of the Contract between the City of Prairie du Chien and Running Inc. for operation of the SMRT Bus system to La Crosse County. – Action: To approve contract change with La Crosse County. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Thornton, Vote: 7-0.

2. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Assignment of the SMRT Bus vehicles from the City of Prairie du Chien to La Crosse County. – Action: Approve assignment of SMRT Bus vehicles to La Crosse County. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 7-0.

3. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Expansion of the Chamber of Commerce Office and send to the State of WI for final approval. – Action: To approve the plans and send to WIDOT for approval. Motion: Myers, Second: Thornton, Vote: 7-0.

4. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Vacancy for Council in District 3. – Action: To approve Kelssi Copus to fill 3rd District Vacancy. Motion: Bremmer, Second: Thornton, Vote: 6-0. Copus was sworn in and immediately joined the meeting.

11. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION (7:43 P.M.)
A. Under Wisconsin State Statute 19.85 (1) (g) Conferring 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.- Motion: Hayes-Hall, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 7-0.

12. CONVENE INTO OPEN SESSION (8:24 P.M.) – Motion: Hayes-Hall, Second: Thornton, Vote: 7-0.

13. ACTION FROM CLOSED SESSION – Direct the City Attorney to file a motion to intervene in the Bridgeport Incorporation Petition matter and to pursue discussions with Bridgeport Township regarding a potential cooperative boundary agreement. Motion: Hayes-Hall, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 7-0.

14. ADJOURN (8:24 P.M.) – Motion: Solomon, Second: Gilberts, Vote: 7-0.
MINUTES OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – November 19, 2018

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Finance Committee was held on Thursday, November 19, 2018 at 6:01P.M. in City Hall. Nate Gilberts, Chairperson called the meeting to order.

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON
1. Call to order/Roll Call – Present: Nate Bremmer, Karen Solomon and Nate Gilberts, Allie Thornton. City staff also present: Interim City Administrator Chad Abram, and City Clerk/Treasurer Tina Fuller.
2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – Motion: Bremmer, Second: Solomon, Vote: 4-0.
3. Approval of the minutes from the November 15, 2018 meeting. Motion: Solomon, Second: Gilberts, Vote: 4-0.

ACTION ITEMS
4. DISCUSSION: 2019 Budget

5. ADJOURNMENT (7:43 P.M.) Motion: Thornton, Second: Solomon, Vote: 4-0.

MINUTES OF THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – November 20, 2018

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Chairperson Karen Solomon called the meeting to order at 5:31P.M.in City Hall.

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON
1. Call to Order & Roll Call – Karen Solomon (Chairperson) Nate Gilberts, Allie Thornton and Edward Hayes-Hall absent. City staff also present: Mayor Dave Hemmer, City Administrator Chad Abram.
2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – Motion: Gilberts, Second: Solomon, Vote: 3-0.
3. Approval of the minutes of the November 8th Meeting, 2018. Motion: Gilberts, Second: Thornton, Vote: 3-0.

ACTION ITEMS
4. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: ORDINANCE 2018-14 REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 22.04 (VACATION) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN. The purpose of this Ordinance is to change the amount of vacation time that can be carried over from one year to the next from forty (40) hours to eighty (80). Action: To deny change of carry over vacation hours from 40 to 80. Motion: Solomon, Second: Thornton, Vote: 3-0.

5. ADJOURNMENT (5:45 P.M.) Motion: Solomon, Second: Thornton, Vote: 4-0. (Hayes-Hall joined meeting at 5:44 P.M.)

MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE – November 13, 2018

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Public Works Committee was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in City Hall. Chairperson Todd Myers called the meeting to order.

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON
1. Call to order/Roll Call Present: Chairperson Todd Myers, Mike Jones, and Nate Bremmer one vacancy. City Staff present – Interim City Administrator Chad Abram and Mayor Dave Hemmer.
2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda - Motion: Bremmer, Second: Jones, Vote: 3-0
3. Approval – Minutes of the October 16th, 2018 meeting – Motion: Jones, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 3-0.

ACTION ITEMS
4. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Proposed driveway cut from Universal Forest Products pending approval from the Redevelopment Authority. – Action: To approve the driveway cut for Universal Forest Products. Motion: Bremmer, Second: Jones, Vote: 3-0.

5. DISCUSSION AND ACTION: Proposed Curb cut on East Lapointe Street Prairie du Chien at Seymour Drive Township of Bridgeport. – Action: To postpone and direct Interim City Administrator to talk with Township of Bridgeport and request formal curb cut request from the Township Board. Motion: Myers, Second: Bremmer, Vote: 3-0.

5. DISCUSSSION AND ACTION: City Parking Lot Lease – Action: To pursue lease with drafted terms and make changes in the Ordinance to reflect changes and return to council for approval. Motion: Jones, Second: Myers, Vote: 3-0.

6. ADJOURNMENT (6:27 P.M.) – Motion: Bremmer, Second: Jones, Vote: 3-0.

LaRiviere Park Board Minutes September 19th, 2018
Called to order with the following members present Shihata (Chair),Baker, Hoffland, Mara, Troester. Also present Denny Kirshbaum, John Tieden, and Director Ulrich.
Motion by Hoffland, second by Baker to approve open meeting requirements. Motion carried.
Motion by Mara, second by Baker to approve July 18, 2018 minutes. Motion carried.

Motion by Hoffland, second by Troester to approve the Director to work with Architectural Design Consultants, Inc. to provide a service proposal and bid document for the LaRiviere Park Shelter and Bathroom so the city can use this document for bidding purposes. Motion carried

The Chimney Swift Towers were provided a grant from the Rotary Club to the PdC Rod & Gun Club to complete the siding portion this fall.

The free firewood program has currently 2 individuals removing downed trees.

Trail Updates include: Horse riders putting gravel on Wilderness trail, possible purchase of Honeycomb material, rip rap placement coming soon to Wilderness trail and by compost site. The city will work on parking lot and placement of culvert as per crew availability. There is app called Trail Forks now available for bikers to see the trail course.

Other Park/Recreation related items included: 15 members of St Petes Church planted 300 oak tree/nuts. Bird Blinds have been completed. Signage to be completed on Bird Bath Trail. Horse riders will provide the city inspector requests for putting in a larger storage shed and enlarge the current manure pit.
The city staff did a nice job painting the lower wall of barn andMike Mara installed the new Barn door at no cost to the city. The Regional College Soils contest will host over 100 students visiting the park in the second week of October. Denny Kirshbaum will also provide a birding even for families this Saturday. Overall the park trails look in great shape as multiple cross country races have been occurring.
Motion by Troester, second by Hoffland to adjourn 6:25pm Motion carried

MINUTES OF THE POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION – July 31, 2018

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 4:45 P.M. at Prairie du Chien City Hall.

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON
1. Call to order/Roll Call - Present: Chairperson Roy George, Mark Gilberts, Gary Knickerbocker, Mike Leard and Kersten Rocksvold absent. City Staff present –Interim City Administrator Chad Abram
2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda - Motion: Leard, Second: Gilberts, Vote: 4-0.
3. APPROVAL – Minutes of the July 2, 2018 meeting – Action: to approve minutes. Motion: Knickerbocker, Second: Leard, Vote: 4-0.
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ACTION ITEMS
4. ADJOURN to CLOSED SESSION (4:46 PM)
A. Under Wisconsin State Statute 19.85 (1) (c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance data of any public employee over whom the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. RE- Fire Chief. Motion: Leard, Second, Knickerbocker, Vote: 4-0.

5. CONVENE into open session (5:15 PM) - Motion: Gilberts, Second: Knickerbocker Vote: 4-0.

6. ACTION from closed session – None

7. ADJOURNMENT¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ (5:15 PM) - Motion: Leard, Second: George, Vote: 4-0.



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