P-D-C Council

By: KCTN News
Mar 1st, 2017


THE PRAIRIE DU CHIEN COUNCIL APPROVED THE TRANSFER OF THE GAUTHIER HOUSE TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.  THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS PLANS TO REPAIR AND RENOVATE THE BUILDING.  THE COUNCIL SAID THE PROJECT MUST BE DONE BY JANUARY 1ST, 2019 OR THE PROPERTY WOULD REVERT BACK TO THE CITY'S POSSESION.

CASSIE RICKLEFF WAS HIRED AS ZONING ADMINISTRATOR.
THE COUNCIL ALSO REJECTED AN OFFER FROM THE REGAL MARINE GROUP AND WILL PROCEED TO ARBITRATION OVER THE MARINA ISSUE.

MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL – FEBRUARY 28TH 2017

 

A regular meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Common Council was held on Tuesday February 28th 2017 at 7:00 PM in City Hall. Mayor Dave Hemmer called the meeting to order.

 

ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON: 1. Call to order/Roll Call – Ron Leys absent 2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Gilberts VOTE: 7-0 3. Pledge of Allegiance – Led by City Administrator Kramer

 

4. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. PUBLIC HEARING (DETERMINATION OF NO PUBLIC NEED) – The hearing was held to determine whether or not there is a public need for the City of Prairie du Chien to retain ownership of the property described as: Gauthier (Gremore-Coorough) House, located at the intersection of Fifth Street and Bolvin Street, on St. Feriole Island. Hemmer opened the public hearing at 7:01 PM. Kramer provided an overview of the proposal. Janet Finn (Prairie du Chien Historical Society) addressed the Council. Hemmer closed the hearing at 7:05 PM.

 

B. ACTION on aforementioned agenda item – ACTION: To direct the City Attorney draft the necessary documents to the transfer of the Gauthier (Gremore-Coorough) House to the Prairie du Chien Historical Society and the property immediately east of the building, and adjacent to 5th Street, with the understanding that if the Historical Society does not acquire the funds to repair and renovate the building by January 1st 2019 said property and building would revert back to the city’s possession MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Myers VOTE: 7-0

 

5. CONSENT AGENDA - A. COUNCIL – February 7th 2017; B. FINANCE – February 7th 2017; C. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE – January 3rd 2017; D. POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION – January 25th 2017; D. PLAN COMMISSION – December 19th 2016; E. PERSONNEL COMMITTEE – January 12th 2017; F. FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT – January 2017; G. OPERATORS LICENSES (if any) ACTION: To approve MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

 

6. ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA - None

 

7. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS, RESOLUTIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

A. DISCUSSION AND ACTION - RESOLUTION 2017-06 (DECLARING SUPPORT TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES THAT SHIFT A GREATER PROPERTY TAX BURDEN FROM COMMERCIAL TO RESIDENTIAL HOMEOWNERS) – ACTION: To approve Resolution 2017-06 MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Myers VOTE: 7-0

 

8. CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT – Kramer thanked the Council and community for the opportunity to serve as City Administrator for the past seven years and provided an update on ongoing and future initiatives.

 

Without objection, the Mayor moved the agenda:

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ACTIONS

I. FINANCE – Purchase of Hoffman Hall Volleyball Portable System - Funds will come from a donation and the Hoffman Hall Capital Campaign. ACTION: To approve the purchase of the Vision Pro Collegiate Portable Volleyball System for $14,281 from SNA Sports (Grand Rapids, MI), with funds for the purchase coming from the Hoffman Hall Capital Campaign Fund, and the remaining balance of the fund being applied to the 2019 Hoffman Hall bond (2015 GO 1) MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Myers VOTE: 7-0

 

11. NEW BUSINESS (Including items for future agenda consideration or Committee assignment)

B. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Termination of Lease (LaRiviere Park) - The LaRiviere Park Board has recommended the lease with the current occupant of the home be terminated. Park and Rec Director Ulrich said the intent is to tear down the home. ACTION: To approve termination of the lease MOTION: Myers SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ACTIONS

A. FINANCE – Claims – ACTION: To approve MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Gilberts VOTE: 7-0

 

B. FINANCE – Capital Budget Update - ACTION: To apply the 2017-18 Capital Budget miscellaneous amount ($9,300) to the 2014-16 Capital Budget shortfall, allocate $1,237.18 of the 2017-18 miscellaneous amount to purchase a Street Department computer, and allocate the remaining balance of the 2017-18 Capital Budget miscellaneous amount for a computer upgrade at City Hall to be administered by City Clerk-Treasurer Fuller MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

 

C. PUBLIC WORKS – Bid for Non-Slip Epoxy for Wacouta Aquatic Center - This project will upgrade the 30-year old original floor in locker room that is hard to clean, aesthetically unappealing, and we are concerned with health risks. The funds ($14,170, which is $30 under budget) will come from the 2017-18 Capital borrowing. ACTION: To approve awarding the bid MOTION: Titlbach SECOND: Gilberts VOTE: 7-0

 

D. PUBLIC WORKS – Authorization to Bid (Various Public Works Projects - Curb/Gutter & Sidewalk Replacement/Street Paving) – ACTION: To approve bidding out the projects MOTION: Crotty SECOND: Jones VOTE: 7-0

 

E. PERSONNEL – Ordinance 2017-03 (REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 22.15 (SEVERANCE PAY) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN) - The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend the sick leave payout component of the City’s Severance Pay policy. ACTION: To approve Ordinance 2017-03 MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

 

F. PERSONNEL – Ordinance 2017-04 (REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 22.13 (RESIGNATION AND RETIREMENT) OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN) - The purpose of this Ordinance is to amend the procedures for when an employee submits his or her resignation to the City. ACTION: To approve Ordinance 2017-04 MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Titlbach VOTE: 7-0

 

G. PERSONNEL – Ordinance 2017-05 (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 eighty (80) hours to forty (40), effective in 2019. ACTION: To approve Ordinance 2017-05 MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Titlbach VOTE: 7-0

 

H. PLAN COMMISSION – Final Plat for the First Addition to Brunson Court (Former Prairie Maison site) - A new lot alignment for a portion of the subdivision was approved unanimously by the Redevelopment Authority in December. The Plan Commission approved the Final Plat on February 20th. ACTION: To approve the final plat MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Titlbach VOTE: 7-0

 

10. OLD BUSINESS - None

 

11. NEW BUSINESS (Including items for future agenda consideration or Committee assignment)

A. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Rescheduling of March 7th Council meeting to March 14th - Under Chapter 2.02 (2) (a) of the Municipal Code, “(t)he Common Council, by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members, may re-schedule a future regularly-scheduled meeting.” Since a quorum on March 7th appears unlikely, the Council is being requested to move the meeting to March 14th. ACTION: To move the March 7th Council meeting to March 14th MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Myers VOTE: 7-0

 

C. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Proposed Rotary Park – City Attorney Czajkowski-Higgins went through a proposed memorandum of understanding between the City and the Rotary Club relative to the park which would be located at the southeast corner of Marquette Road and Blackhawk Avenue MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Myers VOTE: 7-0

 

D. DISCUSSION - Items for future agenda consideration or Committee assignment – Crotty asked that the City take a more active role in the future of the former Fort Crawford Motel, and recommended a Committee be set up to explore future uses. Hemmer thanked Kramer for his service as City Administrator.

 

E. ADJOURN to CLOSED SESSION (8:25 PM) – ACTION: To go into closed session 1) 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. RE: Bridgeport Incorporation Matter and RE: Prairie du Chien Marina, 2) 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: Zoning Administrator, 3) Under Wisconsin State Statute 19.95 (1) (e) Deliberating or negotiating 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. RE: Possible land purchase adjacent to the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Proposed Cell Tower Lease MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

 

F. CONVENE into open session (9:25 PM) – MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

 

G. ACTION from closed session – ACTION: To appoint Cassie Rickleff as Zoning Administrator once the position of Administrative Assistant is filled, at a new salary of $20.00 per hour for the position of Zoning Administrator, with an increase to $20.50 per hour upon successful completion of a 6-month probationary period, plus an additional $1.50 per hour to be added for the additional work as Municipal Court Clerk, and to increase the salary of Joni Clausen (Deputy City Clerk) from $17.57 per hour to $18.00 per hour, effective once the Administrative Assistant position is filled MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Hayes-Hall VOTE: 7-0 ACTION: To reject the January 27th settlement offer from Regal Marine Group and proceed to arbitration MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Hayes-Hall VOTE: 7-0 ACTION: To reject the offer of the Wisconsin DOT to sell the City a 4.49 acre parcel located south of Lockwood Street and west of USH 18 for $244,500 MOTION: Myers SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 7-0

 

H. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Creation of Administrative Assistant Position – ACTION: To post the position of Administrative Assistant MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Hayes-Hall VOTE: 7-0

 

12. ADJOURN (9:31 PM) – MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Gilberts VOTE: 7-0

 

 

MINUTES OF THE POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION – FEBRUARY 28TH 2017

 

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Finance Committee was held on Tuesday February 28th 2017 at 5:30 PM in City Hall. In the absence of Chairman Roy George, City Administrator Aaron Kramer called the meeting to order.

 

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON

1. Call to order/Roll Call – PRESENT: Gary Knickerbocker, Kersten Rocksvold, Mike Leard ABSENT: Roy George (Chairperson), Mike McCoy CITY STAFF ALSO PRESENT: Police Chief Chad Abram, City Administrator Aaron Kramer, 2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – MOTION: Leard SECOND: Rocksvold VOTE: 3-0 3. APPROVAL – Minutes of the February 9th 2017 meeting – MOTION: Leard SECOND: Knickerbocker VOTE: 3-0

 

ACTION ITEMS

4. ADJOURN to CLOSED SESSION (5:35 PM) – ACTION: To go into closed session under Wisconsin State Statute 19.85 (1) (c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. RE: Hiring of Police Department Personnel MOTION: Rocksvold SECOND: Leard VOTE: 3-0

 

5. CONVENE into open session (5:45 PM) - MOTION: Leard SECOND: Rocksvold VOTE: 3-0

 

6. ACTION from closed session – ACTION: To approve the hiring of Ashley Erickson as Detective with the Prairie du Chien Police Department, effective Monday March 13th 2017 MOTION: Knickerbocker SECOND: Leard VOTE: 3-0 ACTION: To conduct closed session interviews for the position of Patrol Officer with the Prairie du Chien Police Department on Wednesday March 22nd at 6:00 PM MOTION: Rocksvold SECOND: Knickerbocker VOTE: 3-0

 

7. ADJOURNMENT (5:46 PM) – MOTION: Leard SECOND: Rocksvold VOTE: 3-0

MINUTES OF THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE – FEBRUARY 28TH 2017

 

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Public Works Committee was held on Tuesday February 28th 2017 at 6:00 PM in City Hall. Chairman Todd Myers called the meeting to order.

 

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON

1. Call to order/Roll Call – Todd Myers (Chairperson), Edward Hayes-Hall, Todd Crotty, Mike Jones CITY STAFF ALSO PRESENT – City Administrator Aaron Kramer, Street Superintendent Dan Titlbach, Mayor Dave Hemmer 2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – MOTION: Jones SECOND: Crotty VOTE: 4-0 3. APPROVAL – Minutes of the January 3rd 2017 meeting – MOTION: Jones SECOND: Hayes-Hall VOTE: 4-0

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ACTION ITEMS

4. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Authorization to Bid (Various Public Works Projects - Curb/Gutter & Sidewalk Replacement/Street Paving) – ACTION: To approve bidding out the projects MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Jones VOTE: 4-0

 

5. UPDATE – Brush/Compost Site Hours and Citywide Cleanup - The Citywide Cleanup will be April 17th-19th, while staff is proposing the Brush/Compost Site be open from Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM, an expansion of the hours from previous years. No action taken.

 

6. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Bid for Non-Slip Epoxy for Wacouta Aquatic Center - This project will upgrade the 30-year old original floor in locker room that is hard to clean, aesthetically unappealing, and we are concerned with health risks. The funds ($14,170, which is $30 under budget) will come from the 2017-18 Capital borrowing. ACTION: To recommend the Council approve the bid MOTION: Crotty SECOND: Jones VOTE: 4-0

 

7. UPDATE – Water Runoff Issues (Mooney-Michigan Street Neighborhood) - Mostafa Ardestani was present to address the Committee. City Administrator Kramer presented a quote from Vierbicher to do a storm water analysis, which was $5,450. Street Superintendent Titlbach said he would like to discuss the situation further with Vierbicher. No formal action was taken, but the Committee agreed to meet on Tuesday March 21st (5:30 PM) to further discuss the issue.

 

8. ADJOURN to CLOSED SESSION (6:39 PM) – ACTION: To go into closed session 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: Lead Man Position (Street Department) MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Myers VOTE: 4-0

 

9. CONVENE into open session (6:41 PM) – MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Crotty VOTE: 4-0

 

10. ACTION from closed session - ACTION: To appoint Randy Ludvik as Lead Operator in the Street Department, effective immediately MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Jones VOTE: 4-0

 

11. ADJOURNMENT (6:42 PM) – MOTION: Hayes-Hall SECOND: Crotty VOTE: 4-0

MINUTES OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – FEBRUARY 28TH 2017

 

A meeting of the City of Prairie du Chien Finance Committee was held on Tuesday February 28th 2017 at 6:45 PM in City Hall. Chairman Nate Gilberts called the meeting to order.

 

GENERAL ITEMS TO BE ACTED UPON

1. Call to order/Roll Call – Nate Gilberts (Chairperson), Karen Solomon, Jean Titlbach ABSENT – Ron Leys CITY STAFF ALSO PRESENT – City Administrator Aaron Kramer, Mayor Dave Hemmer 2. Certification of the open meeting law agenda requirements and approval of the agenda – MOTION: Titlbach SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 3-0 3. APPROVAL – Minutes of the February 7th 2017 meeting – MOTION: Titlbach SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 3-0

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ACTION ITEMS

4. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Claims – ACTION: To approve MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Gilberts VOTE: 3-0

 

5. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Capital Budget Update – ACTION: To recommend the Council apply the 2017-18 Capital Budget miscellaneous amount ($9,300) to the 2014-16 Capital Budget shortfall, allocate $1,237.18 of the 2017-18 miscellaneous amount to purchase a Street Department computer, and allocate the remaining balance of the 2017-18 Capital Budget miscellaneous amount for a computer upgrade at City Hall to be administered by City Clerk-Treasurer Fuller MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 3-0

 

6. DISCUSSION AND ACTION – Purchase of Hoffman Hall Volleyball Portable System - Funds will come from a donation and the Hoffman Hall Capital Campaign. ACTION: To recommend the Council approve the purchase of the Vision Pro Collegiate Portable Volleyball System for $14,281 from SNA Sports (Grand Rapids, MI), with funds for the purchase coming from the Hoffman Hall Capital Campaign Fund, and the remaining balance of the fund being applied to the 2019 Hoffman Hall bond (2015 GO 1) MOTION: Solomon SECOND: Gilberts VOTE: 3-0

 

7. ADJOURNMENT (6:57 PM) – MOTION: Gilberts SECOND: Solomon VOTE: 3-0



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