Dec 172013
 
CITY OF ST CROIX FALLS
MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL MEETING
AUGUST 26, 2013, 7:00 PM

CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Brian Blesi called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2013, Present were Lori Erickson, Don Anderson, and Randy Korb. Also present were Administrator Joel Peck, Clerk Bonita Leggitt, Fire Chief Mike Dorsey, the public and the press. All joined in Salute to the Flag.

APPOINTMENT TO FILL VACANT ALDERMANIC DISTRICT 1 POSITION
Lori Erickson moved to appoint Bob Kazmierski to fill the vacant Aldermanic District I position, second by Don Anderson, voice vote, motion passed. Bob Kazmierski was sworn in by the clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Randy Korb moved to approve the Minutes of the August 12, 2013 Council Meeting, second by Lori Erickson, voice vote, motion passed.

REPORTS OF CITY OFFICIALS, COMMITTEE, COMMISSIONS, AND BOARDS
Lori Erickson: Cemetery Board met and is getting bids for tree removal, also discussed cremation and use of sloped area of cemetery property.

APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
General Fund $44,850.59, Library $1,065.42, Park & Rec Fund $976.42, TID Fund $265.00, Water $6,560.08, Sewer $7,936.64
Don Anderson moved to approve claims, second by Randy Korb, roll call vote, 4 ayes, passed.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Kathy Cross, St Croix Tavern submitted a petition to hold Wannigan Days activities back on Thompson Pkwy; in the past Wannigan Days events were planned by volunteers and should continue to be done so; this year’s Wannigan Days poster was cluttered and hard to read, needs to be simpler; also have heard complaints on “weeds” at the NPS Visitors’ Center and Library.

OLD BUSINESS
Consider Request for Home Coming Bonfire and Parade through Down Town
Heidi Marks, SCF School District: request authorization to hold the Home Coming Parade on main street at 2:20 pm on Oct 10th and for a bonfire that evening at aprox 9 pm.
Don Anderson moved to approve the parade and bon fire for Home Coming on Oct 10th, second by Bob Kazmierski, voice vote, motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS
Consider Sponsoring a Table at the St Croix Valley Health Care Foundation Fundraiser: 9-26-13
Darrell Anderson: the St Croix Valley Health Care Foundation Fundraiser event will be held Sept 26th at Trollhaugen, request that the City sponsor a table at the event for $600.
Lori Erickson moved to approve sponsoring a table, second by Don Anderson, roll call vote, 4 ayes, motion passed.
Recap of Wannigan Days Event and Plans for Autumn Fest: Woody McBride
Woody McBride: Wannigan Days events were well attended, with the increased fee to be in the parade we were able to cover all the expenses, unlike last year when didn’t, it costs about $20,000 to put on Wannigan Days, am open to suggestions for events on Thompson Pkwy if someone wants to sponsor some there. The Rotary Club put up the funds for the band and ran the beer garden, previous sponsor of car show stepped out this year, hope to have a new sponsor for a car show next year.
Autumn Fest will be first Saturday in October and is taking on a buy local spirit with arts and craft show and events downtown.
Consider Ordinance Amending Code 20.051 to Authorize the Administrator to Issue Permits for Native Lawns
Currently Native Lawns are a Conditional Use under the Subdivision Code, it is proposed that it be moved out of Zoning and Subdivision Sections and put into Chapter 10 as an option subject to submission of an acceptable maintenance plan and issuance of a permit.
Don Anderson moved to refer proposed changes to the Native Lawn Code to the Plan Commission for a Public Hearing, second by Lori Erickson, voice vote, motion passed.
Review Specks for New Fire Truck and Consider Authorizing Administrator to Seek Cost Estimates and Financing Options
Reviewed specifications for a proposed areal/rescue/pumper fire truck that would serve multiple needs, it would have a ladder, high angle water spout and rescue capabilities configured for minimal staffing, it would replace 3 existing trucks. Goal is for Fire Department to get down to 3 vehicles.
It was questioned if used vehicles would be looked at and not just new due to high cost.
Don Anderson moved to authorize the Administrator to get cost estimates and options for financing, second by Bob Kazmierski, voice vote, motion passed.
Consider Appointments to Committees, Commissions and Boards
Lori Erickson moved to confirm the appointments of Ann Turner and Bob Kazmierski to the Sustainability Committee, of Lori Erickson to the Park and Rec Committee, and of Bob Kazmierski to the Plan Commission, second by Don Anderson, voice vote, motion passed.
ADJOURNMENT
Lori Erickson moved to adjourn, second by Randy Korb, voice vote, motion passed. 9:10 pm.
Brian Blesi, Mayor Bonita Leggitt, City Clerk