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Common Council Meeting 1/15/19

 

City of Medford Common Council Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 15, 2019; 6:00 PM

Council Chambers, City Hall

639 South Second Street, Medford, WI

 

{Subject to Council Approval}

 

Call to Order/Roll Call

 

Mayor Mike Wellner called the meeting to order with the following members present:  Dave J. Brandner, Laura Holmes, Greg Knight, Peggy Kraschnewski, Christine Weix, Dave Roiger, Mike Bub, and Clem Johnson.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Alderperson Holmes began the meeting by leading the group in reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance".

 

Open Meeting Law Compliance

 

Mayor Wellner announced that this was an open meeting of the Common Council. Notice of this meeting was given to the public at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting by forwarding the complete agenda to the official City newspaper, The Star News, and to all news media that have requested the same as well as posting. Copies of the complete agenda were available for inspection at the City Clerk’s Office. Anyone desiring information as to forthcoming meetings should contact the City Clerk’s Office.

 

City Personnel Present

 

The following City personnel were present:  City Clerk Ginny Brost, City Coordinator/Public Works Director John Fales, Police Chief Bryan Carey, and Street & Water Superintendent Joe Harris. City Attorney Courtney Graff was an excused absence.

 

Visitors

 

Visitor present was Brian Wilson-Star News.

 

Citizens & Delegations

 

No citizens or delegations addressed Council.

 

Minutes

 

Peggy Kraschnewski moved, Greg Knight seconded a motion to approve the following minutes, and place the same on file in the Clerk's Office:  (1)  December 4, 2018 Council meeting, and (2)  January 7, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting.  All in favor:  All Aye. Motion Carried.

 

 

Ordinance Adopting SPS Chapter 327 - Camping Units

 

Greg Knight moved, Clem Johnson seconded a motion to suspend Council Rules #12A & #12B, and adopt Ordinance #1038 that amends Ordinance #424 that establishes the One & Two Family Dwelling Building Code to include the adoption of the Administrative Code provisions describing and defining regulation with respect to one & two family dwellings in Chapters SPS 320-325 and SPS 327 regarding camping unit.  Roll Call Vote:  Dave J. Brandner-Yes; Laura Holmes-Yes; Greg Knight-Yes; Peggy Kraschnewski-Yes; Christine Weix-Yes; Dave Roiger-Yes; Mike Bub-Yes; Clem Johnson-Yes (8 Yes; 0 No)  Motion Carried.

 

 

Ordinance Amending Section 2 of the Zoning Code Entitled "Definitions", and Sections 3.3 Entitled "R-1 Single Family Residential District", 3.31 Entitled "R-2 One & Two Family Residential District", and 3.32 Entitled "R-3 Multi-Family Residential District" - Short Term Rentals & Lodging Marketplace

 

Dave Brandner moved, Laura Holmes seconded a motion to suspend Council Rules #12A & #12B, and adopt Ordinance #1039 that amends the Section 2 of the Zoning Code Entitled “Definitions”, and Sections 3.3 Entitled “R-1 Single Family Residential District”, 3.31 Entitled “R-2 One & Two Family Residential District”, and 3.32 Entitled “R-3 Multi-Family Residential District” to add definitions for short-term rental and lodging marketplace, and to specifically allow short-term rentals in the R-1 Single Family, the R-2 One & Two Family, and the R-3 Multi-Family zoning districts for fewer than 29 consecutive days.  Roll Call Vote:  Dave J. Brandner-Yes; Laura Holmes-Yes; Greg Knight-Yes; Peggy Kraschnewski-Yes; Christine Weix-Yes; Dave Roiger-Yes; Mike Bub-Yes; Clem Johnson-Yes (8 Yes; 0 No) Motion Carried.

 

 

Ordinance Amending Section 2 of the Zoning Code Entitled "Definitions" and Section 4.6.f Entitled "Temporary Structure, Ramp"

 

Clem Johnson moved, Peggy Kraschnewski seconded a motion to suspend Council Rules #12A & #12B, and adopt Ordinance #1040 that amends the Zoning Code to allow for temporary Americans with Disabilities (ADA) ramps that may infringe on setback requirements  in the R-1 Single Family, R-2 One & Two Family, and the R-3 Multi Family Residential Districts with the following limitations:  (1) The applicant must apply for a zoning permit issued by the Zoning Administrator.  (2) The ramp is allowed only in the case where a person residing in the structure has a special need for ingress and egress that requires an ADA compliant ramp. (3) The only location available to construct the ramp infringes on a required setback. (4) The ramp must be removed and the site returned to its previous condition within 60 days from the time when the need for the ramp has ceased to exist. (5) The property cannot front a State Highway unless a variance is applied for and granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals.”   Roll Call Vote:  Dave J. Brandner-Yes; Laura Holmes-Yes; Greg Knight-Yes; Peggy Kraschnewski-Yes; Christine Weix-Yes; Dave Roiger-Yes; Mike Bub-Yes; Clem Johnson-Yes (8 Yes; 0 No)  Motion Carried.

 

 

Adjustments to the Public Works Policy for Labor & Equipment Charges

 

Peggy Kraschnewski moved, Dave Roiger seconded a motion to approve the following adjustments to the Public Works Policy for Labor & Equipment Charges for 2019 retroactive to January 1, 2019:   (1)  Private/Outside Party @ $56.92 per hour; and (2) Internal within City Departments @ $41.58 per hour.  Roll Call Vote: Dave J. Brandner-Yes; Laura Holmes-Yes; Greg Knight-Yes; Peggy Kraschnewski-Yes; Christine Weix-Yes; Dave Roiger-Yes; Mike Bub-Yes; Clem Johnson-Yes (8 Yes; 0 No) Motion Carried.

 

 

Authorization for City Coordinator/Public Works Director and/or Electric Utility Manager to Purchase Future Energy Capacity

 

Dave Roiger moved, Christine Weix seconded a motion to authorize the Coordinator/Public Works Director and/or the Electric Utility Manager to purchase future electric energy and capacity, and to report any purchase to Council immediately with said authorization to terminate December 31, 2020.  Roll Call Vote:  Dave J. Brandner-Yes; Laura Holmes-Yes; Greg Knight-Yes; Peggy Kraschnewski-Yes; Christine Weix-Yes; Dave Roiger-Yes; Mike Bub-Yes; Clem Johnson-Yes (8 Yes 0 No) Motion Carried. Motion Carried.

 

 

Creation of a Pool Committee

 

Peggy Kraschnewski moved, Dave Brandner seconded a motion to approve the creation of a Pool Committee with membership to consist of the Mayor, two Council members, one citizen member, the Street & Water Superintendent, and the City Hall Office Manager as an ex officio member, and terms to be for one year with the initial term retroactive to January 1, 2019 and ending April 30, 2020. All in favor:  All Aye. Motion Carried.

 

 

Mayoral Appointments - Pool Committee

 

Clem Johnson moved, Laura Holmes seconded a motion to ratify the Mayor's appointments of the following to the Pool Committee with said appointments for a one year term with the initial term retroactive to January 1, 2019 and ending May 30, 2020:  Mayor - Mike Wellner, Council Member - Mike Bub, Council Member - Peggy Kraschnewski, Citizen Member - Barb Gelhaus, Street & Water Superintendent - Joe Harris, and Ex Officio Member - Ashley Lemke.  Roll Call Vote:  Dave J. Brandner-Yes; Laura Holmes-Yes; Greg Knight-Yes; Peggy Kraschnewski-Yes; Christine-Weix-Yes; Dave Roiger-Yes; Mike Bub-Yes; Clem Johnson-Yes (8 Yes; 0 No) Motion Carried.

 

 

Issuance of Operator's (Bartender's) License(s)

 

Clem Johnson moved, Greg Knight seconded a motion to approve the issuance of a regular operator's licenses to Cody Baldwin, Naomi Neuenfeldt and Laurie Rehbein for the period beginning January 16, 2019 and ending June 30, 2019.  All in favor:  All Aye. 

 Motion Carried.

 

 

Coordinator's Report

 

The Coordinator's report was as follows:  (1)  An update on the Public Works projects was given.  (2)  An update on the Electric Utility projects was given.  (3)  An update on the Wastewater Utility projects was given.

 

Communications from the Mayor

 

Audit of Police Records - The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training & Standards Bureau recently conducted an audit on the City's police officers records and the department's record-keeping procedures.  In the report, it was noted that the City's Police Department records are complete and thorough with no deficiencies found.  It was also noted that the department's performance is noteworthy, and commended the staff for their outstanding record-keeping and adherence to standards.  The result of the audit showed a commitment to excellence that is expected from Wisconsin's law enforcement agencies, and reflects great credit to the Police Department staff.  Police Chief Carey added this record-keeping standards is also a reflection on previous Police Chiefs Ted Bever and Ken Coyer.

 

Taylor County Broadband Committee - Mayor Wellner, Alderperson Knight, and Alderperson/Chair of the Taylor County Broadband Committee Bub attended a meeting regarding broadband access to Taylor County.  Other attendees included Taylor Broadband Committee members, Medford Area School District members, and Medford Development Foundation members. Taylor County Broadband Committee Chair Bub gave a brief synopsis on the meeting.

 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule - The upcoming meeting schedule was distributed.

 

Adjournment

 

Dave Roiger moved, Clem Johnson seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 PM.  All in favor:  All Aye.  Motion Carried.  Meeting adjourned.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Virginia Brost

City Clerk, WCPC/MMC

 

 

Council Approval:  _________________

 

 


 

 

 



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