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City of Medford Common Council Meeting Minutes Tuesday, October 15, 2019; 6:00 PM

City of Medford Common Council Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 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 Bub began the meeting by leading the group in the reciting of 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 Director John Fales, and Street & Water Superintendent Joe Harris. City Attorney Courtney Graff was an excused absence.

 

Visitors Present

 

Visitor present was Don Watson-Star News.

 

Citizens & Delegations Comments

 

No citizens or delegations addressed the Council.

 

Minutes

 

 

Peggy Kraschnewski moved, Christine Weix seconded a motion to approve the following minutes, and place the same on file in the Clerk's Office:  (1)  September 17, 2019 Council; (2) September 30, 2019 Committee of the Whole; (3) September 30, 2019 Budget Review; and (4) October 7, 2019 Committee of the Whole.  All in favor:  All Aye. Motion Carried.

 

Ordinance Annexing the Maple Island Ponds Located on the South of County Road O

 

Greg Knight moved, Clem Johnson seconded a motion to accept the Plan Commission's recommendation, suspend Council Rules #12A & #12B, and adopt Ordinance #1045 that annexes the Maple Island ponds located on the south side of County Road O to the City from the Town of Little Black and designates the property as I-1 Light Industrial for zoning purposes.  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 Establishing Rate of Compensation for the Mayor

 

Peggy Kraschnewski moved, Laura Holmes seconded a motion to suspend Council Rules #12A & #12B, and adopt Ordinance #1046 that establishes the Mayor's annual salary at $10,000.00 effective April 21, 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.

 

 

Participation in the Spectrum Employer Business Cooperative

 

Clem Johnson moved, Christine Weix seconded a motion to approve the City's participation in the Spectrum Employer Business Cooperative for the purposes of health insurance.  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.

 

 

Funding for the New ATV/UTV Signs

 

Peggy Kraschnewski moved, Dave Roiger seconded a motion to approve the following:  (1) Purchase of the required signs to comply with the new ATV/UTV ordinance at an estimated cost of $200.00; (2) The money for the signs to come from private donations; and (3) The City will be responsible for the cost of installation & maintenance. 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.

 

 

Renewal Option on the Lease Agreement with the Department of Workforce Development for City Hall Office Space

 

Greg Knight moved, Laura Holmes seconded a motion to approve the third one-year renewal option with the with the Department of Workforce Development for the period beginning January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 with the monthly rental rate at $300.00. 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.

 

 

Employee Luncheon & Funding for the Same

 

Clem Johnson moved, Dave Brandner seconded a motion to approve the following relative to an Employee Recognition Luncheon: (1) Schedule the luncheon for noon on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at noon. (2) Authorize Alderperson Holmes to spend up to $1,500 (Food @ ($850 and Service Awards @ $650) for the luncheon and service awards with funds allocated from the Sunshine Account (#10-51320-39910).   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.

 

 

Purchase of New Election Equipment & Funding for the Same

 

On October 3, 2019, the City was notified that the ES&S Express Vote Tabulator did not receive State certification at this time. The State has requested changes to the tabulator's programming.  ES&S is reprogramming the tabulator as well as upgrading to Windows 10.  Once the programming is completed, the tabulator will have to once again go through the State certification process.  It is anticipated that tabulator will be available next year.  This will delay the purchase of all the new election equipment.  Taylor County would like municipalities to proceed with the purchase approval so that the purchase can be made once State certification is received.

 

Greg Knight moved, Laura Holmes seconded a motion to approve the following regarding the purchase of new election equipment:  (1) The City informed Taylor County that it wishes to purchase the following from ES&S: 1 DS200 and 2 Express Vote Markers.  (2) Authorize the purchase of 1 DS200, 2 Express Vote Markers, 10 lighted voting booths, and 1 ADA lighted voting form ES&S at a cost not-to-exceed $16,000.  (3)  Allocate the cost of $16,000 from the City’s Designated Reserve Account – Election Equipment.  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.

 

 

Public Ice Skating Agreement with the Medford Area Youth Hockey Association

 

Dave Roiger moved, Clem Johnson seconded a motion to approve the 2019-2020 lease agreement with Medford Area Youth Hockey for public ice skating at the Simek Recreation Center at a cost not-to-exceed $4,500.00 for 100 hours of ice time.  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)

 

There were no operator's license application(s) to consider and approve.  No Action Taken.

 

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

 

Upcoming Meeting Schedule - The upcoming meeting schedule was reviewed. 

 

October 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting - The October 21, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting has been canceled.

 

City-wide Leaf Pickup - The City-wide leaf pickup will be held October 21 - 23, 2019.

 

2019 Wisconsin Wastewater Operator Operator's Association Newcomer of Year - Wastewater Utility Operator Alex Zenner was the recipient of the 2019 Newcomer of the Year Award at the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator's Association annual conference in Green Bay.

 

Wisconsin Wastewater Operator's Association Board of Directors - Wastewater Utility Superintendent Ben Brooks was elected onto to the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator's Association of Board of Directors at the annual conference in Green Bay. 

 

New Police Chief - On October 9, 2019, the Police & Fire Commission met to interview candidates for the Police Chief position.  The Commission selected Chad Liske as the new Police Chief.  His appointment will be effective April 1, 2020.

 

Adjourn to Closed Session

 

Laura Holmes moved, Clem Johnson seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting to Closed Session at 6:25 PM in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 19.85(1)(e) for the purpose of 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.  The purpose of the Closed session is to discuss strategy regarding the Medford Police Association Local 456 contract reopener.  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.  Meeting Adjourned to Closed Session.

 

Adjournment

 

The meeting adjourned from Closed Session at 6:35 PM.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Virginia Brost

City Clerk, WCPC/MMC

 

 

Council Approval:  _________

 

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