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Menomonie City Council approves joint development director

February 5, 2024 - 6:05pm
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Menomonie City Council Meeting 2/5/2024

CITY OF MENOMONIE

COUNCIL MEETI

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 PM

Monday – February 5, 2024
AGENDA

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Roll Call & Special Recognitions

2. Approval of Minutes

3. Public Hearings

4. Public Comments

Several of the stakeholders spoke in favor of the proposed joint development manager for the county city, and Stout Technology Park.

5. Unfinished Business

No unfinished business. 

6. New Business

a. Consideration of Bobcat Plus quote for Water Department Compact Excavator – discussion
and possible action.

See the packet for details on this purchase -- it was approved unanimously.

b. Consideration of Halverson Brothers quote for WWTP Sludge Loadout Bay Make Up Air Unit
– discussion and possible action.

This purchase was awarded to Halverson Brothers and approved unanimously. 

c. Consideration of Cedar Corporation Task Order for Pine Avenue (Wilson Street to Game
Park Road) Design – discussion and possible action.

This was approved unanimously. See the attached packet for details. 

d. Proposed Development Agreement with Atlas Holdings, LLC for redevelopment of the former
Badger Iron Works site – discussion and possible action.

This will be a Pay-Go agreement with Atlas Holdings to redevelop the site under a TID agreement. There are many details in the packet and video. Atlas does currently own the site. The clean-up of the grounds and contamination has already begun. The development agreement was approved unanimously.

e. Proposed Agreement between the City of Menomonie, University of Wisconsin-Stout, County
of Dunn, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, Greater Menomonie
Development Corporation, and the Stout Technology and Business Park to create a Director
of Economic Development Position – discussion and possible action.

This is a cooperative agreement to hire a Director of Economic Development for all of the stakeholders. The city would contribute $27,000 to this agreement, which is already in the city budget. The person would be able to have benefits from UW-Stout as an employee, which will make hiring more competitive. There will be a hiring committee representing all of the entities. Stout will provide clerical and technical support to the person who is hired. 

The agreement was approved unanimously. 

f. Authorize Mayor Knaack to sign Petition of Direct Annexation for a portion of 650th Avenue
(also known as Eagle Point Road) from the Town of Red Cedar – discussion and possible
action.

This is an annexation of the road and no surrounding property.  The road is currently maintained by the township though the surrounding property is part of the city of Menomonie. The annexation was approved by voice vote. 

g. Special Event Permit for Disc Golf Tournament – discussion and possible action.

The permit was approved by voice vote. 

h. Proposed Lease Termination Agreement to terminate Lease with Foundations Therapy, LLC,
dated October 27, 2022 – discussion and possible action.

Foundation Therapy has closed and vacated the building. Other individuals are interested in renting the space - the termination is to allow renting to another tenant. The termination was approved by voice vote. 

i. Proposed Second Amendment to Lease with Foundations Therapy, LLC and ThrivePsychological and Consulting Services, LLC, removing Foundations Therapy, LLC as a Co-Tenant – discussion and possible action.

This is a separate space from the one in h, and will make Thrive the sole tenant of the space rather than being co-tenants. This also allows them to sub-lease to another counseling company. This amendment was approved by voice vote. 

j. Consideration of Fire Department purchase of Ice Craft Rescue Equipment with ARPA funds
– discussion and possible action.

Details are in the packet. This is an inflatable boat used for ice or swift-water rescues. The downtown station has this equipment but this is a purchase for station 2.  $7384.50 will be spent. This purchase was approved unanimously. 

k. Consideration of Fire Department purchase of Tractor Snow Removal/Lawn Mower with
ARPA funds – discussion and possible action.

This purchase is for the North fire station. It has been difficult to maintain the lawn and to remove snow from the station with a small walk-behind snowblower. It is basically a John Deere X series lawn tractor with a snow broom. The purchase was approved unanimously.

l. Consideration of Fire Department purchase of Technical Rescue Equipment with ARPA funds
– discussion and possible action.

This would replace 20-year-old equipment on the trucks including roper, caribiners, and other rescue equipment that is reaching the end of its useful life. Half of this is being paid by rural areas. The total purchase is approximately $12,000. The purchase was approved unanimously.

m. Consideration of Fire Department purchase of Capital Improvement Project Zoll Monitors –
discussion and possible action.

These are heart monitor/defibrillator devices  $170,000 was allocated for this in the budget, but they will cost approximately $201,000.  The current units are 10 years old and have been heavily used. They are in need of replacement. The old units will be traded in. The unbudgeted funds will be fulfilled from another $40,000 budget item that has not been spent. The purchase was approved unanimously.

7. Budget Transfers

The details of the transfers are in the packet.  The transfer is to cover the purchase of  43 additional meter-reading radios for the water department. The transfer was approved unanimously.

There is also a budget transfer for the excavator in item 6a for $2550 from the maintenance and pumping equipment budget. The transfer was approved unanimously.

8. Mayor’s Report

The lights are off at Wolske Bay and the equipment is being removed. None of the other ice skating rinks were opened this year.

The mayor commented on the hockey team he attended this week. 

The mayor mentioned the meetings he and the City Administrator will be attending in Madison this week.

9. Communications and Miscellaneous Business

The Red Cedar Watershed conference was mentioned and members were encouraged to attend and have their expense covered. 

There have been some issues with sand filters at the water plant that are being worked out. 

The well site investigation for well is ongoing. 

The kayak rental kiosk project is moving forward and the kayaks should be available for the summer. 

Two new police officers were introduced. 

10. Claims

Claims were approved unanimously.

11. Licenses

a. Normal license list

The license list was approved by voice vote. 

12. Closed

13. Return to Open Session

14. Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 PM.

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