New Richmond City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, August 9th.
Here’s what you need to know:
The council members agreed to a guideline that the council chambers and a small conference room in the basement of the civic center are available to external organizations and groups during regular business hours.
The city encourages other government agencies, nonprofits that have a direct impact on the welfare or improvement of the community, local businesses, and neighborhood associations to reserve a spot in the Civic Center.
Meetings or activities that are commercial (sales or promotions), political, religious, or personal (e.g. birthday party, coffee group, arts and crafts, etc.) are not considered appropriate use of the space.
Reservations outside of business hours by external organizations are only permitted if city employees are otherwise involved in the event as part of their normal professional duties.
Use of the facilities is free of charge. Reservations must be made at least a week in advance and require the completion of a liability release.
Official city operations continue to have priority, which can result in an outgroup reservation being canceled at short notice.
The city reserves the right to decline reservation requests.
General bonds were purchased from Piper Sandler & Co., Minneapolis, at a true interest rate of 1.26% which will be amortized over a period of 15 years. The terms of the offering will enable the city to save $ 100,000 in interest over the life of the bond.
The bonds were issued for the public purpose to fund road improvement projects not exceeding US $ 1,035,000, water system projects not exceeding US $ 185,000, sewage and stormwater systems projects not exceeding US $ 390,000, a police building not exceeding US $ 185,000 $ 785,000 and $ 1,230,000 for reimbursement of outstanding general city duties.
“That was a pretty typical result of the inspection in my opinion. I have seen buildings in which there is much more asbestos than in this building, ”said SEH representative John Guhl.
Based on the results of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.’s Phase I environmental assessment of the Beebe building, which completed in March, an asbestos inspection and assessment of hazardous materials and a Phase II environmental assessment were required and completed in July.
The inspectors identified asbestos mainly in boiler and pipe insulation as well as in floor tiles, floor slabs, drywall grout and roof putty.
The risk assessment identified fluorescent lamps, parts of the mechanical and electrical building systems, and containers with different colors and other chemicals.
Six underground storage tanks, as well as evidence of previous car repairs and coal stores identified during ESA’s Phase I on-site, were further investigated in Phase II. Ground wells have been tested for volatile organic compounds, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons and lead. Several hydrocarbons and total lead were detected in one or more soil samples, “but none of the parameters detected in the site soils were found to exceed the residual pollutant content”.
According to the SEH report, “a number of points need to be addressed during the demolition of the building, but these are not unexpected given the age and history of the site”.
It is the responsibility of the demolition contractor to check and confirm the findings of SEH and to properly remove and dispose of the objects.
After four months of litigation, with the mayor indicting the fire chief, the chief being put on leave and then reinstated but not as chief, the council approved Ordinance 560, which essentially clarifies that the New Richmond Fire and Rescue Department has a division from . is of the city and will work like other departments and that all paid fire department employees are considered employees of the city.
The ordinance makes it clear that the municipal council, with the assistance of the fire brigade board, monitors the budget and the allocation of funds for the department. All paid employees are subject to the city’s employment guidelines.
The chief is responsible for appointing firefighters and officers, subject to the approval of the Police and Fire Brigade Commission. See a draft regulation here: Ordinance 560
Council members declined to obey a recommendation from staff and the school district that Riley Avenue be turned north.
To ease some of the congestion caused by cross-traffic of buses, cars and pedestrians on Riley and East Eighth Streets, part of Riley between East Eighth and East Ninth is being cleared as part of the East Eighth Street construction project.
City and district officials believe the one-way street on Riley Avenue from East 11th Street north to East Ninth Street will make car and pedestrian traffic safer, especially during times when students are dropped off or picked up.
The council is due to re-examine the recommendation at its working session on August 23, after hearing from residents at a neighborhood meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers.
The city council approved an offer from RESCO to purchase two three-phase transformers for $ 27,286.
Council members approved a contract with CWS Security for $ 8,943.05 to purchase and install a video surveillance camera system for the New Richmond Fire Station.
Baker Tilly’s 2020 City Audit Report is available at New Richmond City Auditors Report 2020