4/24/2013 11:50:00 AM Industrial park street plan moves ahead
The city will seek bids for construction of two new streets in the North Industrial Park following action Tuesday, April 23 by the City Council. The council also declared an at-large council member seat open, and will seek candidates to fill that seat. The seat was vacated by Justin Wosepka, who moved out of the city. The vacant term runs through April 2014. Candidates may be from anywhere in the city. Appointment to the seat is by majority vote of the council. Those interested in serving are asked to contact the mayor or the city clerk and address the council when it meets on May 14. The council tabled the first reading of a new storm water control ordinance. That ordinance is required by the Department of Natural Resources to bring the city into compliance with the city's municipal storm water permit. The ordinance focuses on illicit discharges and construction practices, but some council members didn't believe they had sufficient time to study the ordinance. An informal group, including local business representatives, will be formed to discuss the ordinance. City planner Harry Skulan told the council the city was already behind in complying with the state requirements. "To me, it's too much too soon," said Councilman Cory Schnacky. "You will kill small businesses," said Councilman Bruce Willers.
New streets The new streets in the North Industrial Park are an extension of Lindy Avenue to the north to meet with 22 1/2 Street, and Schwers Avenue to the south where it will dead end. Lindy Street is the main street in the industrial park. It currently extends 1,930 feet west from Hwy. SS, then dead ends at the Push site. SEH, the city's engineering company, designed the new streets. The industrial park is part of Tax Increment Finance District 2. Improvements in that district must be done by Dec. 31, 2014 to qualify for TIF financing. Under a TIF, tax revenues from the district are used for improvements in that district and are not paid into the city's general fund. Rice Lake Utilities will fund the costs of water and sewer development along the new streets. The city plans to annex a 40-acre parcel bought from Peter Willger as part of the industrial park development. Construction costs of extending Lindy Street are estimated at $1.6 million, plus about $575,000 for utility upgrades. Construction costs for Schwers Avenue are estimated at $343,000 plus $133,000 for utility upgrades. Bid openings are expected June. 20. In other action the council: Approved the appointment of Wendy Halvorsen as the Rice Lake School District representative to the library board. She fills the expired term of Natalie Springer. Approved a commendation for former Councilman Justin Wosepka who served as an at-large member for 3 years. Approved a list of street closings and granted temporary Class B beverage licenses for Aquafest. Hired Eugene Katterhagen as part-time City Hall custodian. Awarded a truck equipment bid to Monroe Truck Equipment. Monroe bid $66,047. The other bidder was Rousar's Welding and Hydraulics of Campia at $67,403. Equipment includes plows, a box and hoist and a hydraulic system. Willers questioned the additional cost of about $5,000 for a stainless steel dump box. "The steel just corrodes," replied Community Services Department Director Jim Anderson. Anderson said the additional cost of stainless would be recovered because they didn't require as much repair over the life of the box. The purchase passed on a 5-2 vote, with Councilmember Willers and Dan Schwab casting the dissenting votes. Hired Mike Dahle as a full-time mechanic/maintenance worker. Appointed Wendy Halvorsen to replace Natalie Springer on the library board. Approved rebidding the city's assessing services. The city sought bids earlier but had only one bidder. - - - -