|11/30/2018 1:10:00 PM|
DeVoss and Mainwaring sworn in as Dodgeville's new Alderpersons
|Prior to last Dodgeville City Council meeting, there was one vacant position available for Wards 3 and 4.|
At last Tuesday's meeting, there were two vacant positions.
Mayor Todd Novak said to council members that Jeff "Potsie" Weber announced his resignation, due to personal reasons. Novak thanked Weber for his six years of service representing the City of Dodgeville.
"I know that it wasn't an easy decision for him," Novak said.
The other vacant position was previously filled by Mark James, who resigned in his position over a month ago.
To fill the two vacant council positions, Tom DeVoss and Cody Mainwaring were sworn in at Tuesday's meeting. DeVoss is a life-long resident of Dodgeville and was the former sheriff and currently works at Corner Drug Hometown Pharmacy. He fills James position on council, and is up for re-election in April.
Mainwaring is formerly of Stueben, WI but has been in Dodgeville for the past few years. He is an active citizen and is heavily involved with the Dodgeville Fire Department. He succeeds Weber in his council position.
Council members approved appointing Mainwaring and DeVoss to fill the council vacancies, and officially represent Wards 3 and 4. Both alderpersons were sworn in shortly after approval.
In the citizen presentation, Wendy Nipple came in to express her concerns regarding Alternate Side Parking. She lives off of West Parry Street. She stated that there isn't enough parking provided at the apartment building where she lives. She said to the council that she accrued $500 alone on damages to her vehicle caused by other car doors. She requested certain areas to be exempt from alternative side parking, for safety reasons and having to park, on odd days of the week, down away from her building because she was worried that someone may fall.
Mayor Todd Novak said that the police chief authorizes any changes to alternate side parking. He said that he spoke with Chief Dave Bauer and he informed Novak that there was no need for this area to be exempt from alternative side parking. Nipple said that chief said that to her too, and that she would beg to differ. She suggested that Bauer would come up to that area to review the street parking abilities alongside that building, and the driveways that come into the southwest portion of W. Parry Street.
Novak stated that no action could be taken without the chief of police giving prior approval.
Novak informed council members that the City's Highway 191 project is officially complete and open. The project was late by only one day due to rain affecting the time that road stripes could be put in. He also informed council members that there will be police presence near that area to monitor speeding.
City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley informed council members that the Spring Election notice was put in the paper. The council members up for election are: Shaun Sersch, Tom DeVoss, Dan Meuer, and Mike Borne.
Jesse Decker from the Library Board requested an update from council members. At a past council meeting in September, there was a request for the City to fund $4 million towards an expansion project, or to give a direction as to what can happen for the project.
Novak informed Decker that there is a need for a new city hall, or a new library and that the City is in the works of finding another location for one or the other. Decker said that the Library Board was curious about the area west of the County Building. Novak said to Decker that it was discussed as an option, and that they are looking into other areas as well. Plans will be discussed as to whether a referendum may happen in April 2020 to give more time for planning should it occur.
In related library information, Dodgeville Public Library Director Vicky Stangel informed council members of current library projects on county, city and state levels. Council members received a packet of information on those projects.
Dodgeville Elementary & Ridgeway Elementary School Principal Julie Piper, and Assistant Prinicipal & Alternative Education Coordinator Ryan Bohnsack gave a brief presentation on the Dodgeville District's Summer Learning Program, and informed council members of curriculum, stakeholder involvements, and things they learned through the summer program.
The program started last year and the District is looking to work with the city and a couple of organizations to avoid overlaps in programs offered. It ran two weeks on and two weeks off in June July and August. There were 890 students in the program this past summer, a big increase from 220 students who attended last year. There have been two meetings held with community stakeholders and there is discussion for the city and school to create a joint booklet. No action was taken after this discussion.
In old business:
-Council members approved to appoint replacements for Mark James' and Jeff Weber's vacancies on standing committees. DeVoss and Mainwaring are on Public Works and Emergency Government committees, while DeVoss represents the Planning Commission. He also has been appointed as the council representative to the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce Board of Director, replacing Weber in this position.
-Council members approved Ordinance 1377, Amending Section 7.07(3)(oo) of the Municipal Code of the City of Dodgeville, Iowa County, Wisconsin, related to Parking on East Division Street. Section one of the ordinance now reads that parking is prohibited at all times on the south side of East Division Street, east of the intersection with Iowa Street to the east City Limit." Section Two of the ordinance reads winter parking regulations are in effect "On the south side of East Division Street, east of the intersection with Iowa Street to the east city limit."
-Council members approved the 2019 Preliminary Budget. The mil rate goes from 8.26 to 8.16 per thousand for the city portion only. The public budget hearing is scheduled for Tuesday December 4.
In new business:
-Council members approved ratifying the police union contract, lasting two years with 2.5% increase increments occurring each year.
-Council members approved a simple water rate case study to take place for 2019. Rate numbers will be brought back from auditors once information is gathered.
-Council members approved a garbage rate increase from Faherty, Inc. effective January 1, 2019. Rates will increase by $1 on the recycling portion. In related news, a new three year contract through Faherty has also been approved.
-Council members approved the disposal of surplus equipment, when it was learned that a 1987 bucket truck was deemed unsafe to drive in the last inspection.
-Council members approved to fill the vacancy for Recreation Director. Kathryn Heimrl announced her resignation after 15 years.
-Council members approved a new one year operator's license for Jimmy Leon Lang, ending June 30, 2019.
-Council members approved claims through Farmers Savings Bank and Marine Credit Union as read by Alderperson Mike Borne.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 4 at 5:30 p.m., during the same time as the Public Budget Hearing.
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