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Monroe City Council: April 26, 2018
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MONROE - On April 16, the Monroe Common Council:

♦ Heard a proclamation from Mayor Louis Armstrong declaring recognition of Arbor Day, April 27, within the city.

♦ Approved a submitted certified survey map of three lots totaling nearly an acre of land within Golfview Estates and near Country Club Estates between 17th and 18th Avenue. The map was prepared by Talarczyk Land Surveys LLC of New Glarus for wholesale eggs company Bahler Produce of Monroe.

♦ Confirmed change order no. 19, the final order for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project, for a contract with Miron Construction Co. Inc. to perform alterations and additions to the facility.

♦ Discussed the method of budgeting per request by Alderman Ron Marsh, including a presentation by City Administrator Phil Rath, who indicated that some of the recordkeeping had been miscoded but all funds aligned by the end of 2016. Marsh said the audit of that year reflected that budgets should be evaluated quarterly.

♦ Approved a water-operator-in-training wage rate at $19.91.

♦ Increased, temporarily, the wage rate of parks department maintenance worker Dave Weckerly by $1 per hour for additional tasks taken on after the death of former Parks Supervisor and City Forester Paul Klinzing, effective April 9.

♦ Compensated Recreation Supervisor Matt Skibba at a rate of roughly $40 per week, $798 total, for additional duties related to his pool certification.

♦ Approved special events, including the Green County Conservation Youth Conservation Day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 and Oct. 5 and an outdoor church service and potluck by Monroe Bible Church from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 in Twining Park.

♦ Hired Davies Services of Appleton to paint city fire hydrants at a rate of $110 per item, the same rate of painting done two years ago, Utilities Supervisor Mike Kennison said.

♦ Authorized streets department staff to proceed with the purchase bidding process through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for salt.

♦ Granted a permit for possession of live chickens at 2245 15th St. on an 8-1 vote. Alderman Ron Marsh was the sole vote against the application.

♦ Approved a request from the Monroe Youth Hockey Association for a temporary "Class B" fermented malt beverage and wine license in conjunction with the group's Kentucky Derby event.

♦ Heard parting remarks from former Aldermen Tom Miller and Charles Koch. "It's been a ride," Koch said. "I had some good times which I really enjoyed and some hard times I've enjoyed too." Miller agreed, saying he looked forward to seeing how the city continues to change even as he no longer serves on the council.