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Monroe City Council: August 3, 2011
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MONROE - In a meeting Tuesday, the City of Monroe Salary and Personnel Committee:

- Authorized filling a position for Wastewater Utility operator in training from posting within the union. Dan Purdue was recommended by George Thompson, utility superintendent, and approved by the committee.

- Authorized the Street Department to post and advertise, if necessary, for a replacement laborer.

- Discussed a proposal to combine the Water and Wastewater Departments. The committee had to take no action, but members agreed Thompson and Mike Kennison, water department supervisor, should proceed with the plan and report periodically on the process.

MONROE - In a meeting Tuesday, the City of Monroe Finance and Taxation Committee:

- Approved the city's taxi-cab service provider to add an agency fare to cover the extra administrative costs of doing business through the state contractor hired to arrange transportation for Medicaid and BadgerCare patients.

The approval is contingent upon no public hearing being requested by Aug. 15 from the public.

- Discussed the requirement that all capital expenditures over $25,000 be approved by resolution of the full council.

The committee took no action to wait for the fall budget process to begin, when they will determine the need to make a change.

- Received new information on the budget. The audit for last year has been finished and was made available to aldermen at council.

MONROE - In a meeting Tuesday, the City of Monroe Common Council:

- Authorized hiring Bob Anderson as a replacement Water Department operator at a rate of $18.71 per hour. Anderson is already licensed and needed no additional training to qualify for the job.

- Approved $429,092 to pay bills.

- Approved special events for Monroe Area Swim Team Aug. 12, and the Northern Illinois Southern Wisconsin Fire Rescue Association Monroe Fire School, Aug. 19-21.

- Granted miscellaneous licenses.

- Granted a temporary "Class B" beer and wine license to the Green County Family YMCA.

- Approved a temporary outdoor beer garden for Ludlow Bar, Inc. liquor license.

- Authorized hiring Fehr-Graham and Associates as the consultant and engineering firm for preparing pond dredging plans and specifications at $12,250 to design the dredging plans to remove sediment from and specifications for the detention pond on Haddinger Road.

- Voted 7-1 to approve joining the Southwestern Wisconsin Sustainable Communities Regional Plan Consortium. Alderman Tyler Schultz voted against.

Alderman Reid Stangel recognized the efforts of lifeguards, including Alex Purdy, who took appropriate action to prevent further injury to a swimmer whose dive caused her to hit her head on the bottom of the swimming pool July 8 at Recreation Park .

Mayor Bill Ross and Alderman Sara Conway were absent. Alderman Charles Koch presided.

- Tere Dunlap