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Monroe City Council: Feb. 19, 2016
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MONROE - On Wednesday, the Monroe Common Council:

• Approved an ordinance with language updates regarding the operation of the Monroe Municipal Airport. Important terms were clearly outlined in a definition section and methods regarding safety were covered from building regulations to lighting requirements.

• Held a public hearing on changes to Title 7 of city code which outlines fire regulations. The changes were made to update the city regulations to adhere to state requirements. Council approved the ordinance after no discussion.

• Agreed to move forward with a request for proposals for legal services. The retirement of city attorney Rex Ewald has given the city an opportunity to seek offers from multiple local law offices to conduct services for the city. Each will be required to prove why they are qualified and will most likely dedicate 15 to 20 hours per month to prosecution on behalf of the city. Tentative scheduling places the final hiring date for a new attorney on May 30. Council will have the final hiring authority.

• Allowed Main Street Monroe to hold the annual St. Patrick's Day parade downtown from 4 to 6 p.m. March 17 and the Green County Family YMCA to host the Run Before You Crawl Celtic 5K/Kids Fun Run from 7 a.m. to noon on March 12. The run route is set to begin and end at the 1200 block of 2nd Street and will run from 12th Avenue to 14th Avenue and through Twining Park.

• Approved a resolution granting a temporary premises extension for a Class B beverage license to Suisse Haus Inc. to add a temporary outdoor beer garden on March 12.

• Designated by resolution Green County Emergency Medical Service Inc. as the primary ambulance service for the city of Monroe. A similar measure was passed in 2007, and allows the Green County EMS to be upgraded to paramedics status.

• Approved a resolution hiring Fehr-Graham for inspection services. The firm was recommended by the Board of Public Works. Fehr-Graham Engineering and Environmental is allowed to perform construction inspection services for the traffic signal improvements being placed along 8th Street.

• Heard information for potential funding of possible upcoming projects. City Administrator Phil Rath handed out graphs highlighting how much is budgeted for the upcoming year toward capital projects.

- Bridget Cooke