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Monroe City Council: May 9, 2017
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On May 2, the Monroe Common Council:

• Proclaimed May 7-13 to be Municipal Clerks Week.

• Proclaimed May 19 to be Poppy Day in honor of military members who died in service of the United States.

• Scheduled a public hearing for May 16 to repeal and replace via an ordinance a section of city code regarding the composition of the Monroe Airport Board of Management.

• Approved a public hearing be held on May 16 to consider an ordinance to replace city code outlining council rules of procedure, mainly increasing the length of time a private citizen can address the council and including the condition of a second on a motion.

• Agreed to hold a public hearing May 16 to repeal the existence of the city information technology committee.

• Set a public hearing May 16 for consideration of an ordinance recreating sections of city code to designate the Monroe city clerk official secretary to all boards and commissions.

• Authorized the Kiwanis Club Family Fun Day scheduled for Saturday in Twining Park.

• Granted a sidewalk cafe permit for Northside Pub & Grill LLC along the 1600 block of 10th Street.

• Awarded a contract for the outdoor warning system project to Federal Signal for $36,000 to replace two system sirens within the city, in the 900 block of 26th Street and the 2100 block of 17th Avenue.

• Approved a change order for the 8th Street construction project from Rock Road Construction of Janesville in the amount of a $6,600 decrease due to piping changes.

• Granted a change order at the former downtown parking ramp site to Madison-based Terra Engineering & Construction for a decrease of about $7,000 for top soil fill around the perimeter rather than gravel to accommodate for future landscape costs.

• Heard an update from City Administrator Phil Rath, who outlined the next step in the priority-based budgeting process. Rath said he needed council members to identify core concepts to make city improvements through the budget process; for example, a safe and stable community or environmentally conscious city. Aldermen were asked to complete a survey to compile the most popular themes by the end of the week.