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Monroe City Council: Sept. 4, 2015
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MONROE - On Tuesday, the Monroe Common Council:

• Appointed representatives to the Youth in Government program to serve from Sept. 1 to May 31. The program seeks to involve youth in local government to develop leadership skills and give youth input into community issues. The representatives are Nathan Smith, Abigail Yurs, Izabel Bazley and Brooke Rowe. The teens were given a certificate and pin from the city and a certificate from Sen. Ron Johnson.

• Approved accepting a liability insurance proposal from Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company to continue membership for policy years 2017 and 2018.

• Hired Baker Tilly to perform required audits on the city's tax incremental finance districts at a cost of up to $50,400. Money to pay for the audits will be taken from the city's fund balance as a loan to the districts at an interest rate of 1.5 percent.

• Reduced the speed limit from 25 to 15 mph in the 1900 to 2100 blocks of 5th Street, near Monroe Clinic. The city will also install speed zone signs and pedestrian crossing signs.

• Considered creating a council as a whole committee and eliminating standing committees. City officials discussed the benefit of more informed decisions as a group weighed against the potential negative impact of a less efficient use of time for aldermen. Council spoke about options if they were to move forward but took no action at the meeting.

• Approved Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance request to hold a Green County Alzheimer's Walk on Sept. 12 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. along a route approved by the police department beginning and ending at the Behring Senior Center. Another recommended special event approved was the Monroe High School annual homecoming parade on Sept. 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both events will be provided the aid of police department traffic control.

• Distributed a temporary Class B fermented malt beverage license to the Monroe Lions Club for the Minhas Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 19. Council resolved the license to adhere to the designated barricaded location east of the brewery building.

- Bridget Cooke