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Monroe Common Council: May 25, 2017
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MONROE - On May 23, Monroe Common Council:

• Proclaimed May as Bike Month.

• Appointed citizens Barrett Briggs and Tom Kelly, and Monroe Municipal Airport hanger owners and tenants Clarence Peters, Bill Liimatainen and Mike Lambert to the Airport Board of Management contingent upon passage of an ordinance increasing the number of board members.

• Passed a resolution recreating city code to increase the composition of the Airport Board of Management.

• Granted a temporary extension to Leisure Lanes Inc. for the bowling alley to add an outdoor beer garden in conjunction with summer car shows and bean bag league competitions.

• Proclaimed May as Building Safety Month.

• Approved special event permit application from American Legion Zilmer-Riley Post 84 to hold a Memorial Day Parade on May 29 from 8-10:30 a.m. The route begins in Recreation Park and ends in Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a memorial ceremony.

• Passed a resolution recreating city code to reflect current practices by city clerk duties, including secretarial duties at the city committee level.

• Granted a temporary Class B wine license to the Monroe Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the downtown event, 1st Thursday Wine Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 1. Wine samples will be given to participants in 16 participating businesses within the downtown area.

• Approved an ordinance recreating city code regarding Common Council rules of procedure. Alderman Tom Miller objected to the outline of council members limiting their time as well as number of speaking allowances. Alderman Michael Boyce pointed out that at any point the rules can be suspended if extensive discussion needs to take place. Alderwoman Brooke Bauman agreed and said it adheres to Robert's Rules. The ordinance passed on a 5-3 vote. Miller and fellow council Richard Thoman and Charles Koch voted against it. Member Chris Beer was absent.

• Repealed the Information Technology Committee through the recreation of city code.

• Granted up to $125,000 in pre-authorized funds to be designated as funding for replacement Monroe Police Department squad camera operating systems and associated video storage equipment.

• Authorized City Administrator Phil Rath to post a job description to hire a replacement for former assistant city administrator and director of community development Martin Shanks.

- Bridget Cooke