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Monroe Common Council : Sept. 7, 2013
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MONROE - At a meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 3, the City of Monroe Common Council:

• Approved an extraterritorial survey map for N3029 14th Ave. for a land division for the Grace Lutheran Church lot north of the YMCA.

• Approved an endowment fund agreement and a special projects fund agreement between the Monroe Fire Department and the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin Inc. to benefit the MERIT Center.

• Approved and accepted on an 8-1 vote a Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) for 2013, in the amount of $200,000 from the Monroe Water Utility. Michael Boyce voted against. The water department rate case is currently under review by the PSC, which asked for verification that the Common Council has set the PILOT for the 2013 fiscal year.

• Approved unanimously $203,000 to pay bills.

• Approved special events for The Monroe Lions Club Minhas Oktoberfest Festival Sept. 14 on and near the brewery's property; Monroe High School annual homecoming parade, Sept. 27; and the Green County Fall Nationals tractor and truck pull Sept. 21 at the Green County fairgrounds.

• Granted dance licenses to Green Count Fall Nationals and to Monroe Lions Club.

• Granted a temporary class B beer license to Monroe Lions Club for Oktoberfest.

• Granted a temporary class B beer and wine license to St. Clare Parish for a prime rib dinner Sept. 14 the school's gym.

• Granted a temporary class "B" beer license to Monroe Lions Club for Green County Fall Nationals.

• Authorized the city to take ownership of a run-down property at 1511 11th Ave. and to proceed with razing.

• Authorized the purchase of rear load garbage truck for the Street Department and Storm Water Utility. The truck chassis is for $95,000 from Lakeside International Trucks, and the rear packer body is from STEPP Equipment Company for $53,500.

• Discussed a process for handling the annual review of the city administrator.

Rex Ewald, technology coordinator, noted the installation of a video camera for recording future city meets had been installed in the council chambers.

Phil Rath, city administrator, announced that city hall would be closed Sept. 6 for work on the backup generator installation.

MONROE - In a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, The City of Monroe Board of Public Works:

• Approved a bill from Advanced Disposal for $2,200 for July recycling.

• Recommended to council to hire South Central Sealcoating of Brodhead, to seal coat the city hall parking lot at a cost of $1,233.

• Discussed data collected to determine the volume of trash the Green County transfer station needs to remain financially sufficient and its long-term feasibility. The information is expected to be included in a survey to all potential municipal participants of a city-proposed, county-wide commission on solid waste disposal.

• Discussed a flow control ordinance for solid waste originating within the city limits and its effect on the city's cost for using the county transfer station if flow control is not implemented by other users.

• Discussed the Engineering Department's upcoming need for permission to acquire requests for proposals (RFPs) on demolition of the old parking ramp and design of a new lot or ramp on the site.

Engineering Supervisor Al Gerber said he is working with the engineering company Arnold and Sheridan to draw 3-4 design options, including multi-tiered ramps, for the board to consider.

MONROE - At a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, the City of Monroe Public Safety Committee:

• Approved by consensus Monroe Fire Department Chief Daryl Rausch to present a change in fee structure for the rural townships for fire protection services, and possibly create a stand-alone entity for the fire district. The board and Common Council would need to give its fire department final approval to join any new fire district entity if requested or recommended.

• Discussed the annual $35,000 cost for police overtime at special events that require extra police services. In the past, events that sold alcohol or charged admission reimbursed the city for police overtime, until July 2010, when Cheese Days Inc. objected and the city changed its policy to not requiring reimbursements from any event organizers. Police Chief Fred Kelley said the police department will continue to cover special events as needed, regardless of the city's policy on cost reimbursements.

MONROE - At a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, the City of Monroe Finance and Taxation Committee:

• Approved paying from the water utility's cash reserves $300,000 for water main replacements in 2013. Utilities Director Al Eckstein recommended the project's costs for this year be bundled with 2014 replacement costs and financed together by revenue bonds next year.

MONROE - At a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, the City of Monroe Public Property Committee:

• Granted permission to Street Supervisor Tom Boll to sell or otherwise dispose of specific city vehicles and equipment that are no longer in use or have been replaced.

- Tere Dunlap