Quiet meeting provides progress
RIVERSIDE — Cooperation was once again the key to the Riverside City Council meeting on Monday, April 1.
Four resolutions were approved by the city council. The first one was to pay K & N $25,939.75 for their work on the plastic water pipes in town. Councilor Chris Kirkwood made the motion to approve the payment.
Councilor Nate Kasdorf asked why the work wasn’t done yet.
“They would have been done last Friday but because of the late snow and how wet it is down there I anticipate they’ll be done maybe this week,” Rogerson said.
The resolution passed unanimously.
The second resolution was for paying Sexton Construction $10,000 to finish their work on the riverboat room.
According to Rogerson the paint colors for the room has been picked and the drywall is nearly complete. The contractor had also been in to say that the flooring would probably be able to be laid a week from this Friday.
“They’ve done a great job,” Rogerson said.
The resolution passed with a vote of four to zero, with councilor Kevin Kiene abstaining because of conflict of interest.
The next resolution was to set the rate of pay for the hired summer help in the parks department. Kasdorf made the motion to set the pay at $10 an hour.
“None of this has the start date,” Kiene said.
“He’s done with school at Coe College on May 15,” Rogerson said. “I’ll give him a call tomorrow.”
Councilor Chris Kirkwood asked when the end date for the summer help would be. Bryan Lenz, from the parks department, said it depended on the worker’s school schedule. The resolution passed unanimously.
The final resolution was to set the public hearing for Riverside’s Urban Renewal Area on the urban renewal amendment for May 6 at 7 p.m. at Riverside City Hall. The resolution passed unanimously.
Three new board members were appointed to the planning and zoning committee. There was a question as to how many people were on the planning and zoning committee and how many spots were left to fill.
“You have Les Lamping on there,” Rogerson said. “I would encourage you as the city attorney based on my conversations with the League of Cities that even though he’s a resident if there’s ever any challenges to P and Z he could not represent the city.”
Kasdorf made a motion to accept the three candidates. Those residents who had applications into city hall for the planning and zoning committee were Tom McLaughlin, Nate Robinson, and Ryan Rogerson.
“So we need one more person and it has to be female?” Kiene said.
“It’d be nice,” Rogerson said. “It could be male or female.”
Kasdorf asked Rogerson if he could put the need for one more person on planning and zoning on the city’s Web site. Rogerson said he would. The motion passed unanimously.
The next part of the council meeting came from the discussion about the residential grant applications. Two requests were submitted to city hall.
The Burish resident went ahead with repairing her leaking roof because there was damage done inside her home.
“Mrs. Burish had all of her stuff in but we didn’t get the second estimate until Monday so we didn’t put it in the last agenda,” city clerk Lory Young said. “And we did not feel it was appropriate to call a special meeting just to approve that.”
Kirkwood had a problem with Burish proceeding with the work.
“My concern is that I believe that if I’m right the application says right on it you should not receive any work until it’s been approved by the council,” Kirkwood said. “The other people we’ve had come through here have all abided by that.”
There was also discussion about how much money the city had left for residential grants. Rogerson said the city was $600 over at this time in the fiscal year but in the economic development budget there was $40,000 or more left.
“I understand what Chris is saying, but most of the other people that followed the rules didn’t have a leaky roof,” Kasdorf said. “I would probably go ahead and fix that.”
Kasdorf also said he would much rather see the commercial money go to residential grants than have money left over at the end of the fiscal year.
“But how many people are out there waiting out there to submit their grants and they’re trying to get their two bids together?” Kirkwood said. “And then we have somebody they’ve already got their roof on.”
Young said Burish did abide by the rules and that they just didn’t call for a special meeting.
Councilor Bob Schneider Jr. pointed out that Burish went ahead with the work because there was a leaky roof. Councilor Ralph Schnoebelen made the motion to go ahead and approve the grants. Both of the grants were approved with a no vote from Kirkwood on the Burish grant.
Other items discussed at the meeting were:
what to do for the Bocker ditch west of 608 E. Hickory St.;
sending in two nominations for the Governor Volunteer Award
forgoing council pay on work sessions. Councilor Schnoebelen had the only dissenting vote;
set topics up for possible work sessions including the on-call maintenance policy, and whether or not new fire department members have to be approved by city council because of insurance requirements;
and whether or not to have Pat Callahan down for another work session.
The next city council meeting will be on Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m.