Eau Claire City Council Meeting – April 8 & 9, 2019

Eau Claire City Council Meeting – April 8 & 9, 2019


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the folks would like to rise and pledge allegiance now [Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance] I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of The United States of America And to the republic, for wich it stands One nation, under god, indivisible With liberty and justice for all Thank you Madame city clerk
please call the roll Council member Anderson Here Beaton Here Berge Here Christopherson Here Emmanuelle Here Gragert Here Strobel Weld Here Werthmann Here Xiong Here And we have quarrum Welcome everyone this evening to city council chambers I want
to thank the scouts that are joining us as well this evening welcome just gonna
first thank our city clerk for calling the roll and for all her help through
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Valley mediaworks YouTube channel we’re gonna move to our first order of
business this evening and take up our public hearings. First up is our zoning
this item number 1 is a public hearing on ordinance rezoning property located
on the west side of First Avenue between Chippewa Street and Niagara Street from
RM to P this evening Mr. Pat ivory is going to present Good evening [Mr. Pat]: Good evening tonight is the public hearing
on the rezoning of 111 Niagara street from our M mixed residential to P public
the property is owned by the city us located at the southwest corner of 1st
Avenue in Niagara Street the property located right here it’s a little over
one acre in size on Niagara 1st Avenue Chippewa and then on Park located across
the street there’s an aerial of the area also with Niagara, Chippewa, 1st Avenue
Owen park located right here The city purchased the property back in 1997
using FEMA funds in order to buy the individual properties back at that time
there were about five or six properties that were acquired that were within the
flood plain upon acquisition of the properties the the structures were
removed and essentially the property’s been left as a vacant lot since that
time use of the FEMA funds restricts future structures from being constructed
on the property and since that time the city has provided very limited
maintenance on that only some periodic mowing of the grass essentially a group from the historic Randall Park neighborhood has approached the city
with the plan to enhance the appearance of the parcel with some plantings and
also encouraging public use so that with possibly some yard games such as bocce
ball or coop trying to make the space more welcoming to the public the Randall Park neighborhood plan includes a recommendation encouraging the city and
the neighborhood to develop a plan to improve the property to make it more of
an asset to the neighborhood the Plan Commission discussed the property back
on March 4th with their meeting and authorized staff to initiate the process
to rezone this to public as part of the discussion we learned that there has
been some parking going on over on the web
site of the property over in this area right here and we did some checking
regarding that there is no formal agreement with the city for anyone
actually formally used that staff from the Community Services Department
reached out to landlords in the area to see if they were aware of that and they
indicated that there was not any agreement between landlords and any
students for using that so the parking has basically been kind of going on
without any kind of any kind of agreement or anything based on the
information that we have found so what we would plan to do with the park being, this area being re-zoned to public and uses a public space is sign that parking
basically for the public to use it for for the park in terms of what they can
enjoy it for the public use the waterways and Parks Commission reviewed
the application and recommends approval the Commission suggested the possibility
of adding some benches and in addition to the landscaping that the neighborhood
would do possibly adding a couple small identification signs to better identify
the property as an open space and also encourage more utilization of that space
for the public plan Commission reviewed this last Monday and they recommended
approval and then there is another item a little bit later on your agenda that
would discuss actually adding this to our parks inventory and our five-year
parks plan With that, if you have any questions Thank you so much mr. ivory.
are there questions from counsel at this time regarding the presentation?
questions Questions? I see none so we’re gonna open up this item to public input and
just so folks are aware each speaking turn is five minutes so if you approach
the podium please state your name and your address they’ll see the light here
will change from green to red when it’s red that means your five minutes is up
if you do not wish to speak this evening during our public comment period after
each item you can also fill out a form in the back of the room we
blue form you can fill that out we get that information at our desk too so
there’s that option if you’re not here to speak on any of the three agenda
items. My apologies “for” agenda items listed here but you’re here to speak
during the public comment period please make sure you sign up at the back of the
room and those are three minute speaking terms so other folks here this evening
who came to talk about specifically this rezoning on Niagara Street? Is there
anyone here this evening that would like to speak on the rezoning on Niagara and
Chippewa? seeing no one here to speak on that item we will move then to item
number two on our agenda this is a public hearing on an ordinance rezoning
property located at 103 117 123 Roosevelt have from R 1 to P public and
to approve a site plan for a visitor center and admissions building with site
improvements. This is in file Z 1642 19 Mr.pat ivory has this presentation as
well thank you again The University of
wisconsin-eau Claire and Ayers associates are requesting to rezone
property from R 1 to P public and then approval of a site plan to construct a
new visitor center at the southwest corner of Roosevelt and Park Avenue. This
is the subject property that we’re talking about here
Park Avenue, Roosevelt there’s residential to the east to the Northeast
and then the University campus to the west and then to the north a little
Niagara Creek kind of runs through the property
located right here and then Putnam Park is located down in this area here the west portion of the subject property is zoned r1 and that would be rezone to TP
public and in the east portion has already zoned, already zoned public this
is the portion of the property through these three Lots that are currently
zoned r1 there used to be three homes that were located on it that had been
removed a number of years ago and in this area already is owned on P one
thing I did want to point out back on the aerial is that the visitor center
that we’re talking about essentially is located on the northern portion of the
area that we’re talking about what little nyira going through here the
visitor center is in this area right here kind of the northern part of that turn to the site plan the site plan
shows a two, a new two-story visitor center they would have a first floor
footprint of about eight thousand square feet located right in this area here
this is a Park Avenue Roosevelt a little Niagara will be located at the bottom of
the sketch here the university to the west into the north over in that area
there of the building and parking lot would be set back 50 feet from the
ordinary high water mark of little Niagara which is in compliance with the
city’s waterway in Greenway guidelines this dash line right here is the 50-foot
setback from the ordinary high water mark the building there also a 50-foot setback required for wetland areas that’s administered by the Wisconsin DNR
small portion of the parking lot would be within that setback and will require
approval from the DNR that line is highlighted yellow line right here and
you can see a small portion of the parking lot is within that 50-foot
setback there as part of the application the University notes that the new
parking lot will have actually a reduced encroachment in this wetland area in
comparison to the existing parking lot regarding parking the site plan shows 22
parking stalls located over to the east of the building here and that will be a
redesign of the existing parking lot that has 18 stalls so there’ll be a net
gain of four four parking spaces the small visitors building that’s there
will be removed and the plan calls for using the existing 24 foot curb cut
that’s right here at the end of Park Avenue regarding parking the zoning
ordinance hasn’t released the parking requirements for University facilities
states that due to the unique parking needs of colleges and universities at
the University shall provide information relating to how the new building impacts
the parking demand in this case the information has been submitted that’s
included in your packet the University notes that
staff from the admissions department an alumni foundation will be relocated from
Scofield Hall over to this new building and that the primary admission functions
that presently occur at Scofield Hall and Davies Center will be relocated to
this new building so as part of that, the vacated spaces of these buildings from that staff will be utilized by existing departments with no new staff
planned. The university notes that the existing staff replace relocating to the
building that happened to drive will to work will continue to use parking
facilities that they have so in the past so there is no increase in staff and
essentially the facilities that are being currently provided within the
university would be relocated to this new building with no actual change that
way bicycle parking would be located to the front of the building right at this
location right here the site plan shows multiple pedestrian connections to the university facilities to the west and the north this includes a combination of
sidewalks pathways and three crosswalks crossing the former Roosevelt Avenue
which fate was vacated back in 2018 and this provides access to Snyder Hall to
the north and the other university facilities to the west so this is one of
the crosswalk areas here one here and one here. We were contacted by the
University and Aires late on Friday and then had some discussions this afternoon. They are looking at a proposed change to the crosswalk location right here and
this is similar somewhat similar to a discussion that we had with planned
Commission. What’s being proposed but the change with this crosswalk here is that rather than have the crosswalk
go across Roosevelt at this angle here which was a little bit of a concern at
Planning Commission is that they’re going to relook they’re proposing to
relocate that in this location here so crossing Roosevelt had had basically
where Roosevelt is a narrower than it would be at this location here and then
line up with this sidewalk right here so this crosswalk would be 12 feet wide
to be a painted crosswalk at this location here and then other changes
they would be removing on a tree at this location there’s proposals these two red
points here are what’s called rapid rectangular flashing beacons and what
they’re proposing is to install one double faced beacon signal here and one
right here that would point this way in this way and that those are act button
activated devices for the pedestrians basically to alert the motorists when
people are using this this crossing so that would be proposed as part of that.
In addition the plaza area right here they’ve indicated that they would modify
the trees softscape and hard scape in order to route the traffic from the door
of the building over towards this crosswalk so that’s something that we
would want to see as I’ve revised one of the conditions we want to see a revised
site plan at a later date that staff would approve that would show
that reconfiguration of that sidewalk to that location here. This is a example of
what one of the the the beacons look like you might be familiar the city
recently installed one of these similar to this on Farwell street and
then one on Harding Avenue and the beacon portion is kind of hard to see in
this photo but it’s right right here that flashes once the pedestrian
activates that we met what air or we discussed this with airs this afternoon
and leonis our traffic our transportation
engineer feels comfortable with the recommendations that in terms of these
these revised changes for this particular crosswalk the in addition
staff is recommending and another crosswalk that would be at this location
right here what the recommendation is to extend sidewalk from this from the east
side of this driveway over to the East property line and then with the with the
plans that eventually the staff will recommend sidewalk on the south side of
Roosevelt going over to chooses to State Street and as part of that then a
pedestrian ramp at this location here that would extend north to connect up
with the sidewalk on on the east side of Park Avenue located at this point here In terms of landscaping the landscape plan shows a mixture of street trees and
shrubs shrubs as well as planting beds along the foundation of the building and
also as I kind of had alluded to there’s a variety of pavement materials and
textures that are also proposed with a fairly extensive plaza area located to
the west and the south of the building here that overlooks little Niagara and
and then putnam Park located right there lighting for the site will include a
variety of fixtures including pole mounted lights that would be for
the parking lot and then a series of pedestrian or bollard style lighting for
the plaza areas and those would be need to meet with the city’s exterior
lighting standards the site plan also shows two decorative walls in the front
of the building one would be located right here and the other would be
located right here the walls would be internally lighted with LED fixtures due to their proximity with the residential neighborhood
the lighting should be subdued not cast clear and not change in brightness or in color in terms of building elevations and these are in your packet this is the
elevation of the building looking from the intersection of Roosevelt and Park
you can see again the two-story building with the variety of brick and glass that
is very similar to a lot of the other campus buildings another elevation this
looking from the campus looking back towards the southeast this is an event
area up here on the second floor here that has glass on on all three sides in
terms of the the north west and the south so it would have nice views of the
the plaza area that overlooks the park and nice views of the park itself in
that particular area and then this is looking straight West
at the building again with this event area up in the second floor with the
windows again overlooking putnam park and this is a better view of the plaza
area here this actually shows to it what how the change in the crosswalk would be
rather than having the crosswalk in this area here. The crosswalks gonna be more in
this vicinity right in this area right here which will provide again as I
mentioned a shorter distance for the pedestrians to cross that area there are some floor plans that were also included this is the first floor plan first floor
most of the public areas are to the front of the north in this area here
with an entrance here entrance here a larger presentation area here again with
the plaza area overlooking the park and in the back portion which is more the
office areas but again even with that there’s a number of windows that are in
the back facing over the the park area and then this is the second floor again
what the more the public areas in this area here with you know this larger
event area that I hadn’t alluded to before with windows on all three sides
overlooking the park and then again with a series of windows in the back for some
of the office areas the uh there also would be a sign for the building Saima be
located right in this area here and that would be reviewed with a permit the
proposed rezoning a site plan is consistent with the city’s comprehensive
plan which shows the area as appropriate for school and university use but also
the Third Ward neighborhood plan also shows this area as part of the
University campus just a couple things in closing regarding drainage the
project narrative describes storm water treatment methods as a sheet flow with
the biofilter that would be located between the building and the creek so in
this area here there would be a biofilter
that would catch that storm drainage before it got into little Niagara filter
that so would be located in this area right and right in here. The stormwater
management report and stormwater calculations will need to be submitted
to our city engineering department for approval. Regarding traffic; traffic
generated by the proposed improvements would remain relatively constant based
on the current conditions based on the information provided by heirs associates
there are no no staff or departments plan to occupy the vacated areas a
Scofield Hall and essentially the operations that are occurring within the
visitor center are already occurring at other locations on campus the site is
serviced by several bus routes and the project does not anticipate to change
that demand for transit The waterways and Parks Commission and Planning
Commission both have recommended approval of the rezoning and site plan
the conditions recommended by the Planning Commission are included in the
cover letter that was included in your packet I won’t go through those
specifically as I’ve kind of alluded to those in my presentation the one
addition that we would have would be just that we would want to see a revised
site plan showing that revised crosswalk with that if you have any questions [Werthmann]: Thank you Mr. Pat Ivory [Werthmann]: Council members have questions regarding the presentation [Werthmann]: Council member Gragert [Gragert]: Thank you acting
president Werthman and thank you Mr. Ivory I guess I was really pleased to
see like I guess these revisions based on some of the concerns that we raised
that plane Commission of the crosswalk on the the west end of the property I guess I was wondering about clarifying whether that crosswalk would be just
painted or would it be would include those those paver bands that were
described kind of flowing from the from the plaza out toward the central campus we do have representatives from heirs and the university here tonight to talk
a little bit about it but it’s my understanding that it’ll be a painted
crosswalk then within the outside lines there will
be blocks the to further highlight that crosswalk [Gragert] Thank you further questions council members have on this? That’s it, thank you do what the applicant like to come forward first to present on this? It’s
not necessary but if if someone like to come forward from Aires or in the
university Good evening i’m Angie Goodwin with Eros
Associates we’re here representing the university Also with me tonight is Mike
Rindo with the university and Travis Shreeder our architect and I think Pat did
an excellent job of covering the project but we’re certainly here to answer any
other questions that you might have for us Jeremy paths discussion of that crosswalk it has planned as pavement
markings but but the heavier blocks going across there while the other
crossings were just planned as outside lines but that’s our primary one so that
would be a heavier pavement marking [Werthmann]: Thank you. Do council members have any other questions? I don’t see any Thank you again. Thank you and
are there folks here this evening that would like to specifically speak on this
agenda item again this is if you could come forward. This is the visitor center
and admissions a rezoning Roosevelt half. Welcome I’m Sharon Hildebrandt I reside at
426 Summit Avenue just a couple of things the council as you consider this
ordinance I think I’m correct in saying that as a third Ward residence – this
will be I believe the the most significant structure the university has
built that will have an imprint this far east into the neighborhood and it’s a
large structure so as you’re considering this a couple of things came to mind one
is that the landscaping buffer between where the parking is planned and the
next residence which has by the way historical significance it’s a unique
architectural property might believe the Larson’s own that building to be aware
of that that buffer zone I think it’s going to be critical to designate you
know a public university from the residents that live there
the lighting I think we’ve had the experience on Summit where it was
rebuilt they’re going into Park when they put the median in there that light
was way too bright initially and still I think is too bright and too much light
so again sensitivity to the fact that you’re in a residential
neighborhood here and this lighting has to be thought through and considered and
hopefully not be overly intrusive on the neighbors I had a question as to just a
thought I’m not quite sure why the access to this is going to be a problem
I think that’s a given and signage is going to be necessary so
I’m kind of curious as to where the signs are planned to be placed if we’re
going to have those on State Street again surrounded by houses or on park
coming into it from the north so I want to know if councils can consider that
and how that looks in a residential neighborhood when you have a you know
four by eight sign over your house and and then also just curious here from the
University if you had ever considered putting this on Hibbard where you had
full access from State Street that seemed to me to be you know something
that would have been a perfect site so just some thoughts on that [Werthmann]: Thank you mr. holder Brian if you could just wait for a second if counsel might have any questions [Werthmann]: Thank you again anyone else here this evening to speak
on the rezoning for the admissionscenter Weclome Mike Kevin Rosenberg 219 McKinley Avenue
I chair the third Ward Neighborhood Association and we don’t have any problems with the
visitor center we’re happy that the University changed its master plan and
decided to build this instead of the dorm that was that they looked at about
six years ago the only issues that that we have are the State Street
reconstruction is going to be going on at the exact same time as this building
and the people that live on Roosevelt mm-hmm
are gonna have to travel down and around Park Avenue here to get out of there
their houses so with this construction going on here and on the other side we’d
hope that the residents would be taken into account when that happens and
that’s all I have [Werthmann]: Thank you Mr. Rosenberg questions I don’t see any. Oh, hang on a sec. Council member Gragert [Gragert]: Thank You Acting President Werthmann. Thank You Mr. Rosenberg What are your thoughts on the
lighting and how that can be as reasonable as possible for the
neighborhood? Well I would echo what Sharon said just a few seconds ago that the lighting on Summit was was not very good for the people that lived there
when they first came up and I think they got the lights dim now but if you looked
on Park Avenue when those new lights went in it looked
like a football game was going on at night and there was a lot of light
trespassing into people’s houses people showed me pictures of what that looked
like and it you know it wasn’t a good thing so with the new LEDs that’s
something that were a little bit concerned about till people get a good
idea how to operate those [Werthmann]: Thank you [Werthmann]: Were there comments on this
agenda item the admissions building anyone else want to speak on this item? Good evening [Mike Rindo]: Mike Rindo assistant chancellor UW Eau
Claire just to clarify the question from Ms. Hildebrand the university did
originally in its master plan have the location of a new very small and modest
Welcome Center at the corner of State and Garfield when we reviewed the master
plan about five years ago and as was just mentioned by the previous speaker
there was some concern by the neighborhood about the location of a
possible modest residence hall there we revisited that master plan and then made
the determination that the site that we want to build this Visitor Center on now
and Welcome Center would be the next best and highest use of that parcel of
land so we made that adjustment and then move forward with the with the Welcome
Center plan [Werthmann]: Thank you [Werthmann]: Councillor Gragert has a question I see [Gragert]: Thank You Acting President Worthmann Thank you Mr. Rindo I was wondering about any
conversations that may have occurred since plane commission last week
regarding the sustainable design elements and working with the student
office of sustainability on landscaping or on the potential of having electric
vehicle charging stations do you think you can give us an update on that? [Rindo] We did have a follow-up discussion with leadership of the student office of
sustainability for the council’s information the students pay an annual
segregated fee that goes toward sustainable initiatives on campus and so
they have funds that are available to be able to do sustainability initiatives
and we’ve had conversations with them about landscaping around the Welcome
Center specifically with them contributing the trees and also a an
electrical vehicle charging station which will there there will be
infrastructure for and and the students are interested in putting in vehicle
charging station and the other thing we’ve talked to them about is is looking
at whether there might be some LEED certification that gets complex because
it has to be built into the design and then it’s got to be verified by
engineers but those that kind of discussion is ongoing [Werthmann]: Council member Beaton [Beaton]: Yeah could you
speak more about the buffer zone a landscaping buffer zone between this
project and the neighboring home that was mentioned? I think there would be appropriate plantings there and we would work with city staff to ensure that that
were the case Can I have a followup? [Werthmann]: Sure [Beaton]: Do you anticipate working with the
homeowner the neighboring homeowner on that too to make sure that it’s gonna be [Rindo]: We can certainly have conversations with the Larsen’s They are right next door and and
their property directly abuts the University so we’d be glad to have a
conversation with them about it [Beaton]: That’d be great [Werthmann]: Thank you. Any further questions? Oh yeah, council member Anderson Thank you acting president Werthmann. Thanks for coming today. I just wanted to follow up on a question that was raised earlier
regarding signs and if there’s any plans for signage on State Street or in the
neighborhoods that would direct people to this or has that has not come up in
conversations So signage to the University would I presume be part of
the State Street redesign with the roundabout so we’re approved by the
council and giving people who are coming into campus a an opportunity to
understand you know where they would need to turn to to enter into campus in
terms of campus, anything along Roosevelt Avenue the campus doesn’t put those
kinds of signs up. We put signs up on our campus proper and and so we have
signage standards that if you’ve come to campus recently you would recognize with
posts and panel signs that are in front of our buildings as well as signage that
is mounted on our buildings and that is our campus standard and we would follow
that campus standard so there would be a sign in front of the building [Werthmann]: Thank you. I don’t see any further questions Thank you Mr. Rindo [Werthmann]: Is there anyone else here this evening
who wishes to speak on this admissions building the rezoning
for this admissions building? Welcome back Thank you. Pat indicated it was okay for
me to come up here again so and I just wanted to work with Mike here to clarify
a couple of things so on the screening what’s currently in the landscape plan
that was submitted to the city is two rows of some shrubbery along there the
back row was five to six foot high type of plant and then the front row was two
to three feet and we be we’ve tried to keep three or four of the larger trees
that are right near the property line there very intentionally to try to
keep that screening and then um what’s really what’s being taken out of some
very overgrown pretty ugly looking greenery there so we’re replacing it
with a similar size but a much more neatly planned system there as part of
the reconstruction. Mike talked quite a bit about the signage on State Street.
The signage plan for the building is there’s signage on the building on the
upper part of the building that meets the city you know requirements for
signage and that was included in this and middle. And the only sign in front of
the building is a small parking lot sign just like all the other parking lots on
campus that would just identify for people which parking lot they’re
entering. So that is the signage The lighting we don’t do the lighting design
but I know the lights designed around that parking lot are 12 foot tall lights
so they’re pretty short lights for a parking lot because it’s a pretty small
parking lot and so we don’t have any big tall lights like you see in some of the
bigger parking lots around town they’re only 12 feet high which is actually
shorter than all of the pedestrian lights through campus the pedestrian
lights through campus are 14 feet tall so that is the lighting I love them a
lot and I know the lighting designers were very sensitive to that light spill
and being sure that we’re meeting City requirements and looking at what those
lighting levels are at the property line so it’s very intentionally been brought
to be careful with that lighting I think that covered the questions that I wanted to [Werthmann]: Okay. Thank you Do council members have any further questions?
I don’t see any. Thank you again Then is there anyone else here this
evening to speak on this issue if not we will close that item and move to item
number three. This is our public hearing on rezoning property located at 1106
Mondovi Road from C3H to C3P This is in file Z 164319. Mr. Scott Alan. Good evening [Alan]: Thank you Thank you acting president Worthmenn and members of the council again before you this evening is request to rezone 106 Mondovi Road. See
artisan forge property From the current c3h highway commercial designation to C3P which is commercial with planned development and adopt the general
development plan as well I related to that with the site plan specifically
related to setbacks Start with this one actually See here again this is the property in
question at the corner of Henderson dry which is highway 37 and Claremont Avenue This shows a little bit the current. Thank you. The current setback identified at 70 foot line here and then there are some modifications to
this setback with previous variances to this property. Primarily in this area. I
think you can see how the setbacks vary somewhat based on is frontage along the
various rights of way there The property itself is about 3.4 acres. The applicant
Mr. Greg Johnson is requesting to rezone the property in order to allow for the
construction of a canopy and outdoor seating structure to the north of the
existing building This is in the packet as well It’s very small and this overall site plan but just to show kind of generally its relation to
the existing building This shows a little bit more where that would be
located in the existing a landscape area again I’m you leaves in North Again
here’s the aerial most current aerial with again the northern portion of the
building being the area in question facing Claremont Avenue. A required setback as I showed just briefly along Claremont avenue is seventy feet. The applicant has
requested a reduction to twenty feet which would primarily allow for
possibility of installing a pole sign closer to Claremont avenue.The site plan
shows a covered structure that would extend out from the north wall of that
building as noted here twelve feet four inches and have a width of approximately
fifty feet some just sketches of that proposed
outdoor seating area The structure would provide outdoor seating for the new
skill-shot coffee bar begin as referenced earlier Planning Commission
has made some approvals prior to this for various expansions modifications to
the building including site plan approval for expansion of the building
back in 2016. At that time that included a two-story portion of the building
again located at north side here with parking expansion. That site plan
also allowed for the display the sculptures that you see on the north side of the
property. The proposed seating area would be again adjacent to this most recent
expansion from 2016 as shown located in that landscape area it would not impact
on-site vehicle circulation or parking adequate vehicle parking is provided
on-site to accommodate what would really be more of a seasonal use. Staff supports
reduction the setback to allow for the construction of this restaurant seating
however staff has recommended the reduction that setback be limited simply
to the structure at its time. Planning Commission also was had consensus in the
same fashion and its recommend approval of the amendment to allow for this
outdoor seating area to extend twelve feet four inches from north wall the
building as setback of not less than sixty feet. So rather than go into the 20
feet of the Planning Commission staff have recommended a 60 foot setback at this
point again specifically related to this outdoor seating area. The reason for this
is that reducing only or the setback only for the applicants parcel from 17
to 20 feet would be rather piecemeal approach Rather, staff again is
recommending a little bit more or larger scale kind of
say regional but area-wide revisions in considerations to the setbacks for other
businesses and properties in the area In fact a staff brought this item that
specific item to the Planning Commission at their March 4th meeting. Where was
again discussed to look at a more comprehensive review of the corridor
prior to modifying the setback any further than what’s recommended before
you here this evening. So with that again happy to answer any questions [Werthmann]: Thank you Mr. Allen. Are there questions from Council on this rezone request? Questions? I have a couple [Werthmann]: Sure Just so I understand is that part of the increased
setback request is specifically for the sign? Is that is that correct? The distance was to really include a sign? The applicant was
primarily and if I did see if Mr. Jasper’s here primarily related to sign
the interest in the sign again because the he did say I guess to allow for
future opportunities as well so kind of just thinking ahead planning ahead mr.
Johnson did note at the Planning Commission meeting last week that he was
interested in a rather rapid comprehensive review as they noted of
the of the setbacks in the area again as I mentioned back at the first meeting
March Planning Commission had that discussion staff is doing some research
as we speak yeah so we hope to have something back before you sooner rather
than later And that kind of leads to my next question is I know that there was a master plan that came forward for this specific corridor I’m assuming that this
request and the sign request kind of play into that plan. Are you aware of
that? Specific to something related to the setbacks or [Werthmann]: I believe we had a plan
that was actually with the University with the hospital the bid the
hospitals and we reviewed that maybe five years ago. Its very
fortuitous [Mr. Alan]: Mr. ivory is present here this evening so yes there was a plan that was put together for this general area when we
looked at that for some guidance I’d actually did not delve into the setback
issue unfortunately look more in terms of circulation for some road connections
over by the Marshall Hospital area so that didn’t really help us too much
in terms of providing that guidance so that’s why we’ll have to do further
research [Werthmann]: okay that helps thank you customers have any other questions of
Mr. Allen or Mr. Ivory/ Uh, consul member Gragert [Gragert]: Thank your acting president Werthmann and Thank
You Mr. Allen. I was wondering about I know that there was a previous allowance
of sculptures in the setback area could you describe how that came to be and how
that should be considered as part of this Simply noting the fact that act of
2016 the site plan for that expansion of that northern portion of the building
that referring to here tonight did include of the display the sculptures
specifically or I guess were more generally as part of the landscape area
so that was the provision or exception for lack of a better term at that time thank you [Wethmann]: Any other questions from Council? Thank you Mr. Allen [Mr. Allen]: Alright, thank you [Werthmann]: Other members of the public
here this evening who would like to speak on the rezoning request up on
Mondovi Road in the setback there are any members of the public here this
evening who would like to speak on this issue? Seeing none we will close the
public comment period for that item and move to our public discussions period
the meeting this is item number 4 on our agenda Park open space and recreational
facilities plan namely this is a discussion to amend the 2018 to 2022
park open space and recreations facilities plan to classify it
111 Niagara Street as a special park and open space area. This evening we have Mr.
Pittenger to present good evening [Mr. Pittenger]: Good evening
Acting president Worthman City Council for the City Council’s a
request to amend the 2018 to 2022 Park and open space and recreation facilities
plan to classify the parcel located at 111 Niagara Street to a special Park an
open space area Mr. Ivory did talk a little bit about
the rezoning part the National Recreation and Parks administration has
the standards and criteria used for classifying Park spaces in a diet and
identifying this parcel as a special area is appropriate for this space. There
are several different criteria from play lot to neighborhood park urban park
community park we’re looking at the special area of the classification as
being most appropriate as part of the parks and open space plan part of where
this would be located and beyond the urban park special area athletic field
would be within this area here that we would be identifying. In 1997 the city
purchased several parcels located at 111 Niagara Street to remove structures that
were built in the floodplain these properties were purchased with
FEMA funding to turn into green space This parcel is approximately one acre in
size Mr. Ivory already talked about this area here that is currently being used
as a parking space primarily for my guests would be students at the
university use it for a way to get across the footbridge to their classes.
The waterways and Parks Commission and plant Commission recommended approval at
their last meetings that I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have [Werhmann]: Thank you Mr. Preminger. Council members have questions on this item? Questions? I
don’t see. Thank you again thanks for your work on this Then are there members
of the public here this evening who would like to speak on the designation
of a special area in our parks at open spaces plan this is on Niagara Street between Niagara and Chippewa Was there anyone here this evening to speak on this item? I see none. We will close our public discussions period then and move
to our public comment period I want to just give a little bit of background so folks know what what is expected in this time so first and foremost if if you
would like to speak during our public comment period please make sure to sign
up at the back of the room. Has everyone had a chance to sign up? Hopefully you
have. If not we’re still going to allow you to come forward I just have to state
your name and address speaking turns our three minutes on this
public comment period it’s for 20 minutes but it can be extended by the
chair with two-thirds concurrence of the council and we’ve done that in the past
if there’s a lot of folks who wish to speak. I just want to touch on briefly
that because of open meetings law we’re not council is not allowed to
give feedback or answer questions specifically because these are things
that have not been noticed ahead of time so because of open meetings law we have
to limit that but what we do want to hear is your ideas and perspectives on
issues that are impacting your neighborhood. A few of the things that we
limit this to just specifically that the comments and ideas have to be about sort
of a citywide application well what is not allowed is for personal complaints
of either city personnel or of City Council members or elected officials or
those affiliated with the city so the other thing that we don’t allow is if
you have a specific citation like you’ve got a parking ticket you’re concerned
about that it has to be broader than that it has to be about things that are
you know in a broader way impactful in our community. The second point is that
again comments shall not be on any items that were already heard on the agenda
earlier so you can’t speak on any of the items that we already talked about on
the agenda again for open meetings law compliance. Lastly that comments should
not be profane disruptive threatening or conducted in an otherwise in a fashion
that would be impeding of the safety and orderly conduct of this meeting and so
again if you have questions for counsel or questions for staff those will be
answered but they can’t be answered in the meeting during our public comment
period so with that said we will start off with our twenty minutes and begin
with Mr. Pearson Welcome for Good evening Thank you thank you. My name
is Dave Peterson and I just want to be brief and address the council to a
particular issue that’s something I have a concern. I want to address the council’s
desire to celebrate the Eau Claire’s railroad history which can include the
proper disposition of the 2719 in future. I hope that the resolution that
you will review tomorrow will ensure that the 2719 fulfill its full potential.
I wish to preserve the locomotive in a manner that it rains remains operable
and in the event it it should occur return it to the Chippewa Valley on
occasion to operate. I’m here to keep the dream of many volunteers donors and the
Chippewa Valley Railroad to return the 2719 to operation after its 15-year
inspection can be completed Remember it is they who raised the money and put the
effort to restore rebuild and operate this locomotive and then continue to
help operate it in Duluth until its flue time was up. Through this process the
city none of the residents put any money into this project through the city funds.
We need a plan to get the locomotive running again. I propose that the city
negotiate a plan with the Lake Superior railroad museum was now that the engine
is located and those who did the work and gave the money like the Chippewa
Valley Railroad here in Eau Claire and all kinds of donors that gave over over
ninety thousand dollars to match the the grant from the state and the volunteers
that look after this engine for 40 years to continue this dream. I have all be
also have proposed to a few people in town an alternate to the 2719 to
preserve railroad heritage This is a celebration of the Chicago northwestern
400 which this town was one of its main stopping points and I would be happy to
discuss this with a council to at a later date [Werthmann]: Thank you [Werthmann]: Next off our list this evening we have miss Waker Good evening, welcome Hello
my name is Liz Kennedy Weichert I live in the Third Ward at 304 Roosevelt
Avenue that is right at the corner of State and Roosevelt and one of the
properties in the way of the proposed roundabout set to be constructed in 2020.
I’m here today to ask city council to revisit this decision to contract to
construct a roundabout I’m against this plan for several reasons only a few of
which I will address today That I feel the process by which the Roosevelt
decision was made is flawed but that is not what I’m here to focus on I’m
focusing on the property value of the four homeowners at the corner of State
and Roosevelt. None of us were properly consulted about the amendment that was
presented on March 12th when none of us in the Third Ward and the Association
had a chance to review the plan before it was put before council and approved My property specifically will have all of that State Street traffic coming down
the hill and shining lights into our home here is a photograph I don’t know
if that’s upside down Sorry I had to blight out the kids faces. This is a
photograph of any day of my home in the summer. There are always this many kids
right there. This is where the roundabout will start for State Street this is no
longer a safe place for these children to play They hold lemonade stands there
they put a slackline up there they ride their bikes they ride their skateboards
they draw a sidewalk chalk this is gone this is no longer a part of their
everyday and these aren’t just my children
these are children throughout the whole neighborhood. Second and so my kids are
told to be very careful when they’re playing here and now I’m not going to be
able to allow them to play in my front yard at all Council members I ask you to
revisit this the threats of eminent domain that were
made before any of the four of us were even contacted I don’t feel is wise for
a council to make to citizens I don’t feel that it is wise to put a roundabout
here without proper pedestrian crossing it is made for a vehicular continuous
traffic not for friendly pedestrian traffic that’s that’s all I’ve got today.
Thank you [Werthmann]: Thank you miss Waker Next on our list is Bob Nelson good evening [Nelson]: Thank you. My name is Bob Nelson and I
live at 315 Roosevelt Avenue and I’ve lived in that house for 47 years I have
crossed the roundabout or I have crossed the the intersection on Roosevelt and
State Street I estimate probably about 15,000 times
during those 47 years so I know a thing or two about that about that
intersection so I’m here today to just say a few comments with regards to this.
The comments from from Liz I think should be well taken. My concern is
certainly to twofold; the economic and the aesthetic impact that a
roundabout will make on Roosevelt Avenue and secondly about the pedestrian safety
issue. First first of all the the the economic aspects yeah I think it’s just
it was it just was not handled right and that the the four homes on the corners
were not notified nor was the rest of us in the where the went but the rest of us
in the Third Ward really notified about the the addition of a roundabout on
Roosevelt a lot of us went to the information meetings in December
discussion was made about the roundabouts on Lexington and McArthur
and Hamilton but Roosevelt Avenue was never mentioned and then all of a sudden
it appears as a thing that’s going to hapen So I I am I’m concerned about
that and I’m concerned certainly about our young families particularly the
pictures that you showed and I can attest to that as being a very active
and vibrant type of place for kids to play and it’s one of our great assets in
our neighborhood is to have families there with kids and and they do they do
play there’s lots of activity going on there and so I I like to see that and
all of us would like to see it we don’t like to see property being taken from
each of these corners and and that’s that’s going to be certainly an impact
on the those four houses the house that Liz was talking about I think was
the first house on on Roosevelt Avenue our house just across the street was I
think the third house so it’s it’s a historic historic home and we value the
family concept there but there’s also other houses down up and down each area
of Roosevelt that certainly can be affected by this as well. The aesthetic
aspects the light pollution the things about about cars going around around the
circle and all of a sudden the headlights shining right into the right
into your house it’s just it just doesn’t seem like that’s acceptable and
also the lights perhaps overhead right now there’s
currently one light at the intersection of Roosevelt in and State Street I
suspect it at a roundabout if you look at some of the other roundabouts in the
city and I believe they’re I my wife went out and counted some of the lights
and some of the roundabouts and I believe they were about eight lights
that’s lit up this whole circle [Werthmann]: Mr. Nelson if I could ask you to conclude your comment Okay okay I’m sorry my my background as I made my living speaking
so I heart did so anyway proper property evaluation I think is really going to be
affected by our residents and pedestrian safety just to conclude the Minnesota
Department of Transportation has done some extensive Studies on on the traffic
flow and that’s great I’m all in favor of the of the roundabouts but I it’s
good for cars but pedestrians please take a look at pedestrian safety and
that’s a big issue that’s a big issue [Wethmann]: Thank you Mr. Allen appreciate it
appreciate your comments next up on our list this evening is Ms. Hildebrandt Sharyn Hildebrandt 426 Summit Avenue I’m
addressing the same issue that was brought up by the previous speakers however I want to
illustrate something so I’m going to show you the distance. 15 feet and I’m the house, you’re the car How many thousand a day? The house on the South-West corner Of this planned roundabout is this close The house on that corner, thirteen feet, eight inches According to the engineers plan that I requested Thousands of cars a day between her and me And the house, this is the building The yard is somewhere, the small yard, is somewhere between here I just wanted to illustrate what that looks like.That one house The other are also all losing their yards The other issue I want to bring up I spent a good part of today reviewing the Third Ward neighborhood
plan. This plan guides the neighborhood for the next approximately 10 to 15
years and the neighborhood plan identifies as well as the city’s
comprehensive plan identify some things about this neighborhood that I think
need to be taken into account and should have been taken into account when you
were thinking about the street reconstruction. Historic preservation that’s a given there are only a few neighborhoods left
in the city that had the integrity of the houses that the Third Ward have
those four properties are contributing to that integrity Parking congestion the
State Street reconstruction we were we were told not to address parking and yet
and yet what’s driving that reconstruction at that intersection is
in part pedestrian traffic because there’s an incentive to increase
pedestrian traffic the University in the city provide free
parking on the east side of State Street but permit parking which you have to pay
for on the west side so if that wasn’t addressed and by the way that’s in the
neighborhood plan and the comprehensive plan to address it’s one of the goals
actually in the neighborhood plan it says to consider residential parking
permits in that neighborhood I don’t know if that was discussed by the
council but it’s in our third Ward neighborhood plan Reconstruct straight
Street following complete Street standards I’m sure that was applied I’m
sure these engineers they’ve had a year I know this has been a difficult task
because it’s a major reconstruction project for the city but I think that
the street standards that you’re considering for that roundabout should
be re-examined. I don’t think that this is an appropriate place to roundabout [Werthmann]: Ms. Hilderbrand, if I could ask you to conclude one minute okay I want to sorry about that um somehow in this process and I
think you’re gonna have others speak about this too the wheels fell off
somehow between January and February when the third where Neighborhood
Association voted against this through our steering committee the people that
we tasked to speak for us they voted 74 against it somehow in a
two-week period not only did it come back for your vote but it came back
redesigned without reconsideration so the wheels in this process somewhere
fell off we’d like to see you revisit this thank you for your time [Wethmann]: Thank you. Appreciate it Ms. Hilderbrand Next up this evening we have, it will be….. Glen; Is it Glen Mercer? Good evening. Welcome [Mercier]: My name is Glen
Mercier I reside at 1315 Hogeboom Avenue now I’m here to tell you about choices
choices that are made by individuals who would experience a terminal or incurable
diseases that cannot be adequately treated. Currently the only choice is to
wait for your own anticipated death from diseases such as cancer and heart
disease we need to think about choices that are supported by Wisconsin’s
complete Compassionate Choices Act Eau Clair is a great supporter of cancer
treatments, heart trauma and other survivable diseases if citizens support
multiple fund runs and fundraisers every year These events are necessary to fund
research and support success for survivors and their families however
there are no events that support the daily struggles of patients with excuse
me of terminal diseases how do you celebrate a terminal disease you don’t.
We won’t survive the cancer or disease will eventually take our lives it is so
important to recognize that some patients will not survive and to allow
patients to die with dignity allow patients to make the choice of when to
end their suffering either in hospice or at home and with the people they love
surrounding them this is an opportunity for Eau Clair to engage in a research in
the full discussion about compassionatedeath The the choice to make your own
decisions on how to legally accomplish the end of pain and suffering for you
and your loved ones the choice to end the life with dignity and in peace
allows family to end friends to manage the agonizing length of time expenditure
and emotional capital with while anticipating the inevitable loss of a
loved one in the hospice care According to a 2015 get Gallup poll seventy seven
seventy three percent of Americans are in favor of right to die or sometimes
called doctor assisted suicide laws in one form or another. The state of
Wisconsin has introduced The Compassion Choices Act nine times since the
95-96 session and the latest one being in 2012 18 session all failing to get to
the floor and ironically choosing to die in committee. Eau
Claire can set an example for the state of Wisconsin by educating ourselves in
supporting a non-binding resolution back in similar compassionate choices statues
that have been currently passed in seven states and the District of Columbia as
well as ten states that are currently taking under consideration passing
legislation this year. The organ model of dying with dignity is what most states
have emulated for their statutes. The rules for qualification as a pet as a
patient are similar in most states to oral requests to a qualified physician a
written request by at least witnessed by at least two people and meeting the
criteria of having a terminal or incurable disease as proven by the
patient’s medical history and a projected six months or less to live This choice is not for all terminal patients and many would prefer to let
nature take its course but at least there is a choice to be given by
developing a resolution here in Eau Claire that would be modeling compassion
for terminally ill citizens no matter what choice they make [Werthmann]: Thank You Mr.
Mercier for your presentation [Wethmann]:Next up this evening we have I believe
this is Stefan Roman I couldn’t four four seven McAnally I can’t read my own writing either I was try to be careful but thank you for for
allowing me to comment I wanted to speak about the Roosevelt Street situation and
I I always wondered what kind of problem do we have do we have a civil
engineering problem here or is there something else it’s already been
mentioned there’s something wrong with the process the process broke down and I
think that that I agree with previous speakers let’s regroup on this that some
of us have given a month’s on this and listen to everything else and I was the
one at the last meeting of the steering committee the elected committee of the
Third Ward to make the motion and that motion was approved in numerous City
Council members there seven to four and that seventy four was that we adapted
the the engineers recommendation. Now did I like that no. You know. I was excited
when this first started this was gonna be it was described to me as an arterial
into our downtown and our downtown being vibrant and people moving down there and
things happening and celebration and so forth so we could really make this a
wonderful entry now of course we want pedestrian safety of course and and
of course we went all these the practicalities covered but as the months
went by there’s something that started to shift and shift and I sat and
listened for an hour it was almost an hour and there’s other people here
tonight that were with me on it and it was real clear about this roundabouts on
Roosevelt and there was a number of issues on it but at the end of the day
the engineer said we are not going to recommend it to the city. We don’t want
to get into private property issues and these other matters and it’s just not
necessarily and many of us were strongly concerned about how this could affect I
live on the corner of McKinley and Roosevelt and so we’ve talked to
the specific corner but the the flow out of this is really something and so
whenever I come here I always think it Terry Sharadith, he was a mentor of mine
he was a wonderful man many of you knew him he taught me to love Eau Clair. He also
taught me to to be prosperous here I’ve got a yellow light okay I’m almost done
in listening to others and when we spend money it’s make things better not worse
for gosh sakes we’re talking millions of dollars let’s make things better for
people not worse okay and he he shared with me I remember one said for every
nut that we have every problem that we’re facing there’s a special wrench
for it okay there’s a wrench and we can use the wrench of regulation you know we
can strengthen our regulations you know the drunk walking around on Water Street
regulations we can strengthen them and we get input and we fight about it and
we come up with something better okay and then we can also do enforcement gosh
sakes you know let’s put the parking place back in the Third Ward how do you
know that wasn’t that was a you know real slap in the face for a lot of us
you know and and let’s enforce speeding nobody wants people speeding down that
hill no nobody does let’s is there issues on it but but but lastly then we
do the renovation and so if we can regroup with you all there’s a number of
us that rallied to your cause you wanted the citizens involved I want to
represent Eau Claire not just a third Ward you know I want to see this thing done
right and I thought we had accommodated a lot of the bikers and the University
and everything else so let’s look at this as a governance issue what went
wrong and we don’t need to point a finger as much as let’s regroup here and
come forward with something I think that’s a little more acceptable to all
of us. So thank for your time [Werthmann]: Thank Mr. Roman We have just reached our 20 minute mark.
I’m going to extend the period for another 20 minutes. Is there objection
from counsel doing that so any objection from counsel at this time to doing an
extension? I see none; will extend another 20 minutes
next up on our list will be Sally Rostrum. Good evening Good evening everyone and thank you. My
name is Sally Ronstrim I live at 447 McKinley Avenue in the Third Ward I’ve
lived there for 20 years. I was very surprised when there was mention of the
roundabout on Roosevelt. I know there’s a lot of speeding going down the hill I
know there’s been raised concerns about safety issues and you know I listened I
was at they attended the Third Ward neighborhood meetings some of them
anyway when I could and I’m I hope that you won’t reconsider the plan because I
think a lot of people really didn’t understand in the neighborhood what was
going to happen and how they would be affected in fact when I look at the plan
now it’s a single single lane roundabout whereas one of the meetings in January
there was a consideration for a two lane roundabout where four houses would have
to be demolished and consider the price of that for the taxpayers. Consider the
price. I think that if the street was labeled now if you’re going to reduce it
to a two lane one lane going up in one lane going down that would reduce the
traffic, would reduce the speed of the traffic. If you were to put signage up
such as the university had mentioned the speed light beacons anything like that
so that people are aware that there is pedestrian traffic coming along.If you think of it if you if you can just imagine coming down the hill we’re
entering the historic part of Eau Claire and what do it what are we confronted
with an ugly roundabout it’s ugly why not put up some nice architectural
signage stating you are now entering Eau Clair. Consider yourselves lucky
because it’s a beautiful wonderful city and we want to improve it and to me a
roundabout at the bottom of the hill ugly ugly and not only that but how it affect the
neighbors if you if you think of a single roundabout not only are you just
feet away from somebody’s home with traffic lights constantly looking in
your window how would you like that really those houses the value of those
houses would decrease significantly already we are challenged with rental
properties in the neighborhood and because we’re an active group we’ve been
able to maintain dignity the historical nature of the and I see improvements all
the time I mean a block away somebody’s probably invested $200,000 to take a
home that has you know needed work and they were willing to do it because the
downtown is where people want to live it’s close to work you know it’s
desirable, Eau Claire is very unique and the fact that you can live less than
a mile from downtown and have a wonderful neighborhood that you can walk
in. So I’m suggesting that just you know if you’re gonna do the two-lane continue
with that put signage up put a nice greeting sign a beautiful architectural
well done to to welcome people to to Eau Cliare and what was I gonna say
about the roundabout [Wethmann]:Ms. Ronstrim if I could have you wrap up Okay
okay all right but anyway I’m what I’m saying is that
we reduce the property values of those especially those four homes and once
those those properties are somewhat blighted that blight continues and that
happens to be in a neighborhood where there’s more single owner occupied homes
it’s not like you know getting close to downtown where you have a lot of rentals
so we really want to maintain the integrity of that part of the
neighborhood as being single-family homes and not rental and that blight
would spread thank you very much for listening [Werthmann]: Thank you for your comments.
Next up this evening we have mr. Torres [Torres]: Thank you. Good evening. My name is Eric Torres I live at 1716 State Street Eau Claire.
First I would like to thank you for the work you do in the City Council I know
it’s not easy especially when the line between the private and the public
interest is alert I would like to express my concern and my opposition to
your decision to go ahead with a plan to put a roundabout at the intersection of
State and Roosevelt. This is a decision that goes against your own engineers
recommendation. I live on that intersection I know the traffic flow and
how it fluctuates at different times during the day. I’m here to ask you
please to listen to your engineers and revisit your decision If I may I just
feel the need to say that this is not the wisest decision you can make. There
is though a stronger reason to oppose this project. I think it is not safe and
I think it is not healthy for the neighbors
including the children who live in that intersection. It is not safe because it
will bring an increase flow of traffic too close to our residences and green
areas where children play I have seenseveral accidents caused by impaired
drivers that end up crushing on the trees in front of my residents. Your
project calls for the even for the elimination of those barriers that
protect my family It doesn’t solve the speeding problem and it creates a
permanent safety hazard for our families It is also unhealthy
The increased disturbance of unwanted sound light and noise pollution brought
to our residences will affect our family’s health, physical and mental, and
the quality of our lives Please notice that noise often affects
children more than adults but adults also suffer and noise pollution also
affects general well-being including sleep patterns, productivity, and mood as
neighbors directly affected by your decision we have shared our concerns
with many of you in multiple opportunities during the listening
sessions and in private conversations please listen to us
I’m here to reiterate them and ask you please to reconsider thank you for your
time [Wethmann]: Thank you Mr. Torres Next up is Mr. Waker [Werthmann]: Good evening welcome Hi, my name is Isaac Wicureton and I live
at 304 Roosevelt Avenue When I heard about this roundabout I was very stressed
because this will mess up pedestrian traffic and the Roosevelt Roosevelt this
spot a Roosevelt will not help people cuz these are circles make key card keep
going but it will not slow down traffic but since there’s a lot of traffic cars
are gonna keep on continuous going and it’s going to make a huge edge long
thing of cars and if someone tries to cross the cars are gonna stop and all
the cars are gonna have to stop in front of it or else all each one will crush
each other and as me as a kid right by that spot me and my friends always
crossed that area to go each other’s houses and every day there was a belt
I’ll say 15 of us every day Hate crossing that street trying to
trying to go to each other’s houses If this roundabout is build none of us can
cross that street and we have to go a few blocks to the side to cross there
and lots of kids who play or hang out there won’t be it will be affected by
this because they won’t be able to have fun here or Beach do chalk or little
kids cannot ride their bikes or skateboards and also about this
roundabout Cathie Merle is gonna help you put on this right here it’ll get clear so right
here when people are driving and on this area cars are gonna be constantly going
this way and this way and if someone tries to cross to be always constant
borders so people cannot cross and they’ll have trouble crossing because
it’s always 15 miles an hour cars going across and it’s gonna be a big stretch
of land because 40 because usually cars go about pretty fast
I’ll cross there and if you do that it’s going to make that cars probably
hurrying up and if a car charger that turning to that this area people there
if they see a gap there they’re gonna try and probably speed up to get in that
gap and that crash might happen if someone tries to turn at the same time
that won’t be good and if you think of opening this roundabout it’s your choice
me and my friends being safe putting a traffic light with an island me and my
friend being in danger with a roundabout [Wethmann]: Thank you thank you for a presentation [Clapping] Next our list is Ms. Buchholz That’s a hard act to follow but I’ll
try. My name is Laura Buchholz I live at 1604 State Street a couple blocks away
from the proposed roundabout I would just like to echo my neighbors request
that the City Council bring the large Roosevelt roundabout back for discussion
my point in doing so is to better evaluate the evidence that around about
is in fact a safe option for that location. So watching the video I’ve seen
this council lean heavily on the idea that speed reduction is the primary
justification for choosing this big roundabout over the engineers own
recommendation and the third Ward’s clear vote 7-2. Of course getting hit
at 15 miles per hour is preferable to getting hit at 30 miles per hour but
that argument assumes that those are our only two options how about the option of
not getting hit at all. All of our things being equal
reducing speeds seems like a good idea but all things are not equal here
definitely not we’re introducing an entirely different design and neglecting
to ask ourselves how a heavy volume of drivers bikers and pedestrians will
behave in this new design and that matters. What does the new design itself
do to the likelihood that people are gonna get hit in the first place I’ve
read that roundabouts actually increase the crash rate while reducing the
severity of each crash so as potentially we’re gonna have more collisions but
each one will be less extreme. Now that’s just data on car on car collisions
because there’s really no good data on cars hitting pedestrians but it’s not a
big leap of logic to surmise that a trafficked feature designed to improve
vehicular flow does not prioritize pedestrian safety. Saying it’s okay
because pedestrians can stop in the middle of the street while cars roll
past on either side is not a comfort And how severe have the accidents been at
this corner? Not very, we’ve had no deaths anywhere on state going back to 1994 at
least at this corner in the past five years we’ve had 12 fender benders ten
minor injuries and five bike and pedestrian accidents of unspecified
severity so when council votes against the engineers original recommendation
for this intersection by saying that speed reduction of the original proposal
doesn’t go far enough I’m wondering how far is far enough
and for whom reducing speed at all costs in particular at the costs of destroying
our neighborhoods our neighbors property values and the integrity of the
neighborhood and endangering the safety pedestrians might be understandable if
speed had actually been a primary cause of accidents at this corner and
especially if the accidents had been severe but according to the engineers
neither of these things are true Engineering could not identify any
particular pattern causing the accidents at this corner over the past five years
and I asked it’s a mishmash of things speed is not a clear culprit and so I
don’t think we can say for sure that reducing speed here to a rate only seen
in active school zones is going to usher us into a new Xanadu of traffic
enlightenment the Third Ward Neighborhood Association was blindsided
by the amendment put forth on March 12th by being here tonight we are simply
asking for the chance to express ourselves that we were denied during the
public meetings process. Thank you [Werthmann]: Thank you Ms. Buckeltz Next this evening Mr. Hennick [Hennick]: ‘Evening everyone. I came here to talk about
something different I was gonna start talking about bicycles in the area but
something has happened this week that is putting residents at danger. We currently
have ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents patrolling the Maples trailer park and there’s been three
times that they’ve showed up and what this is doing is just putting everyone
on edge and I think that our police force should get very involved in this
to prevent gunfire from both the residents and ICE agents and and create
a safety issue. People are uncomfortable with unknown people walking in in the
dark and I’m just asking for the city to have our police department kind of
intervene and create a safe atmosphere if they are gonna if ICE agents are
gonna get there to have someone be a damper so thank you [Wethmann]: Thank you Mr.
Henninck. Last up our list is Stacy Thanks for waiting [Stacy]: Thank you for allowing me to speak this
is not my favorite thing to do but it is very necessary I’m not a stranger to
standing up for things because I’m an mom of three autistic boys and so
I’ve I know what it’s like to fight for my kids and I’m here to fight for my
kids again today. I am that I’m gonna put a face to this house this is me this is
where me and my three autistic sons live this is my yard this is where it will be I don’t know if you can see that but that’s 13 feet from my living room
that’s my son right there in the window cars are gonna be coming at us
constantly my kids not gonna be safe I took this it’s a good a beautiful
neighborhood they’ve embraced us with open arms I’m a single mom of three
beautiful sons and it’s they’ve embraced me with open arms and they’ve been very
safe until I feel very unsafe with this right there am I in my yard I see the
traffic constantly that’s where I live right there at the bottom I’ve never
thought that this is necessary there isn’t big traffic crashes or anything
going on um there’s a few fender-benders that I’ve seen right outside my window
are because somebody’s looking at their cell phone and there’s a little bump you
know what I mean I haven’t seen any speed crashes going on. I have a son that
takes a left to go to school every day at 7 in the morning he does not have an
issue he takes a left every day and that should be the most dangerous place to
take onto that street I’m very concerned I’m a citizen of this city I grew up
here I went to high school here I went to college here I got my master’s degree
here I teach here I would like my kids to be safe here thank you [Werthmann]: Thank you. Thank you for your comments. Is there anyone else here this evening who would like to
speak in our 3-minute comment period I think we have enough time for at least
one more maybe two [Rosenberg]: Sorry I didn’t realize you’re supposed
to sign up in the back there I’m Kevin Rosenberg 219 McKinley I
chaired the Third Ward neighborhood association and I’m asking that you open
this round about issue up again The steering committee did vote seven to
four which is you know a pretty good indicator that the neighborhood in
general is against this The neighborhood vote that was on your packet when he
voted for this was a random room filled with people. It would be the same thing as if
we just took in and took a vote back here and then said that vote is more
important than the City Council’s vote It’s not Further to that the larger
roundabout which we never saw I I believe it was indicated that the
neighborhood would be for the larger roundabout and I actually think the
neighborhood the people that voted the seven people that voted against the
roundabout I think there were more against the larger roundabout because it
would have taken somebody’s yard away and and that’s that’s just not typical
of someone that’s going to be on the Third Ward Neighborhood Association so
not only are we not for the small one but we’re not for the large one either I
think we’re more against the large one and if we had more time I’d like to go
around the neighborhood and take a vote house by house because I’m pretty
confident that this does not comport with with our neighborhood our
neighborhood plan or anything this this is not what you’d expect to see in a
Norman Rockwell type setting which is the Third Ward neighborhood so I’m just
asking you guys just to give us a chance to to come back in here and and
readdress this. Thank you [Wethmann]: Thank you Mr. Rosenburg.
We will then close our public comment period this evening thank you all for
coming down seeing no further business before this body on a motion then my
council member Weld seconded by council member Beaton this meeting will
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your attendance this evening we’re gonna go ahead and get started right away
we had our hearings last night but first up is our consent agenda item
number one and I will ask Council if there’s anyone who wishes to
specifically remove any item from the consent agenda or has any questions to
clarify anything anything on the consent agenda Any desire to remove items? Seeing
none then I motion by council member Strobel seconded by council member
Anderson our consent agenda as has been moved Are there any comments? Seeing none
clerk please call the roll Coucil member Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Ammanuelle aye Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John hi so I apologize I’ve noted that that
item passes I apologize I’d notice that when I turn on your microphones there’s
been some static so what I’ll do is I’ll if you if you put on your light to speak
will recognize you but in terms of the roll call I think we’ll keep the mics
off we’ll work through it next up on our agenda this evening is
our business agenda this is item number 16 special events resolution authorizing
Volume one to conduct food-truck Fridays one Friday of each month in May June
July August and September of this year along Riverfront Terrace in downtown
Oakland. Mr. Pittenger good afternoon Good afternoon acting president Worthmanb, City Council. The special event application before you is a repeat event with changes.
Food-truck Friday’s is an event that took place at the railroad street
parking lot last year and this year will take place in Phoenix Park next to the
Great Lawn Plan is to have the food trucks parked along the roadway here
next to the sidewalk and then there’ll be ample space for people to enjoy the
park and also the pavilion if you’ve been to the food truck Friday’s last
year I think three out of the events had rain associated with them unfortunately
but they were well attended this event will occur on the first Friday of each
month starting on May 3rd through September 6th one exception will be in
July when the date will be on July 12th – due to the July 4th holiday. Times of
the operation will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this event will require city
council approval due to the more than 1,000 people are expected to attend this
event. And whith that’d be happy to answer any questions Thank You Mr. Pipinger . Do
council members have any questions regarding food truck Friday in this
application from volume 1? I see no. Thank you again Council member Gragert actually Mr.
Pipinger council member Gragert does have a question [Gragert]: Thank You Acting President
Worthen mr. Pipinger I just maybe I’m a little confused about the map but we
haven’t in the application that we have in the package is showing the railroad lot Yeah this is an updated lot They decided and they have changed the
location to be at the RCU and off of River Prairie tarrace so that that
was a change from from the original application Thank you [Werthmann]: City manager Peters Thank you acting president Werthmann. In fact council member Gregory
that was one of the reasons we put this on the business agenda instead of the
consent agenda as we viewed that as a substantial enough change that we wanted
to make sure that there was a full transparency and discussion on that
location issue [Werthmann]: Thank you Any further questions seeing yeah
actually my apologies council member Christopherson [Chistopherson]: Well I I
don’t have a question I have a comment I’m really very pleased to see the
change of location because it was such a successful popular event but I thought
it was really a pedestrian and traffic snarl and I think I think this is going
to be spectacular pleased to see that change [Werthmann]: Thank you council member. Any further comments or questions? Seeing none then on a motion by council member Emmanuel
seconded by council member Weld item number 16 has been moved
any comments seeing none clerk please call the roll Council member Beaton aye Berge Chistopherson aye Emmanuel Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John Anderson aye And that item passes as well We will I wanted to make a comment actually
moving back to our consent agenda just for folks that came this evening
regarding the licenses on our consent agenda and we pass all of those in one
group and I’ll just mention that that includes licensure licenses that were
for a Kwik Trip, for Feed My People for the greater Chippewa Valley Boys and
Girls Club as well as for Butcher’s Block Barbecue and as well for my office
lounge which is on Galloway Street so if you were if your item was in the consent
agenda we passed those together and just wanted to make sure to clarify that so
you’re good to go moving on we will go to our item number
17 on our business agenda which is licenses this is an author this is a
resolution that authorizes fermented ball malt beverages for Carson Park
concessions Plaza Carson Park football stadium and the Jillian and Hobbes
softball fields by the city of Eau Claire Mr. Pipenger is sharing details [Pipenger]: Before the City Council’s a resolution authorizing the sale of fermented malt
beverage for Carson Park concessions Plaza Carson Park football stadium –ga
line and Hobbes softball fields by the city of Eau Claire. Fermented malt
beverage sales have previously occurred through a private license holder Gary
Martin for the past 30 years very recently Mr. Martin notified the city of
his intent not to continue this service an event scheduled for April 20th in
Carson Park football stadium has requested the sale of fermented malt
beverage this is the northern cowboys it’s the semi-pro football team that
will be playing in Carson Park starting on that day and
playing through the spring and early summer In order for the sales to occur
the city will need to provide this service. The city has already already
operates concession sales at this venue and has a capability of adding fermented
malt beverage sales to our offerings The city has taken steps of getting
bartender license for our management staff and developed a policy of handling
serving and managing the sale and operation of fermented and malt
beverages. The city intends to offer this service on a trial basis and may
ultimately seek an agreement with a private license holder I’d be happy to
answer any questions you might have [Werthmann]: Thank You mr. Pippenger. Do
council members have questions regarding these specific license? Council member
Christopherson [Chistopherson]: Thank you acting president Werthmann. Mr. Pippenger I’m I’m
just curious as so what what is the additional responsibility or cost of the
city in covering this service in the short term? Sure, hum. The additional responsibility is to have
license bartenders which would be our staff and then the servers which would
be our concession staff there are 18 or older and certainly managing a crowd
that is in in in taking alcohol I mean that’s sometimes a different style and
you know certainly making sure that we’re serving people that are 21 or
older and making sure that people aren’t over served so we are developing a
policy to ensure that we don’t have any of that we’re also following some of our
special events policies as far as making sure people have wristbands that are old
enough to drink and then also serving the alcohol with clear cups So if I
understand this correctly it’s it’s not an additional
it would be kind of a wash between having someone provide the service for
or Well there’d be a there would be an additional cost for supplies and the
material but that would be recouped with the sale of the of the beverage So that
that’s really what this trial is forced to just determine whether or not it’s
beneficial. Thank you Right it’s a trial it’s it’s pretty much of a trial type of
situation and we’ll make a decision if it’s worth our while to continue Thank you Mr.
Pippenger [Werthmann]: Thank you. Any further questions on this license I see no.
Thank you Mr. Pippenger. Then on a motion by council member Beaton seconded by
council member Chong this is going to be moved. Are there comments any comments on
this? Seeing none clerk please call the roll Council member Berge aye Christopherson Emmanuelle aye Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John Anderson aye Beaton aye And that item passes. We move to
item 18 on our agenda this evening this is an agreement namely a resolution
approving 2019 to 2024 transit contract with the University of Wisconsin-Eau
Claire welcome again Mr. Pippenger. Busy tonight [Pippenger]: Thank you Go over a little bit
about the history of the UW Eau Claire transit agreement the city and UW Eau Claire have partnered
for a bus agreement since 1997 there are two routes that this contract and
agreement supports it’s Route 9 which is the Water Street area that services the
lower campus in downtown Haymarket landing and Pablo center in Randall Park
and then also wrote 19 which is the Stein Boulevard service in the upper
campus area by Imperial Circle with the agreement it added these two routes but
we also added six buses to our fleet because of it and that was something
that was included in determining what the annual cost would be for the
university as far as UW Eau Claire ridership since the partnership began we
have seen the increase of ridership from thirty to thirty five percent annually
with a record high of over three hundred sixty five thousand trips in 2018 looking at a little bit of a history of the ridership from 2004 we had a little
over two hundred fifty thousand riders on from UW on these routes and in 2018
as I mentioned have been our maximum of about three hundred sixty-eight thousand.
We did see this decrease here this is kind of a national trend we saw for some
reason from 2015 2016 2017 wasn’t something that was specific to Eau Claire
but nationally transit system saw a decrease in ridership and I’ve heard
different thoughts on why that was if it was because of Uber and Lyft and those
types of systems that came into being during that time. Looking at a history of
the payments that have been paid in the past this dates back to
2004 to current and you can see in 2004 our payments annually were less than
200,000 and in 2018 we are close to 400,000 in this new contract as you’ll
see as they all take us to that 400,000 and greater for the next five years. So
the agreement for the term it’s a five-year agreement starting in this
fall that 2019 2020 school year and ending after the 23 and 24 school year.
The only change to the existing agreement will be route 9 where we’re
increasing the frequency from 2 every 10 minutes due to the classes being taught
at the Pablo Center. The payment schedule over five years we’ll be collecting over
two million dollars with this contract for the next five years I want to talk a
little bit more about the service charges I’ll get into a little bit more
about that agreement it’s based on four elements the costs covering the local
share for the hours of service provided cost to compensate for the loss of fare
revenue usually collected on transit routes we know that in most transfer
routes were collecting the the fares we would see more revenue coming in so we
compensated for that and added to the the cost of the contract. Cost offset
some of the capital expenditures incurred in this by the city in this
case it’d be the six buses in this contract we added rather than diesel
buses we added hybrid buses and for the cost and then also cost to offset some
of the yearly maintenance fees in our bus tracking system so students can
actually go on their smartphone and actually see where the bus is on in
live time to look at a little bit I don’t know if you can pan out just a little
bit okay I think that’s good
looking at our 2019 budget we took our budget for 2019 which was about five
point nine million dollars and we backed out the pair of transit expensive about
1.3 which brought us the system expenses excluding that paratransit to about four
point six million dollars additionally we backed out the federal
and state aids of fifty-five percent these are the aids that the city
receives for our operating budget for to cover our costs and that came up to
about 2.5 million which in the end the system costs after all the AIDS is about
two million dollars what it costs for us to operate our bus system and that’s the
entire system that’s not that’s including roads 9 to 19 but that’s the
entire system so to figure out what the UW transit costs are we took the the
total system revenue hours and this would be for the entire city is about
forty six thousand four hundred and seven hours and we divided that by the
cost in our for our entire system that two million dollars and we come up with
a cost per revenue hour of forty four dollars and 63 cents. Using that in using
what the transit hours the five thousand eight hundred sixty eight hours is the
amount of hours that routes nine and nineteen operate so will we take that
multiply it by the forty four dollars and 63 cents that gives us the UW
transit costs that it costs us to run those two routes which is $261898 the bus replacement we included this is based on four buses and
two reserves with a 10-year life we calculated at a seventy-five percent
federal funding currently we get a 80% federal funding with the
the local share being 20% so what we did we didn’t we didn’t take it completely up
to that 80/20 because we don’t know what the future is going to hold for us
because if that changes if that that dynamic changes from what the federal
pays us and what our local share would be then we would be sitting with the
five-year contract oh so many dollars so we calculated this
at a 75% funding so based on that that’s a $82,000 what would be for that this is
again on an annual annual rate lost fair impact this gets a little bit more
complicated how we figured this out but it was actually taking a five-year
average of the annual student ridership and taking 1/4 of that average which
would be 64,000 801 and taking the average fare this is taking basically
all of our our routes that we run in ours and what is taken in through fares
that we collect from our ridership and that comes out to 77 cents as an average
so we calculated the lost fare potential of running this system at about fifty
thousand dollars so that was added in to what the annual fee would be for the
university and then we have a maintenance on our bus tracking software
again students can determine where their buses are at any given time and so the
university because their ridership is average around 33 percent we we charged
basically had a 33% of that $15,000 annual cost to 5,000 so total for the
end for the for this year for the 2019 2020 year they came up to $398,794 we rounded that up to $399,000 and
here’s a example of what this contract service charges are for the contract for
19 and 20 it’s three hundred ninety nine thousand and by the end that we get to
23 and 24 school year it’ll be up to four hundred and fifteen thousand per
year those are paid in three installments through the year So with that I’d be happy to answer any questions I thought I would have someone
here from the University that would be here but they could not make it so any
questions [Werthmann]: Thank you Mr. Pippenger. Coucil member Beaton [Beaton]: Could you go back to the page with the yellow banner at the top The system cost after aids the the cost
that’s basically the the cost that the that comes out of our budget our
operating budget is that right that to millions seventy one thousand two
hundred fifteen [Pippenger]: Some of that not all of it because we do collect fares and so
whatever the the fares right now I think our subsidy is around a million dollars
a year for the for the transit system so half of that is collected within fares and and that’s for what a one-year that two million is for one year not for the
five years 2019 For this right here? This is just for the 2019 2020
this is what our budget would would be our total budget is actually here but
then we subtract out yeah. All the other [Werthmann]: Do you have a followup? [Beaton]: Yeah, I have an additional question Do you have an idea of how many total riders kind of a
ballpark that we have throughout the year? [Pippenger]: Yeah that was in it was this graph
here where last year we had three hundred and sixty five thousand. Oh you
mean for the total system? Yeah we’re we’re around nine
hundred thousand for the entire system our top year Tom correct me I think we
are over a million and one of our top years but I think that numbers coming up [Beaton]: Thank you [Werthmann]: Thank you. Further questions on the contract? Council member Emmanuelle [Emmanuellle]: Thank you acting
president Werthmann um so this is a super optimistic question. What happens if
Menominee Street is up and running sooner than we think and the partnership
with the Y and kind of the universities footprint there and there is a need to
increase the route for students that are participating in some of those programs
what happens if that wonderful scenario were to occur before five years is up? [Pippenger]: We would have to just like we did with the last year because we did increase the
service to that route nine because of the Pablo Center was was holding
classes there they would pay an additional fee for that service so we
would have to negotiate an additional service for that area and they would pay
for that additional service [Emmanuelle]: As a follow-up would that be negotiated
before we would say that they would pay it like what those terms come before the
council and the council then would decide? [Peppinger]: Not typically Tom I think we do
that internally that’s that’s something that we work with the university in
making that it it covers our costs we make sure that it covers our costs that
if we have to extend additional service to an area [Werthmann]: City manager Peters [Peters]: and I think if we look at the
last year with Haymarket landing coming on line that’s a perfect example where
there was a change mid contract in the university’s need for more. They
approached us we were able to you know talk through what service levels that
they were looking for the nice thing about this agreement and the way it’s
structured in what Mr. Pippenger here’s why through as the formulas basically there
so you know it comes down to how many service hours are we adding and the
formulas right there in the in the agreement and so certainly mid contract
if there is that type of adjustment or change we are willing and prepared and
having the past to sit down with the university and and address those needs
at that time when the change happens [Werthmann]: Councilor Emmanuelle. another question? [Emmanuelle]: Thank you maybe I can ask a question to the city manager do you foresee then a
contractual agreement or a changes and coming before the council or in this
case you still think that this is administrative only in nature? [Pippenger]: So I believe and I want to go back and look but with Haymarket there was an
amendment to the agreement didn’t we go back and adjust the agreement to add the
Haymarket changes. Tom or Jeff? I don’t think so
I think we did administratively I guess it would depend on the magnitude
of the change and the language of the agreement and whether there’s that
flexibility in agreement to add the service again based upon the we’ve we’ve
already established what the unit rate is and but I guess we would have to look
at the agreement it was viewed as a substantial change to the agreement then
that would come back to council [Werthmann]: Does that help answer your question councilman? [Pippenger]: And we would typically be using these numbers this is something
that we’d be using for any additional services [Emmanuelle]: I think it answers my questions
enough and I can save anything else for the comment period thank you [Werthmann]: Further questions? I think I saw one over here was a council member Strobel
councilman Anderson? okay council member Christopherson [Christopherson]: Thank you acting president Werthmann Mr. Pippenger on the contract has such
detail and really shows our interested in serving and protecting the students I
just want to maybe this is actually a comment instead of a question but I’m curious
about the information on marketing and promotion and wonder if you can give me
any background on what that conversation was about marking city buses [Pippenger]: I would maybe ask our transit manager he handles our marketing part of in regards to our
transit system [Werthmann]: That’s right. If you come forward In the agreement item number 12
addresses the marketing and essentially we work with the university in providing
materials for the students and also we in our marketing approach through our
marketing budget work at publications that would be geared towards the
university students where we thought that was applicable so that’s kind of
our approach in that manner I don’t know if that answers your question? [Chrisohperson]: It clarifies, these are
materials that are on the bus marking the outside of the bus That’s correct yeah they’re they’re materials
that are distributed to the University and and also on the bus [Werthmann]: Does that help answer your question? [Christopherson]: Yes it does. Thank you Council Gragert [Gragert]: Thank you acting
president Werthmann. Thank You Mr. Pippenger. I was as I was kind of
wondering about the student input side of this and how that is oh that is
gathered and and I understand that the university did some sort of
transportation survey within the last few years and not sure if survey data is
is used as an as a form of input from students but could you describe the the
process that you go through in order to to figure out what students feel are the
needs and what the university administration feel are the needs in
terms of changes from one five-year contract to another [Pippenger]: Sure when we met
with the university we had representatives from their their
management staff plus plus we did have one of the Student Senate representatives that were there during
the negotiations and besides that those meetings where we discussed these
numbers and and the rest of the agreement they had further discussions
with their entire Senate and I see Mr. Rendo from the
University just walked in and he he could perhaps elaborate a little bit on
that part of it but I can say that they were involved in our discussions leading
up to the tentative agreement [Werthmann]: Council member Gragert Did you want to get further clarification potentially from Mr. Rendo? Mr. Rendo, would you be will to shed some additional light on that? Did you hear council member Gragert’s question? [Rendo]: I did Mike Rindo UW Eau Claire System Chancellor
so our Student Senate was actively involved in the in the discussions
around this really looking at not only at at the past service but what are the
current needs of the University in terms of the students ridership patterns so
for example the Pablo Center was not you know open previously and so we really
looked at how do we serve Haymarket Landing getting students to and from
campus, Pablo on a regular and timely basis same thing with route 9 and and in
the importance of having that circulator especially during the winter and so the
students gave it a great deal of consideration and you know the Student
Senate is the duly elected to governing body of our of our students in and so
they weighed in on it and participated in the discussions and and are very
satisfied with the agreement that’s been struck with the city [Gragert]: I have a followup question. Thank you I guess with regard
to the changes my understanding is that round nine will have significantly more
frequency than the route 19 which goes up the hill and so that’s an example of
how things shifted would you say in terms of student input and then the new
facilities related to off-campus housing or or the Pablo Center for example [Rindo]: I would say your observation is correct we also have other modes of transportation
that we can use for getting students up and down the hill as needed we have the
campus cab we have the convey vehicle we also for your information
have a shuttle that goes to and from the Priory on a regular basis during during
the day so there’s there’s a number of modes of transportation that the
students can use but but primarily Route nine is really the the main route that
serves the student area and and so the increased frequency enables us to move
more students to and from campus in a timely manner [Werthmann]: Thank you. Further questions for Mr. Rindo? Council member Emmanuelle [Emmanuelle]: Thank you acting
president Werthmann. Thank You Mr. Rindo so I’m I’m curious about the engagement
process if a contract service modification were to occur to this
contract do you foresee that the student body which changes every year
potentially will be engaged in future contractual changes? [Rindo]: Oh absolutely the
students pay a segregated fee that’s how this is funded and so not only as is
that’s something that it’s an expectation it’s a requirement so the
students have have the ability to you know to be engaged in these kinds of
these contract negotiations on the use of their segregated fee money [Werthmann]: Any further questions for Mr. Rindo? I don’t see any Mr. Rindo thank you again for Do council members have any further
clarifying questions for Mr. Pippenger before we close out the question period?
Council member Emmenuelle [Emmanuelle]: Thank you acting president I guess this is probably a
question that might potentially lead to an amendment. I’m looking in our packet
on page 75 It’s the last page of the the the recitals and it’s under number 16 and
under entire agreement it says no modifications or waivers of the
agreement shall be binding a neither party unless confirmed in writing and
signed by both parties. So I’m I’m very sensitive to the fact that we have
10,000 plus students at the University with a dynamic governing body and
wanting to make sure that their voices are captured and there’s a there’s
really kind of I guess a pathway to the electives if they feel like the
negotiations aren’t going the way that they necessarily maybe agree with. Is
there somewhere here that we could add on something along the lines of like at
the end of that sentence comma including you know the City Council or something
like that which I understand it says both parties and that’s suggestions a
little clunky but where would be the appropriate place to add in making sure
that the City Council had an opportunity to weigh in if there was a change to
this agreement? [Werthmann]: Okay we’re gonna turn the question to our assistant city attorney Janessa [Janessa]: Sure so I would recommend that
that be added as a separate provision provision to the contract not try and
add it into paragraph 16 if you’re gonna require that any amendments you know
come to Council or something like that that would be my suggestion council member
so that’s a motion you’re making a motion then? You’re not. Okay.
Oh would you like to continue okay Does anyone else have, my apologies we
haven’t moved this yet does anyone have any questions regarding the contract
potential amendments? Seeing none; thank you Mr. Pippenger. A lot of motion then
this will be by council member Berge seconded by Councillor
Christopherson. This item has been moved transit agreement first up
counselor Beaton [Beaton]: Thank you um I’m really excited to talk about an [Unknown] any
opportunity to talk about our transit system it’s something that I have I
think about a lot and have really thought about and talked about since
before I was elected for the first time and and continue to hear about how we
can strengthen it to better serve our community I hear a lot of people talking
about how to increase ridership as a way to improve our connection to each other
and to our services around the city as well as reducing our fossil fuel
emissions and reducing you know traffic and parking congestion and and so I
think that this plan along with all of the other sort of plans that we have
related to our transit system is an opportunity to learn from and consider
how we can make it better too transit usage. I wanted to kind of
bring to to light that you know our University students use our transit
system in such an incredible way I remember as a as a student not so many
years ago using our transit system like as that choice rider that we’re always
talking about I remember choosing to ride the bus because I was free um it
rather than driving my car halfway on a really you know cold day or rainy day
rather than walking and so I think that the this contract that we have here with
the city or with the the university that provides free transit service to
students is a really good model for what we could look at in other parts of our
system. You know I’ve kind of looking through these numbers I did the math and
students make up for about forty forty-one percent of our ridership but
they pay about about nineteen percent of our cost and so I think that you know I
think that’s a wonderful thing and I think that it really shows that
investing in really smart ways can increase we can pay less and increase
the amount of riders that we have in our system I look to systems like Missoula
Montana I had the opportunity to speak to their
mayor about their free transit transit service and they were able to double
their ridership in like two years because of their fare free system and so
all that to say I’m really excited that this service is going to continue and
hope that we can continue to look for ways to improve our system as a whole [Werthmann]: Thank You council member Beaton Further comments or amendments?
Council member Anderson [Anderson]: Thank you president Werthmann. Just a couple of
quick comments one thing is that we heard from folks last night that they
were concerned with parking in the Third Ward neighborhood and I just wanted to
point out that this is an example of something that our city is doing to
alleviate that issue and to promote public you know public transit and
reduce the the parking strains that we have the other thing is
on a personal note I I went to school in a city that had a cooperative agreement
between the University and the city for public transit and those negotiations
failed right before the school year and it created a huge hardship for for
myself and for other students and so I just wanted to point out that the
positive relationship and the hard work from people from the city and the
university really does impact people’s lives and so I’m just really um pleased
to see this agreement. Thank you [Werthmann]: Thank You council member. Further comments? Council member Gragertr? [Gragert]: Thank you acting president Werthmann. I do also want
to thank staff for their their work on this and the students and administrators
that put their time into to really put together a great agreement I do kind of
want to reiterate how important this this partnership is really for the
neighborhoods around the university and I do think you know there there’s a lot
of parking congestion obviously around the campus and traffic congestion that
this helps alleviate I do think that there’s certainly some opportunities
particularly in the evening service category where there’s only once an hour
service where I think I’ve heard from students that they will that they decide
not to ride the bus because they need to get to something in the evening like a
job or or it’s dark when they’re walking home and they would prefer to have
evening service so so I’m kind of open to you know various changes certainly
and right now that’s in in the strong hands of our staff to help decide and
and and negotiate but I do think there could be a role at some point in the
future for Transit Commission or or the city council to be involved in in
helping to set some parameters for those negotiations that could really you know
maybe need some additional needs within the partnership. However I do think this
was you know it’s a great contract I I think another thing I’ll point out that
has changed since the last contractor around the time that we last had a
contract negotiation is that we’ve added a student to our Transit Commission and
serving on our Transit Commission I find that extremely valuable to have a
student there at all the meetings and and someone you know I was able to call
two days ago to make sure like everything was set for this contract
from their perspective and and kind of building that relationship with students
and directly within our governance and just wanted to show appreciation for
that foresight that our previous any councils have had to add that position
so just wanted to speak in general in favor of this but also to a few points
where I think we could we can keep pushing ourselves so [Werthmann]: Thank you Councillor Emmanuelle [Emmanuelle]: Thank you acting
president Wethmann. I would like to echo what my colleagues shared and thank you
to Mr. Pippenger and your entire team Mr. Wagner for just our detailed
presentation the logic is incredible and it’s easy to support this this agreement
you’ve laid out a really thoughtful case to the penny and I just thank you for
the attention to detail. I would like to make an amendment and I’ll speak to the
event or I’ll speak the amendment and then speak to it if I have a seconder
so I would add on number 19 that would state modifications or waivers to this
agreement shall be brought before the City Council for final city approval and
I can read that again if that’s helpful? [Werthmann]: Sure if you could read it again [Emmanuelle]: Modifications or
waivers to this agreement shall be brought before the City Council for
final city approval [Werthmna]]: Okay. Is there anyone who wishes to be a second on that? Council member Beaton. I’ll turn it back over to you counselor member Emmanuelle [Emanuelle]: Thank
you acting president Werthmann I don’t know if there’s interest or
support so this is the way I engage it is by putting it on the floor
I have to say that I was contacted by a handful of students during the
negotiation process who were pretty frustrated with how things were going
and I didn’t even know that the city was negotiating a contract and so I did
reach out and to the manager and he shared that yes and negotiations
negotiations were underway however there wasn’t really a mechanism to I feel like
engage in that unless it was here at the end which you know as councilmember Gragert
shared that it did work out you know fine and they’re supportive and that’s
good and so I do get concerned that because of the dynamic changes of a
student body if it changes potentially every year that there may not be that
pathway to the elected representatives when we have over 10,000 people who live
in our city who can utilize the service of the bus I think it’s a good mechanism
just to build in that communication tool you know so we would put all the good
faith and hopes that any future discussion would go as well as it did
here where we yields a very good final result and in the case it doesn’t then
there’s kind of a stopgap there for the citizens students to make their case one
last time and ultimately you let that decision lay with the body [Werthmann]: Thank You
councilor Emmanuelle and are there actually I’ll ask councilman Beaton
would you like to add a second or do you want to add to it? Okay are there other
members who would like to speak on this amendment as proposed council member
Gragert [Gragert]: Thank you acting president Werthmann I do appreciate the
thoughtfulness of this I think it’s something I could potentially support I
I do kind of wonder what the role of transit Commission may be and something
like this as well in terms of reviewing but obviously this is something that is
ultimately something that is in the power of the City Council I guess just
something to think about in terms of whether the contract should even go in
front of Transit Commission first before it goes in front of Council but that’s
currently not the case nor is Transit Commission
necessarily made aware that a contract is about to be up for renewal and
negotiation either but you know just kind of thinking out loud a little bit
as we as we consider this [Werthmann]: Thank you Further comments on the amendment?
Seeing none, clerk please call the roll Council member Christopherson Emmanuelle aye Gragert aye Strobel no Weld no Werthmann aye John Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Amendment passed on a 6 to 3 vote My apologies. 7
to 3. Further comments on the contract this evening further amendments? Seeing
none clerk please call the roll Council member Emmanuelle aye Gragert aye Stroble aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson aye [Werthmann]: And that agreement passed. Thank you for all the
work that went into it as well. We move them to item number 19 on our agenda this
evening. This is a resolution that would authorize Community Services Department
to accept a one thousand dollar donation from the Chippewa Valley transalliance
for free transit rides on Earth Day and for marketing that event. Because this
amendment would change our budget it’s going to require a two-thirds vote of
the elected members or eight affirmative votes for adoption Mr. Wagner [Wagner]: Thank you
acting president Werthmann and council members. So I’m very happy to bring this
before you the Transit Commission was ready to provide free rides out of the
transit marketing budget they had given that signal to me that that was
something that they were be in favor of and so would be all would have been
handled within the scope of our budget and the Chippewa Valley Transit Alliance
came forward with this generous donation so typically a we collect between five
hundred six hundred dollars a day for fare so that’s what we’re looking at
that cost and then the additional amount then would be go towards the promotional
of the free rides for that day I’d be happy to answer any questions you have [Werthmann]: Thank You Mr. Wagner. Questions from council on this item? Any clarifying
questions? I see none, Thank you again Council member Beaton [Beaton]: Yeah um this is
something that I’ve been talking to Beaver Creek about and so I was kind of
hearing about some details kind of through the vines and I just want to
make sure um it seemed quite a while ago there was some talk about like some
vouchers versus just like a full free day I just want to confirm that that
that it’ll be free for everybody who gets on the bus on Earth Day? [Wagner]: That’s correct we’re the we’re gonna close up the fare boxes no fares will be
collected at all so anyone can ride [Werthmann]: Thank you. Any further questions right
now? Then on a motion we’re back around from Council members Strobel and
seconded by council member Anderson this donation item has been moved. Are there
any questions? Council member, sorry comments council member Beaton [Beaton]: Yeah um this is a
really exciting thing to happen. Earth Day is one of my favorite days all my
friends text me and wish me a happy Earth Day
and I think it’s a really awesome way for our city to celebrate Earth Day and
and a great way to kind of raise the attention and likeability of the program
the the transit program so I really appreciate the work that the transit
manager has done and the transit Commission and outside groups like the
Chippewa Valley trans, transit Alliance thank you [Werthmann]: Thank you counselor.
Do we have any further comments? Council member Gragert [Gragert]: Thank you acting
president Werthmann. I just wanted to to note that I’ll be abstaining from this
vote because of my service on the board of directors of the Chippewa Valley
Transit Alliance [Werthmann]: Okay duly noted Any further comments? I see none. Clerk
please call the roll Council member Stroble aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John aye Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson aye Emmanuelle aye [Werthmann]: And that item passes. We moved to item 20 on our agenda this evening regarding parks open space and recreation
facilities plan. This is a resolution amending the 2018 to 2022 park open
space and recreation facilities plan to classify 111 Niagara Street as a special
Park in open space area. If you’ll recall we had discussion last night and our
hearing last night on this item. Do any council members have questions for Mr.
Pippenger or other staff regarding this special designation? Councilor Christopherson [Christopherson]: Thank you acting president Werthmann Apparently I have this cost issue on my
brain today I don’t know when it’s coming from but when neighborhoods talk
about their neighborhood spaces and parks there’s always the idea about the
cost of maintenance and I remember specifically that in the presentation
that that the only thing that we had done with this park earlier was very
occasional mowing so I’m just wondering where does that how is this going to
change our relationship as as maintenance or a budgeted cost for the
parks department which operates with extreme efficiency [Werthmann]: Great question [Pippenger]: Thank
you [Christopherson]: You’re welcome Mr. Pippenger [Pippenger]: Yes we would be looking at
increase in our maintenance of this area we do maintain the community park across
the street at Owen park at a higher level so we would be looking at about
the same level to make sure that it’s mowed down and kept in to a higher level
of maintenance [Christopherson]: And just for a followup. So it is really that the obligation that came with the plan
they’re gonna take care of everything and we’ll just be mowing? [Pippenger]: Yep and we’re
working on that Memorandum of Understanding right now with the with
the Randall Park Neighborhood Association and that will be coming
for you sometime in the near future [Werthmann]: Any other questions on this item? Thank You Mr. Pippenger. Then on a
motion by council member Emmanuelle seconded by council member Weld. Item number 20 has
been moved and is open for discussion Anyone like to speak first?
council member Emmanuelle [Emmanuelle]: I’d like to thank the neighbourhood which happens to be in
the same one I live in we do live in a neighborhood that’s called distressed we
our neighborhood that has struggled and has amazing opportunities and so what I
think we see before us as a group of citizens who came together with a really
great idea to help build some civic connections and social connections in
the neighborhood. In the last couple years the university has helped to
sponsor neighborhood picnics and city manager and many of our city staff have
been involved including police and fire department to bring people together to
play games and what a better thing to have something that’s permanent where
people can come together this is very good for for people and connections [Werhmann]: Thank you for that Further comments on this proposed amendment? Seeing none. Clerk
please call the roll Council member Weld aye Werthmann aye John aye Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson aye Emmanuelle aye Gragert aye Stroble aye And that item passes. We move to item 21 our agenda this evening. This is regarding the steam locomotive 27:19. This resolution in regards to the disposition of the SU line steam locomotive and will be
presented by council members Strobel and Gragert. Would you both wish to come up
to the front here to present or would you like to present from your seat? Okay
I’ll lead off with you council member Stroble [Stroble]: Actually I was sort of thinking
we would just move the resolution and then speak to it. I don’t really have a
presentation [Werthmann]: That works so then well on a motion by council member Stroble and
council member Gragert. Move and second this item and I’ll open it back up to
you [Stroble]: Okay. And actually, I popped their demand. Not quite how I envisioned it but hey [Train whistle] [Laughing] Here’s one here’s
my training file um I just first of all I want to thank council member Gragert for
being my second on this end on the initial resolution last year that
allowed council to regain ownership of the 2719 also past councils that that
allowed me to get a stipulation put in there that we would have that ability in
a few years. I also want to thank this council for supporting the resolution
allowing us to do some time for research on this. My thanks to staff for helping
us with potential static sites reaching out to some of our potential options for
leasing and moving I want to thank Bill Anderson for drawing a potential shelter
Jack Kaiser for helping us secure temporary indoor storage of Banbury
place and to visit Eau Claire for setting up the community forum and offering to
fundraise for the final move-in shelter construction as well as pushing me to
bring this forward to Council. We listed a bunch of options that we needed to
flush out when this was brought to Council last year. We have had time to
get better information now and I’ll try to explain why we are bringing this
resolution and how we got here. We had the indoor storage set up, shelter
designed, several potential sites, and an original moving estimate as well and a
hundred thousand dollar budget to get the train back to Eau Claire. We put out
our piece for moving quotes but we found that railroad and museum community
are a pretty tight-knit group. The number of companies that actually move
trains is very limited. We’re a really a one-time move and museums offer steady
work so we only got a couple of quotes and actually they were more like
estimates and not quote so those numbers were never firm actually. They were much
higher than our original estimates that we brought to Council initially back in
July where they hired to discourage us or because it was a city seeking to do
the move I don’t know what the logistics and the costs were pretty prohibitive.
Some of the extra costs were for larger cranes that we needed to lift the train
off at Banbury place they have a retaining wall there so smaller cranes
could not get close enough that added cost
that’s if we moved it on a flatbed railroad car. We also looked at
disassembling it and trucking it here but of course that added labor to
disassemble and reassemble and it also made it not feasible but then we looked
at the dead end towing option where they actually pull the train here with
another train to movers told us that with new railroad regulations that was
not even possible anymore so if we tried another option we reached out to Altoona
to see if they would like to partner with us on the whole back as River
Prairie seemed like a very logical and perfect place for a static display. They
discussed it, they looked at the sights, the cost, ultimately they decided it
wouldn’t work for them. So given that a second move to a permanent shelter would
also be very expensive it’s actually a lot more feasible to just fundraising
with a train one time and we’re not ready for that. Throughout this process
we heard from many would love to see the train still run. We did not want to get
it here have it storage without a firm plan to get a permanent site and shelter
while also seeking to keep it in good condition so that it might run someday.
We do feel our best options at this time is retaining ownership but yet to see if we can work out a lease that requires it to run
again also gives future citizens and consuls the ability and the time to
figure out a plan to return the train in the future. We think our resolution will
serve to give city staff direction to lease out the Train. Duluth had indicated
to us in a letter they sent to the city dated 7/25 of 2018 that they would be
interested in leasing should we reconsider moving it. If it does not work out with them then that direction is to put on a nationwide RFP to see if others
might be interested in leasing it and the last option would be to seek out
buyers nationwide. We have had contact from two different communities already
without even advertising for it because our our mission was to actually move it
back here but we have had contact with other communities that were potentially
interested in the Train so the thought behind the conditions
came from a gentleman on the western Wisconsin rail coalition who has
contacts in Duluth. We require it to be running again in a couple of years. Allow
at least to cover at least the length of time it is certified for and he also
suggested how neat it would be if at the end of its usable life up there that the
last mission might be steaming it down to Eau Claire. It’s easier certainly and
cheaper to move a train under its own power and that seems like a pretty
pretty neat idea. The Duluth museum does not need any more static displays so I
think we should make every effort to return the Train here or find a
different option for it when it’s running days are over and we were
repeatedly told in meetings and by email how the train could be running fairly
soon. I think if the 2719 is gonna be kept outside under an overpass like it
has been since 2013 with no plan to run it. Then I think the city
should reconsider what’s best for the Train and the city and I think this
allow this resolution allows to have those conversations We don’t know what the future will hold
but if Eau Claire gets passenger rail again now we may have more opportunities. The
people in the organization’s might be in place to accomplish our dream of
returning the 2719 to Eau Claire That’sall I have [Werthmann]:Thank You councilor Stroble Councilor Gragert would you like to
add to that [Gragert]: Maybe not with my own whistle I I could attempt um yeah I
wanted to thank council member Strobel for really his leadership on this it’s
kind of all been about options for me and just in making sure the passion that
exists on this council could be could have a way of getting some work done and
and reaching out and figuring out what those options truly are and I I think we
certainly have explored a lot of different options and now we’re at a
point where essentially we’re opening up a bigger conversation about the future
of the locomotive in in potentially the hands of the Lake Superior railroad
museum or potentially in other hands but I think you know the things that we
heard from the public – I think were really important along this this process
and obviously there’s there’s folks have put a lot of time and money into this
locomotive when it was in Eau Claire and and and found a home for it in Duluth so
I think you know certainly I’ve gained an appreciation for that that work and
and and for this locomotive as a something we need to preserve and have
responsibility for and I think that that includes and that means taking ownership
of it and and so that we can control that future and and potentially bring it
back to Eau Claire I do think another thing I heard from the public throughout
this process there’s a strong interest in having it
run again and having it really in its full glory I guess you could say as a
working steam locomotive and I think this resolution can open up the
conversation for that to happen again even if it’s not gonna happen at Eau
Claire because we don’t have the financial resources or we don’t have as
sort of the volunteers or maybe we don’t have track that is suitable or maybe we
don’t have a location quite as scenic as as lit the lake shore of Lake Superior
but I think that ultimately it led to like having a fiscal eye on this that I
think it was really important that hopefully a relationship that we build
with with a new partner or maybe the partner we have in Duluth right now
could be very responsible from a fiscal standpoint for the citizens of Eau
Claire as well while we maintain ownership so that’s just kind of my way
of summarizing my my thoughts at this moment and do also have a minor
amendment to make as well that kind of had some clarity to a historic a piece
of information I guess and that is the whereas clause a second one in the
resolution currently reads in 1994 the 2719 was the first train added to the
National Register of Historic Places in fact it was the the first locomotive in
Wisconsin to be added to that National Register of Historic Places so I wanted
to to correct that line by replacing the word also that clarify by replacing the
word trained with locomotive and then adding the words in Wisconsin after that
as the amendment [Werthmann]: Council member Strobel finds that friendly amendment. Okay thank you council member Gragert for your comments
and your amendment. Do other council members have comments? We’ve
already moved and seconded this item so it’s open for further amendments or any
other comments before we vote Council member Berge [Berge]: I shouldn’t [incomprehensible] you said two other communities are interested was that
interested in leasing or buying or just I will not be able to clarify for sure if it was buying or
leasing um I know they had inquired about about the trains I didn’t speak to
them personally but I know they did inquire so I’m not sure [Berge]: Okay, just curious [Werthmann]: Council member John [John]: Thank you. I heard you mentioned something finance
is challenging has it to be any how much is gonna bring that nothing
back how much just cost to our financing to take that back to Eau Claire [Werthmann]: Council member Strobel [Strobel]: So the question was how much would it cost to bring it here?
Yes the estimate the low estimate was uh 185 I believe. The low estimate
was 185 thousand and it was very stressed that it was just an estimate
and you know that could have gone potentially much higher could have been
lower I guess but um you know it just seemed like there was a lot of logistics
problems and I mean it could have certainly gone much higher [John] Can I ask a
second question? so with the hundred eighty five thousand
dollars that money be come from different organizations, fundings or
fundraising or any like City money how that [incomprehensible] [Gragert]: So if I’m clear on the question is where
would we get that amount? [John]: Correct [Gragert]: Um well we we had a we had a hundred thousand
dollars budgeted from the CIP here and the initial thought was to fund raise for it
but um the primary funder fundraising group we had was thought
they would be more interested in fundraising the final move so from from
our location Bambury place to a new shelter so they were interested in
fundraising for the the final move and the shelter and that would have probably
have been north of six figures as well so I don’t know if that answers your
question or not? [John]: Thank you [Werthmann]: Thank you. Counsel member Emmanuelle [Emmanuelle]: Thank
you acting president Werthmann my question is in regards to the CIP
amendment that Council passed unanimously that moved $100,000 to the
CIP reprioritizing a couple of other things in the budget specifically the
O’Brien rink support beam painting and the design and installation of the lily
pad walk at Fairfax pool to the tune of $100,000. I was in support of it
so not questioning that my question would be though if what happens now with
that allocation that’s been essentially identified for the move that likely is
not going to happen? [Werthmann]: City manager Peters [Peters]: Thank you acting president. So essentially that money would be unspent I mean we would not be moving
for that program and the extent that we’re just starting the CIP process you
know those those needs that were identified before are still out there
and would be reevaluated when we prioritize what we’d be bringing forward
to you and I guess would be the 2020 through 25 CIP [Emmanuelle]: Thank you acting
president Werthmann so unless Council were to take specific
action around the $100,000 then that money would go then to fund balance
which in a way pays down our CIP [Peters]: I would ask Mr. Minzes to help out if I don’t
answer this correctly but the you know to the extent that much of the CIP has
borrowed money it would just simply mean that we wouldn’t be borrowing the money
so the extent that we do the projects and as we need the money to fund the CIP
that has the allocations and we borrow so we don’t have that project we
wouldn’t be borrowing that money so it’s not really returned to fund balance per
se as much as you know we wouldn’t be borrowing it to the extent that it was
money that would have been used from the fund balance transfer then it’s just
less money that’s used and it would remain in the in the fund balance
yeah second I think there’s give me a little further augmentation to that [Minzes]: You are exactly right except that Mr. Pippenger reminded me that we used community enhancement funds
to fund the the Train the Train move so everything
city manager said is it true is true these funds would remain within the
community enhancement fund and then we would reallocate the those funds as part
of the upcoming CIP process so basically it mean it would mean that we have a
hundred thousand dollars more in community enhancement funds to use for
other community enhancement type projects [Three people]: Thank you [Werthmann]: Any further questions or comments?
Councilor Emmanuelle [Emmanuelle ]: Thank you acting president Werthmann. I’m not sure who
this questions is for it might be to council members [incomprehensible] or council
member Gregor. I guess is there ever a point where like just for being tidy
about the transaction of what to do with the Train is there ever a point maybe
not in your heart Mr. Strobel but it’s or ever point where the city says we’re
done entertaining trying to figure out a home for this and we’re just gonna let
things be like what does that look like [Werthmann]: Council member Strobel [Strobel]: Certainly I’m not
going to be here to be part of that decision but how I would see it is I
actually think this resolution answers that because if if the leases can be
worked out we retain ownership and it every is happy and potentially down the
road and a future council would make a decision if they want to release the
Train or if that train is done with its mobile with it’s life if we can’t work on
a lease with someone then then the direction is to potentially put it out
for sale. I mean put but but at the time just look at maybe more markets than
where so I think in fairness to the city and the taxpayers you should
put it on nationwide and see if there are you know I guess
what you could get for it so I guess that there is there is that thought so I
think everybody we had a lot of feedback that people wanted to get the train back
Eau Claire we also had a lot of feedback that people wanted to see it running so
you know sort of a win-win would be to keep the ownership with that ability to
bring it home and then potentially keep it someplace where it could run if that
can’t work then the direction is in there and staff would have to bring this
all back to you the next council as well any any type of agreements staff would
have to bring back so you can you can always give a different direction but
that’s how I would see it [Emmanuelle]: May I ask a followup? [Werthmann]: Yeah. Council member Emmanuelle [Emmanuelle]: Thank you acting president Werthmann. So I mean I I’m totally speaking hypothetically I have spent zero time
working on the train so I don’t have any inside train scope here hypothetically
the current location where it’s at they could say we’d like to buy the Train for
a dollar and make this our forever home there’s a lot of ifs that would take
place and you’re raising her eyebrow me and that’s fine hypothetically though I
mean that could end this transaction to say okay well that’s the answer then or
maybe it’s a million dollars and then funds go to this Strobel foundation or
something like that that sounds better but hypothetically somebody could come
in and say we’d like to pay for this train and and then that’s it in its new
home [Strobel]: That’s not in my hypothetical but it you know I think any of those
transactions could probably occur but I think the direction here is attempt to
lease it out and attempt to keep ownership and if they wanted to buy it for a dollar then
I would say the direction is in there to put on an RFP out to nationwide so that
the city of Eau Claire can make sure they maximize the revenue they would get
from a train which is actually a very valuable asset not up not only on you
know historically but it’s a valuable asset and so I think in fairness to your
citizens you’d want to see if there were other interested parties at that time [Emmanuelle]: thank you thank you [Werthmann]: Further comments on this resolution? I see none please call the roll Council member Werthmann aye John Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson aye Emmanuelle aye Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye That passes unanimously.
We will move to our ordinances for action this evening first up item number
22 this ordinance would reasonable property located on the west side of
First Avenue between Chippewa Street and Niagara Street from RM to P.
This is in file z 16 41 19 we had a presentation last evening on this
rezoning do council members have questions for either Mr. Scott Allen or any other
staff clarifications? I see none. Then on a motion by believe we’re back around to
new council member Emmanuelle seconded by council member Weld. This rezoning has
been moved. Is there any comment comment? I see none. Clerk please call the role Council member John aye Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson aye Emmaneulle aye Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye Werthmann aye [Werthmann]: That passes. We move to item 23. This is an ordinance rezoning property located at 103 117 and 123
Roosevelt hat. From R1 to P public and to approve the site plan for a visitor
center and admissions building with the site improvement. This is in file z 1640
to 19 Mr. Scott Allen is going to talk to us
shortly about a further condition that is being recommended to be added
– the – list of recommendations Mr. Scott Allan [Allan]: All right Thank You Acting
President Werthmann and members of the council. At your seats
this afternoon was placed a brief memo and then the draft essentially a letter
of conditions that are noted in typical fashion to the applicant following
approval of by the City Council There were seven initial conditions staff is
requesting and recommending that 1/8 be added simply referencing that
westernmost crosswalk that was presented by Mr. Ivory last night and further
discussed by the applicant and the representative Ms. Goodwin from Aires
associates. Again the condition reads the middle of revised plans for the
realigned West crosswalk for engineering department approval so that’s additional
condition that staff would recommend including in that letter for your
consideration as a part of the ordinance discussion considerations tonight [Werthmann]: Okay. Do
council members have any questions of Mr. Allen regarding the addition of that
condition? City manager Peters [Peters]: Mr. Allen could you perhaps just outline if the
university is aware of that condition and if they agree to it [Allan]: I think both Mr.
ivory and Mr. Rindo are here they’re certainly welcome to to share but I
believe again this was a based upon a requested change from the applicant so
they were the ones to present this modification and staff is simply asking
for revised plans that would better show the kind of last-minute change and that
crosswalk realignment and I’ll defer to the applicant Mr. Rindo for further
clarification [Rindo]: Thank you I just made aware of it so I appreciate Mr. Ivory sharing it. This was a this was something that we requested
based on feedback that we received from Planning Commission on safety concerns
for that crosswalk and so we accept that as a condition and will be pleased to
work with the engineering department [Werthmann]: Thank you. Do council members have questions? I think council member Gragert does [Gragert]: Thank you acting president Werthmann and thank you
Mr. Rindo. Yes you know one of the one of the aspects of the the new condition is
a rapid rectangular flashing beacon and my understanding is there’s a relatively
significant cost for that so I just wanted to make sure you or maybe the
staff would be able to provide an estimate on the cost but just wanted to
make sure you you’re aware and are asked if you are aware of the cost? [Rindo]: I’m not aware specifically the cost no [Werrthmann]: Do you want to ask a followup? [Gragert]: Yeah perhaps could staff provide
an estimate on the cost of installing and purchasing a a beacon of that nature? Trying to get a crowd up there yeah [Laughing] [Rindo]: The ones we put in a Farwell Street and [incomprehensible] were between eight and
ten thousand dollars for each one of those [Werthmann]: Do you have further question ? [Gragert]: Yes. The question would be
whether you feel comfortable with that dollar amount [Allan]: Well I think that you know
our most important concern there is it’s a busy intersection there’s a lot of
traffic that goes in and out of campus to the Phillips and Davies lot it’s
going to be a primary point of entrance for prospective students and families
and so safety is a paramount concern for us and and we think that’s a good
solution to be able to proceed with those kinds of safety requirements [Werthmann]: Thank you. I think that’s all of our questions. Thank You Mr. Rindo. Thank
You Mr. Allen. We will move this item then as amended the letter that’s been
amended by councilmember it will be Beaton seconded by council member John. The floor is open Council member Gragert [Gragert]: I did want to acknowledge the you know the
interest of the applicant in in in finding a an avenue to to enhance the
crosswalk and that that I personally had a concern about in this original design
on the western end of the of this project the welcome center. The
Western crosswalk really reaching the campus. Certainly I think what is being
proposed as is better and certainly I expect that’s that staff will work out
those details to make it as as safe as possible so I just wanted to show my
appreciation for the for the attention to that that topic that that was brought
up at playing Commission and also just to speak in favor of the project I think
you know obviously the neighborhood had had early concerns about other possible
uses of that land and we’re really talking about that zoning today in the
site plan but this is I think a very good use of the land I think the design
is is good and I appreciate the partnership with the student office of
sustainability to make sure that that sensitive location on on putnam Park and
on little Niagara can be respected as part of the project as well and carry
out some environmental improvements. I do think that that LEED certification would
have been it sounds like it’s still a potential with that project and that’s
it that’s an exciting thing to me too because I think that brings along with
it all sorts of considerations and I obviously that some of those had have
occurred already but I guess yeah I just wanted to show my support for it [Wethmann]: Thank You councilor. Is there further comments or amendments on this item? Council member Christopherson [Christopherson]: Thank you acting president Werthmann. Um I just want to make this comment based on the larger number of Third Ward citizens
that were here last night testifying to their interest and protection of the
quality of their neighborhood and this is a beautiful construction for a cause
that I think this admission visitation structure and an entry to the campus is
going to be very effective but I think we all want to be aware that this is
also at a at a point where the university literally meets the
residential neighborhood and people were concerned about would the traffic on
Roosevelt actually increase and of course there we’re thinking no but
that’s really the response of a university to direct that parking to a
different area so that people are walking on the campus
and then the the idea that there would be some kind of barrier nurtured between
this building and the nearest neighbor So I just want to lift up the voices
that we heard talking about you where we’re trying to preserve and protect a
residential neighborhood that is right next to a vibrant and growing and
dynamic institution of a university so I think this is a beautiful construction
and I hope that we continue to partner well with that neighborhood [Werthmann]: Thank You
council member. Further comments any amendments before we take a vote? I think
we’re ready to go. Madam city clerk please call the roll Council member Anderson aye Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson Emmanuelle aye Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John [Werthmann]: And that item passes. We move to
item 24 on our agenda this evening this is also regarding zoning specifically
rezoning property located at 1106 Mondovi Road from C3H to C3P. This the
details of this can be found in zoning file Z 16 4319 we had a presentation and
last evening from Mr. Scott Allan but are there any questions or follow-up
clarifications that counsel might have on this? Counselor Christopherson [Christopherson]: Thank you acting
president Worthman I I continue to struggle with the timing on on this and
in the presentation there was conversation about this broader regional
look at the setbacks and then the consumers urgency about it had to be I’m
just wondering if there’s anything that would help me get a perspective on the
the importance of those different pieces [Werthmann]: Could you maybe clarify your question. Is it
and is it for Mr. Scott Allen? [Christohperson]: I think so [Werthmann]: Okay could you just clarify your your question
in terms of are you thinking maybe it’s a good idea to wait until I’m [Christopherson]: I’m wondering if the city as far as our workload or the participation that we
have be our do we see some urgency that this zoning kit the setback zoning can
be changed should be changed [Allan]: In reference to the overall Clermont Avenue
corridor. Staff is doing research right now and we actually did research in
advance of the Planning Commission meeting in early March to have a
discussion with plan commission members and at that time there wasn’t very clear
consensus on what you know what specific number if we’re gonna pick a number
would be best for this area or the corridor in general so we did get enough
feedback though to look at some general ranges for modifying various
intersections areas along Claremont some are older than others of course some are
getting redeveloped some are a little more static so that’s what we’re kind of
wrestling with right now is to see how fine-grained we want to make revisions
to the overall corridor right but certainly we don’t want to recommend or
take any direction on a very piecemeal property by property approach. If that
helps answer your question [Christopherson]: May I ask a clerifying [Werthmann]: Sure So does this request actually fall within the
knowledge that you’re accumulating is this this request that appears to be
piecemeal is it going to fit into the findings that well we we find ourselves
needing to be in line with this decision or is this decision in line with what
you’re going to recommend? [Allan]: Correct, the latter but this is a very very specific
in nature specific again to the proposed outdoor seating area and only at a 60
foot setback whereas again currently per code it’s 70 in that whole area so from
the feedback where you gotten from plan commission
sixty was certainly not even a discussion item it was certainly
something less than that so this is still within that I guess Headroom where
there’s some flexibility so having this one request it’s it’s it’s kind of a it
could be seen as piecemeal in a way and that we’re addressing the one request to
move forward with the requested outdoor seating area but we’re not addressing
perhaps the new poll sign or pylon size [Christopherson]: The 20 foot [Allan]: Right correct so it’s it’s taking one
step to assist the the property owner with their expansion plans yet still be
within that reasonable area where it wouldn’t impact the overall research and
modifications that we may recommend for the whole corridor that’s thank you That’s helpful. Thank you Mr. Allan. Thank you for the question council member Christopherson.
Any further questions on this item? I see none. Thank you again. Then on a motion
I believe we’re around to the council member Gragert a seconded by
council member Berge.
Seems good enough this item has been moved. Is there any
discussion? Clerk, please call the roll Council member Beaton aye Berge aye Christopherson aye Eman Gragert aye Strobel aye Weld aye Werthmann aye John aye Anderson aye [Werthmann]: That ordinance passes. We move then to our ordinances for introduction this evening evening. Just have one ordinance for introduction
item number 25 which would rezone property located on the north side of
Seymour Road east of Andover AB from TR1A to T my apologies to R1. This is in
zoning file Z 1644 19. Is there a wish by council to suspend the rules and take up
this item separately? Any wish to suspend the rules I see no desire we
will then move to our announcements by the city manager
and City Council [Peters]: Thank you acting president Werthmann. Next Tuesday is your organizational meeting so we will get
together, it starts at 4 o’clock we’re gonna try a picture outside
assuming the snow has melted and gone away and we don’t have the weather
forecast that we’re looking at for this week but what we’d like to do is have
you all meet on the west end of the Grand Avenue bridge so right down on the
other side of the building at 4 o’clock I’ll try it for a group picture if it
looks like the weather’s not going to cooperate with that we’ll send an email
and and having in their place. We’ve also made some arrangements for portraits.
Last year we lost our photographer for for portraits and so if you’d like to
submit your own picture for a portrait or if you’d like to go to sharp one over
or sharp one-hour photo you can sit for a portrait and and we’ll take care of
that so and you can do that at any time but just know that that’s out there but
so 4 o’clock next Wednesday West End of the Grande [incomprehensible] bridge we’ll try for an
outdoor a picture and if that doesn’t work we’ll move it you know inside. Cathy
Morrell has a packet for you so don’t leave tonight
lets you pick up that packet it’s got all the information for you are related
to the boards and the Commission’s and the other work that will take place with
the the organizational meeting so that’s Tuesday next week on Wednesday then is
the Chamber dinner the annual dinner okay it’s not quite a dinner this year
they’re they’re changing up their format a little bit and trying to make it a
little less than a sit-down dinner but if you have not signed up for that don’t
know if there’s a whole lot of space left but let Kathy know and we’ll see if
we can get you in on that and then on Thursday the 25th in the afternoon will
be the first part of our council training academy and hopefully you are
all able to make that and certainly the new members or the City Council are able
to to make that and then the second half of that will be on May 2nd in the
morning from 8:00 to 12:00 in between there on the Friday the 26 is an egg’s
and issues so plenty of activities and
opportunities for you coming forward I guess then the final announcement I
would have is just for council member John and Strobel thank you very much for
your service to the council and service to the community and acting president
Worthman thank you very much for your service
I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know you and work together in a
different capacity so thank you for that so those are the announcements that I
would have [Werthmann]: Thank you city manager Peters I would like to recognize council members John, a few
words and what I like to say a few words some six years with the council has
flied by very fast I want to thank the city major city staff I know most of you
but this is going pretty fast and I don’t know everybody but I do appreciate
everything you make so easy to us so flexibility and everything here’s the
presents Wow I know that I have not a job I do not
have much time here but I’d love what the city have done what happened to the
community and thank you for all your hard work you know what you had done
recently I just talked to someone from Chicago she said well Michael I’m back
to you and the City Council member have done such a good job with out of the
pothole or on stuff in Eau Claire that’s really making me happy that yeah
but do it did we actually work so hard and everything is going well so it’s
it’s kinda nice to hear there from people who from differences statesor
different city but again thank you so much of keep Eau Claire safe and take as
much with working with City Council’s for this challenge and here until the
next many years I also want to thank you for taking all the citizens in Eau Claire
who work for me for the last two years. I know you mean
some give me some trust but I you know I do what I can and
I know that we have new consuls coming I’m sure they will do wonderful jobs as
well my fellow City Council thank you so much
I know we are a lot of difference but at the end we are put together and put out
a little difference outside and we put outs idea together and work together to
make Eau Claire a better place yeah I will miss y’all I will think about you guys
Monday and Tuesday yeah long hours appreciated thank you so much
hoping to [incomprehensible] I’ll be spend time on families I work hard with
my kids and it’s hopefully you know they won’t get better Thank You council member [Clapping] Council member Strobel, you have one minute [Laughing] [Werthmann]: I saw you shuffling papers [Strobel]: I know it’s a tradition that on the last day of council member uh who does not
seek re-election I gets to say a few words on probably a bit self-serving mmm
and I never say just a few so please bear with me on this if you and I wasn’t
quite sure what to what to say here so just bear with me. After
serving 12 years in a leadership role on the very busy East Side Hill
neighborhood association then two years on the city of Eau Claire’s Planning
Commission and being elected to six years on the City Council that’s 20
years of giving back to my community a lot of time with citizens and meetings
and just not quite sure if I’m going to be able to find anything else to do with
that but I’m gonna try. Um early years on my
early years on the City Council were dominated by the confluence project
there’s parts of it I remember well I led an effort through the Landmarks
Commission to try and save a building that was on the National Register of
Historic Places the Landmarks Commission voted to designate the claim building as
a local landmark which would have allowed 18 months before was torn down
and the only way that could be overturned is by council based on
specific criteria um after long meetings the council did overturn it on a 6 to 5
vote but we made the effort and out of that effort I believe good things
happened. The developers promised a storefront facade similar to what was
there now so that it would better fit in with the surrounding buildings on
different colored brick varying roof lines and I’m sure it looks better than
it might have without having that community conversation. I’ve always had
the philosophy that when a decision has been made and the body is spoken you
don’t hold grudges you move on you try to find that common ground on the next
item as possible the other good thing that came from that was that Dan
Clumplar asked me to be one of two council members on the theater design
committee a couple things I like to think that I influenced on that was the
initial drawings came to us and they had a bump out on the first floor towards
the plaza there. I expressed that downtown plans called for a viewing
corridor the river we were planning a library plaza in this block that river
view down Eau Clair Street I think you’ll notice now that there is a bump
out but it’s on the second floor and it does allow for a view of the river I also
advocated for pedestrian field at Graham av so that the facade fit in with the
existing streetscape better and that we’d have a decent entrance on Gibson
Street so it was not treated like a back door and obviously others felt the same
way but these are positives I think from that came from losing that landmarks
decision. I don’t think the citizens expected my position on the confluence
project. I think everybody knows that I I own a commercial building sort of right
in the middle of all of that and then would have been a big benefit to my
property um yet I didn’t let my personal feelings override my concerns for all
the citizens and the taxpayers of Eau Claire. I was elected to represent them
all and not my own feelings. I worked hard to make this the best project
possible to be sure the city did not own it nor
were they going to be responsible for any potential future operational losses
we put protections in place for those concerns and we made sure the student
housing portion was taxable for 50 years which protected the taxpayers in the
event someone wanted to attempt to make them tax exempt. The council ultimately
got to a point where we could all support this project unanimously. As
a council member frequently in the minority believe it or not um I worked
hard to garner support for amendments which might make a resolution or
ordinance more acceptable to be able to get me to a yes vote. Please consider
reasonable amendments even if you have the majority sometimes a different
perspective makes for a better final product. I was a natural fit to be
involved with the downtown parking and the parking wreck was probably my
favorite project. Initially it was to be sited where the post office was in
Barstow Street I remember advocating you know pushing
it back and possible trying to keep the parking off the river maybe allowing for
a mixed-use building with housing overlooking the river in that spot. It
would also help us get more increment for the TIF as well on it staff I think
the staff agreed and they worked on it and they worked with Jamf and the RCU and the
ramp was eventually wound further back and now we have the liner side available.
The ramp was designed with enough structure to add a fourth level but TIF
funding only allowed us to construct three levels. I felt the right way to
build the ramp and the most appropriate and the least expensive time to add
another level was right away and not later. I worked with City Engineer Dave Strobel to come up I mean, Dave Strobel I’m gonna miss that, To come up with ideas and
when it came through appropriate funding I am I brought forth a resolution
indicating support for a fourth level asking staff to bring financing
alternatives back to the council that resolution passed six to four two weeks
later Council voted to add a fourth level of the ramp on an eight to three
vote. I always enjoyed it with past council members would refer to the
fourth level as the struggle deck and of course let’s not forget our train
tonight those two lines 2719 steam locomotive we were able to
regain ownership so future generations might have the ability to bring her home.
I just want to hit briefly on two committees that we used to have e-peck
and fiz-peck something that council members talked about a little bit now
but these committees had three council members that were they were the only
committees we have that council voted to put three people on they allowed for
more interaction with fellow council members and with staff from differing
departments. I I don’t miss the work but I but I didn’t support their demise
either. I chaired the fiz-peck committee for two years and we had a work plan to
counsel counsel reproved it and we were required to do an annual report every
year. A couple successful projects were brought through that and worked very
hard on with the alley improvement policy and the special assessment policy.
We had many meetings all the different departments were there they weighed in
we did research commissioned numbers split up and went out to different
neighborhoods for feedback and I think the only improvement process was brought
forward has probably been one of the most well received policies by the
citizens and the council and I think that was probably do the work that went
into it prior to reaching council floor I really need to think Kathy Marrole for
that. She she kept us on task she took took two minutes she put our
reports together and I bet most of you don’t know this but what I was impressed
me about Kathy, she’s got awesome shorthand so if you’ve never seen that I
was always amazed by that so I really really appreciated her help
and she got me through that. It was an honor for me to serve with the citizens
of past serve the citizens of Eau Claire of the past six years to work on
with 18 different council members and I want to especially thank city manager
Peters and his entire staff current and former for all the work they did to help
me be as successful as I could be as a council member. I’m sure I’ll miss it, I
just wanted to thank thank you all and wish you all continued success [Clapping] [Werthmann]: Thank You
councillor Murr Strobel Thank You council member Zhang for all of your
years of service and I just wanted to say a few words too as it’s my last
meeting in this seat. I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to be able
to serve as the Acting President over the last ten months and I’m
incredibly proud of the work that we’ve actually been able to accomplish in that
time. I look at our budget amendments and one that specifically came forward this
evening in fact where we’re working on this hundred a sprint to impact and try
to house folks who are homeless right now in our community and it came up in
the conversation the opportunity that we need help with landlord liaison and some
potential support for backstop funding to be able to support people that are
going that are coming off of our streets and into homes and right away that city
manager Peters and I were there and the idea that and the funding source that we
helped put into the budget was brought up as an opportunity to in fact make a
positive impact and I look at that and look at our council and it tells me that
the work that we do is so incredibly important for improving people’s lives
and and it may just be 16 folks who are coming off the street but it’s so much
more than that. From our work on removing lead service lines
with Mr. Pippenger, the work that we’re trying to do when we deprioritize our
marijuana finds in our city, the work that we do on sustainability and making
sure that we are responsible and looking forward to future generations in terms
of the impacts of climate and the impacts of emissions from our community
when it comes to food security so many things that we do in our community have
a huge impact on folks lives and so I’m really proud that whether it’s the
library position or so many other things that we are able to and were able to in
this last year take bold stances that I think our community appreciates and can
see and can recognize that you know we are putting our best faith effort in
standing up for a community that works for everyone and you know I have so
appreciated the opportunity to to help lead the council over that time I also
have the utmost respect for our incoming president elect Terry wWld and I have I
know that in his heart he wants to continue the the service to our
community to help us all tackle those pressing problems of our of our
community that we’ve identified and already sort of laid out in front of us
in terms of affordable housing in terms of our older neighborhoods and
how we make a difference and continuing our progress I think as well on
sustainability and so I look forward to working with him and supporting him
as he takes over this role this coming year and we’ll do whatever I can to be
supportive and whatever way you need I think beyond that I just want to
recognize incoming council members new council members elected Laura Benjamin
also Mr. Kilnkhammer who is here this this evening earlier and Mr. John Laura
as well as elected members who are staying with us and that would be
council member Emmanuelle and council member Beaton I think our our city is strong our council is strong and I actually think
that our relationships with city staff and with our community are are growing
stronger and to me that’s an exciting opportunity. I’ve also had the pleasure
of working much closer with city manager Peters and I’m gonna miss our, I don’t
think we quite got down to weekly, but our frequent visits and work together I
like again have a deep respect for the work that you do and and your in your
ability to to help with with all the the provisions and things that it takes to
make sure that were successful as well I I want to thank Kathy Morelle our city
clerk as [incomprehensible] people and city attorney and and assistant city attorney
and all the city staff that put in so much incredible work for our city it’s
been an absolute pleasure to work with you as a as the acting city council
president and I look forward to continuing to serve on the council I’m
sorry I’m you know we we’re gonna have to choose seats but I’m just already
spying out which you see I would like to have but I think but I think beyond that
just a huge thank you to to all of you for your service for the opportunity
that I had to help lead our council and also for the opportunity to serve our
community in this position so I appreciate it [clapping] With that I think our meeting is
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