Recapping last night’s city council meeting
MARSHFIELD— The Marshfield City Council met Tuesday night. The following is a recap of the meeting:
Bill Hocking, co-chair of the Marshfield Library and Community Center Capital Campaign, spoke to update the Council on the progress of the campaign’s fundraising efforts. Hocking said the campaign has raised just short of $2.4 million, including $600,000 over the last three months. This puts the campaign about $1.6 million shy of the fundraising goal it needs to break ground on the new library. The Council has already committed $3 million to the project.
Phil Hiller, of Hiller’s True Value, expressed concern to the Council regarding parking spillover from Nutz Deep II into Hiller’s parking lot. An agreement is currently in place between the two businesses to share parking spaces. At a City Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19, it was voted to accept resolution 2014-50 (conditional use permit) that would have allowed for the termination of the parking agreement between the businesses. Upon hearing Hiller’s statements, the Council voted to send the resolution back to the City Planning Commission for further discussion.
The Council approved the following:
- A resolution allowing a variance in noise levels for a skateboarding competition Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Marshfield Skatepark. Music will be played during the competition.
- A resolution for the sale of $2,050,000 sewerage system revenue bond anticipation notes.
- A resolution providing for the sale of $3.9 million water system revenue bonds. Bob Trussoni, the general manager of Marshfield Utilities, said during the meeting that Marshfield experienced 74 water main breaks over the past year. According to Trussoni, Marshfield residents could see approximately a 17 percent increase in the cost of their water bill over about the next five years. He said that, “These are preliminary numbers and all increases are subject to Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approval so they may or may not happen.”
- A resolution approving entering into an agreement for services with SCS Engineering for a TIF strategic planning update. The amount is not to exceed $6,700.
- A resolution approving the North Central Wisconsin Stormwater Coalition Cooperative Agreement.
- A resolution providing for $21,000 to address water leak repairs and façade repairs to the City Hall. Money will be taken from the Penthouse Guardrail Project, which is no longer in the city’s plan. Water has been entering city hall between the fourth and fifth floors and causing damage.
- A resolution approving the assessment rate for 2014 assessments payable in 2015 for the Downtown Marshfield Business Improvement District. The rate will increase from $1.36 to $1.37 per thousand dollars.
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