The City Council meeting on October 2nd, the Council waived the second reading of a proposed ordinance amendment to increase the minimum lot area to one acre for residential properties requiring private wells and septic systems. City code currently allows the minimum lot size of .46 acres. City officials believe .46 acres is insufficient to provide enough separation between lots and could lead to contamination of private wells. This change would only affect lots created or modified after January 1, 2024. Existing vacant lots would not be impacted by this amendment. This will come before the Council again on October 16th for a final vote.
The Council approved a request by Menomonie Police Lieutenant Chad Mroczenski to bow hunt on city owned land located at the city landfill and the police department shooting range. Lt. Mroczenski is the officer in charge of the range, so he has access to these secured areas. Lt. Mroczenski must notify Environmental Program Coordinator Megen Hines and Street Superintendent Dave Frank of the dates and times he intends to hunt.
(Note: Bowhunters can register to hunt at Phelan Park and Menomin Park by contacting the Menomonie Recreation Department.)
The Council approved a request by the Menomonie Police Department to submit an order for 2024 squads now as the window for ordering has been changed by Ford. In the past the police department has ordered at the beginning of each year but now must order by the middle of October. Payment is not due until 2024.
The Council approved a contract with Ellefson Group LLC to provide the leasing services for City Hall through September 30, 2024.
The Council approved the contract submitted by Stepping Stones to purchase appliances for the homeless shelter from Denny’s Appliance. For grant purposes, the City of Menomonie is the contract owner and therefore must approve the contract.
One hundred ninety-one residents brought items to the Clean Sweep event.
The Chris Kroeze concert after the homecoming parade was well attended. Would like to make this an annual event.
The Mayor has proclaimed October 15th as White Cane Safety Day.
Administrator Atkinson will be working on the city budget, this will be discussed at the next several city council meetings.
PWD David Schofield notes that Heller Road is in the process of being paved and the railroad crossings are being fixed.