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City Council reviews budget at November 6th meeting

The City Council held a special meeting on Monday, November 6th at 5:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting was to review the 2024 General Operating Budget. The Council reviewed requests for financial assistance from area agencies. Several people spoke on behalf of those agencies and were available for questions.

At the end of the meeting, the Council voted to fund all agencies at the dollar amount requested.

The Mabel Tainter - $60,000

Dunn County Transit - $27,940

Menomonie Area Senior Center - $29,000

Ludington Guard Band - $20,000

Main Street of Menomonie, Inc. - $25,000

Dunn County Humane Society Contract Subsidy - $33,313

Stepping Stones - $30,000

Evergreen Cemetery - $5,000

Dunn County Historical Society - $5,000

The Bridge to Hope - $10,000

The City Council held their regular meeting on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm.

The City Council approved the annexation of 19.62 acres adjacent to Eagle Point Road/650th Avenue. This property is currently in the Town of Red Cedar and is directly adjacent to the City. It is being annexed with a temporary zoning of (A) Agriculture District. There is also a rezoning request to change to Industrial. That change is being referred to the Plan Commission and will come back before the Council at a later date.

City Administrator Eric Atkinson presented the proposed 2024 General Fund Budget, Debt Service Budget, and Capital Improvement Plan. Final numbers will be presented at the November 20th meeting.

The Council approved the resolution of the Plan Commission to rename the portion of Lookout Road between Schneider Avenue and US Hwy 12 to Hoffman Street. With the extension of Schneider Avenue east to the city limits and the realignment of Lookout Road south of Schneider Avenue, two intersections of Schneider Avenue and Lookout Road exist. This has led to driver and emergency services confusion.

Hoffman Street is named after Paul R. Hoffman, who was a Professor at UW Stout and played a critical role in the creation of the Stout Technology Park, and his wife Mary Ann Hoffman, who was a Peer Advisement Coordinator at the Center for Independent Living and worked tirelessly on behalf of disabled people.

The Council approved renewing the City’s contract with the Dunn County Humane Society.

The Council approved two change orders for the new homeless shelter. For grant purposes, the city is the contract owner and must approve all changes.

The Council approved Mayor Knaack’s appointment of Kat Wagner, manager of the Hampton Inn, and Barbara Chen, owner of C&J’s Candy Store, to the Tourism commission.


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