Interviews scheduled for City Administrator position
At the February 20th meeting, the city council authorized a $484,000 TIF note from Tax Increment District (TID) #17 for the previously approved Maplewood Eco Cottages and authorized the city attorney to prepare a developers agreement with Gerard Development. The note would be reimbursed on a pay-as-you go basis through the project’s future property tax payments. The development will be located along 21st St. SE, across from the middle school.
The Maplewood ECO Cottages will consist of 8 single-story buildings with 4 to 12 units per building. The 55-unit development will consist of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units for families and the elderly. The housing will be affordable to a range of incomes from 30-80% of Area Median Household Income, and 20% of the units will be reserved for disabled veterans. Multiple aspects of sustainability have been built into the project, such as added insulation, upgraded windows, HVAC upgrades, and a solar array.
In other business:
The city council adopted resolutions authorizing the administration to proceed with the issuance and sale of bonds and promissory notes. The bonds will provide money for capital projects, including several street projects, Wakanda Water Park retrofitting, and water plant upgrades. The promissory notes provide for equipment purchases. The debt issuance will be open for competitive bids.
The council approved a request from the Menomonie Jr. Mustang softball program to place advertising signage on the fencing surrounding the Moose Lodge ballfield on 9th Avenue. By ordinance, Wakanda Park is the only facility where advertising is allowed. The ordinance will be amended to allow advertising as requested.
The council adopted a resolution setting the polling locations in the city for elections. These will be in place until further resolution changes them.
Wards 1&2 - Christ Lutheran Church, 1306 Wilcox Street
Wards 3&4 - Menomonie City Hall, Council Chambers, 800 Wilson Avenue
Wards 5&7 - UW Stout Price Commons, 1110 South Broadway Street
Ward 6 - United Methodist Church, 2703 Bongey Drive
Wards 8&9 - Leisure Services Center, 1412 6th Street
Wards 10&11 - CVTC, 403 Technology Drive E
The council approved the bids for Stepping Stone's new homeless shelter. City council approval is required per the grant requirements. Council member Lee Schwebs noted that Anderson Windows has donated the windows for the project.
Mayor Knaack noted that on Wednesday, March 1st, from 5-7pm, the city will be hosting a "Meet & Greet" event in the city council chambers for the public to meet the final candidates for the City Administrator position. The council will meet on Thursday, March 2nd, to conduct interviews of the finalists.