TOWN OF RIVER FALLS REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, March 2, 2015; River Falls Town Hall
Elected officials and staff present: Diana G. Smith, Chair; Siri Smith, LeRoy Kusilek, Joe Mahoney, Brad Mogen, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Rita Kozak, Treasurer; Jerome Rodewald, Zoning Administrator
The meeting was called to order at 8:10 P.M. by Chair, Diana Smith. Mike Stifter, a candidate for the River Falls School Board, was present to introduce himself to board members.
Brad moved to approve the minutes of the February 16th meeting. Siri seconded. Motion carried.
Siri moved to approve the March 2nd treasurer’s report. There is money market balance of $461,308.81. Joe seconded. Motion carried. Rita reported that dog licensing numbers are down thus far in 2015. The state is beginning to scrutinize dog licensing in more detail, especially in regards to rabies vaccination information. Rita will develop a listing of town residents that licensed dogs in 2014, but not 2015. The board also discussed other ideas to ensure town residents license their dogs as required by state law. It was noted that licensing fees will increase by $5.00 after April 1st.
Communications: Joe suggested that a key code of town acronyms would be helpful to new town board and committee members. The Parks & Recreation Committee will work with the David & Tami Gregg family in locating a memorial bench in Halverson Park.
Jerome provided the zoning report. A good turnout was reported for the South Fork/Rocky Branch Farmer Led Watershed meeting on February 24th. The group will be using the Town Hall for monthly meetings. A joint Plan Commission/Town Board public hearing will be held on Monday, March 16th at 7:50 P.M. for Mike & Debra Moody and at 7:50 P.M. on Monday, April 6th for Christopher and Lisa Cernohous. Both requests are to rezone land from A-1, Exclusive Agriculture to A-2, Agriculture Residential.
Plan Commission Recommendations: No recommendations at this time.
Recycling Center Assistant/Meeting Recorder: Notice will go out in the spring newsletter advertising a Recycling Center Assistant position. Information will also be posted on the town website. Diana is working with the various town committees to determine if there are committee members willing to take minutes at each of the monthly meetings.
CSM for Delbert & Caroline Hamilton: Postponed until further notice.
EDC Survey: The board worked on completing a survey for the Pierce County Economic Development Council regarding current and future land uses in the town.
Farmland Preservation Plan & Rezone Report: Jerome reported that landowners that have questions or concerns regarding the updated Farmland Preservation Plan and possible rezones are being asked to meet with the Land Use Ad Hoc Committee. Jerome mailed out notices to landowners adjoining the Moody property in preparation for the March 16th public hearing.
Legal Opinion on ETZ Regulations: Diana is working with Attorney Loberg on this issue. Correspondence from the city attorney has not been received by the town yet.
Spring Newsletter: Articles and reports that will be included in the spring newsletter will be finalized at the March 16th meeting.
Employee Handbook: Diana is working on a draft that will be brought forward to the Town Board for review.
Siri moved to approve the March 2nd listing of bills. Brad seconded. Motion carried.
LeRoy moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 P.M. Joe seconded. Motion carried.
Ruth Stern, Clerk