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GLENWOOD CITY—With the bottom dropping out of the prices for recycled material that the city collects at its Recycling Center has Mayor John Larson questioning the continued use of the center.
Larson addressed members of the City Council at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, April 16th, about the continued use of the facility. He informed the council that there is no value in the recycled items that the city collects. Apparently the city will have to pay the same as garbage and trash to have those recycled items removed from the city’s facility.
Mayor Larson noted that he had contacted a company about curbside pickup. The council is studying the problem and looking for a solution.
Gets Property Tax Relief On Old School Property
Mayor Larson also reported to the council that City Clerk/ Treasurer Shari Rosenow and himself appeared before the St. Croix County Administration Committee recently to request forgiveness’ of the property taxes on the old school property.
The City recently purchased the old school property along east Oak Street from a private party. The agreement was made back in December of last year that the city would purchase the property for $15,000 and the city would be responsible for the property taxes that had not been paid for a several years. Larson said that the county committee gave its approval to forgive the tax bill of $25,114.83. Larson commented, “that was very nice for that county committee to do that for us.”
David Caress, the City’s Public Works Director spoke about the construction meeting on the Wastewater Water Treatment facility, noting that the project will start in May. Caress also reported on the Highway 170 improvement project set for 2021 and informed the council of a couple of items that were proposed which would be an expense to the city. He also told the council “that some of the curb and gutter on the south side of Maple Street is in bad shape and if that were to be replace it would be a cost to the city or homeowner.
He also told the council that a fire hydrant at the corner of Pine and First Street would have to be moved back to allow for sidewalk ramps to be installed there.
Who Wants To Be Council President?
The meeting on Tuesday evening was also the organizational meeting of the council following the April election and therefore a new council president had to be chosen. The mayor makes assignments of council members to the various city committees. But when it was time for the election of a council president, it seemed that there was a question of who wanted to serve as president. The current council president was Terry Klinger who did not get re-elected to the council. Council member Ben DeGross nominated Ken Peterson, but Peterson then nominated Steve Lee, but there were no second to either of those nominations. In the meantime Peterson said he would decline the nomination and Lee indicated the same. Then Member Austin Sandow nominated Rob Unrud for the position and he was elected.
Bill Koosmann, the newly elected member of the city council was not at his first meeting and it was disclosed at the meeting that he was in the hospital.
Mayor Larson offered his thanks to Klinger for all the years he had served the community including serving as mayor. “He always had the best interests of the city at heart,” Larson said. He also thanked Julie Stansbury for working in the clerk’s office. It was learned that her last day was on Friday, April 10th.
Police Chief Robert Darwin gave a brief report to the council and then introduced the new officer to the department, Max Luppino.
The library report was presented to the members of the council and according to the report the Librarian will be attending the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries conference in Wausau from May first to the third. A scholarship was received to help pay for the hotel stay and the fee for the conference.
Movie nights for the Library included “Mary Poppins” on April 18, “Spider-Man” on April 22nd and “A Dog’s Way Home,” on April 29.
The council also approved a “Fair Housing Proclamation” where as April 20th will mark the 51st anniversary of the passage of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly know as the Federal Fair Housing Act.
The council entered into a closed session so they could discuss an offer to purchase real estate. They took no action on that matter after returning to open session.