Fairview City Council 03.07.2024

Submitted by

Christine Rosenberger

The Fairview City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, for their regular meeting. Present were Mayor Art Vonderschmidt, Council members Charlie Kramer, Bridget Harvey, Sierra Goering, Doug Bletscher and Steve Holthaus, City Clerk Christine Rosenberger, Animal Control/Ordinance Officer Ashley Martinez, City Treasurer Kim Rettele, City Maintenance George Blanton, and Community Center Manager Joann Keim. Guests in attendance were Patty Ingraham and Ron Rettele.

Mayor Vonderschmidt called the meeting to order.

Correspondence to review included the proposed ordinance book received from American Legal Publishing and Valuation Notices received from Brown County on city owned properties.

The council approved the minutes of the Feb. 1 meeting.

The council approved the treasurer’s report as balanced and verified.

Old Business

Easement Officer Martinez advised 21 easements for the highway project have been completed. The council approved to pay Martinez for 21 completed easements at the rate of $50 per easement.

Martinez brought the council up to date on the complaints against Mark Chester for his property and dog. Court will be held March 26 at 4 p.m.

The council approved to adopt Resolution 2024-01 to condemn certain real estate for easement purposes.

Councilman Holthaus asked about Quick Claim deed letters that the council asked Attorney Luke Sunderland to draft some time ago. It was noted that Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was working on tax sale preparations but those preparations have been delayed.

Mayor Vonderschmidt brought to the council’s attention the condition of the Fairview sign where the proposed mural will be painted. Considered repairs to the sign would include new metal, sandblasting and prime/paint. The council approved to obtain quotes to refurbish the sign.

It was discussed that Community Improvement District funds have not been drawn down to date and totaled $13,700 for February 2024.

New Business

Mayor Vonderschmidt asked rock to be put in the trench on the TA access road. The trench has been filled prior and is in need of filling again until hot patch is available. Vonderschmidt is having a tree removed at his property and will ask the removers to trim the tree that hangs over the street. He will also inquire if they are available to trim trees prior to oiling the streets this summer.

Councilwoman Goering brought the council up to date on the mural project. The grant application has been submitted for funding of the mural and the committee plans to continue work on the project.

Community Center Manager Keim indicated the park restrooms will be opened at the end of March. The Community Center will be used by the American Legion for the District 10 convention. She asked the council to consider citywide clean-up for May 3 to 5. The council agreed and dumpsters will be secured for that date. Fairview Mill is sponsoring the Burger Bus on May 24 in Fairview. Keim continues to work on issues with the community center air conditioner.

City Treasurer Rettele advised the receipt of funds from the Wolfe Grant for $1,500. The funds will be used to purchase an additional picnic table for the park that matches the blue ones purchased with the grant funds awarded last year.

The council approved paying the bills.

The next regular meeting of the council was held on Thursday, April 4, at the Community Center. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

 

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