June 13 Common Council Meeting Preview

Council Preview- What to Expect at Tuesday’s Meeting

With the City of Marshfield Common Council’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 13, City Administrator Steve Barg outlines what to expect. Previewing the agenda with him is WDLB’s Mike Warren, host of Council Preview on Marshfield Community Television (MCTV).

Expected Items for Discussion at Tuesday’s Meeting:

It’s going to be an action-packed night on Tuesday!

  • Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS) Presentation 
    • Four years ago, MAPS approached the City about a permanent facility for the shelter and there were indications at that time that the City was open to supporting the cause. MAPS currently operates out of a temporary facility in the former airport terminal building, which is not a long-term option. Bill Heiting and Karen Rau will speak to the Council about the MAPS vision and ask for assistance. MAPS currently holds the contracts for both stray dogs and cats in the City.
  • Review Possible Sites for a New Municipal Pool (More Info – Click Here)
    • Justin Casperson, Parks and Recreation Director, will present an update to the Council, seeking direction regarding the proposed sites for a new aquatic facility. The top three proposed locations are:
      • Current Hefko Site
      • Braem Park
      • Griese Park South
  • Request to Approve Request for Proposal (RFP) for Sale and Redevelopment of City Hall
    • The previous proposal by Gorman & Co is no longer possible (MORE INFO – Click HERE). At their most recent meeting, the Council directed the City to develop a new RFP that would include not just residential developments. The field is now open to office, retail, and commercial developments.
  • Approve RFP for Wildwood Zoo Welcome Center Architectural Services
    • A proposed new welcome center includes expanded cougar exhibit, ADA restrooms, animal handling area, and educational center. This has been in the works for quite some time and the next step is to design the building. (This discussion would fall under the Consent Agenda, having already been discussed and approved by Public Works.)
  • Approve Consultant for Wildwood-McMillan Connector Trail Construction Administration Services
    • An almost decade-old project, the trail is now ready for construction. The City received four proposals and the review team chose Gremmer and Associates (located in Plover) for this project. Gremmer isn’t building the trail, just overseeing contract administration to make sure the project is constructing properly, within budget, etc.
  • Recommendation from Finance to Direct Staff to Draft an Ordinance Confirming the City’s Continued Commitment to use its Share of Room Tax Revenues for Parks and Wildwood Zoo Projects 
    • In 2016, the room tax increased from 6%-8%. During the re-writing process, the language indicating the City’s commitment to use their portion for parks and zoo purposes was removed. Committee is recommending to Council to re-codify this intent.


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