Council adopts ordinance to redesign neighborhoods A and C and discuss city project needs
Watertown City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Stony Point Investments, LLP at Monday’s meeting.
The developer is completing the second phase of the Stony Point project, which potentially includes a hotel, condominiums, retail and entertainment spaces.
The memorandum is intended to help the developer work with funders and asks the city for funding through tax increases.
“As stated in the (memorandum), he is not asking that we seek seed funding for this TIF,” lamented City Attorney Matt Roby.
TIF districts are often created to help cover some of the initial public infrastructure expenses. Funds received are repaid through property taxes collected on improvements in the district. Once these expenses are reimbursed, the higher property taxes collected go to local governments.
The first stage of the Kampeska Lake development project consisted of 46 condominium units.
Neighborhoods A, C adjusted after the 2020 census
Council also heard at second reading an amendment to an ordinance to redraw the boundaries of Wards A and C in Watertown.
“As a result of the 2020 census, there was a discrepancy identified more than what federal law would allow in the number of people in each area of the city,” Roby said.
The first district worked with the city to come up with a solution to the changing population, which involved moving part of Ward A to Ward C.
Roby said citizens affected by the change will be notified of their new neighborhood.
Consulting services for an ice rink project
The board approved an agreement with Rink Scheduling & Consulting Services to provide consulting services for the rink project.
City Manager Amanda Mack said the rink planning and consulting services will help determine long-term rink employment and management needs. The company will personalize job descriptions and participate in the hiring process for a rink manager. It will also contribute to the training of personnel.
The board chose Rink Scheduling & Consulting Services because it has decades of experience.
“We selected Rink Scheduling & Consulting Services based on their availability, their experience in the ice cream market and the overall cost of their proposal,” said Mack.
The deal will last a year and cost $ 10,000, funded by the rink bond.
Mayor Ried Holien commented on the continued efforts of City Council and other participants in the rink MOU:
“As a city council, we are committed to doing things right. We have shown that we are engaged in the construction of the facility and, with it, the ongoing operations. We are committed to doing it right from start to finish. “
Committee to discuss the roles of the mayor, the city manager
Last year, a committee was formed to review the duties of the city manager and mayor following changes in city government in July 2021. It consisted of former council members Dan Albertson and Beth Mantey, city councilor Bruce Buhler, Deputy Mayor Glen Vilhauer, Roby and Holien, who was not running for mayor at the time.
“We didn’t know what we were getting into (with the new form of government). We were explaining and clarifying the duties between the mayor and the city manager,” Vilhauer said.
After the committee met several times, it presented a detailed resolution which was passed and came into effect this month. Under it, the deputy mayor will select two current council members and create a new committee. This committee will review and make recommendations to the full council regarding the roles of the mayor and city manager.
“I will contact you to help me,” Vilhauer told the council. “We will discuss our progress over the past six months and report back to the board. We will review this by the first week of February.”