Concealed weapons ordinance passes first reading
Carrying concealed weapons inside city of Clintonville facilities will not be allowed under a new ordinance presented to the Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Ordinance 1070 repeals and re-creates Chapter 9, Orderly Conduct, Section 9.02 Possession and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons to read as follows: 9.02 Possession and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons and prohibiting the carrying of weapons and firearms in municipal buildings.
The ordinance defines firearms as any weapon from which a shot may be fired by the force of an explosive or propellant, including, but not limited to, rifles, pistols, shotguns, air guns and BB guns.
Signs will be posted at municipal facilities and a complete copy of the ordinance is available at City Hall.
The ordinance will be effective on Nov. 1, 2011, provided it passes the second reading.
A request from the Clintonville Area Historical Society (CAHS) for possession of firearms on public property was also approved. CAHS will conduct a special event entitled “Times Gone By” at the History House on 11th Street from Sept. 23-25.
Included in the several things taking place will be an encampment of re-enactors of the fur trade era known as “buckskinners”. They will attempt to teach guests what life was like during the years 1800-1860. Part of the buckskinners’ program is to display and demonstrate flintlock rifles in use at the time, and to demonstrate the firing of that weapon. Only powder will be used, without any projectile. Appropriate safety precautions will be adhered to.
The council approved waiving the ordinance prohibiting the possession of a firearm in public buildings or on public grounds, for the hours of 1-4 p.m. each day of the “Times Gone By” event.
Budget meetings with department heads began Sept. 16 and will continue through Nov. 21, following the schedule outlined below:
• Sept. 16 – Meeting with Department Heads – Noon
• Sept. 22 – Meeting with Department Heads – Noon
• Sept. 27 – Meeting with Department Heads – Noon
• Oct. 10 – Budget Discussion (regularly scheduled Finance meeting) – 5:15 p.m.
• Oct. 13 – Meeting with Department Heads – Noon
• Oct. 14 – Meeting with Department Heads – Noon
• Nov. 7 – Council Budget Workshop (regularly scheduled Finance meeting) – 5:15 p.m.
• Nov. 8 – Public Budget Hearing – (during scheduled Council meeting)
• Nov. 21 – Special Council Meeting (to adapt budget) – TBA based on quorum needs
A revolving loan for a new business was also discussed. Tim and Toni Jirikowic will open “TnT’s Smoke Shack” at 20 S. Main Street. A loan for $20,000 at four percent interest for seven years was approved.
A new lease agreement for Brian Holbrook at the airport’s Hangar 400 was also approved. The rent is currently $350 per month. Under the new agreement, that will increase to $375 per month in 2012 and $400 per month in 2013.
A cross connection plan recommended by the Utility Board was also approved. This plan and its associated surveys are intended to prevent contamination in the city’s water system that could occur due to backflow of contaminated water.
An updated grievance policy for employees was also approved. State law regarding budgets and unions now requires cities to adopt a new grievance procedure. A key component of the new procedure is the number of days limitation within which grievances can be filed.
The council also approved spending $1,470 for an ad in the Waupaca County Visitor’s Guide. Information for the three motels, City of Clintonville and Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce will all be listed on the ad, which will be an inside-cover ad.
Letters were also presented to the council from the Town of Larrabee, Clintonville resident Arlene Kresl, and the American Legion Post 63 Diamond Cats baseball team.
“During our Aug. 24 board meeting, it was decided not to sign the 2012 contract for the use of City Hall for town meetings and election purposes,” stated a letter from the Larrabee Town Board to Mayor Judy Magee. “We as a board feel that $2,000 a year for the amount of time we actually use the facilities is just too expensive. We will be holding our town business elsewhere starting Jan. 1, 2012. We feel we had a good working relationship over the years and are sad to see it end.”
A letter from the Diamond Cats thanked the city and City Administrator Lisa Kuss for their assistance as the team traveled to the state tournament.
“You certainly did a fantastic job in a short period of time to get donations to defray our hotel and meal costs at the American Legion State Tournament,” read the letter. “While we wanted to win, we came home after taking third and with the sportsmanship trophy. The memories we have will last a lifetime and will make us better men. We are lucky to live in such a wonderful community like Clintonville. Thanks so much!”
Kresl’s letter was addressed to Park and Rec Director Dick Writt.
“Thanks for giving me help with the back fence on city property,” Kresl wrote. “It makes me very happy to know this great little city I live in takes the time to work on one of its elderly citizens requests-a problem important to only her! The girl worked hard and did a good job. Thanks again and I really appreciate it!”
The council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Community Center, to discuss a petition that was submitted seeking to remove the position of City Administrator.