Continued discussion on chicken ordinance, upcoming police chief interviews

by Dana Serum

On Tuesday, March 24 Cindy Giese, Chairperson of the Police Chief Hiring Committee, provided Mondovi City Council and community members information on the Police Chief Hiring Committee meetings held March 5 and 16.
Giese shared that during the March meetings, the committee reviewed and discussed a total of five police chief applications. The committee agreed that one of the four applicants didn’t meet hiring criteria; the other four applicants would go through with the interview process.
The hiring committee will hold police chief interviews on April 13 and 16. The committee will choose at least two police chief candidates for consideration and report on their qualifications to the Mayor and Council. Giese noted that the committee has been running very smoothly.
“We are focused on getting the process done as quickly as we can,” Giese said.
The Board of Park Commissioners report was also available for those in attendance to view. The board met on March 16, where community members presented on a variety of ideas for the Mondovi parks: introducing a skate park in Lions Park or by the arboretum, building of one or two little league fields in the arboretum next to Linse Field, traffic and parking concerns into the Tourist Park near the Olson property and maintenance of the present park facilities.
“The meeting was held to hear out the publics ideas and concerns,” Pronschinske said. “More set in stone plans are expected to come forward in the near future.”
The Council also continued their discussion on the possibility of instilling a conditional use permit for having chickens in the city. The Council agreed that concrete specifics and guidelines would need to be agreed upon and listed out before approval and adoption could take place. Some of the proposed criteria discussed: An application fee, conditions in which the permit could be revoked, the amount of allowed chickens, and the requirement of all adjoining property owners approval.
In other business that night, the Council approved the following:
Operator licenses for Angela L. Leirmo, Kayla A. Burgess and Shannon K. Johnson, The Local Inn
Operator license for Michelle L. Rud, Dregney’s Double Dz 2
Temporary Class B Picnic License, American Lutheran Home Relay for LIfe Team on April 9, 2015
Acceptance of resignation letter, Matthew J. Speerstra, MPD # 846 Patrol Officer


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