Click below to hear the proceedings of the April, 28, 2015 Richmond City Council meeting, recorded by KMZU’s Shaylee Miller.

New council member, Mike Persell, representing Ward 3.

New council member, Mike Persell, representing Ward 3.

All council members were in attendance at the Richmond City Council meeting Tuesday evening. A new face on the council was present as well. Recently elected Mike Persell is one of the two council members that represents Ward 3.

During old business, city council voted to select a bid from a company to conduct a blight study. Improvements and restorations will be made more affordable for structure owners in the specified area through the Industrial Development Project that will progress. Ron Brohammer, the City Administrator made a recommendation to the city as to which bid to choose. According to Brohammer, bid one was $6,800 and bid two was $22,000 and it was his recommendation that the city chose the lower of the two bid. The city unanimously voted to accept the bid for $6,800.

A point of contention was brought to the surface at the Richmond City Council meeting this past Tuesday evening. A waste-water base rate was on the agenda, and although a decision was made, not everyone was in agreement. The change to the waste-water rate was passed six to two, with Council members Powell and Dunwoodie in opposition. There will be a public hearing on the matter to allow community members to share their concerns or lend their support to the representative of their ward. When details on the public hearing become available, we will bring our listeners the update.

All ordinances on the evenings agenda were passed by the council. For a complete listing of those ordinances, follow this link to a previous KMZU article.