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BRF Common Council Meeting Minutes

(7/5/14)

 The regular meeting of the Common Council was held at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on July 1, 2014 at 6:00 P.M.  Alderpersons R. Eddy, Hackman, Olson, J. Eddy, Gearing-Lancaster, Chojnacki, Johnson, and Pankowitz were present.  Mayor Danielson presided.

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It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Olson to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the June 3, 2014 Special Common Council meeting.  Motion carried.

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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE

Five citizens were in attendance, a sixth came in at 6:55.

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve the Committee of the Whole minutes from June 25, 2014.  Motion carried.

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The Committee of the Whole met at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on June 25, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons R. Eddy, Hackman, Olson, J. Eddy, Gearing-Lancaster, Johnson, and Pankowitz were present.  Alderperson Chojnacki was absent.  Mayor Danielson presided.

1.      There were 4 citizens in attendance. 

2.      It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to move item # 7 – Approve Contributing $20,000 to Skyline Golf Course for Capital Improvements out of the Economic Development Fund - up on the agenda to be discussed after Item #4 on the agenda.  Motion Carried.

3.      Gil Homstad and Dennis Young were present representing the Skyline Golf Course and its financial needs.  Being that the City owns the golf course and is an extremely valuable community asset that needs to be preserved, they requested the City contribute $20,000 to their $300,000 goal for major maintenance and capital needs.  The additional $270,000 will be raised thru fund raising and individual donations.

4.      It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Olson to contribute $20,000 from the Economic Development Fund to the capital improvement fund for the Skyline Golf Course.  Motion carried.

5.      The Department Head monthly reports were reviewed.  Department heads present were Todd Gomer, Steve Peterson, Dave Frederick, Steve Schreiber, Jody Stoker and Brad Chown.  Tammy Peasley was absent due to other commitments. 

6.      Fire Chief Steve Schreiber advised the committee that the fire on Pierce Street on June 15th was the 1st fatality in the City in 28 years.  Debriefing is available for the fire fighters and EMS that were on duty at the scene.

7.       There was mention of fire rings in the city limits.  Chief Schreiber stated they are allowed in the City and should be no larger than 4 ft. in diameter and no higher than 3 ft. tall.  Only clean wood can be burned and are considered cooking, camping or warming fires.  Chief Schreiber will research to find out how far the ring should be from a structure and report back to committee next month.

8.      The Fire Department held its annual car show fundraiser on May 18th.  Approximately 200 vehicles were on display for this event.

9.      EMS Division Chief Jody Stoker presented his report and stated he hopes to have the department's new ambulance by the end of August.  Mayor Ron Danielson, EMS Division Chief Jody Stoker and City Administrator Brad Chown will perform interviews the later part of July for 1 EMT.

10.  Street Superintendent Todd Gomer discussed the problem he is having with recycling.  He stated he does not have enough employees to cover recycling and still keep up with street work.  He lost 2 employees this Spring because of the cut in hours and is having a hard time keeping staff to fill the positions.   He advised the committee there is no incentive for employees to stick around because of the inclement weather conditions, physical labor and low pay.  Todd voiced the fact that he doesn't want to go thru the hiring process again just to find out in a few months that the recycling program is going to be eliminated.  City Administrator Brad Chown will check into Manpower for temporary help until the City decides what to do.  Jackson County Zoning Director Terry Schmidt told Todd that if the County loses the City's recycling they will lose their funding from State.   Todd stated the City has not received funding from the County since 2004.  Alderperson Hackman has done extensive research on recycling programs in other urban areas.  She spoke with Jerry Martell from Modern Disposal in Sparta, WI about contracting out recycling services in the City.  A group of Alderpersons and the Mayor will set up a date and time to meet with Jerry to discuss options available.  A number of city residents have voiced the fact that they would miss the curbside pickup and feel the City needs to keep the program alive.  Street Superintendent Todd Gomer reported that a frac-sand truck cut the corner too short on 8th and Main and hit the retaining wall.  There was discussion of restricting 8th Street to 16,000 lbs. Semi traffic and other large machines are using 8th Street as an alternate route from Hwy 54 to Co. Hwy A.  Superintendent Gomer stated that 8th Street, from Main to Adams, is built to handle heavy trucks.  8th Street, from Adams to Co. Hwy A, is not.  There was discussion whether the City should consider making the whole stretch compatible for heavy equipment, though there is no money in the 5 year plan for this project.  8th Street is considered a major and minor arterial road which possibly could qualify for state funding.   11th Street construction is under way - the Street Dept. stripped the sub-base after the Water Dept. was done with their work on the street.  There is an excess amount of sub-base by the City Shop from streets that are being worked on throughout the City.  It is free to the public.  The traffic light controllers are installed and working well.  Mowing of rights-of-ways has begun.

11.  Police Chief Dave Frederick presented his monthly report with nothing further to report.

12.  Parks & Recreation Director Steve Peterson updated the Council on the events at the Fair Park. Joseph Arnaud is the new employee taking over for Ron Milbradt.  Swimming lessons are going on at the Lunda Center. Festival in the Park will be July 4th at the Lunda Community Park.  D & S is holding a fund raiser June 26th to help restock the fish at the Lunda Park Pond.  Samantha Smetana is doing a great job at the Aquatic Center and things are going well with the pool.  Events are being held at the Fair Park every weekend and many week days.  The canopy over the Hippo at Mills Park will be replaced soon.  Little league games are in full swing using 4 to 7 fields daily.  There was a dedication of the "Dale Borreson Field" held at the Brockway park ball field today at 4:30.  It was very nice and well attended.

13.  City Administrator Brad Chown presented his monthly report for June 2014.  J & B Holdings, LLC will be in next week to pay $30,000 towards the Lallapalooza bankruptcy settlement.  Brad stated we just received the financial statements from the auditors and they were very pleased with the progress of finance entries for the past year.

14.  Alderperson Jay Eddy stated the Library has been updated with a new look.  Smoking outside the Library doors has been a concern which led to a brief discussion of possibly looking into a City Ordinance restricting smoking near buildings or entrances.  Possibly posting signage outside the doors similar to what the Courthouse has to see if it would help.

15.  It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve the vouchers for May 2014.  Motion carried.

16.  It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Johnson to approve the City Treasurer's Report for May 2014.  Motion carried.

17.  It was moved by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster, seconded by Alderperson J. Eddy to approve the Revenue & Expense Reports for May 2014.  Motion carried. 

18.  It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to adjourn.  Motion carried.

An audio recording of this meeting is available at City Hall.

Rhonda J. Ammann

Deputy City Clerk

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It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Chojnacki to place on file the Utility Commission minutes from June 30, 2014.  Motion Carried. 

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OLD BUSINESS

Mayor Danielson, Alderperson R. Eddy and Alderperson Hackman met with a recycling company from Sparta.  The company would like to meet with Street Superintendent Todd Gomer before giving us any pricing.  They are proposing to do recycling pickup every week Monday through Thursday and it would remain on the same day of the week as garbage.  The City's approximate cost to do recycling is around $35,000.  Manpower was contacted to get two temporary recycling employees, but they cannot hire for this job due to their insurance.  At this time the Street Department will continue operating with one recycling employee.  Jackson County will continue receiving their recycling grant if we go with this company and Council suggested we talk to the County to see if they would be willing and able to assist with funding. 

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NEW BUSINESS

Representatives from WE Energies presented information on adding 80 miles of pipeline between Augusta to Tomah which would impact two parcels owned by the City.  They are hoping to start construction for this project in January 2015 with a finish date of November 1, 2015.  WE Energies is requesting easements for the two parcels in order to proceed with the project.  The City has two options: 1) Get the parcels appraised 2) Come to a value agreement with WE Energies.  WE Energies needs a 50' permanent easement and temporary workspace for project construction.  The pipeline would be approximately 15' from the road and 35' from the other side of the easement, not directly in the middle.  No structures or trees can be planted on top of the pipeline.  City Attorney Dan Diehn recommended the City use the same appraiser as the County to have the parcels assessed to determine reasonable compensation for the easements. 

It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Pankowitz to have the City Attorney draw up a resolution granting the requested easements to WE Energies and present at the August Common Council meeting.  Motion carried.

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It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson J. Eddy to approve RESOLUTION 2014-6 INITIAL RESOLUTION IN REGARD TO VACTION OF AN ALLEY, KNAPP & WILLIAMSON'S PLAT, IN THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN.  Motion carried.

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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS RESOLUTION 2014-6

INITIAL RESOLUTION IN REGARD TO VACATION OF AN ALLEY, KNAPP & WILLIAMSON'S PLAT, IN THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN

WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, has determined that the alley running immediately north of Lots 5-9 of Knapp and Williamson's Plat of the City of Black River Falls is no longer needed as a public alley in the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin; and

            WHEREAS, it would be in the best interests of the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin to discontinue the above-described alley; and

            WHEREAS, Jackson County and the Bible Baptist Church are the owners of all frontage of the lots and lands abutting on, adjacent to, adjoining or located on the portion of the alley above-described.

            NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

1. The alley immediately north of Lots 5-9 of Knapp and Williamson's Plat of the City of Black River Falls is no longer needed as a public alley in the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.

2.  A Public Hearing shall be held on this matter.

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                                                                                                            Ronald Danielson, Mayor

ATTEST:

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A. Brad Chown, City Administrator

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It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Pankowitz to approve RESOLUTION 2014-7 A RESOLUTION APPROVING TRANSFER OF EASEMENT TO WISCONSIN GAS, LLC, A LLC DOING BUSINESS AS WE ENERGIES. This is for a supply line on to the cell tower located on E. Lincoln Street in the City.  Motion carried.

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CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS RESOLUTION 2014-7

A RESOLUTION APPROVING TRANSFER OF EASEMENT TO WISCONSIN GAS, LLC, A WISCONSIN

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DOING BUSINESS AS WE ENERGIES

WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Gas, LLC, doing business as WE Energies has requested a Utility Easement on lands owned by the City of Black River Falls and located in the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.  The easement area is described as a 12 foot wide easement, being a part of Andrews Rd lying within that part of Outlots 1 and 3, Certified Survey Map No. 3080, recorded in the office of the Jackson County Register of Deeds in Volume 13 of CSM's, Page 5, as Document No. 337815, and being a part of the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter and the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 23,Township 21 North, Range 4 West, City of Black River Falls, and also a part of Lot 1, Certified Survey Map No. 2206, recorded in the office of the Jackson County Register of Deeds in Volume 10 of CSM's, Page 95, as Document No. 304981, and being a part of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 23, Township 21 North, Range 4 West, City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.; and

      WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Gas, LLC doing business as WE Energies is requesting this easement to install, operate,

maintain repair, replace and extend underground utility facilities, pipeline or pipelines with valves, tie overs, main laterals

and service laterals, together with all necessary and appurtenant equipment under and above ground, including cathodic

protection apparatus used for corrosion control, as deemed necessary by Grantee, for the transmission and distribution of

natural gas and all by-products thereof, or any liquids, gases, or substances which can or may be transported or distributed

through a pipeline, including the customary growth and replacement thereof. Trees, bushes, branches and roots may be

trimmed or removed so as not to interfere with Grantee's use of the easement area; and

WHEREAS,  a copy of the proposed Easement is attached hereto, marked as Exhibit "A" and made a part hereof; and

           

WHEREAS, Granting the proposed Easement is in the interests of the residents of the City of Black River Falls.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

1.            That the City of Black River Falls is authorized to transfer the above-described easement to Wisconsin Gas, LLC doing business as WE Energies, and Mayor Ronald Danielson is authorized to execute all necessary documents.

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                    Ronald Danielson, Mayor

ATTEST:

                                                           

A. Brad Chown, City Administrator

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ORDINANCE #819, AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND RECREATING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION NO. 5.01, 5.02, 5.03, AND 5.04, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN, REGARDING COMPOSITION OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, APPOINTMENTS, REGULATION AND DEPARTMENT TRAINING was distributed as the 1st reading.

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It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to approve the Temporary Beer License for the Black River Falls Downtown Association for the Karner Blue Butterfly Festival July 18-19, 2014.  Motion carried.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Chojnacki to approve the Temporary Beer License for St. Joseph's Catholic Church for their Pair Fall Festival October 18-19, 2014.  Motion carried.

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There was a lengthy discussion on the Jackson County Ag Society's application for a Temporary Beer License for the Jackson County Fair July 30-August 3, 2014 and where beer should be sold and consumed during this event. 

It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Johnson to table Jackson County Ag Society's application for a Temporary Beer License for the Jackson County Fair July 30-August 3.  Motion carried.

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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Chojnacki to approve the Temporary Beer License for the Taylor FFA Alumni for their Jackson County Beef Cookout on July 12, 2014.  Motion carried.

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It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to adjourn at 7:23.  Motion Carried.

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An audio recording of this meeting is available at City Hall.

Kelly R. Hurst

Deputy Clerk/Treasurer

 

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