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(7/10/12) The regular meeting of the Common Council was held at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on July 3, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. Alderpersons Gearing-Lancaster, Chojnacki, Johnson, Herman, R. Eddy, Rahmlow, Olson and J. Eddy were present. Mayor Danielson presided.

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It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the June 6 and 20, 2012 Council meetings. Motion carried.

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OLD BUSINESS

 

Ordinance #809, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN BY CREATING SECTION 14.12 was distributed for the 2nd reading.

CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ORDINANCE NO.    809      

 

 

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN BY CREATING SECTION 14.12

 

            The Common Council of the City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, do ordain as follows:

 

            SECTION 1. Section 14.12 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Black River Falls is created as follows:

 

14.12    BUILDING MAINTENANCE

 

  1. A.Unsafe Buildings. Whenever the Building Inspector finds any

building or part thereof within the City to be, in his judgment, so old, dilapidated or so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use, and so that it would be unreasonable to repair the same, he shall order the owner to raze and remove it at the owner’s expense. Such order and proceedings shall be carried out in the manner prescribed for the razing of buildings in §66.0413, Wis. Stats. Where the public safety requires immediate action, the Inspector shall enter upon the premises with such assistance as may be necessary, and cause the building or structure to be made safe or to be removed, and the expenses of such work may be recovered by the City in an action against the owner or tenant.

 

  1. B.Property Maintenance Standards.

 

  1. (a)Scope. These standards apply to all structures located in a

residential zoned area and to all structures and sites used for residential purposes but zoned for other uses.

 

  1. (b)Minimum Standards. It shall be unlawful for any person to occupy

or use or let or hold out to another for occupancy for use of any building, structure or premises which does not comply with the requirements of this Code.

 

  1. (c)Foundations, Exterior Walls and Roofs. The foundation shall be

substantially water tight and protected against rodents and shall be kept in good condition and repair. The foundation elements shall adequately support the building at all points. Every exterior wall shall be substantially water tight, weather tight, protected against rodents, kept in good condition and repair and shall be free of deterioration, holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timber, and any other condition which might admit rain or dampness to the interior portions of the walls or to the exterior spaces of the dwelling. All exterior wood surfaces shall be protected by paint, stain or other water- and weather-resistant treatment. Every roof shall be water tight, weather tight, kept in good condition and repair, and have no dangerous defects. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent rainwater from causing dampness in the walls. All cornices, copings, parapets, moldings, belt courses, lintel, sills and similar projections shall be kept in good repair, free from cracks or defects which make them hazardous or dangerous.

 

  1. (d)Windows, Doors and Hatchways. Every window shall be fully

supplied with transparent or translucent window panes which are substantially without cracks or holes, shall be substantially tight and shall be kept in good condition and repair. Windows, other than fixed windows, shall be easily opened and shall be held in position by window hardware. Every exterior door shall fit substantially tight within its frame and shall be kept in good condition. Window and door frames shall be kept in good conditions and shall exclude rain and substantially exclude wind from entering the building or structure. Every basement hatchway shall prevent the entrance of rodents, rain and surface drainage water into the building or structure.

 

  1. (e)Screens. From June 1st to September 15th screens shall be

installed on doors or windows when they are required for ventilation. Screening shall be at least a fourteen (14) mesh and shall be attached to its frame in such manner which does not leave openings larger than those in the screen itself. Frames shall be in good condition and repair and shall fit tightly into the window or door frame so as not to allow the passage of insects or rodents. Screens shall be provided with positive attachment devices to insure that inserts will not fall from or be dislodged from the door or window frame. A self-closing device shall be provided for screen doors.

 

  1. (f)Stairways and Porches. Every exterior stairway and every porch

and its supports shall be kept in good and safe condition and repair and shall be free of deterioration with every rail and balustrade firmly fastened and maintained.

 

  1. (g)Chimneys. Every chimney and chimney flue shall be in good and

safe condition and repair.

 

  1. (h)Grading and Drainage of Lots. Every yard, court driveway or

other portion of the lot shall be graded or drained so as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water on any such surface. Driveways shall be maintained in good condition and repair.

 

  1. (i)Yards. Yards shall be kept substantially clear of debris and shall

be provided with adequate lawn or ground cover of vegetation, hedges or bushes. All areas not covered by any of the foregoing shall be treated to prevent dust or the blowing or scattering of dust particles into the air. All trees, bushes or vegetation which overhang a public entrance shall be properly trimmed to avoid obstruction of the view and movements of vehicles and pedestrians.

 

  1. (j)Infestation. Every building, structure and all exterior

Appurtenances on the premises shall be adequately protected against rats, mice, termites and other vermin. Occupants and operators shall be responsible for the extermination of rodents and vermin from that part of the premises under the exclusive control except where more than one (1) unit is infested at the same time and in this instance the owner shall also be responsible for extermination of the infestation.

 

  1. (k)Exterior Appearance. Every building and structure shall be kept

neat and attractive in appearance. All wooden portions shall be painted, stained or receive other similar treatment as often as necessary to maintain such appearance. Stone, brick or other masonry shall be kept adequately painted and maintained.

 

  1. (l)Refuse, Garbage and Rubbish Storage Requirements. Every

building or structure shall have adequate refuse, garbage or rubbish storage facilities. Garbage containers shall all have tight covers and shall be kept in place at all times. No occupant shall accumulate rubbish, boxes, lumber, metal or other materials which may provide harborage for rodents or vermin.

 

  1. (m)Accessory Structures. Every accessory structure shall be kept in

good condition and repair, shall not obstruct light and air of doors or windows, shall not obstruct a safe means of access to any building or structure, shall not create fire or safety hazards and shall not provide rat or vermin harborage. All accessory structures which are in deteriorated conditions and which are not repairable shall be removed.

 

  1. (n)Maintenance of Property Complaint. Complaints alleging a

violation of this Chapter shall be commenced by service of written notice of noncompliance upon the property owner.

 

  1. (o)Enforcement. Enforcement of this Section may also be in

accordance with Section 14.19 and 14.20 of this Code.

 

 

            ________________________________

                                                                        Ronald Danielson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

_________________________________

William Arndt, City Administrator

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It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Johnson to adopt Ordinance #809. Motion carried.

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Mayor Danielson reviewed the DNR enforcement of activity on the Black River flowage. The flowage is treated as a lake which means boats causing a wake must remain 100’ from shoreline or docks while personal watercraft must be 200’ away. The City will rely on the DNR for enforcement.

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NEW BUSINESS

 

Ordinance #810, AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CODE OF THE CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS, JACKSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN BY REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTION 13.07, was distributed for the 1st reading.

Resolution 2012-4, AGENCY FARE RESOLUTION, was distributed.

City of Black River Falls

Draft Agency Fare Resolution 2012-4

 

Whereas, The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has initiated a transportation broker for medical assistance rides, and,

Whereas, DHS has also developed Family Care, which relies on regional corporations to provide services, including transportation, to qualified residents of a service area; and,

Whereas, The City of Black River Falls sponsored a shared-ride taxi program which provides rides to individuals served by the Medicaid transportation broker Western Wisconsin Cares, the care organization serving Jackson County; and,

Whereas, Federal and State transit regulations permit sponsoring municipalities to adopt agency fares for charging agencies which receive funds to provide transportation to the individuals they serve; and,

Whereas, the adoption of an agency fare will assure that the taxpayers of the City of Black River Falls will not be subsidizing rides for individuals who are eligible for Medicaid funded rides.

Therefore, be it resolved that the City Council of the City of Black River Falls hereby adopts an agency fare of $3.00 per one-way trip with a $.50 per one-way trip additional administrative fee for all agency trips.

Be it further resolved that the effective date of agency fares shall be the first day of the month following council adoption of this resolution.

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                                                                        Ronald Danielson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

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William Arndt, City Administrator

 

It was moved by Alderperson J. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Olson to adopt resolution 2012-4. Motion carried.

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Feasibility study proposals for the Downtown Association pavilion project were discussed.

It was moved by Alderperson R. Eddy, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to award the Downtown Association pavilion feasibility study to Cedar Corp. at their low quote not to exceed $2725.

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The Council was advised of a claim of Ruby Griffin against the City. The claim has been referred to the City’s insurance carrier.

It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Rahmlow to deny the claim as above. Motion carried.

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Mayor Danielson appointed himself and Alderpersons Rahmlow and Eddy to the City’s Union Contract Negotiating Committee.

It was moved by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster, seconded by Alderperson Johnson to approve the Mayor’s appointments as above. Motion carried.

It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Johnson to convene into closed session under State Statute 19.85(1)(g). Motion carried.

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William Arndt

City Administrator

 

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