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BRF Common Council Meeting Minutes

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(8/8/13)

 The regular meeting of the Common Council was held at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls on August 6, 2013 at 6:00 P.M.  Alderpersons Johnson, Herman, Rahmlow, Olson, J. Eddy, Gearing-Lancaster and Chojnacki were present.  Mayor Danielson presided.

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It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Chojnacki to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the July 2, 2013 Council meeting and the July 24, 2013 Special Common Council meeting.  Motion carried.

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CITIZENS IN ATTENDANCE

Scott Bolstad from Senator Ron Johnson's office was present and thanked the council members for the job they do and acknowledged them for being a part of the most accountable level of government.

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Michelle Smart-Powell was in attendance regarding her application for a Class "B" Beer and Class "C" Wine license for her business.  It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Olson to approve the Class "B" Beer and Class "C" Wine Licenses for Local Gatherings.  Motion carried with Alderperson Johnson voting no.

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Jolene Teeples was present to follow up on calls she had previously made to council members.  Mrs. Teeples expressed her concerns regarding the random drug testing practices of the City regarding reported advance notification of employees, the cost of these tests to the City, as well as the apparent absence of a written policy.  Mrs. Teeples urged the City to question employees to find out how they are being notified of these random tests and how much notice they receive.  City Administrator Brad Chown stated an Alcohol and Drug Policy has been drafted to address this issue moving forward, and it will be presented to department heads for input then presented to the Council for approval.  The Council expressed interest in having the random drug testing coordinated through the City Administrator's office. 

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COMMITTEE REPORTS

It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Rahmlow to place on file the Utility Commission minutes of July 29, 2013.  Motion carried.

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OLD BUSINESS

None.

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NEW BUSINESS

It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Chojnacki to approve a Special Class "B" Retailer's License for St. Joseph's Parish for their Fall Festival October 19-20, 2013.  Motion carried with Alderperson Johnson voting no.

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It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson J. Eddy to suspend the rules to act on Ordinance #815.  Motion Carried.

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It was moved by Alderperson Johnson, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to adopt Ordinance #815 Repealing and Recreating Sections 10.03(8) and 10.08 of the City of Black River Falls by Regulating Weed Control. Motion Carried.

CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ORDINANCE NO. 815

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND RECREATING SECTIONS 10.03(8) and 10.08 OF THE  CITY OF BLACK RIVER FALLS BY

REGULATING WEED CONTROL

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

SECTION 1.      Section 10.03(8) of the Code of Ordinances is Repealed and Recreated.  On the effective date of this ordinance, Section 10.08 of the Code of Ordinances shall be repealed and recreated as follows:

10.03(8) NOXIOUS WEEDS. All noxious weeds, as defined in §66.0407(1),

Wis. Stats.  In addition, other rank growth of veg­etation, and all weeds,

grasses and plants over 8 inches in height, excluding trees and shrubs, which:

  (a)  Detract from the surrounding area and properties.

(b) Become a possible fire hazard, as determined by the Fire Chief.

(c) Become a health hazard due to their pollen or a potential cover

for disease-carrying rodents and other small animals.

(d) Are of infectious or poisonous nature in or adja­cent to a populated area,

regardless of height.

(e) Become a potential hazard to vehicular traffic in vision clearance triangles."

SECTION 2.           Section 10.08 of the Code of Ordinances is Repealed and Recreated as follows:

 

"10.08 Weed Control.  (1) NOXIOUS WEEDS AND RANK GROWTH PROHIBITED. No owner or occupant of any lot or parcel shall allow such property to become overgrown with any weeds or grass so as to constitute a public nuisance, as defined in sec. 10.03(8) of this chapter.

(2) ENFORCEMENT.  If a property owner or occupant fails to control the growth of such weeds, grass or rank growth of vegetation on the property, the City of Black River Falls Police Department is authorized to issue a citation to the property owner, occupant, or any person with legally recognized management authority of the property and/or the City may abate the nuisance by removing or mowing the offending vegetation.

(3)  ABATEMENT.  If the City abates the nuisance as set forth above, all costs of abatement shall be added to the City tax rolls.

(4)  APPLICABILITY.  The responsibilities of landowners or occupiers under this section shall apply to the lot owned or occupied and to the public right-of-way lying between the property line and the roadway.

(5)  EXCEPTION.

Properties owned by the City of Black River Falls are exempt from this Ordinance.

(6)  PENALTY.  In addition to the penalties provided in this chapter, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter, or permit or cause a public nuisance, shall be subject to a penalty as provided in sec. 25.04 of this Code.

           

SECTION 3.      Severability.  The provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed severable and it is expressly declared that the Common Council would have passed the other provisions of this Ordinance irrespective of whether or not one or more provisions may be declared invalid and if any provisions of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the Ordinance and the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be effected thereby.

SECTION 4.  Conflicting Ordinances.  Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict with the above ordinance are hereby repealed.

SECTION 5.  Effective Date.  Upon passage and publication, this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force as provided by law.

ATTEST:

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Alex B. Chown, City Administrator                                   Ronald Danielson, Mayor

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It was moved by Alderperson Chojnacki, seconded by Alderperson Gearing-Lancaster to create a Limited Term Employee (LTE) position for an Adult/Youth Community Service Program Coordinator for a trial period of six months with reimbursement for payroll and administrative fees coming from Jackson County.  The council will be involved in setting the administrative fee.  Alderpersons Herman, Olson, Gearing-Lancaster, and Chojnacki voted yes and Alderpersons Johnson, Rahmlow, and J. Eddy voted no.  Motion Carried (4-3).

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It was moved by Alderperson Rahmlow, seconded by Alderperson J. Eddy to appoint Rhoda Gulso to the Library Board.  Motion Carried.

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The next Committee of the Whole meeting will August 28, 2013 6:00 P.M.

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It was moved by Alderperson Olson, seconded by Alderperson Herman to adjourn.  Motion carried.

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Alex B. Chown

City Administrator

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