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Village of Ellsworth Board, April 6, 2008

Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 2:32pm




Pres. DeWolfe called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.

Members Present:  Trustees Dick Hines; Curt Wandmacher; Neil Gulbranson; David Deiss; Rick Sweig and Kenny Manfred. 

Staff Present: Clerk; Peggy Nelson, Public Works Director; Greg Engeset, Chief of Police; Greg Place

Others Present:  Pierce County Herald; Sean Scallon, Eric Ladwig

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: MSC Manfred/Sweig to accept minutes of regular meeting 3/9/09 as submitted. Unanimous.

APPROVAL OF BILLS: MSC Gulbranson/Wandmacher to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous. 

#17307-17309, 17356-17438                  

General fund-    $1,595,340.04                         

Water fund  -         8,613.30                          

Sewer fund  -       25,266.90

CDBG fund   -        116.00

Public comment on non-agenda items: None

2009 Board of Review members: Jerry DeWolfe, Rick Sweig, Kenny Manfred, Curt Wandmacher and Neil Gulbranson  

Eric Ladwig, 334 W. Golf Course Lane, Conditional Use Permit renewal for second garage: MSC Deiss/Hines to renew indefinitely to go with the property.  Unanimous.

Spring Yard Clean-Up date: April 18th -25th  with additional Demo Site hours M-F 12p.m.-8p.m., Sat. 18th & 25th 8a.m.-4p.m. Village pickup of biodegradable bags purchased at the Village Hall on 4/27. 

Organizational Board meeting date: April 21, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Resolution 2009-2 Opposing Proposed Changes to Prevailing Wage Law: MSC Wandmacher/Manfred to adopt. Unanimous.

Stimulus money - grant applications: Per PWD Greg Engeset correspondence recd from Rocky Raymond of SEH engineering firm and DNR contact, they have not seen any monies come this direction for wastewater facility upgrades, they did submit in for green work at the treatment plant, staying in contact with various people.  Monies for street improvements are more for beautification projects, lighting and bike paths.


Plan Commission recommendation: 3/16/09 Trustee Rick Sweig

Continued work on developing a Comprehensive Plan for the Village of Ellsworth addressing the vision statement, housing goals and transportation with the next meeting scheduled for 4/20/09, 7 p.m. to address final housing goals, transportation goals, map update, utilities and facilities.   

Library Board: Trustee Curt Wandmacher 3/31/09

March circulation 15,255, 33 new cards issued, National Library Week April 12-18 with Sue Huppert to be at the Library to have a reading and book signing of her children's book, applied for the Pamida Grant for the Summer Reading Program, Director Anderson recd her temporary Library Certificate, hired Carol Stockwell for Library Assistant position, Andrew Johnson won the Teen Tech Week contest, Library will need to purchase a scanner for $243 and license fee for $2400 with other needed equipment provided by IFLS for the self check out station, IFLS recommends updating staff computers before the Library computers for public use, checking in a better investment account for monies currently invested with the state Investment Pool, learned from IFLS that fine money is to go to the Village to be put in the Library account, Library can then request funds for the Library checkbook, old magazines and donated books will go to the P.C. Jail Library, 63 people signed up for 100 Book Program which ended 3/31, Mystery Quilt Program had 20 participants with quilts displayed at the Library in April, American Girl Program had 25 participants.

Finance, Purchasing, Buildings: Trustee Curt Wandmacher 4/1/09

Reviewed 2008 audit and Financial Statement with auditor, overall the Village is in a good financial state.  MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to proceed with a resolution at the May board meeting to increase sewer rates 3.8% due to an increase in chemical expense and repair and maintenance expense, which is a cost of living increase based on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission rate factor for a water rate increase for 2009, noting that the rates are still the lowest in the area.  Unanimous.

MSC Gulbranson/Manfred that we keep the rent for the DNR office at $409.78 per month if they elect to renew their lease that expires on 11/30/09.  Unanimous.

Chief of Police report:

-Handed out the 2008 Annual Report for review with any questions/comments to be addressed at the next board meeting.

-Working on an application to see if the police department is eligible for a stimulus grant for equipment.

PWD Engeset report:

-English Lutheran Church will renew their lease with the Village of Ellsworth on the commuter parking lot, they will draft a 10 yr. lease renewable each year thereafter, funding will be available to cost share with the village in blacktopping of the lot.

-Working with Gary Brown, P.C. Emergency Management, on employee ID badges.

-Art class is donating two benches, one to be placed in front of the Library and the other in Summit Park.

-Streets have all been swept once across town


Trustee Dave Deiss brought up discussion on the Old Jr. High School building regarding junk and debris outside the building.  PWD Engeset to contact the new owner.  Chief Place suggested that the board look at updating ordinances in regard to junk and debris in Commercial Districts.


Trustee Kenny Manfred brought up discussion on delinquent utility bills.  Agenda item for the May board meeting.

MSC Manfred/Hines to adjourn the meeting at 7:48 p.m.  Unanimous.

Respectfully submitted

Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk Published May 13, 2009 19 1C