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VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH: 1/6/14 Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 11:20pm

Pres. Pro-tem Kenny Manfred called the meeting to order in the absence of Pres. DeWolfe at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall, 7:37 p.m. Pres. DeWolfe preceded.
Members Present: Trustee Dick Hines; Rick Sweig; Curt Wandmacher; Neil Gulbranson; Michael J. Steele
Staff Present: Clerk/Treas., Peggy Nelson; Officer Darrin Foss; Police Adm. Asst. Karen Meyer
Others Present: P.C. Herald, Sean Scallon; Attorney, Robert Loberg; Rock and Jackie Erlandson; Scott Gulbranson; John Marko; Scott Bolstad
MSC Gulbranson/Hines to accept minutes of 12/2/13 as submitted. Unanimous.
MSC Sweig/Gulbranson to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.
#26625-26630, 26667-26733, 26763-26857
General fund- $ 949,501.15
Capital fund - 1,012.50
Water fund - 10,323.82
Sewer fund - 40,583.22
Public Comment on non-agenda items:
Scott Bolstad, Wisconsin Outreach Director from Senator Ron Johnson\'s Office, addressed the board introducing himself, based out of Eau Claire. Informed the board that Janet Yellen was appointed new Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, feds have tapered purchases of treasury and mortgage backed debt due to stronger economic and labor market growth, ease of stimulus has affected lending activity, unemployment benefits were extended for 3 months and Senator Johnson has filed a lawsuit against Pres. Obama, Obama Care, Office of the Personnel Management to correct the special treatment being authorized for members of congress and their staff who all had to go on Obama Care. He will try to attend board meetings off and on to keep the board informed.
Senior Grad Nite 2014 donation request:
MSC Wandmacher/Hines to donate $200.00, same as past years. Unanimous.
Rock and Jackie Erlandson - request that the Village adopt an ordinance to allow modified golf carts on Village streets:
Jackie and Rock addressed the board informing them that they have a handicapped daughter who does not have a driver\'s license, looking at a modified customized Easy-Go golf cart, electronic 4 wheel drive, 2 seat with trunk, can be used year round, requesting that the Village adopt an Ordinance to allow or issue a special permit. Discussion held with more investigation needed, review of State Stats., referred to Street & Sidewalk/Health, License, Welfare Committees to meet and address their request.
Plan Commission: 12/16/13 - Trustee Rick Sweig
Janet E Arndt Family Trust CSM, 450th Ave., Town of Ellsworth, which falls into the Extraterritorial Subdivision and Platting Boundary - MSC Sweig/Steele to approve. Unanimous.
Issued a Conditional Use Permit to M.C. Companies LLC, 861 & 899 N. Brown St. to allow for mini-storage or self-storage facilities in a Commercial District. Trustee Sweig informed the board that he wanted it noted that the owner of the property is responsible for current and future retention pond maintenance on the property. Discussion held, MSC Hines/Manfred that the consensus of the board is that Clerk Nelson send a letter to the property owner informing them that the board has taken the position that before Zoning Administrator Greg Engeset issues the Conditional Use Permit granted by the Plan Commission, the owner agrees to maintain the retention pond. Unanimous.
Salary & Labor: 12/9/13 & 1/2/14 Trustee Neil Gulbranson
Approve Police Union Contract - no action taken
Approve 2014 non-union wages/benefits - MSC Gulbranson/ Wandmacher to give non-union employees, department heads and all part-time Village employees a 2 1/2% raise for 2014. Unanimous.
MSC Gulbranson/Sweig to increase board member and committee member per diem pay $5.00 for each meeting category. Annual pay for board members to stay the same as approved in 2006. Unanimous.
Pierce County Economic Development Corp.:
Trustee Curt Wandmacher, representative to the PCEDC Board, informed the board that there is no director for Pierce County, working with a company who has assigned an interim person 2 days a week, with a staff who works together, now part of a regional group.
Chief of Police: Absent
Adm. Asst. Karen Meyer gave report on behalf of Chief Ladwig
MSC Sweig/Manfred to accept resignation of part-time Officer Adam Olson effective 12/31/13. Unanimous.
MSC Steele/Wandmacher to give approval to proceed with the sale of the 2006 Impala squad car. Unanimous.
Chief Ladwig gave letters of commendation to Officers Foss and Schulz in regard to investigations and the fire at Cubby\'s Hollywood Video and Pizza.
PWD/Zoning Administrator: Absent, written report on file in the Village Clerk\'s Office
-Employees were certified in lock out tag out and confirmed space training.
-Meeting with SEH Engineering Firm on 1/10/14 to start process of which method of chlorination will work best for the Village in the drinking water. This phase should take approx. 3 weeks, cost $2600.00.
-Wastewater Treatment Plant; should meet limits in December. Foth Engineering is working with the DNR for final close-out so final disbursements can be made.
-Freeze-ups; only a couple of minor ones so far with tower monitoring during cold weather
-2013 Budget; snow removal over budget
Clerk/Treas. Report:
MSC Steele/Hines/, 8:12 p.m. Unanimous.
Respectfully submitted,
Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk
_______________________________ (Pub. 02/12/14) WNAXLP