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VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH: 5/5/14 Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:20pm

Pres. DeWolfe called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room located in Village Hall.
Members Present: Trustees Curt Wandmacher; Rick Sweig; Michael J. Steele; Neil Gulbranson; Kenny Manfred; Dick Hines
Staff Present: Clerk/Treas.; Peggy Nelson, Public Works Director/ Zoning Adm.; Greg Engeset, Chief of Police; Eric Ladwig
Others Present: Attorney Robert Loberg, P.C. Herald; Sean Scallon, PCEDC; Paul Schwebach, Todd Shaw
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - April 7, 2014 Regular Meeting and April 14, 2014 Organizational Meeting:
MSC Sweig/Manfred to approve minutes as submitted. Unanimous.
MSC Steele/Gulbranson to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.
#27364-27365, 27404-27454, 27478-27508
General fund - $138,627.57
Water fund - 10,413.77
Sewer fund - 31,763.19
Public comment on non-agenda items:
Trustee Neil Gulbranson read a statement voicing upset, criticism with management and Board of Directors of Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services for their sudden closure of their appliance division without prior notice to the Ellsworth Community. He feels this Village Board works very hard to attract and keep businesses in Ellsworth, this will cause inconvenience and extra costs to area citizens who have depended on Pierce Pepin Appliance division for years. This will cause citizens to make purchases out of town and out of state. He can only hope that co-op members put pressure on board members to reopen the appliance division. He noted on their web site under the listing of the co-op\'s seven principals it lists; concern for community, which he says they failed on.
PCEDC Paul Schwebach, Executive Director, 2014 support request letter:
Paul addressed the board informing them he is the new director, came on board the end of February. His challenge is to see Pierce County grow, has the background to attract new business to the Village and County, was one of the members that started the PCEDC 25 years ago. He has 45 years of financial background and has sat on various economic development boards. He is currently doing a fundraiser for 2014, requesting that the Village will match their 2013 contribution of $5000. He is there to help and assist in any way he can, feel free to contact him.
Adopt Ordinance #639 amending Section 1.09 of the Municipal Code committee and out of town meeting pay effective 1/1/14:
MSC Gulbranson/Wandmacher to adopt. Unanimous.
Todd Shaw, 291 E. Summit Ave., Conditional Use Permit renewal for R-2 use in a R-1 District:
MSC Gulbranson/Steele to extend the Conditional Use Permit to current owner for as long as he owns the property with the same conditions as the original permit. Unanimous.
Street & Sidewalk: 5/5/14 Trustee Kenny Manfred
MSC Manfred/Gulbranson to allow PWD Engeset to obtain firm prices/quotes on cost of light poles and related items for 15 poles as needed in East Ellsworth. Unanimous. Engeset reported the cost could be as much as $80,000.
Salary & Labor: 4/28/14 Trustee Neil Gulbranson
MSC Manfred/Wandmacher to raise Chief Ladwig\'s salary 2 1/2% effective retroactive starting April 8, 2014 which is the end of his 6 month probation period (this is not on top of the in-town incentive pay). Unanimous.
Library Board: 4/29/14 Rep. Trustee Curt Wandmacher (Minutes on file in the Village Clerk’s Office); 4/14/14 Building/Space - reviewed building costs, no news on BMO Harris building. Positive feedback on newspaper articles. No activity on the direction they are going.
Finance, Purchasing, Buildings: Trustee Curt Wandmacher
4/15/14 Met in closed session with party interested in land in Crossing Meadows Business Park, no action taken.
4/21/14 Reviewed 2013 audit and financial statements with auditor. The financial health of the Village remains strong. 2014 Budget reviewed on is on schedule.
Public Safety: 4/8/14 Ambulance Operating Committee Rep. Trustee Rick Sweig
(Minutes on file in Village Clerk\'s Office) Next meeting date 7/15/14
Department Head Reports:
Chief of Police: (Written report submitted)
-2013 Annual Report, consistent with other years, 1 fatality - bus accident
-Letter of appreciation sent to Officer Zachary Schulz for his services, letter of appreciation rec\'d back from him
-Dar-Ray siren replacement; cost approx. $24,000, 8-10 week time frame, made as ordered.
Chief Ladwig reported that the siren failed during the tornado test on 4/25 and is currently not working, it will be looked at to see if it is a simple fix or something more extensive, costly.
-Spring clean-up started for junk vehicles, junk and unsightly debris
-34 applications rec\'d for full-time officer position
PWD/Zoning Adm.: (Written report submitted)
-Frozen water services; 10 total, discontinued running of water
-Disposal Generator; new engine installed
-Water chlorination; plans have been submitted to the DNR for approval
-Tennis Courts at Summit Park; school district has cut funding towards the joint project
-East End street lights; 75% are working at this time
-Flower watering; talking with Sara from the Chamber, school has cut funding for watering from their budget.
-Courthouse sidewalk project; Plummer Concrete was low quote on project, installation late May early June
-Baseball diamond Summit Park; 95-97% completed. School is looking to play on May 15th.
MSC Steele/Manfred that we want to proceed as a Village and we encourage the school district to do the same so we can get the project together for reconstruction of the tennis courts in Summit Park, keep dialog going for a 2015 joint project. Unanimous.
Clerk-Treas.: (Written report submitted)
-P Card Program in place and utilizing for those vendors that do not charge a service fee to use a card for payment. Utilities and some vendors have been set up with auto-pay.
-Completed Board of Review training certification on 5/5/14
-Attending Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci Labor and Employment Law Seminar May 9th in Eau Claire
-Met with Tracy, Adm./Clerk-Treas. in Baldwin on 4/22 to discuss their I Pad Program
MSC Sweig/Hines to adjourn the meeting at 7:54 p.m. Unanimous.
Respectfully submitted,
Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk
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