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VILLAGE OF ELLSWORTH: 7/14/14 Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 11, 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 Dick Hines; Neil Gulbranson; Michael J. Steele; Rick Sweig; Kenny Manfred, and Curt Wandmacher.
Staff Present: Clerk/Treas., Peggy Nelson; Police Chief, Eric Ladwig; Police Adm. Asst., Jennifer Wagner; Public Works Director/ Zoning Adm., Greg Engeset.
Others Present: Attorney Robert Loberg; Chase McKahan; Laurence Murphy; Pierce County Herald, Sean Scallon; Dale Auckland; Cedar Corp., Wendy Sanders.
MSC Steele/Hines to accept minutes of regular meeting 6/2/14 and special meeting 7/1/14 as submitted. Unanimous.
MSC Wandmacher/Sweig to approve payment of vouchers submitted for audit to date. Unanimous.
#27616, 27641-27678, 27704-27732, 27767-27797, auto and
P Card payments
General fund- $ 150,878.14
Capital Equip. & Repair $ 19,193.64
Water fund -$ 18,859.83
Sewer fund - $ 55,326.19
Public comment on non-agenda items:
Transfer 2% Fire Dues:
MSC Gulbranson/Manfred to transfer 2% state fire dues to the Ellsworth Fire Services Association in the amount of $6702.65. Unanimous.
Plan Commission: 6/16/14
MSC Hines/Wandmacher to adopt Ordinance #640 rezoning property from Residential (R-2) to Agricultural (A) - 760 W. Crosstown Rd., Laurence W. Murphy. Unanimous.
MSC Manfred/Wandmacher to approve CSM for Gaylen P. & Susan C. Langer, 750th St., Town of Trimbelle, which falls into the Extraterritorial Subdivision and Platting Boundary of the Village of Ellsworth. Unanimous.
Board of Appeals: 6/18/14
Granted a variance to replace an existing unattached garage with a new unattached garage 28\'x40\', 256 sq. ft. larger than the 864 sq. ft. size requirement of the Village Zoning Ordinance to Justin Faber, 139 W. Cope St.
Water & Sewer: 6/16/14 Trustee Curt Wandmacher
Met with Ray Huppert in regard to Ray Huppert Utility, PWD Engeset to contact Public Service Commission to get more information and see if they will attend a meeting. No report at this time.
Street & Sidewalk: 7/9/14 Trustee Kenny Manfred
MSC Manfred/Steele to accept low quote from Walter\'s Electric for $36,812.50 for installation of 15 street lights and approx. 1850 ft. of directional boring/conduit and wiring in the East End of town. Unanimous.
PWD Engeset reported that quote came in $500-600 under estimate. Working on alternate plan/options for control box as Xcel does not want it on their pole,
Salary & Labor: 6/4/14 Trustee Neil Gulbranson
MSC Gulbranson/Sweig to approve the hiring of Chase McKahan, full-time Police Officer position, effective 7/15/14. Unanimous.
MSC Wandmacher/Sweig to give Chief Ladwig the authority to hire two part-time Police Officers and keep a roster of up to five part-time officers. Unanimous.
Library Board: June Report - Board Rep. Curt Wandmacher (Minutes on file in Village Clerk\'s Office)
Finance, Purchasing, Buildings: 6/16/14 Trustee Curt Wandmacher
MSC Steele/Gulbranson to wait to do refunding of 2006A Bonds for TIF District #7. Unanimous.
MSC Wandmacher/Steele to have Larry from ADSY Technologies purchase a Dell and Microsoft tablet for comparison to include Outlook and comes with Office and get cost of AT&T and Verizon data plans. Unanimous.
MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to follow Chief Ladwig\'s recommendation and purchase a new squad car from Ellsworth Ford, requirement at Quinn Motors was 5 squads to get state pricing, 2015 Ford Taurus all wheel drive $25,014.00. Unanimous.
Committee gave Chief Ladwig authority to implement a new fee schedule, which has been implemented. Minimum report fee $5.00.
Health, License, Welfare: 7/14/14 Trustee Rick Sweig
MSC Sweig/Hines to approve the following license. Unanimous.
Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service Temporary Class "B” Retailer\'s License for Second Annual Pig Roast Fundraiser 9/13/14, 20 years of age and under allowed on premise.
MSC Sweig/Manfred to approve the following license agent change. Unanimous.
Freedom Value Center #79 "Class B" Retailer\'s License agent change to Jacqueline S. Schickling
MSC Sweig/Manfred to approve the following license. Unanimous.
Cigarette and Tobacco Product license - DS Liquor LLC
Dept. Head reports:
Police Chief:
Submitted a written report on file in the Village Clerk’s Office.
-National Night out information and t-shirts handed out to workers
-Warning siren replaced in Dar Ray Heights Addition on 7/10/14, thanked Rick Sweig for his assistance on putting up the siren.
-Congratulated Chase McKahan on his full-time position
MSC Wandmacher/Gulbranson to accept bid of $2750.00 for the sale of the 1999 Mercury Sable fleet vehicle. Unanimous.
PWD/Zoning Administrator:
Submitted a written report on file in the Village Clerk’s Office.
-Chlorination Plan accepted by the DNR on 6/17/14. Working with a vendor and SEH Engineering firm on installation
-Sidewalk at Courthouse has been completed by Plummer Concrete
-2000 Tandem Dump Truck transmission rebuilt and installed for $7000
-Purchased a UTV to be used by Public Works and Police Dept.
-Complaints rec\'d from residents on homes pumping sump pump water into the curb and streets. Told that this is where we want it to go, not the sanitary sewer system.
-County owned Grove Street lots have been cleaned up and well capped
No report
Closed Session:
The Board intends to go into closed session under Section 19.85 (1)(e) for the purpose of deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session, the Board will go back into open session and take action on the closed session items, if required.
-TID 8, Countryside Cooperative
7:30 p.m. MSC Sweig/Gulbranson to go into closed session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
7:48 p.m. MSC Manfred/Gulbranson to go back into open session, roll call vote taken, unanimous.
MSC Gulbranson/Hines to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. Unanimous.
Respectfully submitted,
Peggy A. Nelson-Clerk
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